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Nedeljko Velisavljević

CEE Partner I Belgrade

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz d.o.o.
Bulevar Džordža Vašingtona 3/22
Entrance V, Unit 9
81000 Podgorica
Petrikić & Partneri AOD
in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Krunska 73
11000 Belgrade
Languages Serbian, English

Nedeljko Velisavljević is an experienced lawyer who joined CMS Belgrade in 2004. Prior to that, he worked at two renowned Serbian law firms, successfully representing international clients in various legal fields. He received his LL.M. degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. Nedeljko Velisavljević is head of the CMS Dispute Resolution team and is recognised as one of the leading litigation lawyers in Serbia.

He has gained extensive experience in litigation proceedings, dispute resolution, arbitration proceedings, white-collar defense & investigation matters, insolvency and restructuring matters, advising a number of companies with regard to potential and pending disputes, representing them before the courts of Serbia and Montenegro and other authorities.

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“Nedeljko Velisavljević is calm, measured and always able to adapt the situation to the best interests of the client.”
Dispute Resolution client, Chambers Europe 2024

Dispute Resolution client, Chambers Europe 2024

“Nedeljko Velisavljević considers all possible scenarios, so as to achieve the best possible solution for the client.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Nedeljko is highly professional and pleasant to work with.”

Dispute Resolution client, Chambers Europe 2024

“Nedeljko Velisavljević and Ksenija Ivetić Marlović have tremendous knowledge, always have the right answers, and empathise personally with clients’ problems.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Nedeljko Velisavljević provides top-level support to his team – clear strategic guidance and well thought-out solutions that can be implemented pragmatically.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Nedeljko Velisavljević is one of the top legal minds in Serbia. He is a true professional with an excellent focus on details, but with a sound commercial approach and easy-to-understand advice.”

The Legal 500, 2023

“Nedeljko Velisavljević is an outstanding litigator – competent, open, and a pleasure to work with.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Nedeljko Velisavljević is an admirable human being and a pleasure to work with.”

The Legal 500, 2023

“Nedeljko Velisavljević simply doesn’t know how to lose a case.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

“Nedeljko Velisavljević is really great; he is very good at predicting situations, always well informed about court practice, and willing to discuss all the issues.”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • Serbian Bar Association
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  • 1999 – Belgrade University, Faculty of Law (Serbia)
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Anti-Bribery and Corruption Laws in Serbia
Green/sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims and advertising and consumer greenwashing
In the era of increased environmental awareness, the spotlight on green claims has never been more intense. As consumers are concerned about global heating and ecological sustainability, they are scrutinizing products like never before, seeking eco-friendly options that align with their values. In response, businesses have responded to this concern and consumers’ purchase interest, with brand-owners increasingly highlighting the benign or even beneficial effects their products and services have on the environment fostering a surge in green marketing initiatives. Yet, amidst this push for sustainability, the risk of being accused of greenwashing is omnipresent. As environmental characteristics of products and services are highly technical and the understanding of the various concepts involved is continuously changing, en­vir­on­ment­al/sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims raise a significant risk of confusing and misleading consumers. Many companies have fallen foul of advertising standards in this area recently. Given the high sensitivity of environmental claims and the reputational damage that can result from allegations of greenwashing, it is particularly important to make sure environmental claims are compliant. By ensuring truthful, accurate and unambiguous information is always given to the consumers, companies can avoid the risks and build a reputation for authenticity in their sustainability advertising and communications. CMS guides companies through the maze of regulations and case law and advise on the steps a company can take to ensure their advertising is not only compliant but also authentic and impactful. The priority questions we address are: Which green claims are likely to raise litigation or regulatory enforcement risks?What can businesses do to mitigate these risks?What are the likely claims/en­force­ment that could arise?Who is likely to make a claim?What are the risks in the event of a violation or a complaint? What future regulatory measures are expected and what companies have to do now to be prepared? We offer various solutions to help you be compliant and avoid accusations of greenwashing: Sustainability claim checks including regulatory risk matrix as well as litigation: evaluating the planned claims and mapping their risk as well as developing compliant marketing strategies and claims custom-tailored to your business's unique pro­file;Sus­tain­ab­il­ity-re­lated litigation: providing comprehensive support in legal disputes in the area of advertising with environmental claims;Training sessions: to empower your legal, compliance and sustainability as well as advertising teams with in-depth knowledge of sustainability risks and mitigation strategies; andBoard packs: to equip your directors/board members with actionable insights into greenwashing risks, ensuring they steer the company toward sustainable strategies with confidence and integrity.  For an initial conversation on how we can support you on greenwashing risk, please reach out to the lawyers listed on this page or to your usual CMS contact.
International arbitration law and rules in Serbia
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Nenad Kovačević promoted to Partner at CMS Belgrade
8 February 2023Our senior dispute resolution expert at CMS Belgrade and CMS Podgorica, Nenad Kovačević, has been promoted to Partner. Nenad Kovačević has been a valuable member of CMS team since 2013. Following his studies and several distinguished traineeship programs with UN and EU institutions in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, he joined CMS and has since advised many international clients operating in various industries, guiding them through complex court and out-of-court proceedings to reach the most efficient resolution of their disputes. Nenad assists domestic and foreign clients and represents them in civil litigation, enforcement and criminal proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, labour-related dispute proceedings, out-of-court disputes, as well as arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings in both Serbia and Montenegro, as well as in international commercial arbitration cases.  Not only is Nenad a skilled litigator and arbitrator, but he also has an admirable track record as a compliance specialist, assisting multinational companies mitigate risk through effective compliance programmes, anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts and anti-money laundering activ­it­ies. Nen­ad’s colleague and mentor, Nedeljko Velisavljević, CEE Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at CMS Belgrade and CMS Podgorica, says: “Nenad has been a hard-working, devoted and committed member of our dispute resolution team for years. His promotion is a great achievement and will serve to drive further the growth of our team and the entire firm.“  “Nen­ad’s expertise and dedication to his clients have made him a trusted advisor and we are proud to have him on board as a Partner”, says Radivoje Petrikić, Managing Partner at CMS Belgrade and CMS Podgorica. “His promotion is a testament to his hard work as a team member and commitment to providing the highest quality legal services to cli­ents.” Con­grat­u­la­tions to Nenad on his new role and continued success at CMS!
Restructuring and insolvency law in Serbia
1. What is the primary legislation governing insolvency and restructuring proceedings in your jurisdiction? The primary piece of legislation governing insolvency in Serbia is the Serbian Insolvency Act...
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See the Overview of the Representative Actions Directive >> 1. Do you have a specific procedure or procedures for bringing “opt-in” class actions?  If so, please outline such procedure(s) and...
CMS strengthens its leadership team in CEE
Nedeljko Velisavljević promoted to CEE Partner
Interim measures in Serbia
1. APPLICABLE LAW 1.1.1 The provisions of the Enforcement and Security Code (ESC) relating to security measures, which include interim measures, represent a general set of rules supplemented by the provisions...
CMS made it to the Arbitration Powerlist 2021 of Legal500
The Arbitration Powerlist: Central and Eastern Europe showcases the leading practitioners working in a broad sweep of countries, stretching from Austria and Poland to the Baltic Nations and down to Serbia...
Covid-19 business criminal law and other issues in Serbia
1. Could your business face criminal (or administrative) liability for exposure or risk of exposure to COVID-19 to (1) staff or (2) business partners and the public, under existing laws or new measures...