firm and team profile
Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević Law Firm is recognized today as the premier corporate and commercial legal service to international and Croatian corporations in the Republic of Croatia. Whether it’s in established or emerging industries, our lawyers offer an integral insight into the local business environment. From start-ups to government, private investors to state-owned entities, our lawyers provide seamless legal support. DTB has been successfully advising national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and governments in both everyday business and sophisticated strategic transactions for close to twenty years now.
Our lawyers are members of prominent international associations of lawyers such as the International Bar Association, and the firm itself is a member of several networks of leading law firms – South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal), LNI, and World Services Group.
Over the years, DTB built a sizable law practice with 30 attorneys working in specialized groups and is now currently the largest top-tier law firm in Croatia. Our main practices cover banking, corporate, litigation, and real estate support over a full range of sectors including energy, financial institutions, infrastructure and transport, and private equity.
continuity and stability
We will always be there for our clients.
And, we will do what is best for them.
Our internal practice management structures and quality assurance procedures help us to deliver the right advice the first time and every time. We excel in both routine and hostile or unexpected circumstances.
intense client focus
We understand your business and deliver solutions-based advice that is practical and helps you to achieve your goals. The needs of our clients are the focus of our business.
We respond within 24 hours -- no exceptions and no excuses.
independence and integrity
We honour our commitments, deliver honest legal services and advice, and uphold the rule of law in all of our dealings.
commercial and corporate
Experienced in major international and domestic clients in local and cross-border transactions, our Commercial and Corporate practice group guides clients through corporate governance, general company advice, partnerships, restructuring and insolvency. Our support also includes advising on commercial contract and non-contractual commercial issues.
banking & finance
Our Banking & Finance experts guide clients through the full range of regulatory and compliance issues, as well as sophisticated transactions such as syndicated loans, refinancing, securitization, financial product structuring, leveraged financing, banking agreements, capital markets, and investment funds.
Our Energy practice group delivers solution-driven advice that helps clients in the energy industry to meet their challenges and achieve their goals. Having represented clients in the power, oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, we have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the legal issues that are most important to their continued success.
antitrust & competition
Management of the risks of antitrust and competition law is a key factor in the success of a new business venture. Cartels, merger control, abuse of dominant position, and compliance can create a forest of complex, tangled issues for even the most experienced business person. Our team helps our clients to solve the urgent antitrust and competition issues and to implement long-term strategies to reduce their risk in the future.
mergers and acquisitions
Our M&A lawyers advise on public and private M&A transactions across many different industries, in single and multijurisdictional deals. Recently, our M&A team have completed some of the most complex transactions in Croatia. The all-around approach enables us to handle all issues that can arise in a single corporate transaction.
real estate & project finance
DTB has exceptional experience and knowledge in representing clients in the most complicated real estate transactions and most noteworthy infrastructure and energy projects in Croatia. Our clients have included leading developers and investment companies from throughout Europe and the USA. The support includes all types and stages of real estate transactions.
DTB clients benefit from our experience in all aspects of infrastructure projects including financing, regulatory, privatizations and permitting requirements for motorways, port facilities, power plants, and oil and gas facilities. Our services are further supported by our expertise in environmental, health, and safety matters.
DTB’s Intellectual Property practice has been attracting a growing volume of work, advising on complex IP licensing transactions in the IT and hi-tech sectors. We provide client-focused advice on IP matters for leading regional and world brands including trademarks, industrial design, patent, copyright and infringement and litigation.
Our IP and Antitrust and Competition practice groups have been also getting much deserved attention recently, and we are expecting them to make a smooth transition to band 1 law firms in the following editorials.
Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević Law Firm is recognized and honoured by both national and international professional associations.
We were recently awarded:
• Commercial Law Firm of the Year - Croatia The Acquisition International Legal Awards
• 2013 Business Excellence Award: Investment Management Firm of the year - Croatia
• 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards- Commercial Property Law Firm of the Year in Croatia
• Croatian Land and Building Law Firm of the Year 2013 International Start up Advisory Award
• FINA 2013 Gold Balance in the category of Professional, Science and Technical Activities, by national Financial Agency (FINA)
DTB has over the years pushed and re-shaped the standards of law practice in Croatia.
Whether you wanted to litigate or merge and acquire, engage in a big-ticket development from the comfort of your Malaysian office or develop local capacities of your UK-based charity dedicated to alleviating suffering of the poorest people in the world, DTB’s lawyers have stayed in tune with the clients’ needs and optimal regulatory-friendly solutions.
In the mean time, we have also started giving back. DTB has developed a steady, pro bono and community affairs programme with a view to supporting social responsibility.
DTB is a proud Croatian member of a charitable arm of a global news and information provider. Through the work of this charity, DTB provides free legal assistance to NGOs and social entrepreneurs, and trusted news and information on women’s rights, anti-corruption and humanitarian crises.
DTB is also proud to support our clients’ charitable or non-commercial activities in the local community.
This is to deliver on our obligations as a major player in the Croatian legal and economic landscape, and give back to the communities in which we reside and work.
To discuss how we can help your organization, please contact your primary DTB attorney or send an email with your questions. One of our partners will ensure that your inquiry receives a prompt response.