Serbia: The International Comparative Legal Guide To Recovery & Insolvency 2012 - Serbia

This article appeared in the 2012 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Recovery & Insolvency; published by Global Legal Group Ltd , London.

1 Issues Arising When a Company is in Financial Difficulties

1.1 How does a creditor take security over assets in Serbia?

A creditor may take security over a debtor's assets under Serbian law in several ways.

Mortgage

If a creditor intends to create a security interest over a debtor's immovable assets, it may establish a mortgage over such asset under the Mortgage Act. A mortgage may be established by way of (i) an agreement (contractual mortgage), (ii) court settlement (judicial mortgage), (iii) a mortgage statement, (iv) operation of law (ex lege), and (v) a court decision. The mortgage is perfected only when it has been registered with the competent register of immovable assets, i.e. Cadastre of Real Estate.

Registered Pledge

A creditor may establish a security interest over a debtor's movable and intangible assets under the Secured Transactions Act (a socalled "registered pledge"). Such a pledge is perfected at the moment of its registration with the Pledge Register, kept with the Commercial Registers Agency. The registration application should be accompanied by a pledge agreement entered into between a pledgor (debtor or a third party) and a pledgee.

A pledgor's movable asset may be a specified item (individualno određena stvar); further, it may be a generic item (stvar određene po vrsti), if under the pledge agreement it can be specified. A pledge may be created over a pledgor's commodities held in a warehouse. Generally, the Secured Transactions Act does not recognise the possibility of a floating charge, though there have been insufficiently tested attempts in practice to introduce this concept contractually.

A pledge may be established over a pledgor's future items or rights (including receivables). In such case, a pledge may be registered in advance; yet, it will be perfected only when the pledgor has acquired such item or right.

Pledges over receivables, bank accounts, proceedings under insurance policies or bank guarantees may also be registered with the Pledge Register.

A number of regulatory restrictions apply to pledges of receivables and bank accounts; therefore these collaterals may not be available in all situations. A pledge over receivables may be created if the pledgor's bank accounts are not blocked at the moment of the pledge registration. The debtor will pay any outstanding amount directly to the pledgor, until it has been notified of the pledge. As of that moment, the debtor should pay all amounts directly to the pledgee, unless the pledgee instructs otherwise. A pledge over bank accounts will be capped at the bank account balance as at the moment of pledge registration.

Pledges over IP rights, aircrafts and boats are registered in individual, specially designated registers.

A pledge over shares (akcije) of joint stock companies is registered with the Central Securities Depositary and Clearing House and perfected at the moment of its registration. Shares may not be traded until the pledge has been released (unless the shares are traded as a consequence of the pledge enforcement). An enforcement procedure over pledged shares (akcije) of joint stock companies is only regulated by bylaws of Central Securities Depositary and Clearing House, and still lacks a stable legal framework.

Pledge under general civil law rules

Under general civil law rules, a possessory pledge over movables may be established even without registering such pledge with any competent register. Yet, it is not the market standard for a creditor to establish such pledge.

A pledgee holding such pledge will have priority over a pledgee holding a registered pledge only if it: (i) proves it had acquired possession over such movable before perfection of a registered pledge; and (ii) established the pledge by way of a duly notarised agreement.

1.2 In what circumstances might transactions entered into whilst the company is in financial difficulties be vulnerable to attack?

AA company's creditor or its insolvency receiver may contest a company's transactions entered into during specified periods prior to filing for the insolvency. Generally, there are five different types of vulnerable transactions that are exposed to such claw-back claims.

Customary settlement

A transaction entered into by a company that provides a creditor with a customary security or settlement may be contested if:

(i) it was entered into during the six-month period prior to the insolvency petition filing; (ii) the company was insolvent at that moment; or (iii) a company's creditor knew or should have known the company was insolvent.

A transaction may be challenged if it was entered into following the insolvency petition filing, if a company's creditor knew or should have known the company was insolvent or the creditor knew an insolvency petition had been filed.

Incongruent settlement

A transaction entered into by a company that provides a creditor with uncustomary security or settlement may be challenged if it was entered into during the twelve-month period prior to the insolvency petition filing.

Directly detrimental transactions

A transaction entered into by a company that has a direct detrimental effect on a company's creditor may be challenged if:

(i) it was entered into during the six-month period prior to the insolvency petition filing; the company was insolvent at that moment; or the company's counterparty knew the company was insolvent;

(ii) it was entered into following the insolvency petition filing; or the company's counterparty knew or should have known that the company was insolvent or that the insolvency petition was filed; or

(iii) it was entered into during the six-month period prior to the insolvency petition filing; or the company lost its right or claim (as a result of such transaction).

Intentionally detrimental transactions

A transaction entered into by a company, with intent to damage one or more creditors, may be challenged if (i) it was entered into during the five-year period prior to the insolvency petition filing or thereafter, and (ii) the company's counterparty knew of the company's intent.

Transactions without or for insignificant consideration

A transaction entered into on terms where the company receives no consideration or one which has a value which is significantly less than the value of the consideration provided by the company may be attacked if it was entered into during the five-year period prior to the insolvency petition filing.

Under the Insolvency Act, any security interest (razlučna prava) acquired by way of enforcement (izvraenje) or as collateral (obezbeđenje) during the 60-day period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding shall be terminated automatically and the respective creditors deemed unsecured creditors.

Under the Companies Act, a security created by a company to secure a shareholder (or shareholder's affiliate) loan will have no effect in the insolvency proceeding if it was created (i) during the 1 year period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding, or (ii) at the moment the company was insolvent. If the company repays such loan during the 1 year period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding, such repayment will be deemed an intentionally adverse transaction and may be attacked (see above).

Special rules are applicable in the case of insolvent banks or insurance companies.

Under Serbian general civil law, a creditor whose claim is due (regardless of when it arose) may challenge a transaction by its debtor that had an adverse effect on it. A transaction shall be deemed detrimental to the creditor if, following the settlement of such transaction, the debtor is unable to settle the creditor's claim.

1.3 What are the liabilities of directors (in particular civil, criminal or disqualification) for continuing to trade whilst a company is in financial difficulties in Serbia?

Generally, directors owe a duty of care and diligence to the company. If they fail to adhere to these standards and thereby cause damage to the company, the company may claim for damages. Special restrictions, including civil and criminal sanctions exist under the Companies Act for transactions that are in conflict of interest.

A director may face severe criminal sanctions in the course of a company's insolvency proceeding, i.e. if: (i) due to malpractice, he/she causes the company's insolvency (prouzrokovanja stečaja); (ii) he/she fraudulently depreciates the value of the company's assets in order to avoid settlement of a creditor's claims (prouzrokovanje la~nog stečaja); (iii) if he/she, being aware of the company's insolvency, engages in fraudulent trading with the intention of adversely affecting the company's creditors (oatećene poverilaca); or (iv) he/she disposes of a company's assets (free-ofcharge or for a consideration less than the market value) after opening of the insolvency proceeding (raspolaganje imovinom stečajnog du~nika posle otvaranja stečajnog postupka).

A person or body corporate criminally convicted (for corporate crimes (krivična dela protiv privrede)) may be disqualified from acting as a director or supervisory board member for a fixed period of five years upon conviction.

2 Formal Procedures

2.1 What are the main types of formal procedures available for companies in financial difficulties in Serbia?

Under the Insolvency Act, a company in financial distress may avail of different formal procedures: (i) bankruptcy (bankrotstvo); or (ii) reorganisation (reorganizacija).

Companies that have not yet been privatised can undergo a restructuring process pursuant to the Privatisation Act which would allow them a special type of automatic stay (i.e. a temporary immunity from enforcement proceedings). This privilege is not available to the private sector. Restructuring proceedings can be indefinitely extended in practice, although the Privatisation Act generally provides for a maximum term of two years.

Voluntary workouts with creditors can be formally carried out pursuant to the Companies (Arranged Financial Restructuring) Act of 2011, provided that such workout is supported by at least two banks that are also acting creditors (see question 7.1).

2.2 What are the tests for insolvency in Serbia?

The Insolvency Act stipulates tests for assessing if a company is insolvent.

A company is permanently unable to pay debts (cash-flow insolvency) (trajnija nesposobnost plaćanja) if it cannot settle its debts within 45 days of them falling due or if it suspends all payments for 30 consecutive days.

A company is over-indebted (balance-sheet insolvency) (prezadu~enost) if the value of the company's assets is less than that of its liabilities. The Insolvency Act does not specify (for the aim of this test) if this calculation encompasses (i) all a company's liabilities, or (ii) just short-term liabilities and liabilities that are due.

If a company has blocked accounts for over one year, the National Bank of Serbia will file a petition for bankruptcy ex officio. Following such petition, if no-one secures the timely payment of bankruptcy costs, the bankruptcy will be completed by the court automatically.

2.3 On what grounds can the company be placed into each procedure?

A company may be placed into each procedure on four grounds; two of them are described above (see question 2.2). The remaining two are as follows:

There is a prospect of the company being unable to pay its debts (preteća nesposobnost plaćanja) if it demonstrates the likelihood (to the satisfaction of a court) that it will be unable to settle its debts as they fall due. This should allow a company to (even before it has actually become insolvent) initiate an insolvency proceeding by filing the insolvency petition accompanied with a pre-packaged reorganisation plan.

An insolvency proceeding may be initiated if a company fails to follow a reorganisation plan or if it was adopted unlawfully or fraudulently. In this case, a company will automatically be placed into a bankruptcy proceeding (with no recourse to a reorganisation proceeding).

2.4 Please describe briefly how the company is placed into each procedure.

A company, its creditor(s) and a liquidation receiver may file an insolvency petition (predlog za pokretanje stečanog postupka) with a court having jurisdiction.

A company may file an insolvency petition on any of the grounds described above (see question 2.3). A company's creditors may file an insolvency petition in the case of a company's (i) permanent inability to pay debts, or (ii) failure to follow a reorganisation plan or if the reorganisation plan was adopted unlawfully or fraudulently. A liquidation receiver (likvidacioni upravnik) will file an insolvency petition where, in a liquidation proceeding commenced under the Companies Act, it determines that the value of a company's assets is less than that of its liabilities.

During the 30-day period following the insolvency petition (i.e. the pre-insolvency proceeding (prethodni stečajni postupak)), the court assesses if grounds for insolvency exist and (if so) will open an insolvency proceeding (otvaranje stečajnog postupka).

Reorganisation may be initiated in two ways.

A company may file an insolvency petition accompanied by a prepackaged reorganisation plan (unapred pripremljeni plan reorganizacije). In this case the company may avail of an expedited proceeding that would likely end with the adoption of the plan (if the company has worked out the plan together with the creditors). The whole procedure should end within 30 days (this may be extended by 30 days).

If an insolvency proceeding is opened, a reorganisation plan may be filed within 90 days following the date of opening (this may be extended by 60 days). A reorganisation plan may be proposed by (i) a company, (ii) an insolvency receiver, (iii) a secured creditor having at least 30% of the secured claims (compared to all claims), (iv) an unsecured creditor having at least 30% of unsecured claims (compared to all claims), and (v) company shareholders owning at least 30% of the share capital.

2.5 What notifications, meetings and publications are required after the company has been placed into each procedure?

A decision opening an insolvency proceeding (reaenje o otvaranju stečajnog postupka) will be served on the (i) company, (ii) petitioner, (iii) collection enforcement organisation, (iv) companies register, (v) other registers, and (vi) any persons deemed necessary by the court. Notice of the insolvency proceeding shall be published on the court notice board, in one high-circulation newspaper and in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia.

The decision contains, inter alia:

  • an invitation to creditors to file their claims;
  • an invitation to debtors to settle their debts;
  • the date, time and venue of the examination hearing (ispitno ročiate); and
  • the date, time and venue of the first creditors' meeting.

The initiation of the insolvency proceeding and all legal consequences arising therefrom will be effective from the day the insolvency proceeding notice is published on the court notice board.

3 Creditors

3.1 Are unsecured creditors free to enforce their rights in each procedure?

Unsecured creditors (stečajni poverioci) cannot enforce their claims outside the context of an insolvency proceeding.

Once an insolvency proceeding is opened, an automatic stay (zabrana izvraenja i namirenja) enters into effect. The automatic stay prohibits the commencement and continuation of any enforcement proceedings or any other enforcement measure against the debtor or the property of the insolvent estate for the purpose of settling the claims.

3.2 Can secured creditors enforce their security in each procedure?

As a general rule, secured creditors cannot enforce their collaterals outside the context of an insolvency proceeding for the reasons explained above (see question 3.1). A secured creditor has priority over the proceeds from the sale of the collateral only, however, the sale process (including the timing of the sale) is under the control of the receiver.

However, a secured creditor may request exemption from and revocation of the automatic stay regarding its collateral. The insolvency judge may approve such request if (i) the insolvent debtor or insolvency receiver are not adequately safeguarding the collateral, (ii) the value of the collateral is depreciating, and there are no other means of maintaining the value of the collateral, or (iii) the value of the collateral is less than the secured claim and is not crucial for any eventual reorganisation of the insolvent debtor.

3.3 Can creditors set off sums owed by them to the company against amounts owed by the company to them in each procedure?

A creditor may set-off its claims owed to an insolvent debtor against an insolvent debtor's claims toward it if: (i) the creditor acquired the right to set-off those claims before the insolvency petition filing; and (ii) the creditor filed its claim and a declaration of intention to set-off.

A creditor will acquire the right to set-off its claim against the debtor's claim if the claims are: (i) mutual (uzajamne); (ii) to be compensated in money or in other replaceable objects of the same type (istorodne); or (iii) due (dospele). These conditions must be met before the insolvency petition filing.

A special rule applies to the netting of a claim(s) arising under financial framework agreements (e.g. an ISDA Master Agreement). A creditor is entitled to set-off, i.e. net its claims against the debtor under a framework agreement, under the following conditions: (i) the transaction under the framework agreement has been entered into prior to the insolvency petition filing; (ii) the creditor has become entitled to set-off/net its claims pursuant to the framework agreement by the time insolvency proceeding is opened at the latest; (iii) netting has been exercised either (a) automatically, or (b) by serving notice on the insolvent debtor within three days of an insolvency proceeding opening; and (iv) the right to set-off/netting has been triggered by (a) the existence of grounds for insolvency, (b) filing an insolvency petition, or (c) opening an insolvency proceeding over the debtor.

Insolvency set-off shall not be permitted if: (i) an unsecured creditor acquired or became entitled to the claim in question during the six-month period prior to the insolvency petition filing, provided the creditor knew or should have known that the debtor is insolvent or over-indebted (unless the claim in question relates to the settlement of non-performing contracts or has arisen out of a successful challenge to a an insolvent debtor transaction); or (ii) the creditor became entitled to set-off its claim through a vulnerable transaction.

4 Continuing the Business

4.1 Who controls the company in each procedure? In particular, please describe briefly the effect of the procedures on directors and shareholders.

Control over an insolvent debtor is allocated to:

  • an insolvency judge (stečajni sudija);
  • an insolvency receiver (stečajni upravnik);
  • the creditors' committee (odbor poverilaca); and
  • the creditors' meeting (skupatina poverilaca) (not applicable to insolvent banks and insurance companies).

The insolvency judge decides, inter alia, whether to: (i) initiate an insolvency proceeding; (ii) open an insolvency proceeding; (iii) appoint an insolvency receiver; or (iv) administer an insolvent estate, etc.

As of the date of opening the insolvency proceeding, the insolvency receiver will exercise all directors' and other corporate body powers. The insolvency receiver manages the day-to-day business; however, he may enter into transactions of special importance (radnje od izuzetnog značaja) (i.e. borrowing credit or taking out a loan, acquisition of high-value assets, etc.) only if the insolvency receiver notifies the insolvency judge and if the creditors' committee approves such transactions.

During implementation of a reorganisation plan, an insolvent debtor's directors and other corporate bodies will continue to manage and represent the company.

4.2 How does the company finance these procedures?

Initially, a person that files the insolvency petition is required to advance the procedural expenses. An insolvency petition will be dismissed if the expenses have not been advanced pursuant to the court order. The expenses of an insolvency proceeding will be settled to the fullest extent (if there are available funds) before settlement of insolvency lines (see question 5.2). If the value of an insolvent debtor's asset is less than the procedural expenses, the insolvency proceeding will automatically be terminated; exceptionally, the insolvency proceeding may be continued if (i) the insolvency receiver or a creditor requests continuance of the insolvency proceeding, and (ii) if it secures funds for settlement of these expenses.

During implementation of a reorganisation plan, a company will continue its business and all costs shall be financed from revenue.

4.3 What is the effect of each procedure on employees?

Employment contracts will not be automatically terminated once an insolvency proceeding is opened; the insolvency receiver may cherry-pick the employment contracts that will be terminated. Employee claims which arise by the opening of the insolvency proceeding shall be settled in accordance with the insolvency lines (see question 5.2).

Employee claims which arise after an insolvency proceeding has been opened, will be settled as liabilities of the insolvent estate (see question 5.2).

If there are no funds in the insolvent estate to settle employee claims, such settlement is guaranteed under the Labour Act; the Solidarity Fund (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) will settle those claims. In this case, the law caps the amount of claims that may be settled from the Solidarity Fund.

The termination of employment contracts and hiring of new employees may be foreseen as a reorganisation measure.

4.4 What effect does the commencement of any procedure have on contracts with the company and can the company terminate contracts during each procedure?

If a contract is not fully performed by the date the insolvency proceeding opens (executory contract), the insolvency receiver may cherry-pick, i.e. decide to (i) suspend the performance of the contract, or (ii) perform and request the counterparty to perform the contract. In the case under (ii), the counterparty would have a claim against the insolvent estate if the insolvency receiver opts to suspend the performance (after it had requested continuance of performance) (see question 5.2). All powers of attorney and other statutory or contractual authorisations to directors to manage and represent the company will be deemed revoked.

A leasing agreement will not automatically be terminated. At the opening of the insolvency proceeding, a lessor will request handover of a leased asset. The leased asset will be handed-over to a lessor, unless (i) the insolvency judge decides to sell the leased asset and pay the full lease amount to the lessor (in case of bankruptcy), or (ii) a reorganisation plan stipulates the lease agreement continue (in case of reorganisation). A true lease agreement will not automatically be terminated. However, the insolvency receiver may decide to terminate it.

A fixed contract (fiksni ugovor) (where performance within an agreed time limit is of the essence) is terminated by law in case a debtor fails to perform within the agreed time limit. A creditor may not demand performance under fixed contracts if the respective performance deadline falls after the day of the opening of the insolvency proceedings. In that case, the creditor may only request damages as an insolvency creditor.

An order (nalog) issued by and an offer received or issued by the insolvent debtor will be terminated, unless the insolvency receiver opts differently.

Termination or amendment of an agreement may be envisaged as a reorganisation measure under a reorganisation plan.

5 Claims

5.1 Broadly, how do creditors claim amounts owed to them in each procedure?

Both secured (razlučni poverioci) and unsecured (stečajni poverioci) creditors are required to file their claims with a court. The filing deadline is determined by court decision at the opening of the insolvency proceeding (30 to 120 days). The creditors will forfeit their claims if they fail to file them within 120 days.

The insolvency receiver (i) decides if the claims have merit, (ii) determines the claim amount(s), (iii) ranks claims through insolvency lines, and (iv) compiles a list of all claims. The final list of claims is drawn up at an examination hearing (ispitno ročiate). The judge confirms, by way of a conclusion, the final list of claims. This conclusion is served on all creditors whose claims are contested so they may initiate a civil proceeding to prove their claims.

Creditors requesting separation of an asset (izlučni poverioci) file such request with the insolvency receiver. If the insolvency receiver rejects the request, the creditor may submit an official complaint to the insolvency judge. If the insolvency judge dismisses the complaint, the creditor may initiate a civil proceeding to prove its ownership. The automatic stay does not affect requests from these creditors.

5.2 What is the ranking of claims in each procedure?

In particular, do any specific types of claim have preferential status? The expenses of an insolvency proceeding and liabilities of an insolvent estate will have priority in settlement. Only once they have been fully settled can the creditors settle their claims under the mandatory insolvency lines as follows:

i. unpaid minimum net-salaries of the insolvent debtor's employees covering the one year period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding and unpaid minimum pension and disability insurance benefits accrued during the two-year period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding;

ii. all public revenues (e.g. taxes, and social contributions other than provided in the preceding point, etc.) accrued during the three-month period prior to opening of the insolvency proceeding; and

iii. other unsecured creditor claims.

Further, the Companies Act stipulates that a company's shareholder/shareholder's affiliate may settle its unsecured claims against the company from a shareholder/affiliate loan only after unsecured creditors have settled.

If a reorganisation plan is adopted and confirmed, claim settlement priority will be determined by the reorganisation plan.

A special insolvency line regime is envisaged for insolvent banks and insurance companies.

5.3 Are tax liabilities incurred during each procedure?

Generally, the opening of formal procedures does not affect the general tax regime. Insolvent companies are therefore required to continue paying taxes.

6 Ending the Formal Procedure

6.1 Is there a process for "cramming down" creditors who do not approve proposals put forward in these procedures?

Under the Insolvency Act a reorganisation plan cannot "cram down" entire classes of creditors who did not approve the plan. However, cramming down within classes is allowed.

For the purpose of voting on a reorganisation plan, creditors are ranked into classes pursuant to mandatory insolvency lines (see question 5.2). In addition, secured creditors represent a special class. Yet, a sponsor of the reorganisation plan has flexibility to create additional classes of creditors and the insolvency judge may approve or (even) order such permissible gerrymandering.

A reorganisation plan is approved if each creditor class votes in favour of its adoption; a creditor class approves the plan by a favourable vote of its members who hold more than 50% of the amount of claims in that class. If just one creditor class does not approve the reorganisation plan, the plan will not be adopted.

It should be noted that, in case the reorganisation plan is adopted by all creditor classes and approved by the court, it will bind dissenting members within the class.

6.2 What happens at the end of each procedure?

The bankruptcy of a company will result in (i) the sale of all a company's assets, (ii) settlement of the company's creditors through realisation of the insolvent estate, and (iii) liquidation (winding up) of the company.

As an exception, a company may not be liquidated if it is sold as a legal person (not applicable to banks and insurance companies), by way of a debt-free sale of the entire company as a going concern. In such case, the purchaser acquires the company' shares (together with its assets whilst company's liabilities will be excluded).

If a reorganisation plan is approved, the company will continue its business. Once the company fulfils all obligations under the reorganisation plan, all creditor claims covered by the plan will be terminated.

If a proposed reorganisation plan is not approved, the Insolvency Act draws a distinction between the two situations. If a pre-packaged reorganisation plan was submitted (see question 2.4), non-approval by the creditors brings the formal proceeding to an end.

On the other hand, if a reorganisation plan submitted after the opening of the insolvency proceeding was not approved by creditors, the company will automatically be put into a bankruptcy proceeding.

7 Alternative Forms of Restructuring

7.1 Is it common to achieve a restructuring outside a formal procedure in Serbia? In what circumstances might this be possible?

Financial Restructuring of Companies

A company in financial difficulty may undergo an extra-judicial restructuring procedure under the Companies (Arranged Financial Restructuring) Act (Zakon o sporazumnom finansijskom restruktiriranju privrednih druatava).

If a company is in financial distress (i.e. cash-flow insolvency, prospective cash flow insolvency or balance-sheet insolvency) it may negotiate the restructuring of its liabilities towards certain creditors. A pre-condition is that two creditors must be banks and be willing to negotiate. Negotiations should commence prior to the insolvency petition filing.

The debtor and creditors will firstly enter into a standstill agreement prohibiting the commencement and continuation of any enforcement proceedings or settlement (initiated by these creditors) against the debtor. This voluntary stay will allow a "breathing spell" for the debtor to negotiate a financial restructuring agreement with these creditors. Under the agreement, various restructuring measures may be implemented (e.g. amendments to the repayment terms, realisation or transfer of the debtor's assets, debt-to-equity swaps, etc.).

Restructuring in a privatisation procedure

The Privatisation Act provides for the possibility of a restructuring a state-owned entity prior its privatisation in order to facilitate the privatisation process. The restructuring procedure is driven by the Privatisation Agency (see question 2.1).

7.2 Is it possible to reorganise a debtor rather than realise its assets and business?

The reorganisation of a debtor is possible under the Insolvency Act (see question 2.1).

A distinction is drawn between (i) an expedited reorganisation initiated under a pre-packaged reorganisation plan, and (ii) a reorganisation initiated during the insolvency procedure (see question 2.4).

7.3 Is it possible to achieve an expedited restructuring of the debtor by means of a pre-packaged sale? How is such a sale effected?

Serbian insolvency law does not expressly provide for expedited restructuring by way of pre-packaged sale.

8 International

8.1 What would be the approach in Serbia to recognising a procedure started in another jurisdiction?

The provisions on international insolvency law regulating recognition of a foreign proceeding and reliefs thereof are in principle aligned with the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross- Border Insolvency.

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You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these Terms or with the prior written consent of Mondaq. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information from the Content. Nor shall you extract information about users or Contributors in order to offer them any services or products.

In your use of the Website and/or Services you shall: comply with all applicable laws, regulations, directives and legislations which apply to your Use of the Website and/or Services in whatever country you are physically located including without limitation any and all consumer law, export control laws and regulations; provide to us true, correct and accurate information and promptly inform us in the event that any information that you have provided to us changes or becomes inaccurate; notify Mondaq immediately of any circumstances where you have reason to believe that any Intellectual Property Rights or any other rights of any third party may have been infringed; co-operate with reasonable security or other checks or requests for information made by Mondaq from time to time; and at all times be fully liable for the breach of any of these Terms by a third party using your login details to access the Website and/or Services

however, you shall not: do anything likely to impair, interfere with or damage or cause harm or distress to any persons, or the network; do anything that will infringe any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of Mondaq or any third party; or use the Website, Services and/or Content otherwise than in accordance with these Terms; use any trade marks or service marks of Mondaq or the Contributors, or do anything which may be seen to take unfair advantage of the reputation and goodwill of Mondaq or the Contributors, or the Website, Services and/or Content.

Mondaq reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that it deems necessary and appropriate in the event it considers that there is a breach or threatened breach of the Terms.

Mondaq’s Rights and Obligations

Unless otherwise expressly set out to the contrary, nothing in these Terms shall serve to transfer from Mondaq to you, any Intellectual Property Rights owned by and/or licensed to Mondaq and all rights, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property Rights will remain exclusively with Mondaq and/or its licensors.

Mondaq shall use its reasonable endeavours to make the Website and Services available to you at all times, but we cannot guarantee an uninterrupted and fault free service.

Mondaq reserves the right to make changes to the services and/or the Website or part thereof, from time to time, and we may add, remove, modify and/or vary any elements of features and functionalities of the Website or the services.

Mondaq also reserves the right from time to time to monitor your Use of the Website and/or services.

Disclaimer

The Content is general information only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice or seek to be the complete and comprehensive statement of the law, nor is it intended to address your specific requirements or provide advice on which reliance should be placed. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information contained in the Content for any purpose. All Content provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers hereby exclude and disclaim all representations, warranties or guarantees with regard to the Content, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Mondaq expressly excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities arising out of or in connection with all Content. In no event shall Mondaq and/or its respective suppliers be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Content or performance of Mondaq’s Services.

General

Mondaq may alter or amend these Terms by amending them on the Website. By continuing to Use the Services and/or the Website after such amendment, you will be deemed to have accepted any amendment to these Terms.

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these Terms. If you live outside the United Kingdom, English law shall apply only to the extent that English law shall not deprive you of any legal protection accorded in accordance with the law of the place where you are habitually resident ("Local Law"). In the event English law deprives you of any legal protection which is accorded to you under Local Law, then these terms shall be governed by Local Law and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts where you are habitually resident.

You may print and keep a copy of these Terms, which form the entire agreement between you and Mondaq and supersede any other communications or advertising in respect of the Service and/or the Website.

No delay in exercising or non-exercise by you and/or Mondaq of any of its rights under or in connection with these Terms shall operate as a waiver or release of each of your or Mondaq’s right. Rather, any such waiver or release must be specifically granted in writing signed by the party granting it.

If any part of these Terms is held unenforceable, that part shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to give effect to the intent of the parties, and the Terms shall continue in full force and effect.

Mondaq shall not incur any liability to you on account of any loss or damage resulting from any delay or failure to perform all or any part of these Terms if such delay or failure is caused, in whole or in part, by events, occurrences, or causes beyond the control of Mondaq. Such events, occurrences or causes will include, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, lockouts, server and network failure, riots, acts of war, earthquakes, fire and explosions.

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