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No Antitrust Liability for National Bar Association (AKS) as Commission Closes Case

Gecić Law successfully represented the Bar Association of Serbia in a positive resolution of a landmark antitrust probe in Serbia . On May 24, 2018, the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition, the national competition authority dropped a four-year antitrust investigation into the Bar Association of Serbia – Advokatska komora Srbije, without taking any further action. The Commission’s decision puts to rest one of the longest standing investigations in recent history against AKS, a more than 9000-lawyer strong organization and one of the largest bar associations in the Balkans.

Bar Association of Vojvodina Discusses Current Serbian Competition Law Issues

On May 23, 2018, the Bar Association of Vojvodina (“AKV”) held a panel in Novi Sad on the topic “Overview of Proceedings before the Serbian National Competition Authority in Light of the Existing Practice and Implications of the New Administrative Procedure Act”.  The speakers on this ever-evolving, complex yet news-worthy topic were Milica Subotić, attorney specializing in competition law matters, Isidora Nikolić Savin,  attorney and specialist for civil and EU business law, and Bogdan Gecić, partner at Gecić Law, specialized in competition/State aid and European law.

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? 

Jovana Kovačević

Office Assistant

Jovana Kovačević is an office assistant at Gecić Law in Belgrade.

Before joining team of Gecić Law, Jovana worked as journalist in media outlets B92 and Blic. For a while she was also personal assistant to editor-in-chief and director of B92 web site.  During her varied professional career Jovana wroked as personal assistant to Cosmopolitan magazine’s editor-in-chief, office manager in “Ehom” company (official Hyndai car-dealer) and personal assistant to CEO of Stage Talent Agency.

Jovana earned a Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, Department of Politicology.  She is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

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