The Government of the Republic of Serbia has proclaimed the state of emergency due to the spread of COVID -19. Law office Stankovic and Partners continues to provide legal services to our clients. Our attorneys will be providing pro bono services to all the clients in the cases where they intend to give donations or otherwise contribute to the efforts of the Government of Serbia in prevention of the virus and treatment of patients.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Ministry of Justice, the High Judicial Council of the Republic of Serbia has rendered a decision on cancellation of all the court hearings during the state of emergency. This decision comes in force as of March 19, 2020 until the end of the state of emergency.
This rule shall not apply only to certain urgent matters. In criminal cases, the hearings will be held only in the following cases:
- When the detention is ordered or detention is requested,
- For the criminal offences referred to in Articles 235, 248 and 249 of the Criminal Code,
- Against underage perpetrators of criminal offences,
- Domestic violence,
- When there is threat of the expiration of the statute of limitations,
- For the criminal offences committed during the term of the state of emergency.
In the civil law cases, the hearings will be held only in the proceedings where:
- The injunction needs to be imposed,
- It is decided on protective measure regarding domestic violence,
- It is decided on prohibition of dissemination of printed media and spreading information in the public media,
- It is decided on placement on individuals in neuro-psychiatric institutions,
- Enforcement of executive titles in family matters.
Dear Clients and Partners,
In the conditions of the declared state of emergency in the Republic of Serbia, Law office Stankovic and Partners continues to fulfill its commitments without interruption. We have made necessary preparations for continuous remote communication (telephone, video connection, e-mail). In addition, if necessary – we will organize confidential, personal, client-lawyer meetings. As always, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team with all questions.
We are also available to discuss any questions about the effects of the emergency situation on you or your business.
We are committed to taking care of the best interest of our clients, while complying with the highest health standards, in order to contribute to the protection of the health of each of us, our customers, partners and fellow citizens.
NSTLAW Attorney Mitar Simonovic was a speaker at the “Real Estate Project Funding: Concerns and Prospects”, held within the 5th Serbian Property & Infrastructure Development ConferenceVišnja Marković2020-02-18T21:11:04+01:00
NSTLAW has had the pleasure to be invited to take part in the 5th Serbian Property & Infrastructure Development Conference, which was held on February 11, 2020. This annually held venue gathers representatives from some of the most prominent international companies and financial institutions active on the Serbian market, as experts in their respective fields and participants, along with representatives from the public authorities, all from various sectors of the economy.
This year’s conference has covered many hot topics, ranging from challenges of future urban project investment perspectives, property management of shopping-malls, the real estate market prices forecast, green field investment management, following with that topics of energy efficiency, commercial and residential construction and urbanism matters, as well as property valuation and real estate project funding subjects.
NSTLAW Attorney at Law Mitar Simonovic has had the honour to share the conference’s stage as a speaker on the panel “Real Estate Project Funding: Concerns and Prospects”, along with Dusica Gakovic from Deka Inzenjering, Onur Ekmen from BEEOANT Turkey, Milan Cojbasic from Intesa Leasing, and Ervin Pasanovic from Adventis Real Estate. With each speaker conveying their own perspective to the subject matter, the discussion went along the lines of the prospects of real estate project funding as means to “kick-start” a whole country’s economy, but also to-the-point issues, such as concerns regarding mortgages on objects under construction as collateral for project funding, as well as newly formed practices in the Serbian market that pertain to real estate residential projects, that are being micro-financed by the future residents of the residential complex in construction, including the prospects of the under-utilized option of financial leasing of real estate.
On December 24, 2019, at 7 p.m., the attorney at law Ljiljana Urzikic Stankovic shall present the lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (Amphitheatre VI), within the course Case Study and Moot Court, on the topic of personal data protection.
NSTLAW attorney Sara Pendjer moderated the panel on perspectives and challenges faced by under 40 arbitration practitionersVišnja Marković2019-11-28T11:05:46+01:00
On November 22, 2019, along with attorney Nenad Kovacevic from CMS Belgrade, attorney at law from our law office, Sara Pendjer moderated the panel on careers in international commercial arbitration – perspectives and challenges of under 40 arbitration practitioners. The event was organized by Under 40 section of the Arbitration Association, together with the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.
Some of the conclusions reached during the third ICC YAF in Belgrade were: find a job that you like and you will never have to work; mingle, interact, do not stay behind the computer, ask questions, remain flexible, take responsibility, speak up, etc.
Sebstiano Nessi from Shellenberg Wittmer (Geneva), the ICC YAF representative for Serbia made introductory remarks by talking about tracing career paths in arbitration. Keynote address was delivered by Daniela Karollus – Bruner from CMS Vienna who spoke about the significance of both office and out of office life. She emphasized that in order to build a career in arbitration it was equally important to work hard and to attend social events. At the panel discussion, Benjamin Gottlieb from Shellenberg Wittmer (Zurich), Minu Gvardjancic from Karanovic & Partners (Ljubljana), Dalibor Valnicic from Wolf Theiss (Zagreb), Senka Mihaj from MIM (Belgrade) and Sonja Otenhajmer from CMS (Vienna) shared their career stories, obstacles and challenges they went through in creating their arbitration careers.
The audience acted as additional participant of the event, taking active part with numerous questions and comments.
For the second time now, NSTLAW is one of the members of the Japanese Business Alliance in Serbia JBAS, who contributed to the creation of JBAS’s newsletter vol. 2. JBAS as one of our most esteemed pro bono clients embarked on this exciting adventure, with the launching of its own newsletter. It was an honour for us to participate by providing an insight into the most interesting regulatory news in the past period and the period to come.
Our Senior Associate, attorney at law Tijana Kovacevic, who is the author, gave her view of the upcoming tax reform, affecting entrepreneurs and companies doing business with them as service providers, particularly in the IT sector.
Tijana also gave some interesting insights into the new Guidelines for Tax Benefits of Donors, as well as the novelties the new Law on State Aid Control imposes.
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In the period November 5-6, 2019, the 9th International Conference: Mineral Resources in the Republic of Serbia: A Driving Force for Economic Development will be held Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade. As always, the conference will gather all the key participants in the relevant sectors. Nenad Stankovic will be the chair of the session dealing with funding possibilities in mining sector and mining law.
We are proud to announce that once again NSTLAW has been ranked by IFLR 1000 in the practice areas: Financial and Corporate and Project Development. As a full service firm, NSTLAW advises regional and international clients on corporate deals including restructurings and acquisitions in Serbia. It acts alongside international law firms to provide local counsel on large multi-jurisdictional transactions such as capital increases and acquisitions. Out Senior Partner Nenad Stankovic has been rated as Highly regarded in the practice areas of M&A, Project development, Project finance and Real estate acquisitions.
On June 6 and 7, attorney at law from our law office and a co – chair of Under 40 section of Arbitration Association, Ms. Sara Pendjer attended a co – chair circle retreat that took place at the beautiful lake Neusiedl in the south of Austria. The host of this year’s co – chair circle retreat was YAPP (Young Austrian Arbitration practitioners). Co – chairs from around 20 countries (including but not limited to Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Austria, Czech Republic) discussed the best practices on how to involve members to young arbitration associations as well as on how to ensure their active participation. Second topic that was on the floor was is the below/above 40 division outdated and how can under 40 ensure their seat on the adults table. Some of the conclusions were that events for under 40 shall remain free of charge; that all organizations shall work more actively in order to attract not only attorneys but also in – house lawyers to take participation; that no show off policy shall remain the drive among young arbitration organizations; that venues and conferences shall be followed by respectable social events. The fact that all participants already marked June 05 and 06, 2020 in their calendars for upcoming co – chair circle retreat and Global Conference of Co – Chairs in Brussels speaks for itself how fruitful and successful this event was.