Katarina Kresal

Managing Partner and Board Member

Katarina Kresal

Katarina is an expert in Corporate and Commercial Law.

She focuses mainly on M&A and international transactions. She is also an internationally renowned expert in alternative dispute resolution. 

Her broad spectre of expertise in practice areas such as Commercial and Corporate law, coupled with her extensive knowledge of corporate structures and procedures gained from being a General legal counsel and member of the Senior Management Team in an international corporation, a member of many supervisory boards of domestic companies and the Founder and President of the European Centre for Dispute Resolution, enables her to have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the business aspect of projects, which in turn allows her to provide clients with top-quality advice when concluding complex transactions.

Katarina has been the Slovenian member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN) since 2017. Since 2021 she is also Member of Andersen Leadership Committee and Member of Andersen European Board.

Service Lines
  • Banking & FinanceCapital MarketsCorporateM&AArbitrationAlternative Dispute Resolution
  • 1996 - 1998

    Clerk Trainee, Ljubljana Higher Court

  • 1999 - 2000

    Judicial Clerk, Commercial Department of the District Court of Ljubljana

  • 2000 - 2001

    Independent advisor for legal affairs, Kapitalska družba, d.d., Ljubljana

  • 2001 - 2003

    Director of the Legal Department, Western Wireless International Ltd.

  • 2003 - 2004

    Associate, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.

  • 2004 - 2007

    Senior Associate, Deputy head of Office, Head of Commercial and International Law Department, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.

  • 2007 - 2012

    President of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia

  • 2008

    Member of the Parliament, National Assembly, Republic of Slovenia

  • 2008 - 2011

    Minister of the Interior, Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Slovenia

  • 2012 -

    President, Founder and International Consultant, European Centre for Dispute Resolution (ECDR), Ljubljana

  • 2012 -

    Practicing Lawyer, Law office Katarina Kresal

  • 2016 - 2020

    Partner, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.

  • 2017 - 2020

    Member of the board, Globalaw, Brussels

  • 2017 -

    Slovenian member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN), Rome

  • 2019 -

    Co-Chair of the Slovenian hub of the European Law Institute (ELI), Vienna

  • 2020 -

    Managing Partner, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.

  • 2021 -

    Arbiter, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne

  • 2021 -

    Member of Andersen Leadership Committee, Andersen Global, San Francisco

  • 2021 -

    Member of Andersen European Board, Andersen Global, San Francisco

  • 2021 -

    Member of Global Integration Committee, Andersen Global, San Francisco

  • 2022 -

    Andersen European Subregional Co-Chair for CEE region, Andersen Global, San Francisco

  • 2022 -

    Country Managing Partner, Andersen in Slovenia

  • 1996

    Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, (cum laude)

  • 1999

    Slovenian State Bar Exam

Television appearances
Seminars and conferences
  • Tax Fin Lex: Dispute resolution – from nightmares to business opportunities

    TEDx: Dispute resolution

    Commercial Mediation in Serbia Project conference, Commercial Mediation as dispute prevention and resolution tool: Dispute resolution from nightmare to business opportunity

    Business Forensics Conference 2017: Mediation in commercial disputes – reality abroad, fantasy in Slovenia

    Slovenian Business Club meeting: Innovation in dispute resolution – from problem to business opportunity

    Commercial Mediation in Serbia Project conference, Commercial mediation as business policy of enterprises, courts, lawyers and mediators: Drafting dispute resolution clauses and agreements

    Bled Strategic Forum: Round table Mediation in the new multi-polar world – between expectations and reality

    Business Forensics Conference 2018: Out of court settlement as an instrument of fraud damage compensation

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