Bojović Drašković Popović & Partners proudly announces partnership with the 16th Belgrade Dance Festival

The 16th Belgrade Dance Festival will be held from 22 March to 12 April, with 16 troops from 11 countries, with a total of 19 choreographic pieces, as well as 25 solo dances and duets. The participating countries are France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United States, Israel, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa and North Korea. The main program of the festival will take place in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Vršac.

We believe that the Belgrade Dance Festival is a fantastic contribution to our society, and we are very grateful that we have the opportunity to support it. Theatre, ballet, and contemporary dance are part of the beautiful performances that will be exhibited during the festival. Social responsibility is the obligation that every individual and every company must fulfil in order to maintain the balance between the economy and the ecosystem. Our firm supports various humanitarian activities, non-profit organizations and cultural events and we continuously explore new ways to better care about the society that we are all a part of.

The festival program can be found here.

Bojović Drašković Popović & Partners announces participation in the 11th Annual IBA Real Estate Investments Conference in Dubai, 27-29 March 2019

International Bar Association - IBA is organizing the 11th Annual IBA Real Estate Investments Conference, to be held in Dubai, UAE on 27-29 March 2019. The conference programme is available here.

Partner Ivan Gazdić will be one of the speakers at the panel “Understanding complex real estate transactions”, to be moderated by Pierre-Nicholas Sanzey from Stephenson Harwood and Philip Skinner from Arnall Golden Gregory. This panel will provide a better understanding of how to approach complex real estate titles and cross-border issues, and M&A transactions where the key asset is real estate.

You may view the full conference program and book your participation at the following website.

This is one of the largest gatherings of real estate legal professionals in the Middle East, and a wide range of topics will be discussed:

  • Global market mega trends. What will tomorrow's cities look like?
  • Location, location, location: is that no longer the question? And how is technology reshaping the industry.
  • The impact of Sharia law and principles on real estate transactions.
  • Internationalism of real estate law and practice, cross border issues and challenges.
  • Alternative ways to gain exposure to real estate: REITs, funds, time-share, crowd funding, membership schemes and co-investment.

The International Bar Association, established in 1947, is the world's leading international organisation of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and law societies spanning over 170 countries. It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.

More about IBA can be found here.

The New Law on Personal Data Protection

On 9 November 2018 the National Assembly of Serbia has adopted the long awaited new Law on Personal Data Protection (Zakon o zaštiti podataka o ličnosti, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 87/2018) (hereinafter: the Law).

The main reason behind the adoption of this new piece of legislation is harmonization with the European Union rules, i.e. ensuring the same level of protection of personal data as in the European Union member states. The introduction of the Law is part of Serbia’s obligations in process of the accession to the European Union. Further, the Law was adopted with the aim of facilitating the conducting of business of companies, having in mind the current level of application of modern information technology and social networks. Namely, the general assessment of the previous law on personal data protection is that it was already outdated at the time of its adoption, and therefore its application in practice was often marred by significant difficulties. 

The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (hereinafter: the Commissioner)'s stand regarding the text of the Law is that it represents a literal translation of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter: the GDPR), and therefore exhibits a high level of formal compliance with the respective regulation of the European Union, but the practical application in Serbia is highly questionable. 

Further, despite the Commissioner’s numerous complaints and suggestions, the Law does not regulate video surveillance, which remains in the gray area. The Commissioner has also found Article 40 of the Law to be quite controversial as it allows the limitation of certain fundamental rights and obligations envisaged by the Law, in a rather imprecise manner and without reference to the law as a legal ground for such limitation. Therefore, there is a potential threat that authorities or companies that handle personal data may restrict citizens' rights without explicit legal authority and at their own discretion.

To read more please follow the link.

To read what Uroš Popović quoted for Data Guidance about the new Law on Personal Data Protection please follow this link.