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Due to the complex constitutional structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina (composed as it is of two entities, Republika Srpska (RS) and Federation of BiH (FBiH), and the Brcko District), logistics, transportation, and shipping matters are regulated on the state level, entity level, and – in FBiH – cantonal administrative level.

Read more: State of Logistics/Transportation/Shipping in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Politically, we’re seeing a continuation of last year – even though the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina still has no government, at least the Bosnian Council of Ministers got formed,“ Says Olodar Prebanic, Partner at Prebanic & Jusufbasic-Goloman in Sarajevo. “This is a reflection of the situation in the entire country – the legislative pipeline is frozen, and there are no significant acts being passed on a Federal level."

Read more: The Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina: Interview with Olodar Prebanic of Prebanic & Jusufbasic-Goloman

“The Council of Ministers for Bosnia & Herzegovina was finally formed, after more than a year, following the elections that took place in October of 2018,“ says Partner Davorin Marinkovic of Banja Luka-based Dimitrijevic & Partners. “We can finally expect some processes to get unstuck, especially those related to infrastructure projects funded by international credits, such as the Corridor 5C motorway.“

Read more: The Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina: Interview with Davorin Marinkovic of Dimitrijevic & Partners

In addition to their traditional role guiding companies through legal and regulatory waters and managing disputes, General Counsels are increasingly called upon to provide input on strategic matters. An expert panel at the second annual Balkan GC Summit considered how this change in the nature of the General Counsel role is manifesting itself in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Read more: General Counsel as Business Advisors in the Balkans

Baros, Bicakcic & Partners has successfully persuaded the High Commercial Court in Banja Luka to upheld the decision of the District Commercial Court obliging Addiko Bank to pay firm client Vucko d.o.o. Jahorina a total of over BAM 1 million in damages, interest, and court costs.

Read more: Baros Bicakcic & Partners Successful for Bosnian Ski Resort in Dispute with Addiko Bank

“Things on the state level have been rather stagnant because the government on the state level has not been formed yet, but much buzz was created around the Federation of B&H Government’s proposed new Law on Contributions and new Income Tax Law,” says Mirna Milanovic-Lalic, Partner at the Mirna Milanovic-Lalic i Jasmina Suljovic Law Firm in Sarajevo.

Read more: The Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Mirna Milanovic-Lalic of the Mirna Milanovic-Lalic i Jasmina...

Doklestic Repic & Gajin has announced the establishment of Lex Adria, an alliance of independent law firms in the Adriatic region, to provide what the firm calls “seamless and premium legal support across the area.”

Read more: Firms in Former Yugoslavia Form Lex Adria Law Firm Alliance

Karanovic & Partners acted as Serbian legal counsel for Vale Canada Limited on its acquisition of the option to earn-in in four of Mundoro Capital Inc’s exploration licenses in the Timok mining complex.

Read more: Karanovic & Partners Advises Vale on Acquiring Earn-in Option from Mundoro Capital

The Maric & Co Law Firm has represented former employees of Aluminij d.d. Mostar in an ethnic discrimination case against the company and the Government of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Read more: Maric & Co Successful for Former Employees of Aluminij d.d. Mostar in Ethnic Discrimination Case

Maric & Co has successfully prepared a joint notification of concentration between South Korea's LG Electronics Inc, and its client Lufthansa Technik AG and filed it to the Bosnian Competition Council.

Read more: Maric & Co Prepares Joint Notification of Concentration between LG Electronics and Lufthansa...

“Things are pretty quiet, and there aren’t any big developments,” begins Sead Miljkovic of Miljkovic & Partners, when asked for the Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He reports that “infrastructural projects and consolidations in the bank sector” are active at the moment, as well as “financing of public projects,” but he adds that “none of it is large-scale."

Read more: The Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Sead Miljkovic of Miljkovic & Partners

Law firm members of the SEE Legal Group, acting on behalf of Netlog Logistics, have completed a due diligence analysis of the Intereuropa group of companies, upon the announcement of a banking consortium that it is selling 72% share capital in Intereuropa d.d.

Read more: SEE Legal Firms Provide Due Diligence of Intereuropa for Netlog Logistics
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