Competition

Competition law is relevant to companies looking to expand their business, needing to defend themselves against competitors and competition authorities, as well as companies looking to adopt a proactive approach towards competition compliance and avoid the reputational damage that inevitably follows competition law investigations. With European integration well underway, competition law and practice in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina borrows heavily from the EU acquis.  As a complex, cutting-edge legal field, competition law demands not only in-depth and specialized knowledge, but also acute monitoring of developments at the EU level. Our competition lawyers and experts have specializations from foreign universities and experience in all relevant competition law fields, which puts us in a unique position to provide a swift and effective response to any competition law related challenge. Our clients, which hail from a variety of different industries including FMCG, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, telecommunications and banking, come to us seeking tailor-made legal advice on a complete range of competition issues, spanning from merger control and joint ventures, over restrictive agreements and leniency filings to abuse of dominant position, market/sectorial investigations, State aid, and public procurement. We have track-record providing advice and achieving successful outcomes for clients, and helping them navigate complex interplay between competing regulations in a dynamic, ever-changing local and regional legal environment. Our competition law blog, which strives to raise competition awareness and inform our clients of the latest developments in the field, is read by practitioners, corporates and competition authorities alike.

  • Advising on merger clearances;
  • Advising on individual exemptions for a range of horizontal and vertical agreements, including distribution agreements and cooperation agreements between competitors;
  • Providing practical, strategic and focused commercial advice on a wide array of business arrangements;
  • Advising companies on State aid related issues;
  • Representing companies under investigation by the competition authorities;
  • Competition law compliance training to employees and managers, including mock dawn raids;
  • Providing instant support to companies during dawn raids;
  • Advising on and filing leniency applications. 

"BDK Advokati’s team is, according to one client, ‘the best in the local market’. The team is defending new client Imperial Tobacco against allegations of a price fixing cartel... Tijana Kojović has ‘an excellent understanding of business environments’."

- Legal 500 2017 (SERBIA)

"Strong, co-ordinated team of lawyers that possesses noteworthy experience in EU competition law. Team members have additional advisory expertise in Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Knowledgeable in merger control cases, antitrust infringements, cartels and state aid. Regularly advises regional and international clients from the pharmaceuticals, software and telecoms sectors on their competition concerns. Boehringer Ingelheim is one of several new client wins for the firm. Sources admire the team's ‘ability to understand the global context of a major transaction while providing clear and tailored advice which takes into account the local commercial, legislative and regulatory environment – particularly when it came to dealing with the Serbian antitrust authority.’"

- Chambers Europe 2017 (SERBIA)

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    Bisera Andrijašević, "Getting the Deal Through: State Aid", Montenegro, 2016 edition...

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    Bisera Andrijašević, "Getting the Deal Through: State Aid", Serbia, 2016 edition...

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  • Abuse of Dominance

    Commission for the protection of competition launches probe into leading ice-cream manufacturer's unilateral practices for the second time

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    Stabilisation clauses and state aid

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    Montenegrin Competition Agency to assume new powers and take over state aid control

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