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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 –

Rastko Pavlović


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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