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M&A activity remains static, with notable deals few and far between and the most eye-catching instructions tending to be the Bulgarian elements of much larger transactions, such as Novartis’ global acquisition of a number of GSK portfolios. Domestically, perhaps the most conspicuous recent mandate has been AP Mart’s purchase of the Piccadilly store chain from Delhaize, which returned a major domestic brand to Bulgarian ownership.
Despite this relatively bleak outlook, marked in the energy sector by the government’s withdrawal in February 2015 of incentives for new renewables projects, the formation of Kinstellar in November 2014 (by a team of lawyers who broke away from highly regarded central and eastern European firm Wolf Theiss) was an indication that sophisticated cross-border advice is still in demand. This addition brought the number of international firms with significant Sofia operations to six, with CMS and Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) (as well as Wolf Theiss) figuring alongside the much smaller offices of fellow central European specialists CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati and Peterka & Partners Law Firm.
Domestic firms are a broad mix of large, longstanding partnerships formed around 1989, and small to medium-sized players, often younger, with some notable niche strengths. Mainstays of the market, in the former category, include Boyanov & Co and Kambourov & Partners, who acted for Novartis and AP Mart respectively in the deals mentioned above, and also Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov. Among smaller firms, DTT (Dimitrov, Tchompalov & Todorova) has a market-leading capital markets practice; CasePro has exceptional technology sector early-stage finance capabilities; and Danailova, Todorov & Partners stands out in transport.
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On October 12, 2016, VEGAS LEX organized a workshop, Advertising in the pharmaceutical sector: risk matrix , for representatives of pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of medical devices and dietary supplements.
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The renewable energy company OX2 has been retained to construct the Lehtirova wind farm generating 148 MW (41 wind power turbines) in Norrbotten. The customer is Aquila Capital. Foyen Advokatfirma assisted OX2 in the negotiations regarding the turbine supply agreement and the service agreement with the turbine supplier, Vestas. The partner in charge at Foyen was Jacob Hamilton.
Members of the truck cartel will have to pay a fine totaling approx. 2.9 billion euros, and things could become even more expensive if damages claims brought by clients follow.
The IFLR1000 2017 Financial and Corporate rankings were published on October 14, 2016. VEGAS LEX improved its positions in Project finance and Mergers and acquisitions. Chairman of the Board of Partners Albert Eganyan was noted as a leading lawyer in the Project finance category.
The inheritance tax reforms have still yet to be finalized. With the Bundesrat, the upper house of the German parliament, having blocked the draft legislation on July 8, no further decision is expected to be taken before the autumn.
In an action brought by CL Educate Limited, the company behind Career Launcher (popularly known as CL), India’s premier test prep institutions, the Delhi High Court has restrained competitor Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd. (popularly known as Byju’s) and its directors from infringing and misusing CL’s trademarks to lure prospective students into enrolling.
Early signs of the new shape of IP litigation under the Commercial Courts Act are being seen in the speed with which the Delhi High Court disposed of a suit filed by Tata Sons Ltd. on the second date of hearing, applying the ‘summary judgment’ provisions contained in this Act.