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Georgiev, Todorov & Co

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Established 30 years ago, Georgiev, Todorov & Co. is well-known for its strong market understanding, ssuccessful legal representation to key local and international companies, as well as its extensive experience in arbitration procedures. It is one of the leading Bulgarian law firms in the Dispute Resolution field for over three decades. The law firm has …

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Boyanov & Co.

Praised for its capability to ‘brilliantly defend a client’s position in court’, Boyanov & Co. leverages the expertise of other teams in the firm to handle the full range of disputes across the banking, tax, IP, energy and real estate and construction sectors. Former Supreme Court judge and practice leader Kina Chuturkova is recognised as ‘one of the best litigators’ on the market and also represents clients in arbitrations. Of counsel Boyko Voynov has experience as a mediator and Radoslav Alexandrov focuses on labour and tax disputes, as well as insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kina Chuturkova

Other key lawyers:

Boyko Voynov; Radoslav Alexandrov

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and co-operative, providing really valuable advice and being capable to brilliantly defend a client’s position in court.’

‘Kina Chuturkova is one of the best litigators in the country. She is experienced, knowledgeable and wise.’

‘The firm is famous, with a very high standing because of its morale, knowledge and achievements.’

‘Kina Chuturkova has a great understanding of the case and provides clarity in explanations. She has a strategic vision.’

‘Team of well-prepared professionals with thorough knowledge of the local market and rules.’

‘Very knowledgeable and hard-working team.’

Key clients

Eurobank Bulgaria

Ideal Standard – Vidima

Solvay Sodi

EVN

Philip Morris

Bayer

Behr-Hella Thermoconsult

International Investment Bank

The Coca-Cola Company

UBS

Chanel

Covidien

Prodea Investments

Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech

Ming Yang International

Orisol Inversiones

TNT Bulgaria

Top Hospital Services

Terna Energy

Bul Air

Work highlights

  • Representing International Investment Bank and its local subsidiary OT7, in several civil legal actions and in three bankruptcy proceedings, as well as in judicial review of acts of the Commercial Register related to entries in that register.
  • Representing Eurobank Bulgaria in a number of consumer protection cases.
  • Representing Dundee Precious Metals before the court in a litigation for claiming repayment of unduly paid penalties and in another, for defending the company against claims for payment of penalties allegedly due for non-fulfilment of investment obligations under a gold concession contract.

CMS

CMS continues to field ‘one of the leading litigation practices’ in the market and is noted for its particular expertise in IP, insurance and employment disputes. Assen Georgiev, who advises on out-of-court settlement arrangements, mediation and arbitration proceedings, jointly leads the practice alongside senior associate Antonia Kehayova, who focuses on commercial banking, IP and public procurement litigations. The team’s impressive client roster includes Bulgarian National Bank and UniCredit Bulbank, among others. Anna Tanova and ‘promising litigatorYana Antonova are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Assen Georgiev; Antonia Kehayova

Other key lawyers:

Anna Tanova; Yana Antonova

Testimonials

‘CMS’ litigation practice is one of the leading litigation practices. They are involved in major commercial, energy and administrative disputes. Our impression is they are considered by the international investors as a good option to go to when it comes to significant disputes. We know that they are knowledgeable, experience and approachable.’

‘Assen Georgiev has a practical approach. He is business oriented and thinks strategically. Further we know that Assen is often supported on complexities of cases by Yana Antonova, who is a promising litigator and is very efficient and hard working. Both of them make an excellent team.’

‘Very good professionals, extensive knowledge in the legal area, excellent communication, fast in resolving the legal issues and a very reliable partner.’

Key clients

Bezmer Energy

Bulgarian National Bank

CenturyLink Communications Bulgaria

Hagleitner Hygiene International

CHS

UniCredit Bulbank

ZAD Allianz Bulgaria

Work highlights

  • Representing Bulgarian National Bank in more than 50 litigation proceedings, regarding damage claims brought by former depositors of insolvent Bulgarian Corporate Commercial Bank.
  • Representing two Bulgarian holding companies on a confiscation claim worth in excess of €100m, brought by the Bulgarian Commission for Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Assets in connection with pending criminal proceedings.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co focuses on regulatory litigation across various industries, such as the telecoms, energy, banking and pharma sectors, also handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration. ‘Brilliant strategistMetodi Baykushev leads the team, while Alexander Todorov represents clients in real estate and construction litigation and arbitration cases. Newly promoted partners Pencho Stanchev and Donka Stoyanova are key members of the practice, alongside senior associate and ‘diligent young litigatorTsvetelina Georgieva.

Practice head(s):

Metodi Baykushev

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Todorov; Pencho Stanchev; Donka Stoyanova; Tsvetelina Georgieva

Testimonials

‘Tsvetelina Georgieva is a very calm, dedicated and diligent young litigator who is going to go far.’

‘I would like to praise Pencho Stanchev for his strong client focus and tireless efforts in navigating us through the dark waters of Bulgarian law. I would also like to mention Tsvetelina Georgieva for her professional support and clear management-friendly summaries even on very complex issues.’

‘The lawyers we have worked with tried everything possible to settle disputes without resorting to court trials. They engaged in conversations and negotiations with the other party, which had a good result. Communication was very straight-forward, and the individuals really work as a team.’

‘Metodi Baykushev is an exceptional lawyer and partner – fast, sharp thinker, brilliant strategist and fun to work with. Donka Stoyanova is very talented and hard-working, always available, a first-class advisor and litigator. Tsvetelina Georgieva is a younger but very promising member of the team, whose contribution has proven to be really valuable.’

‘We would like to greatly commend Alexander Todorov’s skills and work ethics. He has been dealing with our disputes in a very professional way and guided us through every difficulty as well as possible. The other partner we worked with, Pencho Stanchev, also showed very high professional skills and was always available for us when, during the long-lasting dispute, there were critical moments.’

Key clients

Van Ameyde International

Alpiq Energy SE

United Bulgarian Bank

Fribin SATN 1269 R.L

Vodokanalstroy

Fieldfisher

Tradenet Sofia and Tarnovopharma

Pharmnet

eINS

Ekarisaj-Varna

Work highlights

  • Representing Alpiq Energy SE in the insolvency proceedings initiated against a Bulgarian electricity retailer.
  • Advising Van Ameyde International in connection with the collection of receivables amounting to over €1m from a local insurance company.
  • Representing Ekarisaj-Varna in 13 lawsuits against the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency for payments due under public procurement contracts for animal carcass disposal in the amount of €2m.

Dinova Rusev & Partners

Dinova Rusev & Partners has a leading practice in energy disputes and handles high-end cases related to rulings of the energy regulator. Iliya Grozdanov leads on administrative, civil and international litigation in this sector, such as representing Kaliakra Wind Power in multiple cases against a state-owned energy company for payment of balancing charges on renewable energy. The team, which is led by Konstantin Stambolov, also includes real estate and construction, employment, public procurement and retail disputes in its caseload. Key clients include Terna Energy and the Bulgarian Development Fund.

Practice head(s):

Konstantin Stambolov

Other key lawyers:

Iliya Grozdanov

Testimonials

‘They are business oriented and make things happen. A very good quality of service and the team has specific energy law knowledge.’

‘Iliya Grozdanov is business oriented, communicative and has specific energy law knowledge.’

Key clients

AP Retail I (a Hystead Group company)

Kaliakra Wind Power (KWP)

Terna S.A.

Terna Energy

3M Bulgaria

Egleka Group

Bulgarian Development Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing Kaliakra Wind Power in cases against one of the state owned energy companies for payment of balancing charges on renewable energy.
  • Representing a client in a railway construction related dispute in Bulgaria.

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov ‘has a long-established practice’ and fields one of the largest teams in the market, which leverages its interdisciplinary expertise to handle high-value commercial and administrative disputes, in addition to international arbitration cases. ‘Brilliant litigator’ Angel Ganev leads the practice, as well as the firm’s anti-fraud sub-group, and is noted for his experience in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. The practice counts BMW, Facebook and Gazprom among its impressive roster of clients. Counsel Anton Krustev represents energy-sector clients, while counsel Valentin Bojilov focuses on banking and financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Angel Ganev

Other key lawyers:

Anton Krustev; Valentin Bojilov; Gergana Monovska

Testimonials

‘Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov’s dispute resolution team has a long-established practice. Members of the team are very efficient, knowledgeable and capable. They give all the time and attention needed for each particular case. I would highly recommend the team for complex litigation matters.’

‘We worked mainly with the partner Angel Ganev who is outstanding lawyer and professional. He was always there when we needed his support and advice. What we like was that the partner was directly involved with our case. Mr. Ganev is a brilliant litigator, very experienced and powerful in the court room. He is a good strategist and is able to predict how the case may develop depending on the moves of the opponent.’

‘In particular, I have worked with Gergana Monovska on several litigation cases both in general courts and commercial arbitration. Gergana is an experienced litigation lawyer who handles thoroughly complex legal matters in court. She takes over all aspects of a case. I appreciated her attention to detail in preparing the cases and supporting materials.’

‘The team is led by partner Angel Ganev. What the team is known for market-leading practice with a track record in disputes involving prominent domestic and international clients, often on cross-border cases. Highly experienced in commercial litigation and international arbitration matters, with further expertise in insolvency and debt collection issues. Particularly active in disputes emanating from the energy and financial services sectors. Also offers expertise in public procurement matters. Increasingly active in advising on white-collar crime cases.’

Key clients

ABB Bulgaria

Acibadem City Clinic EAD

AES-3C Maritza East 1

American University in Bulgaria

Andres Schneider Rechtsanwaelte

Aresgas

ARGE CDM/Fichtner/C&E

Asia Steel & Metal Ltd

A.T. Kearney

Audatex-Magyarorszag

Avia International

Bawag Bank

BCUBE

BMW

Brееze Properties

Bulgarian Mezzanine Partners

Bulsatcom

C3/CustomerContactChannels

Cargill Bulgaria

CarVal Investors

CEZ Elektro Bulgaria

CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria

Claes-goran Fridh

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3

Coutot Roehrig

Deca Trade

Deroni

Dhollandia Bulgaria Ltd

Domain Menada Distribution

ECCIP Holding B.V.

Eurobank Cyprus

Eurotronics

Fabrika za mlechni produkti

Facebook

Family Home Concept SRL

Financial Supervision Commission

Flying Carpet Ltd

Froneri Bulgaria

Galeya

Gazprom Export

Ghelardi E Associati Studio Legale

Global Resource

Glorient Investment Bulgaria

Golden Leaf Tobacco Company Inc.

Haos Invest

HETA Luftfahrzeuge Leasing

Honeywell

Huawei Technologies Bulgaria

Intelpack

Investint SA

Ital Food Industry

ITS

Karanovic & Nikolic

Kenneth Dante Murena

MAN Diesel & Turbo

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits Distribution Bulgaria

Mechel Carbon

Mechel International Holdings

Medilab

Menada Vineyards

Metro Cash and Carry Bulgaria

Mundipharma

Mundus Services

Nantong Yimian Textile Co.

NEPI Investment Management SRL

Oman Investment Fund

Philipex Trading

Punto Fa SL – Mango

Q Vent

Queensland Nickel Pty

Red Bull

Rheinland Elektro Maschinen Group Doo

Risoil B.V.

Saipem

Sakar Vineyards

Sandvik Mining and Construction Materials Handling GmbH & Co KG

SAP

SC DEUTEK SA

Seeds Oil Grain

Shanghai Chaori International Trading Co.

Sirio G & V

Solarpro

State General Reserve Fund of Oman

Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze

Swiss Latam

TD Bank Group

Telenor

TeleTech

Tengelmann Warenhandelsgesellschaft KG

Toto Costruzioni Generali

Trade Center Sliven

Trane ČR spol. S R.o.

Turkish Airlines

UniEco

V i K Steneto

V2 Investment S.à r.l.

VIP Security Solutions

Viridian Offices

Visteon Electronics Bulgaria

Vodosnabdyavane i kanalizatsiya Dobrich

Walltopia

Wilmington Trust

Work highlights

  • Consulting and representing American University in Bulgaria in a series of complex court disputes valued at €10m.
  • Provided advice through the public procurement process and negotiating the terms of the operational agreement to Bulgarian Mezzanine Partners, with matter value of €42.8m under management.
  • Representing Trade Center Sliven in a $1.84m arbitration case under the auspices of the Federation of Oils, Seeds, and Fats Associations (FOSFA) against Brumau Comercio de Óleos Vegetals Ltd.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co

Georgiev, Todorov & Costands out for its excellent litigation practice’ and has experience in arbitrations, high-value disputes and administrative proceedings across various industry sectors. Practice leaders Ivan Todorov and Arno Mamasyan led the team which acted as co-counsel to White & Case and NSTLAW in the investment arbitration of Kornikom before the ICSID. Other key members of the practice include Mariya Derelieva, who ‘has a very good track record in her dispute resolution practice’, and Tsvetelina Dimitrova, who is engaged in a variety of administrative and commercial cases.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Todorov; Arno Mamasyan

Other key lawyers:

Miglena Peneva; Mariya Derelieva; Tsvetelina Dimitrova

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable, knowledgeable and efficient. They provide excellent legal services and leave no stone unturned.’ 

‘They have a profound appreciation of clients’ values and align with our needs. Our collaboration with Mr. Ivan Todorov, Ms. Maria Derelieva and Ms. Margarita Ivanova are based on their formidable knowledge and in-depth experience with business specifics. The most important aspect is the firm’s integrity in terms of servicing and managing client relationships, and the ethical standards.’ 

‘I have worked with Maria Derelieva and Ivan Todorov. Mr. Todorov is a highly experienced lawyer, with years of experience on different legal matters. He is a strategic leader, very skilful and wise, which clients find precious. Ms. Derelieva is an excellent young lawyer, with great litigation and arbitration skills, and an understanding for every bit of complex and high profile cases.’ 

‘The lawyers in Georgiev, Todorov & Co. have extensive knowledge and long-term experience in the area, as well as a unique combination of skills to be equally competent both in providing consultations and representing us in court if needed. The team gives us comfort to benefit from their client-orientated approach, which allows us to always understand the legal implications of our issues and be able to discuss matters with the lawyers to reach the best possible result. Georgiev, Todorov & Co. really values its loyal clients and we have been using their legal services for over seven years. In addition, they are a leading firm in dispute resolution which allows us to feel safe as they not only know the regulatory framework in the sector, the practice but solves issues with ease, prepares tailored solutions for matters and stands out for its excellent litigation practice.’ 

‘My opinion is that the law firm has knowledgeable and motivated lawyers, who are great litigators and can assist on both local and international legal matters. I highly recommend the senior partner Arno Mamasyan. He has strong litigation skills, broad legal knowledge in multiple industries and legal fields, and is always determined to bring matters to a successful end. I am impressed by his legal representation in court, and I have not seen any weaknesses.’ 

‘Our company regularly works with Mariya Derelieva. She has a straight-forward approach and provides us with accurate responses to all our queries. Her litigation skills are strong, and she has a very good track record in her dispute resolution practice. She is an expert in the energy field, and we trust her for solving various legal issues.’ 

‘Due to the complexity of our matter, we work with a team of lawyers. First of all, the managing partner of Georgiev, Todorov & Co. is the key lawyer due to his long-term experience, litigation strategy and excellent public speaking skills. In addition, the senior partners Arno Mamasyan and Alexander Pachamanov support us due to the outstanding negotiation and analytical skills of the former, and the specific knowledge of the maritime industry and communication skills of the latter. Lastly, we are really satisfied of the great research skills, logical thinking and writing skills of the recently appointed partner Tsvetelina Dimitrova.’ 

‘Our company mainly works with Miglena Peneva, who is our trusted lawyer and main point of contact. Miglena is a skilled lawyer, a prominent litigator, familiar with all specifics of the national and EU procedures which allows her to find the best legal approach to every situation. She has exceptional knowledge and vision for the timely and successful solution of the cases.’ 

Key clients

Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital

Acibadem City Clinic University Hospital

ADM Bulgaria Trading

Advance Properties

Agriculture State Fund

AG Capital

Albena Sport 2000

ARTMONBAT JSC

Asarel Medet

Aurubis Bulgaria

Balkam Group

BMF Port Burgas

Brikel

Bulgarian National Bank

Bulgarian Posts

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company

Commission for Protection against Discrimination

COMSED

Contract City

DMV

Dolna Mitropoliya Municipality

Este Properties

Euromax Services/Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology

Galchev Engineering

Gazprom Export LLC

Gimel Organic

Grand Energy Distribution

G.P. Group

Heating Plant Bobov Dol (ТEC Bobov Dol)

Hydroinject & Subev 2002

Hydro Power Utilities

Institute for Medical Research

International Asset Bank

KG Maritime Shipping

Kornikom

Magic Bet

MBAL City Clinic Sv. Georgi

MBAL Doverie

MBAL Evropa

MBAL Uni Hospital

Metroreklama & MOUTION ARTS

Ministry of Agriculture, Foods and Forestry

MTK Trans

Multi Had Ltd.

National Association of Property Developers

Nexo Capital

NURTS Digital

Port of Burgas

Private Bailiff Chamber

Proshek Immobilien

Sliven Municipality

Agricultural State Fund

Sliven Municipality

Shalev Investment Group

STUDENTSKI STOLOVE I OBSHTEZHTIYA

Supreme Bar Council

TEC Maritsa 3

Tibiel

Tobo Group

Toplivo Corporation

Toplofikacia Pernik

Toplofikacia Ruse

Toplofikacia Sliven

Union of the Producers of Green Energy

Vatia Holding

Vivacom

Yambol Municipality

Water Supply and Sewerage, Smolyan City

WON

Work highlights

  • Advising G.P. Group regarding an insolvency case initiated due to the bankruptcy of one of the consortium members appointed for the construction of the third metro line of Sofia city.
  • Representing Agriculture State Fund on 70 cases regarding appeals against acts for establishment of public state receivables for approximately €20m.
  • Consulting Aurubis Bulgaria in a property related matter against a municipality for a structurally defining asset for the activity of the factory.

Kambourov & Partners

Kambourov & Partners provides ongoing multidisciplinary representation to prestigious clients such as the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, which the team has advised on various disputes, including administrative claims, insolvency proceedings and tax-related issues. Experienced litigator and arbitrator Emil Emanuilov leads the practice with the support of deputy head Ivaylo Nikolov. One client praises Hristina Kirilova ‘as an eminent expert, especially in disputes in the banking and finance sector’, a sector in which the team has recently been engaged in multiple cases.

Practice head(s):

Emil Emanuilov

Other key lawyers:

Ivaylo Nikolov; Hristina Kirilova; Yavor Kambourov

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team at Kambourov is by far the best one out there. What makes them unique are the many years of unmatched experience dealing with defining and complex cases, the utmost thoroughness, precision and accuracy of handling matters, as well as the determination and commitment in defending the interests of their clients. Many law firms will tell you they have all these things but this one actually does and has proven it on numerous occasions. The team is exceptional in litigation as well as in arbitration, with huge capacity and proven excellence in cross-border matters. The people in the team are brilliant litigators, with talent, technical capacity and skill. In addition everyone I’ve met in the team has been great at communicating, explaining and accommodating any requests.’

‘Specific for each of the individuals we have been working with is the in-depth commercial awareness and thus always a competent analysis of the relevant legal framework and case law. The main lawyers from Kambourov & Partners we have been working the most are Ivaylo Nikolov and Emil Emanuilov. The above mentioned lawyers are responsive, correct and available at any time. Their attitude to work is analytical, professional and competent.’

‘The individuals are all fantastic litigators and great people to work with. I’ve been most in contact with Hristina Kirilova, whom I’ve known for several years. Hristina is an eminent expert especially in disputes in the banking and finance sector. She is smart and discerning, with great skill in court but also a knack for negotiations. A highlight in dispute resolution and the top of the top would be the founding partner Yavor Kambourov. He is without doubt a superb litigator with an impressive track record. Yavor is what you would call a genuine talent for the law. His intelligence and perceptiveness are one of a kind and his judgement is spot on. With a strong business sense coupled with genuine care and involvement in client affairs, Yavor is a superb lawyer.’

Key clients

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company

Viva Telecom Bulgaria

Highberg Solution

ČEZ

Confederation of Labour ‘Podkrepa’

Monolit

Bulgarian Export Insurance Agency (BAEZ)

Kaufland Bulgaria

Imex Group

First Investment Bank

Strabag

Petroceltic

Euroengineering

Prestige-96

MDL

Wizz Air

Bulgarian Industrial Engineering Management

Katarzyna Estate

University Specialised Hospital for Active Treatment of Obstetrics and Gynecology “Selena”

Fix Finance Limited, South Management Company & Burgas Plaza

Kerchev & Sons

UniCredit Bulbank

Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing multidisciplinary litigation representation to the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (Vivacom).
  • Representing Strabag in several contentious matters.
  • Provides ongoing advice to ČEZ with regard to investment arbitration claims against the Republic of Bulgaria before the ICSID.

Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria

In addition to its strong commercial litigation capabilities, Andrey Delchev and Partners – Eurolex Bulgaria’s caseload includes regulatory and public tendering disputes, where the team represents government departments, such as the Ministry of Environment and Waters and the Road Infrastructure Agency. Name partner and practice leader Andrey Delchev has particular experience in bankruptcy proceedings and provides strong arbitration capabilities. The practice counts Treger Limited and ČEZ Group among its list of key clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Delchev

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Valova

Testimonials

‘The firm provides highly professional services from experienced lawyers having the expertise and motivation to meet the best criteria for quality of the work. Andrey Delchev and Partners – Eurolex Bulgaria delivers timely, exhaustive and competent legal advice discussed from different perspectives and observing the highest standards in this area. The firm reacts very quickly to legal changes and their persistence when defending us in court is very impressive.’

‘We work mainly with Magdalena Valova who is an expert in commercial law and litigation. She is very experienced and efficient. She proved she can handle very complex cases.’

Key clients

Treger Limited

WSS Association – Targovishte Region

Bulvest Print

Energy and Water Regulation Commission

Fresh Media Group

ČEZ Group

Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Spine

Work highlights

  • Represented the Energy and Water Regulation Commission in a series of legal proceedings related to the application of feed-in-tariffs adopted by EWRC and alleged loss of profits incurred by producers of electricity from RES.
  • Represented Treger Limited in a series of legal proceedings related to the alleged abuse of dominant market position by the local WSS operator via application of different tariffs to different hotel operators based in Sofia.
  • Represented ČEZ Group in a series of disputes related to alleged abuse of abusing their dominant position in the process of negotiations.

Atanassov & Ivanov Law Firm

The team at Atanassov & Ivanov Law Firm combine advisory and litigation expertise across different practice areas to represent clients in disputes in the energy, financial services and food and beverages sectors, among others. The team represented Toyota Balkans against claims submitted by a group of companies belonging to a former retailer before the Bulgaria Competition Commission. ‘Great litigatorsIliyan Ivanov and Stoyan Atanassov jointly lead the team, which includes Maria Dimitrova, who focuses on employment and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Iliyan Ivanov; Stoyan Atanassov

Other key lawyers:

Maria Dimitrova

Testimonials

‘The team of Atanassov & Ivanov is comprehensive, strategic, one step ahead and result-oriented. They are always prepared, keep up to the highest professional standards and expert in both litigation and out of court activities. They handle all legal aspects of our business for more than two decades now, which speaks for itself. Atanassov & Ivanov care for our legal matters on a personal level, rather than on a “case” level only. They look out to our best interest and never compromise with their professional and personal values. Diligent, prompt, timely and efficient. Excellent balance between fast practical solutions when urgent and strategical advice. Always straight to the point and keen to proactively cooperate with our team, which has been especially beneficial during the pandemics.’

‘Iliyan Ivanov and Stoyan Atanassov stand out for being very insightful and experts in their fields. They are great professionals and truly marvelous on personal level. Both are great litigators and advisors who are always ready to go the extra mile for their clients. They are approachable and always keen to provide the best legal advice and at the same time consider our business needs. Both partners are honest, reliable, professional, and they get the job done in time. They have built in these values and strengths into their legal practice.’

Key clients

Park Place Energy Corp.

Unicredit Bulbank

Unicredit Leasing

Orno

Colour Mark

Elton Corporation

Work highlights

  • Secured a final court decision in favour of Toyota Balkans, on a dispute with a group of companies belonging to a former Toyota retailer which filed several complaints before the Bulgarian Protection of Competition Commission.
  • Acted for UniCredit Bulbank and its leasing subsidiary in several insolvency, asset repatriation and debt recovery procedures.
  • Secured a final court decision in favour of the client, a mother of a minor who suffered child abuse, in a contentious case.

BWSP Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm

Jointly led by managing partners and experienced practitioners Diliana Ilieva and Rossitsa Voutcheva, the dispute resolution team at BWSP Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm handles a wide range of dispiutes in sectors including waste management, energy, construction, retail, banking, debt collection and insolvency. Head of the tax department Tamara Kovacheva, who has experience in administrative litigation, has been acting for Arim Business in a €1.3m tax dispute. The practice group represents clients before the Supreme Court of Cassation and Supreme Administrative Court.

Practice head(s):

Diliana Ilieva; Rossitsa Voutcheva

Other key lawyers:

Tamara Kovacheva

Testimonials

‘Diliana Ilieva has a personal approach to cases. She always supervises, gives advice and when required, handles matters personally.’

‘Ilieva, Voutcheva & Co Law Firm acted professionally and always in due time during the assignment, with direct communication and executive summaries.’

‘The team is great. We are very much fond of working with all of them.’

‘I am delighted to be working with Ilieva, Voutcheva & Co. They have a hands on approach. What I appreciate about the team is that they hear my case out and what I require, after which they identify that I actually require something else. The not what the client wants, but what the client needs is the approach that impresses me the most. I am extremely satisfied with their billing, because they give me the opportunity to budget my legal costs before I receive their service.’

Key clients

Dion Tex

Stenli Trans

Bulchicken Jsc.

EcoSafe

Sara 03

B V Trade

International Advisors

Inoxis 01

Kiwi Inc.

Arim Business

JI Electronics

V.P. Ecosolutions

Dion Tex

Atlas Copco Bulgaria

Fikset

NIKMI Jsc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Sara 03 and won a €600k corporate tax dispute with the Bulgarian tax authorities.
  • Representing Arim Business in a €1.3m tax dispute.
  • Representing EcoSafe in a public procurement dispute with Bulgarian Enterprise for Management of Environmental Protection Activities.

Jordanov, Ignatov, Ivanov Law Firm

Praised for its ‘regulatory knowledge and business understanding, which helps them to successfully navigate complex legal proceedings’, Jordanov, Ignatov, Ivanov Law Firm is noted for its expertise in energy disputes. The team is engaged by the Bulgarian state in a case concerning the allocation of greenhouse gas allowances within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading System. Litigator and arbitrator Dimitar Ivanov, who focuses on construction disputes and corporate litigation, jointly leads the practice alongside Ivan Jordanov, while senior associate Svilen Babachev is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Dimitar Ivanov; Ivan Jordanov

Other key lawyers:

Svilen Babachev

Testimonials

‘The team members with whom we closely work on litigation matters are Mr. Dimitar Ivanov and Mr. Svilen Babachev. We would recognise them as brilliant litigators. They are both very experienced, with the ability to outline the best possible litigation strategy for each case. They are always very responsive and perfectly address our needs and concerns.’ 

‘JII’s dispute resolution and arbitration practice is known for its extraordinary experience in high-value, high stake disputes across different industries and before different venues. JII stands out for its impressive success rate in domestic litigation and international arbitration. Their lawyers possess deep theoretical knowledge in combination with extreme attention to detail and strategical thinking. Overall, they are a safe bet for any in-house counsel seeking advice for complex, multidisciplinary or high-value disputes.’ 

‘We mostly work with Dimitar Ivanov and senior associate Svilen Babachev. They are pro-active and very diligent in handling our disputes. They both provide quality legal support and defense up to the professional and ethical standards we expect. Besides, they are very skillful in handling the court hearings and modelling the correct dispute strategy.’ 

‘The advocates react quickly and adequately. Their advice is useful and adds value to our work.’ 

‘The leading partner Mr. Dimitar Ivanov is one of the best litigators I know and I have had the honour to work with. He is precise, efficient and very experienced. The depth of his expertise makes him invaluable in complex cases requiring strategic planning. The senior associate Mr. Svilen Babachev is an excellent professional who works with passion and dedication backed by his solid theoretical knowledge.’ 

‘Jordanov, Ignatov, Ivanov’s litigation department is renowned for its experience and efficiency. They have an impeccable reputation, unparalleled regulatory knowledge and business understanding, which helps them to successfully navigate through complex legal proceedings. They are efficient in terms of time and budgeting and always very responsive to our inquiries. We are very satisfied with their overall performance and intend to work with them for the future.’ 

‘We work closely with partner Dimitar Ivanov who heads the firm’s dispute resolution department. He is an outstanding litigator who is very passionate about his profession. Dimitar is able to formulate and flawlessly execute complex legal strategies but if the situation requires, he can quickly adapt to the new circumstances in order to achieve the best outcome for the client. Another excellent lawyer we have the honour to work with is Svilen Babachev. Svilen displays extreme professionalism, commitment to client’s interests and punctuality.’ 

‘The team is very competent and responds quickly when we need them. They have a deep knowledge of the legal matter we assign to them, not only from pure legal but also from a business perspective. We highly value our relationship.’ 

Key clients

Core Construction

Ministry of Energy

Coca-Cola

Bulgarian Energy Holding

National Palace of Culture

Fais Group

Polaris 8

Esha Bulgaria

Pleven Retail Centre

Bulgarian Property Developments (part of Tavistock Group)

Lindner Holding Bulgaria

Karnobatev

Varna Logistics

Consumers Legal Aid Association

Active Mind

Thrax Invest

Protosult

Ivisia

Mundus Services

Behr-Hella Thermocontrol

Iztok Parkside

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Energy in complaints filed before the Supreme Administrative Court seeking to repeal the decision of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers to restart of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project.
  • Representing the Bulgarian state in a dispute concerning the allocation of greenhouse gas allowances within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading System (the Directive 2003/87/EC).
  • Defending the Bulgarian state in two trials, arising from a concession agreement executed by the State back in 1999 for a period of 30 years.

Kinstellar

Following the litigation case against the Meridiam-led consortium that was awarded the concession for Sofia Airport, Kinstellar continues to build on its ‘successful track record’ and has the capability to represent clients in real estate, PPP, energy and insurance disputes. Counsel Mladen Minev co-leads the team alongside Antonia Mavrova, who is engaged by Galleria Burgas in two disputes before the arbitration court of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Key contact Atanas Mihaylov has experience representing clients in disputes with the Bulgarian tax authorities.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Mavrova; Mladen Minev

Other key lawyers:

Atanas Mihaylov

Testimonials

‘I often come across the Kinstellar team during major legal disputes, mostly in commercial, energy and administrative cases. Kinstellar is one of the few international firms in Bulgaria that delivers truly quality service. I find them very professional, easy to work with and always willing to provide the best for their clients. My cooperation with the team has been very productive and I enjoy having them as counterparty during litigation proceedings.’

‘Special thanks to Antonia Mavrova and Atanas Mihaylov. They are unique professionals who always get the work done and find a way out of very difficult situations.’

‘Excellent professionals with extensive knowledge in their areas, exceptional communication and care for the client. The best legal firm to work with. The client feels protected and is given all the options to take informed decision on the best way to proceed.’

‘I can testify to the integrity, competence and dedication of Kinstellar’s lawyers. I have worked mostly with Antonia Mavrova, Mladen Minev and Atanas Mihaylov. They are very reliable, have a successful track record of legal disputes, and are always on top of things.’

Key clients

Meridiam

NEPI Rockcastle

Galleria Burgas

Sofia South Ring Mall

GEMA 96

Dubovo Energy

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending NEPI Rockcastle in an arbitration dispute for the recovery of paid utilities costs claimed by a tenant of one of the client’s commercial property during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising GEMA 96 in legal proceedings related to an illegal transfer of real properties through the use of falsified documents.
  • Defending Galleria Burgas in two arbitration disputes in relation to lease agreements Mall Galleria Burgas arising from the lockdown measures due to Covid-19.

Penkov, Markov & Partners

Penkov, Markov & Partners has a diverse caseload of high-value disputes arising out of various industries, including the banking and finance, energy, real estate and construction and insurance sectors, among others. An ongoing work highlight includes representing Accession Capital Partners in proceedings for €10m debt collection and insolvency against a Bulgarian corporate borrower. Praised for his ‘strategic vision on the cases he works on’, Atanas Valov leads the practice group and is supported by senior associate Pavel Tsanov, who focuses on insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Atanas Valov

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Tsanov

Testimonials

‘Atanas Valov is an excellent professional, has a profound understanding of our business and is a reliable partner.’ 

‘I would like to acknowledge the open-mindedness of the PM&P team and their sensitivity to clients’ commercial needs. The firm’s lawyers are not afraid of challenging traditional approaches established in case law. They are ready to defend practical and business-oriented understanding of law before courts even when formalistic approaches generally prevail.’ 

‘One of the bests dispute resolution teams on the Bulgarian market. Some of the lawyers are very experienced and also, some of the younger partners are truly remarkable.’ 

‘Atanas Valov is not only a very good lawyer, but also very client-friendly and proactive. Very good client communication.’ 

‘Thorough study of every case and understanding of commercial life underlying legal rules, allows PM&P’s lawyers to suggest creative and innovative arguments. Thanks to excellent knowledge of the law and impressive practical experience, they can pre-empt the client’s questions and come up with advice before they are asked. Their recommendations are consistently comprehensive and practically valuable. Associate partner Atanas Valov has a clear strategic vision of cases he works on and always makes sure that the client is given a full understanding of prospective actions and alternative strategies. Attorney Pavel Tsanov is distinct with his ability to note important details and handle extraordinary situations.’ 

‘Very client-friendly proactive and pragmatic law firm.’ 

Key clients

Accession Capital Partners

Komercijalna Banka Skopje

Arteks Engineering

Toto Costruzioni Generali

Viva Incubator Investment Management Limited

IDI

Nedvizhimi Imoti Sofia SIPJSC

Consorzio Agrario Terrepadane

EMCO

DNV GL SE (former Germanischer Lloyd SE)

Arteks Zlaten Vek

Minstroy Holding Group

Zagorka

ČEZ and CEZ Bulgarian Investment

Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria

PRO AGRO 2000

Gravel and Sand Pits Bulgaria

Zlatna Panega Cement

EBRD

Adella Clinic

Fund for Guaranteeing of Deposits in Banks

Global Biomet

Evrohoteli

BGNOVA

Glorient Investments BG

BA Glass Bulgaria

Artstroy 1 Construction

Kamsar Ink

Allianz Bank Bulgaria

Work highlights

  • Represented Accession Capital Partners (the Fund Lender Accession Mezzanine Captial III Cooperatief U.A.) in €10m debt collection proceedings, including insolvency proceedings, against Bulgarian corporate borrower.
  • Representing Toto Costruzioni Generali SPA in preliminary ruling proceedings (case C-581 Toto) before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (CJEU) on the interpretation of certain provisions of Regulation EC 1215/2012.
  • Advised Viva Incubator Investment Limited on the possible actions following an internet fraud occurred in July 2020 and issued court case for an unjust enrichment proceeding against Moray Management EOOD on claw back claim with a value of approximately $2.8m.

Tomov & Tomov

The ‘compact and well-organised team’ at Tomov & Tomov represents the state government, notably the Ministry of Finance, in high-value international arbitration and litigation, and has experience in the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The practice is led by senior partner Lazar Tomov, who is praised for his ‘sea-deep knowledge’ as an experienced arbitrator and litigator. Tomov is supported by ‘diligentSylvia Steeva, who is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Lazar Tomov

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Steeva

Testimonials

‘Tomov & Tomov can be relied on to provide a sound legal advice on complex legal issues. They are a compact and well-organized team that is capable of dealing with huge records and complicated legal matters. They are very cooperative and have excellent response times.’

‘Lazar Tomov possesses a sea-deep knowledge of the law, and powerful and convincing advocacy, and, above all, he can be trusted to make the right strategic decisions for the case. Sylvia Steeva is knowledgeable, diligent, and attentive to the details.’

Key clients

Republic of Bulgaria

White & Case LLP

Arnold & Porter LLP

Bulgarian National Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in investment arbitration regarding renewables.
  • Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in investment arbitration regarding energy utility.
  • Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in investment arbitration regarding a real estate project.

Wolf Theiss

The ‘well-balanced litigation team’ at Wolf Theiss  is recommended for ‘disputes in highly regulated sectors, including energy and banking’, and represents some of the largest energy companies in Bulgaria, including MET Black Sea Wind Parks and ERG Renew Group. Managing partner Anna Rizova, who specialises in commercial litigation, jointly leads the practice alongside Radoslav Mikov, who is a ‘reputed expert in energy disputes’. Praised as ‘one of the rising stars and future leaders in litigation in Bulgaria’, Oleg Temnikov has particular expertise in cross-border cases and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Anna Rizova; Radoslav Mikov

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Temnikov

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss has an excellent dispute resolution team which provides valuable legal advice to the clients and their local counsel.’

‘We have worked with Oleg Temnikov, who was outstanding in providing quick evaluation and comprehensive reports on the case developments. Oleg is a quick-thinking, result-driven professional with impressive experience and legal knowledge.’

‘Wolf Theiss is particularly strong in complex disputes (such as disputes in highly regulated sectors, including energy and banking) and cross-border matters, where they have unique experience and know-how. For such disputes they are the best on the market, compared to local firms and the few international law firms on the market.’

‘Radoslav Mikov is a reputed expert on energy disputes. Anna Rizova is very experienced on commercial disputes. Both of them are very professional and have an excellent reputation in the market.’

‘I would recommend Oleg Temnikov. He is a very good lawyer, with international expertise in litigation and regulatory matters.’

‘They have very well-balanced litigation team, experienced in international litigation and arbitration. Being part of a global law firm helps them use the resources of their other offices and provide complex legal service that takes into account the specifics of various legal systems. Also, their key litigators in Bulgaria are vested with prolific practical knowledge for many sectors of Bulgarian business, which, combined with their international background and good negotiation, litigation and language skills makes them solid choices on the Bulgarian litigation market.’

‘I have worked most often with Oleg Temnikov, including now, on cross-border insolvencies and enforcement cases. He has an excellent reputation on the market, both in terms of legal skills and integrity, and in my view is one of the rising stars and future leaders in litigation in Bulgaria. Oleg is an outstanding lawyer, very knowledgeable, always responsive and efficient. He is particularly valuable on complex and cross-border cases, where he manages to handle all the different aspects and concurrent proceedings.’

Key clients

MET Black Sea Wind Parks

EQOS Energie Oesterreich

ERG Wind Bulgaria SPVs

GDDKiA

GE Aviation

Rietumu Banka

Scientific Games International

Vesto Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing the Polish State Road Agency in cross-border proceedings before Bulgarian courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Representing 14 subsidiary SPVs of MET Energy in relation to legal proceedings against the Republic of Bulgaria, represented by the Ministry of Finance, as the liable entity in respect of the actions of the Bulgarian Parliament before Bulgarian Courts.
  • Advising Scientific Games International in the insolvency proceedings of New Games AD, the largest Bulgarian gaming provider.

Deloitte Legal Law Firm

Deloitte Legal Law Firm is noted for its expertise in public sector litigation and benefits from the expertise of other departments across the firm to represent clients in a range of commercial disputes. The team is jointly led by banking and finance expert Renata Petkova and senior managing associate Zvezdelina Filova, who has over 19 years’ experience representing both claimants and defendants.

Practice head(s):

Reneta Petkova; Zvezdelina Filova

Other key lawyers:

Rosen Ivanov

Testimonials

‘The team has relevant experience in real estate litigation. Definitely one of the market leaders in the area.’

‘Zvezdelina Filova and Rosen Ivanov are both responsive and able to provide legal assistance quickly and independently. Rosen in particular is very proactive and manages to meet even the highest client expectations. The team also treats litigation matters with confidentiality and integrity which is very valuable.’

Gugushev & Partners Law Office

Gugushev & Partners Law Office acts for key clients, including Stomana Industry, Silver Star Retail and Konservinvest, across a range of disputes, from contractual, real estate and construction to administrative and labour law. ‘Legal guruDafinka Stoycheva leads the practice, with the support of founding partner Stefan Gugushev, both of whom have experience in litigation and international arbitration. Praised by one client as ‘the pillar of the real estate and litigation practice’, Petko Angelov is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Dafinka Stoycheva

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Gugushev; Petko Angelov

Testimonials

‘In respect to dispute matters, we worked with both partners Stefan Gugushev and Dafinka Stoycheva. They complement each other perfectly, as Mr. Gugushev has excellent knowledge in all corporate, tax and negotiation matters, while Mrs. Stoycheva has profound and long experience in litigation before all courts and state authorities. Stefan is a remarkable lawyer with many years of experience and has impressed us on many occasions with his quick wit and solution-oriented approach. Dafinka is highly up-to-date with everything going on and always plans a couple steps ahead of our opponent.’ 

‘We have been working with Gugushev & Partners Law Office for quite some time on different complex cases that had to be handled with a swift and delicate approach as we are a government-owned company. The legal team of Gugushev & Partners does prove to be the right partner for such matters, as they have a large team of solicitors with profound knowledge of dispute resolution matters in the public sector. We highly value their expertise and we believe that we have found a trusted legal partner.’ 

‘Mrs. Dafinka Stoycheva is a prominent professional on the subject matter we worked on. We strongly believe that her agile approach and the perfect legal maneuvers were the most appropriate strategy for complicated disputes. To make good things even better, Mrs. Stoycheva offered us spotless communication and was proactive and always accessible even beyond our expectations. It was a great opportunity that our case was delegated to such a legal guru. We also worked with Mrs. Tsvetina Stefanova, an exceptional specialist with a proven background and expertise in dispute resolution. She leads the case and exhausts every option to achieve the desired outcome. A leading team member on our cases is also Mrs. Aleksandrina Terziyska. She has an efficient approach and is a very focused and result-oriented lawyer, ensuring that the current status of the case reflects all relevant information and updates.’ 

‘Very professional team, with competent and friendly approach towards the clients, understanding our needs and keeping us regularly updated with the evolution of the process.’ 

‘One of the legal experts we want to distinguish is Mr. Petko Angelov, who is the pillar of the real estate and litigation practice. His tremendous experience, combined with exceptional attention to detail and a solution-oriented approach is one of a kind.’

‘We have been working with Gugushev & Partners for four years now, and they have been advising us on various legal matters. We chose them for their excellent legal market standing and fast, accessible and professional communication, which was a very welcoming business approach. Furthermore, the firm has a big litigation team where each lawyer specialises in different areas of dispute resolution. When needed, the team swiftly utilises a solicitor from a different team while we, as a client, continue to receive up-to-date information and comprehensive advice for our case.’  

‘For years now, we are working closely with Mr. Petko Angelov and Ms. Dafinka Stoycheva. Mr. Petko Angelov is our valuable expert in all public procurement projects combined with his experience in dispute resolution, Mr. Angelov is the perfect legal partner for our company. He is involved in the whole process of organising the assignments and the development and management of our legal defense strategy. Mrs. Dafinka Stoycheva is a professional solicitor with prominent litigation expertise, strong leadership skills and notable strategic thinking. She is a very accurate and efficient lawyer, always doing her best to deliver tailored approaches to each case that can yield us the best outcome.’ 

‘Personal touch, polite manner, communication skills and high level of competency in the legal domain.’ 

Key clients

Stomana Industry

Odrin 8

Helios Plovdiv Vasilev and Co

Animex

Konservinvest

Korelana

Rudnap Group

Silver Star Retail

Former employees of Alpha Bank

Servier Bulgaria

Mladen Dzalazov

Photovoltaic power plant owners

Amot

Student Media World Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Stomana Industry in negotiations and related court proceedings with six insurance companies in connection with a dispute over the payment of an insurance indemnity.
  • Representing Konservinvest and the owner of the trademark for “lyiutenitsa” in various courts and administrative procedures, against a claim brought by the owner of a Geographical Indication for the same product, registered in Bulgaria.
  • Represented Silver Start Retail, Bulgarian representative of a subsidiary company of the German multinational automotive corporation Daimler (commonly referred to as Mercedes-Benz), in several labor law cases.

Kinkin & Partners

Kinkin & Partners handles a range of commercial and administrative disputes, notably bankruptcy proceedings, and the practice continues to develop its expertise in IP litigation. Team leader Vladimir Kinkin has over 30 years’ experience as a litigator and is supported by Adriana Nacheva, who focuses on disputes arising out of the energy, environment and natural resources, real estate, urban planning and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Kinkin

Other key lawyers:

Adriana Nacheva

Testimonials

‘They were very committed to resolving my problem. The service they provided was outstanding and the attitude towards their work is on an entirely different level. The team put great effort on resolving the case. The team is demonstrating great commercial awareness. They have informed options and understand the nature of the business and the customers’ needs. They have deep understanding of the industry I as a client am in and that helped me to receive high value service.’

‘They have outstanding professional qualities, also they are very detail-oriented and work very well as a team. Their commercial awareness was on point and they have deep knowledge of the field they are working on.’

Key clients

Agroteka

Association of the Depositors Harmed by the Corporate Commercial Bank

Belvi

East Estates

Euroliftmontaj

Interseroh zbiranje in predelava odpadnih surovin d.o.o.

Paladium

Praeda

RGK Group

RVB Bulgaria

SA MMA IARD and MMA IARD Assurances Mutuelles

The Bakers

Tombou Bulgaria

VEZ Svoghe

Work highlights

  • Representing The Bakers in several cases of trademark infringement and industrial design, led by a competitor, as well as in proceedings for cancellation of registered trademarks and industrial design.
  • Representing East Estates in enforcement proceedings formed on the basis of European order for payment of €550k representing penalty under preliminary sale-purchase agreement.
  • Representing Propap in arbitration proceedings before the Arbitration court to Bulgarian Chamber for commerce and industry.

Murgova & Partners Attorneys at Law

Praised for being ‘extremely prepared in leading and handling construction arbitration’ cases, managing partner Petya Murgova jointly heads the dispute resolution team at Murgova & Partners Attorneys at Law, alongside ‘well prepared practitionerAlexander Moskov. The practice, which offers its own mediation and conciliation centre, also includes key member Silvana Dzharkova-Aleksandrova, who is noted for her expertise in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Petya Murgova; Alexander Moskov

Other key lawyers:

Silvana Dzharkova-Alexandrova

Testimonials

‘Through the years of our cooperation with Murgova and Partners we have assigned them numerous complex dispute resolution cases. The whole team of the law firm possesses both practical and theoretical skills in combination with very strong and admirable negotiation skills, which is exceptionally useful when it comes to litigation and representation before the court.’

‘Petya Murgova is extremely prepared in leading and handling construction arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings. She is well versed in handling complex court and arbitration proceedings, as well as ad-hoc proceedings. She understands very well customer needs and is highly competent. Ms. Murgova has impressed us also with her negotiation skills, a feature especially valuable when it comes to out-of-court agreements. Due to her continuous practical experience, negotiation skills and vast expertise, she is capable of efficient and out-of-the-box advice in each unexpected situation, which arises within the court cases. Alexander Moskov is the other key attorney, who has provided us with thorough and adequate advice, which fully met our expectations and needs.’ 

‘So far, we have cooperated mainly with Ms. Petya Murgova, Mr. Alexander Moskov and Silvana Dzharkova-Aleksandrova. All of them are impressively experienced attorneys. The managing partner, Ms. Petya Murgova, is a highly professional attorney-at-law and a mediator, who possesses impressive litigation experience and managing skills with successful experience in dispute resolution. Due to her vast practical experience, negotiation skills and expertise she is capable of adequate reactions in each unexpected situation, which arises within the court cases. She gives us practical and business-oriented advice in order to optimize our costs and gives a fair evaluation of the potential gain at the end of a court trial against the benefits of a settlement under certain conditions before the trial or through it, which we admire a lot.’

‘Silvana Dzharkova-Aleksandrovais well-prepared in the area of dispute resolution and very easy to communicate with, which adds great value to the legal services and assistance provided.’

Key clients

Active Sofia

Palms Mercure Casino

Unique Estates

ET Gena Gospodinova

Simonas Cards

Property Assets

Piker

SOD 2004

IMAG Engineering

Soccerstars

Krito Commerce

Eurospeed

Digital Marketing

Chateau Louise et Louis

Go Grill

Work highlights

  • Represented Kangaroo Trans in a case related to the appeal against a tax revision act charging undue income tax in the amount of over €300k.
  • Represented Active Sofia in a litigation case related to claim of payment under a construction agreement.
  • Represented IMAG Engineering in a litigation case related to claim of payment under a construction agreement.

Popov, Arnaudov & Partners

Popov, Arnaudov & Partners has a strong track record of experience in commercial litigation, such as acting for the State administration in a €7m dispute concerning software insurance and licensing. The team also represents key clients across the TMT and banking sectors, including UniCredit Bulbank and Telenor Bulgaria. Managing partner Emiliyan Arnaudov leads the practice alongside Desislava Tsvetkova (who has experience in debt collection disputes), Eleonora Sergieva and Sibina Eftenova.

Practice head(s):

Emiliyan Arnaudov; Desislava Cvetkova; Sibina Eftenova; Eleonora Sergieva

Key clients

UniCredit Bulbank

UniCredit Consumer Financing

A1 Bulgaria

Telenor Bulgaria

BTV Media Group

Administration of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria

Water Supply and Sewage Company

Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Sofia

Ventoni Cosmetics

Pavlikeni Municipality

Botevgrad Municipality

Gorubso Kardzhali

Cremio

Rila Consult

Pesenta Group

Est

Work highlights

  • Represented UniCredit Bulbank in more than 1700 bank loan and consumer disputes for more than €11m.
  • Represented the Administration of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria in a €7m commercial dispute.
  • Represented several WSS companies in legal disputes on the regulatory pricing of their services, with effect on the stability of the water supply sector in the country.

Simeonov & Dermendjiev

Led by Ivaylo Dermendjiev, who has ‘extensive experience in the fields of international and sport arbitration’, the team at Simeonov & Dermendjiev has a long-established reputation and ‘strong focus in arbitration and dispute resolution’. Its caseload includes high-value disputes, such as defending Power Machines in a €12m claim for damages due to alleged delay. Vassil Baichev is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ivaylo Dermendjiev

Other key lawyers:

Vassil Baichev

Testimonials

‘The firm is a well-recognised leader on the international arbitration scene in Bulgaria. Its team combines both experienced and fresh-minded lawyers with an innovative and complex approach. The firm has worked together as co-counsel on several international litigation and arbitration cases of great magnitude and vital importance to Bulgarian economy, state and private businesses. The firm is well connected on the international level and often collaborates with foreign law firms in order to deliver a high-quality, universally applicable work product. Moreover, it combines lawyers with varying specialties making for a wholesome approach to their clients’ cases and corresponding legal issues.’ 

‘Ivaylo Dermendjiev has extensive experience in the fields of international and sport arbitration.’ 

‘Simeonov & Dermendjiev is one of the very few, if not the only international arbitration boutique law firm in Bulgaria. The team is made up of experienced and renowned Bulgarian litigation powerhouses and young international arbitration practitioners with foreign law backgrounds. They have proved their efficient management of large arbitration cases, subsequent set aside or enforcement actions before national courts. Overall, a leader on the Bulgarian dispute resolution scene.’ 

‘Ivaylo Dermendjiev is both practically and academically sharp. His organisational skills and strategic approach are exceptional. Vassil Baichev manages the firm’s biggest clients, has great attention to detail, is exceptionally creative and overall, a great strategist.’ 

‘Simeonov & Dermendjiev is one of the oldest law firms in Bulgaria, with strong focus on arbitration and dispute resolution, existing for more than 30 years. It is the classical “go to” law firm for arbitration in Bulgaria. Its managing partner, Ivaylo Dermendjiev, is lawyer, university scholar and prominent arbitrator. Recently he has been elected as Chairman of the Bulgarian Supreme Bar Council.’ 

‘Our main contact is Vassil Baichev. He is a very hardworking and result-oriented lawyer. His persuasive advocacy skills are highly impressive and recommended for complex disputes.’ 

‘The managing partner Ivaylo Dermendjiev is extremely well-connected in both the legal and business worlds and is a seasoned practitioner. We have also worked with senior partner Vassil Baichev, who is highly efficient and a true legal mastermind, not to mention his outstanding drafting abilities. The rest of the team encompasses young professionals at all levels and expertise, most of whom foreign graduates and lawyers, bringing to the practice its international and multijurisdictional allure.’ 

‘The team is led by Dr. Ivaylo Dermendjiev and Mr. Vassil Baychev, who have an excellent understanding of the dispute resolution process both in Bulgarian courts and in international arbitration. Dr. Dermendjiev is particularly experienced in commercial and sports cases, where he brings years of substantial experience.’ 

Key clients

Power Machines

Handy Bulgaria

Cosmos Energy

Municipality of Sofia

Svilocell EAD

Hyundai, Alpha Romeo and Jeep Dealers

Stankov, Todorov, Hinkov & Spasov

The litigation department at Stankov, Todorov, Hinkov & Spasov is engaged in a range of disputes emerging out of the pharmaceutical, construction, renewable energy, fisheries and entertainment sectors. Mihail Stankov jointly leads the practice alongside Hristo Hinkov, who has experience in commercial mediation. The team counts Besta Med, Fish Invest and MR Energy, to name a few, among its key roster of clients.

Practice head(s):

Mihail Stankov; Hristo Hinkov

Testimonials

‘STHS do a great job of resolving legal disputes. I would put my most difficult cases in their competent hands without a second thought. They are a team of young, passionately hardworking and innovative thinkers.’

‘Stankov, Todorov, Hinkov & Spasov have a professional team. They combine lawyers with different interests and strengths which is very useful in dealing with an array of cases.’

‘The legal counsel offered by the firm is of an exceptional level. Everyone on the team does their work diligently and with the utmost care for the client. The members of the firm were very polite in our exchanges and they never rushed through them. They also adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and there were no difficulties with remote communication, nor were there any delays when it came to the work that had to be done, which is a big positive.’

Key clients

Municipal Bank

Transpress

Inter Cars Bulgaria

Ford Moto Pfohe

Bulgarian Football Union

Besta Med

Max Covering

Realfin Bulgaria

Fish Invest

Devin

Tsaki

Tyrbul

TVB

Baka 357

Grainchart

The Slovenian Embassy in Sofia

MD Build

Peltina

Paralax Life Sciences

Marsfeld Railways Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in the sphere of tourism on its €200k dispute with State fund Agriculture, related to the EU funds for Rural Development Programme.
  • Advised the client on a case concerning a correction on the procedure for providing grants under the Management Capacity Development and SME Growth Program.
  • Advised Besta Med on its dispute with National Council on Prices on the formation of prize of parallel imported medicine product.

CasePro

CasePro, which was founded in 2011, has built up strong capabilities in dispute resolution, successfully representing Lufthansa Technik Sofia before the ICC and subsequently defending the domestic claim on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Managing partners Damyana Lazarova and Spartak Yovchev jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Damyana Lazarova; Spartak Yovchev

Other key lawyers:

Stoyan Dimovski

Testimonials

‘Strong and capable team of lawyers.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure of having CasePro represent my business in various disputes and can recommend them without reservation. CasePro has handled a wide range of claims. The team has always been extremely thorough in the communications and their recommendations are always on the mark, without fail. We have settled cases when we needed to and fought them when we wanted to, but always with a positive outcome.’

‘CasePro team consists of professional lawyers, who are dedicated to client services and excellence. A fantastic team.’

‘Damyana Lazarova is the individual that makes the difference. Damyana has deep industry knowledge and is goal oriented. She is capable to articulate clearly complex matters and to clearly propose solutions.’

‘CasePro have a very strong litigation practice. We have cooperated on several court disputes which were completed successfully, they also have represented the company number of times in out-of-court settlement procedures and mediation. They are smart, experienced and result oriented.’

‘Dedicated, motivated and very experienced.’

‘CasePro Law Firm are truly a professional and dedicated law firm focused on defending their client’s rights. We have been working with CasePro law firm for the past few years, and the firm’s dispute resolution professionals have proven to know their way around the courts and to be dedicated to providing the utmost professional service. They make you feel confident with your counsel.’

Key clients

Lufthansa Technik Sofia

DeFacto Perakende Ticaret

GrEco Bulgaria

Melexis Bulgaria

FACET

Fourth Bulgaria

Bulgarian Burger

ISGBG

Milestone Systems Bulgaria

Network Management Innovations

CRM Holding and Trade

Bio Horizont

SumUp, German Branch

SumUp Payments

Essenziale Design

SumUp Services

Debitoor Ireland

Work highlights

  • Representing Lufthansa Technik Sofia in an international commercial arbitration lawsuit before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the subsequent domestic claim under the Convention on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
  • Representing Lufthansa Technik Sofia in court proceedings initiated over a commercial dispute with a vendor of the company.
  • Representing DeFacto Perakende Ticaret in a commercial lawsuit against a long-time business partner in Bulgaria.

Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners

Noted for its expertise in banking disputes and insolvency proceedings, Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners often cooperates with well-known international law firms in arbitration and ECJ cases. Victoria Tzonkova leads the practice group, following the departure of Ilya Komarevski in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Tzonkova

Testimonials

‘Very proactive and client oriented.’

‘Victoria Tsonkova is highly skilled, objective-oriented and an experienced lawyer who gives the right advice without pushing the client to go into this or that direction.’

‘Clear, well structured communication. Good planing of the process and the engagement of our team.’

‘Strong knowledge of the matter, great communication skills, professional and ethical behaviour.’

Key clients

Societe Generale

Faro

Viterra Romania

AstraZeneca

Takeda

Deutsche Bahn

Hillside (Bulgaria)

Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria)

Musala Soft

Ferratum Bulgaria

Via 2000

Work highlights

  • Representing Société Générale, Paris in the insolvency proceedings of the Bulgarian bank, Corporate Commercial Bank, declared insolvent in 2015.
  • Representing the Bulgarian subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn in two proceedings against the Bulgarian state-owned railway company relating to damage caused in major railway accidents amounting to more than €700k.
  • Representing Viterra Romania in various commercial cases and insolvency proceedings against debtors of the company.