Olga Šipka LLM (NYU)

Olga Šipka is the managing partner of OSLAW. Olga has vast experience in supporting clients in competition, corporate, litigation and regulatory matters. She acted for a number of foreign investors and local companies advising them on M&A and merger control, sell and buy side due diligence, arbitration, litigation. Olga’s core practices include competition and antitrust, regulatory and compliance. She represented clients before different regulatory bodies and courts. Her experience includes a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, insurance, banking, consumer goods, telecommunications, IT, health care.

Olga acted and supported clients in multijurisdictional projects covering Serbia and the West Balkans. She also held many workshops, trainings and presentations on compliance with competition, regulatory, anti-bribery, white collar and data protection laws. Olga continuously advises international institutions and state bodies on policy options and facilitates development and regulatory dialog between relevant stakeholders.

Olga holds an LLM degree from NYU and is a member of Belgrade Bar Association.

Languages: English, Serbian

Email: o.sipka@oslaw.rs

Selected publications:

  • Co-author, World Bank December 2019, Removing Regulatory Barriers to Competition (link)
  • Co-author, World Bank Jun 2018, Examining the Experts: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Serbia, and How Reform Could Improve Efficiency and Quality of Justice (link)
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Perspectives on International Antitrust, April 2017, Compliance Programs in SEE (link)

Dr Igor Nikolić

Igor is an attorney at law specialised in competition, intellectual property, data protection, regulatory and corporate matters. Previously, Igor worked for some of the leading law firms in Serbia where he was involved in numerous regional transactions in telecommunications, energy, pharmaceutical and consumer goods. He also acts as an advisor to the World Bank Group on competition policy. In addition to practice, Igor is also active in academia. He holds a PhD from University College London (UCL) and is associated as a Senior Fellow at UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society and at European University Institute in Florence where he writes and works on various projects related to competition and intellectual property rights policy issues.

Languages: English, Serbian

Email: i.nikolic@oslaw.rs

Selected publications:

  • ‘Intellectual Property Rights and the EU Competition Rules’ in Deni Mantzari (ed), Competition Law of the European Union (3rd edition, LexisNexis 2020)
  • ‘FRAND Licensing Levels Under EU Law’ (with Nicolas Petit and Jean-Sebastien Borghetti) (2020) Yearbook for European Law forthcoming (2020), available at: link
  • ‘Standard Setting, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0’ (with Ioannis Liannos and Bjorn Lundqvist) in ‘Digital Era Competition: A BRICS View’, Report by the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre (2019), available at: link
  • A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms’ (with Mathew Heim) (2019) 10 JIPITEC 38.
  • Are Patent Assertion Entities a Threat to Europe?’ (2019) 6 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 477.
  • ‘Patent Assertion Entities and Standard Essential Patents: Keep Calm and Carry On’ (2017) 4IP Council, available at: link
  • ‘Who Needs Injunctions? Alternative Remedies in Standard Essential Patents Disputes’ (2017) 12 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 126
  • ‘Judicial Review of Antitrust Cases after KME: a New Formula of Review?’ (2012) 33 European Competition Law Review 583

Aleksandra Stećuk LLM (Belgrade)

Aleksandra Stećuk is an attorney at law at OSLAW. Aleksandra has professional experience in various fields of commercial law, particularly in competition, regulatory, data protection and corporate matters. She actively supports clients acting in a wide range of industry sectors, including banking, consumer goods, telecommunications, health care, pharmaceuticals. Aleksandra also acted as an advisor to the World Bank Team for justice sector reform in the Western Balkans (Serbia, BH, Montenegro, Macedonia).

Aleksandra holds a master’s degree in the Economic Analysis of Law from University of Belgrade (2018). Previously, she earned LLB degree at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law as one of the best students of her generation.

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Serbian

Email: a.stecuk@oslaw.rs

Selected publications:

  • Examining the Experts: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Expert Witnesses in Court Systems of the Western Balkans, World Bank Group, 2019 (link)
  • Examining the Experts: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Serbia, and How Reform Could Improve Efficiency and Quality of Justice, World Bank Group, 2018 (link)
  • Institutional Framework of Authorities Competent for State Aid Control (master thesis); Belgrade University, 2018

Milica Nikolić PhD Candidate, LLM (Belgrade)

Milica Nikolić is an associate at OSLAW. After earning LLB degree at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law as one of the best students of her generation, Milica started her career in a reputable law firm in Belgrade where she gained valuable experience in labour and social security law, commercial law, and dispute resolution. She actively supports clients acting in a wide range of industry sectors. During and after her studies, Milica completed several courses in corporate and commercial law.

After finishing her master studies in Labour and Social Security Law from University of Belgrade (2020), Milica started PhD studies in the same field.

Languages: German, English, Spanish, Serbian

Email: m.nikolic@oslaw.rs

Selected publications:

  • Recognition and Protection of Trade Union Freedoms in Domestic Law in the period from World War I to World War II (master thesis); Belgrade University, 2020
  • The Importance of Legal Instruments for the Prevention of Work Injuries and Occupational Diseases (approach work on doctoral studies); Belgrade University, 2021

Željena Despotović LLB

Željena Despotović is an attorney at law and Head of Novi Sad desk at OSLAW. After completing studies at the University of Novi Sad, Željena was working in a reputable Novi Sad law firm. Željena is a member of Vojvodina Bar Association.

Željena has extensive experience in various fields of commercial law and her portfolio of clients is made up of leading foreign and domestic companies. She provides clients with continuous support in litigation, real estate, labour and corporate.

Languages: English, Italian, Serbian

Email: z.despotovic@oslaw.rs

Dr Branka Babović

Branka Babović PhD, LL.M (LMU Munich) is docent at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and counsel at OSLAW.

Branka Babović is teaching civil procedural law at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of law. She published in the areas of: civil procedural law, international litigation, collective redress and international commercial arbitration. Branka started her career in an international corporate law firm in Belgrade where she gained valuable experience in the field of dispute resolution. Two years after becoming the attorney at law, she started working in academia.

She was engaged in several research and development projects in the field of dispute resolution and organization of judiciary.

Languages: Serbian, English, German