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Helena Schmidt

Country Leader and Tax Partner

Helena is a Partner in the Tax Department, and as of July 2023, she was appointed as the Country Leader of Deloitte's Croatian office. She is responsible for the organization and further development of the Croatian office.

In Deloitte's Tax Department, she leads the indirect tax group and the business processing outsourcing group. With over 20 years of experience in taxes, including profit tax, income tax, as well as other areas of Croatian and international tax practice, Helena has assisted clients in processes such as VAT refund and VAT registration, the organization of supply chains from a tax perspective, and provided support to clients during tax audits. She has also participated in the review of tax processes for taxpayers. Her clients span various industrial sectors.

Helena holds a degree in economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb and has an EMBA from the Cotrugli Business School. She is regularly listed in Global Indirect Tax Leaders’ guide by International Tax Review. Before joining Deloitte in 2003, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She is also the leader of Deloitte's regional SheXO initiative, aiming to encourage diversity in various management areas and structures within the organization.

Natko Sertić

Leader of  Tax department in Croatia and Tax Partner in Charge for Deloitte’s CE South Region 

Natko is the leader of the Tax Department in Croatia and the Tax Partner in Charge for the CE South Region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia). He is responsible for the organisation, development, and provision of tax services in those countries. Natko has plenty of experience in tax advisory, including corporate income tax, value-added tax, as well as other areas of the CE South and international tax practice. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb, having obtained a Master's degree in Accounting and Taxes.

Natko has been leading the corporate income tax and transfer pricing unit. Over the years, he has specialised in providing advisory services to international and Croatian clients, in particular in transaction planning from the aspect of corporate income and value-added tax planning, transfer pricing and application of double taxation treaties.

He has extensive experience in buy-side and sell-side transaction support services as part of due diligence engagements and various tax reviews, as well as in structuring international transactions to optimise the operations and minimise risks.

He is the head of the Deloitte Private Club, an initiative aimed at supporting the networking of private entrepreneurs and exchanging ideas and experiences, as well as learning about best practices that may significantly improve the development and outlooks of the Club members' organisations.

Lena Habuš

Financial Advisory Services Partner and Deloitte CE South Corporate Finance Leader

Over the years, Lena has specialized in providing advisory services to both international and Croatian clients, particularly in the areas of M&A transactions, restructuring, due diligence, and company valuations.

Lena joined Deloitte in October 2021 with the responsibility of further developing Financial Advisory Services in Croatia and Corporate Finance services in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia.

In addition to her role as a Financial Advisory partner, Lena is also leading the initiative for continuous development and career management of top talents at Deloitte Central Europe.

Lena holds a Master's Degree in Economics and has completed the MBA program at Columbia Business School in New York.

Damir Vukotić

Risk Advisory Partner in Charge for Deloitte’s CE South Region

Damir is a partner in Deloitte’s office in Zagreb, responsible for further developing the Financial Industry Risk & Regulatory service line for CE South Region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia).

He brings more than 15 years of experience from the banking industry, given his work in large international banking groups in Vienna, Austria.

Damir has hands-on experience in managing regional projects with the goal of enhancing different elements of risk management frameworks and aligning them with regulatory standards. His fields of expertise are risk organization transformations and establishment of systems of controls, model governance, design and implementation of different digital solutions used in risk management practice (e.g., Early warning systems, Model risk Management, Fraud management, Collateral management, Datawarehouse’s, Default management), Business intelligence and Data management, Rollouts of Internal Rating Based approaches, Fraud prevention and whistleblowing, etc. He has a deep understanding of the region and its banking environment.

Damir graduated from the Bluefield University in Bluefield, Virginia, USA and completed his Master’s Degree in International Business of the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an MBA of School of Business Management in Turin, Italy.

Katarina Kadunc

Audit and Assurance Leader Partner

Katarina is Audit and Assurance partner in the Croatian and Slovenian Deloitte office in Ljubljana. She joined Deloitte in 2003. Katarina graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana (with a major in finance, accounting and audit) and completed her studies at the Slovenian Institute of Auditors, receiving the title Certified Auditor. She acquired the ACCA licence in 2009 and the title of Certified Internal Auditor of the Slovenian Institute of Auditors in 2014.

Her main corporate governance references are: Pivovarna Laško, ERGO, Kemijski inštitut, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Telekom Slovenije, Abanka, Nova KBM, Petrol, Mercator, Gorenje, Slovenske železnice, Gozdarski inštitut, Ministrstvo za šolstvo in druge.

Goran Končar

Audit and Assurance Partner

Goran is an Audit Partner in Deloitte's Zagreb office, in charge of the development and delivery of Audit and Assurance services across a range of different industry sectors, including both financial and non-financial industries.

He graduated from the University of Zagreb and is an experienced lecturer at the Croatian Chamber of Auditors. Goran's expertise and credentials are widely recognized within the industry – he is a certified accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as well as a certified auditor in the Republic of Croatia.

With extensive experience in audits, complex accounting advisory and tax matters, Goran is known for his ability to identify potential internal and external optimization opportunities and provide insightful recommendations to his clients.

In addition to his client-related work, Goran leads the firm's CFO program, encompassing a range of initiatives and services for finance professionals and CFOs, aimed at highlighting the importance of their role in their respective organizations. He is also the Audit Talent Leader in Croatia, responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining top talent across the audit function.

Sanjin Katinić

Consulting Partner

Sanjin is a Consulting Partner at Deloitte Central Europe, based in the Deloitte Croatia office in Zagreb.

He possesses rich professional experience in SAP consulting and telecommunications, with expertise in technology application, strategy definition, business development, and talent selection, development, and management. Sanjin has held top leadership roles in one of the leading regional SAP consulting firms and the largest telecommunications companies in Croatia.

Having joined Deloitte's team in October 2023, Sanjin aims to strengthen and expand Deloitte's business related to SAP solutions in Central Europe, especially in the CE South region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia). His main responsibilities within Deloitte include enhancing the company's market position, accelerating the development of new business segments such as public cloud solutions, and fostering the growth and development of the company's talent pool.

Sanjin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb, he completed his MBA at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, and further honed his expertise at Harvard Business School.

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