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Boyanov & Co handles merger control clearance procedures, and anti-trust defence and administrative appeals against Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) decisions. Practice head Peter Petrov is ‘a seasoned competition lawyer’. The team assisted Dubai Aerospace Enterprise with obtaining merger clearance for its acquisition of Awas. It also successfully defended a major European supermarket chain in proceedings brought by other retailers for alleged anti-competitive agreements and practices, including the overturn of a dawn raid warrant.

At Dimitrov, Petrov & Co, Zoya Todorova has ‘extensive knowledge of EU and competition law’. The team advised British American Tobacco on merger control clearance pertaining to its €100m acquisition of multiple Bulgartabac brands. The firm also successfully defended Sofia Airport against allegations brought by Swissport of abuse of dominance regarding predatory pricing. Donka Stoyanova has ‘impressive efficiency’ in competition matters.

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov’s team provides ‘an international standard’, with ‘professional service of the highest quality’. Practice head Nikolai Gouginski is ‘diligent, knowledgeable and experienced in competition law’. The group represented OMV Bulgaria in investigations into horizontal price-fixing and a vertical tacit agreement before the CPC, negotiating the implementation of commitments without any penalties and a non-violation decision respectively. Violetta Kunze and Anton Petrov are also recommended.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co’s team is led by the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and experiencedAlexander Pachamanov. The team, alongside Hogan Lovells International LLP, is advising Brother Industries and Renault on local and EU-level competition compliance. It also successfully defended BTC against allegations of unfair competition and abuse of dominance before the CPC, which resulted in non-violation decisions.

Kambourov & Partners has ‘a strong business focus’ and is retained by a number of international corporates in competition cases before the CPC. Practice head Stefan Tzakov is ‘especially good in anti-cartel cases’. The team successfully defended Lidl Bulgaria against allegations of an abuse of stronger bargaining position. It also successfully defended bTV against predatory pricing allegations brought by competitor Nova.

Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria advises a number of government agencies on the harmonisation of Bulgarian legislation with EU regulation, particularly concerning environmental sustainability and emissions. On the competition front, the firm represents financial institutions and major companies in cases before the CPC. Severina Liubenova leads the practice.

CMS advises international corporates including, Colgate-Palmolive and Edenred Bulgaria, on merger control clearance matters in Bulgaria and around Europe. ‘Knowledgeable, responsive and diligent’ Nevena Radlova leads the practice. Gabriela Edreva successfully represented Revetas Capital in a CPC investigation into the acquisition of Sofia Airport Center, which was subsequently dropped.

Hristov & Partners has successfully assisted Spadel, G4S and ALD Automotive among other multinationals with obtaining unconditional approval before the CPC for their acquisitions on the Bulgarian market. Pavel Hristov is ‘extremely intelligent and client oriented’ and Biliana Shagova is ‘extremely diligent’.

At the ‘excellentJordanov, Ignatov, Ivanov Law Firm, the practice is led by Dimitar Ivanov, who has ‘expertise in EU and competition projects’. The team is representing a state-owned client in a major investigation into unlawful state aid, and also acted for Dante International in CPC investigations pertaining to misleading advertising practices, where the client received significantly reduced penalties.

Penkov, Markov & Partners has a long track record of representing corporates before the CPC and handling regulatory compliance matters for a variety of multinationals. Svetlin Adrianov heads the team.

Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) advises major corporates on all aspects of competition law concerning their operations in Bulgaria. Practice head Ilko Stoyanov is ‘a top competition lawyer’. Galina Petkova is also recommended. Clients include OMV Bulgaria.

Wolf Theiss’ interdisciplinary team, led by Anna Rizova, advises multinationals across all of Bulgaria’s regulated industries on compliance, fair trade practices and state aid legislation, as well as handling anti-trust work, enforcement and competition litigation. Notable long-standing clients include South Stream, Boehringer Ingelheim, ExxonMobil and Daimler.

BWSP Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm’s Rossitsa Voutcheva is ‘a star lawyer’ and Peter Mihaylov is ‘extremely quick thinking’. The duo handle competition-related compliance matters for various mid-sized corporates, particularly regarding cross-border mergers and the establishment of joint ventures. The pair also have experience representing claimants in unfair competition proceedings before the CPC.

CHSH Gerginov Aehrenthal Zivny advises the Bulgarian subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Romania on all aspects of competition law, with a current focus on distribution agreements and contractual relations with suppliers and developers. The practice is led by Boyko Gerginov. Strabag is another notable client.

Delchev & Partners successfully defended various clients, including L’Oréal Bulgaria, Flamagas and Seke Kardzali, in separate unfair competition cases. The group, led by Ivan Marinov, also handles competition law compliance mandates on a regular basis.

Deloitte Legal Law Firm’s corporate and M&A practice handles competition matters for multinationals and major local companies transacting and operating in Bulgaria. Reneta Petkova and Kaloyan Yordanov are ‘hardworking’.

Kinstellar’s team provides ‘reactive, reliable assistance on competition matters’ through its corporate and M&A practice. The firm advised KBC Bank on the anti-trust and merger control aspects of its €610m acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank and Interlease. ‘Business-orientedDessislava Fessenko is the key contact.

At Popov & Partners, Hristo Koparanov provides ‘competent and accurate advice’ to domestic corporates involved in administrative proceedings before the CPC. Highlights included successfully defending Industrial Parts against allegations of unfair solicitation of clients and acts of imitation made by a former employee in a case that was brought before the regulator.

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski’s ‘dedicated’ team provides ‘a speedy service’ relating to the regulatory, compliance and contentious aspects of competition matters in the retail, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. It recently conducted a due diligence exercise for Telus International on its acquisition of CallPoint New Europe. Venelin Dimitrov is the practice head.

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