Chambers Europe

  *Chambers Europe 2018
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

Banking & Finance

"Highly regarded banking and finance team with a strong focus on cross-border lending and transactions involving financial derivatives. Advises large international banks and sponsors on complex regulatory projects and on project and acquisition finance. Offers noteworthy advice on restructuring and formal insolvencies, with particular experience of NPL transactions, where it has experience of acting for private equity companies.

The lawyers are ‘thorough and practical with their advice and have a particularly good understanding of derivatives.

good team who are efficient and very responsive

provides concise and effective advice in a number of legal practice areas.’"

Competition

"Strong, co-ordinated team of lawyers that possesses noteworthy experience in EU competition law. Offers 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."

Corporate/Commercial

"Long-standing expertise in advising domestic and international clients on transactional and regulatory issues. Widely respected for its excellence in M&A and financing transactions, having specialist knowledge in a range of sectors including TMT, infrastructure and energy. Acts on behalf of domestic corporate and industrial clients as well as international investors and private equity funds. Additional experience of acting for pharmaceutical and mining clients on M&A transactions.

Interviewees praise the firm for its ‘expertise in Serbian law and ability to scale out with specialists in other practice areas.

International clients praise the firm for providing ‘clear and logical feedback.’"

Dispute Resolution

"Respected firm with a distinguished practice in international arbitration, alongside high-end activity on commercial and criminal litigation. Clients include large-scale industrial groups, state entities and international corporate clients. Proven track record in investment arbitration involving the Serbian state or state entities. Possesses specific expertise in construction, shareholder and claw-back litigation. Also acts on insurance claims for companies such as new client Güneş Sigorta.

Clients praise the firm for its ‘broad knowledge and clear answers,’with others also saying the firm is ‘very co-operative and loyal to deadlines.

The firm is‘very smart and responsive in drafting and understanding what we need.’"

Employment

"Outstanding department that receives strong recognition from the market. Provides a broad scope of advice on employee-related matters such as immigration, the analysis of dismissals and workplace health and safety. Possesses additional expertise in whistle-blowing issues. Routinely advises on the impact of EU law on Serbian legislation. Also assists with labour litigation, data protection and privacy issues.

Clients praise the firm for its ‘excellent service in terms of speed, thorough knowledge, practical advice and excellent English.

Other sources highlight the firm's ‘remarks are concise, comprehensive and easily accessible to people with no background in Serbian employment law.’"

Projects & Energy

"Noted expertise in the renewable energy sector, where it assists international clients, including contractors and investors, with large-scale projects. Also boasts niche experience in advising clients on congestion management and energy trading. Works closely alongside the firm's respected real estate and project finance practices to provide comprehensive legal support to energy clients."

Intellectual Property

"Routinely assists with trade mark prosecution, drafting and reviewing franchise and licensing agreements and copyright litigation. Possesses additional expertise in online IP issues. Acts for major domestic and international corporations, notably from within the media and consumer products sectors.

BDK showed a good understanding of the markets and relevant regulators in the jurisdictions involved, and they managed expectations regarding regulatory timelines and execution risk well.

They demonstrated good knowledge and provided sensible advice on potential IP disputes, despite limited case law to guide them.’"

Real Estate

"Outstanding real estate team with specific experience of handling FIDIC contract matters and mandates relating to retail developments, including both disputes and leasing concerns. Advises on real estate finance, as well as joint ventures and complex asset purchases. Represents major financial clients and public bodies in addition to large international and regional corporations with interests in the retail and hospitality sectors.

They intuitively know what to bring to my attention,

they focus on what is important and their solutions are practical and cost-efficient.’"

Montenegro - Corporate/Commercial

"Leading regional firm that operates primarily out of Belgrade with support from the Podgorica office. Boasts a strong banking and corporate practice, excelling in M&A transactions, privatisations and a range of finance mandates. Advises companies from an array of sectors, with a notable focus on energy, life sciences and technology. Has additional expertise in acting for clients from the tourism, real estate and oil and gas industries on cross-border concerns.

Their service was commendable in every respect. The team was responsive and very well organised, which was extremely important given the complexity and sensitivity of the matters at hand.

They are always trying to help and understand clients' needs. They keep to deadlines.’"

Montenegro - Real Estate

"Regional firm with a respected commercial department which handles a range of real estate matters. Has notable experience acting on behalf of clients in the tourism and energy sectors. Advises clients on the acquisition of distressed assets and on disputes relating to FIDIC-based construction contracts. Also involved in public work projects, and noted for its expertise in coastal resort developments.

The lawyers from this firm are proactive and interested in our business,

as reliable partners they always inform us about any changes in legislature which may affect our business.’"