With ‘vast experience in M&A transactions‘, BDK Advokati AOD is regularly instructed on the region’s most prominent deals. The corporate group also assists clients with establishing a presence in Serbia, as well as corporate governance, corporate finance and regulatory aspects. Renowned founding and managing partner Tijana Kojović is active in transactional work, and the ‘experienced, knowledgable and confident‘ Vladimir Dašić heads up the M&A group. At counsel level, Tomislav Popović has longstanding company law and M&A experience. Jelena Zelenbaba left the firm.
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Radoicic & Associates Law Office
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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Serbia
Vladimir Dašić; Tijana Kojović
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very responsive and nice to work with, and the work provided is very pragmatic to ensure its easy implementation.’
‘It is always a pleasure working with this team, as it is responsive and ensures that the advice provided is ready to use in practice.’
‘What makes this office special is the focus on both the legal and business side of the deal. It does not merely act as legal counsel, but is truly able to put itself in the position of a business partner.’
‘Vast experience in M&A transactions.’
‘Knows the pitfalls and opportunities, and is able to envisage the development of the negotiation process one or two steps ahead.’
‘Clients feel very fortunate to have the team on their side during deals.’
‘Able to advise clients in real-time during the negotiation process, and always offers an alternative or improvement to the client’s position.’
‘Vladimir Dašić is experienced, knowledgable and confident.’
Yokohama Rubber Co
One Equity Partners
- Advised EPAM Systems on the acquisition of IP assets and the takeover and integration of the employees of Serbian IT company, Vivify Ideas doo Novi Sad.
- Advised Archer-Daniels-Midland Company on the acquisition of Sojaprotein.
- Advised CEECAT Capital on the acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Gomex doo, a neighbourhood grocery store chain in Serbia.
‘One of the best law firms in Serbia‘, JPM & Partners’s team advises high-profile domestic and international clients on their most commercially and strategically-significant transactions, including several first-of-a-kind matters. The group is especially noted for cross-border work. Senior partner and corporate head Nenad Popović is ‘one of the market’s best-known names‘, while Jelena Gazivoda heads up the mining and energy department. The second line of key advisers features M&A and joint venture expert Jelena Stanković Lukić, along with experienced senior associates Bojana Javorić, Janez Voncina and Marko Mrdja.
Nenad Popović; Jelena Gazivoda
Other key lawyers:
Jelena Stanković Lukić; Bojana Javorić; Janez Voncina; Marko Mrdja; Nikola Đorđević
‘One of the best-known law firms in Serbia.’
‘One of the best law firms in Serbia. On the leading edge of new legal tech advancements, which it implements to the benefit of clients and collaborating firms. JPM provides to-the-point legal advice that finds the balance between legal rigour and pragmatic business sense.’
‘The whole team is dedicated and client oriented, and always available irrespective of the time and day – the first choice for transactions.’
‘Very helpful and provides clients with all the necessary information and services.’
‘Nenad Popović is one of the market’s best-known names. He has participated in a number of high-profile transactions and is considered one of the best (if not the best) M&A lawyers in Serbia.’
‘Jelena Gazivoda is in a class of her own. Knowledgeable, experienced and ready to help at all times. Her expertise is broad, and she is equally good in corporate, PPP, insurance and energy matters. A true professional and an outstanding person to work with.’
‘Jelena Stanković Lukić is a long-time member of JPM’s corporate team – she is precise, detail oriented, and able to resolve any kind of issue regardless of its nature.’
‘All of its people are very pleasant and available whenever needed, especially senior associate Bojana Javorić – a top pick. She is diligent, available at all times, and with excellent legal and commercial knowledge.’
Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance
C D Holding Internationale
ACIBADEM Healthcare Group
Joint Stock Company Gazprom
- Advising the Dulux Group on a transaction involving the purchase of 99.8% of the JUB Group.
Karanovic & Partners‘ corporate and commercial group acts across multiple jurisdictions, including Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Albania in addition to Serbia. The experience of team head Dragan Karanović includes some of the market’s largest deals to date; Miloš Vučković has notable regional corporate law experience; and Marjan Poljak spearheads the firm’s regional business development. The department also fields ‘highly experienced corporate practitioners‘ Miloš Jakovljević and Ivan Nonković, and corporate and commercial law expert Goran Radosevic. Sava Drača, Igor Radovanović and Marko Ćulafić are active senior associates. Jelena Ašanin joined the firm as senior counsel from Harrisons Solicitors. Jelena Zelenbaba was a new arrival in 2023.
Dragan Karanović; Miloš Vučković; Marjan Poljak
Other key lawyers:
Miloš Jakovljević; Ivan Nonković; Goran Radosevic; Sava Drača; Igor Radovanović; Marko Ćulafić; Jelena Ašanin; Jelena Zelenbaba
‘Very efficient, to the point, delivers on time, and provides solid guidance for the client. Easy to contact and represents value for money – the client feels reassured that the matter is in good hands and being handled with professionalism.’
‘Provides professional support and impeccable advice on corporate and commercial matters – clients are absolutely happy with the service.’
‘The team is fluid, experienced and constructive, resulting in exceptionally fast and solid legal advice – this differentiates the group from the rest of the market.’
‘The team is of high quality, and has experienced as well as young and dynamic employees.’
‘Miloš Jakovljević and Ivan Nonković are highly experienced corporate practitioners, who are client friendly and have unfailing commitment to client matters.’
‘Marjan Poljak and Goran Radosevic are trustworthy people who know their clients well and give prudent advice. They are assertive and can manage complex situations with ease.’
‘Senior associate Marko Ćulafić always provides strong technical, yet commercial and innovative solutions. He has great interpersonal skills and an incredible amount of knowledge.’
‘Senior associate Sava Drača is an excellent legal adviser, who is business oriented, understands the issues at stake, delivers on time, and points out the aspects that clients should pay attention to. He is available when needed and also has good communication skills.’
Abris Capital Partners
- Advised Take Two on the acquisition of Nordeus, a Belgrade-based mobile games company.
- Advises Pfizer on a wide range of legal matters, including commercial issues.
- Advised Bel Medic on its agreement to sell a 70% stake in the company.
Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s corporate and M&A practice was recently particularly active in relation to major M&A deals, as well as direct investments into the Serbian market. The group’s latest experience also includes substantial restructuring mandates. Belgrade managing partner Radivoje Petrikić ‘has in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions‘; and Maja Stepanović is highly rated for her expertise in Serbia-related corporate, M&A and commercial matters. The second line of active practitioners includes Marija Tešić, who advises on status changes, takeover bids, and mandatory squeeze-out and delisting procedures.
Other key lawyers:
Maja Stepanović; Marija Tešić
‘The CMS Belgrade team houses the most competent legal advisers in the CEE region.’
‘Its professional approach, dedication to clients and brilliant legal solutions that the team brings to its daily work is what makes the group stand out on the market.’
‘A strong presence in the region – CMS Belgrade provides excellent advice in all the legal areas that clients require during their daily work. Clients are very satisfied with their collaboration.’
‘Clients are very happy with the CMS team. The service is great and the team is very professional in all aspects, such as answering clients’ questions and communications with authorities.‘
‘Radivoje Petrikić has exceptional legal knowledge and ability, superb negotiation skills, and he provides reliable and business-oriented advice.’
‘Radivoje Petrikić has in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions and provides the best possible legal protection for clients.’
‘Maja Stepanović was great to work with. Her professional attitude helps clients implement all corporate changes really quickly, and in line with their group policies.‘
‘Marija Tešić is a very professional corporate adviser – very responsive, efficient and dedicated to her clients.’
Kansai Helios Group
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
Modine Manufacturing Company
Euro Accident Livförsäkring
Johnson & Johnson
InterContinental Hotels Group
fischer automotive systems GmbH & Co
- Advised Hystead on the sale of Belgrade’s Delta City shopping mall.
- Advised N26 Bank on the acquisition of a fintech company in Serbia.
- Advised Celsius Network on the acquisition of MVP Workshop, a Serbian-based blockchain product research and development studio.
Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr‘s corporate and commercial team consistently advises investors on greenfield investments in Serbia. In the energy sector, the group advises Rio Tinto on its Serbian interests, including corporate structuring issues. The corporate and M&A practice is jointly led by M&A transactions expert Matija Vojnović, and Luka Lopičić, who acts on deals across the region. Also integral to the department are telecoms and energy M&A specialist Slaven Moravčević; Vojimir Kurtić, who ‘gives great advice‘; experienced practitioner Jovan Barović; and attorney at law Bojan Rajić.
Matija Vojnović; Luka Lopičić
Other key lawyers:
Slaven Moravčević; Vojimir Kurtić; Jovan Barović; Bojan Rajić; Jelena Arsić
‘The team is always available and highly professional. It has strong skills and is very client oriented, which really helps clients achieve their commercial objectives.’
‘Matija Vojnović is an impressive lawyer – his performance is outstanding.’
‘Matija Vojnović is very knowledgeable and sharp, but also very pleasant, which is a winning combination.
‘Luka Lopičić has an outstanding practical approach to complex legal matters.’
‘Vojimir Kurtić is an extremely competent lawyer with very good commercial understanding.‘
‘Vojimir Kurtić gives great advice and clients really love working with him.‘
‘Attorney at law Bojan Rajić is a very dedicated lawyer, who understands clients’ business and expectations, and delivers good results.‘
‘Attorney at law Jelena Arsić is a very experienced and creative lawyer. She is easy to work with and very responsive.’
Brighton Park Capital
Greiner Packaging International
AMMA Import Export
Integral Venture Partners
Masdar Taaleri Generation
Shoppster DOO Beograd
TN Invest Anstalt
Opportunity Transformation Investments
Hleb & Kifle
- Advised Trans-Oil Group, and investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management (UK), on the acquisition of a trading business, two ports and a river port business from MK Group and Agroglobe.
- Advised Brighton Park Capital on its $140m investment in HTEC Group.
- Acted as local counsel to Eurobank on the merger of Eurobank ad Beograd and Direktna Banka ad Kragujevac.
Bojovic Draškovic Popovic & Partners‘ ‘very competent and highly experienced individuals‘ advise buyers and sellers at all stages of transactions. The team also regularly works alongside financial advisers on M&A and domestic deals; and is experienced in incorporation work, establishing corporate structures, corporate governance, compliance, and corporate housekeeping. Vuk Drašković, who ‘has outstanding legal expertise‘ leads both the corporate and commercial and M&A practices, which showcase Serbia and US-qualified Uroš Popović; and corporate and commercial law specialist Marija Bojović. Mario Kijanović, Stefan Golubović, Miloš Andrejevića and Milica Pešterić are experienced senior associates.
Other key lawyers:
Uroš Popović; Marija Bojović; Marija Bojović; Mario Kijanović; Stefan Golubović; Miloš Andrejevića; Milica Pešterić
‘Among the top firms in its jurisdiction.‘
‘Known and recognised for its ability to handle both complex, cross-border M&A and local transactions seamlessly.’
‘The entire team consists of very competent and highly experienced individuals.’
‘Highly organised and responds promptly.’
‘Extensive knowledge, broad experience, and provides services at a very reasonable fee.’
‘Vuk Drašković has outstanding legal expertise – he is proactive, solutions oriented, and very responsive. He has acted as team leader in some of the biggest M&A transactions in Serbia.’
‘Senior associate Miloš Andrejević is responsive, fluent in English, and has extensive knowledge of the data protection laws.’
Dun & Bradstreet
The Walt Disney Company
Zlatni lav pharmacy chain
- Advising Zlatni lav Pharmacy chain on the sale of all its capital to Dr Max Group.
- Advising INFOBIP on the acquisition of all the shares in Netokracija.
- Advised Dun & Bradstreet on its $818m acquisition of data and analytics company Bisnode.
With ‘a great name for corporate and M&A work‘, BOPA Bojanovic & Partners‘ corporate and commercial team specialises in a range of industry sectors, including energy, infrastructure, pharma, healthcare, TMT, and food and beverages, along with IT and aviation. Clients additionally laud the firm’s network of SEE law firms, Adriala, which serves as a reference point for clients conducting SEE-related business. The practice is led by ‘eminent corporate lawyer‘, Vladimir Bojanović, who advises international clients on cross-border deals. Fellow partner Tanja Dugonjić is also experienced in corporate, commercial and M&A matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a great name for corporate and M&A work -truly leads the market.’
‘The firm is branded as a corporate powerhouse and it really is – a go-to law firm for corporate and M&A deals.’
‘The strongest practice area for this first-class law firm – handles very complex M&A transactions, and collaboration at regional and international levels means the team can handle international deals.’
‘The quality is at the level of the huge international law firms from London.’
‘Nobody comes close to Vladimir Bojanović – the best negotiator ever.’
‘Vladimir Bojanović has (for good reason) the reputation of being an eminent corporate lawyer.’
‘Vladimir Bojanović is a true artist when it comes to M&A.’
‘Vladimir Bojanović and Tanja Dugonjić are two highly experienced corporate lawyers. Their negotiating skills and legal knowledge are unsurpassed.’
Recticel International Services
Asian Sourcing Link
The primary focus of Doklestic Repic & Gajin‘s team comprises corporate transactions, M&A deals, takeovers and joint ventures. Other key areas are restructuring and reorganisations, as well as outsourcing transactions, for which the firm additionally houses technology law specialists. Heading up the commercial, corporate and M&A department, Slobodan Doklestic focuses on M&A transactions, corporate law, private equity, corporate status changes, and restructuring and turnaround scenarios; Milos Pandzic ‘provides remarkable support‘; and Tanja Glisic is German desk head. Aleksandra Stojanovic is a senior associate to note.
Other key lawyers:
Milos Pandzic; Tanja Glisic; Aleksandra Stojanovic; Dragan Gajin; Ljubinka Pljevaljcic
‘Clients feel that they are in safe hands with Doklestic Repic & Gajin. This is a very impressive team. Extremely focused and experienced, and its approach is highly flexible and innovative.’
‘Clients highly appreciate the excellent lawyer-client communications and how the team engages with clients, which makes them different from other law firms on the market.‘
‘A first choice for legal assistance on corporate and commercial matters, as this law firm is recognisable on the market for having real corporate law expertise.’
‘Slobodan Doklestic has a clear understanding as to what points should be negotiated in order to achieve the most beneficial result for the client company and its business operations. Clients are always surprised at how convincing he can be and how he manages to diffuse tense situations.’
‘Slobodan Doklestic has a great understanding of the business aspects of transactions, and is always able to help clients find the most suitable way to achieve their business goals.‘
‘Milos Pandzic provides remarkable support and advice. He is a very bright, pleasant and extremely-effective corporate lawyer.‘
‘Tanja Glisic is very professional, concise and clear in her advice, and follows through quickly and efficiently with everything that the client requests in relation to the mandate.‘
‘Senior associate Aleksandra Stojanovic is a fantastic addition to any deal team since she always lends a fresh perspective. She is a go-getting person, who is able to deal with new and difficult situations easily.’
Beijing New Building Materials
Soft Investment Group
Al Rawafed Serbia
- Acted as local counsel to an international law firm, in relation to Volpi Capital’s investment in Adacta Group.
- Advised Balkantel on the modernisation of southern Serbia’s railway.
- Advised AIK Bank on a merger by acquisition of former Sberbank Serbia.
Gecic Law advises national and international clients on headline deals in the Adriatic and Balkans region. Recent growth includes instructions from the energy, new technology, and information and communications technology sectors. Corporate and M&A head Ognjen Colić, who is ‘a creative problem solver‘, advises international and local corporations on headline privatisations, M&A deals, energy matters, PPPs, and regulatory compliance in Serbia and the Western Balkans; and Bogdan Gecić is the lead partner on several major corporate transactions. Danica Misojčić and Nemanja Sladaković are key senior associates.
Ognjen Colić; Bogdan Gecić
Other key lawyers:
Nemanja Sladaković; Danica Misojčić
‘Always goes the extra mile with its analysis and recommendations. The lawyers also speak in a way that everyone can understand.’
‘All the staff have a very positive approach, and always offer broad viewpoints and great suggestions for very complicated matters.’
‘Very competent specialists who support clients on any kind of matter that might come their way. A one-stop-shop that knows clients’ organisations very well; and depending on the type of issue, the main contact will put together the necessary team as fast as possible.’
‘Clients get fast and accurate answers in order to resolve the issues, and guidance so as to avoid future problems.’
‘Bogdan Gecić and Ognjen Colić are the kind of professionals that are rarely seen today. Dedicated, and focused and determined to reach any goal established with the client. They never have any excuses and always tend to find a solution.’
‘Ognjen Colić is a very knowledgeable lawyer who is a strong issue spotter and a creative problem solver.’
‘A team member who stands out is senior associate Nemanja Sladaković – provides all the necessary legal work in a timely manner, but also produces the quality that is needed.’
‘Senior associate Danica Misojčić goes above and beyond, respects deadlines, and works quickly and efficiently.’
Plus PM Consultant
- Advising KGC on its entry into the Serbian mining market, the project entailing an investment in a local mining company, in exchange for the right to exercise the option to transfer any licenses to KGC.
- Advised Telekom Serbia on its debut issue of a €500m Eurobond, reportedly the first-ever blue-chip Eurobond issue by a corporate entity from the Western Balkans.
- Advised Arena Channels Group on the negotiations for a precedent-setting six-season agreement on the exclusive rights to broadcast Premier League football across seven jurisdictions in the region.
The ‘exceptionally knowledgeable‘ corporate and commercial practice at English law firm Harrisons Solicitors acts on both the buy and sell-side of significant transactions. The team stands out for its assistance with Middle Eastern clients' investments in Serbia, including in the food industry. It is also active on behalf of start-up IT companies. The track record of consultant Goran Martinovic includes acting for international and domestic clients (and local governments) on high-stakes deals; and name partner Mark Harrison is well-known for substantial regional transactions. Jelena Asanin left the firm in early 2023.
Other key lawyers:
‘The people are great, professional and engaged.‘
‘Harrisons has experienced partners with wide knowledge and the willingness to go the extra mile during each and every project.‘
‘Reliable, trustworthy project partners that clients can count on at every moment.‘
Australian Embassy Belgrade
Automatic CRM (Connect the Dots)
British Council Belgrade
British Embassy Belgrade
FCA Srbija (Fiat) – Stellantis Group
Integral Group (DAR)
- Advising Tenderly, a Serbian start-up IT company, on the corporate and commercial aspects of its Serbian operations.
- Advised Al Dahra on significant commercial agreements.
- Advising Integral Group (the Serbian entity of DAR Group) on the reorganisation of its Serbian operations.
Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners‘ corporate and commercial law practice advises the firm’s long-term foreign and domestic clients on day-to-day matters such as management changes, establishing of branch offices, and obtaining regulatory permits. The firm also has niche expertise in Serbia’s automotive industry, in addition to regularly acting for the commercial and consular departments of foreign embassies. Milan Joksovic is highly focused on significant corporate, M&A and greenfield investment projects, while Petar Stojanović has extensive M&A experience. Other active partners include Srdjan Tolpa and Goran Vučić, who routinely act on large-scale transactions.
Milan Joksovic; Petar Stojanović
Other key lawyers:
Srdjan Tolpa; Goran Vučić
‘The team has a unique perspective that transcends global and local perspectives. Collaboration is always smooth.’
‘Very efficient adaptation to the client’s level of legal knowledge, guaranteed supervision by senior staff, and excellent quality-price ratio.’
‘The firm is very open to cooperation, responds very quickly, and is very proactive in its legal advice.’
‘Excellent, highly-educated and experienced lawyers.‘
‘Quality, efficiency and dedicated to the work.’
‘Petar Stojanović and Goran Vučić are phenomenal. They know how to listen, and know how to work business perspectives into legal matters.’
‘Petar Stojanović and Goran Vučić are very professional and expert in the areas in which they work.’
‘Milan Joksovic and Srdjan Tolpa provide excellent support in the field of company law.’
Export Development Canada
Nokia Solutions and Networks
Qatari Diar Montenegro
Navan Digital Group
BTL Medical Technologies
Balkan Metals Corp
Merck Sharp Dohme
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Supper Technologies LLC London
Alek Kavcic Foundation Serbia and USA
- Advised Balkan Metals on the acquisition of a mineral explorer company.
- Advised Alithya on the acquisition of Datum (known for IP-enabled digital transformation services).
- Advised GLA Holding on the sale of a large-scale solar park through the sale of its subsidiary.
Recent particularly active areas for Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss‘ ‘very thorough‘ team include IP, IT and healthcare sector-related M&A deals. Several such transactions involved greenfield investments (including those supported by state subsidies). Bank-related restructurings and acquisitions are also key areas for the practice. The group is jointly led by transactions specialist Miroslav Stojanović; Nataša Lalović-Marić, whose track record includes advising international clients on their Serbia-related investments; and recently-promoted partner Andjelka Todorović. Counsel Aleksandar Ristić‘s practice includes the corporate structuring of international clients’ local operations.
Miroslav Stojanović; Nataša Lalović Marić; Anđelka Todorović
Other key lawyers:
Aleksandar Ristić; Marijana Zejaković; Marko Tešanović; Jovan Mićović
‘Incredibly helpful, very friendly, always available, and very thorough.’
‘Nothing is too much trouble and there is always an offer of further assistance.’
‘The team operates seamlessly and maintains a consistent point of contact.’
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria
Super Group (SGHC)
Peek & Cloppenburg doo
Integral Insurance Broker
ALSO Serbia doo
DSM Nutritional Products
Toyo Tire Corporation
- Advised Raiffeisen Ware Austria on the acquisition of animal feed company Patent Co.
- Advised Mondelez International on acquiring Chipita’s business, as well as its post-closing integration into the MDLZ corporate structure and business operations.
- Advised Centogene on the incorporation, corporate governance and funding of its subsidiary in Serbia.
Delivering ‘extraordinary client service‘, Prica & Partners‘ practice covers corporate, commercial and M&A deals, incorporations and contract reviews. The team also assists with corporate governance, shareholder matters, capital transactions, restructurings and divestments. The group is co-led by M&A and corporate law expert Danica Gligorijević, and Ana Čalić Turudija, whose track record includes leading several M&A transactions. Managing partner Mihajlo Prica, who focuses on corporate, M&A and commercial matters in addition to heading the banking and finance team provides additional senior-level support, and associate Ana Krstić advises on corporate and commercial law.
Danica Gligorijević; Ana Čalić Turudija
Other key lawyers:
Mihajlo Prica; Ana Krstić
‘Delivers extraordinary client service.‘
‘Indispensable business partners.’
‘Addresses the client’s pain points and does business differently to its competitors. Creates a memorable professional culture and delights its clients.‘
‘Makes its business stand out from the crowd.’
‘All the individuals have effective communication skills and a positive attitude – qualities that are closely linked with business professionalism in excellently-organised environments.’
‘Intelligence, teamwork cooperation, flexibility, dependability, integrity, and creativity among all the members of the team.’
‘The Prica & Partners’ team has good knowledge and understanding of the law, and provides advice in a timely manner. But most of all, its can-do attitude means it goes beyond expectations.’
‘The individuals at Prica & Partners have a very good understanding of clients’ business needs and provide applicable legal advice for each business matter in a timely manner.’
The Rohatyn Group (TRG Management LP)
Wizz Air Hungary
Procter & Gamble
dm drogerie markt
The Government of the Republic of Serbia
- Advised (alongside a Polish law firm and a Slovenian law firm) Innova Capital on the sale of all the shares in Trimo to Recticel.
- Provides continuous support to the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in relation to the development of Belgrade’s first industrial park project.
- Assisted Corteva Agriscience with consolidation of its business activities in Serbia.
Housing ‘experienced lawyers with cross-practice expertise‘, SOG Law Firm advises on cross-border and international M&A deals, privatisations, and private equity and strategic investments. The team also assists with spin-offs, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, and general corporate, regulatory and compliance issues. ‘An amazing team leader‘, Milan Samardžić focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A, divestitures, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Senior associate Tijana Kovačević was recently hired from Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW), while Milan Novakov joined Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss.
Other key lawyers:
‘A solid partner to clients with knowledge and expertise in various legal areas, particularly in relation to the corporate sector.’
‘Clients maintain close working relationships with the team, which is always very open minded, quick, and knowledgeable in relation to any request made.’
‘Experienced lawyers with cross-practice expertise which is very appreciated during cross border deals – the lawyers explain in clear terms the local constraints and propose solutions based on market practice and their experience.’
‘Very reactive and timely advice, along with pragmatic solutions.’
‘There is no doubt that Milan Samardžić is a first-class expert in commercial and corporate law issues, as well as in many other legal areas.’
‘Milan Samardžić was at all times personally available for consultations and got involved in any legal matter that came along.’
‘Milan Samardžić works very quickly, and every piece of advice he gives comprises in-depth analysis of the matter.’
‘It was a pleasure to work with Milan Samardžić, who has an impressive background and experience in handling various commercial, corporate, and M&A issues. Undoubtedly an expert and an amazing team leader as well.’
World Bank Group
Etihad Aviation Group
USAID (Cardno Emerging Markets USA)
Air France KLM
Softline Eastern Europe & Central Asia
JSI Research and Training Institute
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Dubai National Air Transport Association
ALFI Funds Slovenia
- Advised MPC Properties on the acquisition of Delta City, a shopping mall in Belgrade.
- Advised Merkury Market on the cross-border acquisition of Emmezeta, a regional retail furniture chain.
- Advised Holcim Group on investments made in Serbia.
M&A deals are a core area for MMD Advokati. The team frequently acts alongside international law firms on complex transactions involving either Serbia or cross-border elements. Its experience covers private deals, both share and asset, privatisations and joint ventures. Rastko Mališić heads the M&A and corporate law department, which features recently-promoted Miodrag Klancnik, whose experience includes closing several M&A transactions. Additional support is provided by real estate head Veljko Dostanic.
Other key lawyers:
Miodrag Klancnik; Veljko Dostanic
‘Very responsive and professional.’
‘The team’s main strength is leaving clients feeling that they have a very reliable team, which is ready to assist with very short deadlines and anticipate all scenarios thoroughly before giving advice.’
‘The quality of the work is one of the best around and the fees are very realistic.’
Accor Hotels Group
French Embassy In Belgrade
Sij (SLOVENSKA Industrija Jekla)
As 24 (TOTAL Group)
- Advised Crédit Agricole Group on the sale of its bank and leasing business in Serbia.
- Advised Millennium Team on the acquisition of a vine producing company in Serbia.
- Advised INTER CARGO on the sale of fruit industry company Donerra.
MVJ marković vukotić jovković
MVJ marković vukotić jovković‘s ‘impressive group‘ predominantly focuses on high-profile transactions involving both major international and local businesses. The client base also includes high net worth individuals, strategic investors and investment funds; and the team’s core areas comprise acquisitions, mergers, disposals, joint ventures and alliances. The practice is led by name partner Marko Jovković, who advises on M&A, distressed transactions and restructuring, while senior associate Stefan Jovičić acts on corporate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Dušan Đorđević; Stefan Jovičić
‘Very responsive and knowledgeable – the legal advice it provides not only meets clients’ needs and expectations, but is also delivered in a concise and clear manner.’
‘The MVJ corporate team is great – an impressive group.’
‘Its people were excellent and the experience was flawless.’
Big Shopping Centers Israel
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
- Provided full transactional support to MK Group, Apsara and Milija Babović on the sale of Victoria Group and Sojaprotein doo to ADM Archer Daniels Midland.
- Advised MK Group and Agroglobe on the sale of Granexport, Žito-Bačka and Luka Bačka Palanka to Balkan Commodities International.
- Advised CE Power Industries on the acquisition of Black Horse – FAS.
NKO Partners‘ ‘very focused and business-oriented‘ team is well known for advising clients from the real estate, mining, FMCG and retail sectors. It has also experienced recent growth in pharma and IT industry-related matters. The groups’ workload comprises M&A transactions, regulatory issues, general corporate issues, and commercial transactions with suppliers, distributors and service providers. The practice is co-led by real estate specialist Djordje Nikolic and ‘go-to legal professional‘ Djuro Otasevic.
Djordje Nikolic; Djuro Otasevic
Other key lawyers:
Andjela Mirkovic; Branko Jankovic; Luka Aleksić
‘The team is very focused and business oriented. Reliable and will go the extra mile, provides results at short notice, and makes itself available when clients need the team.’
‘NKO’s ability to pursue clients’ interests is one of its key strengths.’
‘The team is exceptionally responsive, pragmatic, creative and attentive to clients.’
‘Djuro Otasevic is very smart, client focused, adaptable, and collected under pressure. He’s definitely one of the most experienced and reliable lawyers on the market – a go-to legal professional.’
‘Djuro Otasevic is one of the best lawyers around – meticulous, clever, experienced and always available. He’s really an authority on all matters, corporate and beyond.’
‘Djorde Nikolic stands out as a key partner with great experience.’
‘Senior associate Andjela Mirkovic makes herself available on short notice, is extremely attentive and professional, and clients really appreciate the quality of her work.’
‘Associate Luka Aleksić has a great analytical mind and is an associate to watch out for.’
With the firm's broader network having a footprint in eleven CEE countries, SOG in cooperation with Kinstellar‘s ‘responsive and experienced lawyers‘ regularly advise on multi-jurisdictional transactions that involve cross-office cooperation and complex regulatory issues. The broad practice of name partner, group head and ‘excellent lawyer‘ Branislav Marić covers corporate, M&A, banking, energy and project-related issues. Within the managing associate pool, Nikola Stojiljković and Andreja Vražalić both act on commercial and corporate matters.
Other key lawyers:
Nikola Stojiljković; Andreja Vražalić; Milan Radonić; Tamara Zejak
‘Responsive and experienced lawyers who make the difference.’
‘Wonderful professionalism and superb commercial, corporate and M&A skills.’
‘Clients are left feeling really pleased with the entire team throughout the whole deal process.’
‘Great advice and full recognition of clients’ wishes.’
‘Clients’ interests are always represented very professionally – the team makes major contributions to successful outcomes.’
‘Branislav Marić is an excellent lawyer with ample experience in various fields of law and great leadership skills.’
‘Managing associate Nikola Stojiljković is an excellent lawyer who is very pragmatic and hardworking.’
‘Clients greatly appreciate the superb assistance provided by managing associate Andreja Vražalić.’
Nova Ljubljanska Banka dd Ljubljana
Arena Hospitality Group
- Advised MVM Group on a share purchase agreement with the Serbian Maneks Group, which related to the acquisition of a 33.4% stake in Energotehnika Južna Bačka and Elektromontaža Kraljevo.
- Advised 4iG on the acquisition of all the shares in Telenor Montenegro.
- Advised GIC on the acquisition of a 30% stake in CETIN Group from PPF Group.
Regularly working alongside leading international law firms, Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW) is a member of both the Nextlaw Global Referral Network and the Legal Netlink Alliance. Consequently, much of the group’s work focuses on cross-border corporate and M&A matters, but the domestic corporate and M&A market is also a core area. International business law expert Nenad Stankovic heads the department, while of counsel Andrej Savin‘s practice covers international commercial law.
Other key lawyers:
Rados Lolo Kastratovic; Andjelka Radovanović; Sara Pendjer; Luka Marosiuk; Mitar Simonovic
Banjalucka pivara JSC (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Banjalucka pivara (Serbia)
Titantex SRL Unipersonale
Brif Tres doo Beograd
Brif-TC doo Beograd
Aelius SARL Luxembourg
TMB Diamond Voćar doo Pancevo
- Advised UK company Transcend Packaging on its acquisition of shares in Serbian company Roda Pack, which involved complex corporate issues.
- Advises Apatinska Pivara on various commercial matters, including the negotiation and drafting of its commercial agreements with distributors and retailer.
- Assists major pharmaceuticals company Galenika with corporate matters, including shareholder meetings and dividend distributions.
Vukovic & Partners
Recent work for Vukovic & Partners‘ ‘unique‘ corporate, commercial and M&A team includes high-value, cross-border deals involving the shipping and logistics, finance, FMCG and energy sectors. Key areas of work include significant M&A transactions, corporate governance and incorporation-related FDI matters. The practice is jointly led by privatisation, corporate restructuring and M&A specialist Dejan Vuković, and the ‘very reliable‘ Dejan Plamenac. Igor Joksović and Nikola Hanžek are key attorneys at law.
Dejan Vuković; Dejan Plamenac
Other key lawyers:
Igor Joksović; Nikola Hanžek
‘The team is very helpful and has deep knowledge of Serbian laws and practice.’
‘The lawyers are ready at any time to go the extra mile to support clients.’
‘Top professionals with unique and timely propositions for every legal issue and at a competitive price – always available and innovative in finding solutions.’
P&O Ports FZE
Enna Fruit Belgrade
DPWorldJSC Novi Sad
MSG Global Solutions
United States Agency for International Development
Dry Docks World
Global Benefits Europe
WorleyParsons Energy Services
Kopa Investment Corporation Belgrade
ODM Collections Itd Podgorica
Sava Re dd
ODM Collections Belgrade
Niksen Investment Belgrade
Enna Fruit Ltd Belgrade
Energy Supply & Trade
Eurobau Connect AG Belgrade
Project Consultum SRB
Two dots doo
Goldair Handling Belgrade
- Advised P&O Ports FZE on an investment into the Port of Novi Sad.
- Advised ATEH Resolution on a high-value NPL portfolio transaction.
- Advised Dry Docks World on the local aspects of the acquisition of the concession rights for the development of Bijela Shipyard.
Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office
Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office ‘delivers an exceptional service‘. The corporate and M&A practice advises on corporate governance, strategic alliances and joint ventures. It is also experienced in M&A, investments, reorganisations, and stock and asset sales and purchases. The group is co-led by cross-border deal specialist Branislav Živković; Nebojša Samardžić, whose expertise covers privatisations, joint ventures, M&A and TMT-related transactions; and ‘outstanding lawyer‘ Igor Živkovski. Sava Pavlović is another key partner.
Branislav Živković; Nebojša Samardžić; Igor Živkovski
Other key lawyers:
‘This practice is characterised by a high level of professionalism, combined with flexibility and absolute client orientation.’
‘Characterised by openness and trust, and the team’s engagement and commitment are extraordinarily high.’
‘Individuals who are very knowledgeable, talented and passionate about their work.’
Titan Cementara Kosjerić
Prva Televizija doo Beograd
B92 doo Beograd
FireFly Productions doo Beograd
Eurobank Direktna ad Beograd
ERSTE Bank Serbia
3TS Capital Partners
- Advised OTA Sync, a Belgrade-based startup, on the latest round of investments by TSVentures Fund, DSI Group of Business Angels and Startup Wise Guys.
- Acted for Cimos dd on the Serbian aspects of its acquisition by Mutares SE & Co from TCH.
- Advised Catalyst Romania on the Serbian aspects of its investment in Hunch, an automated creative production and media-buying platform.
Atanaskovic - Bozovic Law Firm provides day-to-day assistance on corporate matters, including incorporation acts, business structuring, and board and general assembly decisions. The team also advises on foreign investment, M&A and due diligence. Uroš Atanasković specialises in M&A, corporate and commercial projects, with key support provided by fellow name partner Vuk Božović.
Other key lawyers:
Vuk Božović; Marko Mrvic; Milena Raskovic
Schaffhausen Institute of Technology Holding
Crowe RS Belgrade
VZ HYBRID COMPUTE (UK)
French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Serbia
Advice International Services
Eurotay doo Kraljevo
D Med Healthcare
- Advised Acronis on a foreign direct investment project in Serbia.
- Advised Hitit Mobilya on the legal and commercial aspects of the construction of the St Regis Hotel in the Tower of Belgrade – Belgrade Waterfront Project.
- Advised Crowe doo Belgrade on the potential acquisition of a local construction materials producer.
BIT Law Office‘s practice is experienced in M&A deals, as well as assisting with incorporation processes. It also advises start-ups on fintech and IT projects using new technologies and online business models. ‘Extraordinary practitioner‘ Djordje Igric regularly acts on M&A, corporate matters, transaction negotiations, restructuring projects and privatisations.
‘Expertise, communication, political neutrality, honesty and reasonable prices.’
‘Availability, expertise and the team listens carefully to the client.’
‘Fast reactions, good at listening and implementing clients’ requests, and great at finding solutions.’
‘Very professional approach, and the dedicated partner is very reachable and fast at responding to requests – efficient during closing stages.’
‘Professional, dedicated and focused on the client’s needs – substantial experience and efficiency.’
‘Focused on the transaction and the clients’ interests – one of the most unique and respected firms in the country.’
‘Djordje Igric is a dedicated professional who is able and willing to go the extra mile to protect clients’ interests.’‘
‘Djordje Igric is an extraordinary practitioner who first listens and analyses, and comes back with solutions.’
Arthur D Little
Save the Children
- Advised Veridos on the acquisition of a controlling interest in a Serbian IT company.
- Supported Deloitte (as principal transaction adviser) with the legal aspects of the acquisition of a telecoms sector business.
- Advising Arthur D Little, an international management consulting firm, on corporate, commercial and contractual matters.
Law office Antonić in cooperation with Deloitte‘s corporate and commercial practice covers corporate, compliance and regulatory work, as well as advice on M&A joint ventures, privatisations, corporate restructuring and takeovers. Stefan Antonić is a commercial law specialist, while former BDK Advokati AOD partner Mirjana Mladenović is a late 2021 recruit.
Stefan Antonić; Mirjana Mladenović
Other key lawyers:
Vladislav Marjanović; Igor Denčić
‘Deloitte Legal Serbia is a proactive, reactive, versatile and very resourceful law firm.’
‘Clients very much appreciate its practical business orientation, deep expertise and appropriate staffing.’
‘Always tends to apply a positive team approach and attitude – clients have exceptionally open and honest relationships with the team.’
‘A combination of professionalism and personalised service really make this firm stand out from the others.’
‘Deloitte Legal Serbia has been very professional and provided a high-quality service. It is also investing in improvements through digitalisation of its service – it will only grow as a service provider.’
‘Stefan Antonić is a practice leader whose approach to matters is pragmatic and precise.’
‘Clients are impressed with attorney at law Mirjana Mladenović – she is always very responsive, to the point and with strong business acumen.’
‘Attorney at law Igor Denčić showed a great deal of professionalism and professional excellence.’
Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd
Mtel ad Banja Luka
Banka Poštanska štedionica ad Beograd
Huawei Technologies Serbia
AVON Cosmetics Serbia and Montenegro
The Serbian Development Fund
Caterpillar Financial Services
- Acted for Telefónica Tech on its acquisition of Serbian tech company BE-Terna.
- Assisted JD Sports with its entrance on the Serbian market.
- Advised Banka Poštanska Štedionica ad Beograd on its acquisition of MTS Bank.
With ‘extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial issues‘, Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm‘s mandates frequently involve major real estate, energy and infrastructure projects that feature complex cross-border elements. Recent highlights include significant green energy projects. The team is co-led by ‘excellent lawyer‘ Marko Milanovic and energy expert Tanja Unguran.
Marko Milanović; Tanja Unguran
Other key lawyers:
Nemanja Ilić; Marija Alhaj; Jelena Papic
‘A solid team made up of great professionals with extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial issues.’
‘The qualities that clients value the most include dedication to clients, professionalism, and efficiency during the discharge of duties.’
‘The team is unique by virtue of its availability and accessibility, combined with its precise and straight-to-the-point legal advice.’
‘Very talented lawyers with great communication skills and presentation abilities. The billing is also very transparent, which is very important to clients.‘
‘The partners are always present, while the associates are exceptional.’
‘Marko Milanović is an excellent lawyer, who provides immediate responses to each query that is made.’
‘Marko Milanović, Nemanja Ilić and senior associate Jelena Papic are the lawyers who stand out. They are unique for their proactive approach and very creative when searching for solutions. All three of them are always available to consult with on corporate matters.’
‘Marko Milanović and Nemanja Ilić are very approachable and clear in their advice – they are also very efficient and proficient.’
Wood Chips Belgrade
Oil Processing Company Europe
- Advises Wood Chips, a Serbian timber supply company, on all legal aspects of its corporate and commercial activities.
- Advises the Belgrade Waterfront Company on general corporate and commercial matters.
- Acts as legal counsel to Galeb Group and its subsidiaries, its assistance including general corporate advice.
In early 2021, Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners AOD recruited Saša Stojanović as corporate and M&A head from BDK Advokati AOD. ‘One of the market’s leading lawyers‘, Stojanović advises on M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and real estate and banking transactions. Attorney at law Djordje Vicic predominantly focuses on corporate and M&A matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tailor-made approach and good value for money are two things that are very appreciated when doing business with RSP.’
‘Knowledgeable, easy to work with, and capable of handling all clients’ issues while combining various legal areas and practical knowledge.’
‘Highly professional – set up to problem-solve with well-balanced practical solutions for clients’ needs.’
‘A mix of experienced lawyers and leading young talents is more than enough to make clients conformable that their issues will be resolved.’
‘The team is very dedicated and extremely responsive.’
‘Vast industry knowledge, experience and ability to transform business needs into legal arrangements quickly.’
‘Saša Stojanović is one of the market’s leading lawyers and is always available for clients.’
‘Sasa Stojanovic has exceptional legal knowledge and exceptional negotiation skills, and delivers business-oriented advice on short notice. He is available 24/7.’
Agri Europe Cyprus
OSF Services Berlin
Blue Danube Leap Beteiligungsgesellschaft
- Advised AIK Banka ad, Gorenjska Banka dd and Agri Europe Cyprus on the intended acquisition of Sberbank Europe AG’s subsidiary banks in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia.
- Advised Soravia Group on the sale of the New Mill office building in Belgrade.
- Advised Blue Danube Leap Beteiligungsgesellschaft and B&F Beteiligungs on the sale of their respective shares in Hedwell Group Germany (and its subsidiaries in Serbia, Singapore and India) to SAP Fioneer.
Entirely women-led, Subotic & Jevtic - Attorneys at Law‘s ‘very efficient and highly skilled team‘ routinely advises on significant corporate, commercial and M&A transactions. The experience of ‘strategic thinker‘ Julijana Jevtić includes M&A, privatisation and restructuring work, while fellow name-partner Milica Subotic advises on competition issues, corporate law, M&A deals and finance.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very efficient and highly skilled team that is experienced in M&A, and able to deliver high-level answers and solutions within tight timelines.’
‘Julijana Jevtić is a strategic thinker, and her experience and knowledge are very obvious and supportive. Besides being a strong lawyer, the things that most stand out are responsiveness and a solution-oriented, no-nonsense approach.’
‘Milica Subotic is an incredibly hardworking and pragmatic business lawyer.’
Agri Business Partner doo
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PP Miletić ad
Novo Nordisk Pharma doo
- Advised PP Miletić ad Sombor on the delisting of shares from the Belgrade Stock Exchange and the subsequent transformation from public joint stock company to limited liability company.