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BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law’s team is, according to one client, ‘the best in the local market’. The team is defending new client Imperial Tobacco against allegations of a price fixing cartel. Other new clients include Hesteel (previously Hebei Iron and Steel) and Boehringer Ingelheim. Tijana Kojović has ‘an excellent understanding of business environments’.

Gecic Lawstands out for its knowledge of EU law’. The team represented Železara Smederevo in state aid proceedings pertaining to its restructuring, and acted for the same client in the first parallel state aid case in the steel sector under the EU Association Agreement, which was heard before authorities in Brussels and Serbia. Managing partner Bogdan Gecic is ‘an excellent negotiator’.

Recent work for JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic includes advising on the merger control aspects of Polish manufacturer Synthos’ acquisition of a polystyrene business. It also represented transport company Bora Kečić in an investigation undertaken by the competition authority into alleged bid-rigging. Milica Subotić recently left the firm.

At Karanovic & Nikolic, Rastko Petaković, who was promoted to senior partner in July 2016, handled the Serbian merger filing aspects of China National Chemical Corporation’s acquisition of Pirelli. The sizeable team also advises on numerous high-profile contentious matters; it has been assisting KKR with abuse of dominance-related cases involving portfolio telecoms companies.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr’s team is ‘commercially minded and technically excellent’. ‘Client-focused’ practice head Srđana Petronijević, together with Danijel Stevanović, advised on the proposed but ultimately terminated $160bn merger between Allergan and Pfizer.

Bojovic & Partners’ ‘experienced’ practice head Uros Popovic is defending the Association of Cable Operators of Bosnia and Herzegovina in a dispute pertaining to the alleged abuse of a dominant position.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss advised on the Serbian merger control issues pertaining to Viacom International Media Ventures and Axel Springer’s joint venture. Maja Stanković advised Apollo on merger control issues regarding its proposed acquisition of Nova KBM. Vienna-based Guenter Bauer heads the firm-wide competition practice

NKO Partners, according to one client, provides ‘the highest-quality performance’. ‘Business-savvy’ practice head Djuro Otasevic recently obtained an exemption for Actavis pertaining to its exclusive distribution agreement in Montenegro.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is assisting British American Tobacco with an antitrust investigation. Raško Radovanović heads the practice, which was bolstered by Srđan Janković’s arrival in 2016 from the Serbian competition authority’s cartels and abuse of dominance division.

Prica & Partners advised Axel Springer on obtaining competition clearance for its acquisition of New Digital. Darija Ognjenovic is the main partner.

Stankovic & Partners is defending a Serbian producer before the Bosnian competition authorities against a claim brought by a Bosnian distributor regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position via a refusal to supply. Ljiljana Urzikic Stankovic and of counsel Milos Androvic are the key contacts.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office’s team handled competition clearances in Serbia and Montenegro for new client Petrol Ljubljana pertaining to its acquisition of Geoplin. Slobodan Kremenjak is the key name.

Bojanovic & Partners handles Serbian state aid matters for Israeli company KEB and French manufacturer Trigano. Vladimir Bojanovic is the key contact.

Harrisons Solicitors obtained competition clearance for Hyprop Investments following its acquisition of Delta City. Consultant Goran Martinovic and associate Ana Banicevic are the key contacts.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners advised Nelt Serbia on the competition aspects of a high-value international food distribution agreement with a supplier from Poland. Dragan Psodorov is the key contact.

Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic in cooperation with Kinstellar typically advises on the competition aspects of international companies acquiring assets in Serbia. Branislav Marić is the name to note.

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