Firm Profile > Dimitrov, Petrov & Co > Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dimitrov, Petrov & Co > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co’s ‘highly experienced, skillful and creative’ disputes resolution practice has a key strength in complex proceedings related to regulations, acting for major clients in the telecommunications and media, energy, banking and pharmaceutical sectors against administrative and regulatory bodies. It acts for individuals and private-sector clients in commercial disputes related to breaches of contract, non-payment of receivables, intellectual property matters, and shareholders disputes. Other core strengths of the firm are litigations related to public procurement proceedings and competition law cases, on behalf of both claimants and defendants. The ‘impeccable’ Metodi Baykushev leads the team, with the ‘exceptional’ Pencho Stanchev also valued by clients.
‘The DPC dispute resolution team is very dedicated and well prepared to meet the client’s needs. The lawyers are extremely diligent and possess in-depth knowledge in the field.’
‘We have been collaborating with Dimitrov, Petrov & Co for ten years and they never have disappointed us.’
‘A team that stands out with seamless service tending to perfection.’
‘We have been working with DPC for more than 10 years and through this whole time we have never been let down.’
RSSS Joint Venture (RIZZANI DE ECCHER S.p.A, SELI OVERSEAS S.p.A., SALCEF S.p.A, SALCEF GROUP S.p.A.)
Fox Networks Group Bulgaria
Boyana Project 1
EU and competition Tier 1
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co's EU and competition practice has a strong track record in successfully appealing fines and sanctions imposed for cartel activity, unfair competition through trade mark infringement, state aid cases, and abuse of dominance. The firm also provides ongoing compliance advice to major clients in the pharmaceutical, tech and retail sectors regarding marketing, distribution agreements, and acquisitions. Zoya Todorova, who also leads the firm’s corporate and commercial practice, leads the team. Key lawyers include Donka Stoyanova, praised for her ‘attention to detail’, and Radina Tomanova, who advises on prohibited agreements and vertical agreements. Clients include Google and Pfizer.
‘The team is very efficient in providing assistance in major legal issues due to its large team consisting of lawyers of practically every specialisation.’
‘The ability to understand business-specific data and derive reasonable legal arguments is something that distinguishes DPC practice from rival law firms.’
‘They can work under time pressure, and are available 24/7.’
Sofia Airport EAD
Pfizer Luxemburg SARL, Bulgarian Branch
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co handles complex regulatory and compliance matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. The ‘dedicated’ team advises on Bulgarian price regulations and reimbursement procedures through the National Health Insurance Fund, clinical trial compliance, intellectual property and patent issues, competition and antitrust matters, and data protection and privacy. As well as advising major established players including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Eli Lilly, the firm has acted for market newcomers and clients at the cutting edge of medical technology and services, including a DNA diagnostic lab, e-health platforms, and manufacturers of new medical technologies. Practice head Bilyana Angelova is well versed in contentious matters. Partner Zoya Todorova is an expert in pharmaceutical regulation. Senior associate Encho Simeonov and associate Alexandra Lassina are also noted.
‘They have achieved success in a number of proceedings with potentially serious financial and reputational effects for our business.’
‘Encho Simeonov has no rival in Bulgaria in the field of medical malpractice law. He has always impressed me with the unique combination of legal knowledge and understanding of the specifics of the medical treatment.’
‘Despite the complexity of the proceedings they handle for us, I have never seen them discouraged and without a solution.’
Pfizer Luxemburg SARL, Bulgaria Branch
Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria
Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG – Bulgarian Branch
Specialized Pediatric Hospital for Active Treatment – prof. Ivan Mitev EAD
Zonapharm OOD and Zona Pharma OOD
PMA – Pharma Marketing
Genetic medico-diagnostic laboratory Genica
Intellectual property Tier 1
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co supports companies in managing their trade mark portfolios, assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, food production, IT, gambling and retail industries. The team assists on identifying conflicting trade marks, and defending clients’ trade marks in opposition, cancellation and infringement proceedings. The team is led by Bilyana Angelova, who also heads the healthcare and life sciences practice group and whose expertise in IP matters covers patents, trade marks and franchise agreements. Software licencing is another key strength of the firm; it advises major clients in the IT sector, including Google, on copyright and licensing issues, and drafts bespoke master services agreements for software companies and electronic payment services. Alexandra Lassina is a name to note.
‘Perfectly organized team with extensive knowledge in many areas.’
‘Bilyana is performing like a rockstar: competent and precise, on time and in budget.’
Fox Networks Group Bulgaria
Genica – Genetic medico-diagnostic laboratory
Pepkor Europe GmbH (Pepco chain)
AgriGate Media OOD
Zonapharm OOD /
Zona Pharma OOD
Julia Kontogruni Ltd.
PhoneArena and Titan Gate
Al-Furat for Tobacco and Cigarettes Industry Co.
Real estate and construction Tier 1The real estate and construction practice at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co consists of ‘first-class lawyers’ who advise corporations and private investors through the entire process of a project, from the due diligence and tax structuring of the property acquisition to the negotiating of construction and design contracts. Acquisitions and leasing arrangements are a core part of the team’s practice; the firm assisted Pepkor in arranging lease agreements for dozens of retail spaces across the country. Boyana Milcheva and Alexander Todorov jointly lead the team, while Metodi Baykushev, Pavlina Ivanova and Nickolay Kolev are highly praised.
Boyana Milcheva; Alexander Todorov
‘The team’s core members are highly skilled and proficient in real estate matters.’
‘A brilliant team of professionals, able to provide excellent service and meet tough deadlines.’
‘I can use only superlatives to describe the real estate team’s abilities, straightforward manner and dedication to their work.’
‘I was impressed by the lawyers’ competency, dedication and energy.’
Pepkor Europe GmbH
Man at Work
Dilyan Pavlov – Serial private entrepreneur
Pilko EOOD (part of Ameta Group)
Black Sea Properties
Varnapharma – M
Agrix Group of companies
Boyana Project 1 OOD
TMT Tier 1
'In a league of its own', Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has broad strength in this field and acts for market-leading clients. It advises on the regulatory, commercial and IP aspects of acquisitions as well as contentious matters. Prof Dr George Dimitrov, who jointly leads the practice, has extensive regulatory experience, having played a significant role in drafting Bulgaria’s TMT and IT legislation. Desislava Krusteva and Hristo Nihrizov also jointly lead the practice, and are experts in data protection and payment services, respectively. Nikola Stoychev is another name to note.
Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov; Hristo Nihrizov; Desislava Krusteva
‘DPC have no rival in Bulgaria when it is about technologies, telecommunications and data protection law.’
‘When it comes to technology law, DPC are in their own league.’
‘Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have provided us with outstanding service.’
‘As far as it concerns regulatory matters, one can rely on DPC’s lawyers for support in ensuring compliance with constantly evolving new requirements.’
‘Dr. George Dimitrov, Hristo Nihrizov and Desislava Krusteva are all recognized as top practitioners in the TMT sector, both nationally and worldwide.’
Bulgarian Association of Cable and Communications Operators
Fox Networks Group Bulgaria
European Commission DG Connect (via Spark Legal Network)
Law and Internet Foundation
Telia International Carrier
The banking and finance team at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co, which is led by the ‘impressive’ Hristo Nihrizov, principally advises on regulatory matters for high-profile clients. In 2018, the firm provided full legal assistance with setting up one of the first alternative funds for collective investment in Bulgaria and acted for clients on obtaining full-scope investment licences under MiFID II rules. The team also acts for borrowers on debt and credit restructurings as well as representing clients in proceedings brought by the Financial Supervision Commission. Pencho Stanchev, who ‘stands out’ for his ‘skills, accuracy, sharp mind and style’ is a key member of the team, and Boyana Milcheva (head of the real estate and construction practice) assists with matters related to project and real estate finance.
‘I would recommend these multifaceted, reliable and client-focused lawyers to every business peer.’
‘Dimitrov, Petrov & Co are offer excellent service in practically every area of law.’
‘They always find a solution which combines legal knowledge and forward thinking.’
Manchester Airport Group (part of Vitosha Consortium)
Vaha Trade EOOD
GetBack Bulgaria EOOD
Evrotrust Technologies AD
VM Petroleum / Tradenet Varna
The ‘exceptional team of professionals’ at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co are highly regarded by for their ‘ability to cover a wide range of areas’ and so provide ongoing and day-to-day strategic, transactional and regulatory advice across a broad spectrum of economic sectors. In 2019, the firm advised on mergers and acquisitions for clients in the IT, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. Zoya Todorova, a ‘brilliant lawyer’, leads the team, assisted by partner Boyana Milcheva, ‘whose expertise spans through corporate, commercial, employment, tax and real estate law’. Associate Radina Tomanova is ‘dedicated’.
‘The lawyers have often been challenged with complex problems and/or tough timings, but I’ve never heard them declare something impossible.‘
‘Pragmatic, high quality, responsive, and value for money.‘
‘Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have provided us with outstanding service. We particularly value their quick response to requests and their ability to present the results in a concise and timely manner.‘
‘We would recommend the whole team for their expertise, responsiveness and engagement.‘
Iron Mountain International Holdings
Pepkor Europe (Pepco Group)
Alpiq Energy SE
Mareshki Group of companies
Endress+Hauser Instruments International AG
LPP Fashion Bulgaria
Projects and PPP Tier 2
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co provides advice on projects in the telecommunications, manufacturing, mining, real estate, and energy industries. The firm is experienced in assisting international clients with entry into the Bulgarian market. Public procurement is another strength; the team has advised on the Sofia Airport Concession, as well as clients participating in bids for railway construction and the supply of vehicles to the government. Joint practice heads Boyana Milcheva and Metodi Baykushev offer experience in real estate matters, and public procurement litigation proceedings, respectively.
Boyana Milcheva; Metodi Baykushev
‘The team’s key strength is their client-oriented approach, backed up by in-depth legal knowledge and good understanding of the business specifics.’
‘They manage to perceive the assigned task, irrespective how complex it might be, and figure out a working solution, backed up by reasonable legal argumentation.’
‘What makes DPC a unique law firm is the way they communicate with the client. Their experienced and cooperative legal experts can erase every doubt in your project’s success and make you feel relaxed and confident.’
MAG – Manchester Airport Group
Alpiq Energia Bulgaria EOOD
Trakya Glass EAD
Man at Work
VM Petroleum JSCo. / Tradenet Varna Ltd.
Pasabahce Bulgaria EAD
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co’s transport practice acts for domestic and international freight and shipping services. The team drafts contracts, prepares consignment notices, and ensures compliance with environmental regulations. The firm also advises logistics clients on employment issues and assists with debt collection. Another key focus is transport infrastructure; the team advised Manchester Airport Group on its participation in the bid to operate Sofia Airport, and acted for the airport in abuse of dominance proceedings before the CPC. Practice head Donka Stoyanova focuses on air transport and airport operations and services, while associate Tsvetelina Georgieva acts in disputes.
Manchester Airports Group (part of Vitosha Consortium)
Sisecam Automotive Bulgaria
Mega Trucking Bulgaria
(part of EWALS Cargo Care Group)
J Nap International Transportbedrijf
Tradenet Varna, Pharmnet, Mareshki pharmacy chain
Energy and natural resources Tier 3
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co covers regulatory and contractual issues, including acting on contentious matters, for major renewable energy companies, including Alpiq and Windkraft Simonsfeld. The firm has experience of drafting commercial contracts regarding electricity grid connection and has assisted energy traders in obtaining licences to trade on the Ibex marketplace. Bogdan Petrov is highly experienced in regulatory matters and the 'talented' Zoya Todorova handles the firm’s transactional and contractual work. Senior associate Pencho Stanchev is 'very successful in litigation' according to one client.
Bogdan Petrov; Pencho Stanchev
‘The team is very efficient in providing assistance in major legal issues due to its large team consisting of lawyers of practically every specialization. Communicating and working with them is efficient which saves both time and costs of the client.’
‘Exceptionally high level of professional support. Very comprehensive knowledge in the field of energy, as well as all related areas.’
Alpiq Energy SE
Alpiq Energia Bulgaria EOOD
Windkraft Simonsfeld AG
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co > Firm Profile
The firm: Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is a pre-eminent full-range business law firm globally recognised for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in the key areas of business law – corporate, banking and securities, information and communication technologies, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, telecommunications, competition, pharmaceutical, real estate, construction, taxation, energy, public procurement, litigation, employment and social security. The firm was established in 1997 and has offices in Sofia and Varna. Currently, it has more than 50 staff members and is represented by eight highly respected and skilled partners who provide effective and innovative best-in-class legal solutions.
The team: Dimitrov, Petrov & Co offers more than solid legal advice, it offers partnership to share its clients’ vision. Its associates are committed, flexible, creative and globally minded lawyers who protect and assert their clients’ rights while guiding them through the legal process. Driven by the core mission to always provide the best legal advice, the firm’s lawyers constantly strive to gain extra knowledge and know-how and thus to remain innovative thinkers and contemporary legislation architects.
Alongside their strong practical experience, the team’s experts are widely recognised academic scholars in premiere universities, having been awarded the highest academic titles. They have trained attorneys-at-law, judges, prosecutors, investigators, in-house lawyers and state officials in the legal aspects of the implementation of the legislation in various law areas. They are authors of numerous publications and books and speakers at international conferences and business events.
The firm’s lawyers play a key role in numerous projects assigned and partnered by Bulgarian government institutions and the highly authoritative international institutions: World Bank, NATO, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Interpol, The European Commission, The Canadian Agency for International Development, USAID, etc.
Global reach: Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. maintains constant partner relations and professional co-operation on a case-by-case basis with a number of leading international law firms, including but not limited to Baker McKenzie, Bird & Bird, Hogan Lovells, Time.lex, Reed Smith, Hunton & Williams LLP, White & Case LLP, Fieldfisher, Lydian LLP, etc. The law firm is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham), the Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce – key driving forces for the development of a competitive business environment in the Bulgarian market. The law firm is also a member of the International Trademark Association, the European Communities Trade Mark Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Transatlantic Law International (TALI), etc.
Since 2005 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been a member of Meritas™, a global alliance of over 7,000 lawyers serving in 170+ full-service law firms across more than 70 countries. Through Meritas, clients seeking legal services can easily connect with pre-qualified legal expertise worldwide. Meritas firms are also required to participate in ongoing recertification and client satisfaction evaluations.
In September 2017 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. joined the South East Legal Alliance (SELA) – a regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe. The alliance members are among the top firms in their jurisdictions, providing the full range of legal and business services to local and international clients. SELA members work in close co-operation to offer clients a high-quality streamlined service in the countries of South East Europe provided by unified teams of lawyers with strong expertise in each of the jurisdictions in the region and cross-border transactional and advisory experience.
|Corporate and commercial/M&A||Zoya Todorova|
|Banking and securities||Hristo Nihrizov|
|Project finance||Alexander Todorov|
|IT and communications/advertising and media||George Dimitrov|
|Privacy and data protection||Desislava Krusteva|
|Real estate||Alexander Todorov|
|Competition and antitrust||Zoya Todorova|
|Employment and social securities||Zoya Todorova|
|Dispute resolution||Metodi Baykushev|
|Intellectual property and life sciences||Bilyana Angelova|
|Energy and utilities||Bogdan Petrov|
|Ms Albena Angelova||View Profile|
|Ms Bilyana Angelova||View Profile|
|Mr Metodi Baykushev||View Profile|
|Ms Sylvina Beleva||View Profile|
|Prof Dr George Dimitrov||View Profile|
|Ms Polya Dimitrova||View Profile|
|Ms Tsvetelina Georgieva||View Profile|
|Ms Pavlina Ivanova||View Profile|
|Mr Nikolay Kolev||View Profile|
|Ms Desislava Krusteva||View Profile|
|Alexandra Lassina||View Profile|
|Mr Ivan Alexander Manev||View Profile|
|Ms Boyana Milcheva||View Profile|
|Mr Hristo Nihrizov||View Profile|
|Mr Bogdan Petrov||View Profile|
|Ms Svilena Rakshieva||View Profile|
|Mr Pencho Stanchev||View Profile|
|Ms Nikoleta Stoyanova||View Profile|
|Mr Nikola Stoychev||View Profile|
|Ms Rositsa Vasileva||View Profile|
|Ms Asya Vladimirova||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 28 at this office : 26
LanguagesBulgarian English French German Italian Russian Spanish
MembershipsIBA Meritas SELA
OtherOther offices : Varna
CLIENT: Stanyo Stanev
COMPANY/FIRM: VM Petroleum
TESTIMONIAL: Being our legal advisors for more than 10 years, the lawyers of DPC have been supporting our oil and gas retail and wholesale business exposed to daily challenges and severe competition. The legal advice we have received in the grand corporate restructuring project, on financing, commercial, competition and tax issues, has always been timely, reliable, innovative. What we appreciate is the lawyers dedication and efficiency, the way they add value to our corporation. With a team of highly competent experts in all areas, DPC take care of our business to remain compliant to the dynamically evolving regulatory requirements and to conquer new market niches.
CLIENT: D-r Nikolay Georgiev
COMPANY/FIRM: Medical Centre for Plastic Surgery D-r Nikolai Georgiev
TESTIMONIAL: Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have lawyers very knowledgeable in medical malpractice matters. They represented our clinic in a complex two-instance court procedure and achieved success that was extremely important for our reputation. I remained impressed by their professionalism and creativity in building the winning strategy but also by the accuracy and transparency of the legal service.
CLIENT: Konstantin Bezuhanov
COMPANY/FIRM: Evrotrust Technologies AD
TESTIMONIAL: As CEO of a start-up company that seeks to impose an innovative product on the market, I highly value the legal advice given by DPCs experts. Without their unique expertise in the FinTech sector our project would not be given green light. Subsequently, they helped us with corporate restructuring what ensured additional funding and paved the way to the companys growth. This is indeed a full-service law firm on which I rely for this and other corporate projects.
CLIENT: Teodora Petrova
COMPANY/FIRM: Fox Networks Group Bulgaria
TESTIMONIAL: The lawyers of DPC have been supporting the in-house team of the Bulgarian subsidiary of 21st Century Fox for several years. We rely on their competent advice on versatile legal matters from general corporate, commercial and employment issues to compliance and data privacy matters. They have outstanding lawyers in all areas but what the IP team make for us is quite impressive. They take care of our copyright day-to-day protection and achieve ground-breaking court decisions. I personally respect the precise work, client focused approach and the strong service standards of the law firm.
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- Dispute resolution
- EU and competition
- Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property
- Real estate and construction