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Gecic Law Offices
NIKOLE SPASICA 2
Gecic Law > The Legal 500 Rankings
Competition Tier 1
'A knowledgeable and experienced team that is capable of delivering excellent results,' Gecic Law's EU and competition law practice regularly acts in precedent-setting cases. Bogdan Gecić has significant experience in EU Law and its application to antitrust and competition law; he is also recommended for work involving state aid and trade policy negotiations, as well as investigations. Promoted to counsel in late 2019, Miluša Okiljević's experience includes merger control filings and abuse of dominance cases, while Ivana Stojanović is the senior associate to note.
Other key lawyers:
Miluša Okiljević; Ivana Stojanović
‘The team is particularly competent and very knowledgeable.’
‘The work is performed at various levels, but the partners are always hands-on and actively involved.‘
‘The firm is very well known in Serbia for competition law but also has all the characteristics required by an international law firm, including values and professionalism.‘
‘Clients feel safe that they are in good hands with this firm. The team comprises relatively young lawyers, who are extremely strong and eager to work hard.’
‘A knowledgeable and experienced team that is capable of delivering excellent results.‘
‘A very compact team, with members who are dedicated and co-operative.‘
‘Bogdan Gecić and his team are at our disposal 24/7, and are always incredibly focused on every issue that comes along. The effort that the team puts into achieving our common goals is priceless, and we are very thankful for that. They are approachable, business oriented, and able to produce creative and tailor-made solutions for specific needs. The devotion that the team has shown to us is something we have not experienced with any other law firm.‘
‘Bogdan Gecić is THE name in Serbia for competition law. He is a very knowledgeable, pragmatic, team player; above all, he is a true leader for his team.‘
Government of the Republic of Serbia
FCA Srbija doo Kragujevac
Air Serbia & Etihad Airways
Natural State Science, LLC, State of Arkansas
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia
Bar Association of Serbia
Gecic Law's 'innovative' corporate and M&A practice boasts a broad base of national and cross-border clients, ranging from medium-sized companies and governments to international conglomerates. With 'extraordinary dedication to clients', senior counsel Ognjen Colić heads the group. Bogdan Gecić also advises on significant corporate deals, while Danica Misojčić is an experienced senior associate.
Ognjen Colić; Bogdan Gecić
Other key lawyers:
Danica Misojčić; Žarko Popović
‘Their innovative and fresh approach to law differs from other law firms in the Balkans.’
‘Gecic Law has a wide range of experience in solving cross-border and cross-cultural legal problems for domestic and foreign companies.‘
‘Gecic Law is always there for us (available 24/7 ) and our work is always conducted conscientiously, diligently and well – we are happy with their service!‘
‘A very professional team with great competence in all areas of business; it’s as if they are a part of our own company, and they are fast, committed and reliable.‘
‘They deliver legal expertise, but clients also appreciate the firm’s linguistic and cultural expertise that has raised the bar for client service in Serbia, and even regionally.‘
‘I would single out Ognjen Colić because of his extraordinary dedication to clients.‘
‘Ognjen Colić is solutions oriented and capable of grasping the most complex facts and issues, as well as summarising them in a simple and practical manner that is understandable for the client.‘
‘Bogdan Gecić finds the best outcome for clients.‘
Shikun & Binui
McKinsey & Company
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Gorenje, Hisense Group
Government of the Republic of Serbia
FractureCode Corporation ApS
Natural State Science, LLC
Municipality of Sopot
Gecic Law > Firm Profile
Gecić Law is the most innovative leading law firm in the Western Balkans, with an established reputation as the ‘go-to’ law firm for EU law and trade. The firm’s unrivaled track record of successful cases in the last decade before the European Commission and other EU-related institutions is a testament to its unique understanding of SAAs (Stabilization and Association Agreements) and accession negotiations, under both international and domestic law. The firm advises clients on their trade, competition and state aid matters, as well as on general corporate and international M&As, finance, dispute resolution, labor law, privacy & data protection and other legal matters.
In 2020, Gecić Law won the prestigious The Lawyer European Award for the “Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans“, and was also shortlisted for the European competition or antitrust team of the year – Top Five category, where the firm entered again the revered playoffs, neck and neck with the best competition and antitrust teams from the whole of Europe.
In Serbia, the world’s fastest-growing FDI economy according to The Financial Times and Bloomberg, Gecić Law managed to represent and successfully handle most of the largest investment projects in the past five years. Gecić Law is the only regional law firm that has successfully represented clients in all (nine) of Serbia’s pre-accession cases before the European Commission to date, and the only law firm from the Western Balkan jurisdictions that represents clients in EU & competition matters before the Energy Community. Most recently, Gecić Law represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the most important regional procedure before the Energy Community, in a high-profile case related to the construction of Block 7 of the Tuzla Thermal Power Plant. The firm worked on two separate EC investigations that enabled Smederevo steel mill, the second-largest Serbian exporter, responsible for 1% of Serbia’s GDP and indirectly supporting 15,000 jobs, to continue successful operations under the new international owner.
Gecić Law is a truly innovative law firm committed to building long-term relationships with clients, based on reciprocity, trust and the highest standards of professional ethics. Its client portfolio covers multinational and national companies, tech firms, banks and other financial institutions, strategic and financial investors, large SOEs, SMEs and governments across the region.
The firm’s team comes from leading US and European universities – such as Harvard, University of Nottingham, Queen Mary University of London, KU Leuven, and Paris II Panthéon-Assas University – and has extensive local and international experience, with a proven capacity to provide flexible, practical solutions, even in the most difficult and complex cases.
|Competition law/state aid||Bogdan Gecic|
|Banking and finance||Miodrag Jevtic|
|Energy, infrastructure and PPP||Ognjen Colic|
|Administrative and regulatory||Bogdan Gecic|
|Constitutional litigation||Bogdan Gecic|
|Data protection||Bogdan Gecic|
|European law, trade and enlargement||Bogdan Gecic|
|Legislative and government affairs||Bogdan Gecic|
|Private equity||Ognjen Colic|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Miodrag Jevtic|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 17 At this office : 10
LanguagesBosnian Chinese Croatian English French German Italian Macedonian Montenegrin Russian Serbian Spanish
MembershipsInternational Bar Association AmCham American Chamber of Commerce Serbian Arbitration Association Serbian Bar Association
OtherContacts : Bogdan Gecic
Press Releases12th October 2021 Gecić Law is pleased to announce that it has become the first independent legal services provider in the region to expand into the sphere of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) by launching a new practice that will focus on the needs of businesses in this increasingly prominent area. The practice will be co-headed by Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A Ognjen Colić, and Head of Operations Hristina Kosec.
24th September 2021 Gecić Law is pleased to announce that Ognjen Colić was elected partner. This is a greatly important milestone marking five years of continued successes. Ognjen’s independent practice joined Gecić Law in 2016, complementing its corporate arm and contributing to the strengthening of common values.
5th August 2021 Gecić Law is proud to announce the appointment of its founder and managing partner Bogdan Gecić to the Board of the Harvard Law School Association of Europe.
2nd June 2021 We are delighted to reveal that Gecić Law’s website continues to attract the attention of professionals globally as it has been recognized by several prestigious rankings. Our website was positioned, for the sixth consecutive year, among the top-ranked Global law firm websites for 2021 in a selection of 23 law firm websites across the world. This prestigious ranking, published by Comrade, a leading US digital marketing network, puts us side by side with the world-class law firm Axiom among others. In another ranking of legal websites worldwide, Astra, a leading web design business, placed the Gecić Law website among the best legal websites globally. Furthermore, Design blog Designbeep ranked our website as one of the Best Law Firm Websites, especially commending our “a beautiful, scenic video” of Belgrade.
29th April 2021 At Gecić Law, we proudly look back at the past year and remember it as a year of significant achievement. Some of our accomplishments singled out in this review testify not only to the ability of our team to quickly adapt to radically different circumstances, but to see them as an opportunity to affirm our core values, to build on them and to grow. We rose to the challenge, learned and developed, and in the process, we helped our employees, clients, and business partners gain the strength to overcome the uncertainty and grow together with us. These are the highlights of our great story.
29th April 2021 Diplomacy & Commerce magazine, a syndication of London’s The Economist magazine for Serbia, prepared a special InFocus supplement as part of its February 2021 issue, with the aim of providing the readers a closer insight into the development of bilateral relations and successful cooperation between Serbia and the United Arab Emirates. Bogdan Gecic, Managing Partner at Gecic Law, a founding and exclusive member of the UAE Serbia Business club since 2019, gave an interview, which can be read in its entirety below.
29th April 2021 Our Energy practice team has repeatedly demonstrated its credibility by devising unique opportunities for greenfield and brownfield investments for our clients. We provide comprehensive solutions related to privatization, regulatory compliance and due diligence in cooperation with eminent regulatory, corporate and financial experts.
Legal Developments2nd June 2021 The Serbian Competition Authority (“SCA”) recently focused on unapproved mergers i.e. gun jumping. The most recent “victim” of the SCA’s investigations into gun-jumping was Fortenova Grupa d.d. (“Fortenova”), with the only previous undertaking fined for gun-jumping being Prointer IT Solutions. Meanwhile, Ernst & Young are also being investigated under same allegations. Is this simply a witch hunt or is there something going on here?
7th May 2021 The adoption of amendments, and the new group of energy-related acts are crucial for Serbia’s energy transition, which is set to be implemented through several new regulations. All countries in the Western Balkans must transition to carbon-neutral energy sectors and become part of the integrated energy market. The main goal of the transition is to increase the share of renewable energy sources, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
7th May 2021 During the session held on March 18, Serbian MPs adopted the Climate Change Act (the “Act”). The Minister of Environmental Protection, Ms. Irena Vujović noted that “the issues concerning environmental protection and climate change are of high priority and have finally received deserved attention from the Government of Serbia.”
7th May 2021 As the famous Arabic proverb says, ‘Silence is golden’. And it seems that this nugget of ancient wisdom still holds true today – even in law; even when it comes to a high-profile case before the European Court of Justice. To find out why would silence be so important as to cause a stir among lawyers throughout Europe, we must track back to the beginning.
7th May 2021
In the last few months, the Serbian National Competition Authority (“NCA”) has turned its attention to sanctioning agreements between undertakings where resale prices are maintained. After taking cases against consumer electronics undertakings, the NCA recently opened an investigation against a general importer and its three car dealers of “Audi” vehicles, in the course of its sectoral analysis of the markets of sales and after-sales services of motor vehicles.