Competition in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers

Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers is known for its broad competition expertise, with particular emphasis on major merger control matters and investigations. Clients note the team’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework’. It also offers compliance advice, particularly for clients in the tech and FCMG sectors. Leading the team is Nihad Sijerčić, whose work focuses on major mergers and abuse of dominance cases, with particular strength advising international clients. Amina Đugum and associate Nihad Odobadšić are other key names offering compliance support.

Practice head(s):

Nihad Sijerčić

Other key lawyers:

Amina Đugu; Nihad Odobadšić

Testimonials

Provide an excellent service.’

‘The team is very responsive and provide clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘They are also always willing to accommodate clients’ demands.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and covers a very broad range of legal areas which is very valuable.’

Key clients

Telemach

GLS Alternative Investments

Mid Europa Partners

Hering

United Media

Sport Klub

Association of cable operators

Zeochem

Huyndai, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche

Veritas AG

MK Group

Work highlights

  • Representing United Group in a number of antitrust, merger control and regulatory proceedings.
  • Representing Zeochem AG in the proceedings with the Bosnian NCA to extend the individual exemption of its agreement with Alumina for an additional 5 years.
  • Assisted Hering with successfully challenging the NCA’s first instance decision in an abuse of dominance proceeding.

Maric & Co Law Firm

Maric & Co Law Firm's workload includes competition advisory and litigation matters. It is experienced in defending clients against antitrust investigations, most notably acting for Telekokm Srbija in a complaint relating to anticompetitive behaviour in the television sphere. It also provides merger control advice to major companies. Ezmana Turković, known for being 'highly skilled and meticulous in her work’, jointly leads the team, with her practice focusing on merger work for international clients. Fellow co-head Džana Smailagić-Hromić has further expertise in insurance and procurement law.

Other key lawyers:

Branko Maric

Testimonials

‘We work with Branko Maric, an excellent lawyer and a seasoned professional, who is well established in the local legal and business community and has built up the practice very well. He has a very practical and pragmatic approach to legal matters and is keen on creating the conditions for the best outcomes possible within the given circumstances.’

‘Ezmana Turkovic is very dedicated to the cases we work on and is the operative heart of the team. She is highly skilled and meticulous in her work.’

‘Their team is dependable and we enjoy working with them as their implementation of the agreed steps is precise and efficient. That is why they are our preferred partner when it comes to Bosnia.’

Key clients

Agrokor

CEMEX UK

M.T. Abraham Group

LG Electronics

Lufthansa Technik AG

Inditex S.A.

Akt.online Ltd

Telekom Srbija

Work highlights

  • Represented Telekom Srbija in an abuse of dominance case against United Group.
  • Represented Agrokor under extraordinary administration in the acquisition of its local subsidiaries
  • Obtained the merger clearance for a joint venture filling between LG Electronics Inc. and Lufthansa Technik AG.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz D.O.O. in cooperation with local lawyers

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz D.O.O. in cooperation with local lawyers is known for its strong merger control offering, with a particular emphasis advising international clients on the Czech competition aspects of transactions. Led by Nedžida Salihović-Whalen, the team is notable for its broad range of industry expertise, including the life sciences, energy, and tech sectors. Salihović-Whalen has a broad understanding of competition regulations and is supported by associate Zlatan Balta, whose work supports large international clients aiming to invest in the local market.

Practice head(s):

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen

Other key lawyers:

Zlatan Balta

Key clients

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Michelin

Medtronic

MID EUROPA Partners

Delhaize BV

Remho Beteiligungs GmbH

Nectar

Fresenius Medical Car

Work highlights

  • Advising Michelin on competition law aspects of contractual relationships and distribution schemes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr offers clients looking to do business in Bosnia competition advice from its Belgrade and Sarajevo offices. The team serves a mix of local and regional clients, with a particular emphasis on providing merger control support, foreign direct investment advice, and offering contentious support in certain matters. Srdjana Petronijević leads the team from the Belgrade office. Also key are Minela Šehović and Azem Ahmic, both of whom are based in Sarajevo.

Practice head(s):

Srdjana Petronijević

Other key lawyers:

Minela Šehović; Azem Ahmic

Testimonials

‘People and collaboration.’

‘They are truly excellent, very knowledgeable and responsive. The team has high commercial awareness and deep knowledge of our business.’

‘I really love working with them because I know that they will handle any obstacle with ease.’

‘The team has consistently been a great support to us over the years. They have a strong knowledge and innovative approach in handling any project.’

‘The advice they provided us with was excellent. It was delivered in a coherent and systematic way, which made it very easy for us to understand all aspects of the competition aspect of our project. Both jointly and individually they provide outstanding advice.’

‘Minela Sehovic, amazing potential!’

‘Srđana Petronijević – I think she is an outstanding lawyer, extremely insightful and skilled. Given her strong and long-standing experience, she is without a doubt an authority on competition law in the region. Her advice is always clear, precise and quick, and we value that greatly.’

‘Minela Šehović – I see her as a valuable attorney with impressive knowledge and capability. She is a great asset to Schoenherr’s competition team and to their on-spot practice in Bosnia altogether. Minela is a talented lawyer who has been a great support whenever we would need assistance in Bosnia.’

Key clients

Elektroprivreda Srbije

RIDG Holding

Thales Group

Phoenix Pharma

Direct Media

UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar, Unicredit bank a.d. Banja Luka

Triglav Osiguranje

Getinge Group

Hidroelektrana Dabar d.o.o. Trebinje

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

CIAK Group

Siemens AG Group

Nike

Nestle

Marbo

Work highlights

  • Advising Elektroprivreda Srbije on the construction of three hydro plants on the river Drina.
  • Advised Siemens AG Group and its subsidiary Siemens Healthineers Holding I GmbH on the acquisition of Varian Medical Systems.
  • Advising NIKE and Converse on their distribution policy in the region.

Law Office Miljkovic & Partners

Law Office Miljkovic & Partners has both a domestic and EU-wide competition focus, offering both contentious support and merger control advice. Practice head Sead Miljković is particularly notable for his work, with significant experience in front of the national competition council, and a focus on abuse of dominance matters. It also has broad industry expertise, covering pharmaceuticals, energy and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Sead Miljković

Testimonials

The team is well versed in the competition practice having represented some of the biggest anti-trust cases in BiH.’

‘Diligent, timely and always keeping the relevant big picture in mind makes the team different to peers.

The team is solution focused, quick in responding and extremely dedicated.

Sead Miljkovic leads the firm but also stands out in competition due to his knowledge of the sector.

Sead Miljković is the go to lawyer when it comes to competition matters. He is upfront and business oriented, with a focus on solutions.

Key clients

INA d.d.

Olympus

ASA Bank d.d.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale

Zusammenarbeit

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on the competition aspects of a project.
  • Representing Green Card Bureau in abuse of dominance proceedings before the BiH Competition Authority
  • Advising ASA Finance in relation to competition aspects of its takeover of a majority share of the Vakufska Banka.

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers

Known for its merger advice, Wolf Theiss – in cooperation with local lawyers offers competition expertise to its major clients in the energy, tech, financial services and other sectors. The team is particularly well regarded for multijurisdictional transaction work, with an ability to leverage its full office network across Europe. Naida Čustović is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

CINEPLEXX International GmbH

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

Dinners club. BiH

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Erste Club Card

Suzlon, BiH

GlovoApp23 S.L.