Firm Profile > BDK Advokati AOD > Belgrade, Serbia

BDK Advokati AOD
BULEVAR KRALJA ALEKSANDRA 28
11000 BELGRADE
Serbia

Serbia > Banking and finance Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD has a 'strong position on the local market and great expertise in financing transactions.' The finance department is noted for high-profile, cross-border lending transactions and the financing of large and complex infrastructure projects; it also has niche expertise in both derivatives and payment services. Managing partner Tijana Kojović has substantial transactional experience, and senior partner Dragoljub Cibulić is an expert in greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects. 'Extremely responsive and competent' senior associate Dragoljub Sretenović advises banks and corporate borrowers on acquisition, project, and working capital financing.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović; Dragoljub Cibulić

Other key lawyers:

Dragoljub Sretenović

Testimonials

Strong position on the local market and great expertise in financing transactions.

Senior associate Dragoljub Sretenović is extremely responsive and competent, and addresses and resolves all issues immediately.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

IFC

OeEB

JPMorgan

Société Générale

BC Partners

Komerční banka

Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.

Bank of Cyprus

Multinational bank

EFET

Serbia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD's corporate group acts on complex corporate governance, commercial contracts and regulatory issues. The M&A team is headed by Vladimir Dašić, who advises on prominent regional M&A deals; the firm has a presence in a number of Western Balkan states. The group excels in deal structuring, advising on joint ventures, takeovers and compulsory buy-outs.  It acts for bother buyers and on the sell side, and assists companies in establishing a presence in the region. It also provides a range of corporate finance expertise. Tijana Kojović is active on transactional work; Dragoljub Cibulić advises on greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects; and associate Jelena Zelenbaba regularly acts on acquisition deals in addition to liquidations, capital reductions and increases, and delisting. Former corporate German desk head Saša Stojanović left to co-found Radovanović Stojanović & Partners AOD in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović; Vladimir Dašić

Other key lawyers:

Dragoljub Cibulić; Jelena Zelenbaba

Testimonials

The team is practical, friendly and goal oriented. The lawyers think alongside their clients in order to take the best course of action and go the extra mile.

The associates involved were very knowledgeable.

Flexible, adjusts to clients’ needs and has great industry knowledge.

‘Ability to find creative solutions to thorny issues, with absolute commitment to clients and round-the-clock availability.

The service’s scope includes proactiveness, depth of knowledge, timeliness of advice and creativity. One can really rest assured that when working with BDK they have the clients’ best interests in mind.

Very strong support during a successful acquisition project, including negotiations, due diligence, and even facilitating and negotiating with government agencies.

Key clients

Google

Amazon

British American Tobacco

Froneri

Nestor Advisors

Rio Tinto

Convex Holding

MediGroup

Labiana Group

Biomin GmbH

Logo d.o.o.

Independence Holding Company

Agri Europe Cyprus Limited

China Road and Bridge Corporation

Serbia > Competition Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD 'provides user-friendly advice that is very commercial in nature'. The team stands out for its state aid specialism, but its expertise also covers the assessment of commercial contracts and business models; representation in individual exemption proceedings; and compliance health checks. Additionally, it is experienced in merger clearance, investigations, dawn raids and leniency applications. Tijana Kojović is the highly regarded managing partner, while senior associate Bisera Andrijašević is a state aid expert, and associate Mladen Vujić is a core team member.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Bisera Andrijašević; Mladen Vujić

Testimonials

BDK provides user-friendly advice that is very commercial in nature.

They are very responsive, even taking calls on Christmas Day!

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced professionals who give very direct and useful advice, which is very much appreciated.

The senior partner was always very much involved in the case, although junior associates did a very good job as well.

I would underline their readiness for open, honest discussion and exchange of opinions. They did not hesitate to take responsibility for their advice, which is not always the case with lawyers.

‘The firm has extensive knowledge and valuable experience in the application of Serbian competition law. The lawyers also excellently connect EU to Serbian rules to achieve a seamless experience for foreign clients who are not familiar with Serbian law.

Tijana Kojović and attorney at law Mladen Vujić have both consistently provided high-quality legal advice that is commercial in nature. Despite a lack of analogous precedents, they have also been able to assist with a filing strategy that met the client’s commercial imperatives.

Mladen Vujić has deep knowledge of EU and Serbian competition law, is precise, and always comes up with clear and innovative arguments when applying classic principles.

Key clients

Fortenova

Imperial Tobacco

Valvoline

S Leasing

Rio Tinto

China Road and Bridge Corporation

International Finance Corporation

Metito Utilities Limited

Serbia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD's team is particularly well-known for its international arbitration expertise, including construction disputes. It also fields experts in criminal law cases, and a multidisciplinary team handles internal corporate investigations. Additional areas of strength are disputes involving tax law, employment, data protection and privacy, and corporate law, as well as plaintiff-side defamation cases. Tijana Kojović is an international arbitration specialist; Milan Dakić is noted for construction arbitration; and senior associate Aleksandra Đurđević has particular experience in litigation involving constitutional matters.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Milan Dakić; Aleksandra Đurđević; Bogdan Ivanišević;

Testimonials

The team is very professional and always very responsive, with very clear and targeted feedback that includes solutions and proposals.

What I truly value is the team’s very good understanding of business and its very business-oriented approach.

It helps us quickly understand the issues that we have, identifying the potential risks and opportunities, and proposing very realistic, well-grounded solutions.

Tijana Kojović has rich experience and multi-disciplinary legal knowledge that allow her to react quickly and place the issues in a wider context.

Senior associate Aleksandra Đurđević is very approachable and appears to be someone who knows the courts inside out.

Key clients

Turkish Airlines

United States

Fresenius Medical Care

BIC Slovakia s.r.o.

Rezon Media Group

Rio Tinto

Negri Bossi

Air Serbia

Serbia > Projects and energy Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD fields 'excellent Serbian lawyers who also understand many of the key English law concepts'. The team is experienced in advising on prominent infrastructure projects; its expertise covers bidding for projects, financing, construction, and operation of infrastructure assets. Senior partner Dragoljub Cibulić and senior associate Dragoljub Sretenović are 'excellent lawyers, who give on-point and on-time legal advice'; Cibulić is a specialist in greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects. Milan Dakić has particularly notable experience in International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) contracts and construction arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Dragoljub Cibulić; Milan Dakić

Other key lawyers:

Dragoljub Sretenović

Testimonials

BDK is probably the best local legal firm I have worked with in emerging markets.

Excellent Serbian lawyers who also understand many of the key English law concepts, which is very helpful when it comes to finding solutions to new or complex structures.

Dragoljub Cibulić and senior associate Dragoljub Sretenović are excellent lawyers, who give on-point and on-time legal advice, speak excellent English, and come across very well with clients – highly competent individuals and a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

IFC

OeEB

JPMorgan

Rio Tinto

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)

Metito Utilities Limited

Enlight Renewable Energy

Nestor Advisors

EFET

Serbia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

BDK Advokati AOD is consistently involved in high-profile real estate and construction projects in Serbia. The team has extensive knowledge of both the regional construction industry and real estate market, and fields lawyers who are expert in International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) matters. Senior partner Dragoljub Cibulić is a specialist in greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects; and Milan Dakić is a real estate, construction and environmental law expert. Associate Đorđe Zejak's practice includes the sale of single assets and real estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Dragoljub Cibulić

Other key lawyers:

Milan Dakić; Đorđe Zejak

Testimonials

Appreciated for its availability, strong support and knowledge.

Great for its dedication, open approach, availability and timeliness.

Key clients

Decathlon

Rio Tinto

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)

Aviv

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

OeEB

Cisco

Labiana Group

Valvoline

Azvi

Microsoft

Serbia > Employment Tier 2

BDK Advokati AOD's 'team is very responsive, and gives excellent commercial and legal advice'. It provides assistance with day-to-day employee-related matters, including immigration issues, as well as employment litigation, data protection and employee transfer matters. Experienced managing partner Tijana Kojović is the key partner, who 'gives the very best of herself when advising', and experienced attorney at law Marija Gligorević 'always tries to find the best solution for our company'.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Marija Gligorević

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, and gives excellent commercial and legal advice.

They were pragmatic in putting the legal advice into context and tailoring it to our needs.

They know the Serbian market very well and provides invaluable advice to us.

They have a can-do attitude, and fees charged were very reasonable for the level of service provided.

The team has a strong legal background and responds to client requests quickly, even under pressure; it is also always available and helpful, and explains everything clearly to people who do not work in law.

Tijana Kojović gives the very best of herself when advising.

Attorney at law Marija Gligorević is very co-operative and always tries to find the best solution for our company, no matter at what time we call.

Key clients

Amazon

Aviv

Adient Interiors

British American Tobacco (BAT)

Decathlon

Hilton

Sanne Group

Froneri Adriatic

Erber Group

Rio Tinto

BIC Slovakia s.r.o.

Turkish Airlines

Valvoline

Enlight Renewable Energy

Smith Micro Software

Krosaki Harima Europe B.V.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Beograd na vodi

Netconomy

PPG Balkans

Parexel

Alpha Data Solutions

CRBC

Serbia > Intellectual property Tier 2

BDK Advokati AOD's 'IP team consists of highly skilled, passionate lawyers who carry out their tasks with commitment and responsibility'. The practice focuses on complex trade mark issues  and has established itself as a go-to data protection law firm in Serbia. With 'an extraordinary knowledge of IP law', Bogdan Ivanišević leads the IP practice, while senior associate Milica Basta 'always carries out her work with the utmost professionalism'.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Ivanišević

Other key lawyers:

Milica Basta; Zorana Brujić

Testimonials

A very professional team with strong legal skills and the ability to deliver in a timely manner, even under time pressure.

Deep insights into new developments and very connected to the world of privacy.

They are very responsive and client oriented.

The BDK Advokati IP team consists of highly skilled, passionate lawyers who carry out their tasks with commitment and responsibility.

The practice is able to think outside the box, which is essential for resolving legal issues raised by new technologies; the team also knows IP law inside out, which helps it find creative solutions.

Bogdan Ivanišević is a highly educated lawyer and manager, who has an extraordinary knowledge of IP law. He always proactively indicates potential risks and finds effective solutions, bringing innovative ideas while also being very precise in relation to contracts and licensing terms.

Bogdan Ivanišević and senior associate Milica Basta provided us with high-quality advice and dedication.

Milica Basta always carries out her work with the utmost professionalism.

Key clients

Froneri Adriatic d.o.o.

Gargantua Films

BLACHPROFIL 2 Sp z o.o.

Medacta International SA

Medigroup

British American Tobacco

Ellis Enterprises East d.o.o. (Serbian subsidiary of Valvoline Inc.)

Amazon

Google

Emisia Consulting

Turkish Airlines

Modine

Aspen Pharma

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 30), 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). 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; immigration; 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, payment services.

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.

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 and finance Tijana Kojovic
Competition Tijana Kojovic
Consumer protection Milica Basta
Corporate and commercial Tomislav Popovic
Data protection and 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
Immigration immigration@bdkadvokati.com
Information and communication technologies (ICT) Pablo Perez Laya
Infrastructure Dragoljub Cibulic
Intellectual property Bogdan Ivanisevic
Life sciences and healthcare Bisera Andrijasevic
Mergers and acquisitions Vladimir Dasic
Media and entertainment Bogdan Ivanisevic
Payment services Dragoljub Sretenovic
Real estate and construction Dragoljub Cibulic
Real estate and construction Milan Dakic
Tax Tomislav Popovic
Spanish desk Pablo Perez Laya
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dragoljub Cibulić  photo Dragoljub Cibulić Senior partner
 Vladimir Dašić  photo Vladimir Dašić Senior partner
 Milan Dakić  photo Milan Dakić Partner
 Bogdan Ivanišević  photo Bogdan Ivanišević Partner
 Tijana Kojović  photo Tijana Kojović Managing partner
 Tomislav Popović  photo Tomislav Popović Counsel
 Dragoljub Sretenović  photo Dragoljub Sretenović Counsel
Mr Djordje Zejak  photo Mr Djordje Zejak Attorney at law
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 24
Bosnian
Croatian
English
French
German
Italian
Montenegrin
Russian
Serbian
Spanish
International Bar Association
South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
Other offices : Banja Luka
Other offices : Podgorica