Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Gecic Law, which acts in investment, commercial and finance disputes, along with employment, IP and real estate-related claims, hired commercial litigation specialist Jovana Veličković, as partner and dispute resolution head in December 2022.
The disputes practice at Milosevic Law Firm is led by Gecic Law‘s former dispute resolution department head, Milinko Mijatović, a senior counsel and commercial litigation specialist, who acts for national and international companies in complex disputes and litigation across several sectors.
Launched as recently as 2019, Nikcevic & Kapor‘s dispute resolution team, led by construction and energy law specialist Jovan Nikčević is developing a strong reputation for complex disputes involving dispute adjudication board proceedings and arbitration.

Dispute resolution in Serbia

BDK Advokati AOD

A go-to firm for ‘high-quality advice‘, BDK Advokati AOD‘s ‘fast and accurate‘ dispute resolution practice is particularly well known for its commercial and construction arbitration prowess. Other areas of strength are commercial litigation, investment treaty arbitration, human rights litigation, and defamation. The practice is headed up by ‘superb lawyer‘ and international arbitration specialist Tijana Kojović, while providing notable support at senior associate level is experienced commercial litigator Aleksandra Đurđević. Attorney at law Relja Radović focuses on human rights matters and constitutional litigation, along with international trade matters and investment arbitration.


Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović


Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Đurđević; Relja Radović; Milan Dakić


Testimonials

‘BDK provides high-quality advice on complex legal issues under very short deadlines.’

‘The firm stands out for its availability, responsiveness, outstanding expertise, commercial sense, and ability to adapt advice to changing circumstances.’

‘The lawyers look at things broadly and from all angles. Its advice is always complete, useful, precise, and to the point.’

‘Fast and accurate, keeping clients’ expectations to a realistic level while adjusting strategy to local laws.’

‘Tijana Kojović is a superb lawyer who will always go one step beyond in in the best interest of the client.’

‘Tijana Kojović has broad experience, as well as integrity and solid knowledge.’

‘Milan Dakić is an exceptional lawyer, who is calm and efficient even under very tight deadlines, and always available to provide precise and quality legal advice.’

‘Clients are happy to recommend associate David Vučinić.’

Key clients

NDM Asset Resolution


Sade Serbia


DHL International Beograd


Meggle


Fresenius Medical Care Srbija


BIC Slovakia


Gunes Sigorta


Fortenova


Oximio (SMO Balkans)


Iron Mountain


Hilton


Froneri Adriatic


Rio Tinto


MediGroup


China Communications Construction Company


Biljana Šipka


Work highlights


  • Representing Serbian real estate investor, NDM Asset Resolution, in litigation for the collection of rent from a bankrupt lessee.
  • Successfully represented Fortenova in two judicial proceedings, which challenged Serbian Competition Authority decisions.
  • Representing four individuals in litigation against the Republic of Serbia, which involves a claim for unlawful deprivation of liberty and other ECHR violations (resulting from detention upon arrival to Serbia during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak).

JPM & Partners

JPM & Partners‘s dispute resolution practice covers complex disputes involving insurance, insolvency, trade marks, financial services, and white-collar and environmental crime. It is also a go-to firm for cross-border disputes, along with domestic and international arbitrations. Milos Mitić heads up the civil and criminal law department, while Djordje Novčić is another key name in the team and Jelena Milinović has longstanding experience in representing international and domestic clients in criminal and civil disputes. The second line of practitioners features IP litigation specialist Aleksandar Popovic and experienced senior associate Ivana Petković.

Practice head(s):

Milos Mitić; Djordje Novčić; Jelena Milinović; Aleksandar Popović


Other key lawyers:

Ivana Petković


Testimonials

The team stands out for its professionalism and deep involvement in cases, as well as its exceptional knowledge. Billing is also fair and corresponds with the work’s quality.

Very deep knowledge of arbitration and clients are absolutely satisfied with the service provided. Each member of the team is knowledgeable, client focused and constantly available.

JPM is a full-service firm with an extensive track record. It remains a first choice for all clients’ legal needs.

‘Djordje Novčić is very dedicated to cases, knows all the details, and is always very quick to answer.

‘Djordje Novčić is one of Serbia’s leading experts in this field – clients can always rely on his opinion and overall legal knowledge.’

‘Djordje Novčić has a strong business sense, as well as the ability to provide the best and least complicated solution for the most complex cases.’

‘Jelena Milinović has an outstanding comprehension of clients’ company values – great experience and a unique problem-solving approach.’

‘Aleksandar Popović is a great asset – good knowledge, focus and availability. He always responds promptly and provides optimum legal results at all times.’

Key clients

Lidl


Microsoft


Colas Rail


Thyssenkrupp Materials


Gastrans


AOK PLUS


ContiTech Fluid


Walter Group


LKW Walter


BASF SE Germany


Norma Group


Hemslade Trading


Bridgestone


Arcelor Mittal


Xella


Helvetia Group


Emmezeta


Podravka


Master Building Solution


Alita Ab Lithuania


Work highlights


  • Acting as Serbia legal counsel for Hemslade Trading and Miroslav Mišković in a dispute with Branko Forcan, who is claiming either ownership of both Delta Maxi and Delta Real Estate or compensation.
  • Acting for Gastrans in numerous court proceedings concerning damage caused during the construction of the 400km Gazprom Turkish Stream gas pipeline through Serbia.
  • Representing Colas Rail France (and its Serbian branch) in high-value corporate crime matters, which concern contract breaches, misrepresentation of funds, and money laundering (among others).

Karanovic & Partners

The ‘go-to team for complex commercial disputes and arbitration‘, Karanovic & Partners regularly acts in ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations, as well as cases before arbitral institutions throughout the region. The team’s expertise covers M&A, construction, shipping, IP and employment disputes. It also specialises in insolvency disputes, along with insurance, white-collar crime and fraud matters. Regional arbitration and litigation head Milan Lazić routinely acts in high-stakes international court cases and international arbitrations, and Milica Savić is ‘an excellent, dynamic and top lawyer‘. Aleksandar Novaković and Andrej Jelenković are active senior associates.


Practice head(s):

Milan Lazić


Other key lawyers:

Milica Savić; Aleksandar Novaković; Andrej Jelenković; Ivana Racković; Ivana Dišović


Testimonials

‘Key capabilities – business-oriented proposals and resolutions with clear strategy and guidance through litigation proceedings; and the level of engagement is outstanding. Great partner-level attention is given to cases, which is crucial for better results.

This team of lawyers has immense experience and resources, and is always available and engaged in the matters at hand, responding promptly to all requests. Each member has extensive knowledge of specific industries, which is not often seen on the market.

‘The team makes clients feel safe and well advised – it is responsive, punctual and gives business-savvy advice. The go-to team for complex commercial disputes and arbitration.’

‘Exceptional collaboration with this law firm – expertise, professionalism and extensive knowledge.’

‘Milan Lazić is an excellent lawyer who always sees the big picture and advises several steps ahead.’

‘Milan Lazić and senior counsel Ivana Racković are excellent lawyers, who will always give the best possible legal advice and provide the most professional help.’

‘Senior associate Andrej Jelenković has very good communication skills, excellent response times, and answers legal requests quickly.’

Milica Savić  is an exceptional professional – an excellent, dynamic and top lawyer.’

Key clients

Bosnia and Herzegovina


MK Group Serbia


Henkel Serbia


Henkel Central Eastern Europe


OTP Bank


Petrol Group


Italiana Costruzioni


Johnson Electric


Hellenic Petroleum


Dutch Environment Corporation


Roberts Constructions


Work highlights


  • Acted as lead counsel for the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an ICSID arbitration, which concerned a hydropower plant concession on the river Vrbas.
  • Acting for Italiana Costruzioni in construction- related disputes over the Corridor XI highway project (connecting Belgrade to the South Adriatic).
  • Acting for Roberts Constructions in daily contract and claim management issues under a FIDIC contract, which concerns the construction of a large housing development in Belgrade.

Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm

The best litigation practice in Serbia‘, Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm‘s dispute resolution practice focuses on litigation, arbitration, enforcement issues, white-collar crime, and insolvency and restructuring work. Other areas of strength include labour disputes, public and constitutional law (including ECHR matters) and contentious IP work. Senka Mihaj is a well-known arbitration expert throughout the SEE region; Nemanja Ilicprovides a service beyond excellence‘; and Marko Milanovic has a longstanding litigation practice. Within the senior associate pool, Jelena Papić and Bojan Janković both act on disputes.


Practice head(s):

Senka Mihaj; Nemanja Ilić; Marko Milanović


Other key lawyers:

Jelena Papić; Bojan Janković


Testimonials

‘This is the best litigation practice in Serbia. The lawyers are very results oriented – a highly prepared team that provides excellent legal service.’

‘Top-notch litigation and arbitration office with an interdisciplinary team that provides the most complete, efficient and prompt advice around.’

‘This practice possesses a great litigation team- one of the best in Serbia. It is very efficient, responsive, and always keep clients informed about ongoing trials.’

‘Nemanja Ilić, Marko Milanović and senior associate Jelena Papić are excellent, practical and flexible lawyers – most importantly, they know what is best for the client.’

‘Nemanja Ilić, Marko Milanović, and senior associates Bojan Janković and Jelena Papić, are great to collaborate with – very diligent and careful. Clients especially admire the way they work under pressure and extremely important deadlines.’

‘Nemanja Ilić is a professional who provides a service beyond excellence, and is always ready to provide advice on short timescales.’

‘Senka Mihaj is great lawyer who is very responsible and proactive.’

‘Jelena Papić is a brilliant all-rounder, who always inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Republic of Serbia


Energy Construction


Air Serbia


BW Galleria


Belgrade Waterfront-Eagle Hills


Galeb Group


Kaizen


Doka


Rafako


Umprom


TMF Group


Work highlights


  • Representing the Republic of Serbia in a large-value investment arbitration dispute against Rand Investments (and several other private investors), which arose out of the alleged unlawful termination of a privatisation agreement.
  • Acting for Galeb Group (Holding), and its subsidiaries, in several high-value commercial disputes in Serbia.
  • Acting for Air Serbia in over 50 court proceedings, which include high-value commercial litigation, damage compensation disputes, and labour claims.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr‘s ‘very strong and brilliant‘ litigation and arbitration practice comprises specialists in construction project-related disputes, as well as insolvency, labour and energy law-related claims. Jelena Bezarević Pajić is an international commercial and investment arbitration expert; Nataša Lalatović Đorđević is ‘an outstanding litigation and arbitration specialist‘, and the track record of Slaven Moravčević, who ‘provides strong leadership‘, includes heavyweight investor-state and commercial arbitrations. Other key names include energy-related disputes partner Matija Vojnović, and attorneys at law Tanja ŠumarVanja Tica and Dragana Nikolić.

Practice head(s):

Slaven Moravčević‘; Nataša Lalatović Đorđević; Jelena Bezarević Pajić


Testimonials

‘Clients’ interactions and professional relations with the firm are excellent. The team is very strong and brilliant, and it clearly understands how international legal systems work – the group handles the most complex arbitrations perfectly.’

‘The team’s extensive grasp of the law is a real strength. Another strength is its partners and associates – recommended to anyone.’

‘The firm compares very highly with other firms in both domestic and international jurisdictions.’

‘Slaven Moravčević is approachable and pleasant to engage with, and he provides strong leadership to the entire team.’

‘Nataša Lalatović Đorđević is an outstanding litigation and arbitration specialist. She has excellent skills which are very helpful during cases. Clients admire her approach and dedication.’

‘Clients commend Jelena Bezarević Pajić’s dedication, professionalism and meticulous attention to detail.’

‘Attorney at law Vanja Tica’s in-depth practical and theoretical understanding of the law is great.’

‘Attorney at law Tanja Šumar’s problem-solving skills are commendable.’

Key clients

State of Montenegro


Elektroprivreda Srbije


United Group


Adria Serbia Holdco


Serbia Broadband – Srpske kablovske mreže


UniCredit Bank


Rio Tinto


VIG


Wiener Stadtische


APG SGA, Alma Quattro doo


Global Dominion


Eurobank ad Beograd


Mera Investment Fund


Anadi Bank


Cooper Standard doo Sremska Mitrovica


Capital Estate


Energoprojekt Oprema ad Beograd


Lidl (Serbia)


NLB Bank


Work highlights


  • Acting as lead counsel to three claimants in an investment treaty claim against the Republic of Serbia and United Group (and its two affiliates, including Serbia Broadband).
  • Represents APG SGA and Alma Quattro, as claimants, in a high-value investment treaty arbitration against Serbia before ICSID.
  • Successfully acted for the State of Montenegro in seven major arbitrations (including five investor-state disputes and two high-value commercial arbitrations).

Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners

Prepared for all issues‘, Joksovic, Stojanovic & Partners is regularly mandated by both foreign and domestic clients to act before Serbian and Montenegrin courts in high-stakes litigation. The team’s broad expertise ranges from commercial, employment and environmental disputes, to bankruptcy issues, IP infringements, administrative disputes and enforcement proceedings. It also provides representation in ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations. In Serbia’s arbitration space, Dragan Psodorov acts both as counsel and arbitrator, while Petar Stojanović‘s recent track record includes major commercial litigation. Milan Joksović also has a longstanding dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Petar Stojanović; Dragan Psodorov


Other key lawyers:

Milan Joksović; Goran Vučić


Testimonials

‘The team and its approach is very professional.’

‘The lawyers are highly professional, listen to clients’ needs, and are prepared for all issues.’

‘The team handles international clients very well and collaboration is always smooth.’

Exceptional ability to undertake thorough and in-depth analyses of legal situations within the available time frames.

‘Petar Stojanović is not only a top-level lawyer, but also a highly educated professional with high ethical standards.’

‘Petar Stojanović and Goran Vučić are phenomenal and know how to listen.’

‘Goran Vučić is not only exceptionally punctual, but also a very capable, quick-thinking lawyer who is able to find the best solution for clients during very complicated legal scenarios.’

‘Dragan Psodorov is extremely helpful, always responds to calls and enquiries, and delivers great results – a very sharp lawyer with excellent communication and client skills. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

Nelt Group


State Lottery of Serbia


Government of Montenegro


Sonuba doo – Member of Mercury Group


Montecco


AZVI


Rubau


Export Development Canada


GrECo International


Siemens


Robert Bosch


Renault Nissan


Audi AG


Sandvik


Evroins osiguravanje


Mitros Fleischwaren


Dassault Systemes


DIANA E-commerce Corporation


Pegaso


Magus


Evarvest


Fondacija Alek Kavcic


Alek Kavcic Foundation


Boris Malagurski


Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology


BSB Group


RTC ad


Rail Cargo Austria


Work highlights


  • Representing Rubau, a Spanish construction company, in ICC arbitration.
  • Representing the State Lottery of Serbia in IP litigation before the Commercial Court in Belgrade.
  • Representing Nelt Group companies in several litigation procedures, included representation in court proceedings and preparatory work for BIT-related arbitrations.

Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic

Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic has a strong track record in international commercial and investment arbitrations in the Western Balkans. The practice additionally houses specialists in major litigation involving commercial and media law, employment issues, and copyright and trade mark infringements. It is also notable for its pro bono work in human rights cases. Department head Vladimir Djeric stands out for his commercial and investment treaty arbitration credentials; Dejan Bogdanovic acts in general commercial disputes in addition to intellectual property disputes, and Katarina Radovic assists with commercial litigation, including complex employment claims.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Djeric


Other key lawyers:

Dejan Bogdanovic; Katarina Radovic; Mara Jankovic; Lena Petrovic; Nevena Drobnjakovic


Key clients

JPPEU Resavica


Energo Nigeria


Bosnia and Herzegovina


Republic of Serbia


ADRIA News doo


SBB doo


Barlan S&M doo


Coca Cola


Dan Graf doo


TÜV Thüringen Germany


United Media Digital doo


Work highlights


  • Representing a Serbian mine in a large-value arbitration under ICC Rules, which concerns execution of a sales contract.
  • Acting for Bosnia and Herzegovina in an ICSID investment arbitration concerning an investment in the construction of two thermal power plants and a mine.
  • Representing the Republic of Serbia in an arbitration initiated by Coropi Holdings, Kalemegdan Investments and Erinn Bernard Broshko, in relation to the alleged breach of bilateral investment treaties between Canada and Serbia, and Serbia and Cyprus.

Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss

The Belgrade dispute resolution team at Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss comprises a deep bench of specialists, whose recent track record includes corporate investigations, commercial and financial disputes, insolvencies, and the infringement of intellectual and industrial property rights. Nataša Lalović-Marić is experienced in heavyweight commercial disputes, while Belgrade managing partner Miroslav Stojanović is an arbitrator at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce’s Permanent Court of Arbitration. At counsel level, Vidak Kovačević regularly acts in real estate disputes, and the experience of Aleksandar Ristić covers major commercial litigation and insolvency cases.


Practice head(s):

Miroslav Stojanović; Nataša Lalović Marić


Other key lawyers:

Katarina Stojaković; Marko Tešanović


Key clients

Cornelia Property & Investment Aps


Östu-Stettin Izgradnja doo Beograd


UniCredit Rent doo Beograd (now Alpha Rent doo Beograd)


ALSO Serbia doo


Yazaki Srbija doo


UniCredit bank Srbija ad


Work highlights


  • Represented UniCredit Rent doo Beograd (now Alpha Rent doo Beograd) before the Administrative Court, in a high-profile tax dispute against Serbia’s Ministry of Finance.
  • Assisted Cornelia Property & Investment Aps with the instigation of criminal proceedings against persons involved in infringement of its IP rights and domains.
  • Successfully resolved two outstanding proceedings in favour of UniCredit bank Srbija, and contributed to the collection of part of its overall claim through participation in the insolvency proceedings of debtors.

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

An impressive track record and success rate‘, Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s seven-member Belgrade dispute resolution practice group is headed up by recently-promoted CEE partner Nedeljko Velisavljević. ‘One of the top legal minds in Serbia‘, Velisavljević has longstanding experience in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution work in both Serbia and Montenegro, including white-collar defence and investigation matters, and insolvency and restructuring. The practice of recently promoted partner Nenad Kovačević, who is ‘very results oriented‘, covers a range of litigation proceedings before national and international tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Nedeljko Velisavljević


Other key lawyers:

Nenad Kovačević; Ksenija Ivetić Marlović; Milica Tomić


Testimonials

‘The CMS Belgrade team is extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and it represents clients in the most complex cases.’

‘Provides exceptional advice and strategy, which are tailored to the business interests of clients.’

‘An impressive track record and success rate – fully dedicated to cases, which they analyse from every legal angle to provide the best possible solution in all cases, especially the highly sensitive ones.’

‘Covers all legal aspects, and has a very personal and reassuring approach; and the team is always available and ready to support clients on all matters.’

‘The whole team is very focused on the client and very responsive.’

Nedeljko Velisavljević is one of the top legal minds in Serbia. He is a true professional with an excellent focus on details, but with a sound commercial approach and easy-to-understand advice.’

‘Nedeljko Velisavljević is an admirable human being and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nenad Kovačević is highly competent, responsible, available, and very results oriented. Clients highly appreciate his pragmatic approach to both case handling and litigation management. It’s a win-win collaboration.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize


Lear Corporation


Strabag


Zumtobel Group


NBCUniversal


Oracle


Orsay


Lumen Technologies


Prochema


Dr August Wolff GmbH & Co KG – Arzneimittel


Cummins


Grammar AG


ADM Germany


Nufarm


Hagleitner Hygiene International


Ball Corporation


Šinvoz


DBI-G and Euroaszfalt Kft


EVN Group


WTE Group


Adriatic Properties


Work highlights


  • Acting for the Serbian subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize in numerous litigation matters in Serbia.
  • Representing Lear Corporation in different labour dispute proceedings in Serbia (as well as in criminal matters as the aggrieved party).
  • Representing Strabag and its subsidiaries in various commercial disputes in Serbia.

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW)

Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW) has ‘a range of excellent expertise that covers all levels‘. The practice’s recent disputes work involved highly complex claims, and international parties and issues. The team’s wide-ranging expertise covers commercial, employment and insolvency disputes, as well as real estate, environmental and public procurement-related actions. The firm also houses a robust international arbitration practice, particularly in relation to investor-state arbitrations. Nenad Stankovic is ‘excellent in this area‘; and at senior associate level, Sara Pendjer acts before the courts and in arbitration hearings, and Andjelka Radovanović handles major litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nenad Stankovic; Sara Pendjer


Other key lawyers:

Andjelka Radovanović; Mitar Simonovic; Luka Marosiuk; Jelena Zivkovic; Teodora Markovic


Testimonials

‘Stankovic & Partners has a strong practice and is one of the Serbian market’s leading teams.’

‘Clients are confident of its ability to handle highly complex and sizeable matters – delivers a gold-standard service.’

‘Combines first-class legal expertise with a firm grasp of clients’ commercial imperatives – something that clients value highly and one of the reasons why they remain longstanding clients.’

‘Stankovic & Partners has a range of excellent expertise that covers all levels. If clients need partner-level input, then Nenad Stankovic is excellent in this area. He has great commercial understanding of individual cases that he aligns with his knowledge of Serbian law, in order to find the solution that is both commercially and legally best for the client.’

‘Nenad Stankovic’s clients are very satisfied with the services Nenad provides and the way matters are handled.

‘Senior associate Sara Pendjer has a top-class litigation practice and is a safe pair of hands for even the most difficult cases.’

Sara Pendjer provides excellent service and is a great asset to clients, and associate Mitar Simonovic provides excellent support.’

Senior associate Andjelka Radovanović and associate Luka Marosiuk are diligent and knowledgeable. Clients were particularly amazed by the fantastic research, clarity and depth of arguments prepared by Luka in a recent litigation filing.

Key clients

Rand Investments


Kalemegdan Investments


Coropi Holdings


Meggle


Naša AIK Banka


Proinvestments


Apatinska Pivara doo


Crveni signal


Brikel EAD


Kimberly Group


Beauvallon


Work highlights


  • Representing Rand Investments (and a number of other claimants including Sembi Investment) in an international investment arbitration, which concerns the alleged breach of bilateral investment treaties between Canada and Serbia, and Cyprus and Serbia.
  • Acting for BRIF TRES and its subsidiary BRIF T-C in their €300m ICSID arbitration claim, which concerns a new shopping centre in Belgrade and allegations of a breach of the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union investment treaty.
  • Representing Apatinska brewery in numerous disputes.

Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office

With the ‘ability to handle high-priority cases‘, Zivkovic & Samardzic Law Office is well-known for handling significant commercial cases before the Serbian and Montenegrin courts. The practice also fields investment treaty arbitration specialists. The client base comprises several domestic business banks and large insurance companies, while the team’s experience extends to enforcement, restructuring, reorganisation and insolvency proceedings. Heading up the practice, Miloš Milošević is a highly regarded specialist in civil law and civil procedural law; and recently-promoted partner Ivan Ljubisavljević routinely acts in civil litigation, particularly banking and finance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Milošević; Ivan Ljubisavljević


Testimonials

‘Ability to handle high-priority cases, regardless of the complexity.’

‘A strong and cohesive team that collaborates well across specialised areas, which benefits clients.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, experienced and easily accessible.’

Key clients

Generali Osiguranje Srbija


Nestlé Adriatic


Titan Cementara Kosjerić


Prva Televizija doo Beograd


B92 doo Beograd


Naša Aik Banka


OTP Banka Srbija


Credit Agricole Banka


Aik Banka AD Beograd


Expobank AD Beograd


Erste Banka AD Novi Sad


Eurobank Direktna AD Beograd


SOKOJ


Work highlights


  • Acting for Generali Osiguranje Srbija in over 300 cases concerning a legal costs-related question.
  • Successfully defended Naša Aik Banka AD Belgrade against a damages claim.

BIT Law Office

BIT Law Office‘s disputes department is best known for its arbitration practice, which leverages the firm’s real estate and construction expertise. It is also highly active in white-collar crime litigation, including internal corporate investigations. Practice head Boris Baklaja is a founding member of the Serbian Arbitration Association, attorney at law Katarina Obradovic Baklajahas solid construction dispute resolution experience‘, and of counsel Jugoslav Tintor is a well-known criminal defence attorney.

Practice head(s):

Boris Baklaja


Other key lawyers:

Katarina Obradovic Baklaja; Jugoslav Tintor; Jovan Crnogorcevic; Dušan Delić; Branislav Marjanovic; Milos Nikolic


Testimonials

‘BIT Law is a diversified law firm comprised of exceptional individuals.’

‘BIT Law creates a team of lawyers with specific qualities that match clients’ needs, and who find the best solutions for their cases.’

‘The service is exceptional and it has an extremely open relationship with clients, whereby clients can know what to expect at all times.’

‘With his exceptional organisational skills, Boris Baklaja finds strategic decisions that lead to the desired result on a long-term level.’

‘Boris Baklaja has a very strategic approach and can predict outcomes very well through the evaluation of cases’ strong and weak points.’

‘Boris Baklaja is very experienced, and his documents and presentation are very exact (with all facts and legal ground covered).’

Attorney at law Dušan Delić approaches problems with great insight and achieves the desired goal with exceptional efficiency.

Attorney at law Katarina Obradovic Baklaja has solid construction dispute resolution experience.

Key clients

BMV


Klanica Plana doo Velika Plana


Belkomunmmas JSC


Byzantio Kesidis Group


TMG Group


AET Europe


Svolos


Moj Krov doo


Work highlights


  • Representing PUC Beogradski metro i voz in commercial court cases against a contractor.
  • Representing Belkomunmmas JSC in three high-value commercial law disputes against the City of Belgrade.
  • Representing Klanica Plana doo Velika Plana in a large-value commercial law dispute.

Bojovic Draškovic Popovic & Partners

Bojovic Draškovic Popovic & Partners has substantial experience in ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations, including the enforcement side to arbitral awards. The firm also houses specialists in corporate, commercial and bankruptcy dispute proceedings, as well as labour and IP-related disputes. Marija Bojović is ‘especially knowledgeable in arbitration and complex international matters‘; and Uroš Popović‘s disputes experience covers both Serbia and Montenegro. Senior associate Stefan Golubović is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Marija Bojović; Uroš Popović


Other key lawyers:

Stefan Golubović; Vuk Drašković


Testimonials

‘The right size for a firm, with the right proportion of partners to associates, which assures smooth service and client attentiveness at the highest level.’

‘The team is very responsive and has extensive experience, in-depth legal knowledge, and flexibility – always focused on achieving clients’ goals.’

‘Uroš Popović is simply great – a go to counsel for clients.’

‘Uroš Popović is easy to understand, very detailed, and at the same time clear in the delivery of his advice – he knows both the law and business. The same also goes for Vuk Drašković.’

Vuk Drašković is very professional and prompt in his responses.’

Marija Bojović is a renowned senior figure of great experience, who delivers solid advice and is especially knowledgeable in arbitration and complex international matters.

Marija Bojović’s work is excellent on complex matters, and she has in-depth knowledge of legal issues.

Key clients

Mazars


Arlando


DeFacto


Halkbank


Samsung


Philips


adidas


E.ON SE


Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske


Work highlights


  • Acting for Philips in two very sensitive cases concerning alleged harassment.
  • Representing Halkbank in 17 different enforcement, litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Acting for Samsung in several sensitive employment proceedings.

Doklestic Repic & Gajin

Doklestic Repic & Gajin‘s disputes practice is well known for its expertise in commercial litigation, arbitrations, and labour disputes. ‘An excellent and efficient litigator‘, Marko Repic leads the dispute resolution group. Repic’s practice covers cross-border litigation, corporate and labour disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and administrative law proceedings. Name partner Slobodan Doklestic provides ‘sound legal advice‘, while attorneys at law Ivana Zotovic and Valentina Djordjevic are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Marko Repic; Slobodan Doklestic


Other key lawyers:

Ivana Zotovic and Valentina Djordjevic


Testimonials

‘This is a team of professional people in which clients can put their trust and know that they will receive high-quality legal assistance and the best legal advice.’

One of the leading law firms, performing its work at the highest possible level.’

The dispute resolution team is very dedicated and competent, and with a very practical approach, high-quality work, high levels of precision and availability, and an excellent feeling for specific and practicable solutions.

‘Marko Repic is singled out- collaborating with him is the greatest pleasure. The way he represents clients in court, as well as his extensive knowledge and vast experience, always guarantees success.’

‘Marco Repic is an excellent lawyer and 100% client oriented.’

‘Marko Repic has longstanding expertise in dispute-related matters, and he is always able to find practical and pragmatic solutions to the problems at hand – an excellent and efficient litigator.’

‘Marko Repic always goes a few steps ahead and tries to find alternatives, showing clients the full picture and explaining the different ways they could go in order to resolve their issues.’

‘Slobodan Doklestic is a great professional, to the point, and always capable of providing practical and sound legal advice.’

Key clients

Crnogorski Telekom


G4S Secure Solutions


DTD Group


Nelt Group


Tarkett


Agroinvest Fond


Mexican Embassy in Belgrade


Adecco Outsourcing


GEODIS SCO DOO Belgrade


Galenika ad


Teva Pharmaceuticals


Philip Morris International


AIK Bank


Carlsberg


Ingenico SA


Moguntia Food


Pernod Ricard


Promedica24


NLB Bank Montenegro


Hewlett Packard


Saint Gobaine


PGS Sofa & Co


Menu


POSH&media


SN Apollo


SA International


SAIEP


Work highlights


  • Representing Carlsberg’s subsidiary in Serbia in litigation with its former high-level manager.
  • Acting for Tarkett Group in a sensitive and complex commercial dispute with former shareholders of Tarkett’s subsidiary in Serbia.
  • Assisting SA International with a pre-dispute matter concerning the protection of software-related trade mark rights.

MMD Advokati

Recent work for MMD Advokati (known as Maric, Mališic & Dostanic o.a.d until May 2022 when it transformed its legal status) includes a large-value ICC arbitration involving a commercial dispute. The practice also consistently acts in real estate related-disputes. Dispute resolution head Veljko Dostanic is experienced in arbitration and litigation procedures; and recently-elevated partner Uroš Žigić specialises in complex arbitration and litigation actions, as well as white-collar crime.


Practice head(s):

Veljko Dostanic


Other key lawyers:

Uroš Žigić


Testimonials

‘Experts and professionals who are proactive and punctual.’

‘Proactiveness from specialists who never give up.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers’

Key clients

Knjaz Milos


Marbo Product


Oracle


Rte International


Crédit Agricole


Halo Consulting


Unilever


Bilfinger Tebodin


Millennium Team


AFD


Accor Hotels Group


Robert Bosch


IKEA


French Embassy In Belgrade


Havas Group


JUB


Acolin Infotech


MG Precast


Fela Planungs


SK Pharma


Letač Construction


Alemani Trade


Elgas


Puratos


AS 24 (TOTAL Group)


Rhenus Partnership


Blitz Group


Quality Smart Logistics


Work highlights


  • Represented a design and engineering company in a large real estate-related ICC arbitration against an investor.
  • Represented Apatinska Pivara (Molson Coors) in a  court case initiated against its former landlord, the dispute arising from the different interpretation of a complex lease agreement.
  • Represented ELGAS in three high-value cases against public companies.

Prica & Partners

A reliable and valued local partner‘, Prica & Partners‘ dispute resolution group has a strong name for its handling of international and domestic arbitration, corporate litigation, and cross-border disputes. Its disputes expertise covers the real estate, finance, construction, manufacturing, technology, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. Ana Calic-Turudija‘s experience includes acting before domestic and international commercial arbitration institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. Tijana Lalić  is ‘a versatile and trusted local adviser‘.

Practice head(s):

Ana Čalić-Turudija; Tijana Lalić


Other key lawyers:

Jovana Obradović


Testimonials

‘Prica & Partners is a reliable and valued local partner. The team’s expert lawyers are able to deliver prompt and accurate advice across practice areas, including substantive and procedure law.’

‘The team’s work combines deep awareness of local laws, practices and knowledge.’

Remarkable subject matter experts in their respective fields, including substantive and procedural aspects.

Advice is delivered promptly, and formulated in a succinct and easy-to-digest manner.

‘Tijana Lalić is a versatile and trusted local adviser who guarantees prompt delivery of a consistently high-quality work product across practice areas.’

‘Tijana Lalić’s attention and openness to accommodate client requests, in terms of fee structuring and streamlined invoicing and approval processes, are exemplary.’

Key clients

HEP Hrvatska Elektroprivreda dd


AstraZeneca


Transagent


Mytilineos


Duferco


Wizz Air Hungary


LAMPSA SA


Corteva


Klett


Istrabenz


Eurobank Direktna


Work highlights


  • Representing the national power company of Croatia, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, in two separate proceedings against Serbia’s national power company, Elektroprivreda Srbije, for recovery of a substantial debt (approximately €580m).
  • Representing BMP doo Belgrade (a subsidiary of an international hospitality industry company that owns Hyatt Regency Hotel in Serbia), in three, high-value labour management cases.
  • Successfully represented Eurobank Direktna ad Belgrade (ex Piraeus) against the Republic of Serbia in damages proceedings before the High Court of Belgrade.

SOG Law Firm

SOG Law Firm‘s disputes practice has particular expertise in commercial litigation, international and domestic commercial arbitration, in addition to investment treaty arbitration. The four-member group is also experienced in mediation (and other forms of ADR) and employment law-related disputes. Radovan Grbović has a ‘deep understanding of dispute resolution‘, while Milan Samardžić provides further partner-level support. At senior associate level, Ivan Nikolić and Katarina Živković are both active dispute resolution team members.

Practice head(s):

Milan Samardžić


Other key lawyers:

Radovan Grbović; Ivan Nikolić; Katarina Živković


Testimonials

‘From the first day of collaboration, the SOG team showed its efficiency and ability to meet the most demanding legal needs, especially in the dispute resolution space.’

‘Compared to others, this amazing and perfectly-organised team of lawyers possesses deep knowledge of dispute resolution and can resolve very complicated legal issues efficiently and smoothly.’

‘Each team member is experienced in working with large-scope businesses, and during each step of the way clients count on their reliability, pragmatism and professionalism.’

‘Probably the main strength of the SOG individuals is that they deliver top-quality legal service and can quickly deliver tailor-made solutions for clients.’

‘The SOG Serbia team comprises efficient and experienced attorneys. Communication and collaboration are swift and clear, with no time wasted.’

‘Clients appreciate the know-how and efficiency of the team.’

‘Working with Radovan Grbović is a pure delight. Radovan’s practice and deep understanding of dispute resolution, but also so many other legal areas, make him more than reliable.’

‘Radovan Grbović routinely provides comprehensive pieces of advice and, along with his legal team, he swiftly executes any issue that occurs along the way.’

Key clients

Facebook


GlaxoSmithKline


Etihad Aviation Group


Lafarge


McCann


Air France KLM


Strabag


Schenker doo


FCC Group


DB Engineering and Consulting


Abbott Medical Balkan


Vice Media


Delta Holding


Outsource Insurance Professionals


Merkur Trgovina dd


AlpAvia


Bekament


Railway Infrastructure of Montenegro – JSC Podgorica


Delta Inženjering


University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy


Sparrow doo


Mine Invest


Kosovoprojekt


Eurodomus doo


Teslianum doo


Belgrade Jewish Community


Alimpex doo


Suntime


Agro-Hemik doo


Arcadia Svetila doo


Andrejic & Partners

Andrejic & Partners‘ ‘great‘ dispute resolution practice comprises ‘a determined and strong team of professionals‘. Vladimir Peric heads up the firm’s dispute resolution department, while ‘great litigator‘ and managing partner Aleksandar Andrejic routinely acts on some of the market’s largest disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandar Andrejic; Vladimir Peric


Testimonials

‘Very available to clients and establishes a close connection on a friendly basis.’

‘A determined and strong team of professionals.’

‘Great and focused team that is detailed and very knowledgeable.’

‘Vladimir Peric is capable of leading any litigation with authority and knowledge.’

‘Vladimir Peric is an experienced litigator with a keen interest in getting the best out of each case.’

‘Aleksandar Andrejic and Vladimir Peric are highly recommended.’

‘Aleksandar Andrejic stands out for his dedication and business-oriented approach. He is always available and handles heavy workloads without any issues – a great litigator.’

‘Aleksandar Andrejic is extremely creative, innovative and open minded. Clients really appreciate his legal experience and advice.’

Key clients

Log Center


Sepah


Cisco


Adventis Real Estate


Bitem


Guclu Insaat Makina


IGT Group


Keprom


Planeta Tyres


Eyemaxx International Holding & Consulting


Mi-Tech


Integro


Dasal


Surefield


VST Slovakia


Darko Zivanovic


Bega ING


Agromaric


Inos Balkan


AXIAN Partners


Log Center Airport


Logmaxx Beta


Falco doo


Imlek AD


Edward Vermeer


STK Engineering


Raj Kos doo


DE-TA-P doo


BDD Sinteza


Fintex M4


UD Stari grad


Petruzalek


Farma 5


Gregorc Vinko


Agentservis doo


Boss Max


Eyemaxx Management


Master Inzinjering


EGFE Hungary


EGFE Israel


Lior Dagan


Hedon Life


Enlight


Zoran Djukic


Work highlights


  • Acted for the Foreign Representative of Michael David Greenfield (aka Michael Ben-Ari, whose investment company, EGFE Israel is accused of operating a large Ponzi scheme in Israel) in several litigation procedures.
  • Represented Eyemaxx Management in litigation against its former tenant.
  • Represented Master Inzinjering in litigation against its buyer (public electric company EPS).

Atanaskovic - Bozovic Law Firm

The disputes team at Atanaskovic - Bozovic Law Firm assists with a range of commercial litigation and arbitration work. Heading the nine-strong group, Ognjen Bozovic‘s expertise covers commercial disputes, along with bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings. Bozovic regularly acts for Serbian and international companies in high-value, complex disputes, including international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ognjen Božović


Key clients

Armada Trucking Group


Carmeuse


Dufry


ClaimAir


Fruit Invest


Pik Pešter


Maxteam


Rose Elite


Komo Yu


Medigroup


Trigema doo


Alpha Data


Coral Computers


OutsourceCentral


Giuriato Serbia Yes


Infinity Lighthouse


Magnetic MRO


Prime Properties


Pro Zis


OP Grup Agro


Softech Solutions


BOPA Bojanovic & Partners

For sure the best firm in Serbia for sport arbitrations‘, BOPA Bojanovic & Partners‘ dispute resolution team also specialises in construction, insolvency, and international banking disputes. Frequently instructed by FIFPro to represent footballers in Court of Arbitration for Sport disputes, Filip Blagojevic is ‘one of the best sports lawyers in Europe‘.

Practice head(s):

Filip Blagojevic


Testimonials

‘One of the best in the market – and for sure the best firm in Serbia for sport arbitrations.’

‘The firm does excellent legal work in the field of sports law, working in a transparent, structured and cost-fair manner.’

‘One of the best things that can happen to a client is to hand over its key cases to this law office.’

‘Clients are lucky to work with such professional people who do their job down to the smallest detail. Clients are pleasantly surprised by the extremes they will go to in cases and to the clients’ favour – recommended to everyone because the lawyers are really fantastic and very dedicated to clients.’

‘Filip Blagojevic stands out as one of the best sports lawyers in Europe. The most important thing about him is that he understands the industry extremely well, as if he were a sports executive, coach and player at the same time.’’

‘Filip Blagojivic is an outstanding lawyer with the ability to resolve even the most difficult legal problems. What makes him so successful is his understanding of dispute resolution, which means he is able to find out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘Filip Blagojevic stands out as one of the leading sports practitioners in the region – he is very experienced in proceedings before both the FIFA Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.’

‘Filip Blagojevic is an extraordinary lawyer who is very professional and informative. He will always go the extra mile for clients. Nikola Gvoić also truly stands out.’

Key clients

Eco Bio Elektro


Internationales Bankhaus Bodensee


Puma


FIFPro


SPFN


PSAPP


Nikola Djurdjic (famous Serbian footballer)


Lokomotiva Zagreb


HCM


Kyriakos Papadopoulos (famous Greek footballer)


Daniel Sundgren (famous Swedish footballer)


Niklas Hult (famous Swedish footballer)


11wins


Proleter FC


Nemanja Milunovic (famous Serbian footballer)


Danilo Pantic (famous Serbian footballer)


eAMA


Nemanja Miletic (famous Serbian footballer)


Filip Mladenovic (famous Serbian footballer)


Mihajlo Ristic (famous Serbian footballer)


Ramadani Hezirdan (Serbian football coach)


Emir Azemovic (famous Montenegrin footballer)


Andrija Pavlovic (famous Serbian footballer)


Milos Stojcev (famous Serbian footballer)


Nemanja Nikolic (famous Serbian footballer)


Aleksandar Okolic (famous Serbian volleyball player)


Petar Grbic (famous Montenegrin footballer)


Gazprom


Marko Grül (famous Austrian footballer)


Work highlights


  • Represented Nikola Djurdjic in an arbitration against Chengdu Rongcheng Football Club.
  • Represented Eco Bio Elektro in a dispute arising from a construction project.
  • Represented Luff Gelato in litigation arising from a merger with a foreign company.

Harrisons Solicitors

The only English law firm in Serbia, Harrisons Solicitors has a strong track record in international arbitration and litigation. Consultant Lidija Labudovic, who is an expert in heavyweight litigation and arbitration work, is NIS-Gazprom’s former litigation head, while Mark Harrison is a former Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP commercial litigation partner.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harrison; Lidija Labudovic


Other key lawyers:

Jelena Asanin


Testimonials

Harrisons has experienced lawyers who have wide knowledge and the willingness to go the extra mile on each and every project.

Reliable, trustworthy project partners that clients can always count on.

Efficient in their responses and very supportive – solid feedback and solutions.

Key clients

Tenderly


Havi Logistics


FCA Srbija doo (Stellantis Group)


Al Dahra Rudnap


Al Dahra


EBRD


SR Technics


Harsco Metals


Work highlights


  • Representing Tenderly doo Beograd (Serbian IT company) and four engineer founders in a copyright infringement-related dispute.
  • Representing FCA Srbija doo (Stellantis Group) in a contractual liability claim against Serbia Cargo AG Beograd.
  • Representing Al Dahra Rudnap in commercial disputes, including enforcement and bankruptcy proceedings.

Jusufovic & Partners

Established as recently as 2018, Jusufovic & Partners‘ disputes practice acts across a range of commercial, corporate, and financial issues. Dino Jusufovic (former co-dispute resolution co-head at JPM & Partners) is ‘a great strategic thinker‘, and Tijana Nikolić acts in commercial, civil, IP and labour disputes, along with public procurement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Dino Jusufovic


Other key lawyers:

Tijana Nikolic; Dusan Bajic


Testimonials

‘Known as a very attentive and dedicated group of lawyers.’

‘Clients feel very valued and the team always exceeds expectations.’

‘Its knowledge is exceptional, and it is able to handle the most complex disputes.’

‘Great strategists and a good organised team that is always available for clients.’

‘Detailed considered feedback, and generously spends unexpectedly large amounts of time on questions and decision making.’

‘Dino Jusufovic is a highly skilled and incredibly good listener – he understands and takes an active role in tactics, but also has in-depth knowledge and experience.’

‘Dino Jusufovic is a great strategic thinker and fosters a strong collaborative approach where the only goal is to deliver a superior legal product to clients.

‘Tijana Nikolic is a great litigator with excellent knowledge. Tijana is experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated.’

Key clients

Metro Cash & Carry Doo Beograd


Mineco Limited UK


Vahali Production Services


East Diagnostics


Lifestone Capital


Vavrina Resources


Alukönigstahl


GTC Serbia


Proagro


Recipe Medical Supplies Doo


Valman Doo


Vizus Doo


Alucommerce Systems


Damen Flowerbulbs


Flory Trading


Slovenian Railways


Work highlights


  • Assisting a waste management industry client with over 100 labour disputes.
  • Representing a mining industry client in a high-profile dispute regarding the validity of a sale agreement and related termination agreement.
  • Acted in a dispute against a developer for unjust enrichment and damages compensation in relation to a software development agreement.

NKO Partners

Able to resolve complex legal scenarios‘, NKO Partners‘ dispute resolution department is headed by Danica Milic, who acts for clients in complex commercial disputes before Serbia’s courts. Djordje Nikolic acts in major real estate and corporate law-related claims; and the ‘vastly experiencedDjuro Otasevic practices in both Serbia and Montenegro.


Practice head(s):

Danica Milic; Djordje Nikolic


Other key lawyers:

Djuro Otasevic; Andjela Mirkovic


Testimonials

‘The NKO team has a very professional approach to each task and is very devoted to each instruction received from clients.’

‘Punctual and precise, and expert legal opinions on the dispute in question.’

‘Strong capacity and great proficiency.’

‘Besides its vast legal knowledge and experience, the NKO team is able to resolve complex legal scenarios of various kinds.’

‘The partners have a tailor-made approach towards each client, which adds value to their professional knowledge.’

‘Very professional and pursuant in the execution of the end goal. Reliable attorneys at law, and the expertise and legal knowledge are at elevated levels.’

‘Djuro Otasevic is a long-time trusted legal adviser in this area. He is not only vastly experienced, but also legally creative and highly responsive.’

Senior associate Andjela Mirkovic gets things done – reliable, knowledgeable and with a collaborative approach.

Key clients

INA


Heineken


Konica Minolta


Metro Cash & Carry


Vindija


PepsiCo


Marbo


Swarovski


Addiko Bank


Azelis


Sano Holding