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The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

During the last ten days of May 2017, the Serbian competition authority has hastily opened an unprecedented number of investigations. Simultaneously, the authority announced a push for a complete revamp of the competition act. Reviewing these developments through the lens of the New Administrative Act, which came into force on 1 June 2017, a strong argument can be made that behind these actions is a desire to circumvent the robust due process and human rights safeguards introduced by the New Administrative Act and guaranteed under the ECHR and the Serbian Constitution.

Frikom, Leading Ice-cream Manufacturer, Under the Loupe of Serbia’s Commission for Protection of Competition for the Second Time

On 29 May 2017, the Serbian Competition Commission initiated ex officio proceedings for the alleged abuse of dominance against Frikom, the largest producer of frozen food in Serbia. The day following the initiation of proceedings, a dawn raid at Frikom's business premises was carried out.

Amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code: Restrictive Agreements

One of the amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code (the Code) that will take effect on 1 March 2018 is a new criminal offence for restrictive agreements.

Thresholds for Merger Control in Serbia – a Treasure Island of False Positives?

The Serbian 2009 Protection of Competition Act (as amended in 2013) provides for rather low merger control thresholds, compared both to EU law and countries in the region. Thresholds set this low can (and usually do) result in excessive merger control which eventually brings more harm than good to market competition. In order to put an end to this, a change in decisional practice and/or legislative change in regards to this important aspect of merger control is required.

New EU Data Protection Rules – Should Serbian Companies Be Worried?

The new EU data protection framework, set to come into force on May 24, 2018 in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation is directly binding in all Member States, however its scope goes beyond the boundaries of the EU – affecting foreign companies that deal with personal data of EU citizens. 

The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

In the last 10 days of May 2017, the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia has decided to roll up its sleeves and put a number of companies suspected of committing competition violations on its conveyor belt. Unusually high number of unannounced inspections –

Lara Maksimović

Associate

Lara Maksimović is an associate at Gecić Law.

Prior to joining the firm, Lara worked for a year as an associate in Law Office Ignjačević in Belgrade, where she has gained significant experience in the areas of civil, commercial, labor and administrative law.  During the course of her studies, Lara completed an internship in the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes. She also completed a theoretical and practical course for working at the Legal Clinic for Combating Corruption.  Lara participated in the “Belgrade Open Pre-Moot 2015” i.e. a prep-tournament for the worlds leading competition in the area of law of international sale of goods and international commercial arbitration “Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot”, in capacity of an arbitrator.  She has also participated in the “Business Case Competition 2013” of Ernst & Young’s Future Leaders Program.  Lara was awarded a scholarship from the Fund for Young Talents “Dositeja” by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia (in 2013/14 and 2014/15), the scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia, as well as the scholarship from Municipality of Višegrad, due to she had been declared for the best student of generation in Secondary school “Ivo Andric” in Višegrad.  Also, Lara was awarded with “Sveti Sava” i.e. award of University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, for achieving a great success in learning and acquiring knowledge in all academic years of undergraduate studies.

Lara earned her LL.B. degree at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2014, Department of Judicial and Administrative Law.  In 2015 Lara earned her LL.M. degree, also at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law.  She completed her master thesis on the topic of “The advantages and disadvantages of Public Prosecutor’s Investigation” with the highest mark. She is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian, and also has elementary proficiency of German and Russian.

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