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Polenak Law Firm

Kristijan Polenak

Kristijan Polenak

Managing Partner

Polenak Law Firm

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Kristijan Polenak is a legal expert with 23 years of experience in the legal sector in Macedonia, currently being the managing partner of Polenak Law Firm. He heads the firm's Banking and Finance practice. With his twenty-year experience in various projects mostly focused on privatizations, M&A, banking, securities regulation, corporate law and corporate governance, as well as financial arrangements of IFI's and international banks, Kristijan has an excellent track record and know-how for transactions involving financing structures. His experience in several industries, combined with his banking experience and various independent corporate positions in companies and banks represent a solid basis for taking important roles as legal adviser to financial institutions as well as companies in various industries.

Bar Admissions

International Bar Association, Macedonian Bar Association


Graduated 1994 at the Faculty Law "Justinianus Primus" with the University "St. Ciril and Metodius" in Skopje.
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Macedonian legal counsel of Philip Morris S.A.;
Macedonian legal counsel of Kraft Foods Europe;
Macedonian legal counsel of EVN AG;
Macedonian legal counsel of Magyar Telecom / Deutsche Telekom;
Macedonian legal counsel of Cisco Systems;
Macedonian legal counsel of Nokia.

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association
    Independent non-executive member of several Boards
    Founding member of the American Chamber of Commerc
    EUROSTANDARD BANK AD Skopje (2001-2004), Brokerage
    Member of the Slovenian Macedonian Business Club.

Independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Macedonian Stock Exchange, since December 2004
Management Board of American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia (founding member), since 2000 and President of the Board in 2006/2007
Macedonian Bar Association, since 1996
International Bar Association
Non-executive member of the Management Board of Brokerage House BRO-DEAL AD Skopje, 1999-2003
Non-executive member of the Management Board of EUROSTANDARD BANK AD Skopje, 2001-2004
Non-executive member of the Management Board of the Insurance Company EUROLINK AD Skopje, 2002-2005


English for Lawyers, 1995, Struga, R. Macedonia;
Course of International Trade Law, European University, 01.07 - 05.08.1993, in Budapest, Hungary;
Course of Comparative Constitutional Law, European University, 01.07 - 05.08.1993, in Budapest, Hungary;
Guest Speaker at MBA studies on corporate governance at the Law Faculty in Skopje;
Moderator and guest speaker on stock exchange operations for judges educational process in Macedonia.


 Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Governance 2011-2019
 Global Legal Insights: Mergers & Acquisitions editions 5, 6 and 7
 World Bank - Country Assessment of Corporate Governance - 2005
 World Bank - Country Assessment of Banking Corporate Governance - 2005
 Banking regulations in Republic of Macedonia: Licensing requirements and Procedure, Euromoney's Network and Correspondent Banking Review 2003/2004
 Mobilizing the private sector in municipal infrastructure projects in Macedonia, EBRD's Law in Transition, 2003
 Global Merger Notification Handbook, Third Edition, 2002, Fourth Edition, 2003, Fifth Edition, 2004, articles on Macedonian merger regulation
 Banking regulations in Republic of Macedonia: Anti-money-laundering, Euromoney's Network and Correspondent Banking Review 2004/2005
 Debt recovery procedure, World Bank, 2002
 Regular participation in questionnaires on Law in Transition, publication of EBRD.

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