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Gecić Law Advises in Historic Anti-Dumping Decision Before European Commission

Gecić Law acted as legal counsel to the Government of Serbia and the Smederevo steel mill, in the landmark case before the European Commission (EC) in relation to the anti-dumping investigation on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products originating in Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

Bar Association of Vojvodina Discusses Constitutionality of the Current Competition Act

On October 4, 2017, the Bar Association of Vojvodina held a panel in Novi Sad (city known as Serbian Athens) on the topic, “The proceedings of the Commission for Protection of Competition against the Bar Association of Serbia (BAS), possible implications for the BAV and constitutional challenges against the Protection of Competition Act”.  The speakers on this complex and news-worthy topic were Isidora Nikolić Savin, attorney and specialist for civil and EU business law, and Bogdan Gecić, partner at Gecić Law.

Agrokor`s Potential Insolvency – How Does It Affect Serbian Companies?

Although it seemed that the tension over Lex Agrokor had somewhat calmed down—and that Mr. Ante Ramljak, in the capacity of extraordinary administrator by the Croatian Government, will lead the Croatian company in the forthcoming period—the public has been alarmed by the recent announcement by ex-owner, Mr. Ivica Todorić.  On his personal blog, which was visited by more than 180,000 readers in the first 24 hours, Mr. Todorić, in a series of articles, criticizes the conduct of the Republic of Croatia (RC) and points to the unconstitutionality of Lex Agrokor.

Famous Trust Buster That Took on Delta, First President & NCA Founder Speaks Up Against the Serbian Antitrust Watchdog

In an article published on Friday, Professor Bajalović, who famously took on Delta and stood up to local tycoon Miroslav Mišković, and was the founder and first president of the NCA, stressed the inadequacy of the Competition Act and called for amendments that would finally limit the extensive powers granted to the NCA.  As depicted in the title itself “Judge, Jury and Executioner”, Professor Bajalović emphasizes that the excessive use of powers by the NCA inherently represents “a State within a State” behavior.

Bogdan Gecić Featured in the October Issue of CorD Magazine

We want to kindly thank CorD Magazine for the recent interview of Bodgan Gecić published today, in their October 2017 issue (link). Some of the questions posed in this interview include: what are the challenges of building a creative law firm in Serbia and the West Balkans, and innovating in a profession viewed by many as traditional; what are the major legal & business challenges ahead during the course of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations; and how we as a firm give back to the community with our pro bono work, our scholarship and counseling students regarding application to US universities.

Cross Border M&As to Be Explicitly Regulated – Looking Towards the Amendments to the Companies Act

The public debate on the Draft of Amendments of the Companies Act, suggested and prepared by the Ministry of Economy in April, will take place in Belgrade on 4th October 2017. As part of the drafting procedure, the Ministry tried to identify and address business sector`s concerns regarding the Companies Act and identify areas where amendments to current regulatory framework might be needed.  In order to facilitate the above-mentioned, the working group also included representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, with more than 60% of the comments submitted by the companies to the Ministry, being adopted. President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Marko Čadež, highlighted the importance of this cooperation, confirming that the Government, the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the private sector are intensely discussing issues of importance.

Jovan Rajković

Senior Associate | Media & IP Head

Jovan Rajković is a senior associate and head of Media & IP team at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  His practice focuses primarily on Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Corporate/M&A, Labor Law, Law on Contracts and Torts and Real Estate.

Prior to joining our team, Jovan worked as an in-house lawyer for the members of Pink Media Group: Pink International Company, City Records, Airpink, Pink Filming Studio and Digital Media System. In this capacity, he provided a wide spectrum of legal services to the aforementioned clients on a daily basis.  Apart from the in-house services, Jovan represented said corporate members of Pink Media Group as well as their founders, individuals, in corporate, civil and criminal proceedings.  In particular, Jovan represented his clients in court and other proceedings led in the fields of Media, Copyright and Labor Law, in regular business-oriented proceedings before commercial courts, as well as in procedures related to debt collection and bankruptcy.  Further, Jovan engaged in resolving everyday labor issues of his clients, structuring of employees, creation of internal labor acts and other labor-related issues such as redundancy, etc. What is more, he engaged in extraordinary corporate and M&A activities, including full-scale mergers and acquisitions, asset and share deals.  In addition, Jovan advised and represented small-sized and medium-sized companies in corporate matters, said engagement encompassing representation of said companies in court proceedings and everyday legal support.  His primary focus was on freight transportation, trade, construction, marketing and media.

Through a successful fencing career, first as an athlete, then as a coach of both male and female fencing teams and finally as a member of the Disciplinary Committee and the Commission for the preparation of the Statute of the Fencing Federation of Serbia, Jovan developed a particular, first-hand, expertise in the field of Sports law.  Being an organizer of numerous fencing competitions and a lead coach of the most successful generations of Serbian female fencers, in 2009 he was elected a member of the organizing team for the Summer Universiade in Belgrade.  In addition, Jovan served as one of the judges on the Arbitration Tribunal for Sports of the Olympic Committee of Serbia.

Jovan obtained a master degree in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (LL.M.).  He is a member of the Belgrade Bar Association from 2010. Jovan speaks fluent English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian, and has an intermediate knowledge of French.

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