Ilko Stoyanov > Schoenherr > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Corporate/M&A, EU & Competition




Ilko Stoyanov is partner with Schoenherr in Bulgaria where he specialises in Corporate/M&A and oversees the competition work in relation to transactional matters. Ilko has graduated in law from the Sofia University and has LL.M. degree from Columbia University Law School where he was also an editor of the Columbia Journal of East European Law. He is a member of the bar since 2004. Ilko regularly acts for clients on multinational acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Ilko has advised the investment funds BlackPeak Capital (Bulgaria), EQT (Sweden), Advent International (USA), Harbinger Capital Partners (USA), Mezzanine Management (Austria), Revetas Capital Advisors (UK) and B2 (Norway) and a wide array of foreign corporations on deals in the telecom, technology, start-up, banking, insurance, pharmacy, energy, food and manufacturing industries. Ilko has advised on the largest by volume M&A transactions in Bulgaria in 2018 (banking and insurance) and 2019 (telecom).


Bulgarian, English, Spanish


Admitted to the Bar in Bulgaria


Columbia Law School, New York/USA (LL.M. 2004)
Sofia University, Sofia/Bulgaria (Master’s degree in Law 2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Bulgaria > TMT

Commended for its ‘international know-how‘, Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova)’s ‘well-established TMT team’ has a track record in noteworthy transactions which continues to grow, as evidenced by its recent advice to United Group on the acquisition of several leading telecoms companies, including Net1, Digital Cable Television (N3) and NetworX Bulgaria. The practice is also active in matters concerning the provision of electronic services and e-commerce, as well as data protection issues. ‘Experienced negotiatorIlko Stoyanov, who specialises in corporate mandates and M&A deals arising out of the telecoms sector, leads the team alongside head of regulatory Stefana Tsekova. Radoslav Chemshirov left the firm in November 2021.

Bulgaria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Ilko StoyanovSchoenherr

Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) ‘combines legal expertise with business perception and excellent client care’ when advising on some of the largest transactions on the Bulgarian market. Dual Bulgarian and Austrian qualified practice co-leader Alexandra Doytchinova, who ‘stands out with huge practical experience’, led the team in advising MET Group on the acquisition of 42 MW wind park from Enel Green Power. Practice co-leader Ilko Stoyanov is noted for his ‘exceptional’ expertise ‘in the field of corporate transformations, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions’.

Bulgaria > EU and competition

Schoenherr is noted for its expertise in cross-border merger control mandates; the team successfully advised United Group on obtaining merger control approvals following its acquisition of Bulgarian operators Net1, ComNet Sofia, Digital Cable Television and Networx-Bulgaria. The team also handles competition compliance, anti-competitive agreements and antitrust proceedings. Corporate and M&A partner Ilko Stoyanov jointly leads practice alongside Galina Petkova, who is praised for her ‘exceptional’ experience ‘in the field of compliance, antitrust and unfair competition’.

Bulgaria > Banking, finance and capital markets

Schoenherr advises corporate clients and financial institutions on a wide range of matters, from project and acquisition finance to debt restructuring and refinancing, as well as financial transactions and regulatory issues. Tsvetan Krumov, who has experience in advising banks and other financial institutions on regulatory matters, leads the team and is supported by associate Milena Gabrovska. Ilko Stoyanov also plays a key role on major matters.