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Karanovic & Nikolic

Karanovic & Nikolic  

Legal Services | Serbia

tel: +381 11 3094 200 | fax: +381 11 3094 223
Resavska 23 | Belgrade | 11000 | Serbia

Main Contacts

Patricia Gannon

Patricia GannonSenior Partner

Dragan Karanovic

Dragan KaranovicSenior Partner

Dejan Nikolic

Dejan NikolicSenior Partner

Milos Vuckovic

Milos VuckovicSenior Partner


Belgrade, Serbia

Karanovic & Nikolic's Overview

Karanovic & Partners is a regional legal practice in Southeast Europe with the tradition spanning two decades. With more than 100 attorneys at law cooperating across the region, we take pride in our work, dedication and understanding of our clients' industries and needs.

Our clients include corporates from all commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and non-profit organisations. Our lawyers are fully immersed in our clients' culture and industry to ensure that the work is delivered intelligently and reliably. Karanovic & Partners provides extensive experience and insight gained from working on some of the largest projects and transactions in the region.

We understand the paramount value of effectiveness and innovation. We focus on simplicity and offer practical, straightforward solutions designed to help our clients achieve their legal and business objectives. Because fresh perspectives provide creative ideas, we are proud of our diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Our practice and cooperating lawyers are consistently top-ranked as a professional service providers in the region by leading legal directories. We observe the highest professional, as well as personal standards, and are committed to working with integrity at all times - and this is reflected in our reputation.

The Karanovic & Partners legal practice, with its' cooperating attorneys-at-law, offers services in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. We operate under the "one team" principle, combining regional reach and local know-how to deliver coordinated legal advice necessary for achieving our clients' goals.​

  • Year this Office was Established: 1995
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 100

Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian


Areas of Practice
  • Anti-bribery & Corruption
  • Antitrust
  • Aviation
  • Bank M&As
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets & Financial Instruments
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Copyright
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Financial Regulation
  • Food, Agriculture & Cosmetics
  • General Corporate
  • General Lending & Project Finance
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Infrastructure Finance & Public Private Partnerships
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Asset Management
  • IP Enforcement, Anti-counterfeiting & Anti-piracy Work
  • Leisure
  • M&A Taxation
  • Manufacturing & Industry
  • Media & Telecom
  • Merger Control
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • NPL Portfolio Services
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Private Equity
  • Property Management & Leasing
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Planning
  • Restructuring & Distressed Transactions
  • Retail & Consumer Goods
  • Road & Railway Infrastructure
  • Shipping & Maritime
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Tax
  • Tax & Financing Projects
  • Tax & Investment Incentives
  • Tax Disputes
  • Taxation of Employees & Expatriates
  • Taxation of Real Estate
  • VAT, Indirect Taxes & Customs
  • Water & Waste Management


Darko Jovanovic

Darko JovanovicSenior Partner

Milan Lazic

Milan LazicSenior Partner

Rastko Petakovic

Rastko PetakovicManaging Partner

Marjan Poljak

Marjan PoljakSenior Partner

Jelena Vuckovic

Jelena VuckovicHead of Knowledge Management

Senior Associates

Milena Jakšić Papac

Milena Jakšić PapacSenior Associate

Ivana Karanovic

Ivana KaranovicHead of Learning & Development

Bojana Miljanovic

Bojana MiljanovicSenior Associate

Petar Mitrovic

Petar MitrovicSenior Associate

Ivan Nonkovic

Ivan NonkovicSenior Associate

Leonid Ristev

Leonid RistevSenior Associate

Sanja Spasenovic

Sanja SpasenovicSenior Associate

Ana Stankovic

Ana StankovicSenior Associate

Ivona Vuckovic

Ivona VuckovicSenior Associate

Senior Partners

Patricia Gannon

Patricia GannonSenior Partner

Dragan Karanovic

Dragan KaranovicSenior Partner

Marko Ketler

Marko KetlerSenior Partner

Dejan Nikolic

Dejan NikolicSenior Partner

Milos Vuckovic

Milos VuckovicSenior Partner


Mixed-Use Hotels - Montenegro Takes A Step Forward in Luxury Hotel Development
Karanovic & Nikolic, August 2018

Over the years, Montenegro invested significant efforts in the development of the tourism industry, and one could say that it is steadily becoming a go-to destination for those seeking an ultimate luxury Riviera lifestyle. The recent steps taken by Montenegrin legislators show that international trends are well received and recognized by local authorities, this time through the implementation of a new hospitality model – the mixed-use hotel. The mixed-use hotel incorporates hotel and residential features, making it the perfect combination of the two accommodation concepts that have been traditionally present in Montenegro for quite some time...

A Losing Battle:The Legal Saga of KitKat's Trademark Shape
Karanovic & Nikolic, July 2018

Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice ("CJEU") has thrown out an appeal by Nestlé, which argued that it owns the shape of its famous treat KitKat. Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has spent more than a decade fighting to trademark the four-fingered wafer shape. However, EJC's most recent ruling could bring an end to the snack's protected European status. Snacks, shapes and KitKat'strademark The lengthy legal saga began in 2002, when Nestlé applied to register the 3D design at the EU's Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO")...

All articles submitted by Karanovic & Nikolic


Karanovic & Partners wins the 2018 Euromoney Real Estate Awards
Karanovic & Nikolic, September 2018

We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners won the Euromoney Real Estate Survey in the Advisors and Consultants category for the second year in a row! Karanovic & Partners was once again chosen as the Number One Legal Service provider in Serbia in the Real Estate industry. "It is truly a privilege to be honored with this award for the second time. This recognition attests Karanovic & Partners's commitment to outstanding client service, as well as the expertise and professionalism of our Real Estate team", said Rastko Petaković, the Managing Partner at Karanovic & Partners...

Zijin Mining takes over RTB Bor for USD 1.46 billion
Karanovic & Partners, August 2018

Zijin Mining, one of China's biggest gold producers and the second biggest producer of copper ore, won the tender to become a strategic partner in Serbia's sole copper complex RTB Bor. The Chinese company pledged to invest USD 1.46 billion in return for a 63% stake.Karanovic & Partners advised Zijin Mining in this privatisation procedure. The services performed by the Karanovic & Partners legal team – led by Senior PartnerMiloš Vučkovićand Partner ⃰Ivan Nonković, included legal advisory, a due diligence of RTB Bor, the review and analysis of the transaction documents, as well as assistance in the privatisation process...

All press submitted by Karanovic & Nikolic

More on Karanovic & Nikolic

Awards & Recognitions 2017 Karanović & Nikolić won The Lawyer Award, Law Firm of the Year for Eastern Europe and the Balkans 2017 Karanović & Nikolić won the Deal of the Year award for Serbia, given by CEE Legal Matters EMEA Emerging Leaders Award/ Legal Professional Rastko Petaković & Dealmaker - Marko Ketler CEE Legal Matters / Market Maker for Serbia - Dragan Karanović

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