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Vladimirov Law Office

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Vladimirov Law Office is a leading law office located in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was established in 1992 by lawyer and founder Vladimir Vladimirov and has managed to become a leading international law firm in Bulgaria.

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Transport (including shipping) in Bulgaria

Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria

Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria stands out in the field of port infrastructure and inland shipping, where the team acts for multiplicities and government departments, including the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, on concessions, operations and financing matters. Also noted for its capability in airport, road and rail infrastructure projects, the group advised the Council of Ministers on an impact assessment of amendments in the Automobile Transportation Act. Stoyan Barzakov acts as lead adviser to Manchester Airport Group and Trace Group Hold and heads the practice group alongside Magdalena Valova.

Practice head(s):

Magdalena Valova; Stoyan Barzakov

Key clients

Council of Ministers

Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications

Manchester Airport Group

Trace Group Hold

Work highlights

  • Advised Manchester Airport Group on participation in the Sofia Airport concession bidding procedure.
  • Advised Council of Ministers on impact assessment of major amendments in the Automobile Transportation Act.
  • Advised the Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications in relation to concession of river ports.

Boyanov & Co.

Boyanov & Co. has a ‘deep understanding of aviation industry specifics’ and acts for foreign lessors on aircraft lease and acquisition projects with Bulgarian airlines, in addition to regulatory issues, financing and security matters. The team represented Wizz Air in two landmark appeals regarding an unjust discrimination challenge to Sofia Airport’s terminal charges, highlighting its litigation capability in this sector. Praised as ‘one of the best aircraft finance lawyers’, head of commercial Raina Dimitrova leads the practice, which also counts public procurement procedures in railway and urban transport in its caseload.

Practice head(s):

Raina Dimitrova

Other key lawyers:

Trayan Targov

Testimonials

‘The team of Boyanov & Co. has an outstanding legal competence based on a thorough knowledge of Bulgarian law and a deep understanding of aviation industry specifics, including its international dimensions.’

‘Raina Dimitrova is a brilliant lawyer and very knowledgeable on Bulgarian law and other local requirements in connection with cross-border aircraft leasing to Bulgarian airlines.’

‘Very skilled in aircraft finance matters in Bulgaria.’

‘Raina Dimitrova is an exceptional lawyer with focus, dedication, and a sharp eye for details.’

‘Raina Dimitrova is one of the best aircraft finance lawyers in Bulgaria.’

Key clients

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

GA Telesis

FedEx Express Europe

FTAI Aviation

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

AerCap

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services

Nordic Aviation Capital

Wizz Air

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

Maverick Horizon Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing WIZZ Air in a series of legal battles against the introduced unification of the airport passenger charges collected at the different passenger terminals of Sofia Airport.
  • Advised Dubai Aerospace Enterprise on the lease of five aircraft to the Bulgarian airline GullivAir.
  • Advising the Bulgarian subsidiary of FedEx Express Europe on a regular basis on a variety of legal matters concerning its day-to-day activities, with respect to legal issues in relation to the provision of shipping and transportation services in Bulgaria.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co

Counting BMF Port Burgas, BalkanTel and KG Maritime Shipping among its key list of clients, Georgiev, Todorov & Co’s diverse caseload includes project developments, public procurements and concessions, in addition to the implementation of policies and litigation. Alexander Pachamanov leads the practice group and focuses on regulatory, corporate and competition matters in this space, while real estate and construction partner Miglena Peneva handles major infrastructure projects. Tsvetelina Dimitrova, who advises clients across the shipping and vehicle manufacturing industries, is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Pachamanov

Other key lawyers:

Miglena Peneva; Tsvetelina Dimitrova

Testimonials

‘Miglena Peneva is a hard-working, goal-driven professional, whose specialism is real estate and construction, as well as projects and public procurement, and therefore is able to see all legal implications of the issues which most often leads to an effective result for the client. In addition, she is an excellent litigator with outstanding negotiation skills and this allows her to represent us in court if needed.’

Key clients

Advance Properties

Alfred C. Toepfer International

Balkantel

BMF Port Burgas

Bulgarian Posts

Duvenbeck Logística S.L.U.

Fleet Services

Galchev Engineering

G.P. Group

Ingstroyengineering

KG Maritime Shipping

Metroreklama

MTK Trans

Port of Burgas

Solaris Bus & Coach

Sofia Bikes Association

Work highlights

  • Advising the state company Port of Burgas on a dispute with a licensed distribution grid operator, which was a subject of consideration by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Supporting Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. on its participation in public procurements projects in Bulgaria for delivery of trolleybuses.
  • Represented Sofia Bikes Association in the negotiations with Sofia Municipality for a first-of-its-kind concession for renting bicycles in Bulgaria.

Kambourov & Partners

Kambourov & Partners has demonstrable experience in large-scale projects, pertaining to metro lines, as evidence by its advice to consortium HSS-Monolit Sofia on a public procurement procedure for the design and construction of a new section of the Sofia metro, as well as highways and port concessions, among others. The team continues to expand its expertise in the automotive sector, with new client gains including Toyota. Stefan Tzakov focuses on state-related matters in this space and leads the practice alongside Atanas Shopov, who specialises in infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Tzakov; Atanas Shopov

Other key lawyers:

Elena Apostolova

Testimonials

‘A very responsive and reliable partner firm. Reasonable approach and provide practical advice.’

Key clients

ICBCIL Aviation Company

Consortium HSS-Monolit Sofia

First Investment Bank

Alstom Transport S.A.

SAAB

Toyota Motor Europe

Fleet Air

Kapsch Trafficcom

Audi

Wizz Air

Uber

Monolit

Work highlights

  • Advising ICBCIL Aviation Company on the leasing of three Airbus A320-214 aircraft from Bulgaria Air.
  • Advised the consortium HSS-Monolit Sofia on a public procurement procedure for the design and construction of a new section of the Third Line of the Sofia metro.
  • Advising SAAB on the development and construction of transport infrastructure for the needs of the Bulgarian military aviation.

Arsov Natchev Ganeva

Arsov Natchev Ganeva is noted for its expertise in the aviation sector, where the practice acts for airlines, aircraft leasing and manufacturing companies, lending institutions and government departments. Financing specialist Vladimir Natchev heads the transport team alongside Svetlana Ganeva, who focuses on regulatory and transactional mandates, as well as representing ground handling operators in disputes. The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Italia Trasporto Aereo and First State Investments are among the practice’s key roster of clients.

Practice head(s):

Svetlana Ganeva; Vladimir Natchev

Key clients

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A.

First State Investments

Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications

AS 24 Bulgaria

Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana

International Air Transport Association

Work highlights

  • Representing Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A., the state-owned flag carrier of Italy, in labour and other civil claims.
  • Consulted First State Investments International Limited and its Consortium partner the Spanish airport operator AENA, in preparing their joint bid in the Sofia Airport Concession procedure.
  • Consulted Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications regarding the projected concession over the State-owned Baltchik Airport.

Danailova, Todorov & Partners

Danailova, Todorov & Partners’ transport practice group is jointly led by named partners Kaloyan Todorov, who is praised for his ‘thorough experience in the field of transport’, and the ‘very knowledgeableMaria Danailova. The team continues to support the online based platform SkyRefund, which provides airline passengers with assistance to claim compensation, in representing the company’s clients in initiating court proceedings. The group also acts for public transport operators on a range of projects.

Testimonials

‘Kaloyan Todorov is very business oriented, great communication and problem-solving skills. Very adept in negotiations. Maria Danailova is very experienced and knowledgeable, knows when issues will arise before they occur and knows how to take all necessary precautions in order to finalise a deal successfully and risk-free.’ 

‘Danailova, Todorov & Partners are very professional and they get the job done. They are very adaptable and knowledgeable not only in the legal but also business aspects of the field of transport. They always provide practical solutions and maintain excellent client communications throughout the consulting process.’ 

‘Both Mariya and Kaloyan are great professionals. Regarding transport, I was consulted primarily by Kaloyan who has thorough experience in the transport field. I particularly appreciate his business acumen and his ability to go beyond simple legal consultations.’ 

‘Danailova, Todorov & Partners is a very special law firm. Boutique, highly specialised and professional. I think they are the definite leaders in this field in Bulgaria. They are very innovative and have a personal approach to their clients.’ 

‘I would like to point out both Maria Danailova and Kaloyan Todorov. They are fantastic experts and I am very pleased with their work. Both are very knowledgeable, professional and they were personally involved throughout the consulting process. They were very responsive also, provided feedback in a matter of hours and were very organised.’ 

Key clients

SkyRefund

Reya

Loren Networks

Porr Bau

Porr Bulgaria

PORR Gradezhnistvo – Niederlassung Sofia

PORR Bau – Niederlassung Sofia

Air Cargo Lines

URCA

Work highlights

  • Advised a Bulgarian municipality regarding the performance of public transport in the context of and pursuant to the grant agreement under the Operational Programme Environment 2014-2020.
  • Advised and assisted an air transport company on the acquisition of an aircraft, performed due diligence, and assumed the responsibility of an escrow agent.
  • Partnered with SkyRefund to provide legal support and initiate court proceedings on all cases falling under local jurisdiction.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co

Notably, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co handles contentious matters arising out of the aviation sector, as the team’s caseload includes defending Bulgarian and international carriers in disputes concerning carriage contracts and bill of ladings, among others. On the non-contentious side, the practice focuses on day-to-day activities and transactions, including advising Alex 96 on the acquisition of a Gulfstream G150 business jet. Team leader and newly promoted partner Donka Stoyanova combines her expertise in competition law and dispute resolution to handle antitrust and unfair competition cases in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Donka Stoyanova

Other key lawyers:

Tsvetelina Georgieva; Pencho Stanchev

Testimonials

‘The team is very well structured, there are high-quality lawyers with diverse knowledge, background, and qualifications at every level. They are up to date with all European and local regulations and are very proactive in alerting us to anything we need to know. They have a very good international contact network which we have found very useful on several occasions.’

‘Donka Stoyanova and Tsvetelina Georgieva have been extremely helpful. Pencho Stanchev has also stepped in lately and demonstrates impressive knowledge.’

‘Works at the highest standard, able to manage transactions efficiently and highly specialised.’

Key clients

Alex 96

Mega Trucking Bulgaria

Most 81

Mareshki pharmacy chain

Work highlights

  • Advised Alex 96 with regard to the acquisition of a Gulfstream G150 business jet.
  • Representing Most 81 in a dispute with a well-known trader of passenger cars, vans and trucks.

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov has an impressive client list which includes well-known airlines including Ryanair, Wizz Air and Turkish Airlines, among others. The interdisciplinary practice is well-placed to advise on the life cycle of major infrastructure and transport projects, from corporate, financing, public procurements and real estate to regulatory and dispute resolution. Practice co-leader and M&A partner Zdravka Ugrinova assists transport-sector clients with acquisitions, concessions and other corporate matters, and fellow practice head Milan Pandev focuses on public procurement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Zdravka Ugrinova; Milan Pandev

Key clients

ERG Insaat Ticaret ve Sanayi

Ryanair

Turkish Airlines

Daimler Chrysler

Wizz Air Hungary

ASL Airlines Belgium

MAN SE/MAN Truck & Bus/MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland

Skoda Auto

Cargotec Oyj

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

The Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Zim Israel Navigation Company

Sojitz Corporation of America

JMAC Air

Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Tic.

Patria Land Oy

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi

Chariot Motors

CK Holdings Co.

ITS Bulgaria

Rail Cargo Austria

Work highlights

  • Advising ERG Insaat Ticaret ve Sanayi and SSB Sauerwein & Schaefer Bau in their capacity as one of the bidders for the Sofia Airport Concession tender process.
  • Represented Turkish Airlines in relation to numerous insurance cargo claims and passenger claims under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.
  • Represented Bulgarian Employers’ Association Innovative Technologies BRAIT and Automotive Cluster Bulgaria in an appeal before the Supreme Administrative Court of Decision No. 32 of the Council of Ministers for non-recognition of client as representative organisation of the employers at a national level.

Schoenherr

Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) leverages the expertise of other practice groups across the firm to advise clients in the transport and logistics sectors on matters involving M&A, construction, project financing and regulatory issues, as well as litigation mandates. Head of regulatory Stefana Tsekova acts for clients in the Balkan region and Eastern Europe on a range of transport-related matters, and is supported by associates Radoslav Chemshirov and Dimitar Kairakov, who are key members of the firm’s regulatory group.

Practice head(s):

Stefana Tsekova

Testimonials

‘Brilliant lawyers, fast to understand and react to client needs.’

‘Schoenherr has been doing a fantastic job. All the lawyers are solution-oriented, highly knowledgeable and very responsive. They really understand our business and corporate goals and demonstrate excellent ability to professionally address every issue arising from our activities.’

‘Experience, promptness and high-quality service.’

‘We work with most of the lawyers in the firm. They are expeditious and competent.’

Key clients

China Development Bank

Siemens

Flixbus

HERE Technologies

VA Intertrading AG

DIF CIF 1 Rail Transport 2 B.V.

Leoni AG

Renault

Alstom SA

Thales

OMV Bulgaria

Car-Data Ltd.

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advised China Development Bank with respect to a €330m loan agreements to support projects in Bulgaria under the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Advising OMV Bulgaria OOD on the renewal of its port licence and port operator’s permit for Port Vidin.
  • Advised DIF CIF 1 Rail Transport 2 B.V. on international private law questions regarding the sale and transfer of (and the creation of securities in relation to) rail cars manufactured and registered in Bulgaria.