Legal 2017-10-23T21:53:17+00:00

RECENT / January 2018

COMMERCIAL: Legal assistance to a Serbian retailer of medicine machinery re dispute with U.K. machinery producer

EMPLOYMENT: Assisting Serbian client in termination of number of employment agreements in its foreign station units (redundancy)

RECENT / Decembar 2017

DEBT COLLECTION: Representing Serbian fruit retailer in enforcement of its claim against Greek buyer

COMMERCIAL: Advising UAE free-zone company in entering into construction consultancy services agreement (drafting of the service agreement and provision of follow up assistance); Advising Serbian machinery producer re entering into sale and purchase agreement with a buyer from Kenya

AVIATION: Advising Serbian national air carrier re amendment of its lease agreement (Airbus 319)

RECENT / November 2017

TAX: Tax optimization by using UAE structure (significant tax savings enabled)

DEBT COLLECTION: Assistance in enforcement of Serbian client’s claims against Spanish debtor; Advising UAE free zone client on enforcement of its claims against another UAE (mainland) company (construction consultancy agreement)

RECENT / October 2017

IP: Advising Serbian client on retrieval of hijacked internet .com domain (domain estimated value of over USD 100,000)

BANKING: Bank account opening for several offshore clients in a non-EU country (free repatriation of funds, no foreign exchange impediments, no OECD restrictions in force)

COMMERCIAL: Advising Iranian individual re EU business structuring; Assisting Swedish client in termination of its agency agreement with an U.K. company

RECENT / September 2017

FINANCE: Advising Swiss subsidiary in Serbia on drawdown of EUR 300,000 facility

IP: Assisting local client in negotiation and finalization of a Software Licensing Agreement

TAX: Advising on Tax optimization using offshore vehicle

ENERGY: Assisting Italian client in obtaining energy trading license in Serbia

Legal

Antjer comprises of internationally and locally trained lawyers. This ensures we can apply international best practices coupled with local legal expertise on a variety of issues affecting our clients. In today’s business environment it is not sufficient to simply point out the risks. We come up with creative solutions and apply them in the practice to the full benefit of our clients.

Antjer’s handles the most complex and document-intensive mandates, both between local parties and internationally. The firm’s dispute resolution specialists focus in particular on international arbitration and commercial disputes at all levels in the local courts system. The firm handles domestic and international arbitral proceedings, in an ad hoc and institutional arbitration, for example before the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Antjer also has a well-established co-operation with international law firms providing dispute resolution services.

The firm advises on various commercial air transport and private aircraft operation and management matters and represent a wide range of clients, including airlines, air operators, the owners of corporate and business aircraft, leasing companies, manufacturers, lenders and management companies.

We have an extensive knowledge of the regulatory legal framework affecting the ownership and operation of aircraft such as: (i) aircraft registration and title filings; (ii) air operators’ certification; (iii) operating licenses and traffic rights; (iv) fractional ownership; (v) sales taxes; (vi) air travel operators’ licensing; (vii) environmental restrictions; (viii) aircraft certification and maintenance; (ix) ownership and control issues; (x) bilateral arrangements. The firm possesses a profound experience on aircraft financing and leasing transactions and expertise in the following areas: (i) aircraft sale and purchase agreements; (ii) aircraft financing (including export-credit aircraft financing); (iii) aircraft mortgaging and registration, both locally and throughout the world; (iv) security filings; (v) lien protection and aircraft repossession; (vi) engine finance lease agreements; (vii) co-ordination and priority agreements. For those who wish to pursue personal injury claims arising out of aviation related accidents as well as companies and individuals who are engaged in disputes (either as claimants or as defendants) over contractual and non-contractual matters we provide efficient legal advice and on-stop legal assistance. Our clients are aircraft owners, financiers and operators when they are in dispute with their aviation insurers on coverage issues.

Antjer is one of the most pre-eminent Serbian law firms within the banking and finance field. The firm handles the entire spectrum of transactions irrespectively of their complexity, that is, from large international (multi-jurisdictional) transactions to smaller, purely local transactions. We act on behalf of both lenders and borrowers and other actors in all types of financial transactions. We are closely acquainted with the regulatory authorities in all jurisdictions where we render our services.

Our in-depth knowledge and expertise found its achievement in advising clients in, among other things, bilateral and syndicated loans, acquisition financing, structured financing, project financing, export financing, real estate financing and various forms of financial leasing. Antjer also has many years of experience and sound practical knowledge of advising on bond issues as well as on securitizations and financial derivatives transactions. We are experienced in all of the legal disciplines relevant to securitization transactions, including capital markets and corporate finance, secured transactions, securities law, insolvency law, banking regulation, investment management, consumer financial services, real estate, derivatives etc. Our securitization and derivatives attorneys are experienced in all aspects of the public and private distribution of structured finance securities, asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities and derivatives. The firm also regularly provides industry opinions. Antic possesses profound knowledge and experience in advising clients on various aspects of financial derivatives transactions and has periodically (as sub-counsel) provided updates for ISDA Country Reports (Serbia) as well as legal opinions in the related matters. We have considerable expertise in drafting Local Master Agreements for trading with financial derivatives in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina respectively. Antjer has a long and successful background in advising banks and other financial institutions in establishment and operational issues as well as regulatory and authorization issues. Over the years of service, Antjer had advised on a large number of significant transactions and thanks to our full service offering we are assisting our banking and finance clients in relation to other corporate law issues as and when required.

A well negotiated and properly drafted agreement constitutes the fundamental basis of successful business co-operation. Therefore, many problems can be anticipated and avoided by a carefully prepared contractual framework. For many companies we not only draft tailor made agreements to suit the needs of specific transaction but we also provide suitable agreement templates and train users of such templates to respond to anticipated business demands (ultimately resulting in cost saving to our clients). There are considerable benefits to be gained when Antic is involved in negotiation and drafting of the commercial agreements. Our attorneys are NLP trained and able to successfully respond to any challenge in the transaction negotiation process. Antjer has in-depth knowledge of local and international contract law as well as experience of standard agreements and industry customs in relation to most industrial sectors. We assist with review, drafting and negotiating a vast spectrum of agreements, such as: distribution, agency, commission and franchise, supply, research and development, manufacturing and purchasing, consultancy engagements and services; and joint ventures and other forms of co-operation.

Within the field competition, we help our clients, whether sellers or buyers, to get their deal through and adjust their business operations with competition law requirements. Our expertise is focused on three different areas of competition law, namely, (i) dominant position abuse, (ii) restrictive agreements and (iii) merger control. The firm delivers risk assessments and legal advice to its clients and assist in the (re)negotiations of the relevant agreements. We are also engaged in drafting of and submitting relevant merger notifications to local competition authorities but also in co-ordination of multi-jurisdictional filings. Furthermore, we review co-operation and other agreements and give advice on business strategies from the standpoint of competition law perspective. In the investigations carried out by the local authorities we represent our clients and assist in leniency applications and pursue complaints.

Antjer offers you legal and business advice on vast variety of commercial issues arising in your everyday business. We are providing sophisticated legal and commercial advices in reliance to our extensive knowledge of industry customs, unrivaled knowledge and understanding of commercial agreements and access to all of Antjer’s specialist competencies. In short, we can deal with all of the day-to-day legal and commercial matters that may arise within your business. Antjer is well suited to provide prompt legal, strategic and commercial advice to assist your company with the questions that may arise in the course of your business. Antjer has a strong commercial focus as well as extensive experience from assisting both domestic and international clients. Several members of our team have worked during the course of their careers as in-house counsel for major local and international companies.

The risks associated with the manner in which companies conduct their operations have been constantly increasing. It is not only that a judgement of market participants is often both hard and immediate, but legislation in this area is also rapidly evolving and the regulatory framework governing the activities of companies, financial institutions and other market participants is becoming increasingly complex and burdensome. Furthermore, regulatory authorities tend to be more inclined to penalize breaches and have greater powers at their disposal to do so.

Antjer focuses on commercial strategy of individual client and its risk profile and based on this assist by providing strategic advice leading to practical implementation of the salient regulatory framework and successful handling of potential regulatory breaches. Our clients conduct operations within a range of sectors locally and internationally. We offer comprehensive and broad advice with regard to following issues: (i) Anti-Corruption; (ii) Competition Law Regulatory Compliance; (iii) Consumer Rights; (iv) Customs and Cross-Border Trade; (v) Environmental Law Regulatory Compliance; (vi) Handling State Aid; (vii) Processing Personal Data; (viii) Products Safety; (ix) Rules for the Financial Markets; (x) Other issues relating to permits

Each employer has to be responsible, to observe employment rules and regulations and obey them in everyday practice with regard to its employees. Employment law issues play significant role in M&A transactions including, among other, dealing with the issues pertaining to transfer of undertakings or intellectual property protection issues.

We provide legal advice and guidance on all aspects of local employment law, such as employee loyalty, non-competition and confidentiality, individual terminations of employment and redundancies, workplace environment issues, company restructuring, various incentive programmes, and issues related to pension. Moreover, we are representing our clients in employment law related negotiations and disputes, such as labor arbitration and litigation, and regularly assisting them with drafting of employment agreements and other related agreements (e.g. management agreements etc.).

The environmental protection and neediness to drive business in compliance with applicable regulations in this area is an important factor to be considered in the context of relevant business operations, acquisitions of real estate and businesses respectively. We help actors to stay one step ahead of current trends and to keep abreast of legal developments in an area which is constantly changing.

For instance, Antjer advises on chemicals management, product liability, and other issues arising in the context of environmentally hazardous activities and water operations. We also assist in supervisory matters and are able to liaise with local regulatory authorities to procure official opinion on pending matters as well as to obtain regulatory standing on relevant legal issues. We act as representatives in obtaining or extending the respective permits and licenses. Legal due diligence services are carried out in relation to development and acquisitions of energy and infrastructure projects facing environmental issues.

Antjer advises on all types of mandates within the insurance market, in wider range of industries, in relation to acquisitions, transfers, establishment, restructuring, financing and winding up of business entities. We have been involved in the establishment of numerous insurance businesses in the region, from large multinationals to small specialist, and have closely ties to local regulators. By means of legal assistance, our clients are facilitated in the process of establishing their insurance business and obtaining / maintaining relevant licences and approvals for carrying out anticipated insurance transactions. Antic has experience in advising on various forms of insurance products, cross-border assignment of receivables arising out of insurance policies etc. We are also specialized in transport insurance.

Intellectual property rights constitute on of the most important assets. We help you to protect your legal and commercial interests in such assets. Our assistance extends to all types of intellectual property rights, such as copyrights, trade marks, trade names, patents, design rights, and trade secrets.

We focus on the seamless delivery of high-quality, business-orientated advice on complex, cross-border transactions. The firm also has the ability to handle smaller and more traditional transactions in a cost-efficient manner. Antjer advises on various private transactions, and also in relation to hostile and recommended public takeovers, buy-outs and strategic acquisitions as well as divestments in a broad spectrum of industries. It is our goal to support the successful transformation of your business and translate your legal requirements so that they fulfil your commercial priorities. On every transaction, we will learn about your specific requirements and make sure that we work in the way most suited to your needs.

In addition to our profound experience in aviation law related matters, the firm provides advice in relation to all other types of transport law issues. Particular experience has been obtained in road and railway transportation law matters.

Our services expands to handling of the following matters: (i) representation in regulatory investigations and proceedings; (ii) review and advise on regulatory compliance, regulatory licensing and security initiative issues, (iii) claim handling and litigation coordination; (iv) document review and drafting, including form terms and conditions for all services, modes and routes as well as shipper agreements, broker agreements, equipment charters and interlining agreements; (v) international agency relationships; (vi) cargo lien representation; (vii) first and third-party insurance coverage review; (viii) acquisition and corporate structuring of the business entities acting in various segments of transportation industry.