Firm Profile > Dimitrov, Petrov & Co > Sofia, Bulgaria

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co
28 TODOR ALEXANDROV BLVD
FLOOR 7
1303 SOFIA
Bulgaria

Dispute resolution Tier 1

An extensive caseload at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co includes litigation and arbitration across a range of industries, as well as reguatory disputes in the banking, pharma, telecoms, energy and competition fields, to name a few. Practice head Metodi Baykushev has a high profile and produces 'top-quality work'; he is leading advice on a €10m-plus claim in the military equipment industry. Alexander Todorov is recommended for real estate and construction litigation and arbitration, while a niche strength of the firm is medical malpractice defence.

Practice head(s):

Metodi Baykushev

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Todorov

Testimonials

‘The team consists of very professional, selected, young, motivated and clever staff. They are well organised, always in touch (24/7) and the give 100% from their knowledge to help our organisation in all legal questions.’

‘They are quite knowledgeable and dedicated as well customer centric.’

‘All lawyers are very responsive and offer straight-to-the point advice on all questions we have in connection to the everyday company activities. We are especially pleased with the work of the lawyers in handling the corporate documents of our companies, labour issues and the way they managed several lawsuits with contracting authorities (the outcome of these lawsuits was very important for our future collaboration with some of the contracting authorities).’

‘Our main contact is Metodi Baykushev, who produces top-quality work and provided us with an outstanding analysis of the factual and legal situation regarding different questions. We appreciated his personal commitment and 24/7 availability.’

‘The core value of this practice is the comprehensive advice on complex questions, which cover different areas. They work really fast and effectively due to their industry knowledge. It is always their aim to understand the client.’

‘We have a very good collaboration with Donka Stoyanova; she is our main contact. She has led several complicated lawsuits initiated by the Ministry of Defence against the company, most of which ended successfully for us. We have worked with her also for various contracts and labour issues. We are especially impressed with her ability to find always a satisactory legal solution and to communicate effectively with the people in charge in our organisation. Tsevetelina Georgieva and Emil Tumbev also take part in the lawsuits, they are very good at completing various procedures.’

Key clients

eINS

Ekarisaj-Varna

Van Ameyde International

Tradenet Varna (part of Mareshki group of companies)

Boyana Project 1

Damyan Diamandiev

Tradenet Varna

Trayal Corporation

Monolitstroy

Ivan Bolado and Jokin Barcena

EU and competition Tier 1

Leading corporate and M&A lawyer Zoya Todorova at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co is equally praised for her competition and anti-trust practice, attracting enviable clients such as Google, Pfizer and Telenor Bulgaria to the firm. On the litigious front, the firm successfully represented Sofia Airport in abuse of dominant position proceedings before the regulator. The team also includes experienced senior associate Donka Stoyanova, who co-advised on the Sofia Airport matter and is 'very diligent'. Clients rate the firm's 'impeccable professional approach'.

Practice head(s):

Zoya Todorova

Other key lawyers:

Donka Stoyanova

Testimonials

‘DPC experts are undoubtedly among the best ones especially in the area of EU & competition law. What we cherish most is that we do not receive just formal legal advice, but also practical and effective solutions. Possessing thorough regulatory knowledge and an excellent understanding of our corporate structure and strategic objectives, DPC lawyers have managed to gain our trust. ’

‘The people at DPC are all just great.’

‘The competition practice, led by Zoya Todorova, is impressive. Zoya is capable of addressing any issue relating to EU and national competition law. Her extensive knowledge spans from merger control to compliance issues, to abuse of dominance. Being very balanced and methodical, Zoya always adopts the right approach when dealing with relevant authorities, which, in turn, leads to good relationships with case teams from day one. Moreover, the work product is always delivered on time and to a high standard.’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Zoya Todorova and Radina Tomanova on a very complex merger control proceedinsg before the Bulgarian competition authority. Their knowledge of the law, attention to detail, delivery on time and friendliness turned a very challenging and complex project into an absolute pleasant experience.’

‘We are very pleased with the services of Dimitrov, Petrov and Co. The law firm provides full-scale assistance to our group on competition, dispute resolution and corporate matters, which, in my opinion, defines the in-depth approach of the experts when handling the matters addressed to them. All experts from the law who are involved in the legal assistance to our group have excellent command of law, impeccable professional approach and very responsible attitude to all matters. For many years, the team has shown commitment, in-depth expertise and a constant search for innovative and alternative approaches to solving the issues.’

‘We communicate mainly with Metodi Baykushev. He is a very knowledgeable and reliable lawyer and we know we can call him for any legal issues we have, no matter the day and time, and they will be taken care of in the best way. Donka Stoyanova is very diligent and has been extremely helpful on any competition matters.’

‘The firm has unbelievably wide and detailed knowledge and practical experience in the antitrust and competition matters in the state and internationally. Their legal assistance is enhanced by the team’s expertise and grasp of the economic and regulatory fields. DPC’s extraordinary in-team coordination and professionalism are not only strengths but also the main tools they have in providing efficient and successful legal assistance.’

‘Zoya Todorova is the most experienced and knowledgeable legal professional I have worked with. Being extremely accurate and prompt in her communication she has always been able to clearly hear and effectively respond to all our business needs, often ones we hadn’t even realised.’

Key clients

Google

Telenor Bulgaria

Sofia Airport

Johnson & Johnson

Pfizer Luxemburg, Bulgaria Branch

VML Consult

Ameta Group

Degrets

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

A truly deep offering in the healthcare and life sciences sector is provided by Dimitrov, Petrov & Co due to the firm's 'real in-depth knowledge of the pharma and medical devices sector and the regulatory framework governing it.' Biliyana Angelova heads the IP and life sciences group and leads on many of the key mandates. She is supported by leading corporate and regulatory partner Zoya Todorova and experienced associates Asya Vladimirova  and Encho Simeonov. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly instruct the firm and Gedeon Richter is a recent gain.

Practice head(s):

Bilyana Angelova

Other key lawyers:

Zoya Todorova; Asya Vladimirova; Encho Simeonov

Testimonials

‘They have real in-depth knowledge of the pharma and medical devices sector and the regulatory framework governing it. They follow the legal developments closely and assist the Bulgarian government with the drafting of laws in this field so have valuable knowledge.’

‘I have worked with Zoya Todorova, Bilyana Angelova and Asya Vladimirova. All are excellent: professional, efficient and they provide practical advice.’

‘The entire team is committed to helping the client and taking care of all the details; the client feels cared for and well informed about the case and the principles of cooperation which is much appreciated.’

‘Bilyana Angelova provides prompt reaction and profound insight into the case.’

‘Recommended for their promptness in reply and great analysis and inspection of any issue.’

‘The team’s strengths include high level of responsibility, loyalty, and professionality. Bilyana Angelova supports us 24/7 on a wide range of cases.’

‘DPC’s reputation in the area of medical malpractice cases is impeccable. Their experts have demonstrated great knowledge in the specific area of medical disputes and proved to be very good litigators. Their expertise and responsiveness give us the confidence that we receive the best professional and cost-effective business advice. This year the DPC team successfully closed a complex case about alleged medical malpractice involving civil and penal aspects with significant material interest.’

‘Our main contact at the firm is Encho Simeonov. He is a brilliant litigator, who combines long-term practical experience with a strategic mind when it comes to complex disputes. He is reliable, always available and loyal.’

Key clients

Pfizer Luxemburg, Bulgaria Branch

Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria/Janssen-Cilag International

Eli Lilly (Suisse)

Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG – Bulgarian Branch/Boehringer Ingelheim Austria

Gedeon Richter

Specialized Pediatric Hospital for Active Treatment – prof. Ivan Mitev EAD

Olam Polska

BBA Ecotech

Ilea – M

Zonapharm and Zona Pharma

PMA – Pharma Marketing Advisors

Genetic medico-diagnostic laboratory Genica

Second Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Sheinovo

Progen

Intellectual property Tier 1

A leader in the field of TMT, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has the deep IP capability that such sector clients demand. Its comprehensive practice includes sophisticated disputes and advisory matters in respect of copyright, trade marks, patents, franchising, domain names, marketing campaigns and advertising, among others. Head of the practice Biliyana Angelova is widely praised by clients and noted as 'very strong in IP and a pleasure to deal with.’ Google, The Walt Disney Company and Novomatic are clients of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bilyana Angelova

Other key lawyers:

Asya Vladimirova; Alexandra Lassina

Testimonials

‘The team is scrupulous: any issue is analysed in depth and any relevant aspect is accurately explained to the client. The firm promptly answers emails and is at the client’s disposal for every aspect. Excellent accuracy with regard to researches and analysis of the matter.’

‘DPC are true market leaders, with unmatched expertise in intellectual property law. They demonstrate versatile insight in the area, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a business-oriented approach. What we find most valuable is the team.’

‘The whole team has been doing an excellent job, with our key contact being the partner Bilyana Angelova. We also have excellent impressions from the senior associate Asya Vladimirova, as well as from Alexandra Lassina. Apart from being proven experts in the field, they all stood out as extremely reliable and dedicated and with an impeccable response time.’

‘The team’s strenghth is undoubtrdly its international standard, meaning its high level of knowledge in all fields of IP, professional approach and excellent case handling.’

‘We are working with Bilyana Angelova in many cases, especially in an international  trade mark war in the field of gaming, involving several trade mark proceedings in Bulgaria (but also internationally). Bilyana is nearly 24/7 available, extremly quick in finding solutions and just an outstanding pleasure to work with: young, competent and nice – just perfect!’

‘They provide swift and comprehensive advice on IP matters in Bulgaria. We have an easy communication with Bilyana Angelova, partner. She has a remarkable response time and always provides the most cost and time-efficient solutions for our clients.’

‘Very cost-efficient and responsive. Bilyana Angelova is very strong in IP and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Very quick and reliable, did not mind a very short deadline, proactive and clear advice. Bilyana Angelova is a great leader, makes sure that everything works smoothly, and has a great understanding of trade mark law.’

Key clients

Google

The Walt Disney Company

Novomatic

mobile.de

team.blue

ATPCO

AB Solutions

Hell Energy

Zona Pharma & Zonapharm

Julia Kontogruni

PhoneArena & Titan Gate

Fintech Services

Al-Furat for Tobacco and Cigarettes Industry Co.

Genetic medico-diagnostic laboratory Genica

Hellenic Dairies

H&V Consultant

Evrotrust Technologies

BBA Ecotech

Cuppfee

TMT Tier 1

'True market leader' Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has built its full-service offering around the TMT industry, where it has long led the market under the leadership of founding partner, George Dimitrov, a 'pioneer of the IT sector'. The expert team also includes specialist TMT and finance partner Hristo Nihrizov and IT, privacy and data protection partner Desislava Krusteva. Clients highlight the 'versatile insight in the field, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a business-oriented approach'. Google, The Walt Disney Company and Pfizer instruct the firm.

Practice head(s):

George Dimitrov; Hristo Nihrizov; Desislava Krusteva

Testimonials

‘Very practical guidance and commercial in nature. Effective in communicating the key issues. Great value for money and very personable.’

‘Hristo Nihrizov provides what feels like a personalised service, making you feel that nothing is too much trouble to provide a solution to your issue. He is approachable, effective at distilling the issues and helping you to reach pragmatic and commercial solutions. He is not afraid to give you the tough advice!’

‘DPC are true market leaders, especially their technology, media and telecommunications department. They demonstrate versatile insight in the field, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a business-oriented approach. What we find most valuable is the teamwork.’

‘The whole team has been doing an excellent job, with our key contacts being the heads of the practice group. ’

‘We have been actively working with Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. for more than six years. Prior to that we have occasionally worked on individual projects over a period of more than ten years. We would recommend them for their expertise, responsiveness and engagement. We are satisfied with the quality of service and the price/value offering.’

‘Our primary point of contact is Desislava Krusteva, who is responsible for the ongoing work related to our legal compliance activities and has provided us with an outstanding service. We particularly value the quick response to requests, ability to cover a wide range of areas and ability to present the results in a concise and timely manner.’

‘DPC are still leaders when it comes to the whole spectrum of ICT law – data and privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunication, e-commerce, AI, and other areas of key expertise, such as intellectual property for example. We invite their experts to assist us in our international and national project tasks. We have always received exceptional timeliness, excellent commitment, in-depth knowledge, and adequate advising when needed. Often, we have to keep to very tight deadlines, and we are happy that the DPC team respond to the urgency in a very timely manner. Through their experts’ assistance, we maintain a very good profile among our partners. We plan on continuing our successful collaboration.’

‘The diversity and variety of projects and project topics my organisation faces is large. Our team is happy to know that no matter the specifics of the ICT topic we will be faced, there are respective experts at DPC. In the past year we had a very specific demand from a ministerial institution, and Donka Stoyanova not only managd to respond to the timeline (given her tight schedule), but was also recognised as an exceptional expert in the field of public procurement. A key element of our collaboration is the fact that we often refer to the DPC team with just a question (sometimes urgent), and they are always eager to provide what is needed. This means a lot to us.’

Key clients

Telenor/PPF

Google

The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria

Evrotrust Technologies

Pfizer

Dalmatika EOOD and Socialcard EOOD

Law and Internet Foundation

Progen

PMA -Pharma Marketing Advisors

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co scoops some prestigious instructions, such as the restructuring of Telenor Bulgaria and working alongside the UK's Allen & Overy LLP in representing the lender to a bidder for the €3.5bn concession for Sofia Airport. Typically, the firm acts for borrowers and recently gained a major internet company as a new client. At the helm, Hristo Nihrizov combines his banking and finance and TMT expertise to bring specialist digital finance know-how to the market. Alexander Todorov is a strong number two.

Practice head(s):

Hristo Nihrizov

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Todorov; Boyana Milcheva

Testimonials

‘The firm maintains a relationship with me, communicating recent changes in the legal environment directly applicable to my particular niche without my company being on a retainer with them.’

‘The DPC team is famous for its hard work and devotion to each project. They constantly raise the bar of legal expertise. The team works in important fintech projects thus shaping the contemporary legislative landscape in the evolving financial sector. They are involved in the restructuring of a well-known company and advise both lenders and borrowers in project finance across different industry sectors. ’

‘Hristo Nihrizov is successfully leading the practice with a lot of enthusiasm and dedication. He possesses in-depth industry knowledge gained in his work for many banks and financial institutions. Hristo is an impeccable legal expert in the field and I know that he is often invited as a lecturer in banking and finance training seminars. Alexander Todorov also deserves recognition for his high-level work in various finance projects. ’

‘DPC are true market leaders, with unmatchable expertise in the banking, finance, and capital markets practice area. They demonstrate versatile insight in the sector, interdisciplinary knowledge, and business-oriented approach. What we find most valuable is the team.’

‘The whole team has been doing an excellent job, with our key contacts being two of the partners Hristo Nihrizov and Alexander Todorov, as well as senior associate Pencho Stanchev. Apart from having a proven competency in banking and finance law, they all stood out as extremely reliable and dedicated and with an impeccable response time.’

‘Dimitrov, Petrov and Co is a highly reliable partner to collaborate with or give mandates on banking and finance projects, especially if they involve international elements. The team is highly versed, intelligent and experienced. Their command of the English language is close to native speakers.’

The team is very responsive and stands-out in the Bulgarian market with their expertise. Partner Hristo Nihrizov is the expert to contact. He is leading the banking and finance practice. Hristo is regularly leading experts’ seminars and training on various professional teams.’

Key clients

Excelion Development Group

Manchester Airport Group

Telenor/PPF

Dalmatika

DMV

Evrotrust Technologies

ProCredit Bank

Monolitstroy

New Vision 3

VM Petroleum/Tradenet Varna

DJM Trust

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Best known for its TMT capability, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co continues to expand into other sectors, gaining a broad client base of domestic and foreign clients ranging from individual entrepeneurs to global giants such as Pfizer. Notably, the firm acted for Telenor/PPF on its restructuring and spin-off of infrastructure from its retail businss, work led by 'brilliant lawyer' and head of the practice Zoya Todorova and TMT specialist Hristo Nihrizov. Other key members of the team include Boyana Milcheva and associate Radina Tomanova.

Practice head(s):

Zoya Todorova

Other key lawyers:

Boyana Milcheva; Radina Tomanova

Testimonials

‘The corporate and commercial department of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is possibly the most dedicated team of professionals I have worked with throughout my career. They are always striving to be up-to-date, to learn new things, to provide service in accordance with the highest standards. They work really hard but there is a spirit of friendship and mutual understanding and help in the team.’

‘They are very human in their language and are a problem-solving oriented company. It was the first time I read a legal advice where I understood everything. There was no excessive info, details or terminology.’

They have excellent knowledge and real life experience/practice of the whole corporate law landscape, particularly Zoya Todorova. ’

‘The interaction among the lawyers within the team and the firm is impressive. Every work we mandate is carefully analysed from different perspectives, so that no detail is missed. Every legal opinion we receive is excellent and our legal advisors stand out with client-focused, business-specific approach. We particularly appreciate their initiative to regularly update us on every important change in the legal framework.’

‘ We work closely with the partner Zoya Todorova who is a brilliant lawyer, very competent and experienced, demonstrating impressive market knowledge. She is also a good team leader, inspiration for the young talents in the team. I would like to distinguish also Radina Tomanova, Polya Dimitrova and Rositsa Vasileva – very bright young ladies and our dedicated advisors on all challenging labour issues besides the day-to-day commercial tasks. I must also mention the partner Boyana Milcheva – top legal expert in many areas of law, our primary legal contact and a big friend to all Bulgarian subsidiaries of our group.’

‘The team has a very strong commercial, corporate and M&A practice. We have recently completed a common project, where the team demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Bulgarian corporate law and governance of state-owned enterprises.’

‘Zoya Todorova is an excellent commercial and corporate lawyer, excelling in what she knows, curious and a quick learner.’

Key clients

Telenor/PPF

Pfizer Luxembourg

New Vision 3

Agrix Bulgaria

Iron Mountain International Holdings

Pepkor Europe

Şişecam Group Bulgaria

Projects and PPP Tier 2

Clients highly rate the team at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co, which is praised for its 'interdisciplinary knowledge and business-oriented approach' and earns roles in a number of major projects and concession and public procurement tenders. A recent example is its work alongside the UK's Allen & Overy LLP in representing Manchester Airport Group in its unsuccessful bid for the Sofia Airport concession. Head of construction and 'exceptional talent' Boyana Milcheva and leading litigator Metodi Baykushev comprise a strong leadership duo. Senior associates Pavlina Ivanova and Pencho Stanchev are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Boyana Milcheva; Metodi Baykushev

Other key lawyers:

Pavlina Ivanova; Pencho Stanchev

Testimonials

‘DPC provides true full-service legal consultation – from the initial brainstorming how to structure the deal, through all its stages and post-closing compliance matters. Each member of the firm shows incredible legal knowledge and they all act like one team. Their willingness and dedication to finish each project in the best possible way for the client is what differentiates them. As a client, I am truly impressed and I can feel that they really care about my company and the overall success of the venture. This is valid for the real estate and construction practice, the PPP team and tax as well.’

‘I work closely with Alexander Todorov. He is a notable lawyer who has everything that my trusted advisor should possess – impressive legal knowledge, core industry expertise both in real estate and construction, business flair and amazing personal qualities: honesty, high morality and leadership. ’

‘DPC are true market leaders, with exceptional expertise in the area of projects and PPP. They demonstrate versatile insight in the field, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a business-oriented approach. What we find most valuable is the team’s ability to always provide strategic and applicable solutions for any issue arising within our day-to-day operations. DPC’s professional expertise, combined with а personal approach, responsiveness, and flexibility, turns the law firm into a trusted and irreplaceable partner.’

‘The whole team has been doing an excellent job, with our key contacts being the heads of the practice group – Boyana Milcheva and Metodi Baykushev. We also have excellent impressions from the senior associates Pavlina Ivanova, Pencho Stanchev and Donka Stoyanova. Apart from being proven experts in the field, they all stood out as extremely reliable and dedicated and with an impeccable response time.’

‘The experts of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have been our trusted legal advisors ever since our entry to the Bulgarian market a few years ago. They are a full-service business law firm, which we find very handy as we do not need to seek advice from various lawyers. They have experts in all areas of law we are interested in and they collaborate with one another like a well-oiled machine. Thus they analyse our problems from aspects even we never would have thought of. They have come to know our business in detail, which makes communication very smooth. What makes them unique, however,  is their attitude – friendly and professional at the same time – and the way they explain complicated matters in simple words.’

‘Boyana Milcheva is an exceptional talent in the areas of real estate and project development. There is no secrets for her when it comes to selecting, acquiring or renting properties, analysing project documentation, negotiating strategies and practice. She is deeply devoted to her work and clients and I know I can rely upon her unconditionally. Pavlina Ivanova is another real estate expert I am really impressed with. She is also very reliable, diligent and solution-oriented. The level of service they both provide is beyond anything I have seen so far.’

‘What makes the practice unique is the people. They are all very intelligent, friendly, and goal-oriented. We know that we can rely on them anytime and for anything – very much like friends do. We have worked with them for more than five years and their performance has always been impeccable. ’

‘It has been a real pleasure to work with them. Boyana Milcheva and Zoya Todorova are the partners we first met and have worked most with. They are very smart, great problem solvers and they definitely know thier law. They both can explain complex legal notions in simple words and in great detail and always listen to what we say. Last but not least, they are very easy-going and have a good sense of humour. As a woman I am proud to see such bright and talented young women having achieved so much in their career with their skills and hard work.’

Key clients

Telenor

Jotov & Son Bulgaria

MAG – Manchester Airport Group

New Vision 3

Excelion Development Group

Ogosta Energy

VM Petroleum/Tradenet Varna

Pepkor Europe

Evrotrust Technologies

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co showcases its capability in the real estate and construction space with a breadth of developments and high-value land acquisitions. Clients highly rate the firm's 'end-to-end service' and 'very good communication with the State and municipal authorities', as demonstrated by its work for VM Petroleum/Tradenet Varna regarding their expansion in Bulgaria, including the construction of new petrol stations and an office centre. The practice is led by much-praised and 'impressively experienced' Boyana Milcheva and Alexander Todorov, who has 'core industry expertise'.

Practice head(s):

Boyana Milcheva; Alexander Todorov

Other key lawyers:

Pavlina Ivanova; Pencho Stanchev

Testimonials

‘DPC’s construction and real estate team is unique with their impressive synergy and expertise. They are not only knowledgeable specialists in the area, but also proficient communicators and problem-solvers, skills which are the root foundations of their firm. They assisted us on complex real estate matters covering all possible steps in acquiring real estate and a consequent construction project, saving us a lot of time and resources.’

‘We have been working with Boyana Milcheva for a couple of successful years now; she is highly responsive, dedicated and competent. Not only is she impressively experienced in all fields of the construction sector, but she is a one-in-a-million type of professional. Her extensive expertise is refined in such a way that she manages to provide comprehensive legal assistance on complicated matters. Pavlina Ivanova is another valued legal advisor of ours. She stands out with her in-depth knowledge, experience in the real estate field, always prompt, committed and swiftly responsive. Nikolay Kolev is a junior but very promising member of their team.’

‘DPC experts are undoubtedly among the best, and the area of real estate and construction law is among their strongest. What we cherish most is that we do not receive just formal legal advice, but also practical and effective solutions. Possessing thorough regulatory knowledge and an excellent understanding of our corporate structure and strategic objectives, DPC lawyers have managed to gain our trust.’

‘I work mostly with Boyana Milcheva. She is an excellent specialist in her field. Has complex knowledge of the matters and her assistance is very detailed and swift. I felt very cared for as a client and instantly relied on her as advisor. ’

‘Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have been our trusted legal partner in various areas of business law for more than ten years and we couldn’t be happier with their work. They provide end-to-end service and this is very important for us since our business group encompasses many companies from various industries. Their real estate practice is very well-developed, with an impressive track record and experts with various backgrounds and specialisation, such as real estate dispute resolution, construction and project development.’

‘Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers are quite experienced in dealing with all kinds of real estate and they are not afraid of large scale or more complex projects. They have very good communication with the State and municipal authorities. In the last few years we have invested in various real estate projects and the services they have provided have always been of exquisite quality.’

‘The real estate team is led by Boyana Milcheva who in my opinion is a real estate law expert of the highest class possible. She is very intelligent, confident in what she does, fully solution and client-oriented. Speaking of great lawyers, I must mention Metodi Baykushev, who is a real estate and dispute resolution professional in a league of his own and a very friendly person too. Working with him is always a very positive experience. Pencho Stanchev and Pavlina Ivanova are also key members of the team. Both are very knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with.’

‘DPC provide true full-service legal consultation – from the initial brainstorming how to structure the deal, through all its stages and post-closing compliance matters. Each member of the firm shows incredible legal knowledge and they all act like one team. Their willingness and dedication to finish each project in the best possible way for the client is what differentiates them. As a client, I am truly impressed and I can feel that they really care about my company and the overall success of the venture.’

‘I work closely with Alexander Todorov. He is a notable lawyer who has everything that my trusted advisor should possess – impressive legal knowledge, core industry expertise, both in real estate and construction, business flair and amazing personal qualities: honesty, high morality and leadership.’

Key clients

Excelion Development Group

Jotov & Son Bulgaria

VM Petroleum/Tradenet Varna

Endless Company

Australian family business

Ogosta Energy

Pepkor Europe

Man-at-Work

Varnapharma-M

MegaStocken

Transport (including shipping) Tier 2

The strong regulatory practice at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co extends to the transport sector, particularly aviation where the firm attracts a number of significant clients in the industry. They include Manchester Airport Group, Sofia Airport and a national airline, while road and rail clients also instruct the firm. Experienced senior associate Donka Stoyanova heads the practice, and is specialised in dispute resolution, competition, public procurement and transport, while partners from across the firm assist where needed. Associate Tsvetelina Georgieva completes the team.

Practice head(s):

Donka Stoyanova

Other key lawyers:

Tsvetelina Georgieva

Testimonials

‘The team provides first-class advice and services in all areas of business law. Their assistance with regard to the development of our projects from scratch has been invaluable. DPC has experts with different specialisations, including transport, who view our projects from different angles as needed and work together to provide a multi-faceted service. They have also come to know our business and team very well, which makes working with them so easy. They have a better approach to clients, a more transparent billing system, and provide better value for money than any other law firm we have worked with.’

‘Metodi Baykushev stands out with his dedication, wit and responsiveness. He possesses all the qualities and skills of a brilliant lawyer. Metodi is our main point of contact with DPC and I think I can also call him a good friend. Another lawyer definitely worth mentioning is Pencho Stanchev. He is very knowledgeable, confident and friendly. He always gives competent answers to our questions in no time. Tsveteina Georgieva is very diligent and straight to the point.’

‘We worked with DPC on an aircraft transaction and they were very knowledgeable of the pecularities of the aviation industry. It will be hard to find another Bulgarian firm that can match DPC in the area.’

‘We worked with Metodi Baykushev, a partner at DPC and worked with him on a range of transactions. Extremely pleasant to work with. Very business oriented.’

‘The company is competent in specific matters.’

‘Fast, quality consultations, commitment, responsibility, precision. Tsvetelina Georgieva, Zoya Todorova and Boyana Milcheva are recommended.’

Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

Sofia Airport

Alex 96

Sisecam Automotive Bulgaria

Pasabahce Bulgaria

Mega Trucking Bulgaria (part of EWALS Cargo Care Group)

Tradenet Varna, Pharmnet, Mareshki pharmacy chain

Most 81

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has a robust practice, advising both energy suppliers and consumers with particular strength in regulatory and litigious matters. The multidisciplinary team is co-lead by Bogdan Petrov, who has deep industry experience and is assisted by 'extremely experienced and knowledgeable' senior associate Pencho Stanchev. Corporate lawyer Zoya Todorova is another key adviser.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Petrov; Pencho Stanchev

Other key lawyers:

Zoya Todorova

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is their strong client focus, they know our business very well and are able to immediately target key commercial issues.’

‘I would like to praise Zoya Todorova for her extraordinary commitment. We have continuously worked together for many years now and there have never been any low points in her performance.’

‘A very occidental law firm in an eastern country, with very high-profile partners and lawyers and with a very well-established practice. Zoya Todorova is a very experienced and client-friendly partner, with very high coverage and astonishing skills. Polya Donkova is a young, talented lawyer, very good and very ambitious.’

‘The lawyers from DPC have in-depth knowledge of the energy sector in Bulgaria and namely the electricity market. They have the ability to handle very complex issues and present arguments in a simple-to-understand, yet elegant and tech-savvy way.’

‘We work closely with partners Metodi Baykushev and Hristo Nihrizov, as well as with senior associate Pencho Stanchev. All three of them showed great work ethics and ability to aptly navigate the complex regulatory framework of the energy sector in Bulgaria. Although handling only supervisory functions and not being involved in day-to-day business, partner Metodi Baykushev is always available and ready to assist if the need arises.’

‘The firm has very wide and detailed knowledge and practical experience in the energy sector regarding regulatory and litigation matters. DPC’s extraordinary in-team coordination and professionalism are not only strengths but also the main tools they have in providing efficient and successful legal assistance.’

‘Metodi Baykushev is an outstanding lawyer with his friendly, yet professional, attitude. His vast experience in the field together with his deep knowledge makes him communicate in a comprehensive and efficient manner which is a key point to our successful collaboration. Pencho Stanchev is young but extremely experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. Always prompt and extremely competent. His assistance is highly valued by us.’

‘What makes the practice unique is the people. They changed my personal notion of lawyers. They are all very intelligent, friendly, and goal-oriented. We know that we can rely on them anytime and for anything – very much like friends do. We have worked with them for more than five years and their performance has always been impeccable. Recently they assisted us with some hard negotiations on electricity pricing and they did a great job.’

Key clients

Alpiq Energy

ALRO

Pasabahce Bulgaria

Windkraft Simonsfeld

VM Petroleum, Tradenet Varna

Trakya Glass

Sisecam Bulgaria

Pasabahce Bulgaria

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Telecommunications Hristo Nihrizov
Real estate Alexander Todorov
Construction Boyana Milcheva
Lobbying George Dimitrov
Competition and antitrust Zoya Todorova
Administrative Metodi Baykushev
Employment and social securities Zoya Todorova
Dispute resolution Metodi Baykushev
Intellectual property and life sciences Bilyana Angelova
Taxation Boyana Milcheva
Energy and utilities Bogdan Petrov
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Bilyana Angelova  photo Ms Bilyana Angelova Partner
Ms Albena Angelova  photo Ms Albena Angelova Of Counsel
Mr Metodi Baykushev  photo Mr Metodi Baykushev Partner
Ms Sylvina Beleva  photo Ms Sylvina Beleva Senior Associate
Prof Dr George Dimitrov  photo Prof Dr George Dimitrov Partner.
Ms Polya Dimitrova  photo Ms Polya Dimitrova Associate
Ms Tsvetelina Georgieva  photo Ms Tsvetelina Georgieva Senior Associate
Ms Pavlina Ivanova  photo Ms Pavlina Ivanova Senior Associate
Mr Nikolay Kolev  photo Mr Nikolay Kolev Associate
Ms Desislava Krusteva  photo Ms Desislava Krusteva Partner
Mr Ivan Alexander Manev  photo Mr Ivan Alexander Manev Associate
Ms Boyana Milcheva  photo Ms Boyana Milcheva Partner
Mr Hristo Nihrizov  photo Mr Hristo Nihrizov Partner
Ms Maria Pankova photo Ms Maria Pankova Associate
Mr Bogdan Petrov  photo Mr Bogdan Petrov Partner
Ms Svilena Rakshieva  photo Ms Svilena Rakshieva Legal Expert
Mr Encho Simeonov  photo Mr Encho Simeonov Senior Associate
Mr Pencho Stanchev  photo Mr Pencho Stanchev Partner
Ms Nikoleta Stoyanova  photo Ms Nikoleta Stoyanova Of Counsel
Ms Donka Stoyanova  photo Ms Donka Stoyanova Partner
Mr Nikola Stoychev  photo Mr Nikola Stoychev Senior Associate
Mr Alexander Todorov  photo Mr Alexander Todorov Partner
Ms Zoya Todorova  photo Ms Zoya Todorova Partner
Ms Radina Tomanova  photo Ms Radina Tomanova Associate
Mr Emil Tumbev  photo Mr Emil Tumbev Senior Associate
Ms Rositsa Vasileva  photo Ms Rositsa Vasileva Associate
Ms Asya Vladimirova  photo Ms Asya Vladimirova Senior Associcate
Ass Prof Martin Zahariev photo Ass Prof Martin Zahariev Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 28
at this office : 26
Bulgarian
English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish
IBA
Meritas
SELA
Other 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 DPC’s 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 company’s 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.