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Ivan Gazdic

Partner
Attorney-at-law for real estate & construction

Petrikić & Partneri AOD
in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Krunska 73
11000 Belgrade
Serbia
Languages Serbian, English
Real Estate & Construction

Specialisation in Real Estate & Construction Law

Ivan Gazdić is an attorney-at-law for Real Estate & Construction. He has notable experience in advising on various real estate transactions in both development projects and acquisitions. He has, for instance, guided clients through specific regulations in the real estate area and accompanies them throughout the entire duration of a project, preparing legal due diligence reports, solving ownership-related issues, drafting transaction documentation, etc.

Industries

In the construction sector, Ivan Gazdić advises clients in the process of obtaining building permits and relevant licenses, on urban-planning matters as well as on the FIDIC suite of contracts and other forms of construction contracts.

Relying on his vast experience in acting for both tenants and landlords, Ivan Gazdić helps clients in the negotiations of complex NNN leases.

Ivan Gazdić has successfully advised clients in numerous conversion procedures, i.e. the conversion of the right of use into ownership rights over land. Moreover, in his capacity as the President of the Foreign Investors Council’s Real Estate Committee, he has been appointed a member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Serbian Land Conversion Act.

Lectures list

Ivan Gazdić regularly gives lectures on real estate and project finance to appraisers and banks.

Ranking

Ranked by all relevant global legal directories:

  • Chambers and Partners
  • The Legal 500
  • Who’s Who Legal

2019: Up and Coming – Chambers Europe

2018 & 2019: Next Generation Lawyers – The Legal 500

Well respected for his expertise in real estate, where he frequently advises on leasing matters and property developments.”Chambers Europe, 2019

He’s very proactive and in a position to give good advice in any real estate case.” Chambers Europe, 2019

Function

President of the Foreign Investors Council’s Real Estate Committee since 2016Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Serbian Land Conversion Act, 2019

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Relevant experience

  • Advising an international financial institution on project finance restructuring regarding the development of a luxury hotel chain in Montenegro.
  • Preparing legal due diligence for one of the largest Chinese state-owned construction companies, regarding the acquisition of an office building in Belgrade.
  • Representation in negotiations concerning a EUR-65million LMA-based syndicated cross-border lending transaction.
  • Advising a Belgium-based renewable energy company on M&A, real estate and construction and energy matters.
  • Advising one of the largest Turkish banks on a portfolio of NPLs, analysing various properties and mortgages.
  • Advising a Finnish technology company in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding FIDIC contracts.
  • Legal support to a UK-based investment company and a Belgium-based investment fund regarding six real estate projects in Serbia, including the largest retail park in Belgrade, advising on acquisitions, construction, building permits, project finance (LMA-based), land conversion procedures, leases and M&A transactions.
  • Advising on construction and property matters for a hotel in Belgrade.
  • Advising various Israeli real estate investors on their investments in shopping centres and retail parks in Serbia.
  • Acting for a group of banks regarding the financing of one of the largest real estate projects of all times in Montenegro.
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Education

  • 2012 to present – admitted to the Serbian Bar Association – attorney-at-law
  • 2012 – Serbian bar exam, attorney exam
  • 2005 to 2009 – LL.B. Law School, University of Belgrade

Ivan Gazdić attended the following trainings:

  • Seminar: The New FIDIC 2017 Contracts, Prime Consulting, 2018
  • ACES and MACE local/regional FIDIC training event (FIDIC Contracts – Application in Projects), 2016
  • Construction Contract and Equipment Delivery in Domestic and International Practice, UPS, 2015
  • Workshop: Construction Claims (FIDIC and other contracts), Prime Consulting, 2014
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Memberships

  • Member of the International Bar Association, active in its Real Estate Committee
  • Representative of CMS Belgrade in AmCham’s Real Estate Committee and Energy Committee
  • Member of the Serbian Energy Law Association
  • Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Serbian Land Conversion Act
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Publications

  1. FIC Guide 2019/20 (page 75), Foreign Investors Council, 2019
  2. Refuse-derived fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels in Serbia, Balkan Green Energy News, 2019
  3. Construction and Projects in Serbia: Overview, Thomson Reuters, 2019
  4. FIC Guide 2018/19 (page 89), Foreign Investors Council, 2018
  5. Real Estate and Construction in Serbia, International Bar Association, 2018
  6. Građevina pokreće srpsku privredu – Elektronske dozvole i kvalitetnija regulativa ubrzavaju tržište nekretnina (Real estate and interior – The growth of the market brings new business opportunities), eKapija, 2018
  7. FIC Guide 2017/18 (page 88), Foreign Investors Council, 2017
  8. The nature of a construction contract in Serbia, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  9. Serbian Construction Industry is Back on Track, CEE Legal Matters, 2017
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Infrastructure & Projects

Specialisation in Infrastructure & Projects

Ivan Gazdić heads the Projects & Infrastructure practice in the CMS Belgrade office. He joined the CMS Belgrade team after gaining a decade of experience in providing legal advice on the development of commercial, real estate and energy projects in Serbia and in Montenegro.

Industries

In particular, Ivan Gazdić assists clients with regard to joint ventures, project development agreements, project finance, EPC contracts, PPP and other aspects of various projects. He has sound experience in structuring complex project development transactions. His wide mix of knowledge in the real estate, energy and finance areas allows him to tailor his advice to any project, examining the overall transaction from multiple angles to identify issues and risks in various spheres.

Lecturing activity

Ivan regularly gives lectures on real estate and project finance to appraisers and banks.

Ranking

Ranked by all relevant global legal directories:

  • Chambers and Partners
  • The Legal 500
  • Who’s Who Legal

2019: Up and Coming - Chambers Europe

2018 & 2019: Next Generation Lawyers - The Legal 500

“Well respected for his expertise in real estate, where he frequently advises on leasing matters and property developments.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

“He’s very proactive and in a position to give good advice in any real estate case.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

Function

President of the Foreign Investors Council’s Real Estate Committee since 2016

Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Land Conversion Act, 2019

more less

Relevant experience

  • Advising an international financial institution on project finance restructuring regarding the development of a luxury hotel chain in Montenegro.
  • Preparing legal due diligence for one of the largest Chinese state-owned construction companies, regarding the acquisition of an office building in Belgrade.
  • Representation in negotiations concerning a EUR-65million LMA-based syndicated cross-border lending transaction.
  • Advising a Belgium-based renewable energy company on M&A, real estate and construction and energy matters.
  • Advising one of the largest Turkish banks on a portfolio of NPLs, analysing various properties and mortgages.
  • Advising a Finnish technology company in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding FIDIC contracts.
  • Legal support to a UK-based investment company and a Belgium-based investment fund regarding six real estate projects in Serbia, including the largest retail park in Belgrade, advising on acquisitions, construction, building permits, project finance (LMA-based), land conversion procedures, leases and M&A transactions.
  • Advising on construction and property matters for a hotel in Belgrade.
  • Advising various Israeli real estate investors on their investments in shopping centres and retail parks in Serbia.
  • Acting for a group of banks regarding the financing of one of the largest real estate projects of all times in Montenegro.
more less

Education

  • 2012 to present – admitted to the Serbian Bar Association – attorney-at-law
  • 2012 – Serbian bar exam, attorney exam
  • 2005 to 2009 – LL.B. Law School, University of Belgrade

Ivan Gazdić attended the following trainings:

  • Seminar: The New FIDIC 2017 Contracts, Prime Consulting, 2018
  • ACES and MACE local/regional FIDIC training event (FIDIC Contracts – Application in Projects), 2016
  • Construction Contract and Equipment Delivery in Domestic and International Practice, UPS, 2015
  • Workshop: Construction Claims (FIDIC and other contracts), Prime Consulting, 2014
more less

Memberships

  • Member of the International Bar Association, active in its Real Estate Committee
  • Representative of CMS Belgrade in AmCham’s Real Estate Committee and Energy Committee
  • Member of the Serbian Energy Law Association
  • Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Serbian Land Conversion Act
more less

Publications

  1. FIC Guide 2019/20 (page 75), Foreign Investors Council, 2019
  2. Refuse-derived fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels in Serbia, Balkan Green Energy News, 2019
  3. Construction and Projects in Serbia: Overview, Thomson Reuters, 2019
  4. FIC Guide 2018/19 (page 89), Foreign Investors Council, 2018
  5. Real Estate and Construction in Serbia, International Bar Association, 2018
  6. Građevina pokreće srpsku privredu – Elektronske dozvole i kvalitetnija regulativa ubrzavaju tržište nekretnina (Real estate and interior – The growth of the market brings new business opportunities), eKapija, 2018
  7. FIC Guide 2017/18 (page 88), Foreign Investors Council, 2017
  8. The nature of a construction contract in Serbia, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  9. Serbian Construction Industry is Back on Track, CEE Legal Matters, 2017
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Energy & Climate Change

Specialisation in Energy law

Ivan Gazdić has expertise in energy law and infrastructure, including the development and financing wind farms and other energy facilities, waste disposal plants, and energy efficiency projects.

Industries

He is experienced in providing legal advice in the energy sector, particularly in relation to renewable energy projects (e.g. development of wind farm projects), mining and geological exploration, WtE projects, RDF, PPP, energy efficiency (ESCO related projects), licensing matters, feed-in-tariffs, etc.

Lecturing activity

Ivan regularly gives lectures on real estate and project finance to appraisers and banks.

Ranking

Ranked by all relevant global legal directories:

  • Chambers and Partners
  • The Legal 500
  • Who’s Who Legal 

2019: Up and Coming - Chambers Europe

2018 & 2019: Next Generation Lawyers - The Legal 500

“Well respected for his expertise in real estate, where he frequently advises on leasing matters and property developments.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

“He’s very proactive and in a position to give good advice in any real estate case.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

Function

President of the Foreign Investors Council’s Real Estate Committee since 2016

Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Land Conversion Act, 2019

more less

Relevant experience

  • Advising an international financial institution on project finance restructuring regarding the development of a luxury hotel chain in Montenegro.
  • Preparing legal due diligence for one of the largest Chinese construction state-owned company, regarding acquisition of an office building in Belgrade.
  • Representation in negotiations of the EUR 65 million LMA based syndicated cross-border lending.
  • Advising a Belgium based renewable energy company on M&A, real estate & construction and energy matters.
  • Advising one of the largest Turkish banks on a portfolio of NPLs, analysing various properties and mortgages.
  • Advising a Finnish technology company in the ICC arbitration proceedings regarding FIDIC contracts.
  • Legal support to a UK-based investment company and a Belgium-based investment fund regarding six real estate projects in Serbia, including the largest retail park in Belgrade, advising on acquisitions, construction, building permits, project finance (LMA based), land conversion procedures, leases, M&A transactions.
  • Advice on construction and property matters for a hotel in Belgrade.
  • Advising various Israeli real estate investors on their investments in shopping malls and retail parks in Serbia.
  • Acting for a group of banks regarding the financing of one of the largest real estate projects of all times in Montenegro.
more less

Education

  • 2012 to present – admitted to the Serbian Bar Association – attorney-at-law
  • 2012 – Serbian bar exam, attorney exam
  • 2005 to 2009 – LL.B. Law School, University of Belgrade

Ivan Gazdić attended the following trainings:

  • Seminar: The New FIDIC 2017 Contracts, Prime Consulting, 2018
  • ACES and MACE local/regional FIDIC training event (FIDIC Contracts – Application in Projects), 2016
  • Construction Contract and Equipment Delivery in Domestic and International Practice, UPS, 2015
  • Workshop: Construction Claims (FIDIC and other contracts), Prime Consulting, 2014
more less

Memberships

  • Member of the International Bar Association, active in its Real Estate Committee
  • Representative of CMS Belgrade in AmCham’s Real Estate Committee and Energy Committee
  • Member of the Serbian Energy Law Association
  • Member of a working group for drafting amendments to the Land Conversion Act
more less

Publications

  1. FIC Guide 2019/20 (page 75), Foreign Investors Council, 2019
  2. Refuse-derived fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels in Serbia, Balkan Green Energy News, 2019
  3. Construction and Projects in Serbia: overview, Thomson Reuters, 2019
  4. FIC Guide 2018/19 (page 89), Foreign Investors Council, 2018
  5. IBA: Real Estate and Construction in Serbia, International Bar Association, 2018
  6. eKapija: Real estate and interior - The growth of the market brings new business opportunities, eKapija, 2018
  7. FIC Guide 2017/18 (page 88), Foreign Investors Council, 2017
  8. The nature of a construction contract in Serbia, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  9. Serbian construction industry is back on track, CEE Legal Matters, 2017
more less

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