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Boyanov & Co has ‘very good legal expertise combined with the ability to provide tailor-made solutions within tight deadlines’. It handles headline disputes in the banking sector, including acting for Eurobank Bulgaria and UniCredit Bulbank. Clients from other sectors include Philip Morris and Coca-Cola. The practice is headed by Boyko Voynov and Kina Chuturkova, who exercises ‘a perfect handling’ of litigation.

CMS has the ‘expertise and motivation to provide the highest quality of work’. The well-resourced team is led by ‘knowledgeable’ Assen Georgiev and senior associate Antonia Kehayova, who are representing the two Bulgarian subsidiaries of Heta Asset Resolution (formerly Hypo Alpe-Adria Leasing) in multiple arbitrations and litigation proceedings. The firm is also acting for ČEZ in a dispute with NEK (the national electricity company) and the Electricity System Operator.


Georgiev, Todorov & Co

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. delivers top Dispute Resolution legal services to a wide range of domestic and international clients. During 2016 the firm had a strong track record in major court cases with very high success rate, including commercial and administrative litigation, international arbitration. Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has been appointed as the local legal advisor of Sidley Austin LLP with respect to legal assistance provided to Atomstroyexport in a dispute against the Bulgarian National Electricity Company (NEC) in the case of "Belene" nuclear power plant. The dispute has been brought before the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Geneva. With the final judgment awarded by a three-member panel, the National Electricity Company (NEC) is liable to pay the Russian party the amount of EUR 620 mln.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov is commended for the ‘accuracy and high professionalism of all lawyers’. The team acts for major domestic and international companies in high-level litigation and arbitration, with clients including ČEZ Electro Bulgaria, Punto FA and Cargill Bulgaria. Practice head Angel Ganev is ‘extremely experienced in the field of procedural and arbitration proceedings’.

Clients value the ‘deep research and therefore different type of strategies’ produced by Georgiev, Todorov & Co’s ‘dynamic’ practice, which fields some of the country’s most well-known litigators in Alexander Katzarsky and Arno Mamasian. The team recently acted as local counsel alongside De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek to represent Philips Medical Systems at the ICC Paris in a product liability dispute.

A truly fantastic firm’, Kambourov & Partners has a ‘hugely committed’ team that works ‘tirelessly’ and ‘inspires so much confidence’. Its clients include BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services and retail chain Piccadilly. ‘Brilliant’ and ‘masterful litigator’ Emil Emanuilov has represented the Bulgarian Football Union in a number of arbitrations and litigation cases.

Tomov & Tomovunderstands the client’s needs in sophisticated and complex international disputes’ and often works with leading international law firms requiring Bulgarian advice, such as acting alongside White & Case (Europe) LLP to represent the Bulgarian state in arbitration concerning an alleged breach of the Bulgaria-Netherlands bilateral investment treaty. Lazar Tomov is a leading arbitrator.

Andrey Delchev and Partners – Eurolex Bulgaria excels in public infrastructure tendering and construction disputes, where it is representing Trace Group in proceedings pertaining to the upgrading of 180km of railway between Plovdiv and Bourgas. Managing partner Andrey Delchev is ‘impressive before the courts’; he is also qualified as an international arbitrator at the ICC and domestically at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has ‘great professionalism and an interdisciplinary approach’. Practice head Metodi Baykushev shows ‘precision and a strategic legal mind’. Clients include Bulgarian National Bank and Telenor Bulgaria.

Dinova, Rusev & Partners’ ‘highly engaged’ team ‘strives to participate from the beginning to the end of the process’. Iliya Grozdanov is representing a renewable energy investor in international arbitration with the Bulgarian state. Practice head Konstantin Stambolov is ‘an experienced litigator’.

Dobrev & Lyutskanov Law Firm’s ‘technically excellent’ team has ‘international capabilities and an in-depth knowledge of the local market’. Roumen Lyutskanov heads the department, which acts for the Bulgarian entities of Veolia Energy Solutions and ThyssenKrupp Materials.

Penkov, Markov & Partners is acting for Alpha Bank in the Supreme Court of Cassation in a €30m dispute with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences concerning ownership of the land occupied by Alpha’s headquarters. Experienced litigator Svetlin Adrianov leads the practice.

Stoeva, Kuyumdjieva & Vitliemov Law Firm is handling an ICC arbitration case concerning public procurement. Other work includes acting for a leading multinational energy company in a dispute with the Bulgarian state. Irina Stoeva has ‘profound knowledge of the local and European regulations’ in the insurance litigation space.

Ilya Komarevski at Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski is representing Deutsche Bahn in various contentious matters, including a potential dispute with the Bulgarian state railway infrastructure company pertaining to overcharging for infrastructure fees. PwC and AstraZeneca are clients.

Wolf Theiss’ team of ‘very good technical lawyers’ includes Anna Rizova and Radoslav Mikov, who are supported by a team of associates who ‘clearly have good local knowledge and are able to apply it in the context of international legal issues’. A varied caseload includes acting for Axpo Bulgaria in arbitration.

Andonov & Radinska Law Firm is representing Cinema City Bulgaria, part of Cineworld Group, in litigation with the Bulgarian state concerning an alleged infringement of public performance rights. Diliana Radinska has ‘a business mindset’ and can ‘foresee potential issues’.

Atanassov & Ivanov Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ team is handling several cases in the appeal courts. It successfully defended Park Place Energy against a challenge to its oil and gas exploration licence in the Supreme Administrative Court; it is also representing the client in a multi-party environmental dispute. Stoyan Atanassov and Iliyan Ivanov are the practice co-heads.

Delchev & Partners is representing Lukoil Neftochim Burgas in appealing against customs and tax decisions and acting for Fox International Channels in litigation and arbitration pertaining to debt recovery. Clients recommend Ivan Marinov.

Kinkin & Partners’ ‘very well-organised and professional team’ acts for creditors of the collapsed Corporate Commercial Bank; it is also handling a broad caseload of disputes in the electricity, financial and hydropower sectors, where clients include Hydroenergy Ltd and the municipality of Veliki Preslav. Adriana Nacheva is the key contact.

Law Firm Kolcheva, Smilenov, Koev and Partners is widely acknowledged in the market for its expertise in disputes work, including international and domestic arbitration. Dimiter Smilenov is the key name.

Sabev & Partners Law Firm recently worked with Clifford Chance LLP in successfully enforcing a significant ICC arbitral award following a dispute between two multinational banks arising from the restructuring of the Greek banking sector. Assen Alexiev is ‘very professional’.

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