Petra Smolnikar founded the boutique employment law firm Petra Smolnikar Law at the beginning of 2017. Recognised for providing tailored solutions, she works frequently with international clients seeking legal advice in or in relation to Slovenian law and the Slovenian market. With more than 12 years of professional experience gathered at international law firms, at court and in private companies, she mainly focuses on labour and employment law matters, both contentious and non-contentious, data protection, corporate and M&A, and regulatory and compliance matters. Petra advises both foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of employment relationships, mainly on termination procedures, transfers of undertakings, matters with unions, works councils and collective bargaining agreements, inspectorial proceedings, occupational health and safety, working permissions, labour and social rights. Within the field of data protection, Petra has been very active in advising on new practices implemented by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and its effects in Slovenia. On the corporate side, Petra advises on general matters of corporate law, mergers, cross-border transactions, liquidation procedures and entries of foreign companies into the Slovenian market. Regulatory work includes various aspects of administrative law, in particular environmental and food law, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, consumer protection.
Petra speaks excellent English and has a working knowledge of German and Croatian.