Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz > Belgrade, Serbia > Firm Profile

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Krunska 73
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

Serbia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s corporate and M&A practice was recently particularly active in relation to major M&A deals, as well as direct investments into the Serbian market. The group’s latest experience also includes substantial restructuring mandates. Belgrade managing partner Radivoje Petrikićhas in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions‘; and Maja Stepanović is highly rated for her expertise in Serbia-related corporate, M&A and commercial matters. The second line of active practitioners includes Marija Tešić, who advises on status changes, takeover bids, and mandatory squeeze-out and delisting procedures.

Practice head(s):

Radivoje Petrikić

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The CMS Belgrade team houses the most competent legal advisers in the CEE region.’

‘Its professional approach, dedication to clients and brilliant legal solutions that the team brings to its daily work is what makes the group stand out on the market.’

‘A strong presence in the region – CMS Belgrade provides excellent advice in all the legal areas that clients require during their daily work. Clients are very satisfied with their collaboration.’

Clients are very happy with the CMS team. The service is great and the team is very professional in all aspects, such as answering clients’ questions and communications with authorities.

‘Radivoje Petrikić has exceptional legal knowledge and ability, superb negotiation skills, and he provides reliable and business-oriented advice.’

‘Radivoje Petrikić has in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions and provides the best possible legal protection for clients.’

Maja Stepanović was great to work with. Her professional attitude helps clients implement all corporate changes really quickly, and in line with their group policies.

‘Marija Tešić is a very professional corporate adviser – very responsive, efficient and dedicated to her clients.’

Key clients

Hystead

N26 Bank

Celsius Network

UGT Renewables

Kansai Helios Group

Ahold Delhaize

Škoda Transportation

Hansgrohe

Hikvision

AkzoNobel

MET Holding

Sportina Group

Greiner

Huntsman

H&M Logistics

TikTok

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

KT&G

Garrett Motion

Modine Manufacturing Company

Perficient

Euro Accident Livförsäkring

EXTEDO

TOMRA AS

DAI Global

Orsay GmbH

Comcross

A1 Serbia

Johnson & Johnson

LEAR Corporation

InterContinental Hotels Group

BMTS Technology

fischer automotive systems GmbH & Co

Dragon Maritime

Cummins

Ardagh Group

Zumtobel Group

Tridonic

IQVIA

Hyperoptic

Work highlights

  • Advised Hystead on the sale of Belgrade’s Delta City shopping mall.
  • Advised N26 Bank on the acquisition of a fintech company in Serbia.
  • Advised Celsius Network on the acquisition of MVP Workshop, a Serbian-based blockchain product research and development studio.

Serbia > Employment Tier 1

Recent instructions for Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s ‘well-established employment practice in Serbia‘ involved transfers of undertaking, accidents at work, immigration, employee secondments, labour-related litigation, reorganisations and redundancies. The team is also experienced in employment and management agreements, collective bargaining, compliance, employment due diligence, and remote working. Practice head Dragana Bajić, a 2021 recruit from Joint law office Marić in cooperation with Kinstellar is also the Labour Regulations Committee chair at the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. Attorney at law Ksenija Ivetić-Marlović provides ‘great support‘.

Practice head(s):

Dragana Bajić

Other key lawyers:

Ksenija Ivetić-Marlović; Jelena Đorđević

Testimonials

‘The employment team has strong legal expertise and a well-established employment practice in Serbia.’

‘The team comprises exceptional professionals, who have strong integrity and excellent communication skills.’

‘A trusted partner for clients’ legal concerns – clients always experience a competent, flexible and timely handling of its concerns.’

‘Reliability, responsibility, knowledge and flexibility.’

‘Very practical, commercial, helpful, responsive advice.’

‘Dragana Bajić is knowledgable and reliable, and with a positive approach and exceptional communication skills.’

‘Dragana Bajić is very thorough and detailed. All enquiries are resolved promptly. In addition, she demonstrates solid business understanding of clients’ actual needs, with proposals on how to mitigate risks, if any.’

‘Great support from attorney at law Ksenija Ivetić Marlović.’

Key clients

LEAR Corporation

Ahold Delhaize

Accenture

InterContinental Hotels Group

Canon

Hikvision

Mahle Shared Services

Vestas

Incode Technologies Inc

fischer fixing systems

Clarivate

Euro Accident Livförsäkring

Valoris Center

EOS Group

Škoda Transportation

Perficient, Inc

Aptiv

BlueVoyant

Johnson & Johnson

Rio Tinto

König Metall Group

Telekom Austria

Upwork Global Inc

Neveon

Orsay

TOMRA AS

Work highlights

  • Provides day-to-day advice to LEAR Corporation on all aspects of HR and labour law, including collective bargaining, as well as labour dispute proceedings in Serbia.
  • Advising the Serbian subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize on day-to-day labour law matters, as well as on the structuring of salaries, employment contracts, employment terminations, and labour-related disputes.
  • Advising the German subsidiary of Accenture on various employment law issues surrounding its recent acquisition of Umlaut, which has a subsidiary in Serbia.

Serbia > Projects and energy Tier 1

With ‘standards that never drop below excellent‘, Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz fields a go-to practice for project developments in Serbia. Recent highlights include advising on the construction of new solar power plants and wind project developments, and drafting model contracts for energy efficiency projects. Working across the Austria, Serbia and Montenegro offices, Radivoje Petrikić is a CEE project development specialist; and Ivan Gazdić has ‘notable experience in various real estate projects‘. Experienced counsel Marija Marošan advises international companies in Serbia and Montenegro on real estate law.

Practice head(s):

Radivoje Petrikić; Ivan Gazdić

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely professional and capable.’

‘Provides high-quality advice, and with standards that never drop below excellent.’

‘In-depth knowledge and understanding not only of the legal questions, but also of the technical aspects and, most importantly, of the business needs of the client.’

‘Provides clear-cut advice, no matter how complex the legal question may be.’

‘The team is led by the outstanding Radivoje Petrikić. He has a hands-on approach, and wants to have things done efficiently and to the highest standards.’

‘Radivoje Petrikić is an exceptional lawyer and a valued client relationship partner.’

‘Ivan Gazdić is a senior expert with notable experience in various real estate projects.’

‘Ivan Gazdić is extremely professional, and provides timely, focused and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

UGT Renewables

Hansgrohe

EBRD

Profine Group

Elicio NV

UniCredit Bank

MET Holding

PEPO Energy

Econergy Group

Avatar Ticket

Work highlights

  • Advising UGT Renewables on the development and construction of solar power plants in Serbia.
  • Advising Hansgrohe on its investment into a new manufacturing plant in Serbia.
  • Advising the EBRD on proposed amendments to the draft model contract for Energy Supply Contracting, and model contracts for Energy Performance Contracting (within EBRD’s Energy Efficiency Programme).

Serbia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

With a ‘very good understanding of the real estate sector‘, Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s recent track record includes advising on substantial commercial real estate matters involving the retail, hotels, leisure, office and logistics sectors. In addition to leading the real estate and construction team, real estate transactions expert Ivan Gazdić is infrastructure and projects head. Promoted to counsel in September 2022, the ‘experienced, responsive and smartMarija Marošan regularly advises international clients on sales, acquisitions, leasing, property developments, and construction (including zoning, permitting and contracts).

Practice head(s):

Ivan Gazdić

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of the real estate sector, which is very important and saves time.’

‘The team comprises competent lawyers who provide sound and smart business advice.’

‘Very responsive, very experienced, very practical and very cost-conscious – a one-stop-shop.’

‘Ivan Gazdić is a senior legal expert who assists clients on projects. He is always willing to go the extra mile to help meet objectives, and is a pleasure to work with.

‘Counsel Marija Marošan works closely with Ivan Gazdić on different real estate and construction projects. She is experienced, responsive and smart, and also efficient and solutions oriented. They make an excellent team.’

Key clients

Hystead

UGT Renewables

Hansgrohe

Profine Group

Ahold Delhaize

Škoda Transportation

fischer automotive systems GmbH & Co KG

AMETEK, Inc

UniCredit Bank

LEAR Corporation

Ardagh Group

Cummins

Best in Parking – Holding AG

Elicio NV

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hystead with the sale of Belgrade’s Delta City shopping mall.
  • Advising UGT Renewables on the energy, real estate, construction and corporate aspects of the development and construction of solar power plants in Serbia.
  • Advising Hansgrohe on its investment in a new manufacturing plant in Serbia.

Serbia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz houses specialists in banking, finance, regulatory issues, restructuring and capital markets. The team’s scope of expertise ranges from syndicated and bilateral cross-border lending transactions, to acquisition, leveraged, project and real estate finance deals. Other key areas are structured commodity and trade finance, debt restructuring, and NPL portfolio sale transactions. Milica Popović‘s track record includes financing, refinancing, project finance and financial restructurings; and senior attorney Ksenija Boreta predominantly focuses on project finance, as well as commercial, banking and finance law-related work.

Practice head(s):

Milica Popović

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great collaboration from Milica Popović.

Key clients

Hystead

EBRD

Banca Intesa Serbia

Erste Bank Serbia

UniCredit Bank

Development Bank of Austria (OeEB)

UniCredit

Chubb

Commerzbank

Addiko Bank

IFC

Bank of China

OTP Bank Group

Raiffeisen Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the Development Bank of Austria (OeEB) on a credit facility for MK Group Serbia.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank on the €53m refinancing of the project finance for Elicio’s Alibunar Wind Farm.
  • Advising the EBRD, Banca Intesa Serbia and Erste Bank Serbia on the financing of Al Dahra, the Serbian wing of a UAE- based investor.

Serbia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

An impressive track record and success rate‘, Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s seven-member Belgrade dispute resolution practice group is headed up by recently-promoted CEE partner Nedeljko Velisavljević. ‘One of the top legal minds in Serbia‘, Velisavljević has longstanding experience in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution work in both Serbia and Montenegro, including white-collar defence and investigation matters, and insolvency and restructuring. The practice of recently promoted partner Nenad Kovačević, who is ‘very results oriented‘, covers a range of litigation proceedings before national and international tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Nedeljko Velisavljević

Other key lawyers:

Nenad Kovačević; Ksenija Ivetić Marlović; Milica Tomić

Testimonials

‘The CMS Belgrade team is extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and it represents clients in the most complex cases.’

‘Provides exceptional advice and strategy, which are tailored to the business interests of clients.’

‘An impressive track record and success rate – fully dedicated to cases, which they analyse from every legal angle to provide the best possible solution in all cases, especially the highly sensitive ones.’

‘Covers all legal aspects, and has a very personal and reassuring approach; and the team is always available and ready to support clients on all matters.’

‘The whole team is very focused on the client and very responsive.’

Nedeljko Velisavljević is one of the top legal minds in Serbia. He is a true professional with an excellent focus on details, but with a sound commercial approach and easy-to-understand advice.’

‘Nedeljko Velisavljević is an admirable human being and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nenad Kovačević is highly competent, responsible, available, and very results oriented. Clients highly appreciate his pragmatic approach to both case handling and litigation management. It’s a win-win collaboration.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Lear Corporation

Strabag

Zumtobel Group

NBCUniversal

Oracle

Orsay

Lumen Technologies

Prochema

Dr August Wolff GmbH & Co KG – Arzneimittel

Cummins

Grammar AG

ADM Germany

Nufarm

Hagleitner Hygiene International

Ball Corporation

Šinvoz

DBI-G and Euroaszfalt Kft

EVN Group

WTE Group

Adriatic Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Serbian subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize in numerous litigation matters in Serbia.
  • Representing Lear Corporation in different labour dispute proceedings in Serbia (as well as in criminal matters as the aggrieved party).
  • Representing Strabag and its subsidiaries in various commercial disputes in Serbia.

Serbia > Competition Tier 3

Petrikic & Partneri AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz‘s ‘very strong competition practice‘ acts for a broad spectrum of clients on merger controls, and antitrust and state aid matters. Senior attorney and practice leader Srđan Janković is a former senior advisor in the Antitrust Division of the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition. In addition to cartel and abuse of dominance work, Janković assists with cross-border merger control reviews.

Practice head(s):

Srđan Janković

Testimonials

‘CMS Belgrade has a very strong competition practice.’

‘Very familiar with the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition and provides reliable competition advice.’

‘Exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable. Clients rely on its sound business advice for all competition-related matters.’

‘Friendly and direct relationships with clients make them unique.’

‘Senior attorney Srđan Janković is an outstanding lawyer – very responsive and great to work with. He used to work for the Serbian Competition Authority and has in-depth knowledge of the way the Authority will react to any situation.’

‘Srđan Janković is recommended to anyone facing merger control or antitrust issues in Serbia.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

A1 Serbia

Kansai Helios Group

Servier

Atlantic Grupa

Commerzbank

Hansgrohe

Cinven

Raiffeisen Bank International

Janssen Serbia

AFI Europe

Austrian Mint – Münze Österreich

AkzoNobel

PPF

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

Zumtobel Group

LEAR Corporation

Dragon Maritime

Work highlights

  • Provides day-to-day advice to Delhaize Serbia, including various antitrust and merger-related matters.
  • Advising A1 Serbia on a range of day-to-day competition matters.
  • Providing merger-related assistance to Kansai Helios Group.

Montenegro > Leading firms

Genuinely interested in getting clients the best outcome‘, CMS‘ Montenegrin practice comprises assistance with Montenegrin market entry and business operation issues. Other key areas include corporate, merger clearance, real estate, banking, employment and dispute resolution matters. Managing partner of the firm’s Belgrade and Podgorica offices, Radivoje Petrikić has substantial experience in commercial and M&A deals and development projects. Milica Popović leads the banking and finance teams in both Belgrade and Podgorica, while further support is provided by attorney at law Tamara Samardžija.

Practice head(s):

Radivoje Petrikić; Milica Popović

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Extremely client friendly, prompt, and genuinely interested in getting clients the best outcome.

Key clients

Hystead

Mitsui O S K Lines

EVN/WTE Group

Voith GmbH & Co

Citibank

Artelia Group

Old World Ventures

Chubb

Heta Asset Resolution

Baker Hughes

Addiko Bank

Santiment

Kansai Helios Group

OTIS

VAMED

Kansai Helios Group

Garrett Motion

TEAM Marketing

Yum! Brands

EBRD

IFC

PROPARCO

Fragomen

ZTE Corporation

Ocean Montenegro

CKB Bank

Abu Dhabi Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Hystead on the sale of Delta City Mall in Podgorica.
  • Advising Mitsui O S K Lines on a deal involving the transfer of shares of its subsidiary in Montenegro.
  • Representing the local companies of EVN/WTE Group in court and arbitration proceedings, in relation to high-value investment projects in Montenegro.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and M&A Radivoje Petrikić
Corporate and M&A Milica Popović
Infrastructure and projects Radivoje Petrikić
Infrastructure and projects Ivan Gazdić
Infrastructure and projects Milica Popović
Banking and finance Milica Popović
Banking and finance Jovana Bingulac
Insolvency and restructuring Nedeljko Velisavljević
Insolvency and restructuring Milica Popović
Competition and EU Srđan Janković
Competition and EU Jovana Bingulac
Dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration Nedeljko Velisavljević
Dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration Nenad Kovačević
Energy and renewables Ivan Gazdić
Energy and renewables Radivoje Petrikić
Real estate and construction Marija Marošan
Real estate and Construction Ivan Gazdić
Real estate and construction Jovana Bingulac
Employment and pensions Ksenija Ivetić Marlović
Employment and pensions Tamara Samardžija
Tax Ivana Blagojević
Commercial Tamara Samardžija
Procurement and public law Milica Popović
Procurement and public law Srđan Janković
Insurance Milica Popović
Insurance Jovana Bingulac
TMC – technology, media and communications Srđan Janković
TMC – technology, media and communications Tamara Samardžija
Compliance Tamara Samardžija
Compliance Nenad Kovačević
Hotels and leisure Radivoje Petrikić
Hotels and leisure Milica Popović
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