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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.

Marija Papić

Senior Associate | Head of French Desk

Marija Papić is a senior associate and the head of French Desk at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  Her practice focuses on matters relating to Competition/State Aid, Procedural and Substantive Law in EU, Administrative & Regulatory, Corporate/M&A and European Law, Trade and Enlargement.

Marija practiced in Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Paris and Belgrade in a number of law firms, courts and government institutions.  At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija worked on the ratification of bilateral and multilateral Council of Europe conventions as well as drafting conventions and laws for relevant institutions.  While working at the Court of Justice of the European Union, she provided comparative analysis of legal issues in regional jurisdictions and EU Law as well as contributed to drafting Advocate-General’s opinions.  Marija worked on defense strategies for various clients before French state bodies including the General Directorate for the Protection of Competition, Consumers and Fraud Prevention under the Ministry of Economic Affairs of France.  She has also advised in concentration cases, audited business practices of companies in relation to competition rules, prepared analytical summaries of the legal issues in the field of competition, distribution and consumer protection as well as drafted papers and notices to clients on legal matters of interest to their business.

She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and earned a double LL.M. from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (summa cum laude) in the areas of European Litigation and Procedural Law and Business & Corporate Law.  Marija is also a member of the Bar in Belgrade, Serbia and Paris Bar qualified.  She is fluent in English, French, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

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