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The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

During the last ten days of May 2017, the Serbian competition authority has hastily opened an unprecedented number of investigations. Simultaneously, the authority announced a push for a complete revamp of the competition act. Reviewing these developments through the lens of the New Administrative Act, which came into force on 1 June 2017, a strong argument can be made that behind these actions is a desire to circumvent the robust due process and human rights safeguards introduced by the New Administrative Act and guaranteed under the ECHR and the Serbian Constitution.

Frikom, Leading Ice-cream Manufacturer, Under the Loupe of Serbia’s Commission for Protection of Competition for the Second Time

On 29 May 2017, the Serbian Competition Commission initiated ex officio proceedings for the alleged abuse of dominance against Frikom, the largest producer of frozen food in Serbia. The day following the initiation of proceedings, a dawn raid at Frikom's business premises was carried out.

Amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code: Restrictive Agreements

One of the amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code (the Code) that will take effect on 1 March 2018 is a new criminal offence for restrictive agreements.

Thresholds for Merger Control in Serbia – a Treasure Island of False Positives?

The Serbian 2009 Protection of Competition Act (as amended in 2013) provides for rather low merger control thresholds, compared both to EU law and countries in the region. Thresholds set this low can (and usually do) result in excessive merger control which eventually brings more harm than good to market competition. In order to put an end to this, a change in decisional practice and/or legislative change in regards to this important aspect of merger control is required.

New EU Data Protection Rules – Should Serbian Companies Be Worried?

The new EU data protection framework, set to come into force on May 24, 2018 in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation is directly binding in all Member States, however its scope goes beyond the boundaries of the EU – affecting foreign companies that deal with personal data of EU citizens. 

The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

In the last 10 days of May 2017, the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia has decided to roll up its sleeves and put a number of companies suspected of committing competition violations on its conveyor belt. Unusually high number of unannounced inspections –

Bogdan Gecić

Partner
Education

LLM, Law & Economics, Antitrust, Corporate and M&A, Harvard Law School (with Honors) | LLB, Business Law, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law (top 1% of class)

Awards
Recognized Lawyer - Chambers & Partners 2017; Legal 500 2017 | 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards Nominee, Institute of Competition Law | 2010/11 Dean's Scholar Prize in "Leadership in Law Firms", Harvard Law School | 2010/11 Harvard Law School Association of Europe Scholarship | 2008 Pieter Sanders Award, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Admissions
Belgrade Bar Association

Bogdan Gecić (Getzich) is a founding partner at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  His practice focuses on Competition/State Aid, European Law, Trade & Enlargement and Administrative & Regulatory. Other areas of expertise include Government Affairs, Corporate/M&A and Constitutional Litigation.

Bogdan recently advised Etihad Airways on all competition aspects of its strategic partnership with the Government of Serbia. He has particular experience in advising clients on antitrust and state aid matters in the emerging Balkan markets (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), as well as expertise in developing and implementing corporate antitrust compliance programs.  He assisted clients in merger filings with EU and national competition authorities, and counseled multinational clients in cases concerning alleged competition abuses.  Bogdan completed advanced studies in these fields at Harvard Law School and practiced in Brussels and Belgrade.  With respect to antitrust litigation, Bogdan’s practice also included cases that dealt with the complex interaction between European administrative law and ECHR (human rights) proceedings.  He is also a former associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he worked on a number of major projects as a member of the firm’s Brussels competition team, including the DB-NYSE attempted tie-up; Aer Lingus-Ryanair’s minority share battle; and, as the intervening party for DHL in the UPS-TNT unsuccessful merger.

He published extensively on EU and Balkan competition law matters.  Bogdan is distinguished as one of the nominees in the global 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards competition held in Washington, DC.

Bogdan graduated from the University of Belgrade with a degree in Law (Top 1% of class) and earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (with Honors and the Dean’s Scholar Prize in “Leadership in Law Firms”).  He is a co-founder and the first Vice President of Harvard Club of Serbia and a guest lecturer at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law.  Bogdan is a member of the Bar in Belgrade, Serbia.  He is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

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