eSports in Serbia and Montenegro: Selected Legal Issues

October 2021 eSports is a fast-growing segment of the larger industry of video gaming, and with the ever-increasing viewership base, it threatens to surpass the popularity of traditional sports. There are various stakeholders involved, like game developers and publishers, event organisers, leagues, teams, players, streamers, and sponsors, and there is a multitude of legal matters to be considered when engaging with the industry. It is also reasonable to expect that the growing popularity will eventually lead to the regulation of the industry, similarly to its traditional counterpart. To the…

Construction of Belgrade-North Macedonia Fast Railway

September 2021 Serbian Railways Infrastructure company and the EU Delegation to Serbia opened the tender for the construction of Tunnel 4 on the Stalac-Djunis section, on Belgrade-Nis railway, in the Municipality of Cicevac. The scope of the works covers the construction of the single-canal two-track Tunnel 4, with a length of 3,275 meters, with three evacuation tunnels and two access roads, as well as the previous preparation of the project documentation, and does not entail the extension of the tracks, electrification, signalisation or telecommunications. The estimated value of the job that…

Sale Of Bosis d.o.o.

September 2021 Sale of 100% of Bosis d.o.o., the leading Serbian producer of printed and laminated cardboard packaging and blister cardboards located in Valjevo.

Sale Of A Software Development Company

September 2021 Sale of 25% of equity shareholding of a software development company with a focus and expertise in building and developing digital identity, identity verification, and user data protection. The owners aim to establish a partnership with financial and/or strategic investor in order to, among other, further develop the business and expand into new markets.

CNIL Refuses To Let Monsanto Off The Hook

September 2021 On 26 July 2021, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL“) issued a fine of EUR 400,000 against Monsanto, a leading company in the field of agricultural biotechnologies. The decision elucidates the criteria for differentiating between a data controller and a data processor and validates a strict approach to interpreting the obligation of data controllers to inform individuals about the processing of their personal data. In 2013, Monsanto entered into an agreement with Fleishman-Hillard, a public relations company. In the performance of the agreement, Fleishman-Hillard…

Sale of Industrial Park Belgrade

September 2021 Sale of 51-100% of equity in one of the largest industrial parks in the SEE region with a total of 5 existing facilities, and 2 in a pre-construction phase, located in the industrial zone near Belgrade.  

Sale Of Agri Production And Trading Company

September 2021 Sale of 100% of shares of Serbian agricultural company active in agricultural production, trading of agricultural products, and manufacturing of agricultural machinery and silos equipment.

Serbia’s data protection law – BDK Advokati in GTDT/Lexology 2022 guide

August 2021 BDK Advokati has contributed to the Serbia chapter in the 2022 edition of Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Data Protection & Privacy (July 2021). The chapter presents the regulatory frameworks under Serbian data protection law which applies since August 2019. The law is modeled under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The chapter also describes the instructions and guides issued by the Serbian supervisory authority – the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection – to address the processing of personal data related to covid-19…

MediGroup acquired TalijaLab

August 2021 MediGroup system acquired TalijaLab, biochemical laboratories which operate in 20 locations across Serbia providing services in various fields of laboratory diagnostics: biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics. By this transaction, MediGroup has expanded its MediLab network becoming the largest network of laboratories in Serbia with laboratories in over 50 locations. BDK Advokati advised MediGroup on this transaction. The team was led by senior partner Vladimir Dasic who was accompanied by associate Sanja Dedovic and junior associate Jovana Dukovic.

Exit of Mid Europa Partners from Dairy Producer IMLEK

Following the sale of confectionery business to Coca-Cola HBC and water business to Matoni-PepsiCo, Mid Europa Partners is to exit from the dairy producer IMLEK.

ADM to acquire Sojaprotein

The Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), an American multinational food processing and commodities trading corporation, has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire Sojaprotein, one of the leading soybean processing companies in Europe and leading European provider of non-GMO soy ingredients. Sojaprotein is part of Victoria Group which has been recently acquired by MK Group through debt to equity swap. It has sales into 65 countries, offering a wide array of non-GMO vegetable protein ingredients for an extensive list of European and global customers in the meat alternative, confectionery,…

Serbia Plans to Install Floating Facility for Hydrogen Production

Serbia’s draft hydrogen strategy is ins preparation. The plan is to give hydrogen a significant role in the development of the new energy development strategy, which will start soon. Zoran Ilic, Assistant Minister of Mining and Energy announced that the first plant for the production of hydrogen is planned to be built in the vicinity of the Sava or Danube rivers. It would be a floating mobile platform with 110 hydrogen tanks of 50 cubic meters each and facilities for the production of electricity – wind or solar power plants, with up to 3 MW in total capacity.