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Working for both lenders and borrowers,¬†BDK Advokati¬†stands out for its experience in Loan Market Association and international swaps and derivatives association¬†documentation and hedging transactions. Tijana Kojovińᬆadvised Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale (as agent) and a syndicate of commercial bank lenders, on a ‚ā¨3.05bn credit facility provided to a subsidiary of PPF Group for the acquisition of Telenor's CEE business.¬†Dragoljub Cibulińᬆand senior associate¬†Dragoljub Sretenovińᬆare other names to note.

Harrisons Solicitors' key areas are loan facilities, non-performing loans (NPLs), equity finance, capital markets, Eurobonds, derivatives and project finance. The team was Serbian legal adviser to the lenders, EBRD, Erste Group and Erste Bank Serbia, on a wind farm-related financial package. Consultant Ines Matijevic-Papulin is the department head and senior associate Jovan Cirkovic is regularly involved in major financing projects.

JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic is experienced in project finance, PPPs, NPLs, restructurings and other complex finance transactions. Jelena Gazivoda is highly rated; Nenad Popovic assisted Victoria Group JSC Belgrade (and group companies) with financial restructuring issues.

Karanovic & Partners's 'team is¬†experienced, professional and can handle the most complex legal deals'. Darko Jovanovińᬆled advice to Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale Srbija on the acquisition of a portfolio of banking products of Jubanka ad Beograd;¬†Maja Jovanńćevińá ҆etka¬†'does a great job',¬†Katarina Gudurińᬆwas made partner and¬†Mina Sreńákovińᬆis a key associate.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr's practice¬†covers¬†NPL sales and bank restructurings; it also fields lawyers with expertise in¬†derivatives and¬†capital markets. The team advised a syndicate of OTP banks on two significant loan transactions.¬†Nikola Babińᬆand Petar Kojdińᬆare the practice heads.

Gecic Law¬†is 'always ready to assist clients with all the legal issues they encounter during their day-to-day business'. The practice advised Advance Global Capital, a financial services company, on a complex cross-border financing of a local factoring company and its business operations. The banking and finance team is led by Nikola Aksińá;¬†Jovan Rajkovińᬆis an experienced senior counsel.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners 'understands complex requests from clients'. The team stands out for regulatory issues involving insurance, foreign exchange transactions, subordinated loans and debt restructuring. It assisted Alkemy with the acquisition financing for a Serbian digital marketing company. Petar Stojanovic 'has a very professional attitude'.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss¬†recently experienced an increase in¬†refinancing and debt restructuring work; the team is also active in banking regulatory issues.¬†Belgrade managing partner¬†Miroslav Stojanovińᬆand NataŇ°a Lalovińá Marińᬆadvised a multinational bank syndicate on a ‚ā¨130m loan for a shopping centre refinancing and office tower development financing.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz¬†was recently focused on acquisition financing, real estate project¬†development and the restructuring and refinancing of loan facilities and security packages. Milic Popovińᬆadvised a¬†syndicate of banks, led by ING and UniCredit London, on the refinancing of the Danube Foods Group portfolio in Serbia;¬†Ksenija Boreta¬†is a well-regarded attorney at law.

Aleksic and Associates Law Office's 'quality practice is knowledgeable and has vast financial sector experience'. It has particular expertise in financial regulation, NPL portfolio services, and restructuring and distressed transactions.¬†Ivana MaraŇ°¬†'has¬†great knowledge'.

Bojanovic & Partners is 'always up to date with new developments'. The team advises on syndicated lending, financial regulation, capital markets, structured finance, restructuring and distressed transactions. It advised Austria-based Erste Group Bank on a high-value facility for a Serbian company. Vladimir Bojanovic heads the banking and finance department.

Bojovińá DraŇ°kovińá Popovińá & Partners¬†fields lawyers with¬†sector specialisations in technology, telecoms, entertainment and fashion.¬†Vuk Draskovic¬†advised¬†Sberbank Srbija on the financing of two hydropower plants in Montenegro.¬†Marija Bojovic¬†is banking and finance head.

Kinstellar/Zajednicka advokatska kancelarija Maric & Mujezinovic's scope of work includes acquisition finance, loans and capital markets. Other areas of note are asset, energy, infrastructure and real estate finance, restructuring and financial markets regulation. Branislav Marińᬆand senior associate Tijana Arsenijevińᬆare the key advisers.

Prica & Partners'¬†experience involves general lending, acquisition, asset and structured finance, NPL portfolio acquisitions and project financing, as well as assessing loan and debt structures. Mihajlo Prica¬†heads the banking and finance department; Tijana Lalińᬆand MiloŇ° Vulińᬆare also key contacts.

Best known for cross-border mandates,¬†SamardŇĺińá, OreŇ°ki & Grbovińá Law Firm's practice includes acquisition and project finance and debt restructuring and refinancing. MiloŇ° Velimirovińᬆheads the banking and finance department.

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW)'s Nenad Stankovic is highly regarded for banking and finance, including project finance, restructuring, and infrastructure and PPP projects.

Zavisin Semiz Law Office is particularly noted for real estate and asset finance. Stojan Semiz advised the borrower, GTC, on the construction finance for a large retail project.

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  • Karanovic & Partners wins the Law Firm of the Year Award

    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners is the 2019 winner of the prestigious Law Firm of the Year award, in the Eastern Europe and the Balkans category. 
  • Serbia: The Registration Of Ultimate Beneficial Owners

    As of 31 December 2018, the Central Registry of Ultimate Beneficial Owners was established within the¬† Serbian Business Registers Agency ¬†(the ‚ÄúRegistry‚ÄĚ), in line with the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners (‚ÄúOfficial Gazette of the RoS no. 41/2018).
  • Karanovic & Partners joins Ius Laboris

    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners has joined Ius Laboris, the world's premier global network of human resources law firms. The Employment practice of Karanovic & Partners in Serbia joined this prestigious organisation to reinforce its international HR advisory services for domestic and international companies.
  • Karanovic & Partners: The 13th Traditional Conference on Competition Law and Data Protection

    On 28 November 2018, Karanovic & Partners, together with the¬† Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom , held the Competition and Data Protection conference at the Hilton Belgrade hotel. This traditional yearly conference ‚Äď now in its' 13th year, gathered more than 120 experts from the business and legal community, as well as key regulators and stakeholders, to discuss the most important current issues in the fields of competition law and data protection.
  • Serbia Enacts a New Data Protection Law

    In light of the new EU data protection scheme, shaped by the GDPR, Serbia has enacted a new Data Protection Law on 9 November 2018, with its' applicability postponed for 21 August 2019. The new law was long-awaited: it has been 10 years since the existing law was passed, which was even at that moment already outdated (e.g. it recognized only consent in the written form and almost completely restricted data transfers to non-European countries).
  • Privatisation Disputes

    This article was written by¬† Milan Lazińá, Senior¬† Partner¬†, and¬† Milica Savińá, Senior Associate¬†, and originally published in the¬†"Reshaping the boundaries of arbitrability: Are we heading forward?" publication by the¬† Permanent Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia .
  • Geographical Indications Of Origin In Serbia: Where The Past Fuels The Future

    This article was written by Dragomir Kojińá, Partner ‚Éį, and Tamara Bubalo, Associate ‚Éį, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. To see the original article, please follow this link.
  • Striving Towards the Black Gold

    This article was written by Petar Mitrovińá, Partner ‚Éį, and Nikolina KaŇĺińá, Associate ‚Éį, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine To see the original article, please follow this
  • Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant

    The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro.
  • Laying the Foundations: ZF Group Building a Factory in Serbia

    The Karanovińá & Nikolińá team, led by Senior Partner Marjan Poljak and Senior Associates ‚Éį Ana Stankovińá and Ana Lukovińá, advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the project of opening an electric vehicle parts factory in Panńćevo, Serbia. The German company, a global leader specialising in the design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry, laid the foundations and began construction on 21 June 2018.

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