blinkdraft| is a new service of BDK Advokati that allows clients to access a comprehensive database of templates in employment law in Serbian language-only or in bilingual version (English and Serbian). Clients can quickly convert templates into custom made, ready-to-use, legal documents through an easy and highly intuitive process.

Challenges in Implementation of the Staff Leasing Act

BDK Advokati hosted a workshop on the Serbian Staff Leasing Act (“Act“) that came into force on 3 March 2020. Senior associate Nikola Cincovic and associate Marija Gligorevic led the workshop that was attended by the representatives of companies who were eager to hear about the specifics of the new legislation and discuss the challenges of its future implementation.

Data Protection in the Education Sector

BDK's senior associate Milica Basta participated in the International Symposium for Directors of Primary and Secondary Schools, organised by the publishing company Klett from Belgrade. The event took place on 27-29 February 2020 in Vrnjačka Banja, and gathered almost 400 school directors from Serbia and Montenegro.

Tax Treatment of Director’s Agreement under Serbian Law – Are Tax Inspectors Overstepping Their Authority?

A number of corporates whose directors are not employed but engaged on no-remuneration management contracts have reported unusual requests by tax inspectors in response to their exercise of legal right to claim a VAT refund.

BDK Advokati on Life Sciences Law in Serbia

BDK Advokati has contributed Serbia chapters to two related Getting the Deal Through publications: Life Sciences 2020 and Pharma & Medical Device Regulation 2020. Both chapters were authored by partner Bogdan Ivanisevic and senior associate Bisera Andrijasevic.

Presentation on New Rules on Equity Incentives in Serbia

BDK Advokati’s managing partner Tijana Kojovic and senior associate Tomislav Popovic, an expert in corporate and tax laws, spoke to the representatives of some 20 start-ups and MSEs on the new rules of the Serbian Companies’ Act regarding equity incentives in limited liability companies. The event was hosted by ICT Hub.

Serbia Modernises its Trademark Law

As of the 1st of February, a new Trademarks Act applies to Serbia. The Act introduces a significant number of changes in the Serbian trademark law, some of them arising from the need to close the earlier gaps between the Serbian and EU trademark law.

GetSwift Acquires a Majority Stake in Logo d.o.o.

GetSwift, a worldwide leader in delivery management automation, headquartered in New York City and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, has acquired a 60% stake in Logo d.o.o., a Serbian information and communications technology firm.

Serbia Gets its Standard Contractual Clauses

The Serbian Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection issued on 16 January 2020 the long-awaited Standard Contractual Clauses that became applicable on 30 January 2020. Serbian SCCs are not designed as a cross-border transfer instrument first and foremost. Rather, the clauses apply to a controller-processor relationship irrespective of where the controller and the processor operate. In line with that, Serbian SCCs follow the structure of the data processing agreement as prescribed by Article 28 of the GDPR, i.e. by the corresponding Article 45 of the Serbian DP Act (2018).

Employee Stock Options in Limited Liability Companies

Serbia has recently amended the Companies Act to introduce a legal framework for employee stock option plans (“ESOPs“) in limited liability companies (“LLCs“). Although the Parliament passed the law on 23 December 2019, the relevant provisions enabling the creation of ESOPs in LLCs will take effect on 1 April 2020.

BDK Advokati on Private Client

BDK Advokati contributed to the latest edition of The In-house Lawyer Private Client guide, which provides an overview of the laws and regulations of Private Client across a variety of jurisdictions, including Serbia.

BDK Promotions

BDK Advokati announces the promotion of Sasa Stojanovic to partner and Bisera Andrijasevic to senior associate.