Croatia's Cipcic‑Bragadin law firm has merged with the independent legal practices of Marina Mesic and Ivan Juricic. Following what it calls "the trilateral merger," Marina Mesic becomes a new named partner and Ivan Juricic joins as a senior partner at the firm, which will operate going forward as Cipcic‑Bragadin Mesic and Associates.
According to Cipcic‑Bragadin Mesic and Associates, Marina Mesic will divide her work between real estate and commercial practices, while Ivan Juricic will focus on the firm's litigation practice.
Silvije Cipcic‑Bragadin, the Managing Partner of Cipcic‑Bragadin Mesic and Associates, commented: “Strengthening and consolidating our teams is an important step in enhancing our offer, aligned with the strategy to focus on industry sectors where the market unanimously recognizes us as leaders in these fields. To be able to do that, we needed to grow our team and the quickest and the most effective way to achieve that was by doing a strategic merger with other legal practices. We couldn’t do that from the in-house, we needed to open a partnership. Historically, in the market where we operate, that was an uncommon thing to do but that is exactly what we’ve done here — merging three legal practices into one firm. I would like to personally thank Marina and Ivan for coming on board and I believe that this will be another successful story for all of us involved. There is plenty more room to grow and we have always been open for new ventures. We are currently in the process of several other discussions in relation to strategic mergers and hope to add new partners in the months to come. Having knowledgeable and experienced people is what our clients want from us and by enlarging our team with such professionals and market leaders like Marina and Ivan, we are able to provide personalized, professional, quick and effective support to our clients, who will know how to reward that level of service.”
Marina Mesic added: “We were approached almost two years ago with a proposal to do a strategic merger with the Cipcic-Bragadin practice. At that time, that all seemed a little too complicated to be pulled off, especially since all our practices had a different client base, different ways of doing things etc. However, over time, we recognized all the benefits of a merger and started close negotiations, during which we were all able to align our interests, overcome differences and make this merger possible. We’ve developed a system through which all parties’ interests should be satisfied simultaneously, making the platform suitable for new mergers and lateral hires. It is great to see things are moving forward and we all feel very positive about our business and future prospects.”