Kinstellar Expands to Croatia by Teaming up with and Integrating Žurić i Partneri (ZiP) Law Firm

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that it has entered into a cooperation and association agreement with Žurić i Partneri (ZiP) law firm in Croatia. ZiP is now a fully integrated office of Kinstellar.

The expansion to Zagreb is part of our strategy to provide full-service coverage across all of Emerging Europe. By joining forces, we broaden our offering in the western Balkans and leverage the resources and expertise of our firm to deliver exceptional client service.

We believe that the new office gives us a strong, integrated and profitable operation creating significant synergies with our existing business. A presence in the Croatian market complements our core strengths and broadens our appeal to clients seeking a single point of contact for support across the region with a consistent quality and style of service.

Founded in 1995, ZiP is one of the most reputed law firms in Croatia. It currently has 22 lawyers, including five partners. ZiP has an exceptional client base consisting of major multinationals, investment and private equity funds and financial institutions. Its long-standing tradition of legal excellence and innovative legal solutions is valued by clients and peers and is reflected in its prominent position across all practice areas in the leading international legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Clients praise the firm for its knowledge and deep understanding of the Croatian legal system and for being client-oriented, responsive and approachable. In recent testimonials, clients state that ZiP is ‘‘one of the best law firms in Croatia and the region, in terms of size, professionalism and history” and highlight that “confidentiality, loyalty and integrity combined with the excellent service’’ are key strengths (Legal 500, 2021), while other clients noted that “the lawyers were always available and ready to step in on whatever we needed’’ and “what we value most is that the team not only give us the legal standpoint but try to protect us and warn us of problems that may arise. We see the team as a partner who is always taking our side”. (Chambers Europe, 2021)

The firm’s clients are typically large international companies and banks looking to invest in Croatia or to support existing operations, or large domestic entities looking to build out their footprint across the region.

Recent transactions that the firm has worked on include:
  • The acquisition of Sberbank in the CEE region by Agri Europe Cyprus Ltd.
  • The debt optimisation of the motorway and road sector of the Republic of Croatia
  • The amendments to the Concession Agreement for the Istrian Y Motorway
  • The revision of the Zagreb Stock Exchange and Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency’s Corporate Governance Code

Kinstellar’s practice in Croatia will be led by Duško Žurić and Miroslav Plašćar, as Co-Managing Partners. For more information, please contact Diana Dimova at [email protected]