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It was another challenging year for Serbia’s saturated legal market, with a dearth of big-ticket transactions and projects. The much anticipated privatisation of 526 state-owned assets has ignited interest from around the world, but continues to stall amid political and social pressure. In early 2015, for example, the reprivatisation of the Železara Smederevo steel mill collapsed when US steel producer Esmark withdrew its bid; and, in December, what was hoped would be the deal of 2015 – the proposed sale of the most valuable of all Serbia’s state-owned companies, Telekom Srbija, which has generated work for numerous law firms – fell apart when the government decided not to sell.

The legal market comprises a leading pack of six to seven firms consisting of domestic heavyweights BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law; JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic; and Karanović & Nikolić, plus the local operations of three international/regional firms that dominate the Balkans: CMS; Schoenherr; and Wolf Theiss. Also firmly entrenched in the local scene is Harrisons Solicitors, founded by UK lawyer Mark Harrison. Behind these key players is a group of mid-sized firms with standout expertise in key areas. These firms are, perhaps, well positioned in the current climate of small, price-sensitive transactions.

Firms in the spotlight

TSG - Tomic Sindjelic Groza
www.tsg.rsm

TSG law office Tomic Sindjelic Groza is one of the leading national law offices in Serbia with an international orientation. It provides services to national and international clients in Serbia in English, German, Russian and Serbian. The law office was founded in 2000 by a group of Serbian lawyers of the younger generation with international education. Today this law office is known in the market for providing to its clients highly efficient services with a personal and experienced touch.

Law Office of Tomislav Sunjka
www.sunjkalawoffice.com

The story of the Law office of Tomislav sunjka success is a story with a moral: integrity is an investment that offers substantial professional, private and financial rewards. Quality means being different. The key to quality is delivering on promise. Quality is our way of operating, and we are attorneys who are passionate about quality. Quality is our way of life. Our Law firm acted with integrity and built a relationship of trust with our clients. Our focus is on delivering quality right the first time and we aim to continuous improvement.

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  • Changes in tax laws in Serbia - New duties for foreign legal entities

    The Law on Amendments to the Law on Value Added Tax (hereinafter: Law on VAT), the Law on Amendments to the Law on Tax Procedure and Tax Administration (hereinafter: Law on Tax Procedure), and the Law on amendments to the Law on Excise Duties (hereinafter: Law on Excise Duties) were published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 108/2016 of 29 December 2016. All laws came into force on 1 January 2017, however, certain provisions will begin to apply at a later date, as outlined below, for every law individually.
  • Serbia: Regulation on the Terms and Conditions for Attracting Direct Investments

    The Regulation on Terms and Conditions for Attracting Direct Investments (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, no. 110/2016) has come into force on 1 January 2017. The Regulation introduces certain changes in regards to public invitation, grounds and conditions for the allocation of funds in respect of the investment projects.
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  • New Merger Control Regulation Enters Into Force Today

    The New Merger Control Regulation, governing the content and the manner of submitting merger filings to the Serbian Competition Commission, entered into force today, 2 February 2016. The new Regulation represents a modern legal document, fully aligned with the relevant EU acquis, and will  significantly facilitate the merger filing process to the benefit of the applicants, as well as the overall efficiency of the Competition Commission.
  • Karanović & Nikolić Participates In 2016 Guide To European Employment Law

    Karanović & Nikolić labour law experts from multiple jurisdictions have taken an active role in the preparation of a new 2016 guide to European employment law. Karanović & Nikolić participated here as a member of the World Service Group, an association of international independent leading legal, accounting and investment banking firms. Shepherd and Wedderburn, a leading UK law firm and the founding member of World Service Group, has organised the publication of this useful international guide for investors, and our team has provided a contribution for Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia. The 2016 edition of the popular guide summarises recent changes to labour laws across 20 European jurisdictions and highlights the major changes and trends in this area. The chapters referring to countries covered by Karanović & Nikolić may be found available for download below, while the entire publication may be downloaded from Shepherd and Wedderburn site
  • Ministry Of Labour Held A Round Table Discussion On The New Law On Secondment

    Employment law expert, Mirko Kovač, attended a Roundtable discussion on the new Law on Conditions for Secondment of Employees Abroad and their Protection organised by the Ministry of Labour on 13 January 2016. Our office previously analysed this law in more detail and additional information on the novelties it introduces may be found on our website ( http://www.karanovic-nikolic.com/2015/11/16/serbia-adopts-law-on-conditions-for-secondment-of-employees-abroad-and-their-protection/  ). Mirko has been personally invited by representatives of the Ministry of Labour to take part in this discussion, as a recognised expert in the area of secondment regulations. The discussion was lively and mainly focused on the practical aspects of the new law's application, as well as its impact on the protection of our citizens abroad. Trade union representatives – present at the discussion – raised their concerns regarding certain aspects of the law and the level of protection provided to employees abroad, noting how they expect state authorities to closely monitor that employers fully abide to this law in practice. For more details on this Roundtable, please refer to http://www.minrzs.gov.rs/lat/aktuelno/item/4391-od-danas-primena-zakona-o-privremenom-upucivanju-na-rad-u-inostrantvo-zaposlenih-lica
  • Serbia Adopts Law on Conditions for Secondment of Employees Abroad and their Protection

    The Parliament of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law on Conditions for Secondment of Employees Abroad and their Protection (the “Law”). The Law will be applicable two months following its coming into force, i.e. 13 January 2016.

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