Assen Georgiev > CMS > Sofia, Bulgaria > Lawyer Profile
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Head of Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance, Employment
Assen Georgiev is a Partner and heads the Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance and Employment practice of CMS Sofia.
He represents clients in commercial disputes, litigation/court disputes and has advised on out-of-court settlement arrangements, mediation and arbitration proceedings in a variety of sectors. Assen has led a number of regulatory compliance and licensing procedures. His expertise includes representing clients before various civil, commercial and administrative courts in Bulgaria, including supreme courts, and major domestic arbitration institutions such as the Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He represents clients in international arbitration institutions such as tribunals constituted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington D.C., USA.
Assen is a certified mediator registered with the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice and an arbitrator with the Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Industriaл Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria, as well as with the Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Football Union.
Sofia Bar Association
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
CMS acts for creditors in insolvency and liquidation procedures, cross-border commercial disputes, general debt recovery, and public procurement award litigation. Assen Georgiev, who jointly leads the practice alongside Antonia Kehayova, is a certified mediator with extensive experience in employment disputes, while Antonia Kehayova has expertise in IP litigation, civil, and commercial litigation. Senior associates Maria Lazarova and Nevena Radlova are key contacts – they represent clients in employment and insurance disputes, respectively. The firm acts for major clients, including Skoda, Burger King, and UniCredit Bulbank.
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 Pavlov, Dimitar Zwiatkow and Atanas Bangachev. Counsel Nevena Radlova advises on suppliers’ and distribution contracts, as well as the competition aspects of merger clearance.
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