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CMS has advised OTP Bank Group on the acquisition of Societe Generale Banka Srbija, Serbiaʼs fourth-biggest lender, from Franceʼs Societe Generale Group Group. Schoenherr, working with lead counsel Jones Day, advised Societe Generale on the deal, which is expected to close in the coming months.

Read more: CMS and Schoenherr Advise on OTP's Acquisition of Societe Generale's Serbian Subsidiary

Go2Law has advised Kopernikus Corporation, owned by Srdjan Milovanovic, on its acquisition of TV Prva and TV O2  in Serbia and Montenegro from the Antenna Group. Zivkovic Samardzic, working with EY and Clifford Chance, advised Antenna Group on the sale.

Read more: Go2Law and Zivkovic Samardzic Advise on Kopernikus Corporation Acquisition of TV Prva and TV O2

On 26 October 2018 the Law on the Amendments and Supplements to the Air Transport Law ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", no. 83/2018) (hereinafter: the "Law") was adopted and entered into force on 6 November 2018.

Read more: Law on the Amendments and Supplements to the Air Transport Law

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Law on Financial Collaterals on 8 June 2018, which will become effective as of 1 January 2019. To implement the solutions from the Law on Financial Collaterals, the Serbian Parliament also adopted amendments to the Bankruptcy Law, which will enter into force on 1 January 2019.

Read more: The Law on Financial Collaterals to Become Effective as of 1January 2019

The new element introduced by this Bill relates to the establishment of a Games of Chance Administration, and defining the tasks and competences of this Administration; no changes or amendments of the present Law with regard to material regulations are envisaged.

Read more: The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has announced a Bill on Amendments and Supplements...

It is not uncommon for post-communist societies to wrestle with the idea of competition enforcement. Executives of a more old-school bent are often confounded by having something which once was common market practice, sometimes even mandated by the state, now scrutinized and considered a serious infringement of law. This is why competition advocacy is a crucial tool for relatively inexperienced competition authorities – it would hardly be fair to beat upon market players legitimately unaware of changes to the modus operandi.

Read more: Designing a Competition Enforcement System: The Imperative of Credibility

The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the "Commission") is taking steps to encourage the birth rate in Serbia, one of the country's primary political objectives. Its contribution to achieve that objective is current antitrust investigation on the baby care product market, which could ultimately lead to a price decrease and reduction of costs of raising a child in Serbia. Almost 200 undertakings are under investigation for applying resale price maintenance ("RPM"), making this investigation the biggest in the history of Serbian antitrust enforcement. This case was initiated ex-officio in April 2018, when the Commission raided Keprom d.o.o. and Yuglob d.o.o, two importers and distributors, and several retailers of baby care products. Following the dawn raid, the Commission opened four more investigations against the same distributors and their retailers (four cases in July) and, finally, on 22 September 2018, the Commission proudly announced that it had initiated investigations against 172 undertakings (the "Baby Products Investigation").

Read more: Serbia: "Baby-boom" and other RPM cases before the Competition Authority

JPM advised Organigram Holdings Inc., the parent company of Organigram Inc., a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada, on a private placement investment in Eviana Health Corporation. Organigram and an unnamed strategic institutional investor each participated 50% in a USD 10 million debenture offering by Eviana.

Read more: JPM Advises Organigram Holdings on Investment in Eviana Health

Bojovic Draskovic Popovic & Partners has advised Cyprus-based Welkino Limited on the sale of Serbia's Zitoprodukt d.o.o. form Backa Palanka to Austria-based ASA Trading. The buyers were reportedly advised by Omerovic-Rabrenovic & Partners.

Read more: Bojovic Draskovic Popovic & Partners Advises Welkino Limited on Sale of Zitoprodukt

Zivkovic Samardzic has advised Slovenia's Pivka Perutninarstvo d.d., on a direct conversion of debt owed to Pivka by its Serbian subsidiary, Pivka-S, into equity of Pivka-S, as well as on the buyout of shares owned by Milutin Nikic, the minority shareholder and director of Pivka-S.

Read more: Zivkovic Samardzic Advises Pivka on Debt-to-Equity Swap and Minority Shareholder Buyout

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