Djurdje Ninkovic has more
than 30 years experience providing legal advice and representation to domestic
and international clients.
Djurdje graduated in law from Belgrade University in 1964 and immediately commenced
work as a trainee advocate with a well known Belgrade law firm. Having completed
his training in Yugoslavia, he undertook further study at University College
London where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Air Law in 1968.
He was then employed as an articled clerk with a firm of solicitors in London
between 1968 and 1970 after which he returned to Belgrade to join the family
practice headed by his father.
In the 1970s and 80s Djurdje developed a particular expertise in commercial
law, insurance law, civil litigation, international private law and aviation
law. He has handled many of the liability insurance and reinsurance exposures
in Yugoslavia on behalf of the London Insurance Market, with a special focus
on aviation. For example, he was instructed to represent British Airways and
their insurers following the mid air collision over Zagreb in 1976 and has continued
to act for Lloyd’s and the London Insurance Market as a correspondent
lawyer for more than 30 years.
Djurdje has significant civil litigation and dispute resolution experience having
represented domestic and international clients in a number of significant matters
before the Serbian courts. He has been successful in a number of cases before
the Belgrade Commercial Court and before the Supreme Court of Serbia. He has
also represented clients in several high profile international arbitrations
and at settlement conferences and negotiations in multi jurisdictional disputes.
His corporate and commercial law experience includes advising numerous international
financial institutions on proposed loans to Serbian companies and advising international
clients wishing to invest in Serbia. He is an acknowledged expert in providing
advice to international companies on opening local representative offices, setting
up local operations, undertaking joint ventures, participating in privatisations
and mergers and acquisitions.
Between 1993 and 2000 Djurdje was based in the UK offering consultancy services
in Serbian commercial law and international private law. He became an Affiliate
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and acted as Serbian law expert
in proceedings in England and Switzerland, as well as continuing to provide
advice and representation to international clients on all aspects of Serbian
law in conjunction with the Belgrade office.
In the 1990s Djurdje was an active member of the Serbian pro-democracy opposition
and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Kokkalis Leadership Program at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2000. Following
democratic regime change in Serbia in October 2000 he served as Deputy Minister
of Justice in the Government of the Republic of Serbia in 2001. Over this period
he was Chairman of the Government Law Reform Committee preparing the draft Law
on the Regulation of Courts and also chaired several other Government Law Reform
He has published a number of articles in both international and Serbian journals
and has presented papers at conferences in Serbia and abroad. Djurdje has also
given numerous interviews to Serbian and international media, including TV and
radio. In 1991-92 he was elected Secretary of the Yugoslav-British Law Association
in Belgrade. In 1993 he joined the British South Slav States Law Association
in London and served on the Committee between 1994 and 1999. He has also served
as a non-executive director on the board of a major Serbian company between
2002 and 2005.
His current practice focuses on privatisation transactions, mergers and acquisitions
and corporate and commercial law, as well as representing clients in major litigation
before the Serbian courts. In 2005 Djurdje was appointed to the Management Board
of the Court of Arbitration in Belgrade. Djurdje is fluent in both English and
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