Antonia Kehayova > CMS > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile

CMS
14 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
1000 SOFIA
Bulgaria

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Public Procurement

Position

Senior Associate, CMS Sofia

Career

Antonia Kehayova joined CMS Sofia in 2012 and since then she co-heads the Dispute resolution practice in Sofia.

She has extensive experience in the fields of Civil law and litigation, Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate, Labour and Insurance law. She represents clients in corporate litigations before civil courts, commercial arbitration and in relation to out-of-court settlements, as well as in preliminary injunction court proceedings and post-judgment enforcements.

Antonia has acted for leading local and international banks,financial institutions and foreign and local companies in a number of disputes regarding the restructuring, corporate insolvency proceedings and enforcement proceedings. She successfully represents the leading Austrian energy company EVN AG and its subsidiary Elektrorazpredelenie Yug EAD in a number of public procurement lawsuits and injunction proceedings against public tenders for providing electricity and construction services in a significant value (with regard to electricity power supply). Her practice includes also advice and representation of international clients in a number of EU related court procedures and local implication and recognition/enforcement.

She has advised Heta Asset Resolution, Bulgaria on a number of commercial arbitrations, enforcement and litigation proceedings, concerning non-performing leasing portfolios, returning of leased assets, preliminary injunctions, securities etc. Antonia has been representing a leading Austrian company and its Bulgarian subsidiary for many years on a several IP litigations regarding EU patent and EU industrial design before Bulgarian courts including on preliminary injunctions, execution proceedings and criminal investigations.

Her clients include: EVN, Hoedelmayr, H&M, Mondi, Investkredit, Heta Asset Resolution Group, Hagleitner, Carl Zeiss, Nordea Bank Abp., Finland, Classic Air Representations Smartcom Bulgaria, CenturyLink Communications Bulgaria, UniCredit Bulbank, MS Europe BV etc.

Languages

Bulgarian, English, German

Memberships

Bulgarian Bar Association

Education

University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Lawyer Rankings

Bulgaria > Real estate and construction

(Rising stars)

Antonia KehayovaCMS

CMS draws together multidisciplinary expertise alongside the firm’s real estate specialists, namely counsel Jenia Dimitrova  and senior associate Antonia Kehayova. The firm boasts an extensive caseload of real estate financing, leasing, zoning, construction and transactions, including the sale of Veliko Tarnovo shopping mall on behalf of Alpha Bank’s subsidiary AGI BRE Participations 3. Clients highlight the efficiency of the practice, ‘deep market knowledge‘ and a ‘very commercial and realistic approach’. The diverse client roster includes Cargill Bulgaria, UniCredit S.p.A./UniCredit Bulbank and developer Robul Bulgaria.

Bulgaria > Dispute resolution

(Rising stars)

Antonia KehayovaCMS

The disputes team at CMS has a strong presence in the market, attracting large clients and cases, such as defending a Bulgarian holding company in a €100m-plus confiscation claim brought by the Bulgarian Commission for Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Assets. Bulgarian National Bank, ZAD Allianz Bulgaria and Chubb European Group are also clients. Assen Georgiev is an experienced litigator and international arbitrator and leads the team alongside senior associate Antonia Kehayova, who is leading advice to EVN AG in the Supreme Administrative Court regarding two public tenders in the field of electricity supply and construction.

Bulgaria > Intellectual property

CMS protects the brand portfolios of multinationals, offering a seemless cross-jurisdication service via its extensive network, as well as acting for domestic companies and media organisations. In Sofia, the team is led by experienced counsel Nevena Radlova, who also heads up the firm’s competition pratice, and senior associate and litigator Antonia Kehayova, while fellow senior associate Anna Tanova  leads on copyright and media matters. Together, they are praised by clients for their timely and detailed advice that is ‘beyond expectation‘.