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Saša Sodja

Partner

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Bleiweisova 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Languages Slovenian, English, Croatian
Corporate/M&A

Saša Sodja is a partner and head of the corporate / M&A practice in CMS office in Ljubljana. Through 17 years of working experience, she has developed into a well-rounded transactional lawyer who provides all-round support and advice to international and domestic clients from various industries and backgrounds, all the way from organizing and managing an M&A deal team to post-merger integration.  

One pillar of her practice is providing legal and strategic advice to bidders, targets and shareholders in private and public M&A transactions. Another focus is to prepare and steer critical shareholder meetings that implement corporate reorganizations such as conversions, mergers, spin-offs and the squeeze-out of minority shareholders. Her financial and tax background are valuable in the structuring workstreams of the engagements and in liaising with the financial and tax advisers.

Sodja also advises companies on their ongoing corporate matters with a focus on corporate governance, compliance and directors' liabilities issues.

The topic closest to her heart is start-ups and she therefore helps lead our equIP programme and is highly involved in cooperation with various accelerators. Her scope of services when it comes to start-ups evolves around corporate governance, investment rounds, M&A and compliance. The goal is to steer a high-tech company through the maze of legislation and help them navigate a legal and business landscape from the launch of the company and throughout its growth.

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"She has a good understanding of our needs and is very available."

Chambers Europe, 2024

Sasa Sodja professionally led the engagement with well-expanded advice and timely actions.” IFLR1000, 2021

IFLR1000, 2021

„Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics.“

Client feedback, Chambers Global 2024

"Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics."

Chambers Europe, 2024

Memberships & Roles

  • Bar Association of Slovenia
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • Exit Strategy, PODIM Conference, Maribor, 17. 05. 2022. 
  • "Office Hours" with CMS Slovenia Legal Experts, Start:up Slovenija, 10.12.2021.
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Education

  • 2017 - State Bar Examination, Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Justice 
  • 2012 - Affiliate, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK 
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Laws (univ.dipl.pravnik), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
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Commercial

Saša Sodja is well versed in negotiating, analysing and drafting various agreements designed to prevent disputes, reduce commercial risk to businesses and present opportunities for growth. In addition she also advises on sales agreements, agency agreements, commercial leases, services agreements, licence agreements etc.

Sodja is also appreciated for her expertise in advertising law, her knowledge of distribution systems, product launches and liability as well as supply and manufacturing agreements, often acting for retailers, telecoms and automotive clients. 

Due to her strong tax and financial background, she is well positioned not just to provide legal alternatives but also to offer pragmatical solutions that work from a business perspective as well.

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"She has a good understanding of our needs and is very available."

Chambers Europe, 2024

"Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics."

Chambers Europe, 2024

„Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics.“

Client feedback, Chambers Global 2024

Sasa Sodja professionally led the engagement with well-expanded advice and timely actions.” IFLR1000, 2021

IFLR1000, 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • Bar Association of Slovenia
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • Exit Strategy, PODIM Conference, Maribor, 17. 05. 2022. 
  • "Office Hours" with CMS Slovenia Legal Experts, Start:up Slovenija, 10.12.2021.
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Education

  • 2017 - State Bar Examination, Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Justice 
  • 2012 - Affiliate, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK 
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Laws (univ.dipl.pravnik), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

Saša is an experienced and highly skilled lawyer, who provides legal advice to clients within the technology, media, and communications sector. She has actively participated in both local and cross-border capital market transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions engagements, handled by the Slovenian team in this sector. Saša has provided legal advice to established businesses and fast-growing early-stage companies on various legal matters, including large-scale projects with a cross-border component. Bidders, targets, and management teams can benefit from Saša's 12 years of industry experience in M&A transactions in the TMC sector.

With her extensive knowledge and expertise gained over the years, Saša is the ideal partner when it comes to commercial arrangements underpinned by technology and data. She provides advice on licensing software and hardware, IT outsourcing arrangements, procurement of technology and complex services, digital content and technology products, and distribution of digital content. Saša also has experience in advising fast-growing companies and guiding them through their life cycle and the challenges they face, from start-up to the first investment round and beyond to sale.

Aside from her legal work, Saša is the main contact of the equIP programme in Slovenia. She has a profound understanding of the needs and challenges of fast-growing technology companies and is committed to helping them achieve their goals. Saša is dedicated to providing practical and effective legal solutions to her clients, using her extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry.

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"She has a good understanding of our needs and is very available."

Chambers Europe, 2024

"Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics."

Chambers Europe, 2024

„Saša Sodja offers dedicated support and has a structured approach to complex topics.“

Client feedback, Chambers Global 2024

Sasa Sodja professionally led the engagement with well-expanded advice and timely actions.” IFLR1000, 2021

IFLR1000, 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • Bar Association of Slovenia
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • Exit Strategy, PODIM Conference, Maribor, 17. 05. 2022. 
  • "Office Hours" with CMS Slovenia Legal Experts, Start:up Slovenija, 10.12.2021.
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Education

  • 2017 - State Bar Examination, Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Justice 
  • 2012 - Affiliate, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK 
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Laws (univ.dipl.pravnik), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
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In the era of increased environmental awareness, the spotlight on green claims has never been more intense. As consumers are concerned about global heating and ecological sustainability, they are scrutinizing products like never before, seeking eco-friendly options that align with their values. In response, businesses have responded to this concern and consumers’ purchase interest, with brand-owners increasingly highlighting the benign or even beneficial effects their products and services have on the environment fostering a surge in green marketing initiatives. Yet, amidst this push for sustainability, the risk of being accused of greenwashing is omnipresent. As environmental characteristics of products and services are highly technical and the understanding of the various concepts involved is continuously changing, en­vir­on­ment­al/sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims raise a significant risk of confusing and misleading consumers. Many companies have fallen foul of advertising standards in this area recently. Given the high sensitivity of environmental claims and the reputational damage that can result from allegations of greenwashing, it is particularly important to make sure environmental claims are compliant. By ensuring truthful, accurate and unambiguous information is always given to the consumers, companies can avoid the risks and build a reputation for authenticity in their sustainability advertising and communications. CMS guides companies through the maze of regulations and case law and advise on the steps a company can take to ensure their advertising is not only compliant but also authentic and impactful. The priority questions we address are: Which green claims are likely to raise litigation or regulatory enforcement risks?What can businesses do to mitigate these risks?What are the likely claims/en­force­ment that could arise?Who is likely to make a claim?What are the risks in the event of a violation or a complaint? What future regulatory measures are expected and what companies have to do now to be prepared? We offer various solutions to help you be compliant and avoid accusations of greenwashing: Sustainability claim checks including regulatory risk matrix as well as litigation: evaluating the planned claims and mapping their risk as well as developing compliant marketing strategies and claims custom-tailored to your business's unique pro­file;Sus­tain­ab­il­ity-re­lated litigation: providing comprehensive support in legal disputes in the area of advertising with environmental claims;Training sessions: to empower your legal, compliance and sustainability as well as advertising teams with in-depth knowledge of sustainability risks and mitigation strategies; andBoard packs: to equip your directors/board members with actionable insights into greenwashing risks, ensuring they steer the company toward sustainable strategies with confidence and integrity.  For an initial conversation on how we can support you on greenwashing risk, please reach out to the lawyers listed on this page or to your usual CMS contact.
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