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Our Expertise

We are a corporate boutique with a nimble, flexible take on legal work. Our lawyers’ cross-domain specialisations allow for seamless customised solutions for specific, unique client needs, solving complex briefs with precise strategy.

  • Banking and Finance

    Your business is our business. Be it banking or borrowing, we always begin by understanding your businesses and preferences inside-out, in order to efficiently structure and effectively negotiate every step of your financing transactions.

    The Team also advises banks, financial institutions and investment companies in connection with their day-to-day activities. The practice's clients are chiefly banks, corporations and financial institutions.

  • Banking and Securities Litigation

    Threats to financial institutions and securities firms come from within and without, home and abroad. We take on disputes including enforcement of security or creditor insolvency, cross border recovery, regulatory advice, antitrust issues, and misappropriation or misuse of customer information.

    Our team represents international and domestic banks, financial institutions and securities firms, advising on both contentious and regulatory issues. Briefs encompass a broad spectrum of disputes, from enforcement to cross-border recovery, and from regulatory and competition advice to claims involving misappropriation and misuse of confidential customer information.

  • Commercial and Corporate Litigation

    We are famously fast. The quick, imaginative legal solutions we provide are grounded. We handle the entire spectrum of the dispute resolution process: from advisory and investigative work, to negotiations, mediations and adjudications, finally leading to trial or arbitration.

    Our litigators are not just experts in the law, clients also appreciate our deep dive into the technical and commercial aspects of every dispute we undertake. The Team is involved in resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Litigation strategy is developed based on an early assessment of the case and an analysis of the commercial risks involved.

    The Team can help with nearly every kind of civil litigation at any level, and has extensive experience in complex appeal cases involving many claims and parties.

  • Competition Law

    The Team offers comprehensive advice on all issues of competition law relating to mergers and acquisitions, agreements having an effect on competition, joint ventures and dominant undertakings.

    The Team advises international and local clients on antitrust and anti-dumping issues, helping them to identify and comply with the respective legal and regulatory framework affecting their activities.

    Furthermore, the Team assists international institutions, the Government and legislative bodies on drafting legislation, as well as providing recommendations for amendments to existing law.

  • Construction and Engineering

    We have built ourselves a leading name with a strong foundation of local and regional contentious and non-contentious work.

    Our extensive experience in dispute resolution encompasses adjudication, arbitration, litigation and mediation in a myriad of large-scale projects.

    Our abilities in non-contentious work run the gamut of drafting, reviewing and advising on contracts and project documentation. We represent developers, project owners, international and large domestic main contractors, as well as major international and domestic specialist subcontractors.

  • Corporate / Commercial Transactions

    Money talks, and we speak all its languages, fluidly working on cross-border acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional transactions as well as joint ventures. We move quickly, but not at the cost of quality. Our structuring input is as valued by our clients as our speed of execution.

    CILO’s expertise includes joint ventures, sales and purchases, franchise agreements and licensing of intellectual property rights, as well as employee remuneration plans.

  • Employment and Labour

    As a specialized employment law practices in Albania covering all aspects ranging from non-competition and dismissal to harassment and data privacy, we are the go-to firm for corporates and C-suite individuals looking to navigate Albania’s increasingly involved employment landscape, acting for multinationals in advisory, transactional and contentious employment work.

  • Financial and Technology Crimes and Investigations and Criminal Litigation

    Never committing the crime of lagging, our team stays up to date with investigations in financial markets, giving us the familiarity and expertise to guide our clients through difficult regulations involving corporate and commercial crimes of higher value and greater complexity. If you are contending with a crime issue, be it financial, technology, we do it all.

  • Investments

    The constant appearance of new start-ups and companies in uncharted areas of technology mean a constantly evolving investment landscape, demanding the innovative legal solutions our team provides.

    We stay ahead by keeping active in advising on and structuring these transactions, as well as being involved in cutting-edge developments.

    CILO’s investment team gets involved early in potential deals, often weighing in on shareholding and financing structures. Our active engagement continues into the negotiation and consummation of investments, including future funding rounds.

    This active commercial engagement gives us an in-depth knowledge of the clients and the business. We act for private equity investors, green field founders and private wealth investors.

  • Commercial law

    Our professionals in the Team provide a comprehensive range of legal services to domestic and international companies on a wide variety of matters including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and restructurings of companies, as well as carrying out legal due diligence and drafting commercial agreements, including terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services, and those related to joint ventures, agency, distribution and cooperation.

    The Team also advises extensively both domestic and international enterprises on corporate structures and regulation, including company incorporation, shareholders agreements, minority shareholders’ rights, directors’ duties and liabilities, and the restructuring of financially distressed companies.

    In commercial law area, domestic and foreign companies will find at CILO consultancy as regards drafting the Bylaws and Act of Incorporation, implementation of several legal procedures necessary to be carried out by a private company (registration at National Registration Centre “NRC” of the company and any other of its decision that must be recorded according to the law).

    Our team is specialized in negotiating and drafting agreements for sale and purchase of shares and quotas and any other commercial contracts and agreements of various types. The firm is also engaged in opening branches or represented office within or outside the country, merger or dissolution of companies, consultancy as regards commercial legislation of European countries, representation of the company in court proceedings at all levels of trial.

  • Intellectual Property

    CILO is valued for its in-depth knowledge, and maintains a broad practice, covering copyright, patent enforcement and IP licensing and franchising.

    We assist our client in reviewing and drafting all the contracts dealing with IP issues such as service agreement, distributorship agreements, agency agreement patent, trade-mark and know-how license, sub-contracting contracts, out-sourcing, transfer of intellectual property rights, research and development contracts. We have also an experience in the field of the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

    The team advises on patents, trademarks, models, know-how, copyright and unfair competition issues across countries and assists clients in relation to licenses, sponsorship, promotional activities, franchising matters and, in general, on all issues relating to immaterial assets agreements. It also deals with regulatory issues, liaising with the relevant authorities in Albania.

  • Public Procurement

    CILO provides comprehensive legal services covering all aspects of public procurement, such as regulatory advice and representing contractors in connection with drafting proposals, preparing bid documentation and advising on tendering procedures, procurement disputes, administrative contracts, compliance matters and dispute resolution.

    In addition, the team offers full advice from the initial structuring of a privatization deal, conducting negotiations with creditors, governmental agencies and investors, to drafting and assisting with the execution of all relevant transactional documentation.

  • Administrative law

    Our firm offers to the client’s legal representation in disputes with state administration institutions, by undertaking any legal action (request, appeals and judicial proceedings) for their resolution. The assistance in this area also, consists in drafting all documents addressed to the state administration institutions, and compiling communications and correspondence, on clients behalf by releasing them from stress and various bureaucratic problems that are encountered frequently in our country. Also, our clients have been trusted us all the procedures and documents drafting necessary for different tenders in Republic of Albania. During the tender procedures, if breaches were noticed the clients have also engaged us in drafting the administrative appeals and requests and also request us to offer legal representation in court proceedings for these breaches.
    These actions are in fulfilment of our objective to assist our clients in every step taken or to be taken in the future and becoming part of their problems and their solutions.

  • Civil Law

    Our team it is mainly specialized in dealing with the issues of acquiring or protection of property, co-ownership, contractual obligations, inheritance by the law and by the will, as well as with regard to the remuneration of contractual damages… Regarding to the contractual and extra contractual obligations, we are distinguished in finding new original and effective solutions, to our clients. Drafting contracts and agreement of any kind, typical or atypical for the Civil Code, in Albanian, and foreign language, in accordance with the law and contemporary spirit for building legal relations it is again a distinctive feature of our firm.

    Besides the above, the partners are always personally, jointly or separately involved in any other matter regulated by the provisions of the Civil Code, Civil Procedural Code, infra legislative acts in their implementation, issues for which our clients will always find a solution to coincide with their interests.

  • Criminal law

    Anyone can fall foul of the law, at any stage in their life. A criminal investigation, summons or charge is every individual’s worst nightmare and can be devastating for a person's business, personal life and finances. CILO can help during these times. Our experience includes acting for, and against, claims of all offences.

    We are focused on offering serious legal protection by always undertaking legal actions in function of protecting constitutional and other rights of the client represented by us

  • Family law

    In the family law area, we have experience in the execution of legal procedures on adoption process, legal assistance and representation in court disputes that have as the object the alimentary obligation, the marriage dissolution, drafting the agreements in case the marriage settlement is made with understanding between the parties, drafting the agreements that regulates the marital property regime, the definition of parental responsibility, child custody, etc.

    CILO undertakes to provide for the parties any other service as regards any conflict or relationship that is resolved under the provisions of the Family Code, legislation on Adoption and any other act to their execution.