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BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law has an ‘outstanding’ team. Practice heads Tijana Kojović and Vladimir Dašić provide ‘competent, quick responses and have excellent knowledge of business and political environments’. Recent highlights include advising new client Hesteel Group on its successful bid to acquire a major Serbian steel plant for €43m, which was sold off as part of the country’s privatisation process. It also assisted new client Ball Corporation with an internal corporate restructuring and asset divestment following the £4.3bn acquisition of Rexam. Modern Times Group and Russian telecoms operator MTS are also new clients.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic’s service is ‘nothing short of exemplary’. Marko Jovkovic, Nikola Poznanovic and practice head Nenad Popović are handling corporate restructuring for a food processing company. Jelena Gazivoda is ‘protective of clients’ needs’; she and Nikola Djordjevic advised Delta Real Estate and Hemslade Trading on the €202m sale of Delta City shopping malls in Serbia and Montenegro. Aleksandar Hadzic is also noted. Milica Subotić recently left the firm. Uros Markovic left the firm in November 2017.

Karanovic & Nikolic assisted QuadraCir with divesting its Serbian subsidiary; name partner Dragan Karanović and Miloš Jakovljević, who made partner in 2016, led the advice. Senior partner Miloš Vučković and commercial head Marjan Poljak are advising Google on regulatory and compliance matters across six jurisdictions. The ‘highly reliable and knowledgeable’ Sanja Spasenovic and senior associate Goran Radosevic provide ‘precise and efficient advice’.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr’s team ‘has an outstanding reputation for handling complex deals in the telecoms industry’. The ‘terrific’ Matija Vojnović and highly regarded Luka Lopičić are the practice heads; the duo were part of a team handling Apollo’s €1bn bid in the, ultimately aborted, privatisation of Telekom Srbija. Other highlights included providing corporate advice to UAE-based Mirabank on establishing investment banking services in Serbia, and assisting Eurobank and its Serbian affiliates with purchasing 50% of Singidunum-Buildings.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is advising Nikola Tesla Airport on the options available for sourcing development funds. It is also assisting Lear Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, with a greenfield investment, which includes constructing a Serbian manufacturing plant. Vienna-based Radivoje Petrikić leads the Belgrade office. Marija Tešić and Maja Stepanović are other names to note.

Recent highlights for Gecic Law’s team include advising Železara Smederevo and the government on the €46m sale, via public tender, of Železara Smederevo’s assets to Hebei Iron and Steel (now Hesteel Group). Special counsel Jelena Adamović and Nikola Aksić, who is ‘meticulous and easy to work with’, are the practice heads. Name partner Bogdan Gecic is ‘an excellent lawyer’.

Harrisons Solicitors fields an ‘exceptional’ team. ‘Ever impressive’ consultant Goran Martinovic handled a greenfield investment for Yazaki Europe. The ‘excellent’ Mark Harrison advised Hyprop Investments on purchasing Delta City Belgrade.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners provides an ‘extremely high’ level of service. Practice head Petar Stojanovic has notable expertise handling high-value contracts with foreign elements. The team advised Telekom Slovenije on the attempted acquisition of a majority share in Telekom Srbija. Stojanovic also assisted electric utility EPS with corporate restructuring, which included centralising the public procurement services of its subsidiaries.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss advised Atterbury Europe on purchasing a one-third stake in a €259m property portfolio from MPC Properties. Managing partner Miroslav Stojanovic ‘always delivers clear advice’.

Recent work for Prica & Partners includes assisting Xerox with closing down its Belgrade office, advising Hyundai on its Serbian distribution agreements, and handling local corporate changes for a Swiss client following its merger with a Czech energy company. Mihajlo Prica is the managing partner and Danica Gligorijević is singled out ‘for her knowledge and professionalism’.

Samardžic, Oreški & Grbovic Law Firm advised Lundin Mining on its $262m share purchase in the Serbian Timok Copper-Gold project. Marija Oreski Tomasevic is ‘very professional and intelligent’ and Milan Samardzic is ‘dedicated and solution-focused’; the duo head the team.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office represented two international retail groups, Delhaize and Ahold, before Serbian and Montenegrin merger authorities pertaining to the pair’s merger in both jurisdictions. Nataša Zavišin, who led the matter, heads the team jointly with Stojan Semiz.

Bojanovic & Partners is ‘solution-oriented and creative’. The team advised Publicis on its acquisition of Serbian advertising company MMS. Tesla Motors, Herbalife and Lone Star are new clients. Vladimir Bojanovic is the practice head.

Bojovic & Partners’ team is ‘pragmatic and business-minded’. Clients ‘can confidently rely on the coordinated, proactive and efficientVuk Draskovic. The firm advises adidas on its Serbian operations, which includes handling commercial agreements, trade terms and lease agreements. Samsung, Poseidon Group, and Philips are also clients.

Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic in cooperation with Kinstellar is handling AXA’s sale of two Serbian subsidiaries – one life and one non-life insurance company. Branislav Marić and Selma Mujezinović are the main partners.

Maric, Mališic & Dostanic o.a.d.provides business-oriented advice and is good value for money’. Rastko Mališić and practice head Ana Maric are assisting Ikea with establishing its first Serbian retail store. Oliver Radosavljevic is another key partner.

NKO Partners recently advised Israeli real estate development company Plaza Centers on selling its subsidiary in Belgrade. Djordje Nikolic has ‘remarkable organisational skills’ and Djuro Otasevic is ‘a dedicated problem-solver’; the two head the practice.

Ninkovic Law Office is advising Johnson Controls, in cooperation with global counsel Baker & McKenzie LLP, on the Serbian aspects of spinning-off its automotive business. Senior partner Ivan Kršikapa has ‘a solution for every problem’.

Stankovic & Partners stands out for its ‘competence and business flair’. Recent highlights include assisting Sutherland Global with establishing its Serbian operations and handling the division of Montinvest into three limited liability companies. Practice head Nenad Stankovic is ‘the ultimate team leader’.

Đorđe Igrić leads Baklaja Igric Tintor Law Office’s practice, and has expertise in privatisations and restructurings. The firm recently advised a subsidiary of a German fintech company on acquiring a minority interest in a Serbian telecoms company.

Doklestic & Partners was founded by Slobodan Doklestic. Recent highlights include handling the acquisition of Serbian medical lab Hexalab for the local subsidiary of Belgium-headquartered Synevo Laboratories. Hewlett Packard, G4S Security, Philip Morris and Carlsberg are also clients.

Law Office Kosic’s Dubravka Kosić typically acts for global companies with local operations in Serbia. The team recently assisted an Italian automotive company with its Serbian investments.

Marjanovic Law advised Investment Corporation of Dubai on acquiring luxury yacht marina and waterfront development, Porto Montenegro; the firm served as local counsel and Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP led the matter overall. Mladjan Marjanovic, who has a ‘sharp mind’, heads the practice jointly with Marina Lazovic, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable on local law requirements and has a very commercial approach’.

Mladenovic & Stankovic in cooperation with Rokas International Law Firm’ practice head Aleksandar Mladenovic recently led the team's advice to Dhaka-based textile company Pretty Group on its combined greenfield and brownfield investment in northern Serbia. Vuk Stankovic ‘knows how to deal with complex issues’.

TSG – Tomic Sindjelic Groza’s name partners Ljubica Tomic, Predrag Groza and Sasa Sindjelic have ‘high levels of professionalism’. The team regularly assists media clients with day-to-day commercial matters. PRVA Televizija and Antenna Group are clients.

Law Office of Tomislav Sunjka handles local corporate governance matters for a Russian bank. The team also handles privatisations, cross-border transactions and public and private tenders. Tomislav Sunjka is the key name.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office’s practice is ‘extremely service-oriented’. The firm advised Discovery Networks International, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, on establishing a presence in Serbia. Branislav Živković is the practice head.

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