“The Council of Ministers for Bosnia & Herzegovina was finally formed, after more than a year, following the elections that took place in October of 2018,“ says Partner Davorin Marinkovic of Banja Luka-based Dimitrijevic & Partners. “We can finally expect some processes to get unstuck, especially those related to infrastructure projects funded by international credits, such as the Corridor 5C motorway.“
In addition to their traditional role guiding companies through legal and regulatory waters and managing disputes, General Counsels are increasingly called upon to provide input on strategic matters. An expert panel at the second annual Balkan GC Summit considered how this change in the nature of the General Counsel role is manifesting itself in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
“Things on the state level have been rather stagnant because the government on the state level has not been formed yet, but much buzz was created around the Federation of B&H Government’s proposed new Law on Contributions and new Income Tax Law,” says Mirna Milanovic-Lalic, Partner at the Mirna Milanovic-Lalic i Jasmina Suljovic Law Firm in Sarajevo.
“Things are pretty quiet, and there aren’t any big developments,” begins Sead Miljkovic of Miljkovic & Partners, when asked for the Buzz in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He reports that “infrastructural projects and consolidations in the bank sector” are active at the moment, as well as “financing of public projects,” but he adds that “none of it is large-scale."
Law Firm Sajic has successfully represented Aquana doo Banja Luka in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Srpska, which upheld the decision of the lower court that Aquana doo owed only EUR 50,594.85 to plaintiff Atzwanger S.P.A. as damages related to the construction of an aqua-park in Banja Luka, and not the EUR 1,158,863.90 that Atzwanger had been seeking.