Karanovic & Nikolic

Karanovic & Nikolic is a leading international law firm in South East Europe (SEE).

Renowned for the quality of its lawyers and their commercial approach to solving problems, the firm advises many of the leading banks, companies, investors and government institutions doing business and investing in the SEE region. We're practical and highly commercial in our advice, understanding that economics and the commercial implications of our advice can often be as important as the technical side.

With more than 90 lawyers and offices in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro, Karanovic & Nikolic operates as a single firm across all its offices and prides itself on its proactive and long-term approach to client relationships.

As a leading firm in the SEE, we have a deep understanding of local laws in all jurisdictions in which we operate. We appreciate that clients come to us for answers and solutions to their problems and not to have the intricacies of the law described to them. The firm provides advice at the highest professional level, which is tailor made for the client's particular needs and requirements. To achieve this, the firm is divided into different practice groups, enabling our lawyers to acquire in-depth knowledge of the specific legal areas and industries.

Areas in which we particularly focus are: (i) mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and privatisation, (ii) corporate, (iii) real estate, (iv) banking and finance, (v) competition, (vi) energy and infrastructure, (vii) telecoms, media and technology, (viii) employment, (ix) taxation, (x) dispute resolution, (xi) restructuring and bankruptcy, (xii) intellectual property and (xiii) healthcare.

The firm is led by senior partners Dejan Nikolic, a regional expert in the areas of telecoms and technology, and Dragan Karanovic, a privatisation and M&A specialist, Miloš Vuckovic, an energy specialist, and Patricia Gannon, an Irish/UK solicitor.

Karanovic & Nikolic is active in advising on new transitional laws that have been adopted in the region with a focus on achieving a practical interpretation that is closely in line with the EU laws upon which they have been modelled.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Karanovic & Nikolic had worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina for many years, advising on leading investments and in 2007 commenced local co-operation with Stevan Dimitrijevic. In 2010, the firm expanded its practice to Sarajevo, through co-operation with Nihad Sijercic. The Bosnian practice of the firm has particular expertise in corporate law, infrastructure projects, energy work and dispute resolution.

Karanovic & Nikolic established its co-operation with the Croatian lawyers Josip Marohnic, Danijel Pribanic and Aleksandra Raach in 2012. The Croatian practice primarily focuses on corporate law, banking and finance, dispute resolution, tax and real-estate matters.

The firm has been advising in Montenegro since its establishment but when the Montenegrin State was established in 2006 Karanovic & Nikolic opened its Montenegrin office. The Montenegrin team is particularly focused on corporate, real-estate, banking and infrastructure work.

Opening an office in Macedonia in 2009 reflects a growing interest on behalf of international clients in this emerging market. The aim of the firm is to provide a full service to investors pursuing their business objectives in Macedonia.

Since its establishment, Karanovic & Nikolic has acted on behalf of clients in many of the largest and most complex transactions in the market. The firm has built its reputation on quality of service and has advised on the most significant deals in the market. We operate as one firm across all our offices, which means that clients benefit from a seamless approach to solving their problems across regional jurisdictions.

The firm is member of the World Services Group, a multi-disciplinary organisation of professional services providers. Karanovic & Nikolic enjoys excellent professional relationships with top international law firms and maintains excellent non-exclusive referral relationships with several.

Karanovic & Nikolic is also a corporate member of the International Bar Association and a member of the Energy Law Group, a network of Independent European Law Firms with niche expertise in energy and natural resources, and BECTELLA, an alliance of top-tier independent law firms with speciality practices in employee benefits, executive compensation, tax, employment and labour law.

The lawyers of the firm have leadership positions at the Foreign Investors Council, the American Chamber of Commerce in each jurisdiction where we practice, enabling the firm to work with industry committees seeking dialogue with government.

Awards and rankings
The principal international rankings and directories place Karanovic & Nikolic as the leading legal services firm in all the markets where the firm operates.

The firm was also named 'Law Firm of the Year — Southeast Europe and the Balkans — 2014' by the UK's The Lawyermagazine.

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Number of fee earners: 80
Number of lawyers: 80
Number of Partners: 16