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Gecić Law

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Managing Partner: Bogdan Gecić
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 14
Languages: Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Gecić Law revolves around a vision of a true corporate meritocracy dedicated to excellence in the practice of law in the Western Balkans. Through this vision, Gecić Law challenged the local concept of a regional firm, not just practicing in the region, but being involved in the EU accession process and representing clients before the EU Commission and other EU institutions. This enabled Gecić Law to take the lead on some of the biggest regional projects since its inception in 2015, achieving impressive growth and client retention. It takes an international approach to legal services, reflecting the experience of the team, educated at leading US and European universities, including Harvard, Florence EUI, UC Berkeley, Nottingham, Maastricht, Panthéon-Assas, KU Leuven and Carnegie Mellon.

EU Law, Competition & State Aid Specialty:
Gecić Law is the first Serbian law firm with a strong focus on EU law and its application in antitrust / competition law, state aid and trade policy negotiations. It acted as legal counsel to the Government of Serbia and the Smederevo steel mill, in the historic decision by the European Commission not to impose anti-dumping measures on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from Serbia, simultaneously imposing said measures against products originating from Brazil, Iran, Russia and Ukraine. More recently, Gecić Law successfully advised the Government of Serbia and the Železara Smederevo steel mill with respect to the EC investigation on the historical State aid received. In addition, Gecić Law, together with DLA Piper, assisted Air Serbia in getting a green light before the European Commission in their investigation related to Etihad Airways’ investment in the local carrier.

Strong Corporate Practice:
Despite being a relative newcomer to the market, Gecić Law already worked, and continues to represent clients, on some of the biggest and most challenging transactions in the region. The firm’s corporate practice developed tremendously over the past year, managing to represent and successfully handle some of the most significant investment over the past three years, in what Financial Times ranks the world’s fastest growing FDI economy. The continued trust of high-end clients allowed Gecić Law to grow both its client base and team, while maintaining high-end and innovative service as a signature trait.

Regulatory/Legislative Focus:
Gecić Law is actively raising the bar in the legal profession and working towards an overall higher level of transparency in the Western Balkans business environment. Moreover, it has a strong track-record of active involvement in the legislative process. Gecić Law sees lawyers as active members in the legislative debate, devoted to sharing experience and expertise to support legislators in developing regulation based on best solutions both in the EU and globally.

Philanthropy By Example, Fostering Local Growth:
Gecić Law established Taboroši Scholarship in memory of Professor Svetislav Taboroši, whose work and dedication to academic research and innovative problem solving, led to his pioneering work in the field of law and economics. According to the Dean of the Belgrade Law School, Sima Avramović is the first time in recorded history since the 19th century that a law firm and former students establish a scholarship fund/endowment in Serbia. As such, it aims to serve as a catalyst for change in the Serbian legal profession and support the future of Serbian academics and society.

Market Disruptor:
Being the best means continuously pushing the bar higher, and the firm continues to challenge established practices in an effort to raise the general client understanding of what the top-tier legal service in Serbia means. The entrepreneurial culture, with meritocracy, innovation and professional credibility at its core, is something the firm has nourished from day one. The firm became a safe-haven for repats of kind, and in general the team is assembled of people who have, or aspire to attain, international training. Finally, lateral hires are but one source of growth, as the firm devotes significant effort in developing associates without previous work experience. It is the firm’s belief that only this system can allow the firm to strengthen it’s values while continuing to benefit from outside experience, as shown by the China desk.

Main Areas of Practice:
■ Administrative & Regulatory
■ Banking & Finance
■ Competition Law/State Aid
■ Constitutional Litigation
■ Corporate/M&A
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Energy, Infrastructure & PPP 
■ European Law, Trade & Enlargement
■ Labour
■ Legislative & Government Affairs
■ Media & IP
■ Privacy & Data Protection
■ Private Equity
■  Real Estate
■ Restructuring & Insolvency 

Competition/Antitrust & State Aid:
2 partners, 9 fee earners
The firm acted as legal counsel to the Government of Serbia and the Smederevo steel mill, in the historic decision by the European Commission not to impose anti-dumping measures on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from Serbia, simultaneously imposing said measures against products originating from Brazil, Iran, Russia and Ukraine. More recently, the firm successfully advised the Government of Serbia and the Železara Smederevo steel mill with respect to the EC investigation on the historical State aid received. Also the firm represented the National Energy Company together with the Republic of Serbia in cases before the Secretariat of the Energy Community in Vienna. Alongside with DLA Piper, the firm assisted Air Serbia in getting a green light before the European Commission in their investigation related to Etihad Airways’ investment in the local carrier.

Key Clients:
Air Serbia, Samsung Electronics Adriatic, Zelezara Smederevo Steel Mill, Etihad Airways, Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group Serbia, Electric Power Industry of Serbia, Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) Gazprom Neft Science Technology Park Belgrade
Contact: Bogdan Gecić
Tel:
+381 60 5599 606
Email: [email protected]