VESNA STANKOVIĆ, Founder and CEO
Vesna Stanković holds a university degree in law (LL.B. Law, University of Ljubljana, 1995) and passed the Slovenian bar exam in 1998.
She took part in the supplementary training programmes at the College of Law of England and Wales (UK) and IEDC School of Management (Slovenia).
While in employment at SAP, Vesna was responsible for legal assistance to sales teams in South Eastern Europe in sale of SAP’s portfolio of software products, solutions and services, including cloud computing, across various industries among others financial services, utility, government, manufacturing and pharmaceutics. Further to that, she also acted as compliance officer for South East Europe.
Vesna was on September 4, 2013 appointed by the Government of Slovenia as Director of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) which she led until May 2015 reporting directly to the Minister of Economy and Technology. SIPO grants national protection for industrial property rights. As head of SIPO, she provided leadership and oversight of SIPO activities and was responsible for domestic and international intellectual property policy matters. She served as member of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization (EPO) and the Management Board and the Budget Committee member of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO previously known as OHIM). She led the government task force dealing with the Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court as well as governmental task force on prevention of counterfeit and piracy. She regularly attended various domestic and international conferences on technology and intellectual property.
Vesna moved to New York City in 2010, where she worked as a corporate finance specialist for SOFGEN, an international consulting group specializing in banking IT, which was later acquired by Tech Mahindra, an Indian global IT company. Vesna was responsible for sourcing deal flow for investment opportunities worldwide, identifying, analyzing, and evaluating M&A opportunities in the field of banking IT, conducting pre-deal analysis, performing all aspects of valuation, managing, preparing and conducting due diligence activities, deal structuring, negotiations, and coordinating internal and external cross-functional teams in all phases of the process.
In 2000, Vesna was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Slovenia’s leading and most innovative software and IT services company Hermes SoftLab d.d. (now Comtrade), with business operations and subsidiary companies in Germany, UK, Ireland, USA (Silicon Valley) and South East Europe. She assisted the company in technology licensing, intellectual property, litigation, and corporate matters. Vesna was part of the company’s evolution from its equity private placement until its exit in the form of a strategic sale. Vesna has founded legal departments and with her team structured and drafted numerous legal terms and conditions for various business models, including licensing of a proprietary software. Vesna has negotiated complex licensing and software development agreements worldwide with multinational software vendors and demanding end customers. She has structured and implemented intellectual property compliance and management procedures. She led several acquisitions of software companies in Slovenia and South East Europe as well as a green field investment in Ireland.
After returning from Brussels, Vesna worked as an Associate in a leading Slovenian full service corporate law firm, Jadek & Pensa.
Vesna started her career in the Slovenian Ministry of Finance as part of the team in charge of regulation of the financial services industry. She continued to work in this field while at traineeship at the EU Commission in Brussels.
Working for more than 15 years in the field of IT in Slovenia and around the globe with multinational IT blue chips as well with IT start ups has given Vesna a unique understanding of the technical and business sides of the IT industry. She has in depth knowledge of the underlying risks and the ability to negotiate complex IT legal contracts with customers usually warry of new technologies.
Online service delivery, ranking and review information regarding legal professionals, the unbundling of services and automation are changing the nature, and volume, of tasks that legal professionals perform.
Vesna closely follows how these technological innovations and the new competition they bring affect the provision of traditional legal services and the way how lawyers work.
Vesna served from June 2013 to June 2019 as a non -executive board member of the Slovenian Securities and Exchange Commission (ATVP).