Kristijan Polenak

Kristijan Polenak

Managing Partner

Expertise

  • Banking
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Due Diligence

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

WSG in Europe Group
Member
WSG Main Group
Member
Banking & Finance Group
Member
IBA Group
Member

Polenak Law Firm
Macedonia

Profile
Kristijan is a legal expert with more than 20 years of experience in the legal sector in North Macedonia. He is head of the firm's M&A and Banking practice. Kristijan has extensive involvement in projects focused on privatizations, M&A, banking, securities regulation, corporate law and corporate governance, as well as financial arrangements of IFI's and international banks. Furthermore, he has excellent track record and know-how regarding transactions involving financing structures. His thorough understanding of different industries, combined with his banking experience and numerous independent corporate positions in companies and banks denote a solid base for taking on important roles as legal advisor to financial institutions and companies in diverse industries.

Bar Admissions

- International Bar Association
- Macedonian Bar Association

Education

- Certificate for passed Judicial Exam, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of North Macedonia, 1997
- LL.B Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus, Skopje, North Macedonia, 1994
Areas of Practice

Banking | Corporate Governance | Corporate Law | Due Diligence | Investments | Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities Regulation | Shares and By-laws

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

- Macedonian legal counsel of Philip Morris S.A.;
- Macedonian legal counsel of Kraft Foods Europe;
- Macedonian legal counsel of EVN AG;
- Macedonian legal counsel of Magyar Telecom / Deutsche Telekom;
- Macedonian legal counsel of Cisco Systems;
- Macedonian legal counsel of Nokia.


Professional Associations

- South East Europe Legal Group (www.seelegal.org)
- American Chamber of Commerce in North Macedonia
- Slovenian Macedonian Business Club
- European Business Association in North Macedonia
- Independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Macedonian Stock Exchange, since December 2004
- Management Board of American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia (founding member), since 2000 and President of the Board in 2006/2007
- Non-executive member of the Management Board of Brokerage House BRO-DEAL AD Skopje, 1999-2003
- Non-executive member of the Management Board of EUROSTANDARD BANK AD Skopje, 2001-2004
- Non-executive member of the Management Board of the Insurance Company EUROLINK AD Skopje, 2002-2005


Seminars

- International Trade Law Course, European University, 01.07 - 05.08.1993, in Budapest, Hungary;
- Comparative Constitutional Law Course, European University, 01.07 - 05.08.1993, in Budapest, Hungary;
- Guest Speaker at MBA studies on corporate governance at the Law Faculty in Skopje;
- Moderator and guest speaker on stock exchange operations for judges educational process in Macedonia.

Articles

- Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Governance 2011-2019
- Global Legal Insights: Mergers & Acquisitions editions 5, 6 and 7
- World Bank - Country Assessment of Corporate Governance - 2005
- World Bank - Country Assessment of Banking Corporate Governance - 2005
- Banking regulations in Republic of Macedonia: Licensing requirements and Procedure, Euromoney's Network and Correspondent Banking Review 2003/2004
- Mobilizing the private sector in municipal infrastructure projects in Macedonia, EBRD's Law in Transition, 2003
- Global Merger Notification Handbook, Third Edition, 2002, Fourth Edition, 2003, Fifth Edition, 2004, articles on Macedonian merger regulation
- Banking regulations in Republic of Macedonia: Anti-money-laundering, Euromoney's Network and Correspondent Banking Review 2004/2005
- Debt recovery procedure, World Bank, 2002
- Regular participation in questionnaires on Law in Transition, publication of EBRD.