Ms Katerina Kraeva > Wolf Theiss > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile

Wolf Theiss
1407 SOFIA

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate, Tax.


Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2014, specialised in Banking & Finance, Corporate, Tax. Katerina advises lenders (senior and mezzanine) and borrowers on project finance, acquisition and asset based lending and restructuring. Her expertise covers regulatory issues in the financial sector – compliance, structuring, derivatives and commodities trading.


Counsel, Wolf Theiss, 2013 – 2014, Senior Associate, Wolf Theiss, 2011 – 2013.


English, Russian, German.


Sofia Bar Association.


Sofia University, Faculty of Law, Master of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Bulgaria > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Katerina KraevaWolf Theiss

A well-resourced and experienced team at Wolf Theiss holds its own in the Bulgarian market, advising major domestic banks on regulatory and transactional matters, as well cross-border financings of the highest complexity on behalf of international  institutions. It is acting for JP Morgan Securities on the €1.5bn bond financing of United Group’s headline acquisition of Vivacom, a deal led by practice co-heads Katerina Kraeva and Richard Clegg. Providing strong support, the junior bench includes experienced associate Jasmina Uzova, NPL specialist Konstantin Altandzhiyski  and dual UK-Bulgaria qualified consultant Irina Dekova .

Bulgaria > Real estate and construction

Wolf Theiss handles financing and investment structures, sales and purchases of high-value real estate and industrial infrastructure, commercial leasing and corporate work for real esate companies, among other matters. The multidisciplinary team is led by commercial and regulatatory partner Anna Rizova and finance specialist Katerina Kraeva, while associate Maria Nikolova has growing real estate experience and is a regular associate on client teams. International retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is a key client of the practice; others include Strabag and Soravia Group.

Bulgaria > Projects and PPP

Wolf Theiss boasts a track record of landmark infrastructure projects, concessions, procurement, PPP and privatisations. Currently, the portfolio includes acting for Turk Stream, an entity owned by OAO Gazprom regarding the construction and development of the offshore part of the gas pipeline Turk Stream, as well as advising the EIB on the financing of the Bulgaria-Greece Interconnector Project. The strong multidisciplinary team includes leading energy lawyer Radoslav Mikov, banking and finance specialist Katerina Kraeva  and coporate partner Richard Clegg, and is overseen by managing partner Anna Rizova.

Bulgaria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

An experienced team at Wolf Theiss is widely instructed in cross-border transactions involving both outbound as well as inbound investment, particularly within the energy and telecoms sectors. The firm also handles regional work for key clients out of the Sofia office, showcasing the capability of the team. The practice is led by Richard Clegg, who is qualified in the UK, Ireland and Bulgaria; Anna Rizova, former general counsel at Bulgaria’s first mobile operator; and Katerina Kraeva, who also brings in-house experience to the practice. Visa and AIG are clients.