BDK Advokati AOD > Belgrade, Serbia > Firm Profile

BDK Advokati AOD
BULEVAR KRALJA ALEKSANDRA 28
11000 BELGRADE
Serbia

Serbia > Banking and finance Tier 1

The full-service banking and finance practice at BDK Advokati AOD advises international financial institutions and commercial banks, and also has robust borrower side-credentials. Clients additionally benefit from niche expertise in payment services, digital assets and fintech. Other areas of strength include derivatives, and the regulatory side of investment services, and clearing and settlement services. Managing partner Tijana Kojović is active on transactional work, while senior partner Dragoljub Cibulić is a specialist in greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects. Dragoljub Sretenović is a recently-elevated partner.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović; Dragoljub Cibulić; Dragoljub Sretenović

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and highly skilled, and the analysis provided is always pragmatic and understandable.’

‘The team is very friendly and working with them is always enjoyable.’

‘Very broad and complex expertise from highly experienced lawyers.’

‘Dragoljub Sretenović is the best lawyer around for complex finance matters in Serbia. Great support during the registration processes with the National Bank of Serbia.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

UK Export Finance

BNP Paribas SA

BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV

UniCredit Bank

EBRD

Metito Utilities

Clearstream

Indotek Group

Intesa Sanpaolo

Axis Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising JP Morgan and UK Export Finance on the financing for the construction of the Morava Corridor motorway.
  • Assisted UniCredit Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and BNP Paribas SA on a SINOSURE-covered buyer credit facility of approximately €200m with the Republic of Serbia.
  • Advised EBRD on its loan to a Serbian bank, which consisted of a local currency loan for funding green economy projects, and a foreign currency loan that will be on-lent to local SMEs.

Serbia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With ‘vast experience in M&A transactions‘, BDK Advokati AOD is regularly instructed on the region’s most prominent deals. The corporate group also assists clients with establishing a presence in Serbia, as well as corporate governance, corporate finance and regulatory aspects. Renowned founding and managing partner Tijana Kojović is active in transactional work, and the ‘experienced, knowledgable and confident‘ Vladimir Dašić heads up the M&A group. At counsel level, Tomislav Popović has longstanding company law and M&A experience. Jelena Zelenbaba left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Dašić; Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and nice to work with, and the work provided is very pragmatic to ensure its easy implementation.’

‘It is always a pleasure working with this team, as it is responsive and ensures that the advice provided is ready to use in practice.’

‘What makes this office special is the focus on both the legal and business side of the deal. It does not merely act as legal counsel, but is truly able to put itself in the position of a business partner.’

‘Vast experience in M&A transactions.’

‘Knows the pitfalls and opportunities, and is able to envisage the development of the negotiation process one or two steps ahead.’

‘Clients feel very fortunate to have the team on their side during deals.’

‘Able to advise clients in real-time during the negotiation process, and always offers an alternative or improvement to the client’s position.’

‘Vladimir Dašić is experienced, knowledgable and confident.’

Key clients

Google

EPAM Systems

Froneri

Refisa

Clearstream

DUAL Deutschland

Nomad Foods

Indotek Group

Archer-Daniels-Midland

DoorDash

PPF Group

Convex Holding

Yokohama Rubber Co

CEECAT Capital

Greiner Packaging

One Equity Partners

ThyssenKrupp

Work highlights

  • Advised EPAM Systems on the acquisition of IP assets and the takeover and integration of the employees of Serbian IT company, Vivify Ideas doo Novi Sad.
  • Advised Archer-Daniels-Midland Company on the acquisition of Sojaprotein.
  • Advised CEECAT Capital on the acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Gomex doo, a neighbourhood grocery store chain in Serbia.

Serbia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

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:

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).

Serbia > Projects and energy Tier 1

Consistently advising on prominent infrastructure and energy projects in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, BDK Advokati AOD‘s projects clients include sponsors, government authorities, contractors, lenders and acquirers. The team particularly excels in major infrastructure projects. Dragoljub Cibulić‘s recent track record includes advising on the lending for two PPP projects in Serbia; and ‘exceptional lawyerMilan Dakić is a specialist in FIDIC contracts and construction arbitration. Project finance expert Dragoljub Sretenović is a recently-elevated partner, while Djordje Zejak is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Dragoljub Cibulić

Testimonials

‘The quality of the BDK advice is such that clients rely upon them for overall support throughout the implementation of projects.’

‘The firm stands out for its availability, responsiveness, and outstanding expertise in construction contracts and arbitration involving FIDIC-based and Design & Build contracts.’

‘Commercial sense and the ability to adapt advice to changing circumstances; the team also looks at things broadly and from all angles.’

‘Advice is always complete, useful, precise and to the point.’

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

‘Working together, Tijana Kojović and Milan Dakić form an outstanding team in helping resolve all legal issues faced.’

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

‘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.’

Key clients

Metito Utilities

JP Morgan

UK Export Finance

MK Group

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Fortis

UniCredit Bank

Acciona Energía Global

BIG CEE

EBRD

IFC

Proparco

DEG

OeEB

Enlight Renewable Energy

The European Federation of Energy Traders

China Road and Bridge Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Metito Utilities on a wastewater treatment project in Serbia.
  • Assisted MK Group with the due diligence, acquisition and further development of a 103MW wind farm project.
  • Assisted Metito Utilities with the acquisition of a failed water treatment facility.

Serbia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

The ‘most reliable team for complex real estate transactions in Serbia‘, BDK Advokati AOD acts for large real estate investors on real estate developments, such as retail and residential projects, along with real estate acquisition projects. The team also assists with negotiating office and retail leases, and has an enviable reputation for contentious construction work. Dragoljub Cibulić is a greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure project expert, while Milan Dakić is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘. Senior associate Đorđe Zejak advises on the sale of both individual assets and real estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Dragoljub Cibulić; Milan Dakić

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The most reliable team for complex real estate transactions in Serbia. It stands out for its availability, responsiveness, and outstanding expertise in construction contracts and arbitration.’

‘Commercial sense and ability to adapt advice to changing circumstances.’

‘The team looks at things broadly and from all angles, and 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 the local laws.’

‘Dragoljub Cibulić provides the best support during negotiations and understands the client’s needs very well.’

‘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.’

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

‘Senior associate Djordje Zejak is very responsive, has in-depth legal knowledge, and a great understanding of business.’

Key clients

Indotek Group

Decathlon

VGP

Metito Utilities

CEECAT Capital

BIG CEE

Froneri

Nomad Foods

EPAM Systems

MK Group

China Road and Bridge Corporation

EBRD

IFC

OeEB

Proparco

DEG

Enlight Renewable Energy

Aviv Arlon

Grivalia

Work highlights

  • Advised Indotek Group on the Serbian aspects of the acquisition of GTC’s office portfolio, one of the CEE market’s largest real estate transactions of recent years.
  • Advised VGP on the development of logistics parks in Serbia.
  • Advising Decathlon on negotiating the lease agreement for its second big box shop in Belgrade.

Serbia > Competition Tier 2

BDK Advokati AOD‘s competition and state aid law practice covers the assessment of commercial contracts, commercial policies and business models. It also advises on competition law compliance, in addition to acting in infringement proceedings, concentration notification-related proceedings, and applications for individual exemption of restrictive agreements. In addition, the group regularly assists with dawn raids and leniency applications. The competition practice is jointly headed by managing partner Tijana Kojović, who plays key roles in the firm’s transactional and dispute resolution work, and counsel and state aid expert Bisera Andrijašević.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fortenova

Nomad Foods

XLS doo

EBRD

IFC

OeEB

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

CEECAT Capital

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

MK Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted CEECAT Capital with a merger notification in Serbia, in relation to its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Gomex doo, a grocery store chain in Serbia.
  • Representing XLS doo in an ongoing competition law investigation involving alleged participation in restrictive agreements.
  • Representing Archer-Daniels-Midland Company in merger approval proceedings in Serbia, in relation to its acquisition of Sojaprotein.

Serbia > Employment Tier 2

Advising on a broad range of workforce-related matters, BDK Advokati AOD‘s employment practice covers data protection and privacy work, as well as major employment litigation. The firm also fields specialists in immigration, and the tax aspects of employment and various incentives. Founding and managing partner Tijana Kojović heads the practice, which also features experienced senior associate Marija Gligorević, who advises clients from an array of industries on employment law. Gligorević’s expertise includes hiring arrangements, terminations and employment litigation, along with non-discrimination, anti-mobbing and whistleblowing scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Tijana Kojović

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

EPAM Systems

ABBYY

Meggle

DHL International Beograd doo

BIC Slovakia

Adient Interiors

Sanne Group

Froneri Adriatic

Xiaomi

Aviv

Roche doo Beograd

Rush Street Interactive

Metito Utilities

Parexel

Valvoline

CRBC

Oximio

Work highlights

  • Advised EPAM Systems on the takeover and integration of employees of Serbian IT company Vivify Ideas.
  • Advises DHL International Beograd doo on employment and immigration issues.
  • Advising ABBYY, a US-based digital intelligence company, on the ownership of IP rights (in relation to employment matters in its R&D centre in Serbia).

Serbia > Intellectual property Tier 2

BDK Advokati AOD is particularly noted for its data protection law expertise. The IP practice also advises on complex trade mark law matters. The impressive client list includes Google, for whom the group acts on a range of IP and data protection issues. ‘A great lawyer‘, IP practice leader Bogdan Ivanišević additionally heads the firm’s data protection and privacy department, along with the media and entertainment sector group. At associate level, junior Anja Gligorević assists with IP and data protection work. In early 2022, former senior associate Milica Basta exited the firm and is currently the head lawyer at sTech, a shared service provider for UNIQA insurance companies in the SEE region.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Ivanišević

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Pérez Laya; Anja Gligorević

Testimonials

‘Clients enjoy excellent cooperation with the firm – recommended to all future clients.’

‘Professional, client oriented and cooperative.’

‘Experts who are adaptable and achieve clients’ goals.’

‘The method of work is structured, analytical and applicable in practice.’

‘A firm that clients can trust – its service is always of benefit to the client and it is a leading practice for GDPR issues.’

‘A great team of experienced people who are devoted to their work and achieve positive outcomes.’

Bogdan Ivanišević is a great lawyer who has an overall picture of clients’ requirements –  tactical, and with excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Key clients

Roche Poland

CheckPlatform

EPAM Systems

CEECAT Capital

Google

Dr Wolff Group

NIS ad Novi Sad

SISVEL

ABBYY

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Roche group with obtaining cessation of the use of a Roche trade mark by a Serbian company.
  • Advised Google on a range of IP and data protection matters.
  • Advised NIS group companies across four jurisdictions on the data protection aspects of the implementation of SAP Success Factors, a HR tool that provides cloud-based software for human capital management.

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
Compliance & Internal Investigations Branko Gabric
Consumer protection Bogdan Ivanisevic
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
Number of lawyers : 33
at this office : 26
Bosnian
Croatian
English
French
German
Italian
Montenegrin
Russian
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Spanish
International Bar Association
South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
Other offices : Banja Luka
Other offices : Podgorica