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South East Legal Alliance – SELA

About Us

The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) is a network of independent law firms advising clients on their business across South East Europe. The alliance members are among the top firms in their jurisdictions, providing the full range of legal and business services to national and international businesses.

Formally launched in October 2016, SELA has quickly gained recognition as a leading South East European legal network and is a partner of choice for many international law firms for cross-border deals in jurisdictions where they don’t have a presence. Recognised individually for their expertise and reputation in their own jurisdictions, the alliance offers clients a unified team with strong expertise in the countries of South East Europe, cross-border transactional experience and streamlined service.

SELA’s member firms are carefully selected for their reputation and track record of success, as well as for their in-depth knowledge of local laws, business and political environments, enabling the alliance to help clients successfully navigate the regional legal and business terrain. The lawyers in each of our member firms have broad experience across a range of industries and many of the lawyers have degrees from affluent US and European universities. With fluent English language capabilities, as well as proficiency in French, Spanish, Russian, German and Italian, our member firms boast specialised desks offering a full range of services in these languages.

Client service is SELA’s top priority. The international and commercial approach of the alliance ensures that clients receive first-rate representation and a consistent level of professionalism across the region. To sustain this, each of the member firms shares a common established protocol focused on integrity, teamwork, excellence and trust which guarantees a consistent standard of excellence is offered by all of the member firms.
SELA provides coverage in eight jurisdictions.

Global Reach

Providing coverage in eight jurisdictions, SELA covers Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. Each jurisdiction is represented by a leading domestic full-service law firm, with in-depth knowledge of the local laws, customs and the judicial system, and is ideally placed to apprise clients on the business and political environment enabling them to successfully navigate the local legal and business terrain. SELA takes pride in its ability to provide clients with a unified approach to legal services and advisory and to provide an efficient and cost-effective service throughout South East Europe.


One of the main objectives of SELA is that every member is among the very best within their legal communities. This is why great care is given to the application and selection process for member firm. SELA members are carefully selected based on strict membership criteria. Participation in the alliance is exclusive and by invitation only. Only well reputed and prestigious firms with excellent track records and substantial partner involvement are selected to join SELA. Each member has an in-depth understanding of their local practice and business habitat and a truly international perspective. Candidates selected for membership are carefully vetted and are then visited by the management board to evaluate if their firm values and culture are in line with SELA standards before they are accepted as members.

One of the key factors differentiating SELA from other international legal associations is the time and expense the member firms invest in managing their know-how. As a group, SELA makes every effort to have one scale of competency per level of fee-earner throughout the alliance, by utilizing an integrated approach to learning and development, clients can be sure that they will receive the same level of quality and legal and business services from each firm in the alliance.

Our Approach

The SELA member firms have been carefully selected based on their reputation and track record, as well as for their in-depth knowledge of local laws, business and political environments, which is necessary to help clients successfully navigate the local legal and business terrain. Each member firm has assembled a team of top-notch lawyers with broad experience, educational backgrounds and English language service capability. SELA easily assembles integrated teams to efficiently provide seamless solutions for cross-border transactions so that clients are practically served in multiple jurisdictions by teams that are trained and practiced together, through one main point of contact.

SELA is able to provide all of the advantages of larger regional firms, but with the added value of being able to offer flexible, cost effective and personalised service. Partner-led teams give clients access to high quality legal service, organised to serve the ever increasing cross-border dynamic of its client base. Clients benefit from the opportunity to work with a focused group of law firms, providing top tier legal and business services that operate in a coordinated manner and cover multiple jurisdictions.

The members of SELA understand that in-house legal departments are under increasing pressure to contain external counsel fees and in response have set up certain internal mechanisms to ensure that as a whole, SELA provides cost-effective services and value for money. By controlling the quality of service and minimizing the cost of services provided, SELA member firms are able to ensure client satisfaction on every matter.

SELA focuses on key areas where, as a group, the impact is greater than what individual firms would achieve alone. The group gathers together on a quarterly basis to develop and implement a joint strategy. The group routinely shares know-how and works together on a regular basis to ensure the regular and systematic exchange of professional information to facilitate and serve the needs of its client base.

Department Name Email Telephone
Executive Board Shpati Hoxha +355 4 2 274558
Executive Board Stevan Dimitrijević +387 51 962 600
Executive Board Zoya Todorova +359 2 421 4201
Executive Board Duško Žurić +385 1 5555 630
Executive Board Igor Aleksandrovski +389 2 24 66 001
Executive Board Marija Bojović +381 11 7850 336
Executive Board Andrej Kirm +386 8 205 9221
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Duško Žuri? photo Mr Duško Žuri? Partner