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BDK Advokatialways delivers quality work ’. The firm has sectoral expertise in food and beverages, tobacco, pharmaceutical and banking. Highlights included advising Expobank CZ on the acquisition of Marfin Bank Beograd. Tijana Kojović and Vladimir Dašić are highly rated. Marija Doci is also noted.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic is experienced in deals involving the telecoms, aviation, retail and healthcare sectors. Other areas of strength include mining, construction, life sciences, energy, IT and gaming. The team acted for Merkur Casino on its strategic partnership agreement with Beo Impera and Pionir Internacional. The key advisers are Jelena Gazivoda and Nenad Popović, along with Nikola Poznanović, Nikola Đorđević, Aleksandar Hadžić and Jelena Stankovic. Marko Jovković and Uros Markovic established MVJ marković vukotić jovković in December 2017.

Karanović & Nikolićhas vast experience’. The practice has industry expertise in IT, life sciences, aviation, fast-moving consumer goods, and food and agriculture, as well as energy, infrastructure, transport and hospitality. Alongside a US law firm, the practice advised GoDaddy on its acquisition of Devana Technologies’ ManageWP business. Dragan Karanović and Miloš Jakovljević are ‘true professionals’. Other highly regarded practitioners include Dejan Nikolić, Rastko Petaković, Miloš Vučković and Marjan Poljak, as well as senior associate Ivan Nonković.

Providing solutions-oriented advice’, Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr has particular expertise in banking sector deals; NPL portfolio sales; and banking group restructurings. The team is also noted for telecoms and media sector-related deals. It recently advised Phosphea on the pending acquisition of Elixir’s feed phosphates business in Serbia. Matija Vojnović is ‘very professional’, Miloš Laković is ‘a great lawyer’, and Slaven Moravčević is ‘exceptional’. Srećko Vujaković and Luka Lopičić are other key contacts.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz acts for multinational corporations on large transactions and day-to-day matters. Recent work includes advising Michelin on corporate and commercial law. Marija Tešić and Maja Stepanović are the key names.

Gecic Lawfinds effective solutions’. The practice regularly handles investment projects and has a significant regulatory focus. Nikola Aksić advised Etihad Airways on the transfer of its business in Serbia. Bogdan Gecić is ‘incredibly sharp’; and special counsel Jelena Adamović is highly rated.

Harrisons Solicitors has been kept busy recently acting for investors from China and Abu Dhabi, as well as handling greenfield, mining and agriculture matters. Highlights included advising Al Dahra on acquisitions. Mark Harrison and consultant Goran Martinovic are the names to note.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partnersprovides appropriate advice’. The team acted for Greco on the acquisition of insurance brokerage companies. Milan Joksovic is highly rated and Petar Stojanović is ‘particularly good’. Other notable figures are Ana Tomić and attorney-at-law Goran Vučić.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss advises on public and private M&A; infrastructure transactions; franchising issues; and corporate governance. Miroslav Stojanovic assisted an Austrian food and agriculture sector trading company with the acquisition of its Serbian subsidiary. Nataša Lalović Marić is another key name.

Prica & Partners acted for a newspaper and magazine publisher on the sale of one of its portfolio’s newspapers; and the practice assists AstraZeneca, HBO, DuPont and GMAC with corporate issues on an ongoing basis. Mihajlo Prica and Danica Gligorijević are the key advisers.

Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović Law Firmalways sees the bigger picture’. The team advised Danaher on the Serbian commercial law aspects of an intragroup restructuring project. Marija Oreški Tomašević is ‘very experienced’ and Milan Samardzic is ‘extremely bright’.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office acts for clients including Eagle Hills, Belgrade Waterfront, Kappa Star Group and Jaffa. The practice assisted Papir Servis FHB with acquiring various waste management companies. Nataša Zavišin and senior counsel Časlav Petrović are the names to note.

Bojanovic & Partners regularly handles restructurings and corporate reorganisations, as well as mergers, demergers and spin offs. Vladimir Bojanović is ‘very reliable’.

Bojović & Partners has sector expertise in technology, telecoms, entertainment, fashion, and real estate. The team provides ongoing legal support to Fox Broadcasting in Serbia. Vuk Draskovichas outstanding legal expertise’.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic has a ‘truly stellar’ practice. Branislav Marić focuses on corporate, M&A, energy and project-related issues; and Selma Mujezinović is noted for commercial, corporate, construction, and real estate matters.

Marić, Mališić & Dostanić o.a.d. recently advised a Danish company on a joint venture agreement with a Serbian company. The key advisers are Ana Marić, Rastko Mališić and Oliver Radosavljevic.

NKO Partners’ experience includes advising Dr. Max on the acquisition of pharmacy chains in Serbia. Djordje Nikolic and Djuro Otasevic are highly rated.

Ninkovic Law Office’s client base includes the subsidiaries of foreign companies that are active in Serbia; and the team has particular pharmaceutical and aviation sector expertise. Ivan Krsikapa is noted.

Stankovic & Partners advises on cross-border corporate and M&A deals that involve global corporations and banks. Nenad Stankovic is highly regarded.

Baklaja Igrić Tintor Law Office’s areas of strength include commercial and corporate law and M&A deals; and the practice has expertise in real estate law and hospitality matters. Boris Baklaja is a key practitioner and Djordje Igrić ‘demonstrates in-depth knowledge’.

Doklestic & Partners’ ‘expert team’ advises subsidiaries of Philip Morris International in Serbia on corporate and commercial legal issues. Slobodan Doklestic, Dragan Gajin and senior associate Milos Pandzic are the key contacts.

Marjanovic Law was instructed by an international law firm, as local counsel, on Investment Corporation of Dubai’s acquisition of Porto Montenegro. Mlađan Marjanović and Marina Lazović are the names to note.

Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm’s ‘creative team’ has deal expertise in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, and aviation sectors. Marko Milanović is highly rated and Tanja Unguranhas a good eye for detail’.

Mladenovic & Stankovic in cooperation with Rokas International Law Firm is ‘extremely competent’. The team advised a manufacturer on its investment in Serbia. Aleksandar Mladenovic is ‘extremely bright’; and Vuk Stankovic is also an experienced adviser.

Tasic & Partnersexceeds clients’ expectations’. The team advises on M&A transactions, as well as issues involving shares, stocks and asset acquisitions, and privatisations. Marija Tasic has ‘great legal knowledge’.

ŠunjkaLaw is experienced in privatisation work, cross-border deals and corporate governance issues. Tomislav Sunjkahas a sharp legal mind’.

Vukovic & Partners recently advised on a series of transactions surrounding the preparation of two companies for merger. Srđan Gligo is highly regarded.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Officeoffers solutions’. The team advised a media and entertainment organisation on its internal corporate restructuring in Serbia. Branislav Živković is ‘very experienced’ and Nebojša Samardžić is ‘knowledgeable’.

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