SEE Legal Advises Swedish EasyPark AB on Starting Business in Eight SEE Legal Jurisdictions

SEE Legal advises Swedish EasyPark AB on setting up its business in the Balkan area and South East Europe, starting with Serbia and Slovenia and, thereafter, also Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The EasyPark Group has developed and provides an electronic system for modern parking to public (e.g. cities, municipalities or state-owned companies) and private parking operators and motorists. Through this system, the Group enables administration of parking and facilitates payment of parking fees (via App or SMS), without being a licensed payment service provider.

Since 2001, the EasyPark Group’s award-winning smart parking services have been helping drivers find and pay for parking in 600 cities in 10 markets.

SEE Legal Advised a Japanese Telecommunications Company on Connected Cars’ Services in Six SEE Legal Jurisdictions

The SEE Legal members in Albania (KALO & ASSOCIATES), Bosnia & Herzegovina (Maric & Co), Kosovo (KALO & ASSOCIATES), Montenegro (BDK Advokati), Republic of Macedonia (Polenak Law Firm) and Serbia (BDK Advokati) together with Allen & Overy provided a regulatory telecommunications advice to a Japanese company on setting up services for connected cars in the above jurisdictions. The client plans to resell mobile network access to automobile companies internationally. This would allow their cars to communicate with data centres to collect and process driving data from the connected cars. The Serbian member of the Group, BDK Advokati, has organised and coordinated the work in this project.

Three SEE Legal Member Firms Advised One of the Major Russian Telecom Operators, MTS

BDK Advokati has advised one of the major Russian telecom operators, MTS in the intended privatisation of Telekom Srbija (TS). BDK Advokati was assisted by DTB Law Firm and KALO & ASSOCIATES in relation to the due diligence of TS subsidiaries in Croatia and Kosovo, respectively as well as in relation to merger filling issues and regulatory approvals. BDK Advokati also assisted MTS in the mark of the SPA that was proposed by Orrick as the legal advisor of the Serbian Government and in relation to the bid submission. The Serbian Government decided not to accept any of this bids and to consider sale of the minority package of shares via Belgrade Stock Exchange.

SEE Legal Croatia Member Firm Coordinates the Acquisition of EXOR by ABB Engineering in Five SEE Legal Jurisdictions

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, desired to acquire EXOR, one of the strongest engineering firms in the South Eastern Europe region. Consequently, ABB contacted Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević (DTB) for legal help with the transaction valued at EUR 15 million. Since the deal involved multiple jurisdictions within the SEE Legal Group, DTB acted as lead counsel and was able to seamlessly coordinate the top legal knowledge in the region to complete the acquisition of EXOR. The SEE Legal member law firms Maric & Co (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kalo & Associates (Kosovo), Polenak Law Firm (Republic of Macedonia) and BDK (Serbia) advised ABB on this major acquisition, which doubled the number of ABB employees in the region and furthered ABB’s global footprint strategy.

SEE Legal Provided Support to Samsung Electronics Europe in Eight SEE Legal Jurisdictions in Relation to a New Service for Mobile Devices

SEE Legal has provided relevant support to Samsung Electronics Europe in terms of their compliance worries regarding a new service for mobile devices warning a user when a natural disaster occurs within a certain distance from the user. The SEE Legal members in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo were asked to provide opinion on the newest application to be offered by the client, with the basic function to warn a user when a natural disaster occurs within a certain distance from the user, based on information from a third party contents provider. Open issues included: a) whether this type of notification service is generally permitted; b) if any changes need to be made to comply with local laws; c) whether the language of the disaster information can be in English. This legal advice was coordinated by a single SEE Legal point of contact and delivered in extremely tight terms in February 2014.


The M&A activities in the region were very hectic with the sale, by Mid Europa Partners to KKR, of the United Group (SBB/Telemach). This group includes Serbian SBB, Slovenian Telemach, Bosnian Telemach, and a number of other companies in the region, including dominant cable operators, internet providers, and providers of audio-visual media services. The transaction was worth approximately USD one billion, according to unofficial estimations. Three SEE Legal members i.e. BDK (Serbia), Polenak Law Firm (Republic of Macedonia) and Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (Romania) acted for Altice Holdings, the runner-up on the buyer’s side. We are expecting new wave of deals in this region as other market players will need to integrate in other to be able to compete with KKR.