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Boyanov & Co has ‘immense experience’ in the space. Practice head Peter Petrov is ‘an excellent lawyer’, who is ‘externally focused and gives extremely strong legal advice’. Together with managing partner Borislav Boyanov, he successfully defended Samsung Electronics against a competition complaint brought by local 4G operator Max Telecom. Merger clearance work includes advising CVC Capital Partners following its buyout of pharmaceuticals company Alvogen.

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov’s experienced team acts for clients including Merck Bulgaria, DaimlerChrysler, BMW and Visa Europe. Name partner Nikolai Gouginski is assisting OMV Bulgaria with regard to a Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) antitrust investigation into alleged horizontal price fixing by six of Bulgaria’s largest fuel retailers.

Kambourov & Partners provides an ‘exceptional’ level of service and has been representing Lidl in several contentious matters: an appeal against a €1m sanction imposed for alleged misleading advertising, as well as two proceedings concerning alleged abuse of dominant position. Practice head Stefan Tzakov is ‘exceptionally qualified’ in the field and Nikolay Vasilchev is ‘excellent for regulatory matters’.

Penkov, Markov & Partners has an impressive track record of handling corporate-related and standalone competition matters. The firm is representing Uber in the Supreme Administrative Court in a dispute pertaining to its Uber X service in Sofia. Heineken’s subsidiary Zagorka is also a client. Practice head Svetlin Adrianov and ‘senior and reliable partnerVladimir Penkov are the key names.

Andrey Delchev and Partners – Eurolex Bulgaria’s ‘very good’ practice head Severina Liubenova is advising the World Bank on reviewing EU state aid law in the water supply and sanitation sector in Bulgaria. Gazprom is another client.

At CMS, senior associate Nevena Radlova is ‘very reliable and client-oriented’. Associate Gabriela Edreva represented Carl Zeiss in a dispute with a Bulgarian distributer and acted for Germany-based Techem in proceedings pertaining to sanctions imposed by the Bulgarian competition authorities.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has ‘a thorough regulatory knowledge’ and acts for high-profile clients such as Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria, Telenor Bulgaria and Sofia Airport. Practice head Zoya Todorova is ‘always one step ahead and has an excellent understanding of business priorities’.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co excels at contentious competition matters and is representing pharmaceuticals company Vedra International and key client BTC before the CPC and Supreme Administrative Court, respectively. Roche Bulgaria is also a client of the practice, which is headed by Alexander Pachamanov.

At Popov & Partners, Hristo Koparanov stands out for his ‘in-depth knowledge of competition issues’ and ‘excellent communication skills’. The team is defending UniCredit Consumer Financing before the Supreme Administrative Court in a case pertaining to allegations of deceptive trade practices and misleading information on its website.

Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) advises multinationals and major domestic companies on all areas of competition law. The firm is representing blizoo Media and Broadband in the Supreme Administrative Court to appeal against a €450,000 penalty. OMV Bulgaria is another client. Ilko Stoyanov is recommended.

Wolf Theiss handles all facets of EU and competition law, including representing clients before the Supreme Administrative Court. Practice head Anna Rizova is part of a team representing Pfizer in antitrust proceedings before the CPC. Other clients include DaimlerChrysler, ExxonMobil and Max Telecom.

Andonov & Radinska Law Firm acts for several substantial foreign clients. It represented Avestus Capital Partners before the CPC following its acquisition of a major Bulgarian shopping centre. Jana Pehlivanska is recommended.

At Arsov Natchev Ganeva, Vladimir Natchev’s work includes advising Reckitt Benckiser on the competition aspects of its promotional campaigns. Svetlana Ganeva is representing Sofiyska voda in the Supreme Administrative Court to appeal against sanctions imposed by the CPC.

Delchev & Partners has ‘a deep understanding of clients’ core interests’. It handles advisory and contentious matters, including recently representing L’Oréal Bulgaria before the CPC in an unfair competition case. Ivan Marinov heads the practice.

Name partner Milen Rusev at Dinova, Rusev & Partners is able to draw on previous experience with the CPC to act for the firm’s multinational clients, which include Marks and Spencer plc, 3M and Marinopoulos. Associate Ivelina Cherneva is another name to note.

Jordanov, Ignatov, Ivanov Law Firm provides ‘a more than excellent’ service. The practice is serving as local counsel alongside White & Case (Europe) LLP and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in one of the largest European Commission investigations into allegedly unlawful state aid. Senior associate Svetlana Valeva has ‘profound knowledge’.

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski acts for the Bulgarian subsidiaries of Mars and Wrigley, as well as AstraZeneca and JTI Bulgaria. Managing associate Venelin Dimitrov heads the practice; he has ‘a very good understanding of business and provides solid advice’.

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