BDK Advokati > Podgorica, Montenegro > Firm Profile
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Montenegro > Leading firms Tier 1Acting for sponsors, government authorities, contractors, lenders, buyers and sellers, BDK Advokati routinely advises on the region’s most significant financing and M&A projects. Clients also benefit from the firm’s membership of the South East Europe Legal Group. Managing the firm’s Montenegrin operations, Luka Popović has hospitality and gaming sector expertise; competition specialist Bisera Andrijašević was recently promoted to counsel; and Jelena Brajković is an experienced associate. Based in Belgrade, Dragoljub Cibulić is a greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure project expert, and Tijana Kojović is a transaction, antitrust and disputes specialist.
‘The team is highly co-operative and resolves issues.‘
‘During the pandemic, in addition to email and online meetings they were able to hold physical meetings at their office with all the necessary health measures.‘
‘Professionalism, availability and problem-solving skills.‘
‘Luka Popović is always practical and reacts quickly.‘
‘Luka Popović is openminded, business oriented, and has a pragmatic approach to work.‘
Government of Montenegro
Ecomed Eastern Europe
BL Harbert International
ING Bank (Belgian Branch)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The European Federation of Energy Traders
UniCredit (Czech Republic and Slovakia)
- Advised Nomad Foods on the acquisition of Fortenova Group’s Frozen Food Business Group.
- Assisted Ecomed with structuring a joint venture deal with local company Hemosan, so as to provide complex waste management services for the operator of an offshore oil exploration project in Montenegro.
- Provided regulatory advice to Binance in relation to Montenegrin regulatory requirements.
Other key lawyers:
‘A team that delivers excellent quality.‘
‘They have the ability to assess clients’ needs, propose the best solutions, listen to clients’ comments, and deliver within defined timelines.‘
‘The communication is professional, and they respect you as a client no matter the size of the company.‘
‘They deliver first-class quality opinions and documentation.‘
‘Clients can sense from the first meeting that they have come to the right place to resolve the issues that are on the table.‘
‘Good communication, availability, efficiency and good quality make them highly valued.‘
‘Full-service, relevant and realistic advice.‘
‘Delivered as promised.‘
- Represented Fortenova in a gun-jumping investigation before the Serbian Competition Authority, as well as in a series of merger filings in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Successfully represented LEDO doo Podgorica in proceedings before the Misdemeanour Court in Podgorica, which were initiated at the request of the Montenegrin Competition Agency for the alleged late filing of a merger notification.
- Advised Magna International on the merger control aspects surrounding the creation of a joint venture with LGE.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team’s IP expertise is excellent.‘
‘In data protection, they have shown the highest levels of expertise.‘
‘They went the extra mile, going beyond the required legal advice.‘
‘Always thinking ahead of all the possible legal risks – an approach that my firm highly values.‘
‘I would highly recommend them to all businesses where data protection and other IP matters are highly relevant.‘
‘They are available and extremely professional.‘
‘They find solutions to all our issues, and they suggest the best possible paths.’
‘Bogdan Ivanišević and Milica Basta are a good team and very experienced in IP. We highly value both their analytical approach and business-friendly solutions in this very complex area.‘
British American Tobacco
Maple Bear CEE
Ellis Enterprises East
- Assisted Decathlon’s Serbian subsidiary with putting an end to further sales of Decathlon’s products through non-authorised distribution channels in Serbia.
- Successfully acted for Google in two high-profile, right-to-be-forgotten cases before the Serbian Data Protection Authority.
- Advised Nomad Foods on the acquisition of Fortenova Group’s Frozen Food Business Group, including Fortenova Group’s large ice cream trade mark portfolio.
BDK Advokati > Firm Profile
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; 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.
|Banking and finance||Tijana Kojovic|
|Banking and finance||Luka Popovic|
|Compliance & Internal Investigations||Branko Gabric|
|Consumer protection||Bogdan Ivanisevic|
|Corporate and commercial||Luka Popovic|
|Data protection and privacy||Bogdan Ivanisevic|
|Dispute resolution||Tijana Kojovic|
|Dispute resolution||Luka Popovic|
|Distressed situations/insolvency and restructuring||Tijana Kojovic|
|Distressed situations/insolvency and restructuring||Luka Popovic|
|Energy and natural resources||Dragoljub Cibulic|
|Energy and natural resources||Luka Popovic|
|Information and communication technologies (ICT)||Pablo Perez Laya|
|Intellectual property||Bogdan Ivanisevic|
|Life sciences and healthcare||Bogdan Ivanisevic|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Vladimir Dasic|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Luka Popovic|
|Media and entertainment||Bogdan Ivanisevic|
|Payment services||Dragoljub Sretenovic|
|Payment services||Luka Popovic|
|Real estate and construction||Dragoljub Cibulic|
|Real estate and construction||Luka Popovic|
|Spanish desk||Pablo Perez Laya|