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AGROKOR – TOO BIG TO FAIL
Mislav Bradvica | 29.06.2018

Agrokor problems with liquidity and the likely bankruptcy will have significant consequences for the Croatian legal order

Agrokor problems with liquidity and the likely bankruptcy will have significant consequences for the Croatian legal order

The new piece of legislation

The Act on the Procedure of Extraordinary Administration in Companies of Systemic Importance for the Republic of Croatia2 (hereinafter: "Act") entered into force on 7 April 2017, only a day after it was passed in the Croatian Parliament. On the same day, the Act was "activated" by Ivica Todorić, Agrokor’s President of the Board who submitted a request for the opening of extraordinary administration procedure over Agrokor. The Act, proclaims to enshrine mechanisms to protect the viability of companies of systemic importance for Croatia.

The extraordinary administration shall be applied to joint stock company of the debtor and all its subsidiaries and associated companies3 where it is established the existence of any of the grounds for the opening of the bankruptcy or prebankruptcy proceedings.

Joint Stock Company of systemic importance for the Republic of Croatia, aside of Agrokor, is one which, individually or together with its subsidiaries or affiliates, cumulatively meets the following conditions:

  • that in the calendar year preceding the year in which it submitted a proposal for initiation of extraordinary administration alone or together with its subsidiaries or affiliated companies employ an average of more than 5,000 employees; and
  • that the existing liability alone or together with its subsidiaries or affiliated companies, amounts to more than HRK 7,5 billion.
  • the structure of the Act

In a nutshell, the structure of the Act mimics the Bankruptcy Act4 with few twist that strive to safeguard remaining economic optimism in Croatia. However, it appears that creditors could pay the costs of this rescue mission, which by each day resembles more to Parmalat case than ordinary bankruptcy failure.

In the process of extraordinary administration pursuant to the Act the Commercial Court in Zagreb is exclusively competent, regardless of the seat of the debtor and related companies to which this Act applies and regardless of the seat of its subsidiaries and/or affiliates. Bodies of procedure of extraordinary administration are, besides the Court, Extraordinary Administrator, an Advisory Body and Creditors’ Council.

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Mislav Bradvica

Mislav Bradvica is a Croatian Attorney at Law known for his work in the field of Litigation Law, Restructuring Law and Competition Law.

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