Gentscho Pavlov > CMS > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile

14 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
1000 SOFIA

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A


Managing Partner and CEE Partner


Gentscho Pavlov is Co-managing and CEE partner at CMS Sofia. He advises leading corporates and financial institutions in the fields of M&A, restructurings, banking and regulatory work, both domestically and internationally. He is one of the preeminent advisers on banking M&A transactions and large scale portfolio transactions, among which, UniCredit Group, Hypo Alpe Adria Group, Erste Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, MKB, OTP, IFC, Telekom Austria, as well as international financial institutions and investment funds. Gentscho focuses on real estate finance, non-performing loans, acquisition finance, project finance, corporate lending, financial services and products, banking litigation
After completing his legal studies at the University of Vienna’s School of Law he worked at CMS Vienna for several years, primarily advising multinational companies and leading investment banks in the areas of M&A, private equity and corporate finance.


English, German and Bulgarian


Bulgarian Bar Association


University of Vienna

Lawyer Rankings

Bulgaria > TMT

The TMT practice at CMS draws on the strength of its corporate and commercial expertise to advise on M&A deals in the sector, draft general terms and conditions for media, tech and telecoms companies, and provide ongoing consultancy on regulatory compliance for major companies. The team has expertise in IT and outsourcing law, data protection and privacy regulation, and IP law. Atanas Bangachev, Gentscho Pavlov and Veliko Savov (who has previously worked at a telecoms company) jointly lead the team. The arrival of Anna Tanova has bolstered the firm’s experience – an expert in IT and media law, she is also the executive director of the Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters.

Bulgaria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The ‘exceptionally business-oriented’ team at CMS is well placed to advise on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as handling compliance, regulation and corporate governance for clients active within Bulgaria and the wider CEE region. The team is experienced in assisting foreign companies with entering and exiting the Bulgarian market, having advised on Hungarian bank OTP’s purchase of Société Générale’s Bulgarian subsidiaries in 2019. IBM and Cargill are among its other clients. The practice is jointly led by litigation specialist Assen Georgiev, Gentscho PavlovDimitar Zwiatkow and Atanas Bangachev. Counsel Nevena Radlova advises on suppliers’ and distribution contracts, as well as the competition aspects of merger clearance.

Bulgaria > Banking, finance and capital markets

CMS employed its ‘well established cross-border practice’ to advice on a number of major regional deals in 2019, including assisting OTP Bank with its €600m acquisition of Société Générale’s subsidiaries across the CEE region. Within Bulgaria, it advises chiefly on large-scale real estate financing, acquisition financing and project financing on for local and regional lenders and borrowers, drawing on the experience of Dimitar Zwiatkow, who jointly heads the team. Gentscho Pavlov and Elitsa Ivanova are the other practice co-heads, and have been active in the sale of NPL portfolios and cross-border financings respectively.