Dr Milan Parivodić, lawyer
Owner of FORINVEST (Foreign investors Services doo), a company providing strategic support to major foreign investment projects involving multinational and other large companies. Milan is personally structuring investment deals, strategically and legally supporting efficient growth of FDI businesses, as well as fixing problems that may arise in the process.
Experienced lawyer specializing in fields of foreign investment, real estate, international commercial contracts (sale, franchising, distribution, licensing), international financial law, company law and privatizations, competition law, IP law. Collaborates with major international law firms. Milan Parivodić was included in the »list of 10 highly experienced law offices« by the Serbian investment and export promotion agency (SIEPA) and the Serbian Ministry of foreign economic relations. He was on recommended lawyers list of the US, UK and German embassies in Belgrade. Also he was registered as patent & trade mark attorney with the Yugoslav federal intellectual property.
Work pro bono
Member of the Crown Council of Prince Alexander Karadjordjević, awarded Knighthood of the Serbian Order of the White Eagle Grand Cross in 2007
President of the Foreign Trade Council of the Ministry of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications (the policy advisory body)
Legal advisor to Minister of Construction of the Government of Serbia (drafting laws)
Member of the Government of Serbia European Integration Council (a government body composed of the whole cabinet of ministers and about ten EU oriented intellectuals)
Partner at the largest Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss, managing their Belgrade office of some 30 lawyers (2007-2009). In this period also worked also on some of the largest transactions as lead legal ad business advisor, usually on the side of foreign investors
Advisor to the Prime Minister of Serbia for economy and law (2007-2008)
Serbian Minister of Finance (2006-2007) and
Minister of International Economic Relations (2004-2007)
While serving as minister of International Economic Relations FDI into Serbia has risen from US$ 960 million (2004) to US$ 5.5 billion (2006). For comparison, in 2010 Serbia’s FDI totalled US $1.2 billion. In that period Milan met heads of government (Germany, Italy, Austria, etc.) and ministers from many countries and led several Serbian delegations at prime ministerial level conferences. He presided over Serbian bilateral councils with China, India, Bavaria and talked on tens of international conferences to businessmen from many countries. He regularly led Serbian investment and trade delegations to foreign countries and still maintains excellent contacts in those countries. Parivodic represented Serbia with the IMF and the World Bank in Washington as well as with EBRD.
Headed the Serbian WTO accession process from 2005-2007. He negotiated and signed the EU – Serbia Textile agreement, the first agreement between Serbia and EU. Also, he led and signed the Serbian accession into CEFTA – Central European Free Trade Agreement.
Presided the Government’s inter-ministerial Committee for improving business climate in Serbia. Serbia was then ranked no.1 in the speed of reforms by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report covering 158 countries and in the EBRD Annual Report covering 27 countries (in 2005 and 2006).
Drafted and defended in Parliament major pieces of commercial and civil legislation: Foreign Trade Law, Foreign Investment Law, Mortgage Law, Arbitration Law, IP Enforcement Law, Concessions Law, Church Property Restitution Law, draft Property Law, draft Law on General Restitution. Parivodić was awarded the Serbian Royal Order of the White Eagle, Grand Cross in February 2007.
Lecturer in civil law and property law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Laws from 1991 to 2004.
Business lawyer from 2001-2004 who set up his law firm in 2001 Parivodić Milojković & Trgovčević and acted for major foreign and domestic companies and banks. Clients included the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, State Steet Bank and Trust Company, KBC bank, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, National Bank of Greece, Komercijalna Banka Beograd, Telekom Srbija, Abbot Laboratories, Kanematsu Corporation, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Pick Szeged. He served as member of several law reform commissions and drafted new laws: Foreign investment law, Law on concessions, Draft law on trade, Law on registered pledge, Law on religious freeedom, Law on music and scenic activities. Advised the Serbian agency for restructuring of public companies. Lectured on judicial training programmes for commercial court jugdes organised by USAID.
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law (Dr. with honours), 2002
University College London, International Business Law, (LL.M.), 1997
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Laws (LL.M. with honours), 1995
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Laws (LL.B., with honours), 1991
“Exclusive Distribution in the Laws of Yugoslavia and the European Community”
(Official Gazette of Yugoslavia, pp.176; 1996)
“Law of International Franchising” (Official Gazette of Serbia, 380pp.; 2003)
Numerous Publications in International and Serbian Law Journals in the fields of International Trade Law, Contract Law, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, Distribution Law.