August 19, 2016

ODI`s Uroš Ilić gave an interview to the CEE Legal Matters on the latest developments on the legal market in the Republic of Slovenia. To read the full article, please click on


July 26, 2016

ODI’s Uroš Ilić and Uroš Brglez have co-authored an extensive article titled Takeovers (M&A) in insolvency proceedings in an annex to a 29-30th number of the Slovenian law magazine Pravna praksa which was issued on July 21, 2016. The Article examines the conduct of takeovers in a position when insolvency proceedings are being performed on the seller and are therefore subjected to legal restrictions which are not common for international (cross-border) M&A transactions. M&A transactions can be carried out when a seller is in insolvency proceedings whilst one needs to take into account that the exploitation (selling) of the debtor’s assets is thoroughly legally restricted, aiming to ensure better conditions for repayment of the creditors (achieving higher purchase price) and at the same time lowering the risks, connected to the sale of the debtor’s assets (so-called the principle of limiting the risk). The legal rules that regulate the sale of debtor’s assets are peremptory norms (jus cogens) from which no derogation is possible, even though they differ considerably from standard M&A transactions structure.

The authors are establishing that the rules of Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Winding-up Act, governing the sale of debtor’s assets, are enabling the implementation of M&A transactions in insolvency proceedings where excellent knowledge and creative integration of insolvency and commercial law and M&A transactions standards is needed in order to successfully execute the transaction. In the case of selling in the insolvency proceedings full regard should be paid to the procedures, deadlines and rules, defined in the Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Winding-up Act which means that the structure, course and timeline of the transaction have to be adjusted to the Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Winding-up Act. At the same time they are advising for the structure of M&A transactions not to deviate essentially from the normal structure of such transactions as it might cause distrust in potential investors and even avert them from submitting an offer to buy the target company or the investors may offer a lower price as they would in normal circumstances of the sale.


July 22, 2016

ODI lawyers Ivo Grlica and Primož Mikolič co-authored an article entitled Legal and Tax Challenges of Collaborative Economy, published in legal journal Pravna praksa (7 July 2016). Authors discuss the challenges of online collaborative platforms (Uber, Airbnb, car sharing platforms and others) which offer many new opportunities for economic growth, employment, reasonable use of resources and sustainable development, while at the same time opening several new legal and tax challenges.

After first presenting the concept of online collaborative platforms, authors highlight the fact that most of the collaborative platforms enter an already existing market dominated by “traditional” service providers (for example taxi services market or real estate market). Authors stress that the e-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC) and the Services Directive (Directive 2006/123/EC) impose limitations for the national legislator in regard to setting potential market access requirements such as business authorisations or licensing obligations. Moreover, private individuals offering services on a peer-to-peer and occasional basis should not be treated the same as professional service providers. Later in the article authors present the tax challenges of collaborative platforms, discussing VAT, corporate income tax, personal income and some good practices of cooperation between collaborative platforms and member states’ tax administrations.

Authors conclude that new business models, supported by technological progress and the development of collaborative economy, undoubtedly call for modifications in member states’ national legislation, which is for now tailored for “traditional” provision of services. It is important to find an appropriate balance between the public interest safeguarded by legal and tax regulation (for example to prevent profit shifting) and the reduction of regulatory and administrative obstacles for the development and functioning of collaborative economy.


June 23, 2016

Branko Ilić and Tine Mišic have co-authored an article in the CEE Legal Matters regarding the latest real estate trends and developments in Slovenia. To read the full article, please click on


May 31, 2016

ODI is proud to announce that the intellectual property law expert and Senior Associate at ODI, Tilen Tacol, has been appointed as the President of the Slovenian Copyright Board, following a new board election. The Copyright Board is a professional, independent and impartial authority dealing with settling of disputes concerning collective management of copyright and related rights. The Copyright board decides on appropriate tariffs for the use of authors’ works, as well as on other issues relating to conclusion and lawfulness of agreements concluded between copyright collecting societies and representative organisations of users of authors’ works, whenever the relevant actors cannot come to an agreement.

Tilen is honoured to have been appointed and is very pleased that he will be able to provide his expertise and contribute to a professional and effective functioning of the Copyright Board. He has already announced that the Board, in order to run more effectively, is going to meet fortnightly.

ODI congratulates Tilen on his appointment and wishes him a long and successful mandate.


May 30, 2016

ODI Serbia Partner, Miloš Čurović, discusses in BizLife non-performing loans affecting the Serbian market. To read the full article, please follow the link


May 10, 2016

Yesterday, the Ambassadors Club of Slovenia in Belgium (ACSI) was hosting Louis de Waele delegation lunch at Ljubljana Castle. Louis De Waele`s visit, a top 10 Belgian construction company, was to give guidelines on EU funds absorption to Slovenian companies and the opportunities for the Slovenian suppliers, contractors and investors.

ODI managing partner, Uroš Ilić, an ASCI member and in capacity as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Slovenia was the guest of honor, supporting and promoting development of partnerships between Slovenian and Belgian entrepreneurs and companies and building stronger economy.

The feature photo (from the left) Sibil Svilan, CEO of SID bank and Barbara Frontini, ACSI General Secretary and organizer.

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May 3, 2016

ODI`s Uroš Ilić and Uroš Brglez have co-authored an article in the CEE Legal Matters on the latest proposed insolvency regulation changes in Slovenia. To read the full article, please click on


April 26, 2016

Chambers and Partners Europe has once again confirmed ODI Slovenia as a leading law firm for 2016. The Chambers & Partners legal directory is a leading global guide which evaluates and ranks legal service providers annually, on the basis of objective research through interviews with lawyers and their clients.

We have been recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the areas of Banking and Finance and Corporate and Commercial for 2016.

In its editorial, Chambers noted the following client quotes for ODI Slovenia:

The whole team here is extremely hard-working, studies each case to the last detail and always comes very well prepared to meetings, even when working to unreasonable timeframes.

For strategic cases, I always choose this firm because of its deep knowledge and our great working relationship.

One thing that makes this team different from other law firms is that the lawyers are very proactive – they see an issue and they propose a way of solving it…

ODI Managing Partner, Uroš Ilić, has been named notable practitioner in both categories, described by Chambers as “an expert in corporate and financial law with a very strong understanding of economics,” with “the required skills to successfully cover a broad range of cases”.


April 20, 2016

ODI`s junior associate, Ana Kališnik, provided legal expertise to PaymentsCompliance, in the article dated 19 April 2016 by John Basquill regarding the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and its potential impact in Slovenia, the implementation process, the effect on payments businesses and banks, and the possible issues and concerns. PaymentsCompliance is payment industry’s leading regulatory and business intelligence portal.

The full article is available to PaymentsCompliance members through their webpage at

A short excerpt covering a few first paragraphs is as follows:

Mobile money innovators in Slovenia are hoping to capitalise on EU reforms and banking complacency to make their voice heard in a small, but potentially lucrative, payments sector.

According to Ana Kališnik, an associate at Odvetniška Družba Ilić & Partnerji (ODI) Ljubljana practice, payment providers in Slovenia are already gearing up for the arrival of the EU-wide revised Payment Services (PSD2).

Despite their long-standing dominance over the sector, she said the country`s banks have not yet shown the same sense of urgency.

“Banks are dominant, and I think they will have to change,” she told PaymentsCompliance. 

“But when I`ve spoken to a few of the banks they have not been working on this directive.”

Kališnik said their inaction could be music to the ears of non-bank payment providers.



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