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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.

Rastko Pavlović

Associate

Rastko Pavlović is an associate at Gecić Law in Belgrade.

His practice focuses on Competition and State Aid, Corporate, M&A, Investment Law, Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Privatization Law. Rastko was the member of the team that secured the first individual exemption of a restrictive agreement in aviation sector before the Serbian Competition Commission („Serbian Commission“), as well as the team which completed the first merger filing subject to approval of both the DG Competition and the Serbian Commission. He was also the lead associate on a number of cross-border corporate restructurings, investment projects supported by government aid and M&A transactions, such is advising Danaher Group regarding Serbian aspects of the project to separate Fortive Corporation as a company independently traded on the New York stock exchange.

During his studies, he was a member of the Editorial Board, and was later elected the Student Editor of the Student Economic Law Review. Rastko was an intern at the Societe Generale Bank in Serbia as well as the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights.

Rastko earned his LL.B at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, as one of the best students of his generation. He received scholarship from the Fund for American Studies for attending the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems at the Charles University in Prague. He is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian, and has a working knowledge of Russian.

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