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Dispute Resolution — Serbia


JPM Janković Popović Mitić - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Djordje Novčić
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading Serbian firm with contentious mandates in a wide range of areas, such as 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. Vahali is one of several new client wins for the firm.

Strengths Sources indicate that "they are results-oriented and take good care of their clients' interests."

Others stated: "The team is very experienced, highly skilled and business-minded."

Work highlights Advised ArcelorMittal on a USD6.5 million collection claim against a zinc processing company.

Advised China Shandong International on a EUR22 million dispute relating to the construction of a highway.

Significant clients BASF, Federal Republic of Germany, Siemens, Slovenian Railways, FJ Elsner.

Notable practitioners

Djordje Novčić heads up the disputes department at JPM, with one source enthusing: "I find him very polite, accurate and confident. He is very effective in court. To put it shortly, if you want a result before the Serbian courts he would be my first pick." He recently advised Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank on EUR550,000 collection claim against one of the leading Serbian broadcasters.

About the Team (content provided by JPM Janković Popović Mitić)

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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Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Milan Lazić
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Sources say: "They have experts for each individual area with international experience. They also have very strong and professional communication, are prompt and always give accurate answers to detailed questions."

Others state: "They are dedicated, provide a quality legal service and have an in-depth understanding of the needs of their clients."

Work highlights Represented HETA Asset Resolution in various court cases and criminal proceedings.

Successfully acted for Alltech Serbia on a variety of disputes related to a major pollution incident on the river Tisza in Serbia.

Significant clients Air Serbia, Tarkett, Airport City, Findomestic Bank Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

Notable practitioners

Milan Lazić has expertise in representing global corporates and regional governments in a range of disputes. Sources comment: "He is a very experienced litigator." He acted for West Pharmaceutical Services on a number of labour and commercial disputes before Serbian courts.

Ivana Dišović has particular knowledge of dealing with employment cases. Sources confirm that she is "one of the best lawyers in labour disputes." Her clients include major multinationals.

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)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jelena Bezarević Pajić and Nataša Lalatović Djordjević
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

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 particular expertise in construction, insolvency and labour cases.

Strengths Sources affirm: "They are available, give clear instructions and explain all the steps that need to be taken. It's really easy and a pleasure to work with them."

Other commentators state that "they always came up with creative arguments and counter-arguments."

Work highlights Represented Zelena in investment arbitration against the Republic of Serbia.

Represented Capital Estate in litigation regarding a motion for annulment of a sale and purchase agreement of real estate worth more than EUR10 million.

Significant clients Saffelberg Investments, OMV, PORR, Montenegro, Johnson Controls.

Notable practitioners

Jelena Bezarević Pajić and Nataša Lalatović Djordjević are key contacts for dispute resolution matters.

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Živković Samardžić Law Office - 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 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.

Strengths One client is pleased to report: "There is a high rate of success in managing litigation cases."

Notable practitioners

Clients have commented that Miloš Milošević is "among the handful of best commercial litigators in the country." He is able to draw on his wealth of experience working as a Municipal Court and District Court judge in disputes cases. He also lectures on civil procedure at Union University in Belgrade.

Miloš Živković is particularly experienced in real estate and contract law, with sources commenting: "He has a lot of experience in arbitration." He is a professor of civil and property law at the University of Belgrade and acts as a national consultant for the World Bank and UN on their projects in Serbia.

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BDK Advokati - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tijana Kojović
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Sources say: "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."

Work highlights Represented the Montenegrin electricity transmission operator CGES in a EUR7 million construction arbitration before the ICC against Croatian contractor Dalekovod.

Acted for HETA Real Estate Serbia on a EUR2 million shareholders' litigation case concerning a project company established for a real estate development project.

Significant clients Mytilineos Holdings, Azvi, Alpine Bau, CBRE, PORR.

Notable practitioners

Disputes head Tijana Kojović has a broad practice that also includes corporate, M&A, banking and competition matters. She is active in both litigation and arbitration. Sources comment: "She was well read and understood straight away what we were trying to get. She was able to export her experience in an international matter and apply it to a local context."

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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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Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vladimir Djerić
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasing presence in the Serbian disputes market, with an established reputation in the field of international arbitration. Regularly acts on commercial and employment litigation, and has boosted its offering by expanding recently into cases concerning media law and copyright infringements. Benefits from the support of the firm's prominent IP practice.

Work highlights Acted for Bosnia & Herzegovina on an ICSID investment arbitration against Elektroprivreda Slovenije.

Assisted Adria News with a temporary injunction from further broadcasting due to an alleged copyright infringement.

Significant clients Republic of Serbia, MOL Srbija, Tiska Perla, CrossFit, Star Fruits Diffusion.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Djerić focuses on international arbitration. Sources remark: "He is very skilful, can juggle a lot of topics but also has an academic touch – he really knows his stuff." He advised the UK Ministry of Defence as an expert on Kosovan and Serbian law.

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nedeljko Velisavljević
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Sources comment: "We have a very good connection and communication with them. They are precise with their advice and their responses are very detailed."

Another client highlights the team's "depth of resources, cross-border capabilities and billing flexibility."

Work highlights Represented UniCredit in a dispute against Airport City relating to an alleged contract breach.

Represented BMW in a consumer protection dispute in Serbia.

Significant clients Delhaize Group, IBM, Archer Daniels Midland, Henkel, STRABAG.

Notable practitioners

According to one source, Nedeljko Velisavljević has a "very serious and systematic approach. He does a lot of preparation for each case in advance, and ensures he has an overall understanding of the subject. He is also a pleasant person, which makes people comfortable working with him." His recent highlights include representing Ball in litigation concerning indemnification of damage and outstanding claims, as well as criminal offences. He assists with both litigation and arbitration.

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mark Harrison
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

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.

Work highlights Represented FCA Serbia in various court cases related to employment, product liability and contractual claims.

Assisted Premium Tobacco with a claim with a supplier.

Significant clients Doosan Babcock, OTP Factoring, GEA Group.

Notable practitioners

Lidija Labudović is active in both Serbia and Montenegro and has expertise in both litigation and arbitration. Of late, she has represented Snavel Trading in a case against Srbijateks, which resulted in a settlement.

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nataša Lalović Marić and Miroslav Stojanović
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

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 a number of banking and insolvency cases. Noted for its strength in real estate and shareholder disputes.

Work highlights Assisted GEZE with a variety of civil law and enforcement proceedings for collection of various receivables.

Acted for UniCredit on over-15 enforcement, civil litigation and insolvency proceedings

Significant clients Western Union, Export Credit Insurance Organisation, Factor banka.

Notable practitioners

Nataša Lalović Marić and Miroslav Stojanović are key contacts for this practice area.

About the Team (content provided by Law Office Miroslav Stojanović in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)

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)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Danica Milić and Djordje Nikolić
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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. NEPI and CRH are new client wins for the team.

Strengths Sources comment: "They are very knowledgeable about both local law and international global issues. They respond to us in a timely manner and provide not just legal advice but also good business advice."

Others add that team members have a "good knowledge of client needs and specifics, and a proactive approach."

Work highlights Advised INA on more than ten disputes relating to its properties in Serbia.

Represented Heineken in various disputes arising out of its day-to-day operations, including a real estate dispute over a property in Vojvodina.

Significant clients MOL, METRO Cash & Carry, MPC.

Notable practitioners

Danica Milić and Djordje Nikolić are key contacts for this practice area.

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Stankovic & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nenad Stanković and Zvonko Radovanović
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team that is active 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.

Strengths Sources comment: "The firm offers sharp legal analysis that cuts right to the heart of the issues. Team members have excellent presentation skills and 100% reliability."

Clients also praise the "highly-skilled employees with expertise in different industries," applauding the team's "agility, flexibility and excellent time management."

Significant clients Apatinska pivara, UNIQA Group, Marina Dorcol, SLeasing Srbija, Lunatex.

Notable practitioners

Nenad Stanković and Zvonko Radovanović are key contacts for dispute resolution issues.

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BDK Advokati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Disputes head Tijana Kojović has a broad practice that also includes corporate, M&A, banking and competition matters. She is active in both litigation and arbitration. Sources comment: "She was well read and understood straight away what we were trying to get. She was able to export her experience in an international matter and apply it to a local context."

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Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade

From the Chambers Europe guide

Milan Lazić has expertise in representing global corporates and regional governments in a range of disputes. Sources comment: "He is a very experienced litigator." He acted for West Pharmaceutical Services on a number of labour and commercial disputes before Serbian courts.

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Radomir Milošević

Law Office Milosevic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Radomir Milošević of Law Office Milosevic is very highly regarded for his practice in international arbitration and litigation. As well as acting as legal counsel, he has been called as an expert witness during arbitration proceedings before the ICC, the LCIA and ICSID. Interviewees comment that "he has a good reputation as a litigator."

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Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Djerić focuses on international arbitration. Sources remark: "He is very skilful, can juggle a lot of topics but also has an academic touch – he really knows his stuff." He advised the UK Ministry of Defence as an expert on Kosovan and Serbian law.

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Dražić, Beatović & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilija Dražić of Dražić, Beatović & Partners is a prominent disputes practitioner with a proven track record in litigation and privatisation matters. He also works as counsel and arbitrator on domestic and international arbitrations. Peers note his "established reputation in litigation."

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Miloš Milošević

Živković Samardžić Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients have commented that Miloš Milošević is "among the handful of best commercial litigators in the country." He is able to draw on his wealth of experience working as a Municipal Court and District Court judge in disputes cases. He also lectures on civil procedure at Union University in Belgrade.

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JPM Janković Popović Mitić

From the Chambers Europe guide

Djordje Novčić heads up the disputes department at JPM, with one source enthusing: "I find him very polite, accurate and confident. He is very effective in court. To put it shortly, if you want a result before the Serbian courts he would be my first pick." He recently advised Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank on EUR550,000 collection claim against one of the leading Serbian broadcasters.

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Nedeljko Velisavljević

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one source, Nedeljko Velisavljević has a "very serious and systematic approach. He does a lot of preparation for each case in advance, and ensures he has an overall understanding of the subject. He is also a pleasant person, which makes people comfortable working with him." His recent highlights include representing Ball in litigation concerning indemnification of damage and outstanding claims, as well as criminal offences. He assists with both litigation and arbitration.

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Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ivana Dišović has particular knowledge of dealing with employment cases. Sources confirm that she is "one of the best lawyers in labour disputes." Her clients include major multinationals.

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Lidija Labudović

Harrisons Solicitors

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lidija Labudović is active in both Serbia and Montenegro and has expertise in both litigation and arbitration. Of late, she has represented Snavel Trading in a case against Srbijateks, which resulted in a settlement.

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Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senka Mihaj of Mihaj, Ilic & Milanovic Law Firm leads the firm's contentious practice. She is described as being "very experienced in disputes," with particular expertise in investment and commercial arbitration. Clients enthuse: "She's really good, a very efficient, organised and energetic lawyer." Recent work highlights have included working for the Republic of Serbia in two investment arbitration proceedings.

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Miloš Živković

Živković Samardžić Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miloš Živković is particularly experienced in real estate and contract law, with sources commenting: "He has a lot of experience in arbitration." He is a professor of civil and property law at the University of Belgrade and acts as a national consultant for the World Bank and UN on their projects in Serbia.

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