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Excitement at the TerraLex Global Meeting 2018

What exciting few days at the Terralex’s Global meeting in Barcelona, Spain!  We are happy to report that Gecić Law was part of this premier and unforgettable event of leading legal professionals from around the globe organized by TerraLex, the world’s leading international legal network.  Adding to the excitement was the fact that TerraLex was recently awarded Global Network of the Year at The Lawyer’s annual European Awards in recognition of its member’s commitment to innovation and collaboration (Gecić Law was also shortlisted).

Market Disruptor – Youngest Law Firm Continues Tier 1 Ranking

We are proud to announce that Legal 500, the prestigious UK-based guide to the world's best law firms, has ranked Gecić Law for the second consecutive year as a Top Tier firm in Serbia in its EMEA guide for 2018. The firm’s practice in the field of Competition Law has been ranked as Tier 1, while the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice maintained an enviable Tier 2 amongst fierce competition of traditional market incumbents.  Furthermore, for the first time this year, our dynamic Banking & Finance practice was recognized as Tier 3.  In addition, three of our team members Bogdan Gecić, Nikola Aksić and Marija Papić were acknowledged as leaders within their specialist areas.

Historic Ruling: Biggest Fine in Serbian Competition Law Annulled

Gecić Law successfully assisted EPS Distribution, the leading regional distribution operator, in obtaining a landmark judgement from the Administrative Court that annulled the RSD 330 million fine (cca. EUR 3 million) previously levied against this company by the Serbian watchdog.  The court confirmed that the record fine was imposed in violation of the basic principles of national and EU competition law, as well as ECHR guaranteed human rights.  After a long and tumultuous battle, which took years and a total of three judgments, EPS Distribution finally succeeded in repealing the Serbian competition authority’s decision in full, including the biggest fine ever imposed via Serbian competition enforcement, and secured the reimbursement of the total amount, plus cca. EUR 300,000 of statutory interest.

Spotlight on IT Companies Part III – What About Designers?

In the first articles of the series, we wrote about the relations between IT companies and developers, and the rights and relations of IT companies and developers set by the Copyright and Related Rights Act (“Copyright Act”), primarily with respect to commercial utilization of computer programs/software by IT companies and the possibilities of IT companies to carry our changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a computer program/software as a copyrighted work.  However, do the mentioned rules apply to designers, and what happens in cases where graphic design contained within digital content is commercial utilized by IT companies, as well as the possibilities of IT companies to carry out changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a digital content in the field of their design? 

Mandatory Registration of Invoices to Public Sector Entities Officially Introduced

The rule according to which business entities will have to register invoices 1 issued to entities in the public sector is set to enter into force on March 1, 2018. Business entities will be obliged to register the invoices with the Central Registry of Invoices whose management has been entrusted to the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia, and if they fail to carry out the registration they will not be able to settle their claims and may even be charged with a misdemeanor.

We Are Hiring Associates and Senior Associates

Gecić Law is one of the foremost innovative law firms in Serbia. We have achieved this by building long-term relationships with clients based on reciprocity, trust and the highest standards of professional ethics. By adopting new models for the delivery of legal services, we have redefined the role that a law firm plays in an emerging regional market, which has produced truly exceptional results.

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 has significant experience in EU Law and its application in antitrust / competition law, state aid and trade policy negotiations. He is one of a small number of practitioners from the Western Balkan region (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Montenegro) to have practiced and represented clients before the European Commission in Brussels, and is currently involved in a number of cases before the EC. Recently, alongside Van Bael & Bellis, Bogdan advised and represented the Government of Serbia and Zelezara Smederevo in the first anti-dumping proceedings against Serbia before the European Commission concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originated in Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. Together with DLA Piper London, he supported Air Serbia in an investigation before the European Commission in relation to Etihad Airways’ investment in the Serbian Airline. 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.

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, Brussels office, where he worked on a number of major projects before the European Commission, 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 (link).

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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