Ivan Šimac

Leaders in Law endorses Ivan Šimac as our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Croatia. If you wish to get in touch with Ivan, please use the contact information provided above.

Ivan Šimac has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions in Croatia. He is also well regarded in the market in relation to legal issues in pharmaceuticals industry, tourism industry, real estate development, automotive industry, as well as IT industry. Having gained experience and trust, Ivan and his firm continue to advise companies in these sectors in connection with their commercial agreements, labour issues and general corporate advisory matters. They have been a trusted legal advisor for several foreign owned companies for over a decade.

In addition to the above areas of law, Ivan and the firm provide full legal services work for foreign individual and companies entering the Croatian market in various industries. He has in the past successfully represented foreign clients in commercial agreement disputes and enforcements in Croatia. With the help from his partner Tomislav Halle and their associates, Ivan and Halle & Šimac are regularly engaged in more extensive and complex legal assignments, such as due diligences and corresponding negotiations on behalf of clients to acquire or sell shares, or to merge/spin off companies. Ivan is often recommended contact by his colleagues in regard to acquisitions, competition law, data privacy issues and real estate development.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., Juris Doctor, 2000 – USA diploma certification in 2002
  • La Roche College, B.S., 1997
  • NY, USA bar qualified, 2000
  • Croatian bar, 2004

Practice Area

  • M&A and Corporate Governance
  • Real Estate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Civil Procedures & Enforcement Law
  • Labour Law
  • Administrative Law

Firm Overview:

Halle & Šimac has been trusted legal advisor in Croatia for its clients, in particular foreign entrepreneurs and foreign controlled companies, since 2007. The firm’s experienced legal team advises clients with reliable, expert advisory services at reasonable, market competitive rates. The firm’s legal team consists of attorneys ranging from young members in their late 20s to partners with 20+ years of experience and is able to provide full range of legal services. Halle & Šimac advisory team experience ranges from general corporate law, administrative procedures, labour law and enforcement procedures, to civil procedure and arbitration. The firm and its partners have significant experience in handling legal issues in various business industries (real estate, automotive, pharmaceuticals, energy) and related commercial negotiations. The firm may be of particular interest for the prospective clients who seek very pro-active legal business advisor for its endeavors in Croatia.


Miroslav Lisjak, MSc

Leaders in Law endorses Miroslav Lisjak as our exclusively recommended Business Advisory Services expert in Croatia. If you wish to get in touch with Miroslav, please use the contact information provided above.

Director and owner of the company Alias ​​doo Miroslav Lisjak, graduated in economics in Graz, with a medal and a master’s degree in economics and sociology. After graduating, he started a private company for marketing, website development, graphic design and software solutions. The company has been operating successfully in this area since 2005.

From 2007 to the end of 2016, Mr. Lisjak gained experience in the banking and real sector as finance director in two international companies, and for more than 5 years as director of the Bank’s branch.

After 16 years of working in various systems both in Austria and in Croatia and in entrepreneurship, we decided to use the acquired knowledge, experience and contacts for the benefit of our clients, and we opened an office to provide financial and business consulting services.

Given the lifelong intertwining of Austria and Croatia in both the educational and business segments, it was natural that the next step would be to expand the business to Austria, which happened in July 2018 with the opening of financial and business consulting company M1 Consulting GmbH in Graz.

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Commercial Due Diligence
  • Business Advisory Services
  • Tax Consulting


  • Croatian
  • German
  • English

Firm Description:

“Alias” in translation means a shortcut, so our slogan “Your shortcut to the best solution” best defines our company policy.

Banking & Finance

If you need any kind of financial solution you are in the right place. Our partners are banks and financial institutions in Croatian and Austrian market, and before approaching them, we prepare your project as best as possible, so we can get in the position to choose between competitive products from different banks. If there’s a solution we will find it, if there are more solutions, we will find the best one.

EU Funding Programs

As Croatia is the latest and relatively new member of the European Union there are lots of possibilities and opportunities in getting subventions from Eu Funding Programs in Agriculture, Production, ICT or similar areas. We work as one stop shop here and with our partners, we are covering all services needed for applying to the Eu Funding Program. So, investment plan, technological plan, administrative preparation and as the final step crediting the rest of investment which is not funded this is all managed through professional engagement from our team.

Assessment – Buying – Overtaking – Merging Companies

In Croatia there are about 16.500 companies which have no successor so there are lots of opportunities to expand your business through overtaking or merging with such companies. We have experience in this area where we support the negotiations between buyer and seller, we are assessing the value of the company, helping to define a deal in detail supported with lawyers and at the end if needed we solve the financial part of the deal.

Business & Investment Plans

For almost all our services there is a business or investment plan needed which is the first thing we have to do. A business or investment plan is not only needed for the banks or other institutions but for the investor in the first place, so he knows what is expected from the project in the future. We value this area very much, because we want our clients to be in a position to have all the important information to make a decision which is going to affect their business in the future.

Tax Consulting

Taxes are included in almost every business transaction and because of that tax consultancy is the main part of our business advisory and strategic planning. We consider all options and consult our clients, so they can make the optimal tax decision which has the most positive impact on their business or as a private person in form of an investor.

Investment & Partnership in Croatia

Croatia is a land full of opportunities in different areas especially in tourism, production, agriculture, food industry and real estate. If you have interest in expanding your business to Croatia or looking for interesting projects or partners, we can help you with that. We can look up a project for you according to your specifications or offer you one we already have in our or our partners portfolio. Lots of our clients are already working for foreign markets and there are a lot of partnership possibilities.

If there’s a solution we will find it, if there are more solutions, we will find the best one.


Mojmir Ostermann

Leaders in Law endorses Mojmir Ostermann as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Croatia. If you wish to get in touch with Mojmir, please use the contact information provided above.

For twenty years, Mojmir Ostermann has been advising multinationals, financial institutions and domestic clients in complex corporate and M&A transactions related to various areas of the economy, as well as banking and finance and the capital markets. Mojmir has led some of the most complex cross-border projects related to Croatia while regularly representing clients in litigation and arbitration.

As evidence of recognition by the business and legal community, Mojmir has been singled out for six consecutive years as leading corporate law and merger & acquisition (M&A) lawyer in the Legal 500 in the Republic of Croatia.

He received his Magister Juris (LLM) degree in Comparative and European Law from the University of Oxford.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • M&A
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Dispute Resolution

Major economic sectors

  • Financial institutions
  • Venture capital funds (Private Equity)
  • Construction
  • Telecommunications

Education, qualifications and training

  • University of Oxford (UK) Law School, MJur, 2003/2004.
  • Listed in Attorneys Directory of the Croatian Bar Association, 2003.
  • Bar Exam, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, 2002.
  • Listed in the Directory of Law Trainees of the Croatian Bar Association, 2000.
  • Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, B.Sc., 2000 (Dean’s Award for Best Student)


  • Croatian
  • English

Firm Description:

Ostermann & Partners LLP is a law firm that provides its services to local and international companies, financial and governmental institutions. We are a dynamic, solution-oriented and globally minded practice. Our goal is to provide our clients with advice and expertise at the highest level.

We are recognized for our dedication and innovation as we continuously strive to offer our clients creative and cutting-edge solutions aimed at resolving the most complex legal problems. Our approach is based on critical analysis and legal research of local, European and international legal practice.

We place strong emphasis on developing a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses. Our lawyers respond timely and effectively by giving you advice instead of just options. We look at the big picture and the fine details.

Ostermann & Partners LLP provides legal services and transactional advice, among others, in the following areas: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Employment, Energy, Project Finance, Real Estate and Restructuring & Insolvency. We regularly act for our clients in all manner of disputes (litigation and arbitration).

Responsibility & Community

Ostermann & Partners LLP is a socially aware law firm which puts emphasis on responsible and ethically oriented actions towards the local community in which it operates. In that respect, our law firm has made a positive impact on our society through financial support of students, disabled children and others in need. By care towards the local community we endeavour to create foundations for a better future.

In addition, our law firm regularly supports legal scientists and students from Croatian universities in their international and local projects, e.g., we have provided scholarships for students participating in Price Media Law Moot Court in Oxford (UK), as well as for scholars of Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.


Mladen Vukmir

After completing the law education at Zagreb University Law School, Mladen obtained Master of Intellectual Property degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH, USA. He spent two years as a trainee and one year as an associate at Hanzekovic Radakovic Law Offices in Zagreb. He was a visiting lawyer at: Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA, USA; Monahan Duhot in Paris, France and Pavia e Ansaldo in Milan, Italy. In 1991 he founded VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES. In 1992 he acted as an expert adviser to the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office Zagreb, at the time of its founding. Subsequently he was appointed a patent and trademark agent, admitted to practice before the CSIPO and European Patent Office. He has been appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for Patents and Topographies. He advised on preparations for the Manual on Technology Transfer at UNIDO. Mladen is a member AIPPI, IBA, ITechLaw, GALA, INTA, LES, UIA.

Mladen wrote numerous articles and lectured on various topics on intellectual property, including regular teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law graduate and postgraduate courses. He is an arbitrator on the Panel of domestic disputes at the Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, panelist on the UDRP Domain Name Panel at WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, a distinguished neutral on the CPR Panels of Neutrals and at the INTA PON and is an IMI certified mediator.

Mladen also served as a consultant to various domestic and international organizations such as the Croatian Government (Ministry of Science and Technology), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the World Bank and the European Commission (CARDS 2002 and IPA 2009 programs) and GLG Council. He is the Royal Danish Consul General (Hon.) in Zagreb (decorated, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog).

Vukmir & Associates:

Our legal expertise rests on a foundation of core values, responsiveness to change, and thought leadership.

Our professional team of fifteen lawyers, including two counsels, seeks to provide diverse legal assistance, while offering comprehensive services. In support of our attorneys and IP filing department, a team of individuals attend to paralegal matters.

Our attorneys are affiliated with several international associations such as the International Bar Association (IBA), International Trademark Association (INTA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI), ITechLaw , Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), American Chamber of Commerce Croatia (AmCham), Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group (PTMG) and the Counterfeiting Bureau, the firm has developed a valuable network of colleagues globally.

Our passion for knowledge means we find new ways of doing old things better. Our enthusiasm for our work and interest in yours means you’ll enjoy a partnership with us.

We believe that lawyers need to be innovative and creative to serve clients who operate in an increasingly complex market. For 20 years we’ve staked our claim to cutting edge services by remaining flexible and responsive. Yet we cleave to high ethical standards and credibility as our ground. Our clients finds us easy to speak with, alert to changing needs, and happy about what we do.

Located in residential Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, we are an independent law partnership who specializes in intellectual property while offering traditional patent and trademark prosecution and business, corporate and banking legal services. As we explore the frontier of IP and IA concerns and their relation to business strategy, we’ve formed strategic IP consultancy modules for growth oriented firms. In response to demand for creative and beneficial alternatives to litigation, we’ve championed Advanced Dispute Resolution for our range of clients, which includes corporations, financial institutions and law firms worldwide and regionally.