Managing Partner and Board Member
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.
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
Member of the Parliament, National Assembly, Republic of Slovenia
2008 - 2011
Minister of the Interior, Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Slovenia
President, Founder and International Consultant, European Centre for Dispute Resolution (ECDR), Ljubljana
Practicing Lawyer, Law office Katarina Kresal
2016 - 2020
Partner, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.
2017 - 2020
Member of the board, Globalaw, Brussels
Slovenian member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN), Rome
Co-Chair of the Slovenian hub of the European Law Institute (ELI), Vienna
Managing Partner, Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd.
Arbiter, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne
Member of Andersen Leadership Committee, Andersen Global, San Francisco
Member of Andersen European Board, Andersen Global, San Francisco
Member of Global Integration Committee, Andersen Global, San Francisco
Andersen European Subregional Co-Chair for CEE region, Andersen Global, San Francisco
Country Managing Partner, Andersen in Slovenia
Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, (cum laude)
Slovenian State Bar Exam
Contributions and interviews
Novi podjetnik: Early neutral assessment of the dispute and a simulation of the trial
Novi podjetnik: Business strategy- dispute resolution
Siol: Slovenian debtors prefer going to the court in order to buy time
Delo: We still have to wait for the effects of the law on out of court settlement of consumer disputes
Delo: Consumers will trust an independent arbitrator
Delo: Dispute Resolution: Good solutions are out of the question
RTVSLO: Mediacija: Mediation: Slovenians are still not acquainted with more creative and lifetime dispute resolution techniques
Revija Direktor: Alternative forms of dispute resolution
E-Kapija: For a company is more important to protect its interests than to pursue its own right
CEE Legal Matters: Investing in Slovenia: Russia in Focus
Svet Kapitala: Why has nobody told me this before
RTVSLO: Oddaja na tretjem – A discussion on alternative dispute resolution
Vaš kanal: Zajtrk PR Andreji
Vaš Kanal: Early neutral dispute evaluation
Vaš Kanal: Alternative dispute resolution procedures
Planet TV: Oddaja Dan – Discussion on alternative dispute resolution procedures
RTVSLO: Televison show Zadnja beseda!
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