Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic has advised Arriva on its acquisition of 78.34% of the Autotrans Group, making Arriva the largest private bus operator in Croatia. Mamic, Peric, Reberski Rimac advised the sellers on the deal, which closed this August upon receipt of a green light from the Croatian Competition Agency for the concentration, which gives Arriva a 25-30% market share.
According to DTB, "Arriva has operated in Croatia since 2013, and the deal with Autotrans signals the company’s commitment to improving public transport services in Croatia and is part of Arriva’s continuing expansion strategy throughout Europe. Arriva operates in 14 countries across Europe, employing around 60,000 people and delivering more than 2.2 billion passenger journeys every year."
The MPRR team consisted of Partner Natalija Peric and Junior Partner Martina Strukic Saric.
Editor's Note: After this article was published, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic informed CEE Legal Matters that its team was led by Managing Partner Emir Bahtijarevic and Partner Mate Lovric assisted by Senior Associate Igor Mirosevic. In addition, Partner Mario Krka and lawyer Ana Tudoric Mejovsek from the firm's competition team advised on the successful merger clearance.