About us

The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) is a regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe. The alliance members are among the top firms in their jurisdictions, providing the full range of legal and business services to local and international businesses.

Formally launched in October 2016, SELA was conceived and co-founded by the law firms Bojović Drašković Popović & Partners of Serbia / Montenegro, Dimitrijević & Partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Žurić i Partneri of Croatia, and was joined by Apostolska Aleksandrovski & Partners (former Apostolska & Partners) of North Macedonia in November 2016, Kirm Perpar of Slovenia in February 2017, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. of Bulgaria in September 2017 and by Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha of Albania in April 2018. In February 2022, Žurić i Partneri has joined Kinstellar and left the alliance. In March 2022 SELA officially welcomed the new member from Croatia, law firm Batarelo Dvojković Vuchetich. In March 2023, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. left the alliance, and in April 2023 SELA officially welcomed a leading Bulgarian law firm – Dinova Rusev & Partners into its ranks. In January 2024 SELA announced the largest territorial expansion and welcomed its new member for Greece, Romania, and Cyprus - Drakopoulos.

Recognised individually for their expertise and reputation in their own jurisdictions, the alliance offers clients a unified team with strong expertise in the countries of Southeast Europe, cross-border transactional experience and streamlined service.

SELA’s member firms are carefully selected for their reputation and track record of success, as well as for their in-depth knowledge of local laws, business and political environments, enabling the alliance to help clients successfully navigate the regional legal and business terrain. The lawyers in each of our member firms have broad experience across a range of industries and many of the lawyers have degrees from affluent US and European universities. With fluent English language capabilities, as well as proficiency in French, Spanish, Russian, German and Italian, our member firms boast specialized desks offering a full range of services in these languages.

Client service is SELA’s top priority. The international and commercial approach of the alliance ensures that clients receive first-rate representation and a consistent level of professionalism across the region. To sustain this, each of the member firms shares a common established protocol focused on integrity, teamwork, excellence and trust which guarantees a consistent standard of excellence is offered by all of the member firms.

Currently providing coverage in eleven jurisdictions, further expansion at this point has not yet been decided. Participation in the alliance is exclusive and by invitation only.