Firm Profile > BDK Advokati > Podgorica, Montenegro

BDK Advokati
CETINJSKA 11
THE CAPITAL PLAZA
81000 PODGORICA
Montenegro

Montenegro > Leading firms Tier 1

Regional law firm BDK Advokati also has offices in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It fields specialists in finance, corporate, M&A, and regularly advises the Montenegrin government on energy projects. Luka Popović is particularly focused on the hospitality and gaming sectors; senior associate Bisera Andrijašević is a competition law expert; and associate Jelena Brajković is experienced in litigation, employment law and IP. Providing key support from Belgrade, senior partner Dragoljub Cibulić is a specialist in greenfield real estate, energy and infrastructure projects, and managing partner Tijana Kojović is a transactions, regulatory and dispute resolution expert.

Practice head(s):

Luka Popović; Dragoljub Cibulić

Key clients

Government of Montenegro

Société Générale

QTerminals

ING Bank N.V., Belgian Branch

Montenegrin transmission system operator (CGES)

NDC Asia Limited

Serbia > Competition

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:

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 > Intellectual property

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

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Commercial, corporate and M&A

BDK Advokati primarily advises foreign investors and multinational corporations on business operations in Bosnia and its practice is led by Belgrade-based partners Vladimir Dašić, Tijana Kojović and Bogdan Ivanišević. The team has experience of undertaking cross-border M&A across Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its other areas of activity recently covered regulatory issues and investment-related advice.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Dašić; Tijana Kojović; Bogdan Ivanišević

Other key lawyers:

Dijana Pejić Šinik

Key clients

BC Partners

Coca Cola HBC

Vicenda Group (Thalos Investment Services)

Mahler Projekt GmbH & Co

Verizon

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Tijana Kojovic
Banking and finance Luka Popovic
Competition Tijana Kojovic
Competition Bisera Andrijasevic
Consumer protection Milica Basta
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
Employment Tijana Kojovic
Employment Luka Popovic
Energy and natural resources Dragoljub Cibulic
Energy and natural resources Luka Popovic
Gaming Luka Popovic
Immigration immigration@bdkadvokati.com
Information and communication technologies (ICT) Pablo Perez Laya
Infrastructure Dragoljub Cibulic
Infrastructure Luka Popovic
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
Tax Tomislav Popovic
Tax Luka Popovic
Spanish desk Pablo Perez Laya
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Bisera Andrijašević  photo Mrs Bisera Andrijašević Counsel
Mrs Jelena Brajković  photo Mrs Jelena Brajković Attorney at law
 Luka Popović  photo Luka Popović Partner
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 5
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 : Belgrade