IFLR1000 Reviews


Solicitors governing body: Odvetniška zbornica Slovenije (Slovene Bar Association)

Competition authority: Slovenian Competition Protection Agency

Financial regulator: Bank of SloveniaAgencija za trg vrednostnih papirjev (Securities Market Agency)

IFLR1000 ranking categories for this jurisdiction: 

Financial and corporateProject development

Jurisdiction overview

Slovenia declared its independence on June 26 1991 from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and became a member of the EU in 2004. The country is a civil law system backed by the constitution. Due to its historic role as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and Yugoslavia, the legislation has been influenced by the German and socialist systems.

In Slovenia, lawyers practice under the title Odvetnik/Odvetnica. Slovenian lawyers must be registered with one of 11 regional assemblies ultimately regulated by The Slovene Bar Association and the Bar Act.

As a member of the EU, Slovenia allows lawyers from EEA countries to practice foreign law, set up local offices and practice as foreign legal consultants. They can also re-qualify as Slovenian lawyers.

There are few restrictions for EU law firms setting up in the country. though non-EU firms may only establish as unlimited partnerships. There are no naming restrictions.

The legal market is largely made up of local firms, though regional players such as CMS, Karanović & Nikolić, Schoenherr and Wolf Theiss also have offices. Recent years has seen a number of firms look to establish alliances with other Balkan firms.

Financial and corporate
Avbreht Zajc & Partners

Avbreht Zajc & Partners has a broad financial and corporate offering. 

In Slovenia the firm is often highlighted for its public tender expertise. It advises contracting authorities and tenderers on public procurements in the energy, oil and gas and transportation projects. During the research period the firm was also active in the restructuring and reorganizations of Slovenian companies. 

Client feedback

"Very good." – Banking

Ana Lešnik Sitar

"Very good."

Jadek & Pensa

Jadek & Pensa is one of the strongest law firms in Slovenia. It has strong reputation as advisors to Slovenian companies on large transactions.

In the financial space the firm is strong in debt restructuring mandates on the borrower’s side, representing them on in and out of court restructurings. In 2018, the team also advised the national depositary bank on the dual IPO listing of the state bank. 

The firm continues to act on some of the largest M&A transactions in Slovenia. During the research period it was particularly active for the sellers and target companies on privatisations, public takeovers and private acquisitions. 

In project development the firm acts for both public and private bodies on various matters including public procurements, contract negotiations and public tenders. 

During the research period the firm hired former board member of the Slovenian Sovereign Holding Anja Strojin Štampar as senior counsel to strengthen the M&A practice.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Nova KBM €444 million acquisition of Abanka

•Nova Ljubljanska Banka Ljubljana Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange IPO 

•Slovenian Post €105 million takeover of Intereuropa

Law firm Kavčič Bračun & Partners

Law firm Kavčič Bračun & Partners is a full service law firm with strong track-record in banking and M&A transactions.

In the banking space the firm is traditionally stronger on the lender side, acting on corporate lending and debt restructuring transactions. It also advises local bank on NPL portfolio disposals. 

In M&A the firm is active in cross border transactions advising foreign funds and investors on inbound acquisitions. During the research period it saw increased activity in the telecoms sector advising the buyers on acquisitions of network operators.

It is also starting to develop specialism in the technology sector where it has begun to advise several telecoms operators and technology companies on a mix of acquisitions and municipal projects. It is also advising its clients on fintech related mandates such as ICOs and introduction of e-payment services.

During the research period corporate partner Igor Angelovski left the firm to join Karanović & Partners.

Client feedback

"Quick response, professional and consistent." – Banking 

"KBP legal counselling is of very high level. They are well organised and responsive. Their partners have the ability to evaluate the impact of legal decisions on the project." – Banking

"Extremely satisfied with the quality of their services. Quick response and very professional work." – Banking 

"Highly professional and skilled attorneys at law, with deep industry theory and praxis knowledge." – M&A

"One of the most competent law firm the company worked with. They helped us with the entire legal frame of the deal. They have been an outstanding partner in the process. They added value not only in their area of competence but also in the entire reflection around the acquisition." – M&A

"Excellent knowledge of local M&A laws and regulations as well as recognition of potential risks during the negotiations." – M&A

"Goal oriented lawyers seeking legal solutions. Very devoted partners, prepared to react urgently at any time of the day. Their service is professional and prompt." – M&A

"Extremely focused to achieve the goals and very committed." – M&A

"It is a top firm with dedicated team that puts clients' interest first in all cases that I have done work with them. They are the top in competition, one of the top in M&A and Corporate law." – M&A

"This is the most competent law firm in Slovenia. Mr Kavčič is the best M&A expert in Slovenia, especially in cases where the state is involved. The company is very professional, able to give advice in all areas relevant to a corporate client, always on time and very client-oriented. The best service a law firm can provide to its clients." – M&A

"Strength is responsiveness, out of the box thinking and problem solving. Great legal support overall" – M&A

"Professional, responsible, precise and adaptable to the specifications of the subject. They work in the interests of their customers. Careful advice based on their rich experience. Friendly in relation to the customer." – Project development

Aleksandra Mitic

"Strengths include legal knowledge and responsiveness."

Matej Kavčič

"Extremely professional, precise, competent and able to listen and counsel. Very courteous in relation to the client. High sense of responsibility towards the work involved."

"The best corporate and competition lawyer in Slovenia."

"Very devoted and passionate lawyer with a highly developed sense for business and law. Very strong in M&A and one of the best (if not the best) professional at Competition Law. Strong international connections." 

"Very committed, focused and available."

"Matej is a dedicated lawyer with deep intuition and wide knowledge and experience in corporate and finance law."

"Excellent work."

"Very professional, with deep knowledge of the industry, excellent communication skills and excellent negotiation skills in most difficult deals."

Simon Bračun

"Professional, precise and competent. A high sense of responsibility up to the assignment, very modern about the novelties in the legal world."

"Outstanding. One of the best professional I worked with."

"Excellent knowledge of local M&A law and regulations, fast feedbacks, and easily accessible even during non-working time."

"Top professional. In my opinion the best business lawyer in the country with excellent approach to customers. He understands what we require and provides even better solutions than we anticipate."

"His strength is the ability to very quickly understand the situation and provide quality advice." 

Law Firm Miro Senica and attorneys

Law firm Miro Senica and attorneys is one of the largest law firms in Slovenia. It is a founding member of Adriatic Legal Network – an alliance of independent firms across the Western Balkans. 

The firm has a strong presence on corporate cross border transactions. Often advisors to European corporations and asset management companies, the firm acts as local counsels on their acquisitions in Slovenia. On the sell side the firm represents Slovenian companies and subsidiaries across several sectors employing both traditional M&A and capital markets expertise. The firm is well versed n the sale of shares via public tender offers. Elsewhere work debtor side restructuring also keeps the firm busy.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Avtobusni Promet Murska Sobota €1.7 million privatisation 

Client feedback

"We are satisfied with their performance. This is a large office with skilful associates on all levels and are able to provide advice and assistance according to their respective core specialization." – Banking

"Cooperation with the above mentioned law firm represented excellent business and legal practice. We appreciated their quick response, personal participation of the principal, high level of international and domestic legal expertise and the ability of their lawyers to work as a team under steady supervision of the law firm founder." – Investment funds

"Excellent with no compromise on quality" – Investment funds

"Professionalism, quick responsiveness and price competitiveness." – M&A

"Very professional approach, high level of attention, strong knowledge base and no special weaknesses." – M&A

"Our cooperation with the law firm represents an example of good business practice. We have so far been particularly impressed by their quick response, the level of expertise and the ability of their lawyers to work as a team in discussing some of the most complex legal issues, only to find the best solution." – M&A

"Always available and good value for money." – Project development

"Very high quality firm, very wide range of expertize available, high involvement of partners and extremely reactive." – Project finance

Katarina Kresal

"Very responsive, highly professional, good advice and looks at the business side of things with a legal tweak and not the other way around."

Miro Senica

"Experience, professionalism and quick responsiveness."

"Focused on problem solving, very flexible within legal framework, always seeking solutions and highly responsive."

"Knowledgeable of our business and the legal field and always available."

"The invaluable strength of Miro Senica, lies in his ability to act as a strategic leader with a broad perspective on issues concerning law and the economy. With his visionary thinking, Mr Senica has often proven instrumental in anticipating several steps ahead in some of our projects. Mr. Senica should also be recognised for his accessibility, quick response and remarkable business skills." 

"Mr. Senica is himself an excellent lawyer. He is able to reach collaborate with his specialised subordinates, and identify with the strategic goals of his client, resulting in successful completion of transactions."

"Knowledgeable, supportive and always available."

"Deep knowledge and fascinating experience. Miro is a very good listener. He has a large formal and informal network of professionals, where if needed he can search for a second opinion. By doing so, a client feels that all scenarios have been analysed."

"Extremely focused in providing solution and has a pragmatic approach."

Law firm Sibinčič Križanec

Sibinčič Križanec is full service law firm that has seen increases in headcount and deal volume during the research period. The recruitment of four new associates from top law offices and international banks has strengthened the firm's banking and corporate offerings.

During the research period M&A has been the most active area for the firm. It acted for a mix of buyers and sellers on cross border transactions across manufacturing, real estate and gaming sectors among others. 

The firm is also active in restructuring transactions where it advises corporates and shareholders on corporate restructuring and divestments. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Bragg Gaming Group acquisition of Oryx Gaming International

Client feedback

"They have a great mix of young but experienced collective with very innovative solutions and professional approach." – Investment funds

"Very professional and agile team." – M&A

"Client seemed to have appreciated their work. Our interaction was professional and they came across as having good knowledge of legal DD and SPA topics. They are willing to explore various options to get the deal done. A good choice for smaller and mid-size transactions." – M&A

"They have a great ability to manoeuvre through complex negotiations with clients of very different culture (China / Europe). They were always available and gave us great comfort in all steps of the project." – M&A

"They are great experts in the field, with lots of experience. They are very engaged and always willing to do the extra mile for the customer. They have great negotiation skills and are good at thinking out of the box, providing new solutions to the problems. They also have very good communication skills with the customer as well as with the counterparty." – M&A

"Very business oriented and strong focus to achieve the goal." – M&A

"They are very proactive and provide great solutions in no-time. They know our group and business in details and guide us through complex legal situations with great ease." – M&A

"We are extremely satisfied with their work. They always deliver what we expect and much more. They are persistent and very creative. Since they know our business and the company very well, they always provide a tailored solution considering all aspects of the matter." – Restructuring and insolvency

Jan Sibinčič

"Jan is a good lawyer who provides very good and solid advice to clients."

"He is extremely responsive and knows our company in detail. He gives us confidence and thinks outside the box. His knowledge of corporate, financial and tax law and ability to connect everything into an optimal solution is simply amazing. We consider him as a part of our core management team and always consider his opinion before acting."

"He has amazing negotiation skills and a lot of patience when it comes to dealing with complex negotiations."

"Full commitment, focused, client oriented and sector expertise."

"He handles all of our most complex matters with passion and thoroughness and is extremely responsive. He is capable of leading a vast number of different law and has great negotiations skills."

"Excellent, very high competence and wide range."

Uroš Križanec

"Uroš is very practical and responsive with excellent knowledge of the industry."

Iza Simčič and Jan Sibinčič

"Very professional, knowledgeable and agile approach."

Marko Prušnik Law

Marko Prušnik Law is a newly established boutique that focuses on mid-level M&A transactions in Slovenia. Still in its infancy, the firm primarily advises on local transactions; however, the firm is also able to take on German-speaking clients on cross border transactions. 

During the research period it was most active in real estate M&A transactions advising on both buy and sell sides.

Odvetniška družba Lukman

Law firm Lukman is a full service corporate law firm that enters the IFLR1000 ranking for its notable highlights in M&A transactions and corporate mandates.

The firm is active across various sectors with construction and retail sectors providing higher volume of work during the research period. It primarily advises leading Slovenian companies and subsidiaries of European corporations.  It is also the sole advisor to the country's first specialised fund, which is set to increase the firm's M&A activities in coming years. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Cedevita / Petrol Olimpija merger

•Sully System acquisition of CENEJE

•The Rohatyn Group €16.2 million acquisition of Mimaja 

Client feedback

"Very professional and trustworthy with a lot of knowledge." – M&A

"Extremely responsive, practical, reliable and knowledgeable." – M&A

"I like to work with them because of their knowledge, competence, pragmatism, quick responses and the integrity of the lawyers. They have a critical and achievement-oriented approach. They are unique, young and energetic team, prepared to go extra mile to getting the deal done." – M&A

"We have worked with the firm since 2012 on several projects. They provided excellent service with feasible and practical advice. Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik are very knowledgeable and have broad competence. They really go the extra mile to get the deal done." – Project development

"I cooperate with Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik from the firm few years now. They are always well prepared, offer great legal advice, are quick and responsive. They have good connections, yet value confidentiality. I specifically value their ability of strategic thinking." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Their lawyers are highly competent and provide the highest quality legal advice. We are very glad to have them alongside and we will continue to work with them on our issues." – Restructuring and insolvency

Sanda Južnik

"Sanda Južnik provides excellent service. She has the competence to identify the essence of every issue, deliver top-notch advice and understand our business."

"Sanda Južnik is efficient, straightforward with great attention to details. She is also a great listener, who provides excellent feedback."

Tomaž Lukman

"Extremely reliable, knowledgeable, responsive, and efficient."

"He understands our business (which is not simple) and is capable of managing complex problems and situations. He knows how to present complex legal issues in an understandable language to non-legal person."

"He is highly motivated, with extensive legal knowledge and good insight into local specifics."

"He is extremely motivated to provide tailor-made legal advice and has extensive legal knowledge.  He understands business in depth and is a strategic thinker.

Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik

"Tomaž Lukman is business oriented, very accurate and provide concise answers. Sanda Južnik is business oriented, responsive and focuses on getting the deal done."

Rojs Peljhan Prelesnik & Partners

Rojs Peljhan Prelesnik & Partners is a founding member of Adriatic Legal network. It works alongside other independent law firms to take on some of the largest regional mandates on banking and finance, M&A and restructuring practice areas. 

During the research period the firm acted as local advisors to large Italian asset management group on the buy side and regional media service provider on the sell side on two of the largest M&A deals in the Slovenian market. The firm largely represents European and American clients on strategic acquisitions and subsequent exits in Slovenia.

In the banking space the firm has larger volume of work on the borrower side. It typically represents foreign funds and corporations on a mix of corporate financing and refinancing transactions. 

In project development area the firm represents both public and private bodies on a mix of private and PPP social infrastructure projects.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Generali €245 million acquisition of Adriatic Slovenica

•BC Partners €2.6 billion acquisition of United Group

•COFACE acquisition of SID-Prva Kreditna Zavarovalnica  

Client feedback

"Profession and punctual." – Banking

"Knowledge about M&A, fluent speaking, reading and writing in English, German and Dutch Languages. Excellent and deep knowledge of Corporate Law." – M&A 

"Highly qualified, very professional, quick response and proactive approach." – M&A

"Excellent Knowledge of corporate Law and finance, possesses fuency in English." – M&A

"Excellent knowledge of the local market, regulatory environment and M&A. Provided good solutions." – M&A

"They are very professional with high level of expertise and knowledge. We are very satisfied with how they are protecting our needs; however, they always try to find a way to close the deal and to "satisfy" the counterparty too." – M&A

"Probably the most professional process I have ever experienced. Really top!" – M&A

"Extremely high level, top quality in the jurisdiction and very responsive with business acumen supported by technical excellence." – M&A

"I am very satisfied by services provided by RPPP. They are lightning quick to react and address our issues immediately. They are also well connected and well-established in the market." – M&A

"Very professional, supportive and responsive." – M&A

"The firm has excellent knowledge of local law; has worked on all major deals in the country and can provide valuable advice on different transactions. The firm is client and business oriented focused on finding best solutions." – Restructuring and insolvency

Aljoša Krdžić

"Very professional, responsive and high level of knowledge."

Bojan Šporar

"The partner is a dedicated lawyer who provides comfort to clients with his advice that is best placed for clients' needs. He is responsive and knowledgeable."

"Top player in the country, go-to guy for Slovenia's large deals, business savvy and technically excellent."

"Reliable, professional, with deep knowledge and goal-oriented."

Grega Peljhan

"Amazing lawyer, very responsive and has a wide knowledge therefore able to provide immediate solutions."

"True professional."

Matic Novak

"Very easy to work with."

"Precise, responsive, meeting deadlines and excellent knowledge of local and European corporate law."

"Professional, deep knowledge, supportive when needed, helpful in negotiation process and a problem solver."

Robert Prelesnik

"He is highly competent and established expert in various areas of law. He devotes his complete attention and knowledge to the matter in hand, and offers realistic solutions." 

Sergej Omladič

"Professional, proactive and responsive."

Šelih & Partnerji

Odvetniki Šelih & Partners is a longstanding corporate and commercial law firm that has strong banking and M&A expertise. 

The firm's banking expertise lies on the lender side advising foreign and domestic banks as Slovenian counsels on cross border secured financings. During the research period the firm also advised a syndicate of local banks on large refinancing transaction in the automotive industry.

In the M&A space the firm is active on a mix of public and private transactions. Reputable in cross border transactions the firm has picked up work for international funds and asset management companies on some of the largest regional and global transactions covering Slovenia. During the research period, the firm added two new foreign insurance companies to its client portfolio advising them on acquisitions in Slovenia in the insurance and IT sectors.

Corporate lawyer Tilen Terlep left the firm to establish his own independent practice.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•BC Partners €2.6 billion acquisition of United Group

•COFACE acquisition of SID-Prva Kreditna Zavarovalnica

Client feedback

"Great focus on work, on time schedule and very professional." - Banking

"The firm was very helpful in the transaction was helpful. Although the cooperation was sometimes very intensive, the communication was fast and effective. The firm contributed to the successful completion of the transaction. As this was the first time we cooperated with this firm we cannot give any deeper assessment of the law firm." – Banking

"They provided expert and professional documents that entirely fulfilled their purpose. They were also pricing friendly." – Banking 

"They focus on the relevant legal issues and has excellent legal advice quality, experience, quick response time and ingenuity." – Banking

"They are very professional, give timely and accurate advise and are very reliable." – Capital markets: debt

"Nataša Pipan and Jera Majzelj are highly professional lawyers who perform their work professionally in due time and taking into account the interests of the client." – M&A

"The firm has been most satisfactory in all respects during our cooperation. They are precise and quick, and the lawyers demonstrated a keen understanding of not only the applicable law but the practical aspects of the transaction and expectations of the parties. During the personal meetings with the buyer and the seller, Šelih provided valuable input, which greatly contributed to moving forward with the transaction process. Jera Majzelj is our key contact, an extraordinary professional." – M&A

Barbara Hočevar 

"Very understanding, quick to comprehend, very diligent and committed."

Blaž Ogorevc

"This was our first experience and the impression was positive."

Jera Majzelj

"High level of attention, quick and detailed understanding of the task at hand, and performance thereof on a very professional level and on short notice. Efficient and friendly communication."

Mia Kalaš

"Fully understands how bank industry runs, sticks to deadlines, great focus on work and very professional."

"Mia is a good listener; she quickly identifies and understands the key legal issues and is very proactive in providing prompt and quality solutions. Mia is also very responsive and always meets her deadlines. She is broadminded and resourceful due to her extensive knowledge and experience in the banking and financial sector."

Nataša Pipan Nahtigal 

"Nataša Pipan Nahtigal is a highly professional lawyer with a high level of knowledge and experience."

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

The Slovenian office of CMS works alongside its network offices on large multi-jurisdictional transactions. It can call upon its regional partners to support on transactions covering several governing laws, including Slovenian, German and UK among others.

The financial and corporate team benefits from specialised banking and finance team and its own corporate M&A team – a rarity in the small market. The firm is active on cross border M&A, financing, NPLs and capital markets work acting for a mix of sellers, creditors and borrowers. 

The last few years has seen the firm act on some of the largest NPL transactions in the country on both buy and sell side. The trend continued for the banking team during the research period too. 

In the M&A space, private equity, real estate and production industries have been the focus for the firm. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Adria Mobil / AMH merger

•OTP Bank acquisition of SKB Banka

Client feedback

"Very professional firm. Aleš Lunder is a hard-working, experienced lawyer who is pragmatic when problem solving and has a deep understanding of all various angles of projects." – M&A

"Professional, quick and detailed." – M&A

"Excellent personal service from Mr.Lunder." – M&A

"Extraordinarily proactive support, reliable fee estimates, quick and reliable replies and clear guidance." – Project development 

"CMS offered great proactive and quick support on all related topics and mostly kept to the estimated fees. CMS also brought up and proactively offered support on topics that came up throughout the project. Overall great support." – Project development 

Fabiani Petrovič Jeraj Rejc

Fabiani Petrovič Jeraj Rejc is a corporate law firm with strong activity in the M&A practice area. As a member of various networks including Cathay Associates, the firm enjoys steady workflow from foreign clients, especially from China.

In the M&A space the firm advises a mix of domestic companies and foreign corporations, funds and private equity firms on strategic investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and sales transactions. During the research period the firm picked up new clients in a Nordic fund and Chinese investors that added to its work stream of deals in various sectors including real estate, energy and manufacturing. 

In the banking space the firm is typically active on the borrowers' side advising them on debt restructurings. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Veolia Viz €7.3 million acquisition of Biotera

•Prva Group €7.4 million acquisition of 25% stake in Deželna Banka Slovenije 

•PPF Group€2.8 billion acquisition of Telenor's CEE business

Client feedback

"Professional and dedicated." – Capital markets: debt

"They were responsive, hands-on and creative." – M&A

"Quick and provided good solutions." – M&A

"Perfect, fast, precise and professional." – M&A

"What we did together would be difficult to do better and faster as they are extremely responsive and professional." – Project development 

Karanović & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers

The Slovenian office of regional firm benefits from its network offices. It often focuses on foreign clients advising them on investments in Slovenia. 

In the banking space the firm is active in the NPL transaction advising foreign funds and asset management companies on acquisitions from local banks. It also acts on corporate lending and debt restructuring transactions for the banks.

In the M&A space, where it has a large number of transactions, the firm advises European investors on acquisitions of Slovenian companies in several sectors including telecoms, IT, financial services and manufacturing. 

In the projects space the firm advises private clients on construction projects and public procurement procedures. It also advises international financial institution on project financings. 

During the research period corporate partner Jaka Simončič left the firm to open his own practice. Replacing him is ex-partner from Kavčič, Bračun & Partners, Igor Angelovski.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•APS Investment acquisition of VBL International

•Conscia acquisition of NIL

Client feedback

"They are very responsive, dig deep into the matter and try to find arguments to defend the company's position." - Banking

"Professional, timeliness and focused on delivering solution to the specific issue at hand." – Banking

"Knowledge and expertise are clearly evident." – M&A

"The firm provides legal services of the highest professional level. Its lawyers have extensive experience and expertise in advising national and international clients in all fields of law. Division of work by sectors enables the firm to gain complete and in-depth understanding of client's business operations and markets on which they operate. The team is great at keeping in contact, very responsive, technically good, solution-oriented, flexible and very pragmatic. Our main reason for using Karanović & Partners is that they really know what they are talking about. Another reason is that they are really one of the big names in Slovenia. Having Karanović & Partners with us helped in raising funds and negotiating new deals." – M&A

"Very happy with the standard of work and Marko Ketler is outstanding. They have great attention to detail and a keen sense of the overall deal risks and how they can be mitigated. First time in our experience that we received a first draft of the SPA, did not need any changes." – M&A

Kirm Perpar law firm

Kirm Perpar Law firm is a new entry to the IFLR1000 rankings. The firm advises foreign clients on banking and finance and M&A transactions in Slovenia.

The firm's financial work includes cross border financings for both lenders and borrowers on deals in the defence and real estate industries.

In M&A the firm advises domestic and international companies, private equity investors and venture capitalists on acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and mergers in Slovenia. During the research period it has been active across insurance, real estate, leisure and energy sectors among others.  

Recent Deal Data highlights

•RWE Group acquisition of Energenti Plus

•Methanol Corp and KKCG €6 million acquisition of Metanol

Client feedback

"I consider the firm as a highly reliable partner. You can count that they will provide a business oriented advice, which is comprehensible. They are always prompt with their responses and prepared to listen to the client before giving advice." – Capital markets: structured finance and securitisation

"All was excellent, very proactive and helpful." – M&A

"Kirm Perpar is an agile, reliable and professional law firm. They have good combination of experienced and enthusiastic lawyers and can provide fast and professional services. They are still a boutique law firm so their approach is very personal and focused on the client's needs." – M&A

"Very responsive and professional." – Project development

Kosmac Law Office

Kosmac Law office is an independent firm that has an active corporate practice. 

During the research period the firm was active in the real estate sector, advising its clients on the establishment of a special purpose entity for the development of a real estate project in Ljubljana. 

ODI Law Firm

ODI Law firm is one of the leading law firms in Slovenia. It has offices in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia which come together to take on cross border transactions. 

Like most of its contemporaries the firm has a strong corporate and M&A practice. A combination of its cross border capability and domestic expertise makes it a go to firm for international companies and domestic blue chip companies in buy and sell side transactions.

The firm also has a reputable banking practice. Advisors to leading domestic and international banks and foreign debt collectors the firm has acted on several trade receivables transactions under Slovenian law. It also advises the banks on corporate lending and creditor side restructuring mandates.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•KNAPP acquisition of Epilog

•Myronivsky Hliboproduct acquisition of Perutnina Ptuj

Client feedback

"They were very competent and swift in replying." – Banking

"ODI were very professional and responsive in delivering a quality product. Slovenian partner Tine Mišic helped coordinate matters across two jurisdictions, and it was a pleasure to deal with and made our lives much easier." – Banking 

"They are highly professional and effective legal firm - very responsive, experienced in banking and M&A, intelligent problem solver and client friendly." – Banking

"ODI provide excellent service, coordinating local law advices across 9 jurisdictions. Their knowledge of the local political and economic environment is also invaluable." – M&A

"We are very satisfied with the firm. They cover several areas of law, are highly responsive and provide quality solutions in a short time. They can empathise with their clients." – M&A

"Good advice during the whole process of the acquisition, good project management in a perfectly timed manner and very cost-effective." – M&A 

"The firm provides high quality legal services, with individual focus on problematic issues, on different areas that are critical to us as a client." – M&A

"ODI is very connected within Slovenia and can therefore speed up transaction." – M&A

"Very responsive, flexible and reliable with strong competences in corporate, antitrust and labour law. They are also very pragmatic." – Project development

"Hard working lawyers with interesting ideas, flexibility and insightful proposals. We felt really safe in their hands." – Project finance

"Cooperative, always reachable, timely and professional." – Restructuring and insolvency

Schoenherr Slovenia

The Slovenian office of regional law firm benefits from Schoenherr's network offices across the CEE region. Similar to its other regional offices the Slovenian branch has a strong financial and corporate presence with notable expertise in banking space.

The firm's network offices come together to advise its clients on distressed loans transactions. Its regional NPL transactions are supported by the Slovenian office acting as local advisors to buyers and sellers. It also represents the creditors on restructuring mandates. 

The firm's M&A work also includes advisory roles on the disposal of distressed assets. However, it particularly stands out for its domestic and cross border transactions across sectors including leisure, manufacturing and distribution.

During the research period corporate partner Marko Prušnik left the firm to establish his own practice.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Adriaplin acquisition of Mestni Plinovodi

•MMNT acquisition of Portorož Marina

•Salus €17.5 million acquisition of 98.14% shares of Sanolabor  

Client feedback

"Resourceful and responsive." – Banking     

"Very good legal understanding, communication and tactical skills." - Banking

"Schoeherr is a very reliable law firm with excellent lawyers, which are very kind and productive." – Banking  

"Solid local law advice, good understanding of LMA-type documentation, well integrated into the Schoenherr network." – Banking 

"They deliver what they promise, in time and for the agreed price." – Banking 

"Professional and prompt support by the entire team including partners." – Banking 

"Extremely responsive, hardworking and an ability to find simple solution to complex issues." – M&A

"Very organised, quick, reliable and diligent." – M&A  

"Excellent - commercial, pragmatic, creative, responsive." – M&A

"We had the pleasure to work with Mr. Vid Kobe and his team. Their professionalism and client care in the process of negotiations were outstanding." – M&A

"Excellent - proactive client service and pragmatic solutions." – M&A

"The law firm has been involved in the whole sale process of the property. The firm completed its work in a professional and timely way." – M&A

"Very precise, caring, detail oriented and truly invested in their client services." – M&A

"Extremely responsive, dedicated and proactive deal maker, especially in finding simple solutions to complex issues" – M&A 

"We consider the work of the law firm to be of exceptional quality. In the past, we have already cooperated with other law firms in comparable transactions, but Schoenherr's work was at the highest level. We were more than satisfied with practically everything." – M&A

"Very professional and timely approach." – M&A

"I worked closely with Bojan Brežan and found the cooperation very professional and to the highest international law standards. Bojan knows how to untangle complex legal situations in an M&A context and find solutions/options for the client and other stakeholders." – M&A

"Excellent support to client - always available when needed, a reliable partner and professional advice." – Project finance

"Knowledgeable, professional and reliable." – Restructuring and insolvency

Simon Gabrijelčič lawyer

Jadek & Pensa spin-off Simon Gabrijelčič is a newly established independent practice with the eponymous lawyer as the sole legal advisor. Notable for his M&A and capital markets work, the firm was active in the regulated sector during the research period advising on an IPO and two sell-side M&A.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•AIK Banka acquisition of majority stake in Gorenjska banka

•Generali €245 million acquisition of Adriatic Slovenica


Tilen Terlep Attorney At Law

Odvetniki Šelih & Partners spin-off Tilen Terlep is a newly established boutique with the eponymous lawyer as the sole legal advisor. Notable for his real estate expertise, the research period saw the firm advise real estate developers on the development of warehouses and properties in Slovenia. It also picked up M&A work for leasing companies in the sector.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss has a strong Slovenian office that is active on some of the largest and rarer financial and corporate transactions in the market.

The firm's M&A expertise typically includes work for foreign buyers on private acquisitions, public tender offers, sales and mergers under Slovenian law. Although the firm is often active on deals for German speaking clients, the research period saw the firm advise Chinese electronic manufacture on a large acquisition in Slovenia. 

In the banking space the firm primarily advises foreign banks on financings in Slovenia. However, during the research period the firm's largest financing transactions came from the borrower side in relation to real estate acquisitions. The firm also possesses arranger side expertise on debt capital markets deals having acted on sovereign and corporate green bond issues.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Hisense acquisition of Gorenje

•SID Bank €75 million 0.5% green bond issue

•Supernova €117 million acquisition of 10 Mercator shopping centers


Zdolšek is a financial and corporate firm that is particularly strong in distressed transactions. It acts on restructurings, and the sale of NPLs, insolvent companies and distressed assets. The firm is also notable for advising the Slovenian bad bank on the sale of a domestic bank as part of its shareholder's financial restructuring programme. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•AIK Banka acquisition of majority stake in Gorenjska banka