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Bulgaria

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

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co.¬†advises banks and other financial institutions on finance transactions, debt restructurings, note issuances and regulatory matters. Practice head¬†Damian Simeonov¬†has experience in assisting with bank loans, bond issuances, NPLs and alternative funds; he is supported by senior associates¬†Ralitsa Nedkova, who advises on finance, M&A and privatisation transactions, and Georgi Drenski, who specialises in asset management. Longstanding clients include Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International and UniCredit Bulbank. Headline work for the team included acting as Bulgarian legal counsel to the lenders, led by Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale, on the financing of PPF‚Äôs ‚ā¨3bn acquisition of Telenor‚Äôs business in four countries.

Leading individuals

Damian Simeonov - Boyanov & Co.

Next Generation Partners

Georgi Drenski - Boyanov & Co.

Ralitsa Nedkova - Boyanov & Co.

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

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co.¬†handles M&A deals for major international clients, such as Microsoft, Dundee Precious Metals, Mondelńďz International and Amazon, and major national banks, such as United Bulgarian Bank and Eurobank Bulgaria. Corporate and M&A practice head Yordan Naydenov¬†focuses on reorganisation, green-field investment projects and regulatory matters in various industries; banking and finance head¬†Damian Simeonov, who also handles complicated M&A deals, and senior associate Mihail Vishanin¬†¬†are also noted. Naydenov and¬†Svetlina Kortenska¬†advised the National Bank of Greece on the ‚ā¨610m sale of its Bulgarian subsidiary, United Bulgarian Bank, and the affiliated leasing company, Interlease.

Leading individuals

Yordan Naydenov - Boyanov & Co.

Next Generation Partners

Mihail Vishanin - Boyanov & Co.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co. handles high-profile litigation and national and international arbitration proceedings. Kina Chuturkova heads the practice, and focuses on commercial litigation, enforcement of IP rights, judicial review of administrative actions and arbitration. Long-term clients include Coca-Cola, Eurobank, Philip Morris and UniCredit Bulbank. Boyko Voynov retired from practice.

Leading individuals

Kina Chuturkova - Boyanov & Co.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co.¬†handles the full range of matters in the sector, including abuse of dominance, vertical and horizontal agreements, cartels, unfair competition, and compliance issues. The team is led by the ‚Äėbusiness-oriented‚Äô Peter Petrov,¬†who ‚Äėhas solid knowledge, is one of the best competition lawyers in the CEE region¬†and can¬†handle any legal challenge a company can have in the difficult Bulgarian market‚Äô. The team represents major international companies such as Procter & Gamble, Allianz, Bayer and Philip Morris International, as well as several Bulgarian institutions and subsidiaries of multinational brands. The firm advised Hungarian financial group OTP Bank (which owns DSK Bank) on obtaining approval from the Commission for Protection of Competition for its proposed ‚ā¨125m acquisition of DSK's rival Vojvodanska Banka.

Leading individuals

Peter Petrov - Boyanov & Co.

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

Boyanov & Co.

The 'capable' team at Boyanov & Co.¬†‚Äėprovides the best advice possible' on projects in the nuclear, oil and gas, renewable and electricity sectors, and is regularly instructed by major international players such as White & Case LLP. Alexander Chatalbashev¬†heads the energy and natural resources department;¬†Damian Simeonov¬†advises on major local energy financing transactions; and Svetlina Kortenska¬†has experience of acting on high-profile energy projects in the renewable, nuclear and natural gas sectors. Major clients include EVN Bulgaria and Sunowe Solar; the team is acting for the former in an appeal before the Supreme Administrative Court against high-value fines imposed by the competition authority.

Leading individuals

Alexander Chatalbashev - Boyanov & Co.

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

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co. has notable experience in the pharmaceuticals industry and regularly handles issues relating to the production, registration and sale of medical and healthcare products; the group also assists with regulatory matters and the protection, enforcement and prosecution of IP rights. Kina Chuturkova and Peter Petrov jointly lead the practice; Chuturkova advises on regulatory matters and contractual issues, and Petrov represents clients in investigations. In a recent highlight, the group defended Sanofi Pasteur and Sanofi-Aventis Hungary in a damages claim brought by a Bulgarian distributor relating to the early termination of a distribution agreement. Alcon, Hoffmann-La Roche, Bayer and Novartis are also clients. Associate Nedyalka Novakova is also a key name to note.

Next Generation Partners

Nedyalka Novakova - Boyanov & Co.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

The¬†‚Äėkind, quick and professional‚Äô team at¬†Boyanov & Co.¬†handles the full spectrum of IP issues and is jointly led by litigator¬†Kina Chuturkova¬†and Principal Associate and Head of IP Department¬†Stela Sabeva; Chuturkova primarily assists with the enforcement of IP rights and Sabeva provides strategic advice on the protection and registration of trade mark and design portfolios. The group's client roster encompasses brand owners in the pharmaceutical, telecoms, retail and food sectors; notable examples include GlaxoSmithKline, Amazon, Procter & Gamble and Jacobs Douwe Egberts. In a recent highlight, the team represented Siemens PLM Software in multiple software piracy claims relating to the use of illegal copies of Siemens' software products.¬†Natasha Andreeva¬†is now of counsel following her retirement.

Leading individuals

Kina Chuturkova - Boyanov & Co.

Next Generation Partners

Stela Sabeva - Boyanov & Co.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co. advises on long-term lease agreements and the acquisition and sale of land plots and buildings, as well as related litigation and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Nickolay Nickolov is supported by two associates, Iva Miteva and Svetlana Tsvetkova. The team assisted Hystead and its subsidiary Balkan Retail with the high-value cross-border acquisition of The Mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in the country.

Leading individuals

Nickolay Nickolov - Boyanov & Co.

Next Generation Partners

Iva Miteva - Boyanov & Co.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co.¬†counts telecoms companies, cable operators, TV and radio stations, and technology businesses as clients, which it advises on a range of telecoms and media regulatory matters. Clients single out the group for its 'exceptional knowledge and experience in the field' and 'prompt and high-quality services, which clearly demonstrate the lawyers' expertise'. Practice head¬†Damian Simeonov¬†and¬†Nikolay Zisov¬†focus on transactional work; Simeonov advised Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale as lender on PPF's ‚ā¨2.8bn acquisition of Telenors business in multiple CEE countries. Vivacom, Apple, Cisco, Microsoft Bulgaria and Samsung are also clients.

Leading individuals

Damian Simeonov - Boyanov & Co.

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Transport (including shipping)
Transport (including shipping) - ranked: tier 1

Boyanov & Co.

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.

Leading individuals

Raina Dimitrova - Boyanov & Co.

Next Generation Partners

Trayan Targov - Boyanov & Co.

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