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Stevan Dimitrijević has been selected as a juror for the 2020 CEE Deals of the Year Awards
Dimitrijević & Partners, advokatsko ortačko društvo, Partner Stevan Dimitrijević has been selected as a juror for the 2020 CEE Deals of the Year Awards — the most prestigious and sought-after peer-selected awards for the legal industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

The CEE Deals of the Year Awards were created in 2017 by CEE Legal Matters, the leading source of news and information about the lawyers and legal industry in Central and Eastern Europe, to celebrate the transactions, financings, IPOs, and other deals that underpin growth throughout the reason — and the lawyers and law firms who make them happen. Five jurors are selected by CEE Legal Matters for each of the 24 jurisdictions in the region based on their reputation, expertise, knowledge, and established commitment to their markets.

CEE Legal Matters’ Executive Editor David Stuckey, who oversees the selection of the jurors each year, was pleased that Mr. Dimitrijević agreed to commit his time and effort to the process of evaluating and ranking the many submissions made by law firms in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Jurors were selected based on our personal interactions with them, their reputation among their peers, and the kinds of deals they have ushered to completion themselves over the years,” Stuckey said. “It is difficult to imagine a more skilled or knowledgeable panel of legal experts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a significant part of that comes from Stevan. We are delighted and honored that he agreed to participate, and the process is more more trustworthy and reliable as a result.”

The finalists for CEE Deals of the Year will be listed in the March 2021 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine, and winners will be announced at the annual CEE Deal of the Year Banquet, scheduled for London on June 3, 2021. More information about the awards and the banquet can be found at doty.ceelegalmatters.com

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We are top-listed in Chambers and Partners Global Guide for 2021
We are happy to announce that we have been recognized once more as a leading law firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Chambers and Partners Global Guide for 2021.

Dimitrijević & Partners has maintained their position being ranked as a “Band 1” law firm in General Business Law, the only section researched for Bosnia and Herzegovina.Same as the last year, our name partner Stevan Dimitrijević has been individually ranked in a „Band 1“.

A big thank you goes to all our clients and members of our team who made this achievement possible. For more information on rankings, please visit link.

Bosnia and Herzegovina won the arbitral dispute
Bosnia and Herzegovina won an investment arbitral dispute initiated by the lawsuit of Naveen Aggarwal, Neeta Gupta and Usha Industries, which was conducted before the arbitration tribunal in Paris under the case number PCA Case N ° 2018-03. These proceedings concerned a dispute over alleged violations of the claimants’ rights by the state in relation to their investment in Krajina osiguranje a.d. Banja Luka, and alleged violations of their rights as investors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final set value of the subject matter of the dispute in this arbitration is 30.2 million USD that the claimants demanded from the state.

Bosnia and Herzegovina in this arbitration was represented by a legal team consisting of lawyers Mr Stevan Dimitrijevic, Senka Mihaj and Dr Vladimir Djeric. The same team represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in this arbitration from its beginning until the final decision.

More about that was written by the IAREPORTER portal, read here..

We have been recognized once more as a leading law firm by the Legal 500
We are happy to announce that our law firm has been highly ranked once more by the The Legal 500 (Legalease) in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020.

We have been ranked as Tier 1 in 2 categories: Commercial, corporate and M&A and Projects & energy and as Tier 3 in 2 categories as well: Banking & finance and Real estate & construction. Our partners Stevan Dimitrijevic and Davorin Marinkovic have been recognized as leading individuals in Commercial, corporate and M&A practice area.

We would like to thank our clients for their continuous support and to our great team for their dedicated work.

More on this on the link below.

Legal 500.

Covid 19 & Data Protection Issues
Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Decision of 17 March 2020 declared the occurrence of a state of natural or other disaster in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“BH”) because of the risk of an epidemic of a contagious disease caused by a new corona virus (COVID-19) (“State of Emergency”).

Since Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BH") is organized as a complex state, which consists of several structures of government: two entities Republic of Srpska (“RS”), the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“FBH”) and Brčko District (District”), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and these entities, within its competences adopted in the past several weeks, a series of measures to combat the COVID-19 virus epidemic.

In this review, we address the issues of protection of personal data in Bosnia and Herzegovina in relation to the State of Emergency.

Increased processing of different categories of personal data by public authorities and employers is not in itself for harsh criticism by the public, but it urges those responsible to process the data in accordance with the basic principles of processing and that:
  1. the processing of personal data is in a fair and lawful manner;
  2. personal data collected for specific, explicit and lawful purposes are not processed in any way inconsistent with that purpose;
  3. personal data are processed only to the extent and scope necessary to fulfill a particular purpose;
  4. personal data are processed only for the period of time necessary to fulfill the purpose for which the data were collected.


I. Protection of personal data of employees

During the State of Emergency, employers undertake various actions of processing of personal data of employees, namely a special category - data on the health status of employees. The legislator attaches particular importance to specific categories of personal data by prescribing the general principle that the processing of special categories of personal data is prohibited. The legislator allows the processing of this category of personal data exceptionally, prescribing the cases when the processing is considered to be in accordance with the regulations.

Consequence of the State of Emergency is primarily that employers are taking actions of collection, recording and disclosure of special categories of personal data of employees in order to detect and prevent the spread of the epidemic.

These actions are taken by employers as a consequence of continuous implementation of the recommended health measures prescribed by the competent public health authorities, protection of vulnerable categories of employees (older employees, employees with diseases that carry an increased risk of serious consequences of COVID-19 infection) and the need to ensure conduction of work process at the employers whose business activities have not been suspended.

In implementing security measures, certain employers, in consultation with healthcare institutions or on their own initiative, also carry out medical examinations of employees, such as measuring body temperature, with the aim of detecting potential infected persons, their isolation and further treatment.

Given the measures actually taken by employers and the requirements imposed by the applicable data protection regulations, there is a need to strike a balance with the measures taken and the protection of personal data.

For this review, we answer the questions:
  • whether the Agency for Personal Data Protection of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“DPA”) has issued instructions or guidelines for employers regarding the collection of personal data of employees;
  • whether employers are allowed to process specific categories of employees' personal data for the purpose of identifying COVID-19 virus cases; and
  • whether the employer can disclose the identity of an employee infected with the COVID-19 virus or in mandatory isolation designated by the competent authorities.
DPA did not issue any specific instructions or guidelines for employers regarding the enhanced processing of employees' personal data being carried out as a measure to combat the epidemic.

With regard to the processing of personal data, the Personal Data Protection Law (the “Law”) also applies in this situation.

Personal data revealing a medical condition are a special category of data whose processing is exceptionally permitted, namely: (i) if the processing is necessary to protect the life, health, property and other vital interests of the data subject or other person for whom consent cannot be obtained; (ii) the processing of data is necessary for the performance of an obligation or special rights of the controller in the field of labor law to the extent authorized by law; (iii) if it is of particular public interest) and in other cases prescribed by the Law.

In our opinion, the processing of employees' health data relating to the collection, storage, use of data by the employer for the purpose of combating the COVID-19 pandemic is permitted. These actions would relate to surveying employees as to whether they are at greater risk of being harmed by the virus (age and existence of disease identified as a risk factor), stay of employees abroad, contact with infected persons or persons in isolation and collection and other processing of similar data.

With regard to the possibility of undertaking medical examinations of employees by employers in the form of body temperature measurements or similar examinations to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 disease, the DPA did not issue an opinion whether this would be considered a breach of regulation.

Given that this measure has not been explicitly imposed on employers by public health institutions, it cannot be ruled out that the DPA may consider that by taking this measure, employers are unlawfully processing personal data. For this reason, it is recommended that employers obtain the DPA's opinion before taking such or similar measures.

Employer cannot disclose the identity of the employee and other personal information of the employee who is infected with the COVID-19 virus without the proper legal basis. The existence of the basis for the disclosure should be determined on a case-by-case basis. In this sense, it is considered that it is permissible to exchange information in order to fulfill legal obligations towards the competent authorities, and to protect the life and health of employees. It is equally permissible to disclose the identity of an employee to other employees who have been exposed to contact with an infected employee to protect their health and similar.

In each specific situation, employers are advised to resort to the principle of proportionality. The least intrusive solutions should always be preferred, given the specific purposes to be achieved.

Upon termination of an emergency, employers are required to return to a regular data processing regime, including the permanent erasure of employees' collected health data.


II. Protection of personal data of BH citizens

The fight against the epidemic implies that the competent authorities analyze every day the emergency measures taken and the results of the emergency measures. These actions of the competent authorities also include the processing of special categories of personal data of natural persons in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government of the RS collects data on persons who violated measures of home isolation, and the data is published on the website Corona virus in Srpska. In the FBiH, the Federal Directorate for Inspection Affairs does the same on its website and the District on the website of the District Government.

In addition, certain public authorities publicly disclosed the personal data of persons to whom isolation and self-isolation orders were issued, although these persons did not violate regulations. One authority published a list of persons containing personal information on name, surname, year of birth, city / place, country from which the person came, the date on which the isolation began, the telephone number. Other competent authorities in Trebinje, Konjic and Čelić have, in the same or similar way, published lists of persons who are positive for corona virus, as well as persons who have been designated for isolation or self-isolation.

As a consequence of the emergency measures, questions were raised as to whether the data of persons in breach of regulations, i.e. prescribed emergency measures and data of persons suffering from the COVID-19 virus, as well as persons who had been subjected to a measure of isolation or self-isolation, could be made public.

In a statement dated March 23, 2020, the DPA stated that it is not illegal to publish a minimum of data on persons who violate the laws, i.e. certain prohibitions of the competent authorities, since it is a manifest violation of the law, namely those that protect and save lives. Consequently, the public interest outweighed the right to the protection of personal data, and the person who violated the law actively contributed to this.

With regard to the disclosure of data on all persons in isolation and self-isolation, DPA is explicit that the public disclosure of personal data of persons who are positive for corona virus and persons subject to measures of isolation and self-isolation who have not violated the laws or prohibitions of the competent authorities, is not in accordance with the Law.

Competent authorities continue to analyze the existing measures taken and adopt new ones on a daily basis, which inevitably leads to various forms of processing of specific categories of personal data of individuals.

The processing of personal data, including the processing of special categories of personal data, cannot be avoided, but by appropriate measures taken in accordance with the basic principles of legitimate data processing, it can take place within the legal framework.


III. Context of overview

All of the above is a framework overview of the protection of personal data during the State of Emergency caused by COVID-19 epidemic. None of the above constitutes legal advice nor do we assume any liability in the event of complying with the above.

Below are our contact details, in case you would like to receive more detailed information on the above matter:

Stevan Dimitrijević
Partner | Attorney at law
T | F +387 51 962 600
M +387 65 589 149
E-mail : stevan.dimitrijevic@dimitrijevicpartners.com

Tanja Savičić
Senior Associate | Attorney at law
T | F +387 51 962 600
M +387 65 918 526
E-mail : tanja.savicic@dimitrijevicpartners.com

OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
Republic of Srpska Prime Minister Radovan Višković has announced that all decisions taken by the Republican Emergency Stab have been extended until 27 April 2020.

Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.

The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and persons under 18 years and persons who are 65 years old or elder of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, save for persons over 65 years old in the RS that are allowed to move on the streets up to 13 April 2020, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am, There is a proposal addressed to the Republic Emergency Stab to allow movement of all persons over the age of 65 this week on Thursday, from 7 am to 10 am, instead of on Friday, since Friday is a non-working day.

Entry into BiH: There is still the ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with the intensive transmission of Coronavirus, as well as the obligation of isolation for those entering the territory of BiH from abroad.

District Commercial Court in Banja Luka issued a Decision on the establishment of a regime of work, cancelling all hearings by 27 April 2020. Please the decision at the following link: Decision.

Basic Court in Banja Luka issued a notice stating that all hearings were adjourned until further notice.



IMPORTANT DECISIONS

City of Banja Luka: The Banja Luka City Emergency Stab has decided to extend all restrictions and prohibitions made to protect the population from Coronavirus until 27 April 2020. Please find more information at the following link: Decision.

Department of Health and Other Services of the Brčko District - Overview of the situation in the Brčko District on 13 April 2020. Please find more information at the following link: Overview.

FBiH Banking Agency: The Decision on the form and deadlines for submitting bank reports on the effects of the implementation of special measures taken to mitigate the consequences caused by the COVID-19 disease. Please find the decision at the following link: Decision.

Federal Civil Protection Stab - Order on exemption of persons from mandatory measures of quarantine entering BiH at border crossings in the FBiH area was adopted. Please find the order at the following link: The order.

OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
Today, the Republican Emergency Staff adopted the conclusion no. 19-3 / 20 on the implementation of community safeguards against Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) imposing the following obligations:
  1. Prohibiting all citizens from gathering in groups larger than three persons in a public place;
  2. The obligation of citizens to adhere to the social distance of 2 meters outdoors with the obligation to use a protective mask and gloves; and
  3. Legal entities, entrepreneurs and natural persons who, in direct contact, provide services to citizens must provide services with a mask and gloves, to carry out disinfection measures, and to provide masks and gloves to citizens who use their services and do not have masks and gloves.
Please find this conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

Also today the President of Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanović, issued the following legislative decrees which are published on 10 April 2020 at Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska no. 35/20, and will enter into force tomorrow:
  1. Legislative decree on tax measures in order to mitigate the economic consequences of Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-KOV-2 Virus, that combines previous adopted decisions, such as postponement on filing tax return based on the final account and postponement deadlines for payment of certain tax liabilities. Please find more information in the announcement by the RS Minister of Finance at the following link: The announcement.
  2. Legislative decree on the exemption of gambling fees;
  3. Legislative decree on amendments to the Act on Primary Education;
  4. Legislative decree on amendment the Act on Secondary Education; and
  5. Legislative decree on deadlines and proceeding in administrative procedures and other procedures determined by special substantive regulations during the state of emergency for the territory of Republic of Srpska.
Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.

The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and persons under 18 years and persons who are 65 years old or elder of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, save for persons over 65 years old in the RS that are allowed to move on the streets up to 13 April 2020, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.

Entry into BiH: There is still the ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with the intensive transmission of Coronavirus, as well as the obligation of isolation for those entering the territory of BiH from abroad.


IMPORTANT DECISIONS

Government of Brčko District: The Mayor of the Brčko District presented the measures for support to the economy adopted by the BD Government. The following measures are as follows: reimbursement of minimum gross wage payments for March 2020 to those business entities and entrepreneurs whose work was prohibited; All other enterprises, entrepreneurs and business entities (except banks, public enterprises, public institutions, etc. who have cancelled employment contract for at least one worker starting in March 2020 and enterprises, entrepreneurs and business entities that did not pay taxes and contributions on salaries for January 2020) have the right to use the subsidy for paid taxes and contributions on salaries for calculated and paid salaries for the month of March 2020 in the amount of 30%. Please find more information at the following link: Information.

RS Tax Authority: Notification to taxpayers, employers and self-employed persons who are prohibited from performing activities by decision of the Republic Emergency Staff, City Emergency Staff, or Municipal Emergency Staff, to submit a written statement to the Tax Authority of RS. Please find more information at the following link: Notification.

RS Insurance Agency: Notification regarding the conclusion of an insurance contract in the context of a coronavirus pandemic. Please find more information at the following link: Notification.

RS Banking Agency: Instruction on Reporting to Microcredit Organizations on Temporary Moratoriums and Special Measures Regarding the Decision on Interim Measures by Microcredit Organizations for mitigation the negative economic consequences of Covid-19 Virus disease. Please find more information at the following link: Instruction.

RS Government has adopted the following conclusions, beside aforementioned:
  • Conclusion on distribution of donated products. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the organization acceptance of medical assistance to Republic of Srpska sent from the Russian Federation. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on response to the shortage of certain chemicals and biocides on the territory of Republic of Srpska. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on modification of the Conclusion on the assignment of premises for accommodation of individuals whose test results on SARS-CoV2 are positive. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the amendment of the Conclusion on the appointment of the coordinator of republic facilities for quarantine type isolation. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the amendment to the Conclusion on the implementation and organization of the mandatory quarantine measure to respond to the emergence of diseases caused by the new Coronavirus in Republic of Srpska. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on treatment of goods donated to Republic of Srpska. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on restriction and prohibition of movement in the territory of Republic of Srpska. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

City of Banja Luka: The Assembly of City of Banja Luka at today's extraordinary session adopted a set of 13 measures for support to the economy and business entities/citizens affected by the current epidemiological crisis. Please find more information at the following link: Measures.

Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: The draft of Act on mitigation of negative economic consequences has been submitted to parliamentary procedure. Please find the text of the draft can be found at the following link: Act.

OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
  • State of emergency in RS: The Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency for the Territory of Republic of Srpska entered into force on 3 April 2020. Today, the President of Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanovic, issued the Legislative decree on deadlines and court proceedings in state of emergency for the territory of Republic of Srpska and the Legislative Decree on the misdemeanour of causing panic and disorder. These decrees have been published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska (No. 32/20 of 6 April 2020) and will enter into force tomorrow.
  • Curfew:in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.
  • The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and persons under 18 years and persons who are 65 years old or elder of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, save for persons over 65 years old in the RS that are allowed to move on the streets up to 13 April 2020, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.
  • Entry into BiH:There is still the ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with the intensive transmission of Coronavirus. All persons upon entering BH are admitted to the tent quarantines from where they are further sent to isolation for a period of 14 days (RS and FBiH) and for a period of 28 days (Brčko District).
  • Borders:: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have closed their borders to BiH, and entry to these countries is only allowed to their nationals, foreigners who have a registered residence and truck drivers.
  • Commercial District Court in Banja Luka published a notification of postponement of all hearings until 13 April 2020. The working hours of this court is from 9 am until 1 pm.

IMPORTANT DECISIONS

RS Government has adopted the following conclusions:
  • Conclusion on the work of the customs service at Zvornik (Karakaj). Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the implementation of the Instruction on the procedure for the donation of medicines, medical and other resources. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on purchase of veterinary service readiness maintenance goods. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on prohibition of movement on weekend days - ban on movement of citizens outside their place of residence from Saturday at 12 pm to Sunday at 6 pm. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

Postponement of tax payment in RS - The Government of Republic of Srpska has issued a Decision on temporary suspension of payment of tax liabilities ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 28/2020) on the basis of income tax and fees for the promotion of common forest functions and fire protection fees under the 2019 annual tax return, which postpones the tax deadline from March 31 to June 30, 2020. According to this Decision, postponement of the payment applies to business entities (legal entities and entrepreneurs) that, due to measures for prevention of the spread of coronavirus, have difficulties in operating business, about which business entities submit a written statement to the Tax Authority of Republic Srpska. Taxpayers will settle the obligations that will be postponed under this decision by the end of 2020. The written statement form can be found at the following link: Statement form.

The statement can be submitted by sending to the following email address email@poreskaupravars.org or faxing to the following numbers:
PC Banja Luka Port: 051 / 332-384, PC Prijedor: 052 / 234-691 or 052 / 240-850, PC Doboj: 053 / 241-950, PC Bijeljina: 055 / 210-868, PC Zvornik: 056 / 210-780, PC I. Sarajevo: 057 / 321-057, PC Trebinje: 059 / 271-831.

Postponement of tax payment in FBiH - The Tax Authority of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has also extended the deadlines for tax return as follows:
  • Corporate income tax return - Form PP-801, Form PP-802, Form PP-803, Form PP-804 and Form PP-805 for 2019 until 30 April 2020;
  • Dividend withholding tax filing (Form POD-815), Interest withholding tax filing (Form POD-816), Copyright tax withholding tax filing (Form POD-817), Other income withholding tax (Form POD-818), Statement of a legal entity for the purpose of exemption from withholding tax (Form OP-820), in relation to the prescribed deadline, the deadline is extended by 30 days;
  • Annual Income Tax Return - Form GPD-1051 for 2019 to 30 April 2020;
  • Income Tax Returns and Contribution Specifications: Form-2001 and Form 20001-A, for salaries paid in March, submit by 30 April 2020, and for salaries paid in April, submit by 30 May 2020;
  • Independent entrepreneurs for paid contributions in March to submit Form 2002 or 2002-A by 30 April 2020, to submit paid contributions in April by 30 May 2020;
  • Applications for accrued salary, income tax paid and contributions, Form MIP-1023 for salaries paid in March to submit by 30 April 2020, and for salaries paid in April, to submit by 30 May 2020.
Please find more information at the following link: Info.

OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
  • State of emergency in RS: The Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency for the Territory of Republic of Srpska is published today in the Official Gazette RS no. 31 / 20. This decision shall enter into force tomorrow, on 3 April 2020.
  • Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.
  • The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and persons under 18 years and persons who are 65 years old or elder of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, save for persons over 65 years old in the RS that are allowed to move on the streets up to 13 April 2020, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.
  • Entry into BiH: There is still the ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with the intensive transmission of Coronavirus. All persons upon entering BH are admitted to the tent quarantines from where they are further sent to isolation for a period of 14 days (RS and FBiH) and for a period of 28 days (Brčko District).
  • Borders:: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have closed their borders to BiH, and entry to these countries is only allowed to their nationals, foreigners who have a registered residence and truck drivers.
  • Basic Court in Banja Luka published a notification of postponement of all hearings and trials until 13 April 2020.


IMPORTANT DECISIONS

Brčko District Governement – The order on the isolation of the area of Peškiri was issued. Please find more information at the following link: The order.

RS Government has adopted two conclusions:
  • Conslusion on the working hours of the pharmacies. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the suspension of public transport in road transport. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
  • On 28 March 2020 National Assembly od Republic of Srpska declared state of emergency in Republic of Srpska. This decision has not yet entered into force.
  • Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.
  • The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. RS Emergency Stab has adopted decision which will enable persons over 65 years old to move on the streets in the next 14 days (up to 13 April 2020), twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.
  • RS Emergency Stab has decided that the age limit for citizens living in rural areas is 75 years.
  • Entry into BiH: All persons upon entering BH are admitted to the tent quarantines from where they are further sent to isolation for a period of 14 days. When determining isolation, a person is served with a decision on determining the isolation, and failure to comply with the isolation entails misdemeanour and criminal liability. The BH Presidency calls BiH Council of Ministers for the closure of border crossings that do not have tent quarantine, but this has not yet been decided. Citizens who are positive on Covid-19 tests will be accommodated in the Nikola Tesla student dormitory in Pavilions 1 and 2, including Zlatan Klokic, Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation of Republic of Srpska. Halls and other facilities are installed and are being installed throughout Republic of Srpska, which will serve as a 14-day isolation for persons entering BH who turn out to be negative for the Covid-19 test, as well as for those who violate home isolation measures (but are not infected).
  • BiH entry from specific countries: Ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with intensive transmission of Coronavirus, especially from China (Wuhan), South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. BiH Council of Ministers will decide on lifting the ban, individually for each state, after the reasons for imposing such restrictions cease.
  • Borders: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have closed their borders to BiH, and entry to these countries is only allowed to their nationals, foreigners who have a registered residence and truck drivers. Serbia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Karakaj, Vardište and Rača. Montenegro has not closed only the following border crossing to BiH, which remains open only to goods traffic: Klobuk Ilino Brdo. Croatia only allows entrance through its borders for the transit traffic of freight vehicles. Croatia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Šamac, Velika Kladuša, Bijača, Kamensko, Izačići, Slavonski Brod i Gradina.
  • Prohibition of all catering establishments, theatres, wedding places, private dental clinics, gambler places, hair and cosmetic studios, working sports organizations and sports schools, training and competitions for sports categories of all categories, etc. as well as public gatherings.
  • Workshops selling groceries and consumer goods: Opened from 7am to 6pm.
  • Mladen Stojanovic Park, Banj Brdo, Vrbas coast along the Zeleni most and outdoor gyms in Banja Luka will be closed from 3 April 2020. In addition, on the same day there will be restricted movement in Banja Luka between 7am and 11am for persons younger than 65 years save for those who have to go to work or for emergency medical check-ups.
  • Markets in the Republic of Srpska are allowed to operate from 7am to 3pm with the applicability of all prescribed measures. In the Federation of BiH there is a ban on the operation of markets save for open market areas, ensuring the flow of customers with a distance of 1.5 meters, while respecting all other measures.
  • Pharmacies / Farm pharmacies: Opened until 6pm.
  • Traffic: The road traffic has been running smoothly, changing in public traffic mode. Railways of FBH and RS have temporarily suspended inter-entity traffic of fast passenger trains operating between Sarajevo - Bihac - Sarajevo and Sarajevo - Banja Luka - Sarajevo, and Maglaj-Zenica-Maglaj. The BiH air borders are closed. In some cities and municipalities in BiH, public transport has been abolished, save for reduced lines.
  • Work of state / republic / federal bodies: Bodies and authorities are working with part-time mode, with reduced volume of work and reduced number of employees arriving to work, while work with the clients is generally limited to 2 pm.
  • Shut down of kindergartens, schools, colleges and other educational institutions: Classes are organized through television channels and online (via the Google Classroom platform or otherwise).
  • Workplace: The competent authorities in BiH have recommended employees and employers across BiH to organize their work from home, if possible, considering the nature of the work.
  • Approximately 40,000 people are isolated and monitored in BiH.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BiH Border Police – Temporary closed border crossings for border traffic between the Republic of Croatia and BiH. Please find more information at the following link: Decision.

BH Council of Ministrers - The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the proposal of the Ministry of Security, adopted a Decision amending the Decision on the temporary closure of border crossings at air traffic for passenger traffic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Decision shall apply until 30 April 2020 by 00:00 am. Please find more information at the following link: Decision.

FBiH Banking Agency – Notice of decisions on interim measures concerning the obligations of the banking system entities to send reports to the FBiH Banking Agency. Please find more information at the following link:

The RS Government has adopted several decisions:
  • Conclusion on authorizing the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to sign contracts for the storage of medicines and other health care products. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on compulsory police escort of persons entering Republic of Srpska. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on quarantine placement control. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on amending the conclusions on the formation of the expert-operational team. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

Government of the Una-Sana Canton - Notification of the Cantonal Staff for Civil Protection of the Una-Sana Canton and the Crisis Staff of the USC Ministry of Health with the overview of situation on 1 April 2020. More information at the following link: Notification.

In addition, Government of Una-Sana Canton adopted order applicable to health centres in this canton. Please find order at the following link: Order and order applicable to Red Cross. Please find order at the following link: Order.

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CEE 2019 Deal of the Year Award
We are pleased to announce that Dimitrijević & Partners won the 2019 Deal of the Year Award for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Deal of the Year Award is organized every year by CEE Legal Matters magazine which in this way recognizes the most significant transactions the law firms across the Central and East European jurisdictions were advising their clients on.

The Dimitrijević & Partners team, led by partner Stevan Dimitrijević, was acting as the local counsel on sale of Elta Kabel to Telekom Srpske, which deal represents one of the most significant acquisitions in telecom industry.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
  • On 28 March 2020 National Assembly od Republic of Srpska declared state of emergency in Republic of Srpska. This decision has not yet entered into force.
  • Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 8pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.
  • The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. RS Emergency Stab has adopted decision which will enable persons over 65 years old to move on the streets in the next 14 days (up to 13 April 2020), twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.
  • RS Emergency Stab has decided that the age limit for citizens living in rural areas is 75 years.
  • Entry into BiH: All persons upon entering BH are admitted to the tent quarantines from where they are further sent to isolation for a period of 14 days. When determining isolation, a person is served with a decision on determining the isolation, and failure to comply with the isolation entails misdemeanour and criminal liability. The BH Presidency calls BiH Council of Ministers for the closure of border crossings that do not have tent quarantine, but this has not yet been decided. Citizens who are positive on Covid-19 tests will be accommodated in the Nikola Tesla student dormitory in Pavilions 1 and 2, in Banjaluka. Halls and other facilities are installed and are being installed throughout Republic of Srpska, which will serve as a 14-day isolation for persons entering BH who turn out to be negative for the Covid-19 test, as well as for those who violate home isolation measures (but are not infected).
  • BiH entry from specific countries: Ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with intensive transmission of Coronavirus, especially from China (Wuhan), South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. BiH Council of Ministers will decide on lifting the ban, individually for each state, after the reasons for imposing such restrictions cease.
  • Borders: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have closed their borders to BiH, and entry to these countries is only allowed to their nationals, foreigners who have a registered residence and truck drivers. Serbia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Karakaj, Vardište and Rača. Montenegro has not closed only the following border crossing to BiH, which remains open only to goods traffic: Klobuk Ilino Brdo. Croatia only allows entrance through its borders for the transit traffic of freight vehicles. Croatia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Šamac, Velika Kladuša, Bijača, Kamensko, Izačići, Slavonski Brod i Gradina.
  • Prohibition of all catering establishments, theatres, wedding places, private dental clinics, gambler places, hair and cosmetic studios, working sports organizations and sports schools, training and competitions for sports categories of all categories, etc. as well as public gatherings.
  • Workshops selling groceries and consumer goods: Opened from 7am to 6pm.
  • In Republic of Srpska, shops that sell technical goods, construction materials, water and electrical installations are allowed to operate from 7am to 3pm.
  • Markets (small, great, cattle market) in the Republic of Srpska are allowed to operate from 7am to 3pm with the applicability of all prescribed measures. In the Federation of BiH there is a ban on the operation of markets save for open market areas, ensuring the flow of customers with a distance of 1.5 meters, while respecting all other measures.
  • Pharmacies / Farm pharmacies: Opened until 6pm.
  • Traffic: The road traffic has been running smoothly, changing in public traffic mode. Railways of FBH and RS have temporarily suspended inter-entity traffic of fast passenger trains operating between Sarajevo - Bihac - Sarajevo and Sarajevo - Banja Luka - Sarajevo, and Maglaj-Zenica-Maglaj. The BiH air borders are closed. In some cities and municipalities in BiH, public transport has been abolished, save for reduced lines.
  • Work of state / republic / federal bodies: Bodies and authorities are working with part-time mode, with reduced volume of work and reduced number of employees arriving to work, while work with the clients is generally limited to 2 pm.
  • Shut down of kindergartens, schools, colleges and other educational institutions: Classes are organized through television channels and online (via the Google Classroom platform or otherwise).
  • Workplace: The competent authorities in BiH have recommended employees and employers across BiH to organize their work from home, if possible, considering the nature of the work.
  • Approximately 40,000 people are isolated and monitored in BiH.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Indirect Taxation Authority has adopted Decision on temporary operation of customs offices for the duration of emergency measures in BiH. Please find more information at the following link: Decision.

Department of Health and Other Services of the Brčko District - overview of the situation in the Brčko District on 31 March 2020 by 11:15 am. Please find more information at the following link: Overview.

Today, the Brčko District Government has adopted an order which extends the period of isolation for persons who were issued an isolation order from 14 (fourteen) days to 28 (twenty-eight) days. Please find more information at the following link: The order.

In addition, the Government of Brčko District today presented measures of assistance to the economy, which include reimbursement of minimum gross wage payments to those entities, legal entities and entrepreneurs whose work was prohibited. Please find more information at the following link: Measures.

The RS Government has adopted several decisions:
  • Conclusion on the extension of application of certain conclusions of the Republican Emergency Management Staff until 13 April 2020. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the organization and operation of quarantine-type isolation facilities. The conclusion can be found at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on holding the exams in April. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the responsibilities of the University Clinical Center and Hospitals. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the responsibilities of health centres. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the relocation of the Republic quarantine from the Sepak border crossing to the Karakaj border crossing. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on permitting the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7am to 10am. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on awarding financial assistance to public kitchens. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on keeping records of persons entering and leaving quarantine. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.
  • Conclusion on the mandatory implementation of measures as a response to the onset of disease caused by the new Coronavirus. Please find the conclusion at the following link: Conclusion.

Government of the Una-Sana Canton - Notification of the Cantonal Staff for Civil Protection of the Una-Sana Canton and the Crisis Staff of the USC Ministry of Health with the overview of situation on 31 March 2020. More information at the following link: Notification.

Government of the Central Bosnia Canton - An amendment to Order No. 01-40-8-1 / 20-3 concerning the operation of secondary / alternative accommodation facilities has been adopted. Please find the amendment the following link: An amendment.

Government of Herceg-Bosna Canton - An order extending the validity of individual orders issued by the Cantonal Crisis Staff regarding the Covid-19 epidemic has been issued. The validity of commands is extended until further notice. Please find more information at the following link: An order.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION AND REGULATION REGARDING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
  • On 28 March 2020 National Assembly od Republic of Srpska declared state of emergency in Republic of Srpska. This decision has not yet entered into force.
  • Curfew: in RS from 8pm to 5am; in FBH from 6pm to 5am; in Brčko District from 9pm to 5am.
  • The ban on the movement of persons who are 65 years old or elder in the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. RS Emergency Stab has adopted decision which will enable persons over 65 years old to move on the streets in the next 14 days (up to 13 April 2020), twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 10 am.
  • RS Emergency Stab has decided that the age limit for citizens living in rural areas is 75 years.
  • Entry into BiH: All persons upon entering BH are admitted to the tent quarantines from where they are further sent to isolation for a period of 14 days. When determining isolation, a person is served with a decision on determining the isolation, and failure to comply with the isolation entails misdemeanour and criminal liability. The BH Presidency calls BiH Council of Ministers for the closure of border crossings that do not have tent quarantine, but this has not yet been decided. Citizens who are positive on Covid-19 tests will be accommodated in the Nikola Tesla student dormitory in Pavilions 1 and 2, in Banjaluka. Halls and other facilities are being installed throughout Republic of Srpska, which will serve as a 14-day isolation for persons entering BH who turn out to be negative for the Covid-19 test, as well as for those who violate home isolation measures (but are not infected).
  • BiH entry from specific countries: Ban on entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina for foreign citizens coming from the areas with intensive transmission of Coronavirus, especially from China (Wuhan), South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
  • Borders: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have closed their borders to BiH, and entry to these countries is only allowed to their nationals, foreigners who have a registered residence and truck drivers. Serbia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Karakaj, Vardište and Rača. Montenegro has not closed only the following border crossing to BiH, which remains open only to goods traffic: Klobuk Ilino Brdo. Croatia only allows entrance through its borders for the transit traffic of freight vehicles. Croatia has not closed only the following border crossings to BiH, which remain open only to goods traffic: Nova Sela, Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Šamac, Velika Kladuša, Bijača, Kamensko, Izačići, Slavonski Brod i Gradina
  • Prohibition of all catering establishments, theatres, wedding places, private dental clinics, gambler places, working sports organizations and sports schools, training and competitions for sports categories of all categories, etc. as well as public gatherings.
  • Workshop selling groceries and consumer goods: Opened from 7am to 6pm.
  • In Republic of Srpska, shops that sell technical goods, construction materials, water and electrical installations are allowed to operate.
  • Markets in the Republic of Srpska are currently banned to work, but the RS Government has announced that work of markets in the RS will be enabled in the coming period, with applicability of all prescribed measures. In the Federation of BiH there is a ban on the operation of markets save from open market areas, ensuring the flow of customers with a distance of 1.5 meters, while respecting all other measures.
  • Pharmacies / Farm pharmacies: Opened until 6pm.
  • Traffic: The road traffic has been running smoothly, changing in public traffic mode. Railways of FBH and RS have temporarily suspended inter-entity traffic of fast passenger trains operating between Sarajevo - Bihac - Sarajevo and Sarajevo - Banja Luka - Sarajevo, and Maglaj-Zenica-Maglaj. The BiH air borders are closed. As of yesterday, public transport is suspended in Banja Luka, save from special reduced lines for UKC and Ortopedija.
  • Work of state / republic / federal bodies: Bodies and authorities are working with part-time mode, with reduced volume of work and reduced number of employees arriving to work, while work with the clients is generally limited to 2 pm.
  • Shut down of kindergartens, schools, colleges and other educational institutions: Classes are organized through television channels and online (via the Google Classroom platform or otherwise).
  • Workplace: The competent authorities in BiH have recommended employees and employers across BiH to organize their work from home, if possible, considering the nature of the work.
  • Approximately 40,000 people are isolated and monitored in BiH.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

RS Banking Agency - RS Banking Agency has issued a notification regarding adopted bylaws regarding COVID-19 pandemic. Please find more information at the following link: A notification.

Department of Health and Other Services of the Brčko District - overview of the situation in the Brčko District on 30 March 2020 by 3pm. More information at the following link: Overview.

FBIH Insurance Agency - FBIH Insurance Agency has issued recommendation to insurance and reinsurance companies. Please find more information at the following link: Recommendation

Government of the Central Bosnia Canton - The order on the ban of citizens' movement was amended. Please find the amendment at the following link: The amendment

Government of the Canton Sarajevo - The Government of the Canton Sarajevo adopted a decision on banning both public and private gatherings with more than 20 people in CS. Please find more information at the following link: A decision.

Government of the Unsko-sanski Canton – Notification of the Cantonal Stab and Stab of Cantonal Ministry of Health with the overview of situation on 30 March 2020. Please find more information at the following link: Notification

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Chambers Europe 2020 rankings released
We are pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners Europe Guide for 2020 has recognized Dimitrijevic & Partners once again as a leading law firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We have been ranked as “Band 1” in General Business Law, with our founding partner Stevan Dimitrijevic being recognized as “Band 1” lawyer.

We thank our clients and colleagues who took part in this research. For more info on rankings, please visit this link.

COVID – 19 & LEGAL CHALLANGES & COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS
On March 5, 2020, the first case of coronavirus infection (COVID - 19) was confirmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BiH"). Thereafter, an increase in the number of corona infected persons occurs throughout BiH, and it is expected that the number of infected will increase for over the time. Increase in the number of infected coronavirus in BiH, i.e. and in Republika Srpska (“RS”) and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“FBiH”), as well as declaring a pandemic of the coronavirus at a global level will have an impact on economic activity throughout BiH.

Today, on 16 March 2020, the RS Government declared a state of emergency for the territory of RS due to the epidemiological situation in RS caused by the appearance of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. On the other hand, also today, on 16 March 2020, the FBiH Government declared the accident caused by the emergence of coronavirus (COVID - 19) in the territory of the FBiH. According to publicly available data, the competent authorities in the RS and FBiH will in the forthcoming period consider and adopt several measures related to the preservation and improvement of liquidity of the economy and fiscal stimulation. They are mainly aimed at unhindered supply of the necessary goods and services to the population, as well as assistance to the business entities working with the countries that are most severely affected by the coronavirus. The situation is similar in other countries of Europe and the world - governments and other competent authorities adopt draconian measures that are mainly aimed at: (i) suppressing the spread of a coronavirus infection (e.g. closure of certain border crossings, mandatory quarantine upon entry into the country, etc.); and (ii) mitigating the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak (e.g. postponement of tax and credit obligations, export bans on certain products, etc.). For instance, the Republic of Serbia has temporarily banned the export of basic foodstuffs and hygiene products.

Closure of state borders, delays in deliveries of raw materials and other materials, adoption of various measures by competent authorities are circumstances that may affect the fulfilment of previously assumed contractual obligations of business entities. In addition, the consequences extend to a very broad social sphere, starting from the areas of labour law, movement, public order and peace, etc. In this brief notice, we will focus on issues arising in relation to commercial contracts.

In the light of the abovementioned, business entities may find themselves in the aggravated circumstances with respect to the fulfilment of their contractual obligations. Companies and entrepreneurs may be prevented from fulfilling their contractual obligations in full, in part or in contractually agreed terms.

I. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONSEQUENCES OF A CONTRACT INFRINGEMENT?

In general, inability to perform and delay in the performance of contractual obligations can lead to the following consequences:

1. obligations for compensation of damage to the other contracting party arising out of non-performance and / or delay in performing the contractual obligation. This damage, in principle, consists of the actually sustained damages and loss of profit (lat. lucrum cessans) that the other contracting party expects to receive by performing or timely performing the obligation of the breaching party or delaying the performance of the contractual obligations; and

2. a request for performance of a contractual obligation (made through court or out of court) or potential termination of the contract (whether the other party unilaterally terminates the contract (the reasonableness of this termination should in any case be analysed separately) or the inability to perform the obligation within a time limit has by the very contract stipulated as the consequence for the termination of a contract). Depending on all the circumstances of a case, it may sometimes be necessary to provide an additional deadline for fulfilment of the obligation, while in other cases a default / delay will lead to an automatic termination of a contract (e.g. the deadline for execution was agreed as an essential element). It is important to emphasise that under certain circumstances, termination of a contract may occur even before the deadline occurs (e.g. if it results from the circumstances that the other party will not be able to perform its obligation within the agreed term).

II. WHAT SHOULD BE SPECIALLY ANALYSED?

In order to mitigate the legal consequences that may result from a breach of a contract (e.g. indemnification requests), it is advisable to perform following:

CLASSIC COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS (TRADE WITH GOODS AND SERVICES)

1. to analyse contractual clauses on force majeure (lat. Vis maior, local language. Viša sila). As a rule, a contracting party is not liable for damages if it proves that it could not: (i) fulfil its obligations or it delays with a fulfilment due to circumstances that arose after the conclusion of the contract; and (ii) prevent, eliminate or avoid these circumstances. Commercial contracts often contain special provisions on force majeure, so those provisions (if any), in conjunction with the general legal rules, should be considered before making specific business decisions. Our law does not recognize the legal definition of the force majeure, but commercial contracts often contain force majeure clauses. When contracts do not contain these clauses, there are laws, regulations and general rules of the law of obligations, which applies in these cases (changed circumstances, inability to fulfil obligation, general rules on liability for performance of obligations, etc.). It is virtually inconceivable that until a few months ago anyone in BiH could have predicted the outbreak of a coronavirus infection, as well as enacting various state measures to combat this infection. This circumstance certainly provides a good starting point for considering the release of a counterparty's liability due to force majeure. However, it is important to know that, by law, a contracting party calling for the release of its liability by force majeure should prove this in the event of a dispute. In this respect it will be necessary to prove all of the following: (i) that circumstances which prevent the performance of the contractual obligation or which delay the performance of the obligation occurred after the conclusion of the contract. For instance, if the contract was concluded 6 months ago then it is likely that force majeure will be easier to prove than if the contract was concluded before e.g. 15 days; and (ii) respective circumstances could not have been prevented, remedied or avoided;

2. to consider the obligation to inform the other party of the facts that have an impact on the contractual relationship. As a general rule, each contracting party is obliged to inform the other party in a timely manner of the facts affecting the contractual relationship. Breach of this obligation entitles the other party to compensation for the damage it has suffered as a result of failure to notify or untimely notify. For instance, if the party who, on the basis of the contract, supplies raw materials to the other party and the trucks with raw materials will not arrive in BiH on time, the supplying party should inform the other party as soon as it becomes aware of this delay;

3. to analyse the clauses of the insurance contract and consider the obligation or need to communicate with the insurance companies. In the first place, it is advisable to analyse which cases are covered by an insurance policy. When it comes to a property insurance, the insurance contractor is obliged to inform the insurance company of any change in circumstances that may be relevant to the risk assessment. Further, as a rule, the insured party is obliged to inform the insurance company of the occurrence of the insured event within three days from the day when he / she learned that the insured event occurred (this does not apply to life insurance and other specific types of insurance);

4. to analyse the possibility of obtaining appropriate certificates of force majeure from the competent authorities in BiH. According to informal information from the RS Chamber of Commerce: (i) business entities may request in writing that the RS Chamber of Commerce issue a certificate of force majeure; (ii) these force majeure certificates are public deeds and serve as evidence of the inability (in full or in part) of the performance of contractual obligations. However, it should be emphasized that business entities cannot rely on these certificates as deeds that will fully or partially release them of their respective contractual liability in a potential court proceeding. On the other hand, the FBiH Chamber of Commerce informally confirms that they do not issue such certificates because, according to their informal interpretation, the occurrence of the effects caused by the infection of the coronavirus does not result in the occurrence of force majeure;

5. to analyse contractual clauses re liability for contract performance. As a rule, the liability of the contracting party may be extended beyond statutory defined frames. On the other hand, the contract may also narrow the liability of the contracting party - e.g. by stipulating the maximum amount of compensation that the breaching party will be obliged to pay to the other contracting party for damages. Accordingly, in order to properly determine the situation, it is necessary to consider in particular the extent to which the legal provisions and the provisions of a particular contract, favour or harm defaulting party;

6. analyse the possibility of termination or amendment of the contract due to changed circumstances (lat. Rebus Sic Stantibus). Circumstances that make difficult for one contracting party to fulfil an obligation (e.g., the inability to continue to procure raw materials procured from countries affected by a coronavirus infection) that occur after the conclusion of the contract may be grounds for termination or modification of the contract. In such a case, the party who has difficulty in fulfilling the contract may propose to the other party to modify or terminate the contract due to these circumstances or to seek judicial termination of the contract. When considering this option, it is also important to consider the following: (i) the party intending to amend the contract should submit to the other party proposals for changes to the contract that would result in a fair modification of the contract; (ii) the party intending to terminate the contract due to changed circumstances is obliged to notify the other party of its intention to terminate the contract due to these circumstances; (iii) the other party may prevent the termination of the contract by offering or agreeing to fairly modify certain contractual terms; (iv) the court may order to the party requesting the termination of the contract to compensate the other party for the just amount of the damage suffered as a result of the termination of the contract; and (v) the contract may expressly exclude the right of the contracting party to request termination of the contract due to changed circumstances;

7. to analyse the possibility of termination of the contract due to the complete inability to fulfil the obligation. As a rule, when the fulfilment of an obligation of one party becomes impossible due to an event for which neither party is responsible, then the entire contract ceases to exist. It should be noted that the contracting party who has completed something previously given based on the contract, has the right to request the appropriate return of the completed / given one. If a contractual obligation cannot be fulfilled only partially because of an event for which neither party is responsible, then the other party expecting the performance of that obligation has the right to terminate the contract provided that it proves that this partial failure does not meet its needs. Otherwise, if the contract still remains in force, the other party, which receives only partial fulfilment, has the right to request for its obligation to be reduced proportionally (e.g. if it is possible to deliver only 70% of the contracted quantities of goods, then the other party to whom the goods are delivered will require to pay only those 70% of the contracted quantities of goods, and not all 100% of the originally contracted quantities).

MERGER AND ACQUISITION CONTRACTS (M&A CONTRACTS

1. to analyse the contractual clauses governing the consequences of material adverse events (MAC provisions). In practice, the MAC Provisions authorize the buyer to terminate the M&A contract if, in the period between the conclusion of the contract and the fulfilment of all conditions defined in the contract, occurs a materially negative event defined by the contract. For instance, a buyer may terminate M&A contract if, before the full payment of reimbursement is due, the turnover of the target company falls more than 20% from its current turnover. In this respect, it is necessary to analyse whether the present disturbances and changed circumstances resulting from the outbreak of the coronavirus can trigger the application of contracted MAC provisions. On the other hand, when drafting new M&A contracts, special attention should be paid on the consequences of an outbreak of coronavirus infection as well as the effects of measures taken by the competent authorities to restrain this infection;

2. to analyse clauses stipulating seller’s warranties. With respect to the already concluded M&A contracts, it is necessary to analyse the provisions of the seller's warranties and examine to what extent the current situation regarding the infection of the coronavirus will affect compliance with these warranties and whether due to the inability to respect these warranties customers will be entitled for damages. With respect to new M&A contracts, sellers should insist on provisions that limit or exclude the seller's liability for the negative consequences of the acquisition of the target company and the consequences resulting from the outbreak of the coronavirus (e.g. this can be done by referring to generally known facts what a buyer had to be aware of, changes in the regulations that the buyer is required to meet, etc.);

3. to consider the risks of insolvency or bankruptcy. Particular consideration should be given to whether the consequences of the resulting coronavirus could lead to the insolvency of the target company and what the consequences would be in that regard;

4. to look at the bigger picture. Depending on the business being conducted by the target company, it may be advisable to pause the ongoing acquisitions (for instance, until the first stroke of the coronavirus epidemic has passed, when things will be much clearer and more predictable). This especially relates to the industries that are significantly affected by the outbreak of coronavirus infection, e.g. tourism, catering, etc.

III. NOTIFICATION CONTEXT

All the above is an outline of the legal consequences of a breach of the commercial contracts that may arise from circumstances caused by the outbreak of a coronavirus infection. None of the above constitutes legal advice, nor do we assume any liability in the event of any of the aforementioned.

For more detailed information regarding the above, please contact the following addresses:

Stevan Dimitrijević
Partner | Attorney at law
T | F +387 51 962 600
M +387 65 589 149
E-mail : stevan.dimitrijevic@dimitrijevicpartners.com

Đorđe Dimitrijević
Senior Associate | Attorney at law
T | F +387 51 962 600
M +387 65 596 731
E-mail : djordje.dimitrijevic@dimitrijevicpartners.com

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Chambers Europe 2020 rankings released
We are pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners Europe Guide for 2020 has recognized Dimitrijevic & Partners once again as a leading law firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We have been ranked as “Band 1” in General Business Law, with our founding partner Stevan Dimitrijevic being recognized as “Band 1” lawyer.

We thank our clients and colleagues who took part in this research. For more info on rankings, please visit this link.

A double reason to celebrate!!!
A great news coming for our 4th anniversary from one of the most reputable legal directories! Chambers & Partners Global Guide for 2020 has recognized Dimitrijevic & Partners once again as a leading law firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have been ranked as “Band 1” in General Business Law, with our founding partner Stevan Dimitrijevic being recognized as “Band 1” lawyer. We thank our clients and colleagues who took part in this research.
For more info on rankings, please visit this link.

CEE Legal Matters Magazine Interview
Dimitrijevic & Partners partner Davorin Marinkovic in an interview for CEE Legal Matters Magazine.Full version of the interview is available at the following link.

Cartels: European lawyers compete against cartel members
The ECDA network of law firms pools for companies expertise in antitrust law throughout Europe
A new supranational network of law firms unites their expertise in private antitrust enforcement. The member law firms of the European Cartel Damage Alliance e.V. (ECDA) provide cartel-damaged companies and public organizations with legal support across Europe in relation to the enforcement of their claims. In this context, clients may draw on the assistance of experts from nearly twenty European countries. The law firm Dimitrijević & Partners is one of the members and co-founder of the alliance.

Whether high-voltage power cables, trucks or interest rate derivatives – cartels are not limited to certain areas of the economy. Where there is competition, there is often the risk of collusion, and customers or competitors may suffer severe damage.

The ECDA brings together renowned law firms from all over Europe specialising in antitrust law. Its objective is to assist victims of cartels, providing them with information on their opportunities and risks and to support them in enforcing their claims – both in and out of court. “By working together, we take advantage of the synergies as well as different places of jurisdiction and are thus able to handle cases with a pan-European dimension in a flexible manner providing advice at a cross-border level”, emphasises Stevan Dimitrijević, partner of the law firm Dimitrijević & Partners. “Only rarely are cartels purely national constructs, they usually have a European dimension”, emphasises Prof. Christian Held, first chairperson of the ECDA and partner of the law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH).

It often takes a long time before parties affected by cartels realise that they are victims of price-fixing agreements. The ECDA members keep an eye open for potential cartel structures and can thus draw attention to them at an early stage. This means that potentially affected companies can be informed early on about their entitlement to claim damages, make arrangements to secure their claims in a timely fashion and thoroughly prepare for their assertion and investigate the facts in advance.

If a case has to be brought before a court, the ECDA members provide not only legal advice but also offer further assistance. Through the cooperation with the litigation funder FORIS AG, victims of a cartel may minimise their cost risks.

Dimitrijević & Partners is one of the most recognized law offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Renowned for the quality of our lawyers and our commercial approach to solving problems, we advise banks, companies, investors and government institutions doing business in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are practical and business-minded, understanding that the commercial implications of our advice are often as important as the technical aspects. We have a deep understanding of local law combined with proactive and long term approach to client relationships.

European Cartel Damage Alliance e.V. (ECDA) – European lawyers network in the field of antitrust law and cartel damages claims.

Contact:

Dimitrijević i partneri
Stevan Dimitrijević
stevan.dimitrijevic@dimitrijevicpartners.com
Tel +387 51 962 600
Please visit Dimitrijevic & Partners at www.dimitrijevicpartners.com

European Cartel Damage Alliance e.V. (ECDA)
Fr. Helena Juncker
helena.juncker@ecda-online.com
Tel +49 (030) 611 28 40-475
Please visit the European Cartel Damage Alliance e.V. (ECDA) at www.ecda-online.com

Davorin Marinković on the annual conference of the Serbian Energy Law Association
Davorin Marinković, partner at Dimitrijević & Partners, took part in a conference „News in the Legal Framework and the Effects of Energy Law Application“, which was held at the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia on the 4th December 2019, organized by Serbian Energy Law Association – UPES.

Conference covered different topics including the consequences of the application of the Clean energy for all Europeans package and new forms of energy as well as the practice of the European Court of Justice related to the energy law in the European Union.

Separate panel was dedicated to the regional cooperation of the energy law associations.
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Stevan Dimitrijević held lecture for the students of Faculty of Law University of Banjaluka at the beginning of the series of lectures to take place this autumn
At the lecture for senior students of the Faculty of Law University of Banjaluka, attorney at law Stevan Dimitrijević spoke about responsibility of the management of companies for their business activities and about their personal civil as well as criminal liability for the performance of their duties in the managing of business activities of the companies. Attorney at law Dimitrijević presented several case studies on the subject.

Students took active part in lecture, and there was an active discussion on the subject of avoiding responsibility of companies and their responsible persons through constant incorporation of new companies, as well as on the over-indebtedness of companies and debtors considered more broadly as the obstacles for the efficient conduction of collection of debt.

Beside visiting lectures, students of Faculty of Law will have the opportunity for an internship in the law office Dimitrijević & Partners in the academic 2019/20.

Stevan Dimitrijević will participate in practical lectures for the students of the Faculty of Law University of Banjaluka
Theoretical knowledge is very important, but the best way to completely acquire it, is when used in practice. Attorney at law Stevan Dimitrijević together with other colleagues will share his knowledge and experience gained through years of work on important projects with the students of Faculty of Law University of Banjaluka.

For second year in a row Stevan will work with students on the examples from practice in the subject matter Business Law.

First in line of visiting lectures at the department for Civil and Business Law started in November 2019. Furthermore, students of Faculty of Law will have the opportunity to win internship in the law office Dimitrijević & Partners in the academic 2019/20.

Attorney at law Đorđe Dimitrijević had a presentation at the XIV Civil Law Conference
Đorđe Dimitrijević, one of Dimitrijević & Partners Attorneys presented paper regarding the “Time (In)finitude for Protection of Real Property Rights in Republika Srpska”.

Paper analyses scope and significance of deadlines for filing lawsuits for the protection of real rights prescribed by the Act on Survey and Cadastre of Republika Srpska and their inconsistency with the general principle that no statute of limitations apply to the lawsuits for protection of real property rights determined in accordance with the Act on Property Rights of Republika Srpska. The paper also analyses practical consequences of existence of deadlines for filing lawsuits for protection of real property rights and related problems in the practice of the courts and administrative authorities.

Theme of the XIV Civil Law Conference was “Current Issues from the Area of Civil Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, theory – practice.” Conference was held from 16th to 19th October, organized by Association of Judges of Republika Srpska.
B2B Team

Dimitrijević & Partners among the top tier ranked lawyers in Bosnia and Herzegovina according to IFLR 1000
Dimitrijević & Partners are recognized once again as the leading law office in project development practice area. Dimitrijević & Partners in IFLR 1000 for 2020, were ranked as tier 1 in this practice area. This legal directory researches and ranks lawyers in more than 120 countries.

Earlier this year legal directories Chambers and Partners as well as Legal 500 ranked Dimitrijevic & Partners among the best in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Chambers and Partners ranked Dimitrijević & Partners as Band 1 in the practice area of general business law and dispute resolution, while in Legal 500, Dimitrijević & Partners were ranked highly in the area of projects and energy, infrastructure and corporate law.

Dimitrijevic & Partners are highly satisfied for being once again recognized among the best ones. These acknowledgements are especially important because the rankings are performed through independent and objective research among the clients and other law firms present on the market.

The Loan & Syndacation Course
Dimitrijevic & Partners attorneys, Partner Nina Vjestica and Senior Associate Djordje Dimitrijevic, attended intensive 3 day The Loan Syndication & Documentation course, held in Zagreb last week, by finance industry expert Gregory Autin.

The course itself examined in detail the syndication of finance facilities and syndicates, the facilities that are syndicated, the documentation and administration of the facilities, and the various contract parties and their respective role. The course has been attended by professionals engaged with banking and finance industry and investment sector.

Dimitrijević and Partners participated in the first Banjaluka Business Run
Dimitrijević & Partners participated in the first Business run (B2B) organized in Banjaluka on 12th October. The concept of the race was relay race, and Dimitrijević & Partners had two teams per three members. Each member ran two kilometres.

Race was intended for employees to have fun and enjoy team spirit. As members of Dimitrijević & Partners found running enjoyable, they decided to prepare for the next Banjaluka Half Marathon.
B2B Team

Nina Vještica – The Newest Partner at Dimitrijević & Partners
Dimitrijević & Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Nina Vještica as the newest Partner in the legal team of Dimitrijević & Partners.

Nina’s promotion from Senior Associate comes as a well-deserved result of her personal contribution to the growth of the firm and the quality of services provided by the legal team of Dimitrijević & Partners.

Speaking on behalf of the existing two partners of the firm, name Partner Stevan Dimitrijević comments “Nina exemplifies the values of the firm. In the five years that she has been part of our team, Nina has contributed to the firm’s growth, its investment in people and in its dedication to providing outstanding client service. We are very pleased to welcome her into the Partnership and look forward to building a successful future together.”.

Nina’s promotion came into effect on January 1, 2019. Her new position will strengthen the firm’s already strong capabilities in key practice areas, while supporting the addition of new lateral talent. The firm is deeply committed to its people and to developing the next generation of leaders. This promotion marks an important career milestone and is a collective achievement of our commitment to inclusive teamwork.

About Nina



Nina was engaged as a senior associate with Dimitrijevic & Partners from its very founding in early 2016. In a period from 2014 to 2016 Nina was associate at Karanovic Nikolic law firm in Banjaluka. She started her carrier in 2012 as a court intern in Banjaluka Basic Court, where she spent 2 years. Nina gained her expertise advising local and international clients on a broad range of corporate mandates, ranging from banking and finance matters, environmental law, real estate deals, regulatory compliance and commercial law matters. She is particularily specialized in the healthcare and insurance industries.

Key Representations

  • Advising a borrower on a EUR 13.5 million loan for a leveraged buyout by a foreign fund, involving Croatian and Bosnian banks.
  • Advising a domestic dairy company on a group refinancing.
  • Advising regional retailer on an asset deal with a local retail company.
  • Advising on the sale of a domestic private healthcare facility to an international healthcare group.
  • Advising multinational clothing retail company on various corporate and commercial issues.

We are hiring!
Attorney at Law Stevan Dimitrijevic is looking for a competent Office and Marketing Manager to join our energetic team of professionals.

About Us

We provide full spectrum of legal services and advisory to domestic and multinational companies operating in the Republic of Srpska and throughout whole Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Renowned for our uncompromising integrity and commitment, international standards of client service, exceptional lawyers, we offer an innovative and pioneering approach to legal advisory in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The firm takes pride in its ability to adapt to the changing needs of its clients and to combine this with a deep understanding of the market to deliver innovative legal advice. We have a clear vision that creativity is a necessary element for advising clients in emerging markets. This vision, matched with a meticulous approach is what distinguishes us on the market.

Candidate Profile and Requirements

- A minimum of 3 years of working experience preferably in commercial law firms or other professional services companies
- Fluency in English
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office suite
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently and meet tight deadlines
- Ability to be autonomous in carrying out delegated tasks

Your full-time role will include a full range of office management and business development duties:

• Day-to-day running of the office and handling the firm’s reception activities
• Organization and coordination of meetings
• Managing the firm’s mail system and updating the firm’s contact data base
• Keeping the firm’s presentation materials up-to-date and coordination with outsourced agencies
• Maintaining the firm’s website content and social media profiles
• Preparation of legal directory submissions
• Coordinating the information in relation to business development activities with the legal team
• Supporting legal team in formatting various documentation
• Other ad hoc duties as requested

Please send your applications to the following e-mail address:

office@dimitrijevicpartners.com
T|F +387 51 962 600
Sime Šolaje 1
78000 Banjaluka
Republic of Srpska
Bosnia and Herzegovina
www.dimitrijevicpartners.com

Chambers Global 2018 Rankings Released
Dimitrijević & Partners is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by Chambers Global as a leading firm in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The firms’ ranking was increased this year to Band 2 for General Business Law. Founding Partner, Stevan Dimitrijević, is held in high regard, especially by international companies, which he assists with commercial matters relating to their Bosnian operations. He is also noted for his expertise in Dispute Resolution matters. The firm strives to be exceptional to meet the highest international standards in its legal advisory, which has been recognized by clients and peers interviewed in the research process of Chambers & Partners.

The Chambers Global rankings are available online and can be viewed at: [ link ].

Stevan Dimitrijević will participate in the New York Marathon
Stevan Dimitrijević, Partner at Dimitrijević & Partners, will participate in the New York Marathon on behalf of the humanitarian organization “Chain of Hope“, in an effort to raise donations for children suffering from heart problems across the world.

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Dimitrijević & Partners assisted Mercator in restructuring their business operations in BIH
During August and September 2017 Dimitrijević & Partners assisted Mercator in series of transaction steps related to revised strategy for Mercator business operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2014 following the takeover of Mercator by Croatian concern Agrokor, Konzum was put in charge of all retail operations in Croatia and in Bosnia. Three years afterwards, Agrokor announced that they will restructure retail business in Bosnia and this included, among other things, that 83 ex- Mercator shops have been returned to Mercator.
Konzum BH and Mercator BH will operate separately, each responsible for their own stores in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Dimitrijević & Partners advisory team led by Stevan Dimitrijevic collaborated with Mercator's Slovenian counsel Jadek & Pensa (led by Ozbej Merc) and international counsel, Clifford Chance (led by Loren Richards).

SELA is Pleased to Welcome New Member – Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.
20 September 2017 – With the addition of another jurisdiction of coverage, SELA will be able to more thoroughly provide seamless service to companies doing business in South East Europe.

SELA is a regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe. SELA’s membership now spans across seven jurisdictions. The alliance members are among the top firms in their jurisdictions, providing the full range of legal and business services to local and international businesses. Members include Apoostolska & Aleksandrovski of Macedonia, Bojović & Partners of Serbia / Montenegro, Dimitrijević & Partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kirm Perpar of Slovenia, Žurić i Partneri of Croatia and now Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. of Bulgaria..

About Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is a top tier, full-service commercial law firm operating in Bulgaria. Recognized for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in business law, the firm offers innovative and commercially astute legal solutions to clients across the most dynamic global industries. With lawyers that are responsive, commercially savvy and meticulous, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. offers world-class service and niche expertise to domestic and international clients. The firm has in-depth sectoral expertise and a deep understanding of the local market. This combination allows the firm to deliver intelligent, efficient and reliable results in line with the clients’ commercial objectives. The firm has strong international links that significantly expand its global reach. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. strives to provide the highest possible standard of legal service and operates according to its principles of quality, integrity and exceptional client service.

Dimitrijević & Partners Advises Altima UK Value Investments Limited
Dimitrijević & Partners advised Altima UK Value Investments Limited (AUKVIL), on the restructuring of its indirect shareholding interest in Banjalučka pivara ad Banjaluka (together the “Group”).

The transaction included the establishment of AUKVIL’s daughter company, a block trade transaction between AUKVIL’s subsidiaries and a squeeze out of the minority shareholders of Banjalučka pivara ad Banjaluka.
Dimitrijević & Partners led the negotiation of the Group’s banking facilities with lenders, drafted the transaction documents and delivered the CPs. The Resolution on the squeeze out was adopted at the Banjalucka pivara’s Shareholders’ Assembly Meeting in June 2017, with Dimitrijević & Partners assisting also with the preparation of the session and execution of the overall process that successfully completed at the beginning of August this year. The legal team at Dimitrijević & Partners was led by Partner Stevan Dimitrijević with the hands-on assistance of Senior Associate Nina Vještica as well as the rest of the team.

SELA Sponsors Smith Novak NPL Europe Conference
The South East Legal Alliance – SELA participated as a sponsor of the Smith Novak NPL Europe conference. The conference, which was held in London on March 9-10, 2017, took a look at the trends and developments in the European NPL market by bringing together key market players to discuss hot topics, deal flows and legislative developments across European markets.

The conference was attended by SELA representatives, including Duško Žurić of Žurić i Partneri in Croatia, Marija Bojović and Uroš Popović of Bojović & Partners in Serbia / Montenegro, and Jan Gorjup of Kirm Perpar in Slovenia.

Marija Bojović, a founding partner of Bojović & Partners and SELA, participated in the panel discussion covering the countries of South East Europe. The panel covered innovations in the regional market, expected transactions and lessons learned from recent experiences. The panel also discussed how NPL portfolio sales are increasing in the region and their management, resolution and prevention is among the top priorities of regional regulators. With numerous banks present in multiple regional markets, multi-jurisdictional transactions are inevitable, which has been evidenced by increased investor interest. Also following on with these trends, increasing interest and awareness is being given to different restructuring options and enforcement as a preventative measure.

SELA - the South East Legal Alliance Expands to Slovenia
SELA Extends its Reach to Slovenia
3 February 2017 – The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) welcomes another leading law firm among its membership. The leading Slovenian commercial law firm Kirm Perpar officially joined SELA on 3 February 2017.

SELA is a regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe, SELA’s membership now spans across six jurisdictions. The alliance members are amongst the top firms in their jurisdictions, providing the full range of legal and business services to local and international businesses. Members include Apostolska & Aleksandrovski of Macedonia, Bojović & Partner of Serbia / Montenegro, Dimitrijević & Partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Žurić i Partneri of Croatia and now Kirm Perpar of Slovenia.

More information on SELA is available on its website at www.selegalalliance.com.

About Kirm Perpar

Kirm Perpar is an independent, full-service commercial law firm based in Slovenia. The firm is committed to delivering top quality legal services and to providing excellent industry insight and in-depth knowledge of the local market. The firms’ top priority is its clients. To provide them with a truly bespoke service, the firm invests significant resources in understanding the clients’ business and their strategic objectives. This, combined with a dedication to professional integrity, is one of the fundamental factors that defines the firm’s strength and reputation and sets it apart from other law practices.

As a forward-thinking law firm, Kirm Perpar understands that legal expertise and commercial wisdom balance business strategy, which is why the firm strives to look at the bigger picture when advising clients, so that they can make sound business decisions and stay ahead of their competition. By taking a tailored approach to every matter, Kirm Perpar joins forces with clients to help them achieve sustainable growth. This is the key to delivering exceptional client service and achieving the results clients expect.

More information is available at www.k-p.si.

Dimitrijević & Partners JOINS NEXTLAW GLOBAL REFERRAL NETWORK
Will connect clients to top tier legal talent around the world
Dimitrijević & Partners announced it has joined Nextlaw Global Referral Network, enabling it to connect its clients to high quality lawyers around the world. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the largest legal referral network in the world, with more than 300 member firms, 18,600 lawyers covering 160 countries.

Nextlaw Global Referral Network was created by Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. The network, which is free to join, employs a detailed screening system to guarantee the quality of its member firms and has developed proprietary technology to allow members to identify lawyers at other member firms with the appropriate experience where clients need legal counsel.

Jeff Modisett, Nextlaw Global Referral Network CEO said, “We’re proud to have Dimitrijević & Partners as part of our network. We’re only as good as the quality of our member firms and Dimitrijević & Partners makes us stronger and better able to meet the needs of our other members’ clients in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Apostolska & Aleksandrovski Joins the South East Legal Alliance (SELA)
A Coordinated Approach to Cross-Border Transactions
21 November 2016 – The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) welcomes another leading law firm among its members. The well-known Macedonian commercial law firm Apostolska & Aleksandrovski officially joined SELA in the second half of November 2016.

SELA is a regional network of leading independent law firms offering competitive, top quality legal and business services across multiple Southeastern European jurisdictions. The alliance was conceived and co-founded by the law firms Bojović & Partners of Serbia / Montenegro, Dimitrijević & Partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Žurić i Partneri of Croatia. By using the SELA alliance, clients will benefit from its integrated multi-jurisdictional legal teams, seamless service and specialised expertise. Each of the SELA member firms is a top commercial law firm with an established reputation in its jurisdiction. Currently providing coverage in five jurisdictions, SELA plans to further expand its membership. Participation in the alliance is exclusive and by invitation only.

More information on SELA is available on its website at www.selegalalliance.com.

About Apostolska & Aleksandrovski

Apostolska & Aleksandrovski is a modern, full-service commercial law firm in Macedonia. Taking a fresh approach to the provision of legal services, Apostolska & Aleksandrovski offers a client-focused service and tailor-made legal solutions. The firm handles matters in all key practice areas and across the most dynamic global industry sectors and works to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry and operations of its clients and to provide legal advice in line with their business strategy, mindful of how it will affect their overall business operations. Clients recognise Apostolska & Aleksandrovski for their commitment to quality, results oriented approach and dedication to client service and satisfaction.

More information is available at www.businesslaw.mk.