Managing Partners: Milan Samardžić, Marija Oreški Tomašević, Radovan Grbović, Miloš Velimirović, Miloš Gledović
Number of partners: 5 Number of lawyers: 17
Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, German, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian
SOG / Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović is a full-service business law firm providing clients with highest quality legal advice across a wide range of key areas of corporate law in the Western Balkans. The firm was founded by a group of accomplished, internationally-trained lawyers who believe in legal practice aimed at providing effective legal advice and straightforward solutions to clients in the contemporary regional and global environment. The firm nurtures a commercial and client-centric approach, and every case is addressed uniquely: by customising the team of legal specialists to address all the client’s needs. With focus on maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, ethical and quality standards, SOG is committed to providing advice and legal representation that achieve long lasting results for clients. The combination of in-depth legal expertise, attention to detail and reliability allows the firm to deliver innovative and comprehensive legal solutions.
SOG is also a founding member of Lexcellence, a regional alliance of legal experts, that represents clients in 6 countries of the SEE – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate / M&A:
SOG advises clients on a full range of corporate matters, and has a reputation for handling the most complex transactions across the full array of industries including healthcare, aviation, pharmaceuticals, retail and consumer products, manufacturing, defense, banking and financial services, asset management companies, consumer finance, agribusiness, professional services, energy, telecommunications, technology, internet, and real estate. The firm advises both public and private acquirers and targets on a wide range of corporate matters, including (i) cross-border and international mergers and acquisitions, (ii) privatisations, (iii) private equity and strategic investments, (iv) spin-offs and split-ups, (v) securities offerings and other capital-raising transactions, (vi) corporate reorganisations and restructurings, and (vii) provides advisory on matters related to corporate governance and day-to-day corporate and commercial issues.
Banking & Finance:
SOG advises many of the largest domestic and international banking entities on the full range of banking, securities, and related regulatory matters. The firm’s banking and finance lawyers assist leading institutions to navigate this complex, uncertain, and fast-changing regulatory environment. The banking and finance team offers strong, in-depth, practical experience in both the transactional realm as well as in the regulatory field. With international and local experience and cooperation, the firm distinguishs itself by its ability to handle the most complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice covers areas of (i) acquisition and project finance, (ii) debt restructuring and refinancings, (iii) acquisition and disposition of distressed and non-core assets and loan portfolios, (iv) claims traiding, (v) regulatory capital transactions, (vi) structured finance and securitisation, (vii) funds and asset management, (viii) derivatives litigation, and (ix) offers regulatory and compliance advisory in the banking and finance area.
SOG real estate legal practice spans all areas of the real estate industry, and extensive interaction between members of the real estate team with other legal teams in the firm allows for a uniquely qualified approach to assist clients with the most complex matters that cover several practice areas. The team works effectively and efficiently across borders, jurisdictions and practice areas drawing upon the expertise and providing deep knowledge of real estate law in Serbia and in the region. SOG’s real estate practice covers (i) real estate acquisitions and dispositions, (ii) joint ventures, partnerships, and equity investments, (iii) development projects, (iv) financings, including syndicated lending, securitisations, and other capital markets transactions, (v) bankruptcy and restructuring work, including workouts, distressed real estate investment, and loan restructurings, (vi) leisure, hospitality, and gaming transactions, (vii) REIT transactions.
SOG arbitration team advises and represents a wide range of financial and industrial clients in all forms of arbitration, including disputes heard under the ICC, VIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. SOG lawyers integrate substantive legal expertise and comprehensive industry knowledge to address client needs across industries and provide superior advice. SOG litigators combine strong trial experience with a client-oriented focus and therefore have earned a well-deserved reputation for handling novel, complex, and high-stakes disputes, across multiple disciplines, against both private-party litigants and government authorities. The practice offers support in the areas of: (i) commercial litigation, (ii) international and domestic commercial arbitration, (iii) investment treaty arbitration, (iv) mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, (v) employment law disputes, (vi) bankruptcy and reorganisation matters (vii) recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and (viii) debt collection.
With expertise in workplace policies and procedures, employment and termination agreements, compliance with local and international labor regulations, the Serbian Labor Act and international agreements, SOG employment team provides legal advice and representation in a broad range of labour law issues. The team’s experience includes drafting employment contracts, internal employment by-laws, management agreements, documentation for employment termination and non-compete agreements. In case of a breach of any of the aforementioned agreements, SOG provides representation for clients facing union campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and employment termination. The firm also brings a unique blend of legal expertise and market-specific knowledge in labour litigation and labour arbitration disputes. This team combines in-depth knowledge and experience, a target-oriented approach and professional relationship with relevant authorities to meet all of the clients’needs effectively and precisely.
Energy, Infrastructure & PPP:
The firm’s energy, infrastructure and PPP team creates unique multidisciplinary teams that collaborate with regulatory, corporate, and financial experts to provide valuable legal advice on matters of privatisation, regulatory compliance, greenfield and brownfield investment opportunities, and due diligence investigations. SOG supports clients on all aspects of project process, from tendering through contract negotiations and final implementation, to ensure seamless delivery at every stage. While most of the market’s focus is currently still on traditional energy sources, there is a significant push for green energy solutions, where SOG offers its exceptional legal service for renewable energy investment opportunities.