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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.

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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