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BDK Advokati¬†is experienced in¬†International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)-based construction contracts, complex asset purchases, retail park developments and assisting hotel operators; the team also advises on energy-related real estate matters. It enjoys¬†a decade-long relationship with high-profile Israeli real estate developer, Aviv Arlon, for whom it recently acted on a residential complex development in Belgrade.¬†Dragoljub Cibulińᬆheads the real estate and construction department;¬†Milan Dakińᬆis also an experienced practitioner.

Karanovic & Partners's¬†real estate team is led by Dragan Karanovic. Its experience includes property company investments, inner city regeneration, infrastructure, mining and energy-related real estate projects. The practice advises¬†Africa Israel Investments, an international real estate development and investment company, on real estate development and projects in Belgrade. Senior associate Ana Lukovińᬆhas extensive real estate law experience.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr¬†regularly advises on shopping and retail centres, hotels and office buildings; the firm also fields lawyers with expertise in FIDIC-based construction as well as large-scale property investment projects in Montenegro.¬†Ivan Pantovińᬆand recently promoted partner¬†Ivana Panińᬆadvised Lidl on the development of supermarkets in Serbia.¬†Slaven Moravńćevińᬆis also highly rated and¬†Dijana Grujińᬆis an experienced attorney at law.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz's practice covers land and building¬†acquisitions, construction and energy projects and lease negotiations as well as¬†regulatory, corporate, financing and environmental issues. The team advised a¬†European manufacturer of professional indoor and outdoor lighting on the acquisition of state-owned land, plant construction-related real estate contracts and a lease agreement. The key contacts are Radivoje Petrikińᬆand ńźorńĎe Popovińá, along with senior attorney Marija MaroŇ°an¬†and attorney at law Dragana Jandrińá.

Bojovińá DraŇ°kovińá Popovińá & Partners¬†regularly advises on¬†high-profile projects, including hotels and retail parks, including financing, tax arrangements and contentious matters. The team¬†advises Poseidon Group, a London-based real estate developer, investor and manager, and Brussels- headquartered Mitiska Reim on their retail park-related joint ventures. Department head¬†Ivan Gazdińá, who¬†made partner, and¬†Marija Bojovic¬†are the names to note.

Harrisons Solicitors' Mark Harrison recently led advice to the International School of Belgrade on a large infrastructure project, which involved the construction of a building, land acquisitions and project negotiations. Jovan Cirkovic is an experienced senior associate.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners is noted for zoning status issues, transaction structuring, tax planning, project finance and long-term lease agreements. Petar Stojanovic advised Qatari Diar's Montenegrin subsidiary on the development of a tourist complex project in Montenegro. Milan Joksovic and attorney at law Srdjan Tolpa are also experienced advisers.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic's scope of work covers real estate law, construction law, strategic projects, PPPs and concessions. The practice advised a Chinese construction company on real estate and construction matters, including the design and construction of a motorway intended to connect Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Italy.¬†Ivan Petrovic¬†was made partner, while former partners Uros Markovic¬†and Nikola Vukotic¬†left to found MVJ markovińá vukotińá jovkovińá.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss' 'professional and expert team'¬†advises on the earliest phases of project development, including zoning, environmental impact assessments and land acquisitions; it also assists with financing, planning, construction, leasing, sales and construction disputes.¬†Miroslav Stojanovińᬆand counsel¬†Vidak Kovańćevińᬆare the principal advisers.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office¬†is¬†best known for its advice to foreign funds and large international developers on¬†acquisition and joint venture structuring, development financing and refinancing, and real estate-related sales.¬†Stojan Semiz¬†and senior counsel¬†Jasna Milosavljevińᬆadvised GTC on the high-profile acquisition of¬†Belgrade Business Center.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic¬†assists with¬†construction, permitting, sales and purchases in the commercial, tourism and energy sectors. Selma Mujezinovińᬆis the principal contact.

MVJ markovińá vukotińá jovkovińᬆis 'solutions oriented'. The firm was launched by former JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic¬†partners, including¬†Uros Markovic¬†and¬†Nikola Vukotic.¬†It assisted H&M with¬†negotiating its retail lease agreements throughout Serbia.

NKO Partners regularly structures complex real estate transactions; the team also assists with project financing, FIDIC-based construction agreements and tax issues. Djordje Nikolic advised industrial developer CTP Group on property acquisitions in Serbia.

Prica & Partners¬†has extensive experience of real estate and construction law.¬†Senior associate and real estate head¬†Aleksandar Mancev¬†and¬†MiloŇ° Vulińᬆadvised Trelleborg, known globally for engineered polymer solutions in demanding environments, on a prospective factory construction.

SamardŇĺińá, OreŇ°ki & Grbovińá Law Firm's 'knowledge and experience is impressive'. The¬†practice includes M&A involving real estate companies, sales and acquisitions, developments, leasing, structured financing and joint ventures.¬†Radovan Grbovińᬆ'negotiates complex agreements with ease' and senior associate Igor Radovanovic¬†is¬†'very¬†dedicated'. Milan Samardzic¬†is also an experienced practitioner.

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW) assists investors, developers, funders and occupiers with the acquisition and development of commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use real estate. Nenad Stankovic is the key contact.

Baklaja Igrińá Tintor Law Office's practice covers development-related due diligence, project finance,¬†acquisitions and sales, and planning and construction. The key names are¬†Boris Baklaja, senior lawyer Jovan Nikńćevińᬆand legal adviser Katarina Obradovińá Baklaja.

Bopa Bojanovic & Partners' real estate and construction head Vladimir Bojanovic 'sees the global picture'. The practice covers real estate acquisitions, project development, finance, FIDIC advice and litigation.

Cvetkovińá, Skoko & Jovińćińá's real estate and construction practice includes urban planning and real estate-related M&A as well as telecoms sector and financing expertise. Goran Cvetkovic¬†is the key contact.

Marińá, MaliŇ°ińá & Dostanińá o.a.d.'s Veljko Dostanic¬†has¬†extensive knowledge of FIDIC conditions; his experience includes assisting with the construction of production facilities and supermarkets.

Vukovic & Partners is experienced in obtaining licences and zoning and registration issues; the team also assists with real estate-related finance and tax matters. Dejan Vukovic is the principal contact.

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