ULČAR & PARTNERJI

ABOUT OUR FIRM

Ulčar & partners is an independent Slovenian law firm, providing a full range of corporate and commercial legal services. Our highly experienced, business-oriented and creative legal experts are committed to consistently provide highest quality legal services, carefully tailored to each of our client’s needs and interests, even in relation to matters, often regarded as simple or routine.

Founded in 1993, we have gained recognition on the market due to our extensive M&A practice and have since developed a wide range of complementary practices, such as corporate advisory services, banking and finance, insolvency, restructuring, antitrust and competition, real estate, employment and commercial litigation.

In addition to our strong local presence, we have a developed network of highly experienced partner law firms throughout the Adriatic region and beyond (Lex Adria), which enables us to offer legal support to our clients in cross-border and international transactions, projects or their operations abroad.

We are a proud member of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovenia and of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers offering global HR legal solutions.

 

»We turn your complex legal issues into simple and effective solutions«.

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PRACTICE AREAS

A FULL RANGE OF LEGAL SERVICES CATERED TO YOUR BUSINESS

We nourish a business minded corporate law firm primarily focusing on corporate and commercial law, including M&A, banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, antitrust and competition, real estate, employment and dispute resolution. Our legal expertise, combined with our in-depth understanding of your business objectives and constraints enables us to fulfill your needs and smoothly guide you through most complex situations to quick, tailored, comprehensive and efficient legal solutions.

COMMERCIAL LAW

Commercial law is and has always been one of our firm’s primary practice areas. We are advising our clients in their business and commercial transactions, drafting commercial contracts and other documents, taking part in negotiations and representing them in commercial litigation.

CORPORATE LAW

When advising our clients with their corporate law issues we rely on strong teamwork and our entrepreneurial mindset to find the most effective solution created to achieve and protect commercial interest of our clients.

We advise and support clients during the whole life cycle of a business, from the establishment, funding and corporate governance to the termination/winding-down of a corporation. We support clients in the management of their corporate activities (shareholder meetings, general assemblies, etc.), drafting of corporate governance documents (such as articles of association, shareholder agreements, rules of procedure, etc.) and advise them on planning and execution of corporate transactions or restructuring measures.

We also offer general corporate advice, advice on compliance issues, and engage in potential corporate litigation and arbitration cases.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

One of our core practice areas is advising and supporting clients on all aspects and in all stages of M&A transactions.

We offer full-range legal services to domestic and foreign clients, acting as buyers, sellers, financial investors or other stakeholders in transactions, which entail (i) planning of the transaction strategy and structure, (ii) preparing the business for sale or coordination and timely execution of the due diligence review, (iii) drafting of the transaction documents, (iv) actively taking part in the negotiations and (v) coordinating the signing and closing. In addition, we also support our clients in the associated proceedings before the competent authorities (merger clearances and approvals by relevant regulators (i.e. Bank of Slovenia, Securities Market Agency, etc.). We regularly cooperate with external financial, tax or other advisors, and have developed a network of trusted partners throughout the Adriatic region.

We understand that M&A transactions entail many overlapping issues for our clients and by focusing on teamwork and providing our resources from different practice areas, we aim to offer comprehensive, succinct and efficient legal advice at all stages of the transaction. We take pride in years of first-hand experience advising both domestic and foreign clients, gaining the necessary experience and expertise critical to helping clients mitigate risk and achieve their goals in a broad field of industries including gas and energy, automotive and transportation, banking and financial services, healthcare, real estate, hospitality, retail, insurance, and technology.

ANTITRUST AND COMPETITION

Competition is a major driver of business.

The ever-changing competition laws are becoming more complex and when violated, result in serious consequences for companies and individuals. We help our clients with merger clearance and assessment processes, represent them before national competition authorities and coordinate the notification to the national competition authorities throughout the Adriatic region.

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

We are an active adviser with extensive experience in the field of restructuring and insolvency.

We help clients address financial difficulties in crisis situations. We actively represent creditors and credit institutions, corporate debtors and investors in complex restructurings and insolvency proceedings, as well as assist our clients with drafting of the necessary documents. We take part in the negotiations and advise on other aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Our services also include the representation of creditors and/or debtors in the insolvency related litigation.

We are aware of the complexity of restructuring and insolvency-related issues and address them with an integrated, problem-solving approach, covering corporate, state aid, litigation, employment, intellectual rights, real estate and other associated issues.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Constantly changing economic, political and regulatory conditions make banking and finance one of the most challenging fields to tackle and finding the optimal deal structure and terms has never been more important.

Our banking and finance experts are constantly developing innovative solutions and implementing complex financing mechanisms and techniques when advising financial institutions and companies in relation to borrowing or lending, leveraged and acquisition financing and refinancing, real estate and project finance, asset finance, investments and securitization.

Our lawyers also regularly advise banks and other financial institutions on investment services and products, including regulatory/compliance, as well as transactional.

REAL ESTATE

We offer legal services in the field of acquisition, development and transfer of real estate and asset management.

Our extensive expertise on real estate transactions, including acquisitions of office buildings, hotels, shopping centres and health care facilities, helps us to draft and negotiate even the most complex real estate transaction agreements and structure, advise on and manage real estate transactions (either in asset deals or in share deals), draft construction,   project management and lease agreements and advise on all issues related with the implementation of and warranty under such agreements.

EMPLOYMENT

Good relationships with employees are fundamental for the success of every business. We advise our clients on all aspects of employment law, keeping in mind their business interest and helping them minimize the workforce risk while seeking out effective and transparent solutions.

Our legal services include general advice on labor law, transaction-related employment issues and relations with employee representatives, mass-redundancies, collective and individual employment issues (drafting of employment agreements, internal rules and policies, execution of termination proceedings of all types, negotiating the agreements with employees, etc.), as well as managing employment relationships with the management.

Although we firmly believe that litigation should be a last resort solution, we maintain a high track record when representing our clients in court.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Our legal experts are successful litigators with extensive experience and great attention to detail, which proves crucial in the majority of disputes. We believe this is the reason why our clients entrust us with their most complex cases, be it before the court, arbitration tribunals or mediation panels.

We strive to minimize the risk and avoid costly and time-consuming litigation or arbitration. Even in cases when formal dispute resolution process cannot be avoided, we resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.

OUR PEOPLE

Matjaž Ulčar

Matjaž Ulčar

Managing Partner
Practice Areas:
M&A / Corporate / Antitrust & Competition / Restructuring / Commercial / Finance / Energy
Languages:
Slovenian / English / Croatian / Serbian

Matjaž has been the Managing Partner at Ulčar & partners law firm since March 2009 and has been actively advising major Slovenian and international clients with respect to their domestic and global corporate and financial transactions.

He handles large-scale privatization projects, private M&A transactions, including takeovers, financing projects and corporate and financial restructurings. His strong suit is his entrepreneurial mindset and his profound understanding of the market makes him a top-notch legal advisor in the field of corporate, commercial and M&A.

Matjaž leads the M&A practice group with Lex Adria.

 

High attention to detail, excellent communication skills, high industry sector knowledge and excellent negotiation abilities.” (IFLR – client feedback)

Mitja Ulčar

Mitja Ulčar

Senior Partner
Practice Areas:
Commercial / Civil / Dispute resolution / Advisory
Languages:
Slovenian / English / German / Croatian / Serbian

Mitja is the founding and senior partner at Ulčar & partners law firm. Prior to establishing the law firm in 1993, he worked as a judge for more than ten years.

He specializes in commercial law, civil law and dispute resolution. In addition, his unparalleled experience and wealth of knowledge as a judge and attorney make him a most valuable advisor in many other fields of law.

Barbara Ulčar

Barbara Ulčar

Partner
Practice Areas:
Corporate / Commercial / M&A / Dispute Resolution
Languages:
Slovenian / English / Croatian / Serbian

Barbara has been a member of our team since 2007 and became a partner in 2011. Her practice mostly focuses on corporate and commercial law, including M&A.

She has gained extensive experience in regularly advising clients on corporate governance, general corporate support and in relation to corporate dispute litigation. Her experience also include leading various complex due diligence reviews, and advising in numerous domestic and international M&A transactions.

Blaž Prinčič

Blaž Prinčič

Associate partner
Practice Areas:
Insolvency & Restructuring / Corporate / Commercial / M&A
Languages:
Slovenian / English / German

Blaž joined Ulčar & partners in 2012 as a junior associate and rapidly became an indispensable member of the firm’s team.

He specializes in corporate law and insolvency, regularly advising and representing corporate clients in M&A transactions. He has gained immense experience, handling and representing clients in complex insolvency proceedings and advising in relation to finance transactions and restructurings. In addition, he is a relentless professional litigator in the field of commercial, insolvency and corporate disputes.

Mojca Pušnar

Mojca Pušnar

Lawyer
Practice Areas:
Commercial / Civil / Dispute Resolution
Languages:
Slovenian / English / Italian

Mojca joined our team in 2019, after working for a few years as a junior associate in two local law firms.

She advises clients in relation to commercial and civil legal issues and litigation. She also acts as a member of our M&A team and participates in due diligence reviews.

Anja Obreza

Anja Obreza

Senior Associate, Certified Tax Expert, Court interpreter for German Language
Practice Areas:
Tax / M&A / Corporate / Commercial / Labour
Languages:
Slovenian / English / German

Anja joined Ulčar & partners in 2023. She has over 10 years of professional experience, working as a Tax Advisor for one of the biggest regional Tax Advisory Firms as well as a Senior Associate with two of the leading Slovenian Tax Law firms.

She has significant experience with Personal and Corporate Income Taxation, particularly on cross-border/international taxation issues, tax aspects of M&A and corporate restructuring procedures, tax due diligence procedures and with representation in tax procedures before the Slovenian Tax Authority as well as tax matters before the Administrative Court of Slovenia. She also regularly advises clients on M&A transactions, corporate, commercial and employment matters.

Anja is a Certified Tax Expert with the Slovenian Institute of Auditors and a Court Interpreter for German language.

WHY CHOOSE US?

A leader in our sector

With our knowledge and experience we provide a full range high-quality legal service catered to your business’ specific legal issues. We tackle every single legal issue with confidence and complete devotion. Your business goals are as important to us as they are to you, so we actively engage to contribute as legal partners to their efficient realization. During our years of legal expertise we have evolved into one of the leading Slovenian corporate practices, especially in the field of mergers and acquisitions. We have lately advised clients in a substantial number of high-profile successfully completed M&A transactions.

No issue is too complex

Our dedicated and passionate team of highly qualified legal experts stands beside you, tackling every single legal issue that stands in the way between you and your business goals. We are one of the few law firms in the Republic of Slovenia with experience to provide legal support in complex matters, drawing on our extensive cooperation with several regional and global law firms. Our lawyers are intensely focused on a broad range of business fields, and are greatly appreciated for their enthusiasm, dedication and passion for their work.

Get the best in your front line

It is in our law firm’s policy to assure that you always get the best counsel and advice regarding the field of your legal issues. Our firm’s partners are actively involved in projects and personally committed to deliver high-quality work in an efficient manner. Partners do not outsource their work to junior attorneys. We treat every single client with extreme importance and commit our most qualified resources to ensure efficient and successful performance of assigned tasks.

Build trusted relationships

It is not in our interest to just solve your legal issues, but to become a long-standing trusted partner in the legal field. We believe that the best solutions come from a deep understanding not only of the environment but also of the core of your business and the intricate ecosystem that operates within it. Among others, we have been advising Petrol for over ten years, in connection with most important corporate and commercial legal issues, both in the course of their daily operations, domestically and abroad. Long lasting relationships with clients reflect a high level of trust to our work, commitment and legal expertise.

Cost-effective problem solutions

We are in a position to operate within stringent budgets, and are willing to provide our legal services at competitive rates. Drawing on our experience and extensive cooperation with clients in different industry sectors, we have the resources and the skills necessary to ensure smooth and efficient completion of transactions, providing our clients with most cost-effective solutions. We understand you do not have the time nor will to receive legal advice in the form of lengthy lectures. We advise on what you can do and how you should do it. We strongly believe in a problem-solving approach.

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