Mr Ivan Todorov > Georgiev, Todorov & Co > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile

Georgiev, Todorov & Co
27 PARCHEVICH STREET
1000 SOFIA
Bulgaria
Ivan Todorov photo

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Managing Partner Practice areas: Administrative Law and Appeals, Privatization, Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Career

Ivan Todorov is the founder and managing partner of Georgiev, Todorov & Co. – one of the first law firms to be established in Bulgaria.

Mr. Todorov holds a PhD in Administrative Law. Since 2010 he is a professor in Administrative Law and Administrative Proceedings.

He has extensive expertise in administrative matters, corporate and banking law, privatization, M&A transactions and litigation.

Prof. Todorov has led some of the most significant administrative procedures in Bulgaria and the lawsuits following them, such as the privatization of the Bulgarian Maritime Fleet, the Bulgarian Telecommunication Company, the licensing of the second and the third GSM operators, the national license of Nova Television, the concessions of Varna Airport and Burgas Airport, the privatization of Boyana Film (the only Bulgarian film studio), legal proceedings of Microsoft and Mitsui before the Commission on Protection of Competition), etc.
Prof. Todorov has made an outstanding contribution in the field of law in Bulgaria. He lectures in law faculties of universities such as South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, The University of Library Studies and Information Technologies and Plovdiv University “Paisiy Hilendarski”.

He has held a position of a research associate at the Institute for Legal Studies with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences regarding the development of Administrative Law and Administrative Process.
Regarding his academic work a list can be found below:

Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan, Medical Law, 2016, second revised edition, Prof. Dr. Darina Zinovieva – Scholastic editor
Prof. Dr. Lazarov Kino, Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan, Administrative contract after its implementation in Administrative Procedural Code – article in Administrative Justice Magazine, year XIX, Issue 3/2016
Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan, Medical Law, 2016, second revised edition, Prof. Dr. Darina Zinovieva – Scholastic editor
Prof. Dr. Lazarov Kino, Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan, Administrative contract after its implementation in Administrative Procedural Code – article in Administrative Justice Magazine, year XIX, Issue 3/2016
Prof. Dr. Lazarov Kino, Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan., Administrative proceedings, 2015- 4th amended and supplemented edition, Ciela – Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Eleven, Chapter Seventeen, Chapter Twenty Two, Chapter Twenty Three, Chapter Thirty Four, Chapter Thirty Five
Prof. Dr. Todorov Ivan., Monograph “Interaction between the European and the Bulgarian Administrative Law” – second revised and expanded edition, 2012, Ciela, co-author
Todorov I., Correlation of the European Administrative Law with the Bulgarian Administrative Law after entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, 2010
Lazarov K., Todorov I. Administrative proceedings
Todorov I., Baltadjieva R. Interaction Between the European and the Bulgarian Administrative Law
Lazarov K., Todorov I. Administrative proceedings, 2009, Ciela – Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Eleven, Chapter Seventeen, Chapter Twenty Two, Chapter Twenty Three, Chapter Thirty Four, Chapter Thirty Five
Todorov I. Monograph “Interaction between the European and the Bulgarian Administrative Law” – 2008, Ciela, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter five, Chapter Six
Todorov I. The individual administrative act on Administrative Procedural Code – 2007, Ciela – translated into English and Russian
Todorov I. Code of Administrative Procedure Commentary –, together with Konstantin Penchev, Chief Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court, Georgi Angelov – judge at the Supreme Administrative Court, Bogdan Yordanov – Doctor in Law. – 2006
Todorov I. Issuing individual administrative acts – 2004
La Cour Constitutionelle de la Republique de Bulgarie, In: “La democratie constitutionelle en Europe centrale et orientale”, Bruylant, Bruxlles, 1998;
Todorov, I., Profit Tax, 1997, Ciela, member of the writing team and reviewer
Todorov, I., Value Added Tax, 1996, Ciela, member of the writing team and managing editor
Todorov, I., Issuance of the Individual Administrative Acts, Sofia, 1995;
Todorov, I., Value Added Tax, 1994, Ciela, member of the writing team and managing editor;

Languages

English

Memberships

He was a national consultant in a working group of the UN for institutional and structural reforms in the judicial system in Bulgaria. He participates as a member and rapporteur in the commission for drafting of the Administrative Procedure Code and also as a national expert in the UN program for administrative modernization of Central and Eastern Europe. For two mandates he was a member of the board of directors of the largest law firm in Europe – Eversheds.

Founder and member of the Bulgarian Association for European Law

Founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Juridical Association

Education

Sofia University, Faculty of Law Professor in administrative law.

Lawyer Rankings

Bulgaria > Energy and natural resources

Georgiev, Todorov & Co’s energy and natural resources practice excels in handling disputes for clients in the sector. The firm is representing 47 hydroelectric power plant operators in separate cases against the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission. In addition to its disputes work, the firm assists with drafting complex contracts and agreements, and advises on debt restructuring for energy project holding companies. The team is jointly led by Ivan Todorov and Arno Mamasyan, who has a ‘deep knowledge of energy law.’ Nikolay Lazarov, who ‘produces work of the highest quality’ and the ‘precise and hardworkingMariya Derelieva are other key contacts. Miglena Peneva has ‘excellent negotiation skills‘.

Bulgaria > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Ivan Todorov - Georgiev, Todorov & Co

Georgiev, Todorov & Co, described as ‘one of the best law firms in Bulgaria for dispute resolution’ acts for clients in high-value and complex disputes, with particular expertise in real estate and energy matters. Arno Mamasyan, who jointly leads the practice, has extensive arbitration experience, having acted for clients in several arbitration courts and sitting on the Arbitration Court for the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists. The firm acts for both state and private entities, and has experience in proceedings at the administrative, national and supreme courts in Bulgaria. Ivan Todorov, managing partner, jointly heads the practice. The ‘highly efficient’ Miglena Peneva specialises in real estate matters, and ‘detail-oriented’ Mariya Derelieva has expertise in energy disputes. Tsvetelina Dimitrova is another name to note.

Bulgaria > Transport (including shipping)

Georgiev, Todorov & Co handles complex disputes for clients in the transport sector, including port operators, municipal transport authorities and engineering and construction firms engaged in infrastructure projects, and shipping and logistics firms concerning loss of or damage to cargo. The team is led by Ivan Todorov and Alexander Pachamanov, who acts for transport clients on regulatory, commercial, and competition law matters. Tsvetelina Dimitrova is a key contact, known for her ‘precision and detailed knowledge of EU law’, she acts for clients in aviation, urban transit, and railway construction.

Bulgaria > TMT

Georgiev, Todorov & Co acts for clients in high-value and complex contentious matters, concerning unfair competition, breach of contract, and shareholders’ disputes. The practice also handles non-contentious work; advising  on the merger of two GPS providers and also advising on the regulation of foreign ownership of free-to-air television channels. In other work, it assisted on the structuring of complex subcontracting agreements for a telecoms company with the Bulgarian Air Force. Ivan Todorov and Alexander Pachamanov, whose ‘knowledge and experience are exceptional’, jointly lead the team.

Bulgaria > Projects and PPP

Project work at Georgiev, Todorov & Co is chiefly focused on property development and dispute resolution, both on behalf of private developers and on behalf of municipalities. On the PPP side, the firm advises on tender and concession procedures, and acts on behalf of winning and losing bidders.  Miglena Peneva jointly leads the team alongside Ivan Todorov, and takes the lead on real estate matters, while Arno Mamasyan handles public procurement procedures. Alexander Pachamanov and Tsvetelina Dimitrova are also key contacts.

Bulgaria > Intellectual property

Georgiev, Todorov & Co handles IP matters related to distribution contracts, software licensing and development, and patent and trade mark enforcement. IP rights in software is an area of particular expertise; it drafts various contracts relating to on line gambling websites, and handles trade mark registrations for software development clients. Ivan Todorov and Arno Mamasyan are the practice heads, while senior associate Tsvetelina Dimitrova leads on many of  the team’s mandates.

Bulgaria > Healthcare and life sciences

Georgiev, Todorov & Co focuses on handling disputes in the healthcare sector, with a successful track record in representing hospitals and medical centres in reimbursement disputes with the National Health Insurance Fund. Notably, the team acted for MBAL Hospital Evropa, successfully appealing against the revocation of its licence by the regulatory authorities before the Supreme Administrative Court. Non-contentious work includes the provision of ongoing advice regarding regulatory compliance, data protection, licensing and employment issues.  Ivan Todorov heads the team, which includes senior associate Mariya Derelieva, who is particularly active. Tsvetelina Dimitrova and Alexander Pachamanov are other key contacts.

Bulgaria > EU and competition

The EU and competition practice at Georgiev, Todorov & Co acts for claimants and defendants in unfair competition cases regarding exclusionary distribution practices, trade mark infringement, and public procurement procedures. Although the firm’s core focus lies on contentious matters, it also provides ongoing consultancy to companies operating in Bulgaria – ensuring that marketing campaigns, acquisitions, and internal rules and procedures conform to EU regulations. Alexander Pachamanov, whose ‘knowledge and experience are exceptional in the field of local and EU regulations in competition’ leads the team, alongside managing partner Ivan Todorov. Clients include the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank, Metro Cash and Carry and Roche.

Bulgaria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Georgiev, Todorov & Co‘s team has experience of structuring complex contracts between companies – including joint venture agreements, outcome-dependent quality control agreements and amendments to shareholders’ agreements. The group also provides consulting services to corporate clients in a variety of sectors regarding regulation and compliance. Managing partner Ivan Todorov and the ‘highly experienced’ Arno Mamasyan lead the team, with ‘passionate and dedicated’ senior associate Tsvetelina Dimitrova also noted.

Bulgaria > Banking, finance and capital markets

Georgiev, Todorov & Co acts for banks and financial institutions in complex and high-value disputes relating to fines, insolvencies, and non-payment of receivables. Outside of its litigation work, the team provides consultancy services to investment funds and banks related to regulatory compliance and capital markets rules. Ivan Todorov leads the team, with senior associate Tsvetelina Dimitrova also noted. Borica, Bulgaria’s largest payment processing service, Black Peak Capital and First Investment Bank are among the firm’s clients.