Final project conference

The final project event, international scientific conference titled “Corporate Acquisitions and Companies Restructuring – Towards a New Corporate Culture”, was held on 19 and 20 October 2018 at the Faculty of Law in Rijeka. The two-day conference was structured in three sessions. The first session was devoted to general and sectoral issues in company restructuring, while the second focused on topics specific to distressed companies’ restructuring. The third conference session dealt with the dynamics of innovative companies in a changing society, especially the new dimensions of their intellectual capital in the Internet environment. Conference programme is available here.


Nine members of the team delivered five conference presentations. Prof. Dr. Nataša Žunić Kovačević and Assist. Prof. Dr. Stjepan Gadžo presented their research findings on how to draw the line between legitimate business restructuring and aggressive tax planning in the context of mergers and acquisitions in Croatia. Prof. Dr. Edita Čulinović-Herc, Assist. Prof. Dr. Antonija Zubović and Assist. Prof. Dr. Mihaela Braut Filipović presented their research findings on preventive restructuring models for distressed companies, distinguishing between aspects which are better designed by following the “one-size-fits-all” approach and aspect for which the “tailor-made” approach is more appropriate.  Prof. Dr. Dionis Jurić, in co-authorship with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Loris Belanić, dealt with a topic of civil liability of statutory auditor covering also mandatory insurance issues which is becoming increasingly relevant for distressed companies restructuring. In the third conference session Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivana Kunda and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vlatka Butorac Malnar presented their research on online distribution of luxury products in EU competition law, in particular the recent CJEU case law, concluding that only some of the opened issues related to selective distribution systems are solved while other remain subject to different interpretations. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Danijela Vrbljanac discussed matters which are relevant for management of the company’s innovative capital in the context of transfer of personal data.


The conference brought together renowned speakers from Croatia, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, both from academic and professional circles, including judges, attorneys at law and corporate lawyers.