Prior to joining KPMG, Marinela practiced law as an associate with one of the most prominent law firms in Canada, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Marinela’s Canadian experience included both non-contentious and contentious matters. In the past, Marinela has represented project owners, contractors and financing institutions both in contract negotiations and as a counsel in mediations and commercial arbitrations. In 2002, Marinela registered as a solicitor with the Law Society of England and Wales.
Since joining KPMG in 2000, Marinela has managed projects involving privatizations, public-private partnership projects, corporate mergers and acquisitions and related due diligence and restructuring support, as well as real estate development projects in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marinela has gained significant regulatory advisory experience in assisting foreign investors through all stages of their investment in Croatia, from incorporation, through restructuring and maintenance of ongoing operations, to exit procedures, with all accompanying legislation and documentation.
Marinela has acted as the lead legal advisor in a number of acquisition transactions in both Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, involving banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. Marinela’s experience also includes advisory engagements and has been engaged in high profile local and cross-border transactions involving the sale of state owned property (at all government levels), the privatization of state owned companies and private transactions (both asset and share transactions). She has also assisted with various resort and marina development projects by advising on issues related to property title and maritime domain concessions, assisting with financing arrangements, securitization, contract preparation and negotiations, providing legal support with post-acquisition registrations and construction related matters. Marinela has significant experience with retail and commercial developments.