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The Corporate and M&A, the Healthcare and Life Sciences and the T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution and E-commerce) Commissions have the pleasure to invite you to a multidisciplinary event to be held from 18 to 20 April 2024 in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade.

The 3-day seminar will dive into aspects of M&A and commercial transactions with a special focus on the Life Sciences sector. The seminar offers three tailor-made programs for Corporate and M&A, Healthcare and Life Sciences and T.R.A.D.E. lawyers, with the panels being composed and topics discussed in an interdisciplinary manner.

Experienced, high-level speakers from all Commissions will discuss regulatory challenges in the Life Sciences sector and exchange views on special aspects to be considered in Due Diligence processes in the Life Sciences sector. Furthermore, the structuring of M&A deals – in particular in view of the special characteristics of the Life Sciences sector – will be discussed. In the area of distribution, the topics will include how supply and delivery constraints can best be managed and what implications the growing challenges and requirements in the field of ESG have. The impact of digitalisation and AI on services in the Health Sector will also be addressed.

All this is happening in the dynamic city of Belgrade! Named the No. 1 party city in the world by The Lonely Planet, Belgrade is an eclectic mix of historic and modern known for its rich cultural life and exquisite Balkan cuisine, whether on a street corner or at a Michelin-guide restaurant. The urban but laidback atmosphere, location at the confluence of the Sava into the Danube river, but also the impressive list of direct flights (!) from the Nikola Tesla airport, is what makes Belgrade the regional business hub that it is.

Save the date and make sure to register and join us for this exciting event!

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce)

Programme

Corporate and M&A Track

17:00 - 19:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia
18:00 - 20:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia
20:30 - 21:00

21:00

Includes the famous Lafayette cabaret performance, dinner, unlimited drinks and afterparty with transportation back to Metropol hotel

08:00

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:30

09:30 - 11:00


Moderator: Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland

Speakers:
  • Florian Brombach, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Germany
  • Philippe Loix, Laurius, Belgium
  • Bisera Andrijasevic, BDK Advokati, Montenegro
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00


Moderator: Anh-Duc Cordalis, Greenfort, Germany

Speakers:
  • Joanna Wajdzik, Wolf Theiss, Poland
  • Ivana Dolná, Fresenius Kabi , France
  • Mareike Heesing, Oppenhoff, Germany
  • Francisco Javier Garcia Perez, Uria, Spain
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30


Moderator: Florian Nikolai, Dorda, Austria

Speakers:
  • Julio J. Copo Terres, Arochi & Lindner, Mexico
  • Ruben Koslar, Jeantet, France
  • Elisa Stefanini, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30


Moderator: Gianluca Albè, A&A Studio Legale, Italy

Speakers:
  • Giorgia Carandente, Taylor Wessing, Germany
  • Patrycja Wróblewska, Iuridica, Poland
  • Tomasz Wekwart, Wekwart, Poland
  • Vuk Drašković, Bojovic, Draskovic, Popovic, Serbia
19:30 - 20:00

20:00

Includes transportation back to Metropol Palace Hotel

09:00

09:15 - 09:45

10:00 - 11:15


Moderator: Jonathan Bench, Harris Sliwoski, USA

Speakers:
  • Roswitha Seekirchner, Binder Grösswang, Austria
  • Elena Pintea, Racine, France
  • Lukáš Michálik, Ments, Slovakia
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00


Moderator: Gustavo Coelho, Bastilho Coelho, Brazil

Speakers:
  • Marc Schamaun, MLL Legal, Switzerland
  • Philip Rosenauer, PHH, Austria
  • Marija Tosic, Gasser Partner, Liechtenstein
13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
19:30 - 20:00

20:00

Includes a guided tour of the distillery, rakija brandy tasting, dinner and unlimited drinks and transportation back to Metropol hotel
Healthcare and Life Sciences Track

17:00 - 19:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia

18:00 - 20:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia

20:30 - 21:00

21:00

Includes the famous Lafayette cabaret performance, dinner, unlimited drinks and afterparty with transportation back to Metropol hotel

08:00

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:30

09:30 - 11:00


Moderator: Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland

Speakers:
  • Florian Brombach, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Germany
  • Philippe Loix, Laurius, Belgium
  • Bisera Andrijasevic, BDK Advokati, Montenegro
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00


Moderator: Anh-Duc Cordalis, Greenfort, Germany

Speakers:
  • Joanna Wajdzik, Wolf Theiss, Poland
  • Ivana Dolná, Fresenius Kabi , France
  • Mareike Heesing, Oppenhoff, Germany
  • Francisco Javier Garcia Perez, Uria, Spain
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30


Moderator: Florian Nikolai, Dorda, Austria

Speakers:
  • Julio J. Copo Terres, Arochi & Lindner, Mexico
  • Ruben Koslar, Jeantet, France
  • Elisa Stefanini, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30


Moderator: Janis Sarans-Reneslacis, Cobalt, Latvia

Speakers:
  • Arne Feber, Abraham Legal, Czech Republic
  • Paul-Henry Devèze, Product Law Firm, France
  • Edoardo d'Ippolito, Cocuzza & Associati, Italy
17:30 - 18:00

19:30 - 20:00

20:00

Includes transportation back to Metropol Palace Hotel

09:00

10:00 - 11:15


Moderator: Zuzana Hodonova, Wolf Theiss, Slovakia

Speakers:
  • Mirko Lalatović, Fresenius Medical Care, Serbia (Head of compliance)
  • Alessandro Paci, RP legalitax, Italy
  • Tobias Volkwein, D+B Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, Germany
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00


Moderator: Natalija Popovic, Popovic, Popovic & Partners, Serbia

Speakers:
  • Dina Kravchenko, Alrud, Russia
  • Marek Holka, Cechova & Partners, Slovakia
  • Claudio Todisco, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
19:30 - 20:00


20:00

Includes a guided tour of the distillery, rakija brandy tasting, dinner and unlimited drinks and transportation back to Metropol hotel
T.R.A.D.E. Track

17:00 - 19:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia
18:00 - 20:00

  • Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Beograd 11000, Serbia

20:30 - 21:00

21:00

Includes the famous Lafayette cabaret performance, dinner, unlimited drinks and afterparty with transportation back to Metropol hotel

08:00

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:30

09:30 - 11:00


Moderator: Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland

Speakers:
  • Florian Brombach, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Germany
  • Philippe Loix, Laurius, Belgium
  • Bisera Andrijasevic, BDK Advokati, Montenegro
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00


Moderator: Anh-Duc Cordalis, Greenfort, Germany

Speakers:
  • Joanna Wajdzik, Wolf Theiss, Poland
  • Ivana Dolná, Fresenius Kabi , France
  • Mareike Heesing, Oppenhoff, Germany
  • Francisco Javier Garcia Perez, Uria, Spain
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30


Moderator: Aleksandra Krawczyk, ECO Legal, Poland

Speakers:
  • Sara Zanella, SAT studio legale, Italy
  • Jonas Laudahn, FRIEDRICH GRAF VON WESTPHALEN & PARTNER, Germany
  • Giuliano Stasio, Studio Legale Dindo, Zorzi & Associati, Italy
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30


Moderator: Gianluca Albè, A&A Studio Legale, Italy

Speakers:
  • Giorgia Carandente, Taylor Wessing, Germany
  • Patrycja Wróblewska, Iuridica, Poland
  • Tomasz Wekwart, Wekwart, Poland
  • Vuk Drašković, Bojovic, Draskovic, Popovic, Serbia
19:30 - 20:00

20:00

Includes transportation back to Metropol Palace Hotel

09:00

09:15 - 09:45

10:00 - 11:15


Moderator: Zuzana Hodonova, Wolf Theiss, Slovakia

Speakers:
  • Mirko Lalatović, Fresenius Medical Care, Serbia (Head of compliance)
  • Alessandro Paci, RP legalitax, Italy
  • Tobias Volkwein, D+B Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, Germany
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00


Moderator: Natalija Popovic, Popovic, Popovic & Partners, Serbia

Speakers:
  • Dina Kravchenko, Alrud, Russia
  • Marek Holka, Cechova & Partners, Slovakia
  • Claudio Todisco, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
14:30 - 17:00

  • 14:30: The meeting point is at the hotel lobby
  • 15:00: Starting time of the tour
19:30 - 20:00

20:00

Includes a guided tour of the distillery, rakija brandy tasting, dinner and unlimited drinks and transportation back to Metropol hotel

Fees & General Info

AIJA Members
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Prepare your stay

Seminar venue


We are pleased to announce that the sessions of the upcoming seminar will be held at the Metropol Palace Hotel.

METROPOL PALACE

Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69,

11000 Belgrade, Serbia

T: +381 11-3333100

https://www.metropolpalace.com/

 

Accommodation

AIJA has partnered with HotelMap, an online accommodation platform that offers a variety of budget-friendly options. By clicking on the button below, you will be able to choose from a wide range of alternative hotels near the event venue. With just a few clicks, you can easily book your accommodation directly on the platform.

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Practical Information

Getting to, from, and around Belgrade

To and from the Nikola Tesla airport

The Nikola Tesla International Airport is located 18 km (about 11.18 mi) from the Belgrade city centre. The ride from the airport includes a short highway drive through New Belgrade (Novi Beograd) and then crossing one of the bridges on the Sava or Danube rivers to reach the city centre.

Flight status and other information can be obtained through the beg.aero website.

The recommended mode of transport from the airport is by obtaining a fixed price taxi voucher at the international arrivals area at the airport. The fixed cost of this taxi voucher from the airport to the city centre is currently RSD 3,000 (approx. EUR 25). Taxi drivers who accept the vouchers are at the taxi stop just outside the exit of the airport – they should just be given the voucher and there is no direct payment to the taxi driver. (Note that there are many drivers outside who might not be registered or who may otherwise try to charge a high fee, so using taxi drivers without a voucher is not recommended.)

Alternatively, there is a public bus stop at the airport exit where you can board the A1 Mini Bus. The minibus can take you from the airport to Belgrade’s Slavija square (and vice versa) for a one-way ticket of RSD 400 which needs to be paid in cash in dinars to the bus driver. From the Slavija square, it is a 15-minute walk to the Metropol Palace hotel; although slightly uphill.

Ride sharing services such as CarGo or Yandex Go are also available. These require that you download the app and make a purchase through the app on your phone.

Belgrade by car

You can also rent a car at the airport or in the city.

If you are arriving to Belgrade by car, note that parking spaces, as in most big cities, are scarce and hard to find in the city centre. Limited number of parking spaces is available at the Metropol Palace hotel parking for a fee (availability and price should be checked directly with the hotel).

Note that the OC organized transportation to and from the venues for the social programme. The academic programme will take place at the Metropol Palace hotel. Therefore, car rental may make sense if you have plans to travel outside of Belgrade during your stay in Serbia.

Getting around Belgrade

Belgrade has an extensive public bus and trolleybus network. You can purchase tickets by sending the appropriate text message to 9011.

A 90-minute ticket for any in-city public transport is purchased by sending an SMS with the text A90 to 9011. The cost of this ticket is around EUR 0.5.

A whole day ticket for any in-city public transport is purchased by sending an SMS with the text A1 to 9011. The cost of this ticket is around EUR 1.

You will receive a return message confirming the ticket purchase and the duration of your ticket. In the event controllers board the transportation and ask passengers to show tickets, you are required to show them the return text message on your phone. (Note that sending such message may not be possible from some foreign mobile networks or the fees may vary. See more information on local telecom operators below.)

Public transport is always free of charge every night from midnight until 4 am, there are no controllers and no ticket is needed.

Taxis are also widely available in Belgrade. For example, PINK taxi can be reached through the phone number 19803 and BEOGRADSKI taxi can be reached through the phone number 19801. Both accept card payments in the vehicle (when calling a taxi, it should be requested that payment will be by card and not in cash, so that the appropriate vehicle is sent).

Many Belgradians use ride sharing services such as CarGo or Yandex Go to get around. These require that you download the app and make a purchase through the app on your phone.

Bike rentals are also available for those who prefer exploring the city on two wheels. Note that there are very few dedicated bike lanes and only in certain areas.

The inner-city centre is relatively compact and pedestrian friendly. Walking is a great way to explore inner city landmarks.

Internet and mobile communication

Serbian telecom operators have roaming agreements with most countries, so using your foreign SIM card should not be an issue. However, you will be subject to roaming charges. Note that Serbia has agreements on reduced roaming charges with the EU, but charges will still apply.

You may consider purchasing a short-term eSim card, such as A1’s Hello Stranger 20GB welcome package for tourists coming to Serbia. Information available here.

A1, Yettel, and m:ts (the main three Serbian telecom operators) should have stands at the airport arrivals area and their shops are also across from the Metropol Palace Hotel, so you may inquire directly regarding available options.

Currency exchange

The official currency in Serbia is the Serbian dinar, abbreviated to RSD. Payments in foreign currency, including the Euro are not accepted. (Your bank may allow you to pay with you credit card and will perform an automatic currency exchange at your bank’s own rate, so you may want to check with your bank if this is an option.)

The current exchange rate may be checked on the website of the National Bank of Serbia. The dinar is issued in denominations of 10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/2000/5000 (see what they look like here).

Money may be exchanged in all banks and post offices, as well as in authorized exchange offices. Cash may be taken from ATMs installed in all major malls and bank branch offices. Many such ATMs and exchange offices are in the street where Metropol Palace hotel is located.

Payments

Most places in Belgrade accept card payments with Visa and MasterCard being the most widely accepted; however, do ensure that you have some local currency in cash for tips, small purchases, and rare places which might not accept credit cards (e.g. open markets).

VAT is already calculated into the purchase price, so the shown prices are the total prices, and no additional tax will be added (unless explicitly stated otherwise).

Tips are not included in the price and a usual tip expected in restaurants and bars in cash is around 10% of the receipt.

Health and Safety

Belgrade is generally a safe city, but it's wise to take standard precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, use official transportation services, and keep an eye on your belongings.

At any time, you may reach the police at 192, the fire department at 193, and the ambulance at 194.

Compared to most European cities, smoking may still be allowed indoors in many public places in Belgrade, such as restaurants and cafes. However, most such places are separated into smoking and non-smoking areas. It is usual to ask whether smoking is permitted and to be seated in the requested area.

Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink.

Miscellaneous

Serbian language is the official language in Serbia and both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets are publicly used. Local population is generally highly fluent in English and many street signs are translated to English.

Some local words to know are: Hello / Bye – Zdravo; Thank you – Hvala; Excuse me / Sorry – Izvinite; Yes – Da; No – Ne; Cheers - Živeli.

Serbia is in the Central European time (CET) zone (UTC+01:00). Weather forecast should be checked closer to the event, but historically average high temperature is 66°F (19°C) and average low is 43°F (6°C). Belgrade is generally very windy and it can be moderately chilly in April.

Electricity voltage is 220V and electrical outlets are 2 round pins (standard European Type C and Type F compatible).

Organising Committee

Renato BUCHER MLL Legal Ltd (SWITZERLAND)
Gustavo COELHO Bastilho Coelho Advogados (BRAZIL)
Siniša ČOLEVIć Vojvodina Bar Association (SERBIA)
Daria RUTECKA Schoenherr Halwa sp.k. (POLAND)
Andjelka TODOROVIC WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG (AUSTRIA)
Radina TOMANOVA Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. (BULGARIA)

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