As the UK ends the transition period on 1st January 2021, this webinar looks at what the changes mean for UK-Serbia relations and the Western Balkans as a whole. Our speakers will briefly discuss the UK's new immigration policies, the protection of investments between UK and Serbia/Western Balkans and the UK's trade agreements as it leaves the EU. As a new and hopefully brighter year approaches, it is timely to reflect on what it can bring for work and commerce.
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Title: Working, Investing, Trading after 1st of January between the UK and Serbia/the Western Balkans|
Date: 17 December 2020
Time: 14:00 GMT or 15:00 CET
Moderator: Petar Orlic - Deputy Chairman of the BSCC and Partner at Farley and Williams:
Petar Orlić is a corporate real estate lawyer who leads the London real estate practice of a well know International law firm. Petar was born in the UK but lived and worked in Belgrade in 2008 when he was seconded to Merrill Lynch Bank. With significant experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Petar has advised major Serbian financial institutions, significant Serbian real estate developers/investors and a number of Serbian ultra-high net worth individuals. Petar is often in Belgrade, either working on current projects, speaking at conferences or just enjoying this fascinating, vibrant city with his family and friends.
Dr Velimir Zivkovic - Assistant Professor at the University Warwick:
Dr Zivkovic is an Assistant Professor at University of Warwick, teaching and researching in the area of international investment protection, commercial arbitration and contract law. He participates in different capacities in investment arbitration cases concerning Western Balkan countries, and is involved in projects supporting rule of law and legal reform in the same region.
Vesna Trifunov Collins - Managing Director at VC Legal UK:
Vesna Trifunov Collins is Director and Principal of VC Legal (UK) Ltd Immigration Law Practice. Vesna has over 25 years’ experience in UK immigration law and she established her business in 2009 after working more than 10 years in solicitors’ firms in central London Over the years Vesna has developed knowledge and expertise in all areas of immigration law. Vesna specialises in advising companies and on all aspects of the sponsorship licence process and migrants’ relocation.
Dr Aaron Wu - Senior Lawyer and Economic Advisor at the Department for International Trade:
Dr Wu is a Legal Advisor at the Department of International Trade and a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London. He advises on UK's new trade agreements, including those with the Western Balkans. His research and teaching focuses on international law and policy issues, particularly concerning trade, climate change, energy, and natural resources.
Dr David Landsman - Chairman of the BSCC:
David Landsman's career spans senior positions in government and business. His connection to Serbia dates to 1997 when he joined the British Embassy in Belgrade. He subsequently served as Ambassador to Albania and Greece, and Foreign Office Balkans Director. In business, he worked for De La Rue plc and most recently was Executive Director of Tata Limited, the Indian conglomerate's European subsidiary. He is now Chairman of Cerebra Global Strategy, a Director of DocuChain and on Advisory Boards of Strategy International, The London Institute of Banking and Finance and the India Business Group. He is a Visiting Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School and a Chartered Director.