The Office

Hrle Attorneys (HA) is a boutique law firm committed to excellence in the provision of legal services to its clients in an efficient and cost-sensitive manner. HA’s two partners offer 25 years of work experience advising numerous international clients on behalf of leading international and domestic law firms.

The partners combine an international standard of product work with the flexibility and agility of a boutique law firm.

Jelena Hrle

During her work for international clients in Serbia and Slovenia, Jelena has advised on large scale corporate and commercial transactions in the region. Jelena advised, among others, clients on structured asset acquisitions, cross-border acquisitions, corporate restructuring and mergers, and provided legal opinions on mergers and acquisitions and various corporate matters. Jelena was also involved in a major international ICC arbitration proceeding concerning one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Serbia and advised regularly on pharmaceutical matters.

Prior to establishing Hrle Attorneys, Jelena worked for Wolf Theiss for 8 years. She started her career as a lawyer at Prica Law Office in 2001.

Jelena has a deep understanding of Serbia’s legal framework and current practice in corporate matters. She co-authored a book on company law, contributing chapters dealing with harmonization of company law and liability of company directors and authored numerous legal articles. She also did extensive academic research at Central European University (CEU) and McGill University on international arbitration and competition law. Jelena was assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the Union University (previously Faculty of Business Law).

Jelena is fluent in Serbian, English and Slovene, and has a working knowledge of German.

Jelena is a member of the Serbian Bar Association.

Jelena received her law degree from Belgrade University and holds LL.M. degrees from CEU and McGill University.

Vladimir Hrle

Vladimir works with international and domestic clients and advises on various procedural law matters. He counsels and represents clients before courts and arbitration tribunals in Serbia and abroad. Prior to establishing Hrle Attorneys, Vladimir worked with the law firms Schoenherr and Karanovic-Nikolic, and was actively involved in two high profile cases before the UN court (ICTY) in The Hague. Vladimir started his career with Dragoslav Cetkovic, an esteemed defence attorney in 2005.

Vladimir is a member of Serbian Bar Association and one of the managers of Anti-Corruption in Europe working group (ACE) of the European Criminal Bar Association. He is active in the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (founding member), European Criminal Justice Observatory (deputy chair), Fair Trails International (legal experts advisory panel) and ICC Commission on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Responsibility. He also co-heads the business crime practice group of the Roxin Alliance (partner of the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development) and cooperates as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group.

Vladimir is a certified trainer of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals Programme, with the aim of ensuring high-quality further training on the European Convention on Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights for legal professionals. Vladimir authored numerous legal publications and did academic research on Corporate Criminal Liability at Amsterdam University, where he obtained his LLM degree.


In consulting our clients, we provide specific transactional and advisory support related to domestic and cross-border transactions. Adjacent to transaction advice, we offer legal services connected to incorporation, corporate restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and management of companies.

We represent clients before the court and various arbitration tribunals and administrative/regulatory bodies. In advising our clients how to proceed in case of dispute, we endeavor to give the most effective and cost efficient solution. Rather than engaging in lengthy and costly proceedings, we also seek ways to resolve the disputes amicably using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as negotiation and mediation.

It is generally complicated to deal with criminal cases that incorporate business law components. HA is ideally equipped to provide in-depth advice on business (white collar) crime matters in order to prevent such regulatory violations before they occur, and if necessary, limit criminal liability through effective representation.

We provide the representation and advice on all issues relating to human rights and the issues on admissibility before the European Court of Human Rights.

Based on our experience, our main areas of expertise are:

  • corporate / M&A and commercial law;
  • dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration);
  • regulatory compliance and business crime;
  • human rights.
Simina 1,
Belgrade 11000, Serbia
+381 (0)11 3283 295
+381 (0)11 3283 061
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