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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution — Serbia


Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading disputes practice representing a broad array of clients, including international companies and public sector bodies. Particularly focused on construction disputes, commercial litigation and privatisation-related matters. Experienced in high-value domestic and international arbitration issues. Fersa Energías Renovables is a new client win for the team.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm's "diversity and responsiveness," adding: "The firm keeps up to date with laws and provides additional value with seminars organised for clients."

Other market sources say the firm is "on top of the market and has an excellent litigation practice."

Work highlights Represented the Republic of Serbia in various investment disputes before the ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitral tribunals worth a total of EUR223 million.

Provided ongoing advice to Findomestic Bank on commercial litigation and labour disputes.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Milan Lazić regularly represents multinationals and local government clients in international arbitration. He has noteworthy expertise in commercial, labour and M&A disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade)

Leading Regional Practice

Our dispute resolution team is recognised as a leading dispute practice in the region. With a strong reputation for taking a commercial approach to resolving disputes, we ensure that the highest level of expertise is made available in all areas of commercial dispute resolution. Bringing a dispute to court is the option of last resort and in all instances an amicable solution is preferred. Our dispute resolution team upholds the highest ethical standards while keeping the integrity of the client in mind at all times.

Our team is proud of their extensive experience in dealing with arbitrations under the arbitration rules of ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL, as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Belgrade. We regularly deal with high value commercial disputes and general corporate disputes; construction cases; employment disputes; bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings and related litigation, privatisation related disputes; recognition of foreign judgements and arbitral awards, debt collection, maritime related disputes and environmental issues. We also have long term experience with cases dealing with human rights as well as white collar crime.

We represent leading multinational companies, as well as leading regional and local clients from a wide range of industries. We are also engaged as legal advisors and lead counsel to some of the regional governments in several arbitration proceedings. 



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Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier disputes team with a wide-ranging caseload that includes high-end commercial litigation, international arbitration and complex mediation matters. Particularly known as the lead counsel to Montenegro in a number of investor-state disputes, as well as acting for a number of foreign direct investors. Has specific expertise in construction, insolvency and labour cases. The Cofra Group is one of the team's new clients.

Strengths Clients say: "They have an excellent team of hard-working, competent and reliable individuals. Their advice is clear and precise, they really enable us to make business decisions easily and they are very responsive."

Other sources praise the firm's "creativity and solution-oriented way of thinking," with others adding: "They give their full attention to every case and every detail."

Work highlights Successfully represented the Republic of Montenegro in a EUR600 million investment arbitration against CEAC Holdings.

Assisted Kunsttrans Holding with a EUR17 million investment arbitration against the Republic of Serbia.

Notable practitioners

Jelena Bezarević Pajić enters the rankings this year following impressive praise by sources who regard her as "very reliable, determined and a pleasure to work with." Other sources note: "She is a very incisive lawyer who shows passion for what she does." She focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, and has additional experience in commercial litigation.

Nataša Lalatović Đorđević has extensive experience advising on commercial and corporate litigation cases, and is also involved in investment and commercial arbitrations. Clients say she is "well prepared, competent, determined and efficient," with others adding: "She has a thorough eye for factual detail." This year she defended PORR as the defendant in a dispute worth EUR7 million regarding construction of Belgrade's Ada Bridge.

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BDK Advokati - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for 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.

Strengths 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."

Another source says the firm is "very smart and responsive in drafting and understanding what we need."

Work highlights Advised the Gi Group on a number of court cases against the former general manager of its Serbian subsidiaries concerning the breach of director's duties and the repayment of debt.

Acted for Alpine Bau on an ICC arbitration against Putevi Srbije regarding a construction dispute.

Notable practitioners

Department head Tijana Kojović has a broad practice that spans disputes, M&A, finance and competition. She is active in insurance claims, construction arbitration and damages claims. Clients praise her for "making an important contribution, being very knowledgeable about options and very responsive." She also assists with the enforcement of debt collection claims for clients such as National Oilwell Varco Denmark.

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We have experience in a wide range of investment and commercial disputes, including the ones related to specific niches such as product liability or insolvency claw back litigation. BDK takes particular pride in its international commercial and investment arbitration capability.  We have represented a number of foreign investors in arbitration disputes with host states or other local entities arising out of privatisation, concessions, construction contracts or other specific commercial arrangements. Besides representing clients in legal proceedings, we advise clients on the drafting of arbitration clauses and transactional structures aimed at improving their access to a desirable forum in case of dispute. We also help clients avoid dispute or mitigate its consequences by negotiating settlement arrangements.

Within our dispute resolution practice, we have set up a multidisciplinary team to deal with internal corporate investigations and white collar crime. The team comprises lawyers with expertise in criminal law and procedure, tax law, disputes, employment, data protection and privacy, and corporate law.



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JPM Janković Popović Mitić - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected Serbian firm with contentious mandates in a wide range of areas, including commercial and insurance law. Active in litigation and arbitration on behalf of a wide range of clients, encompassing international banks, energy and media companies. Also involved in construction and bankruptcy cases, in addition to debt collection mandates. HP is a new client win for the disputes team.

Strengths Sources say the firm is "very responsive, has a business approach and is creative."

Other clients appreciate the firm's "friendly communication, fast solutions and very good organisation."

Work highlights Acted for Century 21 USA on litigation concerning the termination of a licence agreement worth EUR3 million.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Djordje Novčić provides "positive, business-oriented answers" and "open and fast responses." He acts for clients on a range of commercial disputes and debt recovery matters. His recent highlights include acting for BASF on a number of disputes concerning the collection of claims and the termination of agency agreements.

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JPM Dispute resolution department has demonstrated in-depth expertise in handling the most sensitive and complex cases in various types of commercial, competition, labor and corporate disputes, both in judicial proceedings and institutional/ad hoc arbitrations.


JPM litigation department possesses in-depth experience and well established presence in a wide range of contentious legal areas, such as:

o   commercial law

o   labor law

o   civil law

o   corporate law

o   bankruptcy law

o   insurance law

o   international commercial arbitration

JPM Litigation/Dispute resolution department has demonstrated in-depth expertise in handling most sensitive and complex cases in various types of commercial, competition, labor and corporate disputes, both in judicial proceedings and institutional/ad hoc arbitrations.

JPM client portfolio is diverse and consists of leading international corporations, in addition to key regional and domestic players. 


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Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted presence in the Serbian disputes market, with an established reputation in the field of international arbitration and an increasing presence in international commercial cases before ICSID. Regularly advises on commercial and employment litigation, in addition to cases concerning media law and copyright infringement. Benefits from the support of the firm's prominent IP practice. Acts for both multinationals and governmental clients.

Strengths Clients comment that the team members are "very professional, know the job and never fail."

Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Serbia on an international arbitration before ICSID against Mera Investment Fund.

Advised CrossFit on a dispute over the unauthorised use of its trade mark.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Djerić heads the department and focuses on international arbitration. He acts as counsel and arbitrator and has particular experience of representing states in energy cases. Sources note his prominence in high-quantum arbitrations.

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Živković Samardžić Law Office - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particularly recognised for its strong commercial litigation practice. Well placed to receive contentious mandates deriving from financial, insolvency and labour issues, in addition to regulatory matters. Particularly adept at offering experienced advice on international investment treaty arbitration cases and IP litigation. Client roster features blue-chip multinational companies as well as local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Miloš Milošević is noted for his litigation practice and judiciary experience. His broad practice also includes assisting with enforcement and bankruptcy issues.

Interviewees describe Miloš Živković as an "expert arbitrator." He is also a professor of civil and property law at the University of Belgrade. He has a particular focus on contract and real estate issues.

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Harrisons Solicitors - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced in disputes relating to the financial sector, notably involving distressed assets and insolvency issues. Practice spans litigation and arbitration matters. Has a strong reputation for its work on contentious labour and employment mandates. Routinely acts for international companies with interests in Serbia. Team members have additional experience of matters related to product liability and health and safety. Vitagrain and Sadler’s Wells are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths Sources say the firm has a "full understanding of the market and follows trends carefully."

Work highlights Assisted OTP Bank and OTP Faktoring with various litigation matters in the region.

Acted for Volvo on a labour litigation matter.

Notable practitioners

Mark Harrison is a key contact for this practice area.

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Law Office Miroslav Stojanović in cooperation with Wolf Theiss - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well versed in a range of commercial disputes and enforcement proceedings, acting at both a local and multi-jurisdictional level for a portfolio of prominent clients. Notable for its expert knowledge of the financial services sector, with experience of acting for domestic and international banks on a number of banking and insolvency cases. Recognised for its strength in real estate and shareholder disputes. Team members have further experience of assisting multinationals with employment disputes.

Strengths Sources say: "Their advice is always timely, comprehensive and practical."

Other clients praise the firm's "efficiency, responsiveness, engagement and flexibility."

Work highlights Acted for DUTB on two court cases worth EUR23 million instigated by Slovenian and Serbian creditors of TARGO Telekom.

Assisted ThyssenKrupp with a damages claim brought before the Landgericht Essen by a Serbian company.

Notable practitioners

Nataša Lalović Marić and Miroslav Stojanović are key contacts for dispute resolution issues.

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Our Reputation

The Wolf Theiss Dispute Resolution team in Serbia has a number of experienced litigation and arbitration specialists. Our lead lawyers gained their expertise, not only by working in law offices, but also by working with judicial authorities (courts and prosecution offices), financial institutions and international corporations.  A significant number of our lawyers are listed as arbiters at the Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

Our Cases

We have been representing some of the biggest international banks, financial institutions and corporations in a wide array of complex commercial and shareholders disputes, insolvency-related disputes, and court disputes conducted under foreign law. We have been pioneers in conducting major cross-border insolvency cases in Serbia. We are also well equipped and have been representing clients in different administrative proceedings and litigation cases including those before Tax Authorities.

Our Role

We provide sound advice and representation to local and foreign clients who have disputes affecting their investment and/or ongoing operations in Serbia, by providing accurate and reliable legal advice, supported by our profound understanding of the clients' business and financial needs.











 



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NKO Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well regarded for expertise in debt enforcement procedures, and noted for a presence in labour law cases. Active in a range of real estate matters. Mainly represents international companies and their subsidiaries. They have particular expertise in debt enforcement procedures and insolvency cases. Borovo and INA are among the team's new clients.

Strengths Clients say the firm's "general level of service is excellent," adding: "They are driven, up-to-date, and focused."

Other interviewees praise team members for "their organisation and responsiveness," as well as their "good legal and business expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Erste Card Club on disputes arising out of its EUR20 million acquisition of a local company.

Advised METRO Cash & Carry on employment and customer protection disputes in Serbia.

Notable practitioners

Danica Milić and Đorđe Nikolić are key contacts for this department.

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PETRIKIĆ & PARTNERI AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Receives instructions from a wide variety of domestic and international clients, especially those from the life sciences, construction and finance sectors. Possesses particular prowess in commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases, as well as administrative and labour law claims. Team members have additional expertise in contentious matters related to competition, IP and insolvency. Also experienced in acting on international construction arbitration proceedings.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "responsiveness and efficiency," adding: "They have a team of very competent lawyers."

Work highlights Represented STRABAG in numerous commercial and criminal disputes in Serbia.

Acted for Delhaize Group on a variety of court cases before the Serbian courts.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nedeljko Velisavljević acts on both commercial litigation and arbitration, and represents clients from a broad range of industries in criminal investigations and debt recovery matters. Clients say his "calm appearance makes you feel confident," while others praise his "excellent communication and proactive work."

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Stankovic & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected team that is involved in both litigation and arbitration, including a range of commercial disputes and investment arbitration. Also active in construction and insurance litigation before the Serbian courts. Team members have further expertise in environmental, insolvency and employment cases. Has noteworthy experience of acting for clients from the agriculture, media and food and drink sectors.

Strengths Clients say the firm "always works in the client's best interest and provides realistic assessments," adding: "They are excellent at responding and quickly understand our needs."

Other interviewees say the firm is "well organised and always available," with one source praising the firm's "negotiation skills during a transaction."

Notable practitioners

Nenad Stanković and Zvonko Radovanović are key contacts for this practice area.

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Band 1

BDK Advokati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Tijana Kojović has a broad practice that spans disputes, M&A, finance and competition. She is active in insurance claims, construction arbitration and damages claims. Clients praise her for "making an important contribution, being very knowledgeable about options and very responsive." She also assists with the enforcement of debt collection claims for clients such as National Oilwell Varco Denmark.

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Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Milan Lazić regularly represents multinationals and local government clients in international arbitration. He has noteworthy expertise in commercial, labour and M&A disputes.

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Radomir Milošević

Law Office Milosevic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Radomir Milošević of Law Office Milosevic is widely admired by peers, who describe him as a "very good, experienced arbitrator." He is also noted for his litigation work.

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Band 2

Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Djerić heads the department and focuses on international arbitration. He acts as counsel and arbitrator and has particular experience of representing states in energy cases. Sources note his prominence in high-quantum arbitrations.

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Band 2

Dražić, Beatović & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Ilija Dražić of Dražić, Beatović & Partners is "very good commercially." He has extensive experience in litigation, as well as acting as counsel and arbitrator on domestic and international arbitration.

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Band 2

Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senka Mihaj of Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm routinely advises clients on investment and commercial arbitrations. Sources praise her "great knowledge, intuitive understanding of complex legal points, and ability to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions." She acted for Air Serbia on various labour disputes, including damage compensation and commercial litigation proceedings.

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Band 2

Miloš Milošević

Živković Samardžić Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Miloš Milošević is noted for his litigation practice and judiciary experience. His broad practice also includes assisting with enforcement and bankruptcy issues.

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Band 2

JPM Janković Popović Mitić

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Djordje Novčić provides "positive, business-oriented answers" and "open and fast responses." He acts for clients on a range of commercial disputes and debt recovery matters. His recent highlights include acting for BASF on a number of disputes concerning the collection of claims and the termination of agency agreements.

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Band 2

Nedeljko Velisavljević

PETRIKIĆ & PARTNERI AOD in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Nedeljko Velisavljević acts on both commercial litigation and arbitration, and represents clients from a broad range of industries in criminal investigations and debt recovery matters. Clients say his "calm appearance makes you feel confident," while others praise his "excellent communication and proactive work."

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Band 3

Jelena Bezarević Pajić

Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jelena Bezarević Pajić enters the rankings this year following impressive praise by sources who regard her as "very reliable, determined and a pleasure to work with." Other sources note: "She is a very incisive lawyer who shows passion for what she does." She focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, and has additional experience in commercial litigation.

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Nataša Lalatović Đorđević

Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nataša Lalatović Đorđević has extensive experience advising on commercial and corporate litigation cases, and is also involved in investment and commercial arbitrations. Clients say she is "well prepared, competent, determined and efficient," with others adding: "She has a thorough eye for factual detail." This year she defended PORR as the defendant in a dispute worth EUR7 million regarding construction of Belgrade's Ada Bridge.

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Miroslav Paunović

Miroslav Paunović - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sole practitioner Miroslav Paunović advises on a range of commercial disputes, including international arbitration. Clients confirm: "He is well known and one of the most experienced lawyers in arbitration matters." He has experience of acting for public sector clients.

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Miloš Živković

Živković Samardžić Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Miloš Živković as an "expert arbitrator." He is also a professor of civil and property law at the University of Belgrade. He has a particular focus on contract and real estate issues.

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