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BDK Advokati has experience in construction contracts; and regularly handles asset purchases. Other areas include retail parks, hotels, and property-related energy matters. The team advised a Spanish firm on construction contracts. Dragoljub Cibulić is ‘an excellent lawyer’.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic is best known for asset and share deal transactions; greenfield projects; construction agreements; and lease agreements. The team acted for a real estate developer on the sale of shopping malls. Senior associate Ivan Petrović is the key name. Uros Markovic and Nikola Vukotić left to establish MVJ marković vukotić jovković in December 2017.

Karanović & Nikolić is experienced in industrial development projects, portfolio asset management, and infrastructure and energy-related real estate projects. The team advised Airport City Belgrade on the construction of a residential and commercial complex. Dragan Karanović and senior associate Ana Luković are highly rated.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherrhas excellent business acumen’. The team advises on shopping and retail centres, high-profile hotels, and office buildings, as well as distressed real estate transactions and construction law. It advised Mitiska Reim on its retail park-related joint venture. Slaven Moravčević is highly regarded and Ivan Pantović ‘knows the market very well’. Attorneys-at-law Ivana Panić and the ‘very responsive’ Dijana Grujić are also noted.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz regularly advises on energy-related real estate and construction matters. It acted for a Spanish construction company on a waste-for-energy project. Radivoje Petrikić, senior attorney Marija Marošan and attorney-at-law Dragana Jandrić are the names to note.

Bojović & Partners’ ‘highly professional’ team advised Poseidon on a large retail park. Marija Bojović is widely praised and senior associate Ivan Gazdić is ‘knowledgeable’.

Harrisons Solicitors acted for EBRD on real estate matters, regarding loan and equity deals. Mark Harrison is the principal contact.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners advises on lease agreements and property acquisitions. It also assists with zoning issues; tax planning; and project finance. The key advisers are Petar Stojanović, Milan Joksovic, Ana Tomić and Vladimir Krnetić.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss assists with project development, financing, planning and construction, as well as leasing and sales. Miroslav Stojanović is highly rated and Vidak Kovačević is a key counsel.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office regularly advises developers and has a robust real estate finance practice. The team recently assisted with residential and retail developments. Stojan Semiz and consultant Jasna Milosavljević are the main practitioners.

Baklaja Igrić Tintor Law Office is highly rated for its hospitality and hotel industry expertise. Boris Baklaja and legal adviser Katarina Obradović Baklaja are ‘very experienced’.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic recently advised Mastercard on an office lease agreement. Selma Mujezinović is highly regarded.

Marić, Mališić & Dostanić o.a.d. assists with development projects. The team also advised an Accor affiliate on a hotel management agreement. The key contact is Veljko Dostanic.

NKO Partners recently assisted an Israeli-based company with the sale of a residential and commercial project. Djordje Nikolic is the principal adviser.

Prica & Partners’ experience includes reviewing construction agreements for Trelleborg. Senior associate Aleksandar Mancev is well regarded.

Stankovic & Partners advises on the real estate assets of distressed and insolvent companies, as well as acquisitions. Nenad Stankovic is ‘very helpful’.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office advises on commercial and residential acquisitions and sales, planning issues and construction. Ksenija Golubović and Uroš Đorđević are the principal names.

Mladenovic & Stankovic in cooperation with Rokas International Law Firm’s ‘service level is high’. The practice advises on the acquisition, sale and financing of industrial, residential and hotel developments. Vuk Stankovic ‘provides custom-tailored advice’.

Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović Law Firmprovides precise advice’. The practice spans real estate-related M&A deals, sales and acquisitions, finance, and developments, as well as leasing, joint ventures and partnerships. Radovan Grbović ‘has in-depth knowledge’.

Vukovic & Partners’ ‘service is timely’. The practice assists with property sales; obtaining licences; and building, zoning and registration issues. Dejan Vuković is the key name.

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