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Wolf Theiss

RAINBOW CENTRE, 29 ATANAS DUKOV STREET, 1407 SOFIA, BULGARIA
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Work +359 2 861 3700
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Fax +359 2 862 0370
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www.wolftheiss.com

Bulgaria

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss provides the full range of banking and capital markets advice to clients including UniCredit Bulbank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Visa Europe and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Katerina Kraeva and Richard Clegg, who works across the CEE region and has expertise in the regulated sectors, head the practice; Kraeva advised a syndicate of senior lenders (a number of foreign banks) on the implications of the recapitalisation of the Bulgarian operations of Dundee Precious Metals due to accounting losses. Senior associate Jasmina Uzova, who advises mainly on cross-border transactions, is also noted. Rebeka Kleytman is now with Ernst & Young.

Leading individuals

Katerina Kraeva - Wolf Theiss

Next Generation Partners

Jasmina Uzova - Wolf Theiss

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

The 'highly professional' team at Wolf Theiss¬†provides ‚Äėconstantly reliable advice‚Äô and is ‚Äėresponsive and easy to deal with‚Äô; it handles both local corporate matters, such as the market entry of international companies into Bulgaria, corporate restructurings and M&A deals, and cross-border transactions, including the acquisition of foreign companies and various types of foreign investment. Key contacts include Anna Rizova; Bulgaria office founding partner¬†Richard Clegg, who¬†specialises in international infrastructure, telecoms and energy matters;¬†and Katerina Kraeva, who¬†advises on the mergers of listed and private companies, venture capital transactions, leveraged buyouts and corporate reorganisations. The team advised Sumitomo Corporation on¬†the ‚ā¨62m acquisition of the Moto-Pfohe business in Bulgaria, including the Ford, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Leading individuals

Richard Clegg - Wolf Theiss

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss handles commercial, administrative and regulatory proceedings, tax and insolvency disputes, international arbitration and mediation. Clients are from various sectors, including healthcare, food and beverages, IT and fashion. The team is headed by Anna Rizova, who assists clients in commercial disputes in the telecoms and energy sectors, as well as in competition litigation, and Radoslav Mikov, who represented Axpo Bulgaria in a series of complex enforcement and insolvency proceedings against the operator of a Bulgarian thermal power plant in multiple courts around the country. Senior associate Katerina Novakova  has experience in administrative and environmental proceedings.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss covers all areas of competition law, including abuse of dominance, vertical and horizontal agreements, merger control, private enforcement, state aid and public procurement. Notable clients include KKR, Monster Energy and Boehringer. In a recent highlight, Richard Clegg and Anna Rizova advised Sumitomo Corporation on obtaining merger clearance from the Bulgarian competition authority following its acquisition of Moto-Pfohe. Senior associate Hristina Dzhevlekova is also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Hristina Dzhevlekova - Wolf Theiss

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss covers all segments of the energy market, including natural gas, nuclear energy, conventional and renewable power generation and trade, and acts for international client such as ExxonMobil and Aurubis. The key contacts are Anna Rizova, who advises on the Bulgarian and EU regulatory framework, financial incentive mechanisms, and project-related contractual arrangements and transactions, and Radoslav Mikov, who has experience in advising clients in the electricity and natural gas sectors. In a recent highlight, the team advised energy management company Edison Trading on its high-value merger by incorporation into Edison, effected under Italian law in Bulgaria and Greece.

Leading individuals

Radoslav Mikov - Wolf Theiss

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

Recent mandates for the team at Wolf Theiss include advising Celgene Management on its compliance with ARPharm's disclosure code relating to payments made to medical practitioners, and assisting Reckitt Benckiser with its GDPR policies. Other clients include Boehringer Ingelheim, STS Medical Group and Pierre Fabre. Key practitioners include team head Anna Rizova, who handles competition, regulatory and commercial matters; and senior associate Hristina Dzhevlekova, who is experienced in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences sectors.

Next Generation Partners

Hristina Dzhevlekova - Wolf Theiss

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss' client roster spans the TMT, food, banking, healthcare and retail sectors; the team recently advised a pharmaceutical company on the protection of its IP rights against counterfeited medicinal products. Other areas of expertise include the registration, protection, acquisition and licensing of trade marks, patents, copyrights and franchises. Anna Rizova and Richard Clegg jointly lead the practice, which also fields senior associate Hristina Dzhevlekova and associate Iva Georgieva.

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss regularly handles project developments, privatisations and concession matters and has notable expertise in cross-border mandates. The group recently advised Arco Capital on the refinancing and new development financing of an extension to an office park; Edison Trading, Aurubis and Axpo Bulgaria are also clients. Anna Rizova leads the group and is a key contact for cross-border investment projects, Richard Clegg focuses on the infrastructure, TMT and regulated sectors; Katerina Kraeva handles financing matters, Radoslav Mikov is an specialist in the energy field, and senior associate Katerina Novakova is experienced in the gas industry.

Next Generation Partners

Katerina Novakova - Wolf Theiss

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss specialises in structuring real estate investments, handling construction projects, providing transactional support and advising on the commercialisation of office centres. Major clients are Arco Capital, United Bulgarian Bank, Raiffeisen Bank and Gramercy Emerging Markets Fund. Anna Rizova, who advises on permits and environmental and construction projects, and Katerina Kraeva, who focuses on real estate financing, head the practice. Senior associate Atanas Mihaylov advises real estate developers on property rights acquisition, land use, technical infrastructure issues, construction, environmental regulations, commercial leasing and asset management. The team advised HedgeServ Bulgaria, a newly established subsidiary of global software development company HedgeServ, on setting up its business premises in Bulgaria.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss' 'responsive and easy-to-understand' team provides 'consistently reliable advice' to telecoms clients, which it acts for on cross-border mandates. Recent highlights include advising Mezzanine Management, Darby Private Equity and Tennenbaum Capital as minority investors in Vivacom on its sale to VTB Capital; and assisting FactSet with its acquisition of Bisam Technologies. Richard Clegg and Anna Rizova jointly lead the group; Clegg regularly handles the financing and development of telecoms and technology acquisitions, and Rizova focuses on M&A work.

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