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Working for both lenders and borrowers,¬†BDK Advokati¬†stands out for its experience in Loan Market Association and international swaps and derivatives association¬†documentation and hedging transactions. Tijana Kojovińᬆadvised Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale (as agent) and a syndicate of commercial bank lenders, on a ‚ā¨3.05bn credit facility provided to a subsidiary of PPF Group for the acquisition of Telenor's CEE business.¬†Dragoljub Cibulińᬆand senior associate¬†Dragoljub Sretenovińᬆare other names to note.

Harrisons Solicitors' key areas are loan facilities, non-performing loans (NPLs), equity finance, capital markets, Eurobonds, derivatives and project finance. The team was Serbian legal adviser to the lenders, EBRD, Erste Group and Erste Bank Serbia, on a wind farm-related financial package. Consultant Ines Matijevic-Papulin is the department head and senior associate Jovan Cirkovic is regularly involved in major financing projects.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic is experienced in project finance, PPPs, NPLs, restructurings and other complex finance transactions. Jelena Gazivoda is highly rated; Nenad Popovic assisted Victoria Group JSC Belgrade (and group companies) with financial restructuring issues.

Karanovic & Partners's 'team is¬†experienced, professional and can handle the most complex legal deals'. Darko Jovanovińᬆled advice to Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale Srbija on the acquisition of a portfolio of banking products of Jubanka ad Beograd;¬†Maja Jovanńćevińá ҆etka¬†'does a great job',¬†Katarina Gudurińᬆwas made partner and¬†Mina Sreńákovińᬆis a key associate.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr's practice¬†covers¬†NPL sales and bank restructurings; it also fields lawyers with expertise in¬†derivatives and¬†capital markets. The team advised a syndicate of OTP banks on two significant loan transactions.¬†Nikola Babińᬆand Petar Kojdińᬆare the practice heads.

Gecic Law¬†is 'always ready to assist clients with all the legal issues they encounter during their day-to-day business'. The practice advised Advance Global Capital, a financial services company, on a complex cross-border financing of a local factoring company and its business operations. The banking and finance team is led by Nikola Aksińá;¬†Jovan Rajkovińᬆis an experienced senior counsel.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners 'understands complex requests from clients'. The team stands out for regulatory issues involving insurance, foreign exchange transactions, subordinated loans and debt restructuring. It assisted Alkemy with the acquisition financing for a Serbian digital marketing company. Petar Stojanovic 'has a very professional attitude'.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss¬†recently experienced an increase in¬†refinancing and debt restructuring work; the team is also active in banking regulatory issues.¬†Belgrade managing partner¬†Miroslav Stojanovińᬆand NataŇ°a Lalovińá Marińᬆadvised a multinational bank syndicate on a ‚ā¨130m loan for a shopping centre refinancing and office tower development financing.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz¬†was recently focused on acquisition financing, real estate project¬†development and the restructuring and refinancing of loan facilities and security packages. Milic Popovińᬆadvised a¬†syndicate of banks, led by ING and UniCredit London, on the refinancing of the Danube Foods Group portfolio in Serbia;¬†Ksenija Boreta¬†is a well-regarded attorney at law.

Aleksic and Associates Law Office's 'quality practice is knowledgeable and has vast financial sector experience'. It has particular expertise in financial regulation, NPL portfolio services, and restructuring and distressed transactions.¬†Ivana MaraŇ°¬†'has¬†great knowledge'.

Bojanovic & Partners is 'always up to date with new developments'. The team advises on syndicated lending, financial regulation, capital markets, structured finance, restructuring and distressed transactions. It advised Austria-based Erste Group Bank on a high-value facility for a Serbian company. Vladimir Bojanovic heads the banking and finance department.

Bojovińá DraŇ°kovińá Popovińá & Partners¬†fields lawyers with¬†sector specialisations in technology, telecoms, entertainment and fashion.¬†Vuk Draskovic¬†advised¬†Sberbank Srbija on the financing of two hydropower plants in Montenegro.¬†Marija Bojovic¬†is banking and finance head.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic's scope of work includes acquisition finance, loans and capital markets. Other areas of note are asset, energy, infrastructure and real estate finance, restructuring and financial markets regulation. Branislav Marińᬆand senior associate Tijana Arsenijevińᬆare the key advisers.

Prica & Partners'¬†experience involves general lending, acquisition, asset and structured finance, NPL portfolio acquisitions and project financing, as well as assessing loan and debt structures. Mihajlo Prica¬†heads the banking and finance department; Tijana Lalińᬆand MiloŇ° Vulińᬆare also key contacts.

Best known for cross-border mandates,¬†SamardŇĺińá, OreŇ°ki & Grbovińá Law Firm's practice includes acquisition and project finance and debt restructuring and refinancing. MiloŇ° Velimirovińᬆheads the banking and finance department.

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW)'s Nenad Stankovic is highly regarded for banking and finance, including project finance, restructuring, and infrastructure and PPP projects.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office is particularly noted for real estate and asset finance. Stojan Semiz advised the borrower, GTC, on the construction finance for a large retail project.

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