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“Can (’t) poach this” – a new turning point between competition & employment law?

If you open the eighth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Law and turn to page 461, poaching is defined as “taking game without permission from private land or from land on which the killing of game is restricted. Wild animals cannot usually be stolen […]”.  Although the current degree of development of human rights and basic human decency forbid referring to employees as “wild animals” (at least publicly), and killing is certainly considered a criminal offence, in the corporate world of today to poach someone means to hire an employee from another, often competing, undertaking.

A Step in the Right Direction – Foreign Exchange Operations Act Amendments

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has adopted amendments and modifications to the Foreign Exchange Operations Act,[1] (“Act”) which entered into force, for the most part, on 28 April 2018.[2]  These amendments, amongst other things, intend to ease business dealings for domestic IT companies, reduce restrictions pertaining to credit dealings with foreign countries (which is particularly important to multinational companies), expand possibilities for investing in foreign securities and amplify the supervising role of the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”).

It’s a Deal: a new Directive for Stronger Competition Authorities in the EU

On 30 May 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced that the European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement concerning a proposed new Directive, in order to further build on the Regulation 1/2003 and enable the competition authorities (“NCAs”) of EU Member States to enforce EU antitrust rules more effectively.

Free Internet – free copyrights?

In the second decade of the 21st century, the Internet network (the “Net”) became easily accessible to almost everyone, as well as the most important source of information. This is because, in addition to the availability of reviews and information collection, the Net has become easily accessible to create and upload different information and content by anyone.

Case Closed: Energy Community Drops Dispute Against EPS and Republic of Serbia Over Kolubara B Project

Gecić Law has successfully advised the Republic of Serbia and EPS, one of the largest energy companies in the region, in a probe led by Energy Community Secretariat regarding alleged State support for the multi-million-euro Kolubara B project.

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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