Firm Profile > Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski > Sofia, Bulgaria

Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski
SOFIA 1504

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski advises a broad array of healthcare industry participants, from a global pharmaceutical - GlaxoSmithKline - to individual healthcare professionals. Name partner Irina Stoeva has two decades' experience and a genuine focus in this area, and is 'an outstanding lawyer with impressive knowledge and experience in healthcare and commercial litigation.' Strengths of the practice include regulatory advice, litigation and public procurement, but the service offering encompasses all corporate and commercial needs. Of counsel Vania Todorova is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Irina Stoeva

Other key lawyers:

Vania Todorova


‘Correctness, confidentiality, trust.’

‘Great practical experience.’

‘I work mainly with Irina Stoeva, who stands out with her calm, professional approach. Irina not only provides answers to concrete questions, but she looks for a soluion for the customer which is tailor made. ’

‘STZ represents a unique combination of partners with long-standing practices and young highly-motivated lawyers. They have displayed a great deal of creativity in our problems, solving specific regulatory problems related to my practice as a dentist and also concerning the Bulgarian Periodontics and Oral Implantology Society. We assess the overall level of service as excellent. The main factors which we consider are: swift and practicable advice; ability to work against challenging deadlines; flexibility and strength-in-depth of team. We have used some other law firms and individual lawyers over the years for different issues. However, after we started working with Irina and her team, we found out that they cover all law areas that may concern our activity.’

‘For me, Irina Stoeva is an outstanding lawyer with impressive knowledge and experience in healthcare and commercial litigation. She is very responsive, business-oriented, flexible and persuasive. Due to her business-oriented practical approach, we have succeeded to reach the optimal outcome in several commercial cases. Other STZ team members to praise are Vania Todorova and Miroslava Iordanova, both very knowledgeable, dedicated and precise lawyers. ’

Key clients


Perrigo )

Adriatic BST

Sofia Regional Pharmaceutical Association

Ekan – Lubomir Subev


Sofia Business Consulting Group

Dr. Adriana Iossifova – Periodontics and Oral Implantology Society

Dr. Mark Danan (France)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Banking, finance and capital markets is a core area of practice at Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski, where Iordan Tchompalov brings many years' experience of cross-border transactions to the market, and both Irina Stoeva and Peter Znepolski stand out for their insurance expertise. Natalia Yordanova is a key advisor for capital markets, including FSC investigations.

Practice head(s):

Iordan Tchompalov; Irina Stoeva

Other key lawyers:

Peter Znepolski; Natalia Yordanova


‘The team of Stoeva, Tschompalov & Znepolski have excelled in all aspects of of non-banking financial industry regulation, such as asset management. Their immediate response, proven track record and in-depth competence have assisted and guided us in the past few years in all relevant areas.’

‘Natalia Yordanova stands out among the team members specialised in the non-banking regulations industry. Her profound and up-to-date expertise have assisted our team on a daily basis in all aspescts of asset management. Her professionalism and timely manner to all business issues, including court proceedings, make her an outstanding legal professional.’

‘The law office is amongst the very few on the Bulgarian legal services market that provide in-depth expertise on capital markets, regulatory compliance, licensing and litigation on matters in the sphere of financial institutions. The combination of practical knowledge and experience, both from previous work in the regulatory authorities and in the regulated subjects, enables the team to provide overall insight to the extensive and dynamic legal framework in the sphere of capital markets.’

‘My experience includes collaboration on capital markets legal matters with Iordan Tchompalov and Natalia Yordanova – regulatory matters, licensing procedures, MIFID, MIFIR and AML compliance and litigation. They are both long-term, experienced professionals in the sphere of financial institutions – investment and asset management companies, pension funds and insurance companies.’

‘Being previously also part of a national regulator team, Iordan Tchompalov and Natalia Yordanova have unparalleled expertise and understanding on the practical application and establishment of the extensive legal framework on capital markets, thus ensuring compliance of everyday business in a sphere where the regulations on an EU and national level progressively have a tendency of increasing the obligations and requirements towards the investment companies.’

‘I have worked with Peter Znepolski and Irina Stoeva for several years and throughout this time they have proved themselves as loyal and hard-working professionals. They have always been open for a consultation and always ready to provide the necessary information, while also giving the best advice and performing an extensive analysis on our mutual cases. I think their determination and devotion to work, expressed through always striving to fully dedicate themselves to the working process, is what differentiates them from their competitors. They pay attention to detail and have never left me disappointed.’

‘My impression from this relatively new law firm is that the partners are quite experienced and with deep understanding of the work they do. I personally have known Iordan Tchompalov for more than 20 years, when he led his previous law firm.’

‘Professional and quick. We work with Iordan Tchompalov, who is an excellent professional with great experience and people skills.’

‘We have been using the services of Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski for years and we work equally well with both partners and associates. If we have to point out someone personally, we will highlight IordanTchompalov. He is a highly-trained lawyer with encyclopedic knowledge, including the field of finance, with vast practical experience.’

Key clients

Eurohold Bulgaria

Central Cooperative Bank

Alfa Finance Holding

The Bulgarian Association of Insurance Brokers

SDI Group

Global Invest Holding

Expat Asset Management

Axion Swiss Bank

Dealing Financial Company

Investment Firm Bulbrokers

Alfa Finance Asset Management

EuroFinance Investment Firm


Invest Capital Asset Management

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski's corporate and commercial practice is led by Iordan Tchompalov and Irina Stoeva, who both have long-standing experience advising clients in this field. Notably, the firm acted as local counsel alongside Morrison & Foerster LLP, London, and provided the Bulgarian advice to Eurohold on its €335 million acquisition of CEZ’s Bulgarian assets.

Practice head(s):

Iordan Tchompalov; Irina Stoeva


‘The team consists of professionals with high knowledge. They are very quick with responses to all of our requests.’

‘The STZ team offers a great deal of creativity in solving our legal problems. I have never thought to look for other lawyers, because of my complete satisfaction with Irina Stoeva.’

‘I would like to strongly recommend Irina Stoeva and Vania Todorova. Both have profound legal knowledge and remarkable analytical qualities for identifying the legal issue and deal with it in a tight time frame. I can also recommend Miroslava Iordanova and Tihomir Todorov as thoughtful and competent professionals, energetic and eager to improve themselves.’

‘STZ is a highly reliable firm with very experienced partners who have profound understanding of the issues they are dealing with. There are not so many Bulgarian law firms who know in detail the capital market and finance law, as well as insurance. STZ lawyers have proved they can stand the pressure of cross-border legal work. Their responses to our queries are always prompt and the advice is practical and tailored to the circumstances. When the client is in need, they will work all night to solve the issue.’

‘Our main point of contact is Iordan Tchompalov and he is a brilliant lawyer and a trustful person. He is particularly strong in corporate and M&A work related to listed companies. Irina Stoeva is also a highly-respected lawyer with deep expertise in insurance and commercial law. What I know is that the STZ young generation, e.g. Yasen Nikolov, Miroslava Iordanova and Vanya Todorova, are also very reliable and competent lawyers.’

‘Extensive knowledge of and long-term experience in corporate and commercial law, efficient and market-oriented advice, 24-hour availability, reasonable flexible fees.’

‘Very good service, often better than received from larger Bulgarian law firms and often for lower fees. STZ understands in depth corporate and commercial issues and are efficient and trustworthy.’

‘I have known Irina Stoeva since 1996. She is great in creating solutions in tough situations and an excellent litigator. I am also very much satisfied with the services provided by Miroslava Iordanova and Vanya Todorova.’

Key clients

Eurohold Bulgaria


Nielsen Admosphere Bulgaria

SDI Group


Dialogue Plus Ltd

Samex Ltd.



EU Consult

Sofia Business Consulting Group

Carrier Transicold Europe

Baxi Spa, Italy

Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski is a law boutique firm founded in November 2017. The firm is built on its partners’ top-tier experience and focuses on what its lawyers do best. The firm’s principal practice areas are related to litigation and disputes resolution, on one hand, and on non-contentious matters, advising clients on certain legal, regulatory and transnational matters.

At Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski our entrepreneurial culture is based on:

  • More Efficient Business Philosophy. We have the “big-firm” expertise without the “big-firm” hourly rates and overhead. We do not occupy expensive office space or maintain a large complement of administrative personnel. We only deploy experienced lawyers whose billing rates are quite affordable. Rather than incentivizing our lawyers to increase time spent on a matter, we reward efficiency.
  • Commercially sensible approach. Clients not just expect their lawyers to understand the law, but also to understand clients’ business, goals and priorities first before step ourselves into the legal aspects. This is what we do. Furthermore, we are flexible enough to offer to our clients on a case by case basis the best fee structure for their needs, whether that’s fixed fees, blended rates or other innovative arrangements. In certain personal injury court cases we front all expenses and only receive a fee if our client recover.
  • First class service. We are committed to technical excellence in our work and to providing proactive, agile and practically oriented advice. Our referrers and clients know that we are accessible and responsive. We strive to give our clients the very best legal representation in the most professional, courteous and cost-efficient manner.
  • Sustained senior focus. Our partners are uniquely across every aspect of clients’ matters. Our clients benefit from senior level attention from start to finish.
  • Clients’ trust. We recognize that we must earn our clients’ trust every day by placing their interests and needs first. We intentionally keep accepted cases to a manageable level so that we can form true longstanding relationships with our clients.
Department Name Email Telephone
Irina Stoeva +359 2 9546106
Iordan Tchompalov +359 2 9546106
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Miroslava Iordanova  photo Ms Miroslava Iordanova Senior Associate
Dr Yasen Nikolov  photo Dr Yasen Nikolov Of counsel 
Ms Irina Stoeva  photo Ms Irina Stoeva Partner
Mr Iordan Tchompalov  photo Mr Iordan Tchompalov Partner
Mr Tihomir Todorov  photo Mr Tihomir Todorov Associate
Ms Vania Todorova  photo Ms Vania Todorova Of counsel 
Ms Natalia Yordanova  photo Ms Natalia Yordanova Junior partner
Mr Peter Znepolski  photo Mr Peter Znepolski Partner 

Stoeva Tchompalov & Znepolski’s values are at the core of our business: we strive to give our clients the very best legal representation and advice in the most professional, courteous and cost-efficient manner, and to furthering justice and the public interest. Diversity is another fumdamental value of our firm. We acknowledge that people differ – in ways such as age, gender and ethnicity, education, social background, religion, sexual orientation, personal experiences and perspectives.

We believe that everybody has the right to fair treatment and equal opportunities at work. We recognise the importance of creating an environment of equality, inclusion and mutual respect, in which people with different views, experiences and backgrounds can fulfil their potential. We aim to establish long term working relationships with our staff, positive working environment and to create an atmosphere in which each individual can develop his or her potential to the fullest extent possible

Our firm is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which we have influence in the wider community.

At Stoeva Tchompalov & Znepolski we further believe that as a business we have a responsibility to play a positive role in our community and to contribute in a wider social context. As an example, by drafting its charter and assisting its court registration, our partner Irina Stoeva has supported a not-for-profit organization, devoted to improve the local community environment in Oborishte region of Sofia (where the firm’s office is located). Same pro bono services have been rendered by Iordan Tchompalov to the Bulgarian branch of the English-Speaking Union. We encourage our lawyers to continue being engaged in pro bono and volunteer work, charity fundraising and community opportunities.