Firm Profile > Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr > Belgrade, Serbia

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
BULEVAR VOJVODE BOJOVICA 6-8
11000 BELGRADE
Serbia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr has a proven track record in syndicated lending, restructuring-related senior financing, energy and infrastructure project finance, and property development. Nikola Babić is a public finance and sovereign debt expert, and Petar Kojdić is a cross-border and domestic finance specialist.

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Testimonials

This is the best banking and finance legal team in the country and probably in the region. Its performance is always superb. The lawyers are impeccably trained, both abroad and locally, they are well experienced when it comes to all areas of banking practice, they have second-to-none matter management skills, and their client service is the best around.

The practice’s exceptionally high quality of service is provided by a highly professional legal team with a solutions-oriented approach.

They always perform exceptionally well and to the highest international industry standards. Other client services that are valued are exceptional matter management and people skills that are developed in the lawyers.

For a small market like Serbia, the team has strength in depth.

Nikola Babić is a seasoned finance lawyer who is the regional leader for Eurobond transactions. He is also well known for his public finance experience.

Nikola Babić is the best finance lawyer in Serbia. He knows the law, the products, the market and the clients.

Nikola Babić is a very well-known banking lawyer who is well connected and business oriented.

Petar Kojdić is one of the best banking and finance lawyers in the market. He has a broad knowledge base, noteworthy experience, knows the industry exceptionally well and, most importantly, is always reliable.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

UniCredit Bank

Erste Bank

Banca Intesa

HETA Asset Resolution

Bank Of Cyprus

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Société Générale

OTP Bank

ABN AMRO Bank

PNB Paribas (Suisse)

Magyar Export-Import Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International

Citigroup Global Markets

VTB BANK (EUROPE) SE

Deutsche Bank

J P Morgan Securities

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr is widely praised for its management of highly complex landmark CEE projects. The team particularly stands out for its M&A experience in the banking, TMT and automotive sectors, as well as in distressed deals. Matija Vojnović works on M&A transactions for both strategic investors and private equity firms, and Luka Lopičić is experienced in high-end deals involving Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Albania. Slaven Moravčević focuses on the telecoms and energy sectors, and recently promoted partner Vojimir Kurtić advises on both buy-side and sell-side M&A.

Testimonials

When push comes to shove, this is the only firm to use. Clients are fully satisfied with the service provided.’

‘A key strength is the ability to provide pragmatic advice and act quickly. No weaknesses are identified.

The team provides high-quality advice, interfacing very well with the regulators and local management and counterparts. They understand  the needs of very sophisticated and highly demanding clients, enabling successful closing.

Schoenherr is clearly one of the best firms in the Serbian market when it comes to corporate law. High level of expertise and professionalism is what clients value the most during collaborations. Their availability, technical knowledge and superior service are some of their key strengths, and their teams are well-organised, so they are capable of handling various issues on a daily basis despite demanding deadlines.

The lawyers at Schoenherr are top professionals, very detailed and ready to meet all deadlines.

The team is professional and supportive; it is also well organised and knows how to explain complex legal terms and situations into easy-to-understand language. The lawyers are very reliable and a have strong reputation as a leading M&A practice in the region.

With an outstanding track record and know-how, Slaven Moravčević has an exceptional understanding of the market. Because of that, the combination of his competence and problem solving skills means that he can provide the best service every time under any circumstances, which is of a great value for clients.

Slaven is always highly professional and ready to respond to any request. It is a distinct pleasure for clients to work with Slaven and have him on their side of the table.

Matija Vojnović has a great deal of M&A experience and his involvement in transactions is valuable as he knows what to do in any situation. His negotiation skills and style are impressive.

Vojimir Kurtić is a great lawyer. He is very experienced in M&A and clients have complete confidence in him, including his strategic thinking and ability to be a step ahead all the time.

Key clients

Telenor Group

Sberbank

Société Générale

BlackRock

KKR

Swiss Auto Group

Smurfit Kappa Group

Thumbay Group

Getinge SEE

HETA Asset Resolution

Competition Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr acts for global and regional clients in antitrust investigations involving alleged cartels and abuses of dominant position, as well as damages actions. The team also assists with merger control proceedings. Srdjana Petronijević acts in multi-jurisdictional merger control and infringement proceedings; and Danijel Stevanović is a specialist in merger control, antitrust investigations and antitrust damages cases. Attorney at law Zoran Šoljaga was formerly a senior legal adviser at the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition.

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Testimonials

Schoenherr’s law office in Belgrade is not comparable to others because the quality of service is so high. It is great for its dedication and detailed and friendly approach.

The team has a direct approach and a young way of thinking. The lawyers implement international contemporary experience in local legal environments. They do not hesitate to communicate difficult news but with the right words.

The firm provides the best legal support, immediate responses and market-oriented solutions.

The team has extensive knowledge of EU matters and delivers fast response times. It acts on a highly professional level – as a competition team, it is a prime choice.

Schoenherr is responsive and available. As they have the large team, they can easily meet short deadlines and cover any question and issue.

Srdjana Petronijević is efficient and responsive, handling complex issues with ease and success.

Srdjana Petronijević provides great support – not only in terms of specific legal knowledge but also in terms of creating the right strategy and finding new solutions and approaches. Her strength is her commitment to work and finding innovative answers.

Srdjana Petronijević is a leading authority in the market.

Danijel Stevanović is extremely fast but also systematic. He knows the markets clients work in and manages to respond to the set requirements in accordance with – and often exceeding – the standards clients demand.

Attorney-at-law Zoran Šoljaga is knowledgeable, responsive and a very pleasant person, making co-operation easy and smooth.

Key clients

Smurfit Kappa Group

Novelis

Banco Santander

Grivalia Properties

Geely

The Boeing Company

Merck

GlaxoSmithKline

Sony Corporation

Banka Intesa

Unicredit Group

Peroni Brewery

Eurobank

Daimler

Adient

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

The Procter & Gamble Company

Japan Tobacco International

Bosch

CRH

Phonenix Group

MPC Properties

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr stands out for its handling of complex investment and commercial disputes, particularly multi-jurisdictional matters. Slaven Moravčević and Jelena Bezarević Pajić are both investor-state and commercial arbitration experts. Nataša Lalatović Đorđević is active in commercial and corporate litigation as well as investment and commercial arbitrations. Attorney at law Tanja Šumar specialises in handling defences for respondent states.

Testimonials

All of the lawyers are very experienced and professional; what especially makes them unique is their passion for work and dedication to the matters they work on.

Schoenherr’s arbitration team is the best, not only in Serbia and Montenegro, but also internationally. It is always one step ahead. The lawyers’ proficiency, experience, knowledge, devotion, great communication skills and, above all, readiness to be there for clients are features not often seen elsewhere.

This is a unique law office when it comes to the quality of analysis, preparation, and implementation of legal knowledge and instruments in any given dispute. The lawyers are never surprised by circumstances or opposing parties, and they always provide the highest standard of service.

Slaven Moravčević is a very well-known attorney in the region, who in recent years has devoted a lot of his time to arbitration. He has an amazing energy and makes matters move forward.

Slaven Moravčević is a perfect team manager. He prepares a strategy for each case that results only in victory. Everyone respects him and has full confidence in his opinion.

Jelena Bezarević Pajić is a highly experienced litigator with exceptional legal reasoning. She is hardworking and completely devoted to the task at hand, as well as being very well prepared every time she speaks with clients.

Jelena Bezarević Pajić is absolutely one of the best lawyers around and a real expert in arbitration and court matters. She handles cases in a most efficient and professional manner. Her organisational skills are excellent and her knowledge of law enormous. She is a problem solver and very devoted to cases, which is crucial for each success.

‘Attorney at law Tanja Šumar is very competent in arbitration and court matters. Her knowledge of law in general and especially arbitration is remarkable, and she is dedicated to the work she does. It is impressive how she manages to hold every detail of a case in her hands and develop strategy and argumentation on the spot.

Key clients

UniCredit

Halkbank

Phoenix

Nelt

Confida

Getinge

Tehnoexport

AgentPlus

BENU

Cooper Standard

EPCG

Government of Montenegro

Sberbank

Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch & Tiefbau GmbH & Co KG

Kunsttrans Holding

Kunsttrans doo

OMV

Capital Estate

Mera Investment Fund

Azmont

Adient

Employment Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr specialises in internal employment frameworks, executive exits and management agreements. The team also focuses on M&A-related employment issues, and fields sector experts in automotive, real estate and construction. Marija Vlajkovic is mostly focused on employment matters, while attorney at law Bojan Rajic advises international clients on market entry issues.

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Testimonials

They are very responsive and reachable at any time. The advice is always accurate, prompt and on time.

Attorney at law Bojan Rajic is flexible, fast and always up to date. He tries to find solutions to every problem that companies are faced with.

Key clients

OMV

United Group

Cooper Standard

SAP West Balkans doo

Immofinanz

Magna

Timab

Adient

Nepi Rockastle

Phoenix Group

Crowe Horwath

Getinge

Sitel

CBRE

Amrest

Projects and energy Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr Miloš Laković's multi-disciplinary group advises on energy transactions, development projects, M&A, privatisations, and PPPs. Other areas of strength include regulatory matters, public procurement, competition law and dispute resolution. Energy department head Miloš Laković has a strong track record in electricity generation projects; Slaven Moravčević  is an energy specialist; and Matija Vojnovic's practice covers both M&A and projects. Senior associate Aleksandra Petrović  assists with major energy and industrial projects.

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Testimonials

The lawyers of Schoenherr in Belgrade are responsive, hardworking and efficient, and they provide clear and reliable advice on Serbian law. They are very experienced in large-scale construction projects procured through international contracts.

The lawyers’ level of English is high, they support clients during the drafting of contracts, and give ongoing legal advice during the execution stage of construction contracts in Serbia. Their experience in international arbitration proceedings is also especially valuable in avoiding disputes.

The overall experience, including everyday communications, fulfilment of agreed schedules, quality of advice and reliability represent good value for money and makes the firm a real partner in all business situations.

The firm has developed a full-range projects and energy practice over the years, not just in Serbia but also in the region, and it handles complex projects with great success. Apart from the main partner Miloš Laković, the practice comprises senior lawyers and is supported by other brilliant teams.

Miloš Laković has outstanding industry focus, which is very rare for Serbia. He has both legal and leadership skills.

Senior associate Aleksandra Petrović completes the team. She is a great individual and very professional, and can be relied on in all business situations with the confidence that clients’ business activities are covered legally.’

Key clients

Fortum

KfW

EBRD

Siemens Wind Power

Enel

Taaleri Finland

Montenegrin power utility – Elektroprivreda Crne Gore

Government of Montenegro

Shanghai Electric Power

City of Belgrade

Energy Community

OMV

Uniprom Montenegro

RWE AG

Building Energy

Ecowind

New Power Generation International

Via Ocel

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr advises on prominent commercial property transactions in Serbia and the region. Representative matters involve shopping and retail centres, office buildings and infrastructure construction. Ivan Pantović specialises in real estate in Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Slaven Moravčević is experienced in real estate development, including the financing and construction of energy projects. Ivana Panić is a construction expert and attorney at law Dijana Grujić is a real estate project development specialist.

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Testimonials

The team around Slaven Moravčević and Ivan Pantović stands out for its utmost reliability, high levels of responsiveness and excellent, wide spectrum of knowledge. The cross-sector M&A, real estate, construction, corporate and finance practice adds value to clients’ business by granting swift and reliable legal advice.

The team is driven by a practical approach, successfully seeking solutions to problems and always considering all parties involved.

It is recommended to any professional business party looking for high-end legal support combined with excellent value for money.

Ivan Pantović stands out for his reliability and practicability. He is also a highly skilled lawyer in relation to all aspects of real estate and construction.

‘Ivan Pantović can draw on a lot of experience in real estate projects. His advice is very sound.

Ivana Panić is a valuable adviser on real estate investments and developments.

‘Ivana Panić is highly recommended. She regularly advises international investors on construction projects in Serbia and the wider region, and she has vast experience with FIDIC contracts. This makes her stand out. She is a good negotiator, quick-witted and clear in her legal advice.

Attorney at law Dijana Grujić combines excellent knowledge with high levels of responsiveness. Her inputs are always reliable, professional, quickly generated, concise and goal oriented. Furthermore, she stands out for a client-oriented approach that cannot be found in competitors.’

Attorney at law Dijana Grujić is a good, highly dedicated lawyer.

Key clients

LIDL

Immofinanz

OMV

NEPI

City of Belgrade

EBRD

AzVirt

AmRest

Building Energy

Rakita Exploration

UNIQA Real Estate

Xprimia

Intellectual property Tier 2

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr has a strong media sector-related track record. The team assists with trade mark registrations as well as technically highly complex matters, such as software infringements and IP litigation. Andrea Radonjanin is an IP, IT and life sciences expert.

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Testimonials

The practice has an exceptional track record, ranging from advising local start-ups to multinational corporates. It is very easy to work with and highly efficient – highly recommended to anyone seeking IP advice.

Schoenherr’s IP team meets the highest standards. All of their lawyers are professional and competent in their work. The thing that impresses the most is their flexibility and openness to new ideas. Their IP practice is second to none.

One of its main strengths is the fact that it is a full-service law firm. It is important to corporate clients to have general corporate, employment, financial and IP advice from the same law firm. It is also an international law firm that has certain work quality and communications standards that are, unfortunately, not easy to find among local law firms.

The team is very reliable. With Schoenherr, clients feel confident that all their legal matters will be taken care of.

Clients are impressed by the lawyers’ responsiveness. They provide quite complex legal advice very quickly and clients gladly recommend them to anyone looking for a capable international law firm covering the entire region.

This practice is unique because of the high quality of the advice it provides and its abilities, which are hard to match on the market. The key strengths are expertise and matter management skills.

Andrea Radonjanin is an experienced IP lawyer who has worked for some of the most eminent companies present in the region. She is very knowledgeable and what clients appreciate about working with her the most is her strategic approach.

Andrea Radonjanin always thinks strategically, taking into consideration things other lawyers would most probably neglect – this firm is the right choice.

Andrea Radonjanin is able to translate technical issues into easy-to- understand language and she is a pleasure to work with.

Andrea Radonjanin takes the initiative and solves problems in a highly professional manner, and she is always available and very easy to work with.

Key clients

Beiersdorf

United Group

United Media

Kryolan

OMV

Goodmills

Gallup

Maggie Sottero Designs

UniCredit

Adeco

La Piel

Bauder Medical

Taiyaki factory doo Beograd

Coca Cola Srdja

EON rebranding

Altria Client Services

Direct Media

United Group

Greco

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr's banking practice is 'professional, knowledgeable and experienced', and frequently handles cross-border matters including asset refinancing issues, high-value claims and project financing work. Serbia-based Matija Vojnović leads the team, which includes Petar Kojdić and Minela Šehović in Sarajevo. Banking expert Vladimir Markus departed the firm to establish his own practice.

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Testimonials

Petar Kojdic’s knowledge impressed me. His main strength is his ability to understand highly complex finance issues and find easily applicable solutions to them. He also has a lovely personality.’

I appreciate the teams’ solution oriented approach and sound business reasoning. A true pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Sberbank

UniCredit

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Hidroelektrana Dabar

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr's corporate group is led by Belgrade-based duo Matija Vojnović and Luka LopičićMinela Šehović in Sarajevo serves local clients. The firm's CEE reach ensures the group is efficient in cross-border transactions and advises regional and international clients including investors on acquisitions and loan agreements. Vladimir Markuš left the team and now practises independently.

Key clients

Sberbank

Phoenix Pharma

Direct Media

UniCredit

Mtel a.d. Banja Luka

Greiner Aerospace

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Avigilon

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Competition Tier 2

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr is 'highly recommended and fields a great team', which is led by Serbia-based Srdjana Petronijević. The practice handles merger control issues and compliance matters for regional industry leaders, and represents an array of clients in investigations. Minela Šehović, who divides her time between Belgrade and Sarajevo, is noted for her experience advising clients across various sectors on market entry issues.

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Testimonials

The good combination of regional experience and young forces from local market.’

Srdjana Petronijevic is the main point of contact for all issues, possesses unquestionable expertise, trusted adviser to our business. She presents advice in a straightforward manner, staying concise and practical.

Danijel Stevanovic has thorough expertise in the legal, economic and regulatory aspects of telecommunication matters. He has a skill to analyse these aspects in an easily, understandable and straightforward manner.’

Minela Sehovic, a BIH licensed lawyer, proved to be great support throughout different proceedings we had in BIH in last couple of years. Working with her is easy and valuable. She is a great legal professional.’

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Projects and energy Tier 2

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr's projects and energy team is 'professional, knowledgeable and experienced', and is led by Matija Vojnović in Serbia. The team acts for a mix of local and regional clients on energy, real estate and infrastructure matters. Key contacts include M&A expert Bojan Rajic, who is praised by clients for his expertise, and Minela Šehović in Sarajevo.

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Testimonials

Bojan Rajic is a well established lawyer with an impressive track record in advising on energy and corporate matters in BIH. His main strength is his vast experience, knowledge, project management and negotiation skills. He is very pragmatic, dedicated and understands Bosnian market very well.’

The firm: Schoenherr is a leading full service law firm, with 15 offices and several country desks in the Central and Eastern Europe. As one of the first international law firms to move into CEE/SEE, the firm has grown to be one of the largest firms in the region.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr has been active on Serbian market since 2002. With a team of more than 50 lawyers, it is among the largest law firms in Serbia. In addition to the Serbian practice, Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr is frequently engaged in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and North Macedonia. This combination makes the firm exceptionally well suited for cross-border or multi-jurisdictional investments and transactions in the West Balkan countries.

Areas of practice: The firm’s main practice areas are corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, competition, compliance and white collar crime, labour and employment, intellectual property IT and life sciences, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, regulatory and energy.

Among the firm’s frequent clients are companies from the telecommunication, banking, insurance, construction, oil and gas retail, real estate development and IT industries. The firm acts for governments and governmental bodies, investors/contractors, sellers/buyers, employers, developers, engineers, architects and other stakeholders and thus has experience in handling and protecting these different interests, giving the firm’s lawyers particular insight into the opportunities and risks relevant to any project. The firm has played a major role as legal advisor in many of the high profile deals of recent years in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Nikola Babic
Banking, finance and capital markets Petar Kojdic
Compliance and white collar crime Srdana Petronijevic
Corporate/M&A Matija Vojnovic
Corporate/M&A Luka Lopicic
Dispute resolution Jelena Bezarevic Pajic
Dispute resolution Nataša Lalatovic Dordevic
EU and competition Srdana Petronijevic
Insolvency and restructuring Nikola Babic
Insolvency and restructuring Petar Kojdic
Insurance Matija Vojnovic
Insurance Srecko Vujakovic
IP, IT and life sciences Andrea Radonjanin
Labour and employment Marija Zdravkovic
Labour and employment Nataša Lalatovic Dordevic
Real estate Slaven Moravcevic
Real estate Ivan Pantovic
Regulatory and energy Miloš Lakovic
Number of lawyers : 52
Bosnian
Croatian
English
German
Macedonian
Serbian
Other offices : Austria (HQ)
Other offices : Belgium/EU
Other offices : Bulgaria
Other offices : Croatia
Other offices : Czech Republic
Other offices : Hungary
Other offices : Moldova
Other offices : Montenegro
Other offices : Poland
Other offices : Romania
Other offices : Slovakia
Other offices : Slovenia
Other offices : Turkey
Other offices : Albania
Other offices : Bosnia & Herzegovina
Other offices : North Macedonia
Other offices : Ukraine

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Once again, Schoenherr has advised on a billion-euro transaction in the CEE region: An international Schoenherr team assisted UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr further strengthens leadership with promotions

Schoenherr is strengthening the ranks of equity partner, contract partner and counsel with new promotions effective as of 1 February 2020. With Pawel Halwa and Thomas Kulnigg, Schoenherr promotes two longstanding Schoenherr experts to equity partners. Constantin Benes, Leon Kopecký, Günther Leissler, Laurenz Schwitzer, Manuela Zimmermann, Georgiana Bădescu, Mădălina Neagu and Miloš Laković are promoted to contract partners, and at counsel level, Dominik Hofmarcher and Clemens Rainer have moved up in the ranks.