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Karanovic & Partners – Webinar on IP Guide for Young Adults

Karanovic & Partners is organizing a webinar on intellectual property rights, which will be held on 17 December at 12:00h. At this online event, Karanovic & Partners IT expert Nikola Kliska will present the IP guide for young adults “The law of creativity – your creativity, your right”, published in November this year. This short guide trough intellectual property law is intended for fledgling artists, scientists and creators, in order to introduce them to the basic postulates of IP law, to help them find out which rights they have and how to protect their creativity.

You can access the Serbian and English versions of the guide at

The webinar is free of charge for all registered attendees. You can register HERE.

Karanovic & Partners marks the first 25 years

So far, Karanovic & Partners has become a leading regional legal practice in Southeast Europe with more than 100 attorneys at law cooperating in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, all working together as one team.

Karanovic & Partners is known for being a reliable partner in complex legal matters, for innovative legal solutions, and being at the forefront of legal developments in Southeast Europe, pioneering new areas of the law and paving the way for new practices and regulations.

„We had the vision to create a “world-class” team in the former Yugoslavia and that vision has been achieved“, said Dragan Karanović, Managing Partner at Karanovic & Partners. „We have come this far by pioneering projects, vision, values, and the practice of looking at clients as long-term partners. Advocacy must be up to date with the development of clients, but in the first 25 years of our practice, we have shown that the best way is to always be a few steps ahead,” added Dragan Karanović.

Thank you for walking on this path with us.

Meet the new Partners of Živković Samardžić Law office

Živković Samardžić, one of the Serbia’s leading law firms, announces the promotion of two Partners, effective July 1, 2021. Ivan Ljubisavljević in the Dispute Resolution Department and Sava Pavlović in the Corporate and M&A Department.

“Congratulations to Ivan and Sava on achieving this important milestone in their careers. It is a testament to their commitment to being our trusted advisors to our clients for their most complex and important challenges and opportunities. Together they highlight the quality, diversity and depth of talent that support our strategy and embody the shared and business culture that is at the heart of our firm,” said Managing Partner Branislav Živković.

Živković Samardžić is today a successful outfit, the leading law firm on the Serbian market. Nevertheless, we see a lot of potential for improving our processes and structures and becoming even more effective. We are confident that newly promoted Partners shall help us achieve that goal.

Nebojša Samardžić, Senior Partner: „Congratulations to our new partners on their well-deserved promotions and I look forward to watching them progress in new roles as they continue to provide exceptional and innovative solutions for our clients.“

Prior to joining Law Office Živković Samardžić in 2016, Ivan Ljubisavljević used to work for several international companies from the financial industry. Ivan is specialized in Dispute Resolution and Regulatory compliance with emphasis on Financial Services sector. Previously, Ivan was an in-house lawyer with the major B2B services provider and later he worked as a legal and compliance officer with the major international insurance company. He graduated at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2011. In this newly created role, Ivan will be responsible for the implementation of projects and cases of strategic importance for the firm from the area of civil litigation, banking and finance litigation in particular. Furthermore, his task will be to upgrade the level of external firm reputation in the legal network’s and between clients in region.

Sava Pavlović, Corporate and M&A Senior Associate, joined Živković Samardžić in 2013, after graduating at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and almost after one-year long apprenticeship in a government’s ICT regulatory body. At the beginning with Živković Samardžić, he was advising clients in media, telecom, and advertising industry, and later, Sava joined Živković Samardžić’s Corporate and M&A team. Sava’s specialization in Corporate, M&A and banking, at one side, and his deep understanding of IT, media, and telecom industries, allows him to deal successfully with a broad range of clients, from startups, media outlets, through investment funds, banks and multinational corporations. In his legal advisory track records, Sava has a broad array of complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including some of the most valuable and complex transactions on the Serbian market in past years. It should not be left unmentioned Sava’s very prominent activity in the area of e-commerce – beside providing legal advisory to the clients, Sava is also very active in e-commerce advocacy; since its beginnings, Sava is lecturing at the eCommerce Academy organized by eCommerce Association of Serbia and also, he is taking his part as lecturer at many courses, trainings and workshops in this area. As a member or delegate, he is giving his valuable professional contribution through several professional organizations as well, including Foreign Investors Council (FIC) and Serbian Association of Managers (SAM).

Živković Samardžić strives for a proactive and business-oriented approach to solutions and an impressive ability to pivot and adapt to challenging circumstances, all of which enable us to provide the highest level of customer service. We congratulate our colleagues on their appointment and wish them many new, exciting challenges and the best of luck.

Meet The Winners Of The Generator Gamechanger Competition

More than 170 participants applied for the OTP banka’s Generator competition, which supports digital projects that help small and medium enterprises overcome the consequences of the crisis caused by the corona virus, out of which ten semifinalists and subsequently six finalists advanced to the next stage. At the final online event, the jury selected two winners who won one million dinars each for the further development of their projects.

BELGRADE – October 15, 2020 – Generator Gamechanger This year’s OTP banka’s competition supported digital projects – websites, applications and other digital platforms – that help and offer new opportunities to SMEs to overcome the challenges they have faced in the pandemic. From more than 170 entries, the jury selected ten semifinalists who were awarded a media promotion so that as many people and small and medium enterprises as possible could hear about their project. After that, at a large-scale online event, six finalists were selected, out of which the jury chose one winner in each category – new idea and existing solution.

Your Pet World, the winning new idea is an intermediary-type portal that would bring together the two connected groups for the first time in the region. On the one hand, the database would include all service providers in five industries – groomers, sitters, boarding kennels, veterinarians, trainers, and on the other hand dog and cat owners who could choose the most cost-effective and transparent services in a location that suits them best.





Zanateria, the winning existing solution, is an online platform that brings together all small domestic producers who cannot enter large distribution chains. On Zanateria platform, clothes, shoes, furniture, household items, natural cosmetics, food, drinks, products for children and babies, for pets, as well as books, comics and music editions of small publishers are sold.

Selected semi-finalists and finalists were also awarded by the partners of the competition. Vojvodjanska banka awarded the ReportNest project the MasterCard payment card with the available amount of RSD 200,000 ready to be used, as well as a virtual visit to the OTP Lab, the head office of the OTP Group for Innovation in Budapest, where the awarded team will have the opportunity to get acquainted with OTP Lab programs, present their project and thus potentially cooperate with OTP Group. ICT HUB, the centre for technology entrepreneurship and innovation, awarded the Bizplaner project the free use of coworking space for the entire team for six months, membership in the eHub platform and access to all educational content and maps for the next Corporate Innovation Conference. The TeleGroup company also awarded Zanateria and Your Pet World projects a 50% discount on the consulting service of researching the needs of customers and defining inputs for further development of solutions to the finalists. The Belgrade Open School and the Eneca organization awarded the prize to the Dr Agro, Your Pet World and Stari Zanati projects, which won mentoring and consulting in the field of strategic planning, finance and sources of financing and marketing and sales.

Since the grand finale of the Generator event was organized online for the first time due to the epidemiological situation, OTP banka donated the money intended for the cocktail reception to Cafe Bar 16, which employs young people from the drop in shelter Svratište and provides them with social inclusion.

Please find more information on the Generator website.

About the Generator project:

In order to strengthen the competitiveness of Serbian entrepreneurship, the Generator project was carefully designed and launched in 2017, and it brings together the initiatives and activities that encourage innovative entrepreneurial ventures. In the same year, Generator supported 40 entrepreneurial innovations through financial support, promotion and mentoring. The winner received one million dinars, and almost 800 innovators submitted their ideas. In the following year, 2018, the best student entrepreneurial innovations were awarded, and last year Generator 2.0 was intended for the digital transformation of small and medium enterprises. At the end of 2019, within the Generator project, OTP banka launched the Good Deed Generator initiative, which supports social entrepreneurship.

Together. We move things forward.

#otpbankasrbija #generator2020 #podrška #SME #digitalizacija #inovacije

Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade is Open Again!

Experience the stunning Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the very center of the city. With its park surroundings, exceptional accommodation and impeccable service, Metropol Palace offers you an unforgettable Belgrade experience. This striking hotel first opened in 1957, welcoming throughout its existence the city’s elite, culturally influential people and foreign guests.

Apart from the luxurious accommodation, guests can indulge in a sumptuous dinner, enjoy a drink at noon or a nightcap at the Red Parallel Lounge.

You can host an event or meeting at one of many event halls and ballrooms.

As gem of modern Belgrade, hotel features 236 beautifully designed rooms and suites, unique restaurant with park view, and oasis of tranquility and elegance, a 25m long pool.

Link for more info is below.


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New President of the Executive Board of API Bank

Valery Ovsyannikov has been the President of the Executive Board of API Bank since July 2021. He has many years of experience in the development of international, corporate, and retail banking, as well as in the management of small, medium and large banks, both in Russia and internationally, in different market circumstances. For the last 15 years, he has held the positions of President of the Executive Board of many banks, including VTB Bank in Armenia, Sber Bank in Serbia and the Russian Globex Bank. With his unique expertise and proven competence, he contributes to the API brand in the field of development of adequate market niches and modern banking services on the Serbian market: “Flexibility is a key factor in development, and it is the way in which API Bank with its professional team will meet the needs of clients.”

Raiffeisen Banka and NF Innova Receive Prestigious “Finovate” Award for “iKeš” Loan

The first true online cash loan in Serbia, “iKeš”, is the winner of the “Best Consumer Lending Platform” award in the international selection of “Finovate Awards”. Raiffeisen banka’s loan product, created in cooperation with company NF Innova, is the first banking solution from Serbia to win an award in this competition of the best global digital and technology innovations.

“This prestigious award confirmed that ‘iKeš’ really is a revolutionary loan product, not just in our local banking market”, stated Petar Jovanović, Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board of Raiffeisen banka, on this occasion. “When we introduced this online loan last year, we were pioneers not just in Serbia and this region, but also in the whole Raiffeisen Group, and this award is proof that, as far as innovations are concerned, we can compete internationally as well”.

“iKeš” is a loan entirely processed and disbursed online and available to all citizens, even to those who are not clients of Raiffeisen banka. At the outset of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, such manner of obtaining a loan gained in significance since it enables the client fast and easy access to financial means without any physical contact. In the course of the preceding months, the bank has been registering a growth of approved “iKeš” loans, as well as a high level of customer satisfaction.

Constant improvements of digital services and introducing state-of-the-art technologies are the main features of the long-term partnership between Raiffeisen banka and company NF Innova.

“It was through our long-standing partnership that Raiffeisen banka positioned itself as an innovator in the market as concerns digital services and by using the NF Innova digital banking platform, the bank has the opportunity to continue innovating internationally and this award proves it”, stated Vasa Šegrt, General Manager of NF Innova. ’’We will continue to improve digital services offered by Raiffeisen banka in our further mutual cooperation“.

“Finovate Awards” gathers global banks, fintech companies, business accelerators and individuals, who compete in 25 different categories. The jury deciding on the winners is made up of leading experts from various industries, managers of large companies, media analytics, founders of fintech companies, etc. This year, they had the tough task of choosing the best in different categories among a record number of solutions submitted.

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the largest banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001 and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking and treasury and investment banking. For additional information, please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka, phone No. 011/2207-306 or e-mail:

NF Innova company, member of New Frontier Group, is one of the largest digital banking vendors in Europe. It offers its unique product ‘iBanking’ to visionary financial institutions and guarantees flawless user experience on all digital channels.

For additional information, please contact the Sales & Marketing Department of the company at e-mail:

Raiffeisen banka Brings Apple Pay to Visa Cardholders

Belgrade, June 30, 2020 — Raiffeisen banka today brings its customers Apple Pay, a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash — and uses the power of iPhone to protect every transaction. Customers simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a payment terminal to make a contactless payment. Every Apple Pay purchase is secure because it is authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is accepted in grocery stores, pharmacies, taxis, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, and many more places. Customers can also use Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to make faster and more convenient purchases in apps or on the web in Safari without having to create accounts or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. Apple Pay makes it easier to pay for food and grocery deliveries, online shopping, transportation, and parking, among other things. Apple Pay can also be used to make payments in apps on Apple Watch.

Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store the payment information safely on the device. Apple Pay is easy to set up. On iPhone, simply open the Wallet app, tap +, and follow the steps to add Raiffeisen banka’s credit or debit cards. Once a customer adds a card to iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac, they can start using Apple Pay on that device right away. Customers will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by Raiffeisen banka’s Visa cards.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit:

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the leading banking groups in CEE. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001 and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking, treasury and investment banking.

For additional information, please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka at phone No. 011/2207-306.

Raiffeisen Banka Offers a Novelty for Corporates


Raiffeisen banka introduced an innovative service to the local banking market for the corporate segment – an online factoring platform, Raiffeisen Online Factoring, which has recently become available to clients of Raiffeisen banka, as well as to those who will become new clients in the future.

The service of factoring is a useful instrument for managing cash flow, improving liquidity and the collection of receivables. The bank has been offering this product for a great number of years already and now it has gone a step further by creating an online platform where the client can perform all factoring business in a fast and efficient manner. The option of performing such complex banking activities is especially useful in times of the current pandemic, when it is imperative that company owners and their employees can perform all business activities in as safe an environment as possible. The online platform was created in accordance with the needs of the Serbian market and is completely adjusted to the requirements of the corporate segment in Serbia.

Apart from the collection of receivables, online factoring enables corporates also the following: the option of fast  and easy financing modality without increasing indebtedness, monitoring collection, administration of invoices bought, reduction of administrative expenses, issuing without collateral, better competitive positioning, as well as a range of additional benefits that are available immediately after a factoring contract has been concluded.

The whole factoring process is completed on the platform itself, with online communication with the bank and suppliers/buyers, with full overview of approved and available limits, financing requests, invoices sent for payment and their status, available calculations and reports, etc.

By introducing the online factoring platform Raiffeisen Online Factoring, Raiffeisen banka continues the trend of digitalizing its services while implementing the most state-of-the-art technology solutions in banking. The innovative feature of the platform was accentuated by the fact that the bank was among the first in the Raiffeisen Group to offer this service to its corporate clients. The solution was developed in cooperation with the local fintech startup “Between“ (, a winner in the local “Elevator Lab“ project of the Raiffeisen Group in 2018. This successful cooperation and innovation for the corporate segment is a confirmation of the importance of the banking sector’s synergy with fintech startups.

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe. It began its business activities in 2001, and is developing its focus in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking, treasury and investment banking. Please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka for additional information at the phone No. 011/2207-306.

Raiffeisen Banka Receives VIRTUS Award for Long-Term Partnership with the Yugoslav Drama Theatre

 Raiffeisen banka received the VIRTUS philanthropy award at the annual award ceremony organized by Trag foundation. The Award for Long-term Partnership Between the Corporate and the Non-Profit Sector was bestowed on the bank for its long-standing partnership with the Yugoslav Drama Theatre (JDP).  

The VIRTUS philanthropy award was established in 2007 with the aim to distinguish and support representatives of the corporate sector and citizens, who by their philanthropic activities contribute to the development of communities they live and work in strategically and in the long term.

The partnership between Raiffeisen banka and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, now in its 16th year, is an excellent example of long-term successful cooperation of the corporate and the non-profit sectors, as well as an example of the mutual benefits that can result from it for the community, with the citizens, fans of high-quality theatre art, benefiting the most.

In the year when Raiffeisen banka is celebrating 20 years of business activities in Serbia, it is proud of the many philanthropic projects it organized during that period. The aim was always to “give back” to the community part of the business success through investing into true values (sports, culture, education), as well as by supporting those who are most vulnerable.

“Among the many partnerships, the long-standing cooperation with the Yugoslav Drama Theatre is especially prominent. It has not only been of the longest duration, but it also reflects in the best manner the bank’s effort to tie its name to true values and support content of the highest quality”, Zoran Petrović, Chairman of the Managing Board of Raiffeisen banka, stated on this occasion. “We are proud of our cooperation with our friends from the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, who have been offering exceptional theatrical content throughout the years not only in our country, but also beyond. An award such as this is very specific, because it is not awarded for measurable business results, but for that which has no material value, albeit contributing to the empowerment of society and maintaining of its spiritual health, which is direly needed, especially in challenging times such as these”.

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001, and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking, as well as treasury and investment banking. Please contact the Marketing & PR Dept. for all additional information, phone No. 011/2207-306.

Trag is a regional foundation operating in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been supporting and inspiring citizens for 21 years already to take part actively in the development of their local communities where they live or work. Trag foundation empowers people who believe that common initietives can have a big impact and who wish to initiate positive changes in their communities. In the course of the past two decades, Trag foundation has supported more than 1,500 successful projects through numerous programmes, with more than USD 14 million invested across Serbia and the region.

autor fotografija: Nemanja Knežević/Trag fondacija