In this era of digitalization, where legal frameworks around the world are rapidly changing to cope with revolutionary developments in the IT sector, the Serbian Government is following a similar path. Serbia is in the EU accession process and is thus obliged to harmonize its legislation with EU laws. One such law is EU Regulation No. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (the “Relevant EU Regulation”).
In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. Our question this time: “What mistake do young associates commonly make that is most frustrating for you?”
Closing of Chapter 27: Environment is one of the most difficult and expensive challenges Serbia faces on its EU accession path.
Jankovic Popovic Mitic has announced the promotion of Ivan Milosevic and Bojan Sunderic to Partner.
Bojovic & Partners has promoted Ivan Gazdic to Partner.
The steady growth of the digital products market and an increasing demand for digital products required an adjustment to the Serbian VAT rules applicable to the supply of electronically supplied services (ESS), and that adjustment finally occurred in 2017. Combined with new rules on the VAT registrations of foreign suppliers, VAT obligations related to ESS became more straightforward.
CMS Belgrade has supported the Serbian government on its selection of a new operator for Serbia's largest airport.
Zivkovic Samardzic has advised the SRA Group on setting up its presence in Serbia.
Zivkovic & Samardzic has achieved victory in a freedom of expression case for broadcaster B92, its former journalist Nikola Radisic, and its news and current affairs editor and chairperson of the Board of Directors Veran Matic, in the Supreme Court of Cassation of Serbia.
JPM has advised Constellation Software Inc. on the acquisition by its Vela Operating Group division and subsidiary Aquila Software of the IN2 Group.
The Maric i Mujezinovc law office in cooperation with Kinstellar provided local advice to Vetroelektrane Balkana in relation to the EUR 300 million financing of the largest wind farm project in Serbia. The lenders were advised by Karanovic & Nikolic and Norton Rose Fulbright.
Harrisons has provided Serbian advice to the EBRD related to its EUR 35 million loan to the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services LLC.
BDK Advokati has advised Enlight Renewable Energy, as the sponsor, and Electrawinds K-Wind, as the borrower, on the EUR 142 million project financing of Serbia's 104.5 MW Kovacica Wind Farm provided by parallel loans from Erste Group Bank AG (supported by the German Export Credit Agency Euler-Hermes), Erste Bank Serbia, and the EBRD. Dentons was international counsel to Enlight, and the lenders reportedly were advised on international law by Norton Rose Fulbright and by Harrisons on local legal matters.
JPM has advised Barentz, an international distribution company of high-quality ingredients, on the acquisition of Soforebo-Commerce d.o.o. Sombor.
Serbian lawyer Mirko Lalatovic has become the new Head of Compliance, Central and Northern Europe, at Fresenius Medical Care -- a German company specializing in the production of medical supplies, primarily to facilitate or aid renal dialysis.
AP Legal Acted has advised UniCredit Bank Srbija a.d. Beograd (a subsidiary of Elicio) on financing provided it and International Finance Corporation (IFC) for the development of the Alibunar wind-farm by Electrawinds-s d.o.o. Belgrade. IFC reportedly was advised on English law by Allen & Overy and on Serbian law by Karanovic & Nikolic.
Karanovic & Nikolic has advised Societe Generale Srbija on its acquisition of a part of Jubanka AD Beograd's credit portfolio, including housing and cash credits, credit cards, and credits for small and medium-sized enterprises. Zivkovic Samardzic advised Jubanka on the deal, which makes Societe Generale Srbija the third largest bank in Serbia in terms of credit volume.