Big Deal brings together academics and professionals to give students insight into the dynamic world of M&A – from the conduct of due diligence to closing the transaction. It also gives professionals and professionals-to-be in the industry an opportunity to network and strengthen alliances and share their know-how.

The Big Deal Project, established by the JPM law firm, began in 2012, and for three years in a row gathered the best law students from Serbian law schools.

Since 2015, the project includes TLA Top-tier legal Adriatic Alliance of  law firms: Tkalcic-Djulic, Prebanic, Rizvic and Jusufbasic-Goloman (BIH), Šavorić & Partners (Croatia ), Debarliev, Dameski & Kelesoska Attorneys At Law ( Macedonia) , Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners (Slovenia) and JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic (Serbia).Project is organized to educate and to transfer our practical experience to students while they are at their final years of studies, within period of approximately 9 months. This project is being organized in full coordination with law schools and their educators.

The Big Deal project has three main beneficiaries 1) students, 2) law schools and 3) Law firms.

The most important beneficiaries are students who have opportunity to be involved in simulation of M&A transaction which will mainly reflect their day-to-day business once they start to work in law firm. Through this project they acquire knowledge that they cannot find in school and most importantly this knowledge is being transferred to them by experienced practitioners from business law area. The Big Deal experience is a good CV point and it helps students easily adjust to team work once they start their career in law firm.

As regards law schools, by involving in this project they are providing to its students additional practical knowledge in business law. Also as being a competition, the Big Deal project is providing a good arena to law schools to compete and to show who is the best in area of business law.

Big Deal project brings several benefits to law firms as well, nevertheless, main benefits are that through this project law firms have access to the best students which they can hire after the project and second it shorten a time of training of new colleagues (those who went through Big Deal competition) so once they are hired they start to contribute to law firm earlier.


  • The annual Big Deal competition organized by TLA (Top –Tier Legal Adriatic) has officially started on May 29 at JPM Janković Popović Mitić offices in Belgrade....

  • The third regional Big Deal competition finals organised by TLA (Top –Tier Legal Adriatic) took place in Ljubljana on November 30 and December 1 and the University of Zagreb Law School team is the competition winner for 2017....

  • The annual Big Deal competition organised by TLA (Top –Tier Legal Adriatic) officially starts on May 10th at JPM Janković Popović Mitić offices in Belgrade....

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Top-Tier Legal Adriatic (TLA) is a Vienna based alliance of leading law firms operating in the Adriatic region. We are an association of independent business law firms with an excellent reputation obtained both locally and internationally, providing a full range of legal services to foreign and domestic clients from various industries in establishing, building and maintaining their presence in Adriatic region.