Chairman: Mr Nenad Stankovic
Number of partners: 1
Number of lawyers: 9
Languages: English, Serbian
Stankovic & Partners (NSTLAW) is a full service law firm, which provides services with respect to various questions regarding international commercial law. NSTLAW has assorted experience with respect to corporate law, M&A, competition, real estate, dispute resolution, public procurement, capital market, energy, mining and infrastructure, employment, tax, information technology, financial institutions and project financing. NSTLAW is actively present in Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Banking and finance related practice includes representation of clients in all aspects of financing transactions, from origination and negotiation to documentation and closing, and when necessary, to enforcement of remedies and agreements for workout and reorganisation. Clients usually represented are agents, senior lenders or other syndicate members, sellers or purchasers of participation, assignors or assignees of direct loan interests, letter of credit issuers, trustees and arrangers or purchasers of capital market instruments. The firm also advises corporate borrowers involved in mergers and acquisitions, divestiture of operating units, equipment and project funding, debt restructuring and working capital and other financing transactions. NSTLAW acts on regular basis for banks, international financial institutions and commercial borrowers.
Competition / Antitrust:
NSTLAW has developed expertise in advising clients from various sectors on a wide range of cases covering all aspects of competition law, including: antitrust infringement procedures, mergers and acquisitions clearance, state aid clearance, verification of distribution and franchising trade channels and antitrust trainings and audit. The lawyers provide set of services in order to continuously support new business models and ventures, including but not limited to:
■ Antitrust compliance, including trainings and audit of company commercial strategy and trading channels
■ Analysis of undertaking business development plans and existence of market power with support to defining commercial strategic approach accordingly
■ Representation before competition authorities in the wider region The main clients in this field are in the grocery production industry, sports and textile industry, distribution, pharmaceutical, insurance and waste management.
Corporate / Commercial:
The firm’s M&A experience includes the spectrum of negotiated mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. NSTLAW assists the clients regarding legal and regulatory issues involved with mergers and acquisitions including structuring of transactions, legal due diligence, assisting with financing, negotiating and documenting the transactions and compliance with filing obligations and approval requirements. NSTLAW provides services to all clients regarding day to day commercial activities, including:
■ Contracts drafting
■ Advertising and marketing activities
■ Data and privacy protection
■ Registration of all corporate changes
■ Analysis of corporate documents compliance and training for the employees
■ E-commerce operations
NSTLAW office has significant experience in the field of international and domestic arbitration, including advising clients in disputes before ICSID, LCIA and ICC. NSTLAW handles commercial, environmental, employment and bankruptcy litigations, as well as enforcement procedures, including complex “bet the company” litigations, where Stankovic & Partners has been particularly successful. The firm’s lawyers are listed as arbiters with the arbitration of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. NSTLAW has developed cooperation with international law firms in this field.
NSTLAW provides services to the clients in all areas of labor law, including:
■ Drafting of labour contracts and employer’s by-laws
■ Negotiations with unions
■ Safety and protection at work place
■ Transfer of employees
■ Implementation of the programs of mass redundancy of the employees
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure:
Energy, mining and infrastructure services comprise of training of the employees in public sector, preparation of feasibility studies and due diligence reports, lists with detailed explanation of all the phases of the project, negotiations, structuring of transactions, closing of contracts, gathering of required permits and approvals for implementation of transactions. Among others, NSTLAW is engaged in unbundling of distribution system operator (DSO) and public supplier (PS) as advisor for Electric Power Industry of Serbia - (EPS), which is the biggest Serbian corporate restructuring ever, and restructuring of copper and smelting company BOR.
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals:
Understanding the business needs and specifics of highly regulated healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, NSTLAW is providing continuous support to commercial entities active in this sector. NSTLAW have been supporting leading Global companies in pharmaceutical industry with advising and counseling in respect of changes in trading channel models, pricing and reimbursement, quality, distribution, tendering and regulatory issues as well as in the very process of drug registration and conducting of clinical trials in Serbia. NSTLAW’s clear and full understanding of business needs and plans of companies, as well as perception of market and regulatory policy dynamics allow us to provide timely, continuous and finest legal support to clients in the healthcare sector.
NSTLAW real-estate practice encompasses initial planning, acquisition, financing, investment, development, construction, management and sales. The lawyers advise clients in all phases of the real estate projects, from providing counsel in due diligence process, contract negotiations during acquisition phase and resolving of technical issues, to assisting the clients with management during the operations phase and lease and sell of the property. On several occasions, the firm’s lawyers acted as trainers regarding real estate operations, including the training at valuation academy organised by Hypo Alpe Adria Bank Austria for their valuators in Serbia and in Montenegro. NSTLAW advises clients on long term lease agreements and other real estate matters, among others the biggest Austrian real estate investor in Serbia, Israeli investor in development of Belgrade Marina, Lamda Greece in development of prime mixed used real estate project, and turn around management arm of the biggest regional bank and others.