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Three well-known law firms in the former Yugoslavia have announced the creation of a new alliance — the new South East Legal Alliance (SELA) — which they describe as "a formal regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe."

A few days ago Montenegro celebrated the tenth anniversary of its independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The past decade has been quite dynamic and challenging for the country.

Milan Lomic is the General Counsel Adria & Balkan at L’Oreal, a company that he joined in October 2012. Prior to that he worked for Metro Cash & Carry as a Legal Advisor and Antitrust Officer. He has also worked as a Legal Advisor at Unicredit Bank Serbia and as an Assistant to the Judge at the Fifth Municipal Court in Belgrade.

Schoenherr is reporting that, on September 30, 2016, Michael Lagler was elected as the new Managing Partner at the firm, where he will take over from Christoph Lindinger, who has led the Central and Eastern European law firm for the past 16 years. Lagler's term will begin at the start of the firm’s next fiscal year, on February 1, 2017.

The Montenegrin Ministry of Transport has recently been in the news as it provided an overview of investments that it has made over the past ten years in the country's road infrastructure – investments that have totalled at EUR 300 million through renovation, modernisation, and construction processes throughout the country.

Recent research shows that Montenegro has a high hydro-energy potential with a noteworthy index of cost-effectiveness of investments and favorable ecological and social environments. The estimated theoretical hydro potential on the main water courses totals 9,846 GWh/year. Out of this capacity, less than 1,800 GWh, or only 17%, has been harnessed so far. 

The Buzz is a short summary of the major and relevant topics of interest in Central and Eastern Europe, provided by those best positioned to know: law firm partners and legal journalists/commentators on the ground in each CEE country.

Montenegro is located in the Western Balkans, with a population of only just over 600,000. Once it was part of former Yugoslavia and today it is a country that has independently done a lot on its European integration path.

The Vujacic law office has advised in the due diligence of the EBRD and KFW Ipex-Bank in connection with a project financing of a wind farm in Krnovo, Montenegro, as well as assisting in the drafting and negotiation of security documents. The Krnovo wind firm is operated by Akuo Energy, and is the first wholly private wind farm in the country. The firm reports a deal value of EUR 98 million.

Law firms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia are preparing to launch a new legal alliance: Top-tier Legal Adriatic (TLA).

Montenegro has a small and highly open economic system, and is a stable environment worth investing in, as well as being a globally-recognized tourist and travel destination with high potential for further development.

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