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Polenak Law Firm

Polenak Law Firm  

Legal Services | Macedonia

tel: +389 (0)2 3114 737 | fax: +389 (0)2 3120 420
Orce Nikolov 98 | Skopje | 1000 | Macedonia

Main Contacts

Kristijan Polenak

Kristijan PolenakManaging Partner


Skopje, Macedonia

Polenak Law Firm's Overview

Firm Overview:
Polenak Law Firm continues the tradition of providing top quality legal services since the first law office bearing the name Polenak was established in 1946. The firm developed from an individual practice working in criminal and civil litigation to a partnership in the 1970s and adding commercial and corporate matters, growing its partnership and areas of work in the 1990s and rising to a structured full-service law firm in 2007. Throughout its history the firm and its brand was considered one of the market leaders. Today, this leadership is recognized and praised by clients and relevant legal directories.

The number of transactions handled make it the most experienced law firm on the market in banking, project finance, M&A, privatization processes, competition and antitrust matters, aviation, energy, telecommunications and PPP. The knowledge and practice of the firm's litigation lawyers in criminal, civil and commercial cases is remarkable, construing one of its prominent benchmarks.

The affiliation with leading law firms from each jurisdiction in the region, joined together in the South East Europe Legal Group (www.seelegal.org), enables it to offer its clients coverage and superior legal services in the region.

Main Areas of Practice:
The main focus of services is directed to multinational corporations, banks and international financial institutions, providing experienced legal advice in many practice areas and offering wide range of legal services.

The firm's notable M&A experience is built in decades of practice by advising in most of the largest M&A transactions and in numerous share transfers in SMEs.

One of the firm's flagships is its banking and finance practice. Over the last 20 years, the firm advised joint managers on several issuances of sovereign bonds, provided regulatory advises and opinions to international banks and IFI's, including advice on loan structuring, drafting agreements, FX matters, enforceability of ISDA and GMRA contracts in North Macedonia, secured loan structures, syndicated lending, etc. The firm assisted corporate issuers in public and private share offerings.

The firm's competition practice, as market leader in this field, deals with merger notifications, proceedings at the Commission for Protection of Competition (prohibited agreements, introduction of behavioral or structural remedies, abuse of dominant position), internal competition compliance checks.

The firm's services enable corporate clients to achieve local legal compliance on data protection, consumer protection, competition and anti-trust, labour law requirements, reporting requirements, etc.

The firm provides variety of legal services related to real estate. The experience record includes title examinations and transfers, leases, lease-backs, drafting complex asset deal documentation, entry into public registers, creation and perfection of security over immovable asset, investing immovable asset into a corporate entity, asset due diligence. The firm also assists with estimation of taxes and communal duties. In greenfield investments, the firm assists its clients to assess timing and construction permit procedures.

Polenak Law Firm advises clients in renewable energy generation and energy distribution, as well as companies in the mining industry.

Firm's IP practice is also notable, providing client support in registration of trademarks and patents.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1946
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 20

Languages: English, French, Russian, German, Greek, Serbian.


Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Analysis of Laws and Regulations
  • Banking
  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Contractual Law
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Due Diligence
  • General Consultation
  • Industrial Property
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investments
  • Labour Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Regulation
  • Shares and By-laws
  • Trade Law
Representative Clients
  • International Clients
  • The list of Polenak Law Firm's international clients comprises of international finance organizations, banks, insurance companies, multinational tobacco industry, companies trading and producing metals, technical gases, construction companies and many more. The extensive list includes: the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; international banks and financial companies, including ING, Barcley's, Calyon, Citybank, Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Bank; companies such as Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson Controls, Lenovo, Herbalife, Nokia, Cisco Systems, Nike, Colgate Palmolive; and furthermore Adient, Cevahir Holding, Deutsche Telekom Group, LC Waikiki, Limak, Inditex, Johnson Matthey, Joyson Safety Systems, Sanrio, Siemens, TAV Airports, Telekom Austria, Titan Cement, WizzAir.
  • Regional financial leaders, such as the NLB Group and SAVA Re;
  • Energy companies EVN from Austria and Ratia Energy from Switzerland;
  • Fast developing regional companies as Droga-Kolinska from Slovenia, Koncar - KET and Dukat from Croatia.
  • Among our many Macedonian clients are the following companies: Alkaloid AD Skopje, the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic products; Makedonijaturist AD Skopje, the largest chain of hotels; Export and Credit Bank; MAKSTIL, the biggest steel producer; K.A.K. Skopje, casinos and hotels; Ski Center Zare Lazarevski Mavrovo; NLB Lizing, the first leasing company. Most of our Macedonian clients are ranked in the first 100 companies in Macedonia.


Senior Associates

Zoran Andonovski

Zoran AndonovskiSenior Associates

Natasa Popova-Alebic

Natasa Popova-AlebicSenior Associates

Anastazija Sazdovska

Anastazija SazdovskaSenior Associates


Vera Ristik

Vera RistikAssosiates


Vanja Curlinova

Vanja CurlinovaJunior associate

Ana Petrovska-Belopeta

Ana Petrovska-BelopetaJunior associate

Simona Shekerova

Simona ShekerovaJunior associate

Ivana Slaveska

Ivana SlaveskaJunior associate

Andrej Stojkovic

Andrej StojkovicJunior associate

Marija Tupanceska

Marija TupanceskaJunior associate

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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