Firm Profile > BDK Advokati AOD > Belgrade , Serbia

BDK Advokati AOD

Banking and finance Tier 1

Working for both lenders and borrowers, BDK Advokati stands out for its experience in Loan Market Association and international swaps and derivatives association documentation and hedging transactions. Tijana Kojović advised Société Générale (as agent) and a syndicate of commercial bank lenders, on a €3.05bn credit facility provided to a subsidiary of PPF Group for the acquisition of Telenor's CEE business. Dragoljub Cibulić and senior associate Dragoljub Sretenović are other names to note.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With offices in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia, BDK Advokati's regional M&A practice is highly regarded for its advice on multi-jurisdictional deals. Vladimir Dašić advised regional private equity fund Blue Sea Capital on the sale of a 55 per cent stake in Medi Group, a private healthcare provider in Serbia, to Mid Europa Partners; and Tijana Kojović acted for Mainframe 2, established by a Serbian entrepreneur and known for cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery, on the sale of its shares to Nutanix. Senior associates Tomislav Popović and Janko Nikolić were hired from Law Office Miroslav Stojanovic, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss and JPM Jankovic Popovic & Mitic, respectively, while former senior associate Marija Doci left the firm.

Competition Tier 1

BDK Advokati's 'team is always available and quickly finds the perfect solution'. It is highly rated for competition and state aid law in Serbia; the practice represented Imperial Tobacco in an investigation into an alleged price-fixing cartel against Serbia's tobacco manufacturers and importers. Tijana Kojović is 'outstanding'; former consultant Vladlena Rudusāne-Simić left the firm.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

BDK Advokati's 'team is responsive, loyal to deadlines and detail oriented'. It has significant arbitration expertise; and is also active in the litigation space where it handles defamation, internal corporate investigations and white-collar crime, tax matters, employment law, data protection and corporate law, among other areas. The team successfully represented an Italian company in a dispute with a Serbian buyer that included a claim for repossession of machines. Tijana Kojović 'stands out'.

Employment Tier 1

BDK Advokati's Ana Jankov advises on sensitive terminations, incentives and contentious matters; she also assists with workplace-related privacy and data protection and flexible working arrangements. The team assisted Adient with employment-related issues and labour litigation.

Projects and energy Tier 1

BDK Advokati's expertise includes both project financing and overall  project implementation. The team advised Enlight Renewable Energy (as sponsor) and Electrawinds K-Wind (as borrower) on the €142m project financing for one of Serbia's largest wind farms. Dragoljub Cibulić heads the firm’s energy and infrastructure practices.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

BDK Advokati is experienced in International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)-based construction contracts, complex asset purchases, retail park developments and assisting hotel operators; the team also advises on energy-related real estate matters. It enjoys a decade-long relationship with high-profile Israeli real estate developer, Aviv Arlon, for whom it recently acted on a residential complex development in Belgrade. Dragoljub Cibulić heads the real estate and construction department; Milan Dakić is also an experienced practitioner.

Intellectual property Tier 2

BDK Advokati 'goes to great lengths to make sure all requirements are fulfilled'. The team acted for Fornetti against a Serbian holder of the trade mark Fornetti for registering the trade mark in bad faith. Bogdan Ivanišević is 'highly informed and provides the best possible service and results' and senior associate Milica Basta and associate Marko Popović also deserve mention; former senior associate Vera Davidović left to found her own firm.


The firm

BDK Advokati (BDK) was established in 2004 by the current managing partner, Tijana Kojovic, in Belgrade. The firm quickly grew in terms of fee-earners (currently 31), as well as territorial coverage. From the outset, the firm has also been active in transactions, regulatory advice and litigation taking place in the neighbouring markets of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This experience was strengthened with the opening of offices in Podgorica in 2009 and Banja Luka in 2013.

Areas of practice

BDK Advokati is a full-service law firm for corporate, institutional and white-collar/HNW clients, with offices in Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Montenegro) and Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and totalling more than 30 fee-earners. The firm’s work is team-based but partner-led, and organised around various practice areas: banking and finance; competition; consumer protection; data protection and privacy; dispute resolution; distressed situations and insolvency and restructuring; employment; intellectual property; mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial; real estate and construction; tax; and industry sectors: energy and natural resources; gaming; information and communications technology (ICT); infrastructure; life sciences and healthcare; media and entertainment.

The firm takes pride in combining legal expertise with the knowledge of EU law and EU-level regulatory trends, commercial awareness and premier standards in legal services business. The firm’s approach assumes specialisation in different areas of laws and knowledge of specific industry regulations. Lawyers are required to be broad-minded and knowledgeable in inter-related fields and equipped to recognise legal issues and trends in clients’ industries. The firm has two lawyers qualified in the EU, German and Spanish desk.

BDK is a member of the South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal), an organisation assembling leading independent law firms from 12 jurisdictions in South East Europe, which allows the team to assemble quickly regional teams for cross-border transactions involving jurisdictions outside the firm’s direct coverage.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & finance Tijana Kojovic
Competition Tijana Kojovic
Consumer protection Milica Basta
Data protection & privacy Bogdan Ivanisevic
Dispute resolution Tijana Kojovic
Distressed situations/insolvency and restructuring Tijana Kojovic
Employment Tijana Kojovic
Energy and natural resources Dragoljub Cibulic
Gaming Luka Popovic
Information and communication technologies (ICT) Milica Basta
Infrastructure Dragoljub Cibulic
Intellectual property Bogdan Ivanisevic
Life sciences and healthcare Bogdan Ivanisevic
M&A, corporate and commercial Vladimir Dasic
M&A, corporate and commercial Tijana Kojovic
Media and entertainment Bogdan Ivanisevic
Real estate & construction Dragoljub Cibulic
Real estate & construction Milan Dakic
Tax Tomislav Popovic
Tax Tijana Kojovic
German desk Sasa Stojanovic
Spanish desk Pablo Perez Laya
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Dragoljub Cibulić  photo Mr Dragoljub Cibulić
Mr Vladimir Dašić  photo Mr Vladimir Dašić
Mr Milan Dakić  photo Mr Milan Dakić
Mr Bogdan Ivanišević  photo Mr Bogdan Ivanišević
Mrs Tijana Kojović  photo Mrs Tijana Kojović
Mr Tomislav Popović  photo Mr Tomislav Popović
Mr Dragoljub Sretenović  photo Mr Dragoljub Sretenović
Number of lawyers : 31
at this office : 26
International Bar Association
South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
Other offices : Banja Luka
Other offices : Podgorica