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Harrisons Solicitorsprovides a high-quality service’. Key areas of work include loan facilities, incorporating project finance; non-performing loans (NPLs); equity finance; and Eurobonds. Ines Matijevic-Papulin and senior associate Jovan Cirkovic acted for Citigroup Global Markets on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)’s issuance of a Serbian dinar-denominated bond.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic advised UBS Switzerland on the provision of wealth management services to Serbian residents. Jelena Gazivoda heads the practice, and Nikola Đorđević and Nikola Poznanović are also highly regarded.

Karanović & Nikolić’s ‘professional’ team is experienced in handling loan facilities, derivatives transactions, and regulatory issues, as well as NPL-related matters, renewable energy financings, and PPP projects. It was appointed as part of a consortium of advisers to the City of Belgrade and the International Finance Corporation, regarding a PPP waste management transaction. Darko Jovanović and Maja Jovančević Šetka are highly rated; and Ivona Vučković and Katarina Gudurić are key senior associates.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherrgives clear explanations’. The practice is highly rated for agri-financing; NPL portfolio sales and banking sector M&A deals and restructuring; and derivatives. The team acted for VTB Capital on a commodities-backed loan to a Serbian agriproducts wholesaler. Nikola Babić is highly rated and Petar Kojdić is ‘well prepared’.

BDK Advokati’s ‘dedicated practice’ handles traditional banking work, project finance, and structured finance and derivatives. Other core areas include trade finance, distressed debt, payment services and e-money, and regulatory work. Tijana Kojović is ‘detail oriented’; and associate Dragoljub Sretenović is also noted.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners’ practice is highly regarded for regulatory issues, foreign exchange transactions, subordinated loans, and debt restructuring. Petar Stojanović is the key adviser.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss is experienced in banking regulatory issues; the team recently advised EBRD on a Serbian dinar-denominated non-governmental bond issuance. Miroslav Stojanović and Nataša Lalović Marić are highly rated.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz’s ‘responsible practice’ recently acted on the lender-side on the restructuring of loans and security packages. Practice head Milica Popović and experienced attorney-at-law Ksenija Boreta are key names.

Bojanovic & Partners’ ‘business acumen is great’. Vladimir Bojanović, who is ‘an amazing negotiator’, advised Mastercard on banking regulatory issues.

Bojović & Partners advised a US agriculture and construction equipment dealer on the financing of its Serbian joint venture company. Marija Bojović is the name to note.

Gecic Law’s ‘knowledgeable’ team includes ‘excellent attorney’ Nikola Aksić, who acted for Advance Global Capital on the financing of a local factoring company.

Joint Law Firm Aleksic & Associates recently advised on NPL sales. The team also assisted with debt restructuring and refinancing. Ivana Maras is highly regarded.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic’s Branislav Marić is ‘very knowledgeable’; and senior associate Tijana Arsenijević advises on lending mandates and banking regulatory issues.

Prica & Partners’ experience includes assisting with new loan facilities, and restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Mihajlo Prica is the key adviser.

Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović Law Firmprovides invaluable knowledge’. The team is recommended for general banking matters, acquisition and project finance, and debt restructuring and refinancing. Miloš Velimirović, who was a recent arrival from the World Bank, and Milan Samardžić are the key names.

Stankovic & Partners acts for international financial institutions and borrowers on cross-border financings, as well as restructurings and insolvencies. Nenad Stankovic is highly regarded.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office stands out for its real estate finance expertise. The team also regularly handles aviation finance and has grown its leveraged finance practice. Stojan Semiz ‘has strong knowledge’.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office advised Vojvođanska banka on the financing of a hotel’s construction and development. Uroš Đorđević and Branislav Živković are experienced practitioners.

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    As of 31 December 2018, the Central Registry of Ultimate Beneficial Owners was established within the  Serbian Business Registers Agency  (the “Registry”), in line with the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners (“Official Gazette of the RoS no. 41/2018).
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    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners has joined Ius Laboris, the world's premier global network of human resources law firms. The Employment practice of Karanovic & Partners in Serbia joined this prestigious organisation to reinforce its international HR advisory services for domestic and international companies.
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    On 28 November 2018, Karanovic & Partners, together with the  Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom , held the Competition and Data Protection conference at the Hilton Belgrade hotel. This traditional yearly conference – now in its' 13th year, gathered more than 120 experts from the business and legal community, as well as key regulators and stakeholders, to discuss the most important current issues in the fields of competition law and data protection.
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    In light of the new EU data protection scheme, shaped by the GDPR, Serbia has enacted a new Data Protection Law on 9 November 2018, with its' applicability postponed for 21 August 2019. The new law was long-awaited: it has been 10 years since the existing law was passed, which was even at that moment already outdated (e.g. it recognized only consent in the written form and almost completely restricted data transfers to non-European countries).
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    This article was written by  Milan Lazić, Senior  Partner , and  Milica Savić, Senior Associate , and originally published in the "Reshaping the boundaries of arbitrability: Are we heading forward?" publication by the  Permanent Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia .
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