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Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria advises on shipping matters, city transport infrastructure issues, metro extensions and development projects; practice head Magdalena Valova handles international developments and concession projects. The group's client roster includes the Ministry of Transport, Metropolitan JSC and multiple municipalities. In a recent highlight, Stoyan Barzakov assisted a consortium of Bulgarian construction companies with the construction of a rail line between Skutare and Orizovo.

At Boyanov & Co., group leader Raina Dimitrova is a key name for commercial work, aircraft finance transactions and procurement issues; senior associate Mihail Vishanin and Trayan Targov are also noteworthy practitioners. The practice primarily focuses on the aviation, railway and road sectors; in a recent highlight, the team assisted Fraport with a tender procedure relating to the grant of concession for Sofia Airport. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Siemens and Wizz Air are also clients.

The¬†'very responsive and approachable‚Äô team at¬†Danailova, Todorov & Partners ‚Äėprovides tailor-made legal advice, which takes into account all of the specifics of the clients' industry‚Äô, 'produces strategically complex solutions in pressing situations', and¬†is jointly led by¬†Kaloyan Todorov¬†and¬†Maria Danailova; clients praise the 'consistently excellent'¬†Todorov¬†and single out Danailova for her 'unwavering work ethic, outstanding attention to detail and exceptional industry expertise'. Todorov focuses on public transport work and Danailova is a key name for procurement issues. Clients include municipalities, truck companies and airlines.

The department at¬†Georgiev, Todorov & Co¬†has¬†‚Äėin-depth regulatory knowledge combined with excellent litigation experience, a strong professional approach and brilliant problem solving skills‚Äô. Recent mandates for the team include advising BalkanTel on a public procurement project relating to the signalling and telecoms systems along the Plovdiv-Bourgas railway line, and representing BMF Port Burgas in proceedings before the Administrative Court Sofia against a grid operator relating to the supply of electricity for port activities. Cargotec, ADM Bulgaria Logistics and BH Air are also clients.¬†Ivan Todorov¬†and¬†Alexander Pachamanov¬†jointly lead the group.

With notable experience in the aviation sector, Arsov Natchev Ganeva counts airlines, airports, ground handling companies and public authorities as clients; notable examples include the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, the International Air Transport Association and AS 24. The team also recently defended Alitalia in a dispute against customs authorities relating to the alleged carriage of passengers without valid travel documentation. Svetlana Ganeva and Vladimir Natchev jointly lead the group, which also includes associate Yordan Terziev.

Dobrev & Lyutskanov¬†focuses on maritime law and handles maritime transportation contracts, contentious issues and vessel arrests; the team recently assisted Osa√ľhlng Tallinn Shipyard with an application for a ship arrest arising from unpaid repair fees.¬†Roumen Lyutskanov¬†heads up the practice, which also fields¬†Katerina Gramatikova¬†and associate¬†Lyuben Todev; clients praise Todev as 'professional,¬†responsive¬†and always ready to help'.

Stefan Tzakov and Atanas Shopov jointly lead the department at Kambourov & Partners, which handles issues across the aviation, rail, automotive and shipping sectors; Tzakov focuses on state-related matters and Shopov specialises in infrastructure and procurement issues. Recent highlights include advising Mennica Polska on its participation in a public procurement process for the implementation of an electronic ticketing system, and assisting Kapsch TrafficCom  with the development and implementation of an electronic system for the road network for collecting fees. Monolit, Wizz Air and Toyota are also clients.

BWSP Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm has notable expertise in the aviation sector, particularly passenger-related issues; it recently represented the Lufthansa Group in compensation claims brought by passengers relating to flight delays and cancellations, and lost luggage. Unitcargo Bulgaria is also a client. Rossitsa Voutcheva and Diliana Ilieva jointly lead the group.

Key practitioners at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co include senior associate Donka Stoyanova, who leads the team and is active in the aviation sector, and associate Tsvetelina Georgieva, who is recommended for contentious work. Clients include Tradenet Varna and Sofia Airport; the group acted for the latter in a case before the Bulgarian competition regulator relating to alleged abuse of dominance through predatory pricing. The practice also handles public infrastructure projects, contractual disputes and passengers' rights issues.

Georgi Vladov leads the department at Dinova Rusev & Partners and has substantial experience in transport projects, shipping disputes and restructuring matters; the group also fields senior associates Ivelina Cherneva and Gergana Chushkova. The team also has notable shipping expertise and counts Economou Shipping Group, Crup and Enteria as clients.

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