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The Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted a new Regulation on the Terms and Conditions of Attracting Direct Investments, in place of the previous Regulation which was in force since March 2016. The new Regulation is expected to secure continuity of economic growth, to obtain new capacities and technology, and to induce job creation. Furthermore, it introduces stricter controls regarding fulfillment of contractual obligations, and especially promotes investments in “devastated areas”.

The firms of the SEE Legal network are reporting that they worked alongside Skadden Arps in advising BA Glass I – Servicos de Gestao e Investimentos S.A. (the parent company of BA Vidro S.A.) on its acquisition of substantially all of the Yioula Glassworks SA glass container business from Yioula Glassworks SA and its subsidiary Yalos Holdings (Overseas) Limited. Yioula Glassworks was supported on all legal issues by Winston & Strawn.

Dentons has advised the BNP Paribas Group in connection with the sale of its Serbian bank subsidiary, Findomestic Banka a.d., to Serbian bank Direktna Banka A.D. Kragujevac. Zdravkovic & Partneri reportedly advised Direktna Banka on the deal. The deal was signed on November 18, 2016 and closed on January 31, 2017, The purchase price was not disclosed.

In late December 2016, the Government of Serbia passed the new Decree on Terms and Conditions for Attracting Direct Investments. The Decree supplements the Law on Investments (2015), regulating in finer detail criteria, conditions and means of attracting direct investments, in particular granting of State incentive funds for investment projects. 

BDK Advokati has promoted Milan Dakic from the firm's Belgrade office and Luka Popovic from its Podgorica office to the position of Contract Partner.

The rights and obligations of people who live in apartment buildings, maintenance of apartment buildings and relationships between the owners of apartments have never been regulated in Serbia comprehensively and in detail.

The latest amendments of the Law of Civil Procedure entered into force on 31 May, 2014. New efforts and the legislator's intent to make the civil procedure more cost-effective and more efficient can be seen from the initial provisions.

According to the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Serbia1 (hereinafter:”SAA”), Serbia has an obligation to address the issue of the acquisition of the real estate property in Serbia by foreign citizens and to enable such practice by no later than the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Serbian Parliament has recently adopted amendments to the Criminal Code. The amendments include a significant overhaul of the legal framework for white collar crimes, touching upon the rules relevant for antitrust enforcement as well.

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