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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.

Jovan Rajković

Senior Counsel | Media & IP Head

Jovan Rajković is a senior counsel and head of Media & IP and Litigation teams 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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