Competition in Serbia

BDK Advokati AOD

BDK Advokati AOD fields ‘a team that delivers excellent quality‘. The practice is highly rated for its advice on the competition law aspects of commercial contracts, commercial policies, business models and transactions, including state aid issues. Other key areas of strength include assisting clients with competition law infringement proceedings, individual exemptions, dawn raids, and leniency and compliance matters. The full-service department also has notable specialisms in relation to the life sciences and telecoms sectors. Managing partner Tijana Kojović heads the group, which includes state aid specialist Bisera Andrijašević, who was promoted to counsel in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Bisera Andrijašević

Testimonials

A team that delivers excellent quality.

They have the ability to assess clients’ needs, propose the best solutions, listen to clients’ comments, and deliver within defined timelines.

The communication is professional, and they respect you as a client no matter the size of the company.

‘They deliver first-class quality opinions and documentation.

Clients can sense from the first meeting that they have come to the right place to resolve the issues that are on the table.

Good communication, availability, efficiency and good quality make them highly valued.

Full-service, relevant and realistic advice.

Delivered as promised.

Key clients

Fortenova

Nomad Foods

Magna International

LEDO

Frontier Pharma

XLS

EBRD

IFC

OeEB

S-Leasing

Work highlights

  • Represented Fortenova in a gun-jumping investigation before the Serbian Competition Authority, as well as in a series of merger filings in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Successfully represented LEDO doo Podgorica in proceedings before the Misdemeanour Court in Podgorica, which were initiated at the request of the Montenegrin Competition Agency for the alleged late filing of a merger notification.
  • Advised Magna International on the merger control aspects surrounding the creation of a joint venture with LGE.

Gecic Law

Gecic Law‘s practice routinely assists highly regulated entities and governments with groundbreaking cases, with a ‘remarkable track record‘ of acting as lead counsel in Serbia-related EU and competition and trade law matters. The experience of managing partner Bogdan Gecić includes representing clients before the European Commission (EC) and the Energy Community. The team has seen notable growth with the promotion of EU and competition law and state aid expert Ivana Stojanović Raišić and Jelena Škorić, who ‘has a good grasp of competition matters‘, to counsel and senior associate, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Gecić

Testimonials

Their practical experience in competition, EU law and state aid matters is truly unique in the market.

Their remarkable track record in the most complex of cases speaks more than any evaluation can convey.

Their approach to cases is efficient and methodical, and their focus and drive to achieve results for the client is nothing short of amazing.

They are always available, prepared and ready to move on any issue.

Bogdan Gecić was very much involved in all aspects of the case. He leads the team and always demonstrates a hands-on approach to the work at hand.

Bogdan Gecić is clearly a fantastic legal professional with tremendous experience, but he also understands our core business thoroughly, and is skilful in incorporating these considerations into legal matters – this makes him quite unique for this market.

Ivana Stojanović Raišić is a responsible and hardworking lawyer, who is also very precise and thorough.

Jelena Škorić has a good grasp of competition matters.

Key clients

State of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elektroprivreda BiH

Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU

Allied Universal Topco

Arena Channels Group

Government of the Republic of Serbia

Telekom Srbija

Air Serbia

Etihad Airways

EPS Distribucija

Kopernikus Technology

Naftna Industrija Srbije

Gazprom Neft

Work highlights

  • Represented Elektroprivreda BiH, the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in a landmark state aid-related matter before the Energy Community, which concerned the Tuzla 7 power plant construction project.
  • Assisted the Government of the Republic of Serbia with steel sector safeguards proceedings before the EC.
  • Represented Telekom Srbija in the ‘cable war’ dispute between cable operators, which involved a series of 41 highly complex multi-jurisdictional cases.

JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic

JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic‘s ‘knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic‘ competition department routinely acts for clients before the competition authorities in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team is consistently sought out for major international mergers as well as multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations, and it is experienced in advising on restrictive agreements and individual exemptions. It also assists with dawn raids, along with defence strategies for competition litigation and follow-on damages claims. Heading the team, Nikola Poznanović‘s workload encompasses an array of merger control mandates. Bojana Javorić is an active senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Nikola Poznanović

Testimonials

Full and fast support which gives us confidence.

A very competent and efficient competition team.

Excellent work in a timely manner.

Very good knowledge of the local competition authority.

The team is knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic in its approach.

The team’s capabilities ensure an efficient and smooth merger control process.

Nikola Poznanović is outstanding.

Nikola Poznanović is pragmatic and business oriented.

Key clients

Messer Medical Homecare Holding

STADA

Europ Assistance Holding

Credit Agricole Assurances

Leonardo

Thales

Hodler Capital

Stanić

JP Srbijagas

Generali Asia

FLSmidth

Messer Group

MK Group

Metinvest

Mylan

Gomex

Exclusive Networks

Barentz International

Gastrans

PepsiCo

Karlovarské minerální vody

Gauselmann Group

BASF

Lidl

Edu Farm

Dr Max

Banca Generali

Assicurazioni Generali

Mid Europa Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted Generali Asia with a merger control procedure regarding the acquisition of AXA AFFIN General Insurance Berhad, AXA AFFIN Life Insurance Berhad and MPI Generali Insurans Berhad.
  • Advising BASF on drafting its 2021 commercial policy and rebate schemes, which included competition law aspects.
  • Assisted Leonardo Italy and Thales France with merger control proceedings before Serbia’s competition authority.

Karanovic & Partners

‘A ‘go-to antitrust law firm‘, Karanovic & Partners routinely assists with complex regional transactions and competition investigations. It also advises on clients’ day-to-day competition law needs, and acts in significant cases before the competition authorities. A senior partner, Rastko Petaković is particularly focused on private equity clients, and specialises in TMT and FMCG-related matters. Bojan Vučković is a merger control, abuse of dominance and restrictive agreement expert. Bojana Miljanović was promoted to partner in December 2021, while Stefan Savić and Mladen Vujić (a recent arrival from BDK Advokati AOD) are key associates.

Testimonials

My go-to antitrust law firm in both Serbia and the whole region – a very strong team with several very capable partners.

A market-leading team with great knowledge of local markets and legal issues, as well as corresponding EU law issues.

Their universally recognised ability and reputation allow them to act as true thought leaders in Serbia and beyond.

Valid advisers who are capable of answering all your questions.

They understand our needs and are very proactive – excellent pricing too.

Rastko Petaković is most likely the leading figure in the market. He combines a deep understanding of legal and economic issues with excellent managerial skills.

Bojan Vučković has built an impressive record for himself. He has excellent technical skills, is very reactive, and provides clear strategic guidance.

Bojana Miljanović has a very international profile, while being very much on top of local developments – very smart and a great pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Peugeot

United Group

Bain Capital

Hyundai

Daimler

Ford

BMW

Porsche

Cinven

KKR

Providence Equity

Abris Capital Partners

MK Group

Volkswagen

International Finance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Peugeot on the multi-jurisdictional merger control filings for its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
  • Assisted Volkswagen with multi-jurisdictional merger control filings, which concerned the acquisition of Navistar International Corporation.
  • Assisted International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group with the competition law analysis of the rail freight transport sector in Serbia.

Schoenherr North Macedonia

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherrhas an outstanding team of competition law experts‘. The sizeable team in Serbia advises on the full spectrum of competition law-related matters, including investigations, merger control proceedings, follow-on damages actions, competition law compliance and state aid. Heading the firm’s EU competition practice group for the Balkans region, Srdjana Petronijević has a strong track record in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings. Danijel Stevanović advises on competition law matters in Serbia and several other countries in the region, while attorney at law Zoran Šoljaga is also a competition specialist.

Practice head(s):

Srdjana Petronijević

Testimonials

I have cooperated with several distinguished legal offices in my previous and current work, but without any doubt I was the most satisfied with this firm.

They are simply different. Tailor-made advice from very smart, completely dedicated lawyers – great preparation and experience.

The firm has an outstanding team of competition law experts.

They really stand out from other offices for their expertise, experience and the number of antitrust lawyers in the team. We appreciate their professional dedication and detailed assessment of every competition law issue that we have. We also highly value the fact that they are practical, pragmatic and client focused.

All experiences with this firm are really exceptional, especially with Srdjana Petronijević, who is smart, dedicated, very cooperative, and displays out-of-the-box thinking.

Srdjana Petronijević is an excellent team leader, and a person who is easy to reach and to work with. She is able to provide practical solutions for complex matters, and communicate competition law concepts in an understandable way. I really love working with her!

Danijel Stevanović is a highly accomplished practitioner.

Zoran Šoljaga has unique experience and knowledge that distinguishes him from other lawyers. Besides being knowledgeable, he is also easy to deal with and really comprehensive in everything he does. It is always a pleasure working with him.

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Nike

Ikea

Meggle

Nestlé

Japan Tobacco International

Intesa Sanpaulo Bank

Volvo

Daimler

Siemens

OMV

Bosch

Goodyear

EPS

ERS

Generali

Unicredit Group

TransOil

Oaktree Capital

Mylan

Pepsico Group

L’Oréal Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with obtaining merger control approval from the Serbian Competition Authority for its merger with Peugeot.
  • Advising Nike and Converse on distribution policies in the region.
  • Represented Japan Tobacco International in a landmark investigation into an alleged cartel between tobacco manufacturers.

Bojovic Draškovic Popovic & Partners

Acting on an array of competition matters, Bojović Drašković Popović & Partners‘ sector expertise ranges from TMT, retail, consumer goods, pharma and healthcare to energy, automotive and manufacturing. The team focuses on merger control and abuse of dominant position cases, and is also experienced in advising on vertical and horizontal commercial agreements. Leading the practice, Serbia and US-qualified Uroš Popović has over 15 years’ experience in competition matters in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senior associate Mario Kijanović is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Uroš Popović

Other key lawyers:

Mario Kijanović

Testimonials

The lawyers are professional and experienced.

Always striving for the best interests of the client.

Uroš Popovic is a great lawyer, who is knowledgeable and experienced.

Uroš Popovic is energetic, sincere and straight to the point.

Key clients

ABL Solvent

The Association of the Cement Industry

The Walt Disney Company

Pepco

Linklaters

Dun & Bradstreet

adidas Group

Samsung

Philips

Signify

Work highlights

  • Advised ABL Solvent on the competition aspects of its acquisition of a portfolio of receivables from approximately 1,200 companies.
  • Advised Dun & Bradstreet (through an international law firm) on the competition aspects of the acquisition of Bisnode.
  • Advised Philips on the competition aspects of a local business transfer.

Doklestic Repic & Gajin

One of the most experienced antitrust practices in Serbia‘, Doklestic Repic & Gajin‘s group is active in competition litigation, merger control and state aid. In a recent highlight, the team assisted MOL Group with merger control proceedings in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which concerned the planned takeover of OMV Slovenia. Admitted to practise in both Serbia and New York, department leader Dragan Gajin is ‘one of the best Serbian antitrust lawyers around‘. Slobodan Doklestic is on hand for compliance issues and private competition enforcements.

Practice head(s):

Dragan Gajin

Testimonials

One of the most experienced antitrust practices in Serbia.

They have consolidated their merger control expertise for several countries in the Balkans and they provide very helpful advice.

A very practical and business-friendly approach.

My go-to practice for the whole of the Western Balkans.

Doklestic Repic & Gajin’s competition practice has very capable lawyers, who deliver the highest quality advice in an efficient manner. Highly recommended for cross-border projects.

Dragan Gajin’s approach and knowledge are impressive.

‘Dragan Gajin is an excellent competition lawyer, who is very responsive and meets the highest of expectations.’

Dragan Gajin is one of the best Serbian antitrust lawyers around – high-level technical skills, very pragmatic and always client oriented.

Key clients

MOL Group

Philip Morris International

Petrol d d Ljubljana

Nelt Group

SAZKA Group

Österreichische Beteiligungs

KKCG Group

EP Corporate Group

Tatravagonka

Budamar Logistics

Work highlights

  • Assisted MOL Group with merger control proceedings in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which concerned the planned takeover of OMV Slovenia.
  • Assisted a distributor of pharmaceutical products in Serbia with proceedings before the Serbian Competition Authority which concerned vertical restraints.
  • Assisted Petrol d o o Ljubljana with merger control proceedings in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss has longstanding experience of advising on the competition law issues surrounding major transactions. Key areas of work include merger filings, leniency programmes and compliance matters. The team is also sought out to advise on restrictive agreements, market definitions, state aid and abuse of dominance issues, and recently assisted with the competition law aspects of distribution and franchise matters. Counsel Maja Stanković‘s experience includes significant merger control cases. In Vienna, Guenter Bauer heads the firm-wide competition practice.

Practice head(s):

Guenter Bauer; Maja Stanković

Key clients

Aveva Group

Schneider Electric

KKR

CPPIB

Mondelez International

Work highlights

  • Assisted a manufacturer of high-performance insulation with submitting a merger filing notification in Serbia for its acquisition of two local manufacturers.
  • Advises longstanding client Mondelez International on a range of competition law issues.
  • Assisted CPPIB with submitting a merger filing notification in Serbia for its proposed acquisition of a controlling stake in Axel Springer SE.

NKO Partners

NKO Partners‘ ‘key strengths are reliability and consistently high-quality advice‘. The department regularly assists clients from the real estate, technology, food, pharma, tobacco and retail sectors with their competition-related enquiries. Heading up the department, Djuro Otasevic‘s expertise covers representation before the Serbian Competition Authority, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court. ‘Go-to lawyer‘ Otasevic also assists with M&A and contract-related competition compliance issues, competition-related due diligence, and state aid and EU competition law matters. Senior associate Andjela Mirkovic is ‘clearly a force to be reckoned with in this arena‘.

Practice head(s):

Djuro Otasevic

Testimonials

NKO’s key strengths are reliability and consistently high-quality advice.

The team is both highly professional and a pleasure to work with.

They have taken a keen interest in our industry in order to understand the business perspective of our competition-related questions better, and this has proven invaluable.

Djuro Otasevic is our go-to lawyer when it comes to competition. He is methodical and practical, and has demonstrated on many occasions not only sound logic, but also unrivalled experience.

Andjela Mirkovic has provided us with both high-level competition advice and operational support with our competition inquiries. She is clever and reliable, and clearly a force to be reckoned with in this arena.

Key clients

Heineken

Dr Max

Penta Investment

Actavis Pharmaceutical

PepsiCo International

Marbo Product

PharmaS

CTP

Sopharma Trading

Konica Minolta

Galenika

Knauf Insulation

Prica & Partners

Prica & Partners‘ ‘very strong practice‘ routinely advises on the competition law aspects of M&A deals and joint ventures. It also assists with clients' day-to-day competition matters, including reviewing business strategies and ensuring regulatory compliance with the applicable competition legislation. Other areas of activity include handling cases involving restrictive agreements, vertical restraints, abuses of dominant position and cartels, as well as assisting clients with dawn raids and leniency applications. Darija Ognjenović has longstanding competition law experience and Tijana Lalić‘s sector expertise covers banking and finance, retail and IT services. Associate Ana Krstić is also a key team member.

Testimonials

A very strong practice, with strong and competent individuals.

Able to respond quickly to various questions.

Consistently in-depth and prompt advice.

A very strong team.’

The team consists of dedicated members, who are responsive, pragmatic problem solvers.

They are solutions driven, and understand that with this type of mandate time is always of the utmost importance.

Darija Ognjenović stands out. She is responsive, helpful and creative in meeting clients’ needs and expectations.

Tijana Lalić is a very approachable and effective communicator, who understands complex business issues and is able to offer tailored advice.

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Grundfos

Abbott

LafargeHolcim

AbbVie

Procter & Gamble

Ferrero Group

Sanofi

dm drogerie markt

Acibadem

Inelo

Mondi

The Rohatyn Group

Syngenta

Sandoz

Asseco SEE

Work highlights

  • Assisted LafargeHolcim with a merger notification before the relevant authorities in Serbia, further to its acquisition of Firestone Building Products from Japan’s Bridgestone Corporation.
  • Assisted Innova Capital with the sale of Trimo Group’s Serbian subsidiary to Irish Kingspan, which was cleared in a phase 2 proceeding before Serbia’s competition authority.
  • Assisted the Rohatyn Group with the sale of Pet Network International, which included an analysis of the relevant markets and review of the merger notification filing with the Serbian Competition Authority.

Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners AOD

Launched in 2021, Radovanović Stojanović & Partners AOD already has a reputation for ‘outstanding‘ competition expertise. The practice acts in a broad range of proceedings before the competition authorities, with recent highlights including an antitrust infringement case and individual exemption proceedings. It also advises on significant multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Name partner and competition practice head Raško Radovanović was previously Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s CEE competition practice group co-ordinator. Anja Tasić, who joined the firm as a partner alongside Radovanović, heads the merger control and state aid practices.

Other key lawyers:

Živko Kovačević

Testimonials

The team’s expertise in competition matters is outstanding.

What really makes them unique in a saturated market such as Serbia’s is the combination of their experience, flexibility and competitiveness.

A go-to firm for competition matters.

When it comes to competition law, they follow EU trends and manage to apply them in the regional business context.

Raško Radovanović is an experienced lawyer, who is used to handling all types of complex competition law-related matters. He has the ability to think outside the box and to produce innovative solutions.

Raško Radovanović is very well connected and understands the business side of things. In his approach to clients, he is proactive and known for his clear and practical advice.

Anja Tasić is probably the most flexible competition practitioner on the market: she is able to advise equally on large-scale commercial transactions, major public investment projects and sophisticated policy initiatives.

Key clients

Porsche Holding

Michelin

British American Tobacco

Renault-Nissan

Kärcher

Tigar Tyres

Knauf

Novartis

Decathlon

Work highlights

  • Representing Porsche Holding in an investigation initiated by Serbia’s competition authority into alleged resale price issues.
  • Advising Michelin on the competition law issues surrounding its distribution network.
  • Advising British American Tobacco on the day-to-day competition law aspects of its distribution arrangements, individual exemption requirements, commercial conditions and commercial campaigns.

Subotic & Jevtic - Attorneys at Law

Subotic & Jevtic – Attorneys at Law houses ‘a very strong and competent team of highly dedicated and experienced lawyers‘. The practice is especially noted for its sector expertise in IT, media, banking and telecoms, along with IP-related competition matters. In recent work, the team acted for Gauselmann Group in merger control proceedings before Serbia’s competition authority. ‘One of the market’s leading individuals for competition law‘, Milica Subotić‘s experience covers both contentious and non-contentious competition matters. Counsel Andreja Petrović advises on competition law-related compliance and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Milica Subotić

Other key lawyers:

Andreja Petrović

Testimonials

A small, but very strong and competent team of highly dedicated and experienced lawyers.

They can address any challenge and compete with the biggest law firms on the market with their service.

They provide thorough analyses, and are able to capture the big picture and explain the risks and necessary steps to clients in simple language.

This is an opportunity for clients to get the highest quality legal support for a fair price.

The team is very capable, and highly recommended for conducting client training on competition law matters and dawn raids.

Milica Subotić is one of the market’s leading individuals for competition law.

Milica Subotić is a superbly skilled and passionate lawyer – a quick thinker, and very analytical and experienced.’

Milica Subotić has a fantastic understanding of business perspectives. She brings competition law matters to a higher level, and is able to anticipate and resolve very complex issues.

Key clients

Wienerberger

Gauselmann Spielbanken Beteiligungs

Payten

Business association of Concrete producers of Serbia

CRH

Banca Intesa

Asseco SEE

Lidl

Agri Business Partner

Novo Nordisk

Soko Štark

Grand Kafa

Palanački Kiseljak

Atlantic Trad

Mercator-S

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mtel in proceedings against United Media before the Competition Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina over the abuse of dominant position in the wholesale market for premium sport content.
  • Assisting Mtel with ongoing market analyses of three markets that are susceptible to ex ante regulation.
  • Advised Gauselmann Group on merger control proceedings before the Serbian Competition Authority.

BOPA Bojanovic & Partners

BOPA Bojanovic & Partners is a founding member of the Adriala law firm alliance, which provides regional coverage from a single point of contact. Focus areas for the group include cases relating to abuse of dominance and restrictive covenants, and it also assists with merger filings. In addition, clients benefit from the team’s ability to leverage the firm’s commercial, corporate, M&A, and banking and finance expertise. Vladimir Bojanović leads the sizeable competition department.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Bojanović

Testimonials

BOPA is the perfect partner and a go-to firm in Serbia.

Great competition law firm in Serbia.

A reliable and confident team that is highly knowledgeable.

Able to handle cross-border deals across several jurisdictions.

Deals with the most sophisticated competition matters – a premium team for premium clients.

Vladimir Bojanović is a very internationally focused lawyer.

Vladimir Bojanović leads the team, and he is a truly eminent professional – extremely knowledgeable.

Vladimir Bojanović is focused, client friendly, and speaks in a way that business people understand.

Key clients

Pozavarovalnica Sava

Barry-Wehmiler Design Group

Petrol Slovenska energetska družba

Triglav Osiguranje

Costa

Gazprom

Work highlights

  • Advised Costa on the competition aspects of an exclusive distribution agreement with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.
  • Assisted Petrol Slovenska energetska družba with filing a complex merger notification for the acquisition of Croatian company Crodux derivati dva.
  • Advising Gazprom on market share restriction issues.

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners

Instructed by multinational, regional and local companies, Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners regularly advises on the competition law aspects of major M&A deals. In a recent highlight, the team, which ‘really understands Serbia’s unique business environment‘, advised Merck on the local competition law aspects of its global spin-off. Senior partners Milan Joksovic and Petar Stojanovic head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Milan JoksovicPetar Stojanovic

Testimonials

This law firm really understands Serbia’s unique business environment.

We are very satisfied with the overall performance of the team.

They are quick and efficient, to the point and punctual.

We get practical solutions for all our legal problems, which is what we need in our daily business.

Great support from this agile team.

High-quality legal work.

Excellent, highly educated and experienced lawyers.

Key clients

Robert Bosch

Elekta Solutions

Renault Nissan

FreeportMcMoran

Miteco

Merck Sharp & Dohme

GrECo International

Kärcher

Organon

Harness

Dolby

GitLab

Fondacija Alek Kavcic

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fondacija Alek Kavcic in proceedings before the Commission for Protection of Competition, which concerned an alleged abuse of dominant position.
  • Advising Robert Bosch on various competition law matters.
  • Advised Merck on the local competition law aspects of its global spin-off.

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s ‘advice combines international experience with excellent local law knowledge‘. The group’s track record includes assisting clients with major dawn raids, follow-on damages actions, individual exemption proceedings, and multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Senior attorney Srđan Janković, whose career includes working at Serbia’s Commission for Protection of Competition, regularly handles cartel and abuse of dominance matters, including appeal procedures before the Serbian and Montenegrin courts.

Practice head(s):

Srđan Janković

Testimonials

Provides prompt, comprehensive and sound legal advice.

The lawyers we have cooperated with are experienced attorneys with high levels of excellence, expertise and commitment.

They take great efforts to understand clients’ needs, and their advice combines international experience with excellent local law knowledge.

The cooperation, exchange of know-how and synergies with other CMS offices contribute to the excellent and high-level, cross-border legal service.

The lawyers establish and maintain longstanding professional relationships, and are focused on ensuring clients’ satisfaction.

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Porsche

Michelin

Les Laboratoires Servier

Telekom Austria

Association of Serbian Banks

British American Tobacco

AXA

Hilton

Carlsberg

Mainstream

Sportina Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ahold Delhaize with competition matters in Serbia.
  • Assisted Porsche with a competition law review of its wholesale operations in Serbia.
  • Providing Michelin with day-to-day competition law advice.

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW)

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW) is a ‘go-to adviser in Serbia‘. The practice is co-led by name partner Nenad Stankovic, whose track record includes handling cartel and abuse of dominance cases and merger clearances, and of counsel Milos Androvic, whose expertise covers cases involving abuse of dominance and restrictive agreements, merger control and corporate compliance. Androvic also provides training on regional regulatory frameworks. Attorney at law Mitar Simonovic is ‘building an impressive competition practice‘.

Other key lawyers:

Mitar Simonovic

Testimonials

An impressive competition offering that we utilise for everything, from formal proceedings to general compliance and risk management advice on commercial contracts.

Our go-to adviser in Serbia.

We value its heavyweight expertise, as well as the team’s international approach – something that is important to us as an international group of companies.

Their commercial perspective continues to be instrumental in saving us time and money, and they are able to assist with complex negotiations with the competition authorities.

Great when one needs an expert for extremely complex matters.

Nenad Stankovic is an excellent legal adviser and client manager, who ensures that all of our work is handled efficiently and effectively.

Milos Androvic’s knowledge of the market and EU-wide competition law is truly outstanding.

Mitar Simonovic is building an impressive competition practice. We utilise his services for a wide range of matters, particularly in relation to exclusive agreement test analyses, an area where we value his legal and commercial expertise.

Key clients

Apatinska pivara Apatin

AD Imlek

GlaxoSmithKline Export

Elektroprivreda Srbije

Monster Energy

Novartis

Novo Nordisk

Raiffeisen Bank

Sport Vision

Sport Time

Work highlights

  • Advising Apatinska Pivara, part of the Molson Coors group, on the competition aspects of agreements concerning sales and distribution.
  • Advising Imlek on key agreements concerning the production of milk and dairy products, and whether these fall under the exemption regime.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office‘s ‘understanding of the market is a great advantage‘. The competition team has substantial experience of handling local Serbian and regional filing procedures for complex, multi-jurisdictional mergers in the electronic communications, broadcasting, energy and financial services sectors. The practice is also well known for abuse of dominance cases, and cartel proceedings and investigations. The track record of Slobodan Kremenjak includes a number of landmark competition cases.

Practice head(s):

Slobodan Kremenjak

Testimonials

The practice is full of innovative and creative staff, who are very professional and available.

They are able to respond promptly to every client requirement.

When working on a project, the team always includes both partners and associates, which allows the associates to grow through handling large mandates and gain knowledge and experience for the future.

They do not overestimate their work, and their methodology of billing always corresponds to the service provided.

The firm has a high-quality, knowledgeable and experienced team.

Their understanding of the market is a great advantage during merger control filings, investigations, and abuse of dominance and state aid cases.

Slobodan Kremenjak’s approach is to provide the client with the best service.

Slobodan Kremenjak has comprehensive knowledge of the full scope of clients’ needs. He is highly professional and dedicated.

Key clients

Senta Promet

DTL

Kopernikus Group

Prva televizija

B92

RTS

Titan cementara Kosjerić

Work highlights

  • Acted for Serbian public service broadcaster RTS in a series of proceedings relating to alleged abuse of dominance by RTS and Telekom Srbija.
  • Assisted DTL with a probe initiated by the Serbian Competition Commission into an alleged restrictive agreement with a supplier.
  • Acted for Senta Promet before the Administrative Court in the judicial review of an unfavourable decision of the Competition Commission concerning an alleged restrictive agreement.