Bojović & Partners is the winner of the Best Law Firm of the Year!

Bojović & Partners wins the prestigious award the Best Law Firm of the Year at the second annual CIJ Awards Serbia, held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Belgrade, 5 December. Ivan Gazdić, head of the B&P’s real estate practice was honored to receive the prize on behalf of the firm.

We are delighted about this prestigious award and we would like to thank everyone who voted. We are pleased to see that our hard work has not gone unnoticed”, said Ivan.

Our real estate department was very busy this year.

In the retail industry, we advised Poseidon Group on the development and financing of the largest retail park in Belgrade (Capitol Park Rakovica) and all of its other real estate projects in Serbia (Capitol Park Sombor, Capitol Park Šabac, Capitol Park Leskovac, etc).

This year we have been providing full legal support (including negotiation of all leases) to our recently won client – one of the largest Turkish retail chain DeFacto to enter the Serbian market. Speaking of retail internationals, it is also worth mentioning that we have been providing full legal support to adidas for many years, including legal support to its retail and franchise stores.

In one of the largest lease deals in Belgrade in the recent period, we acted for Sutherland in negotiations for the lease of 3,454 m2 with the Airport City Belgrade (the class A office business park) for the establishment of Etihad Airways’ customer service centre.

In the hotel industry, this year we advised on construction and property matters regarding The Hotel Jugoslavija and its restoration and conversion into The Kempinski hotel, we also acted for EBRD for the purpose of project finance restructuring regarding the development of a luxury hotel chain in Montenegro, and provided the real estate advice to UK investment fund Tenth Planet in connection with the development of a luxury tourism complex in Montenegro on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

2017 brought successful results in advising Halkbank and EOS Matrix on management on large portfolio of NPLs and the real estate collaterals.

We were also involved in other large deals in 2017 that had a significant real estate aspect, such as advising a financier on public-private partnership (PPP) for the rehabilitation of the largest Belgrade’s landfill in Vinča, then we acted as the local legal counsel to National Bank of Greece in its sale of Serbian Operations (Vojvodjanska Banka AD, NBG Leasing doo), and also acted for the recently won client JLL for the purpose of legal due diligence of an old industrial complex in Belgrade.

Prestigious CIJ Awards for results in commercial real estate sector have been presented at gala event before an enthusiastic crowd of the country's most important property professionals and companies.

The upbeat mood of the audience was matched by the quality of the nominated projects on offer, as the Serbian economy is growing faster than it has done in years. Nearly a dozen awards categories were decided through a combination of Jury voting and votes from on-line voters. The results were revealed at the prize giving ceremony that followed a four-course dinner served in the hotel's Crystal room. 

More about CIJ Awards can be found here.

Partner Vuk Drašković participated at the China-CEEC SMEs Matchmaking Event

Bank of China hosted the China-CEEC SMEs Matchmaking Event, held in Budapest 27 November 2017, with more than 400 enterprises from China and Central and Eastern European Countries. Partner Vuk Drašković participate at this event and helped matchmaking between Serbian and Chinese enterprises to be more productive.

"This was a great opportunity for networking, knowledge and experience exchange with people from the same industry and with people from different industries as well" said Vuk. Many successful Serbian companies were invited to participate and to take advantage of business opportunities.

This Matchmaking Event was a sub-forum in the 7th China-CEEC Economic and Trade Forum during the 6th Meeting of Heads of Government of CEEC and China (the “16+1 Summit”). Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony a financing support for cooperation between China and 16 Central and European countries. He announced the establishment of China-CEEC Inter-Bank Association and the second phase of China-CEE Investment Cooperation Fund.

The idea of cooperation platform between Central and Eastern European Countries and China – shortly referred to as 16+1 – was conceived after the first China-Central and Eastern European Countries Economic and Trade Forum that was held in 2011 in Budapest. Members of the format include China, 11 EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia; and 5 non-EU countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Participating countries aim to invigorate and expand their cooperation on a wide range of areas, including but not limited to trade and investment, connectivity, finance, agriculture, science and technology, health, education, culture, people-to-people relations and local connections. In order to facilitate cooperation and exchange, various mechanisms and institutions have been established, gradually enhancing the 16+1 framework. Members seek to build a lasting partnership on the principles of openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.

More about this Forum can be found here.

The latest Newsletter: New Law on Electronic Document, Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions

The new Law on Electronic Document, Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions (the “Law”) was adopted on 17 October 2017, with the aim to establish fundamental legal framework which will provide more room for implementation of electronic forms of conducting business operations and bringing it to the same level of use as the existing classic forms. It is also expected that the Law will induce faster and more efficient manner of conducting business for companies, and more efficient functioning and work of public authorities as well.

To read more please follow the link.