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Antitrust, Competition & Trade Law Firm in Serbia


The CMS Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT) group in Serbia is part of the fully integrated CMS global team, one of the largest specialist competition and trade teams in the world. More than 225 CMS experts advise clients in more than 40 countries worldwide on all ACT matters. Our Serbian team is one of the biggest on the national market with its headquarters in Belgrade. 

Due to our size and wide footprint, we are able to deal with all ACT matters irrespective of their geographical dimension. Where necessary we cooperate with long established contacts from our wider network of law firms everywhere in the world.
We are specialists across the full range of Antitrust, Competition and Trade matters. In the last three years alone, we have advised clients in more than 750 competition and trade related proceedings. We have expert sub-groups specialising in specific areas within the wider competition and trade field, e.g. for State aid and FDI/Foreign investment screening. We are also well-known as experts in various sectors of the economy. Our renowned sector specialisation encompasses automotive, consumer products/FMCG, construction, digital economy, energy/oil & gas, life sciences, telecommunications/media and transport to name but a few. 

Our clients range from many large multinationals who frequently use our team as their ACT law firm of choice for the entire region (e.g., SEE or CEE), to governments at all levels and a high number of medium-sized companies. We also advise Serbian brand owners and leading market players, as well as local governmental entities. We represent them before Serbian authorities, including the Commission for the Protection of Competition (Komisija za zaštitu konkurencije), as well as Serbian courts. 

We use the most up-to-date technical and AI tools to support our business in Serbia and abroad. 
We hold a renowned annual EU competition law conference which has become a feature in the Brussels calendar.  We put out regular case law updates on Serbian, European and international competition and trade developments on our Law Now service.  Our monthly EU law webinars are attended by in house counsel from around the world and by renowned Serbian companies.  And our group is steered, not just by a management committee of partners but also by an active associates’ group that keeps us innovating to serve clients.

We cover every area of Antitrust, Competition and Trade law – internationally and in the Serbian market:

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Ab­use of dom­in­ance
The com­pet­it­ive con­duct of com­pan­ies with a strong mar­ket po­s­i­tion is sub­ject to in­creas­ing scru­tiny and may lead to un­wanted reg­u­lat­ory in­ter­ven­tion,
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Con­sumer pro­tec­tion
Mon­it­or­ing con­sumer pro­tec­tion has been one of the pri­or­it­ies of the European Com­mis­sion and, ob­vi­ously, the Ser­bi­an con­sumer pro­tec­tion au­thor­ity. It
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Di­git­al mar­kets
CMS is widely re­cog­nised as a lead­er in provid­ing leg­al ad­vice to cli­ents from the di­git­al and tech­no­logy mar­kets. We help com­pan­ies avoid reg­u­lat­ory
Ho­ri­zont­al agree­ments
The line between ad­miss­ible con­duct and in­fringe­ment can be thin. Our spe­cial­ists’ ex­pert­ise cov­ers the full range of ho­ri­zont­al co­oper­a­tion or co­ordi
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Mer­ger Con­trol
We have a long and ex­tens­ive track re­cord of ad­vising cli­ents on mer­ger con­trol re­quire­ments and rep­res­ent­ing them in mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings. Each
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Com­pan­ies in reg­u­lated in­dus­tries are un­der con­stant scru­tiny over anti-com­pet­it­ive be­ha­viour. With our in-depth sec­tor spe­cif­ic com­pet­i­tion law ex­per
Competition and Cartel Investigation
Ser­bia: Com­pet­i­tion and car­tel in­vest­ig­a­tions
Com­pan­ies should be alive to the pos­sib­il­ity of in­vest­ig­a­tions in­to and fines for anti-com­pet­it­ive be­ha­viour. We de­fend our cli­ents in car­tel and othe
Ser­bia: Com­pli­ance
We provide day to day ad­vice in all com­pet­i­tion law mat­ters to help cli­ents avoid any con­flicts with com­pet­i­tion laws. We work closely with our ex­pert
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Ser­bia: Private en­force­ment
The CMS team acts for claimants and de­fend­ants in all com­pet­i­tion-re­lated private en­force­ment mat­ters. Our ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence across many cases give
State aid
State aid is a con­stantly de­vel­op­ing field of law. Ser­bia has in­tro­duced far reach­ing pub­lic sup­port schemes and guidelines in the con­text of the Covi
Trade law and sanc­tions
In an in­creas­ingly chal­len­ging in­ter­na­tion­al busi­ness world, we help com­pan­ies to re­main com­pli­ant and keep sup­ply chains mov­ing. With ex­port con­trol
Unfair Competition
Un­fair com­pet­i­tion
Po­ten­tial civil law claims re­lated to acts of un­fair com­pet­i­tion in­volve not only com­pet­i­tion-re­lated private en­force­ment res­ult­ing from an­ti­com­pet­iti
Ver­tic­al agree­ments
We give cli­ents con­fid­ence in their re­la­tion­ships with sup­pli­ers, re­sellers and cus­tom­ers, on­line and off­line. By re­view­ing their dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems


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EU­'s Gen­er­al Court con­firms Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral policy in...
Un­der Art­icle 22 of the EU Mer­ger Reg­u­la­tion (EU­MR), na­tion­al com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies have the pos­sib­il­ity to re­quest re­fer­ral to the Com­mis­sion of any mer­ger, which does not meet the thresholds of the...
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
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10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the leg­al­ity of the res­cue aid to...
On 4 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the Com­mis­sion's de­cision ap­prov­ing res­cue aid of 36.66 mil­lion EUR from Ro­mania to the air­line TAR­OM. It found that the aid was in­deed...
The European Com­mis­sion has en­dorsed its new Cli­mate, En­ergy and En­vir­on­ment­al...
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Pro­pos­al for EU Data Act ad­op­ted – Com­mis­sion Aims at Boost­ing Europe’s...
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Res­ults of IoT Sec­tor In­quiry out: Com­mis­sion con­firms con­cerns, con­siders...
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