Banking and finance
The firm’s banking and finance related practice includes representation of clients in all aspects of financing transactions. These transactions range from origination and negotiation to documentation and closing, and when necessary, to enforcement of remedies and agreements for workout and reorganisation.
Clients retain the firm to represent them in the various capacities in financing transactions, as agents, senior lenders or other syndicate members, sellers or purchasers of participation, assignors or assignees of direct loan interests, letter of credit issuers, trustees and arrangers or purchasers of capital market instruments. NSTLAW also advises corporate borrowers involved in mergers and acquisitions, divestiture of operating units, equipment and project findings, debt restructuring and working capital and other financing transactions.
NSTLAW has developed in depth expertise in advising clients from various sectors on a wide range of cases covering all aspects of Serbian, Montenegrin and Bosnian competition law, including: merger clearance, state aid, distribution and franchising networks, restrictive practices, and antitrust audits.
NSTLAW provides full service to all the clients regarding day to day commercial activities, including:
- Drafting of commercial contracts, including contracts with distributors, contracts with consumers and suppliers, contracts on long-term business cooperation, insurance policies, etc.;
- Advising on advertising and marketing activities, including sponsorship of Serbian Premier League, sponsorship of the national football team, financing of two biggest music festivals in Serbia etc.;
- Data and privacy protection;
- Registration of all corporate changes in the Business Registers Agency;
- Protection of shareholders’ rights.
NSTLAW regularly acts as a local counsel of international law firms in international dispute resolution matters. Our lawyers are listed as arbiters with the arbitration of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
Due to world financial crisis, Serbia has been experiencing increase in number of cases and requests for representation before the courts, especially certain “bet the company” litigations where NSTLAW has been particularly successful.
Labor law and employment
NSTLAW provides services to the clients in all areas of labor law, including:
- Drafting of labor contracts, including management contracts;
- Employment of foreign citizens;
- Preparation of rules of procedure and job classification (both initial, and for the needs of job restructuring);
- Negotiations with unions (as well as negotiations on behalf of unions);
- Safety and protection at work place;
- Transfer of employees in process of structural changes of the company, including mergers and demergers;
- Pension, social and health insurance, and
- Creation and implementation of the programs of mass redundancy of the employees.
Energy, infrastructure, communications and PPP
Nenad Stankovic is one of the most experienced attorneys in Serbia and Montenegro when it comes to projects related with Energy, Infrastructure and PPP, and NSTLAW office has been providing these services both in private and public sector and to international institutions.
Energy, infrastructure and PPP services comprise of training of the employees in public sector, preparation of feasibility studies and due diligence reports, step plans and to do lists with detailed explanation of all the phases of the project, negotiations, structuring of transactions, closing of contracts, gathering of required permits and approvals for implementation of transactions.
Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
Our firm has been supporting undertakings and business in healthcare and pharmaceutical sector in Serbia and Montenegro. The major part of legal business support has been provided in the process of regulating terms and conditions on sales and distribution of pharmaceuticals products, but also to private insurance sector and private healthcare providers.
The main support is focused on specific legal aspects in the process of reimbursement, public procurement, registration and clinical trials, while we have also been providing bona fide support to patient and healthcare professional groups and associations.
We are currently serving as legal business support for three global innovative companies, including GSK, Novartis and Takeda, in regulatory, reimbursement, procurement, contract and labor law relations while securing full compliance with positive laws and regulations of Serbia and Montenegro.
We believe that this is the industry sector where we can say with confidence that we do understand the business needs and business drives and all the obstacles pharmaceutical and integrated healthcare companies are facing nowadays in the wider region.
Mergers and acquisitions
NSTLAW regularly handles many of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in Serbia and in Montenegro, representing foreign and local investors, as well as public authorities.
The firm’s M&A experience includes the spectrum of negotiated mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Stankovic & Partners assists the clients regarding legal and regulatory issues involved with mergers and acquisitions including structuring of the transactions, legal due diligence, assisting with financing, negotiating and documenting the transactions and compliance with filing obligations and approval requirements.
Real estate and construction
NSTLAW real estate practice encompasses initial planning, acquisition, financing, investment, development, construction, management and sales. The lawyers advise clients in all phases of the real estate projects, from providing counsel in due diligence process, contract negotiations during the acquisition phase and resolving of technical issues, to assisting the clients with management during the operations phase and lease and sell of the property. NSTLAW assist developers in the acquisition, development, funding and leasing of commercial, mixed-use and residential properties and developments.
On several occasions, our lawyers acted as trainers regarding real estate operations, including the training at valuation academy organized by Hypo Alpe Adria Bank Austria for their valuators in Serbia and in Montenegro.
Furthermore, we advise our clients on long term lease agreements and other real estate matters.