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BDK Advokati

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Managing Partner: Tijana Kojović
Number of partners: 6 Number of other lawyers: 23
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin

Firm Overview:
BDK Advokati is a full-service law firm with offices in Belgrade, Podgorica and Banja Luka and teams specialised in distinct practice areas and industry sectors. BDK has a high-profile transactional record in cross-border M&A, projects and finance, top expertise in complex regulatory and other advisory work, and credentials in prominent contentious work.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Competition
Construction Law
Consumer Protection
Data Protection & Privacy
Dispute Resolution
Distressed Situations/Insolvency & Restructuring
Employment
Energy & Natural Resources
Finance
Gaming
Hospitality
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Infrastructure
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences & Healthcare
M&A, Corporate & Commercial
Media & Entertainment
Real Estate & Construction
Tax

Competition:
BDK has developed substantial expertise in the fields of merger control, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance. BDK is distinguished by its expertise in state aid issues which gain on prominence as the EU integration process develops. BDK represented Coca Cola in the abuse of dominance investigation, which ended without charges. Heineken, Aspen and SC Johnson are also among the firm’s high-profile clients. BDK has a dedicated competition law blog.
Contact: Tijana Kojović
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
BDK advised on the most prominent M&A deals in the region, both in the context of privatisation and private transactions. The firm’s clients include strategic investors as well as private equity. Sector experience includes all major industries, such as FMCG, transport, telecoms, energy and financial services. Besides advising on classic M&A, BDK also assists clients in structuring joint ventures and implementing takeovers.
Contact: Vladimir Dašić
Email: [email protected]

Data Protection & Privacy:
BDK advises businesses on compliance with regulatory requirements and best practice concerning collection, processing, export, and the overall protection of personal data. BDK’s website features the only specialised data protection blog in Serbia.
Contact: Bogdan Ivanišević
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
BDK takes particular pride in its international commercial and investment arbitration capability. The firm has represented a number of foreign clients in large investment and arbitration disputes against Serbian state and SOEs. The firm also has rich litigation experience, including in specific niches such as product liability or insolvency claw back litigation.
Contact: Tijana Kojović
Email: [email protected]

Distressed Situations/Insolvency & Restructuring:
BDK’s litigation team has significant experience representing creditors in insolvencies, insolvencyrelated litigation and NPL transactions. Together with banking, M&A and real estate lawyers, BDK guides investors through the intricacies of local laws throughout the cycles of an investment into a distressed asset. BDK has experience in doing due diligence of NPLs and negotiating deals for the acquisition of NPLs, whether as true sales or as synthetic arrangements. BDK also assists clients to achieve optimum position in negotiating fire sales in both pre-insolvency stage and in the course of insolvency liquidation proceedings.
Contact: Tijana Kojović
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
Besides traditional employment work, such as drafting employment and management agreements, internal employment policies and handling terminations, the team advises on issues arising in modern employment environment, such as privacy at work place, private use of work-place technology, innovative work arrangements and performance-based incentives. BDK also represents clients in collective disputes, employment litigation and other contentious contexts. it offers separate people mobility services, designed to quickly cater for the needs of employers with in-bound and out-bound secondments and other cross-border working arrangements.
Contact: Tijana Kojović
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm offers full-service legal support in energy, oil and gas and mining sectors, from regulatory advice, to M&A, construction and project finance sides of the large energy and mining projects. The firm has advised on the most prominent transactions in the context of privatisation, greenfield and brownfield investments, PPPs and joint ventures in the region.
Contact: Dragoljub Cibulić
Email: [email protected]

Finance:
The finance team offers specialised regulatory advice and transactional support in the areas of banking, payment services, e-money, insurance and other financial services, capital markets, derivatives and structured finance products, and insolvency and restructuring.
Contact: Tijana Kojović
Email: [email protected]

Infrastructure:
BDK provides its clients with a comprehensive service that includes legal assistance in the bidding for the projects, structuring, financing, construction and operation of infrastructure assets.
Contact: Dragoljub Cibulić
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
BDK’s diverse IP and IP-related practice covers trademark protection, copyright protection, industrial design protection, patents, IP litigation, drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements, cyber space issues and advertising.
Contact: Bogdan Ivanišević
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
BDK has advised leading multinational pharmaceutical companies on distribution agreements, as well as on a range of regulatory issues concerning, among other matters, interaction with healthcare professionals, offlabel use of medicines, clinical trials, and registration and labelling of medicines.
Contact: Bogdan Ivanišević
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
Lawyers accompany clients throughout the life of a real estate project, helping them set-up adequate SPV structures, obtain the requisite permits, structure financing, conduct legal due diligence of properties and draft relevant transaction documentation. The firm has also developed significant experience in FIDIC-related and other construction disputes. BDK’s expertise covers commercial and residential developments, shopping centres, hotels and other leisure establishments.
Contacts: Dragoljub Cibulić, Milan Dakić
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

ICT:
BDK’s ICT practice is multidisciplinary, gathering lawyers specialised in telecom regulatory work, competition law, IP, commercial law, and data protection and privacy issues.
Contact: Pablo Pérez Laya
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
BDK’s tax group offers advice on all local and cross-border tax issues and is accustomed to questions which require new, untested solutions. By providing sound tax advice, attorneys can assist in optimising a client’s business performance by helping to understand the tax consequences of cross-border transactions, clarifying the tax implications of organisational restructuring arrangements, increasing tax supply chain efficiency and lowering the effective tax rate, managing relationships with tax authorities, as well as tax compliance and advocacy.
Contact: Tomislav Popović
Email: [email protected]

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