Being one of the market leaders in North Macedonia, 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. This leadership is recognised by the relevant legal directories, such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, which rank Polenak Law Firm as a market leader in North Macedonia and a first-tier law firm.
Polenak Law Firm is a full-service law firm comprising five partners, three senior associates, two associates, and six junior lawyers. The firm is dedicated to understanding its clients’ objectives, maintaining confidence, and thus building long-term relationships. Polenak Law Firm’s attorneys are experienced practitioners devoted to serving the needs of the clients with effective and timely solutions to critical legal issues of any kind.
The strength of the firm is developed around a variety of projects, including M&A, banking law, competition and antitrust, energy, telecommunications, labour law, real estate, and intellectual property. The number of transactions handled makes it the most experienced law firm on the market in banking, project finance, M&A, privatisation 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 are remarkable, construing one of the firm’s prominent benchmarks.
The client list of Polenak Law Firm comprises international finance institutions, banks, insurance companies, the tobacco industry, energy, telecommunications, metals industry, construction companies, and transportation companies. Over 80% of the firm’s clients are multinational corporations and international financial institutions. Most of the firm’s experience is practically achieved and applied in supporting international clients.
The firm’s attorneys are able to advise in Macedonian, English, German, French, Serbian, Croatian, and Russian.
The firm’s reputation is based on strong local knowledge and international capability, receiving wider recognition by clients and relevant legal directories.
According to Chambers & Partners, Polenak Law Firm stands out as a strong choice to handle top-end contentious and non-contentious mandates. It advises commercial lenders on the negotiation of new project finance facilities or corporate loans. The firm has assisted key European multilateral development banks with a series of transactions aimed at supporting local businesses in North Macedonia throughout the coronavirus pandemic. It assists key clients with ongoing employment law issues, and it advises on potential competition law issues arising from planned corporate transactions. Polenak Law firm’s dispute resolution expertise includes work on shareholder disputes and the breach of construction contracts.
“The firm works to tight schedules and is service-oriented. For us, it’s extremely important to be able to cooperate with a reliable and experienced firm that is always available, supports us proactively, and overall has a good understanding of our business.”
“They go above and beyond for their clients.”
“They are quick to analyse a legal problem and provide practical, business-oriented results.”
The Legal 500 says “Polenak Law Firm’s corporate department advises its roster of domestic and international clients across the energy, banking, telecoms, automotive, IP and infrastructure sectors on a range of mandates, including M&A transactions, as well as competition law and labour issues. The firm’s banking and finance department has experience in cross-border secured financing transactions.”
“The team is highly experienced and knowledgeable.”
“Dedication to the client needs experienced advice, forward-looking and pragmatic approach to problems.”
The Polenak Law Firm team comes highly recommended by IFLR 1000, with clients considering it to be “competent, hard-working and committed.”