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“Can (’t) poach this” – a new turning point between competition & employment law?

If you open the eighth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Law and turn to page 461, poaching is defined as “taking game without permission from private land or from land on which the killing of game is restricted. Wild animals cannot usually be stolen […]”.  Although the current degree of development of human rights and basic human decency forbid referring to employees as “wild animals” (at least publicly), and killing is certainly considered a criminal offence, in the corporate world of today to poach someone means to hire an employee from another, often competing, undertaking.

A Step in the Right Direction – Foreign Exchange Operations Act Amendments

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has adopted amendments and modifications to the Foreign Exchange Operations Act,[1] (“Act”) which entered into force, for the most part, on 28 April 2018.[2]  These amendments, amongst other things, intend to ease business dealings for domestic IT companies, reduce restrictions pertaining to credit dealings with foreign countries (which is particularly important to multinational companies), expand possibilities for investing in foreign securities and amplify the supervising role of the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”).

It’s a Deal: a new Directive for Stronger Competition Authorities in the EU

On 30 May 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced that the European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement concerning a proposed new Directive, in order to further build on the Regulation 1/2003 and enable the competition authorities (“NCAs”) of EU Member States to enforce EU antitrust rules more effectively.

Free Internet – free copyrights?

In the second decade of the 21st century, the Internet network (the “Net”) became easily accessible to almost everyone, as well as the most important source of information. This is because, in addition to the availability of reviews and information collection, the Net has become easily accessible to create and upload different information and content by anyone.

Case Closed: Energy Community Drops Dispute Against EPS and Republic of Serbia Over Kolubara B Project

Gecić Law has successfully advised the Republic of Serbia and EPS, one of the largest energy companies in the region, in a probe led by Energy Community Secretariat regarding alleged State support for the multi-million-euro Kolubara B project.

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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