Chambers Europe

  *Chambers Europe 2017
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

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 project and acquisition finance. Offers noteworthy advice on restructuring and formal insolvencies, with particular experience of NPL transactions.

Clients have high regard for the group's know-how and particularly appreciate the team's ‘good knowledge and experience, good network in Serbia and ability to respond rapidly.

It is a very good law firm. They have knowledge in the banking industry, which is a plus, and they have a good understanding of cross-border transactions.’"

Competition

"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.’"

Corporate/Commercial

"Market-leading group with 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."

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. Also has specific expertise in construction, shareholder and clawback litigation.

They are very knowledgeable about Serbian law, commercially minded and have experience in arbitration. They have good practical experience of practical matters and can anticipate potential issues.’"

Employment

"Outstanding department that continues to receive commendation 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. Routinely advises on the impact of EU law on Serbian legislation. Team members have further knowledge of labour litigation, data protection and privacy issues.

One client admires the practice's ‘detailed information and sound advice on legal requirements.

Another source considers the firm ‘very good commercially, realistic and good value for money,’ adding that ‘the lawyers know their profession very well.’"

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…

Sources comment that ‘they have offered the most convenient and professional services among several contracted companies, and during the negotiation process they have presented themselves as reliable and flexible.

Other market observers note: ‘They have a deep understanding of the Serbian state public tender process and are seasoned navigators of the Serbian administration.’"

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. ION Investment Group is one of a number of new clients for the team.

One client praises the team for its excellent level of service: ‘It was a very positive experience because they were involved in everything,’ adding: ‘They have a lot of resources and can provide information very fast.

Sources also appreciate the quality of the advice: ‘They are responsive to our needs and the advice they provide is factual and to the point.’"

Real Estate

"Outstanding real estate team with specific experience of handling FIDIC contract matters and mandates relating to retail developments. 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.

Clients affirm that the department has ‘very good knowledge of the retail space’ and is ‘efficient and responsive.

Others describe the team as ‘perfect in real estate and litigation matters.’"

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...

A client praises the firm's global vision regarding business, adding that they ‘are excellent and very responsive. 

Clients single out the firm for its understanding of different practice areas, adding: ‘The lawyers are knowledgeable; they meet the deadlines.’"

Montenegro - Real Estate

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

This outfit is well admired by clients, who describe it as ‘an excellent firm which has handled complex projects for us.’"