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Sanja Voloder

Counsel

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz d.o.o.
Ul. Fra Anđela Zvizdovića 1
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Languages Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, English, German
Corporate/M&A

With over 12 years of experience with CMS in Sarajevo Sanja Voloder has developed an outstanding expertise in Corporate/M&A matters which, with her specialised knowledge in Banking and Finance matters, make her an extraordinary advisor on project finance transactions for large financial and corporate institutions such as the EBRD, IFC and other both development and commercial institutions. This is also due to her extensive experience in the UK as a UK-educated lawyer, as well as her background as a lawyer and researcher for the University of Cambridge, including a mini-secondment with the firm's London office in 2014.

The above international expertise, together with an excellence in local law, allows Sanja Voloder to support large international clients seeking to invest in local businesses. Further to assisting in the usual challenges clients face when entering the BiH market, she is particularly skilled in integrating the complex corporate and banking structures with the local market, whose main actors often lack experience in this area. She thus provides excellent advice in efficiently structuring, contracting and implementing such arrangements in accordance with the local regulatory requirements and under the existing commercial conditions. Sanja Voloder understands the needs of international clients and provides practical input and ongoing client support throughout the case, support that is unprecedented in the local market.

Sanja Voloder is also admitted to the bar in England and Wales and advises on real estate and project finance transactions under this legal framework as part of the CMS English law teams. 

As of late, Sanja is strongly focusing on ESG matters – an ever-growing challenge and opportunity for companies and institutions. She is heavily involved in raising awareness concerning ESG in the local markets and assists clients in managing the unknowns of this new and heavily changing sphere of business dealings. 

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Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets and a key lawyer in Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Legal 500, 2022

Legal 500 named Sanja Voloder as an next generation lawyer for 2018 for Banking, Finance, Capital Markets and Commercial and M&A.

Legal 500

Relevant experience

Corporate/M&A  

  • International health care group on the acquisition (close to EUR 0.5 billion) of a health care services business
  • International food retailer on corporate and employment issues regarding the cross-jurisdictional acquisition (close to EUR 1 billion) of a regional food retail company
  • A client on finalising and closing the EUR 24 million acquisition of an online recruitment services business by a job portal company
  • A multinational client regarding complex asset deals with a state-owned company producing overhaul parts for aeroplanes

Banking and Finance

  • EBRD on numerous project financing transactions to both large and medium-sized local businesses
  • EFSE on numerous financing transactions to small local financing institutions in order to support the growth of local SMEs
  • International banking group on numerous projects from a regulatory perspective
  • IFC on loan and security restructuring
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Memberships & Roles

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales
  • Attorneys-at-law Bar of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Board Member - Association of Chevening Scholars
  • Adviser - America-Bosnia Foundation
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Publications

  • World Law Group’s Global Guide to Data Breach Notifications - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Global Legal Insights - Banking Regulation 3rd Ed - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • CEE Legal Matters: Expert Reviews Banking/Finance
  • CEE Legal Matters: Expert Reviews Banking/Finance Bosnia and Herzegovina's Factoring Market: Trick or treat?
  • Project Finance 2016 - International Comparative Legal Guides 
  • Data Protection in the Financial Sector 2020 – OneTrustMergers & Acquisitions 2016Mergers & Acquisitions 2016 - International Comparative Legal Guides 
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Education

  • 2014 - MA, Corporate Law, University of Cambridge
  • 2008 - LL.B., Law, Durham University
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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

Sanja is a counsel at the CMS Sarajevo office and heads the office's TMC practice and team. She focuses on commercial, technology, regulatory and data protection matters within this side of her practice. Sanja has extensive experience in handling complex regulatory issues in the areas of media law, data protection and commercial law. Sanja advises multinational media and technology companies on all legal aspects to enable their successful local market expansion or seamless business dealings in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Sanja and her team are particularly praised for their ability to advise on complex and novel technological solutions and products from the perspective of the local developing regulatory frameworks and markets which, more often than not, are encountering such solutions for the first time.  Sanja and her team take a practical and enthusiastic interest to understanding each client’s service and/or product and thereafter applying the relevant rules towards a regulatorily compliant solution - an approach which is highly appreciated by the CMS Sarajevo TMC client base.
 
Sanja is also fully authorised as an Intellectual Property representative by the Intellectual Property Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina and licensed to represent in court. Her main areas of intellectual property law expertise are in trademark, industrial design and copyright laws. 

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Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets and a key lawyer in Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Legal 500, 2022

Legal 500 named Sanja Voloder as an next generation lawyer for 2018 for Banking, Finance, Capital Markets and Commercial and M&A.

Legal 500

Relevant experience

TMC

  • Advising a German motor vehicle manufacturer regarding personal data protection implications related to its tracking in-built vehicle software.
  • Advising a global and prominent streaming services provider on numerous commercial and market-entry issues concerning its video on demand platform now successfully open for streaming for users in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  • Advising the US corporate consortium on various commercial and consumer protection law issues arising out of the entities’ launch of its new blockbuster entertainment streaming platform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  • Advising a US multinational technology corporation on online advertising tools and regulatory implications under the local legal framework.
  • Advising a US multinational technology corporation on the planned introduction of its gaming and digital platform service in Bosnia and Herzegovina involving consideration of various complex and new tech aspects of the platform under the local legal framework.  

Intellectual Property

Selected IP experience includes:

  • Advising on various aspects of trademark, industrial design and patent law, including registration and protection matters, maintenance procedures, contractual issues such as assignment of rights, infringement procedures, ceases and desist letters, representation in front of the Intellectual Property Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Lead and mediated several intra-company negotiations during potential intellectual property infringement cases towards amicable and out-of-court settlement procedures,
  • Specific experience on protection of geographical indications and conflicts with other IP rights,
  • Providing unique business-oriented advice to clients, including optimisation of IP portfolios, technical issues concerning industrial design and alike.


 

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Memberships & Roles

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales
  • Attorneys-at-law Bar of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Board Member - Association of Chevening Scholars
  • Adviser - America-Bosnia Foundation
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Publications

  • Data Protection in the Financial Sector 2020 – OneTrust
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Education

  • 2014 - MA, Corporate Law, University of Cambridge
  • 2008 - LL-B., Law, Durham University
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08/11/2022
Im­pact of the GDPR in Bos­nia & Herzegov­ina
1. Ap­plic­able le­gis­la­tion gov­ern­ing data pro­tec­tion in Bos­nia & Herzegov­ina Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Act of Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina (Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette of Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina No. 49/06, 76/11 and 89/11)...
08/11/2022
Data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws in Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina
Data pro­tec­tion 1. Loc­al data pro­tec­tion laws and scope Law on Pro­tec­tion of Per­son­al Data Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina (Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette of Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina No. 49/06, 76/11 and 89/11) and con­nec­ted...
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20/10/2022
CMS ESG Talks
Every­one is talk­ing about ESG (En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance) stand­ards against which the mar­kets are as­sess­ing busi­nesses’ im­pact on so­ci­ety and the en­vir­on­ment, how they are con­duct­ing busi­ness, and their trans­par­ency. Hav­ing an ESG frame­work with­in an or­gan­isa­tion is cru­cial and will be­come para­mount in the fu­ture, not only to at­tract in­vest­ments, but also to re­duce risk, lower cost, im­prove repu­ta­tion and at­tract new cus­tom­ers. This trend will not by­pass Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina, or the re­gion, and the aim of this event is to sup­port the fin­an­cial ser­vices and large cor­por­ate sec­tors to op­tim­ise their ESG-re­lated op­por­tun­it­ies, as well as to man­age the as­so­ci­ated risks. Join CMS ex­perts from Aus­tria, Bos­nia, Ser­bia, Montenegro, and Tur­key to ex­plore the key leg­al de­vel­op­ments re­gard­ing ESG that have already been in­tro­duced or are im­min­ent from both the EU and the non-EU per­spect­ive. Learn about the state of ESG af­fairs in Bos­nia, what our neigh­bours are do­ing and the reg­u­la­tions we can ex­pect from the EU.      Our second pan­el will show­case the mar­ket’s view on ESG. Join our re­spec­ted speak­ers from three renowned in­ter­na­tion­al in­sti­tu­tions—the European Bank for Re­con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment (EBRD), In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­ance Cor­por­a­tion (IFC) and Fin­ance in Mo­tion (FiM)—to hear about the glob­al im­pact of ESG gen­er­ally and in re­la­tion to ac­cess to fin­an­cing. We will also be joined by a unique com­mer­cial bank op­er­at­ing in the South­east­ern Europe re­gion that is already act­ive in ESG. This event will provide plenty of op­por­tun­it­ies to in­ter­act with our ex­pert speak­ers and in­dustry par­ti­cipants through the mod­er­ated pan­el and Q&A ses­sions as well as the net­work­ing cock­tail drinks that will of­fer a fruit­ful and pleas­ant con­clu­sion to this event.   
09/09/2022
Bank­ing & Fin­ance ex­pert Sanja Voloder, at­tor­ney in co­oper­a­tion with CMS,...
The ex­per­i­enced law­yer was pre­vi­ously a seni­or as­so­ci­ate (at­tor­ney in co­oper­a­tion with CMS) in the Bank­ing, Fin­ance, Cor­por­ate and M&A de­part­ment and re­cently also qual­i­fied as a so­li­cit­or in Eng­land and Wales.Sanja Voloder began her leg­al ca­reer as an as­so­ci­ate at CMS and now has more than ten years of ex­per­i­ence in gen­er­al busi­ness, bank­ing, fin­ance, cor­por­ate and M&A. Dur­ing this time, she has ad­vised in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ents on leg­al is­sues re­lated to in­vest­ments and fin­an­cing in Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina. Her close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with in­flu­en­tial stake­hold­ers in the in­vest­ment in­dustry, as well as with cli­ents and key busi­ness or­gan­isa­tions and ad­vocacy groups, makes her an ex­cel­lent match for CMS’s di­verse leg­al ser­vices and ex­tens­ive pro­fes­sion­al ex­pert­ise.Voloder com­pleted her leg­al edu­ca­tion in the UK, which in­volved a mas­ters from the renowned Uni­versity of Cam­bridge, where she also un­der­took re­search activ­it­ies. She qual­i­fied as an in­de­pend­ent at­tor­ney in Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina in 2017 and in 2021 be­came dual-qual­i­fied by ad­di­tion­ally ob­tain­ing a li­cense to prac­tice as a so­li­cit­or in Eng­land and Wales as well.Man­aging Part­ner at CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz Gün­ther Hans­lik com­ments: “We are very pleased to have such a ded­ic­ated and in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­per­i­enced Bank­ing & Fin­ance spe­cial­ist as Sanja Voloder in our ranks. She has made a name for her­self not only through her pro­fes­sion­al ex­pert­ise but also her en­tre­pren­eur­i­al skills. In her new po­s­i­tion as Coun­sel and an at­tor­ney at law in co­oper­a­tion with CMS, she will make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the suc­cess­ful fu­ture of CMS in Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina.”Sanja Voloder: “I’m thrilled about fa­cing this new chal­lenge and see it as re­cog­ni­tion of my many years of co­oper­a­tion with CMS as a com­pany, its growth over the years, and es­pe­cially the com­mit­ment to our cli­ents. It also shows that CMS highly val­ues my ex­pert­ise and en­tre­pren­eur­i­al skills. As an am­bi­tious pro­fes­sion­al, I am en­thu­si­ast­ic about and am already eagerly an­ti­cip­at­ing the next stages in my ca­reer, in­clud­ing the part­ner­ship with CMS.”   
06/09/2021
Trans­fer of IP rights in Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina
Pat­ents: As­sign­ment 1. How may a pat­ent be as­signed (by law and/or trans­ac­tion) and is it re­quired to re­cord the as­sign­ment in the na­tion­al pat­ent re­gister to be­come ef­fect­ive?  A pat­ent can be trans­ferred...
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07/06/2021
CMS Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Talk
June 7 marks the first CMS Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Day. Dur­ing this im­port­ant day-long cel­eb­ra­tion of the com­mit­ment CMS is mak­ing to be the most sus­tain­able glob­al law firm, CMS will be host­ing a series of cli­ent...
22/12/2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of Cov­id-19 loan morator­i­ums in Bos­nia & Herzegov­ina
1. De­scrip­tion of the le­gis­la­tion 1.1 Is there a morator­i­um on loans le­gis­la­tion im­ple­men­ted in your jur­is­dic­tion? Yes. 1.2 If no: Are there any on­go­ing dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial in­tro­duc­tion...
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16/07/2020
Re­struc­tur­ing and in­solv­ency at a glance – CEE over­view
While many spec­u­late that CEE has not been hit by the COV­ID-19 crisis as much as oth­er European coun­tries, due to fast re­ac­tions of the re­spect­ive gov­ern­ments and strict lock­downs, fisc­al ac­tions in­tro­duced...
17/03/2020
Data Pro­tec­tion in the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor
The Data Pro­tec­tion in the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor Note provides an over­view of the fin­an­cial reg­u­la­tion rel­ev­ant to data pro­tec­tion. 1. IN­TRO­DUC­TION Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina (“B&H” or “BiH”) has a com­plex...
12/11/2019
New Li­quid­a­tion Pro­ced­ure Act of Re­pub­lika Srpska
The new Li­quid­a­tion Pro­ced­ure Act of Re­pub­lika Srpska has entered in­to force on 12 Oc­to­ber 2019 ("the Act"). This law in­tro­duces the shortened vol­un­tary li­quid­a­tion pro­ced­ure for the first time in Bos­nia...
25/04/2019
Fin­Conf 2019 - 4th In­ter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence Ded­ic­ated to In­nov­a­tion in...
Sa­ra­jevo 25 April 2019 CMS is spon­sor­ing the in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence plat­form Fin­Conf ded­ic­ated to in­nov­a­tion in Fin­an­cial Ser­vices. Fin­Conf aims to provide a for­um for open and for­ward-ori­ented dis­cus­sions...
18/09/2018
Bos­nia and Herzegov­in­a's Factor­ing Mar­ket: Trick or Treat?​
Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina (BiH) con­sists of two dis­tinct ad­min­is­trat­ive en­tit­ies – the Fed­er­a­tion of BiH (FBiH) and Re­pub­lika Srpska (RS) - and the spe­cial ad­min­is­trat­ive unit Brcko Dis­trict of BiH (B...