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Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski
SOFIA 1504

Bulgaria > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributers, as well as individual healthcare practitioners and pharmacists, make up Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski‘s client roster. The team advises clients on new pharma regulations and public procurement procedures and provides ongoing legal support to long-term clients on corporate, commercial, labour and data protection matters. Irina Stoeva leads the practice and advises global pharma and healthcare companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Perrigo.

Practice head(s):

Irina Stoeva


‘The practice is incredibly attentive to all its clients. They are always available to chat about our concerns and always answer our questions in detail and in a timely manner. They are very experienced in the health sector and work with many companies in the field.’

‘They are the perfect team – they have complementary strengths and work in perfect harmony to provide us with the best legal assistance every time we need their help.’

‘Easy contact, good communication, quick and accurate consultations.’

‘They are thorough, they complement each other well, work professionally and have a very good attitude.’

‘The team are very client oriented and always try to find the best solution for their clients. The team also provide alternative approaches and solutions, describing the pros and cons of each approach.’

‘I’d like to recognise Irina Stoeva for her readiness to work in close collaboration with her clients, ensuring a response that meets the client’s expectations.’

Key clients




EU Pharmacia Bulgaria


Sofia Regional Pharmaceutical Association

Ekan – Lubomir Subev

Periodontics and Oral Implantology Society

Adriatic D.O.O.

Medic X

Work highlights

  • Advise British multinational consumer healthcare company Haleon on local regulatory requirements.
  • Advising Medik X Ltd, the official representative of Japanese company Kobayashi and its brands Cura Heat and Kool’n Soothe, which focuses on identifying, developing and distributing innovative health products.
  • Advised GSK Export Limited on the renewal of the distribution agreement for Rotarix with Phoenix Pharma.

Bulgaria > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Boutique firm Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski houses a team of ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ lawyers, namely Iordan Tchompalov who has considerable experience in capital markets and finance, as well as expertise in security law, and leads the practice alongside Irina Stoeva, who has strength in insurance litigation. The team covers a broad range of capital markets, banking and insurance matters often in a cross-border context, where the firm acts as local counsel. Natalia Yordanova and Peter Znepolski are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Iordan Tchompalov; Irina Stoeva

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Yordanova; Peter Znepolski


‘Peter Znepolski and Irina Stoeva. Great experts in their field whom you can trust to advise you on the best decision and see this through.’

‘Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski is a highly reliable firm with very experienced partners who have profound understanding of the issues they are dealing with. The firm is my first port of call for all legal requirements in the area of the insurance regulation. Communication is always quick, clear and concise.’

‘The Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski team is well organised, responsive, and coordinated, with good market understanding, especially in the context of cross-border transactions. Irina Stoevas’ expertise in insurance business, client care and delivering excellent solutions set her apart from her peers. Iordan Tchompalov is also a great professional with a problem-solving mindset.’

‘Excellent knowledges of several industries: Banking and Finance, Insurance and Energy.’

‘Natalia Yordanova is an excellent lawyer. She is highly respected among local investment community for her successes in challenging before court regulatory penalties and compulsory measures.

‘Iordan Tchompalov is a highly respected lawyer with deep understanding of the capital markets and banking law.’

‘Team is highly professional and up-to-date with relevant market practices. They are also very flexible with a constructive, can-do attitude.’

‘The partners are highly skilled in their areas, providing precise and business-oriented solutions.’

Key clients

Eurohold Bulgaria AD

Texim Bank AD (Bulgaria)

Electrorazpredelitelni Mreji Zapad (Bulgaria)

Euroins Insurance Group (Bulgaria)

Insurance Company Armeec (Bulgaria)

UniCredit Bulbank (Bulgaria)

Varengold Bank AG

International Investment Bank (Hungary)

The Bulgarian Association of Insurance Brokers

AVUS Bulgaria International Claims Handling

AXA (Belgium)

SDI Group

Dealing Financial Company AD (Bulgaria)

Investment Firm Bulbrokers AD (Bulgaria)

EuroFinance Investment Firm (Bulgaria)

FFBH Asset Management (Bulgaria)

Investment Firm Real Finance AD (Bulgaria)

Alteron REIT (Bulgaria)

Invest Capital Asset Management EAD (Bulgaria)

Work highlights

  • Advised Eurohold Bulgaria as a local counsel assisting Morrison & Foerster (London) in relation to the €40,000,000 Facility Agreement dated 9 December 2022 between, among others, Eurohold, as borrower and JP Morgan as Arranger, Agent, Calculation Agent.
  • Acted as local counsel assisting Dechert LLP (London) in relation to a consent solicitation and offer to the current holders of the outstanding €70 million 6.500% Notes due 7 December 2022 issued by Eurohold.

Bulgaria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

From start-up companies through to large public and private companies, a range of local and international companies turn to Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski for its expert advice on M&A, corporate governance and general corporate matters, and commercial litigation. The team is co-led by founding partners Iordan Tchompalov and Irina Stoeva, while the former has extensive experience in supervising mergers and acquisitions, the latter has experience of a plethora of commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Iordan Tchompalov; Irina Stoeva

Other key lawyers:

Miroslava Iordanova; Tihomir Todorov


‘Irina Stoeva has business acumen, follows a pragmatic approach and is highly motivated to go the extra mile when needed to get a deal done.’

‘Iordan Tchompalov is very active across domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions and financings. He has excellent knowledge and a good sense of what is needed to be done to make the deal work.’

‘Miroslava Iordanova is very competent and efficient lawyer that goes directly to the point.’

‘I am very happy with the work of Miroslava Iordanova, Tihomir Todorov and Vanya Todorova – they are knowledgeable and efficient. Natalia Yordanova is an exceptional litigator.’

‘The whole team is highly skilled and knowledgeable with relevant experience in the corporate and commercial matters. Irina Stoeva and Iordan Tchompalov have excellent legal background and expertise in the field of private equity. They are able to go beyond and above to deliver what the client asked for. Miroslava Iordanova and Tihomir Todorov are passionate young lawyers ready to take every challenge met by the client and to find an appropriate solution.’

‘Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski’s team has extensive knowledge in corporate and commercial law and provide efficient and pragmatic advice based on their knowledge of the market. The team operates smoothly, delivering high quality results on time and always showing a genuine interest in the business.’

‘The lawyers from Stoeva, Tchompalov and Znepolski meet tight deadlines and are extremely reliable. They easily understand corporate law issues and solve them effectively.’

‘The law firm serves both Bulgarian and international clients across varying sectors. What I appreciate the most is that STZ lawyers pay attention to the minor issues from the day-to-day business as they do with the big projects. They are trustworthy and make client feels comfortable and confident when taking business decision.’

Key clients

Eurohold Bulgaria AD


Electrohold group (former CEZ group in Bulgaria)

SDI Group

Dialogue Plus Ltd

KWU International Professional League EAD

Industry Development Holding JSC

Adara AD

Premier Fond REIT

Samex Ltd.

Texim Bank

Alteron REIT

We Love Digi Ltd

Dealing Financial Company

Bolkan & Sea properties REIT

Nielsen Admosphere A.S


Cardbox JSC

EU Consult Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the SDI Group and its shareholders on the sale of SDI Group to the Polish Unilink owned by Acrisure.
  • Advised on the liquidation of the Bulgarian subsidiary Nielsen.

Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski is a boutique law 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 dispute resolution, on one hand, and on non-contentious matters, advising clients on certain legal, regulatory, and transactional 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 do not just expect their lawyers to understand the law, but also to understand clients’ business, goals and priorities first before stepping into the legal aspects. This is what we do. Furthermore, we are flexible enough to offer our clients on a case-by-case basis the best fee structure for their needs, whether that’s fixed fees, contingency 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 recovers.
  • 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

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.