Milan Lazić joined the firm as an Associate in 2007 after having spent three years at the Commercial Court in Belgrade. The combination of his outstanding legal skills, responsiveness and professional manner paved the way for his quick rise in the litigation team ranks. In 2009, he was promoted to Senior Associate. In 2010, Milan became the head of the Dispute Resolution team; a role he very successfully managed. Two years later, in 2012, Milan made Partner.
Highlights of his professional career include representing clients in high-profile international court cases as well as in a number of major international arbitration cases before the ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations, and arbitrations before the local Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration in connection with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
Marjan Poljak joined the firm in 2009 as a Senior Associate. By then he had already had over five years of experience as a legal practitioner. He initially joined the Corporate team in 2009, but shortly after started working with the IP team where he focused on IP related rights. His highly entrepreneurial mind quickly led him to develop an entirely new practice. Marjan is recognised for his outstanding ability to develop new business and for his ability to successfully lead and nurture a top team of professionals. He was promoted to Partner in 2012.
Apart from his extensive involvement in transactional and general corporate work, Marjan is also specialised in different specific areas of law including IT, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, data protection and public procurement.
Darko Jovanović joined the firm in 2004 directly from the Law Faculty and was quickly deployed to work on various privatisation projects that were taking place at the time. He was promoted to Associate in 2007, Senior Associate in 2008, and was made Partner and the head of the Banking and Finance team in early 2010.
Darko is recognised for having proactively shaped the emerging trend of NPLs and PPPs in the market and has assisted in the realisation of large-scale infrastructure projects in the region. Darko specialises in all aspects of banking and finance, including project finance, NPLs, restructuring and refinancing and derivatives trading.
Rastko Petaković, Managing Partner, comments: “Here at Karanović & Nikolić we get excited each time we have the opportunity to share news regarding our colleagues’ achievements and successes. Now is one of those exciting moments for three of our colleagues have been promoted to senior partner. We are privileged to have Milan, Marjan and Darko on board, not only because of their professional achievements, but also for their strength of character. We are very much looking forward to engaging their experience, skills and abilities in their new position to help us all take the firm to the next level.“