Montenegrin "Luka Kotor" Port Fined For The Abuse Of Dominance

Bisera Andrijasevic of BDK Advokati discusses a recent fine of Montenegrin “Luka Kotor” port for the abuse of dominance. The Montenegrin antitrust authority, the Agency for Protection of Competition of Montenegro (“Agency“), announced that the Higher Misdemeanour Court of Montenegro imposed on 10 July 2018 a fine in the amount of EUR 27.249,54 on the Montenegrin port operator “Luka Kotor” A.D. (“Luka Kotor“) for abuse of dominant position that had been established by the Agency in 2016. The fine represents 1% of the infringer’s relevant turnover. The court also fined Luka Kotor’s…

Six Hotels on the Slovenian Coast for Sale

In the process of preventive restructuring, Istrabenz Group agreed to sell its assets by the end of 2019. The assets of the Istrabenz Group include Istrabenz Turizem and a 50% share in Adriafin, a co-owner of Vina Koper. More than 80% of claims against Instrabenz Group are held by the Bank Assets Management Company. Istrabenz has recently began selling its subsidiary Istrabenz Turizem, owner of six Lifeclass hotels on the Slovenian Coast. The six hotels, namely Grand, Apollo, Neptun, Mirna, Slovenija and Riviera, situated in Portorož, have a total of 778 rooms and are valued at EUR 70 - 80 million. US…

Serbian Planning and Construction Act Further Revised to Promote Investments into Real Estate Development

The validity of local conditions, one of the initial and most important documents in the permitting process showing what investor can build on certain piece of land, is to be extended from one to two years. The deadline to commence work under construction permit is also to be extended from two to three years from the issuance of the permit, to allow more time for investors to raise funds. Although the proposed amendments are welcome, there is room for further improvement. Milan Dakic, partner at BDK Advokati, discussed the remaining pitfalls of the Planning and Construction Act in the June edition…

KALO & ASSOCIATES Advise Societe Generale S.A. on the Sale of its Majority Stake in SGAL

SEE Legal's Albanian member acted as local counsel to Societe Generale S.A. on the sale of its majority stake in Société Générale Albania (SGAL) to OTP Bank.  With a market share of nearly 6%, SGAL is the 5th largest bank on the Albanian banking market, active in both retail and corporate segment. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the coming months, subject to receipt of clearances from the relevant banking and antitrust authorities, and relevant third party consents. KALO & ASSOCIATES' team was led by partner Aigest Milo.

The Great Istanbul Tunnel Project

The three-level subsea tunnel under Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait will connect the city’s two sides (European and Anatolian) with one railway and two highways. Trains will pass through a tube in the middle, while tubes below and above will be for vehicular transit. The tunnel will be integrated into nine subway lines, the TEM Motorway, the E-5 Motorway and the Northern Marmara Motorway. Around 6.5 million passengers are expected to use the tunnel on a daily basis once it is completed in the next five years.

Komercijalna Banka’s Shares on Sale

The Republic of Serbia is yet to officially announce the sale of its share (41.7%) in Komercijalna banka a.d. The target is the second largest bank in Serbia with approximately 11% of the market share. The value of the transaction is unknown but shares of Komercijalna banka are currently under high demand on the Serbian Stock Exchange at a price of approximately EUR 17 per share.

Prospective Share Sale of EPCG

The Government of Montenegro is considering the sale of an unknown percentage of shares in Elektroprivreda Crna Gora (EPCG). EPCG is the state-owned producer and distributor of electricity in Montenegro. The date of sale and the asking price are yet to be revealed.

Sale of Luka Novi Sad

The Republic of Serbia is expected to announce the sale of Luka Novi Sad (Novi Sad port). The target is the only remaining state-owned port in Serbia that was previously under radar of 12 local and foreign companies which officially submitted letters of interest in the past. The asking price remains unknown.

Halkali - Kapikule Railway Line Project

This railway project will connect North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Thus, Turkey’s long lasted reputation of being a junction between East and West in the transport sector is planned to be strengthen with this project. It aims not only to connect but also to reduce carbon emissions and make electrically-driven railways. The tender process for the consultancy for the project has started. The construction works are be tendered by the end of 2018.

Montenegrin Airports under Concession

The Republic of Montenegro has decided to put state airports under concession and has recently launched public debate on the Concession Act. After the public debate, the state will invite interested parties to submit offers. The state-owned airports to be included in the concession for the period of 25-30 years are: Berane, Podgorica and Tivat. The estimated concession fee ranges between EUR 50-100 million. Certain French companies with experience in airport management have been mentioned as potential concessionaries of Montenegrin airports.

Offshore Wind Plant Project of 1,200 MW

The Renewable Energy Resource Areas project with the first wind plants to be constructed on the sea will be the first of its kind in the country. The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey will accept applications for the wind plant until 23 October 2018. The ceiling price for one megawatt-hour was set as USD 8. Applicants will compete for the lowest bid in a reverse auction. The investor submitting the lowest bid will sign an energy purchase agreement, including the first 50 terawatts-hour of electricity production starting from the first commissioning of the plant.

Distressed Securities for Sale by HETA Asset Resolution

HETA Asset Resolution d.o.o. is part of HETA Group, a wind-down corporation owned by the Republic of Austria. Its statutory task is to dispose of the non-performing and non-strategic portion of Hypo Alpe Adria portfolio, nationalized in 2009, as effectively as possible whilst preserving value. In the process of single loan sales they are currently presenting an opportunity to invest in over EUR 56 million claims towards four individual borrowers from Slovenia, diversified across industries, maturity and type of collateral: EUR 26.8 million claims against the company ELECTA NALOŽBE d.o.o.; EUR…