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Real Estate — Bulgaria


Boyanov & Co. - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent full-service real estate practice often advising international clients entering the market. The team covers a diverse range of issues including long-term lease agreements, due diligence, construction and acquisitions as well as sales of land plots and buildings. Boasts additional expertise in related litigation and arbitration.

Strengths Clients appreciate how the team handles stressful situations, with one client noting that "the real estate team had a very calm demeanour about them throughout negotiations and drafting, which led to results even when things got agitated."

Work highlights Assisted Hystead with all matters relating to its EUR156 million acquisition of The Mall in Sofia.

Advised Kamenitza on the redevelopment of its production site in Plovdiv, which included the demolition of an old production plant and the adaptation of the plot for the construction of a multi-purpose residential and leisure development.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nickolay Nickolov is one of the best and most experienced real estate lawyers in Bulgaria, advising on a wide range of matters including acquisitions, disposals, due diligence and leasing. Sources say he shows "very good attention to detail" and is "a great negotiator." He recently assisted Hystead with its acquisition of The Mall in Sofia for EUR156 million.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Exceptional practice covering the gamut of real estate matters. Boasts particular expertise in transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of land plots for industrial and residential development projects. Further capabilities include negotiating lease agreements and advising clients on potential disputes. Diverse client roster features a range of businesses, including energy companies, shopping centre developers and healthcare providers.

Strengths Clients appreciate the group's client-tailored advice, with a source saying: "They have an excellent understanding of our priorities and business, always assisting us to get the best deal that protects our legal and commercial interests."

Work highlights Assisted Globe Trade Center with the sale of two shopping centres in Bourgas and Stara Zagora for EUR62 million to PKM investments.

Advised Latécoère on property due diligence and structuring in connection with its plans to open a new production plant in Trakia Economic Zone in Plovdliv.

Notable practitioners

Stephan Kyutchukov is reputed for his extensive knowledge of a broad range of real estate and construction matters. He recently assisted Latécoère with opening a new production facility in Trakia Economic Zone, providing due diligence and structuring advice.

Nikolina Stefanova is a well-regarded lawyer in real estate, assisting with investment, disposals and associated financing. She acts on the team's key transactions.

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DGKV enjoys stellar reputation on the real estate market in Bulgaria and is renowned for its expertise in handling large-scale, complicated investment and real estate projects. The firm's Real Estate and Construction practice group offers comprehensive advice on all legal aspects of real estate construction, acquisition and development, including:

  • development, acquisitions and disposals of commercial properties;
  • investments in real estate and property development;
  • lease of retail or office space;
  • acquisition and development finance;
  • rezoning;
  • environmental liabilities;
  • search of legal title;
  • rectification of title process and documentation;
  • escrow arrangements;
  • assistance in obtaining various construction permits and licenses;
  • construction and commercial lease contracts;
  • construction supervision and monitoring;
  •  public procurement.

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Kambourov & Partners - Real Estate Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team reputed for acting on high-value developments. Frequently assists clients with the development of residential buildings and commercial premises, including shopping centres. Advises on financing, design, construction and long-term leases. Practical expertise also encompasses the construction of gas pipelines and industrial plants. Also assists with real estate M&A.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the consistency of the quality of service, with a client noting that they liked "everything from response times to availability to quality and comprehensiveness of advice," adding that the team demonstrated "focus on results and clients' needs."

Work highlights Assisted Kaufland with its further expansion in Bulgaria and recently advised on the development of two hypermarkets in Sofia as well as Veliko Tarnovo.

Advised Witte Automotive on the development and construction of a car parts manufacturing plant.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Atanas Shopov advises clients on a wide range of real estate and construction matters. According to a client, he has "sector-specific expertise, significant business acumen and is very inventive which gives us huge confidence that we are on the right track." Advised Witte Automotive on the development and construction of a new manufacturing plant.

Radosveta Kojuharova is highlighted for her expertise in real estate development, with a source saying that she is "best for commercial developments like shopping centres and office buildings. She knows that market like no one else." She co-led the team advising Balkan Business Centre on the development and construction of a business centre in Sofia.

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KP is well-known for a client portfolio that requires multidisciplinary real estate advice. The team has the depth and diversity of experience to assists clients through the development and realization of large-scale projects, transaction structuring, facilitating negotiations, FIDIC drafting, real estate & construction arbitration and litigation and especially FIDIC arbitration proceedings.  

The team covers the entire property 'life-cycle' including legal due diligence, acquisitions and dispositions, land use, planning and development, construction, financing and joint venturing, investments, taxation, landlord and tenant matters, leasing, securitization, establishment of mortgages, environmental law, insurance, etc.

In line with real estate market fluctuations, the practice has been involved in the development of key industrial and infrastructure projects, as well as residential and recreational ones.
Due to the firm’s increasing amount of work in insolvency and restructuring proceedings, the real estate department has also specialized in the related legal due diligence, title research, restitution claims and securitization work.



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Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-resourced team renowned for its experience in advising on public infrastructure and construction matters. Additionally active in the development of residential projects and large-scale transactions in the regions, often involving commercial properties. Assists with land acquisitions, financing and contractor agreements. Offers further capabilities in real estate disputes.

Work highlights Advised Sofia Hills Property on the construction of a 160-apartment gated community and the subsequent leasing and sales of those properties.

Assisted a consortium of Bulgarian construction companies with the EUR40 million construction of a rail line between Skutare and Orizovo.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Stoyan Barzakov is best recognised for dealing with a number of real estate and construction-related matters. "He is a deal maker. He always looks for solutions and compromises, he does not create tension," a commentator says. He recently advised a consortium of construction companies on all legal aspects of the construction of a rail line between Skature and Orizovo.

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CMS - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-recognised team advising on the acquisition and financing of property portfolios, shopping centres and hotels. Assists with lease agreements. Also visible on infrastructure construction projects. Client list comprises international and local companies seeking to invest in Bulgarian real estate.

Strengths Clients applaud the team's pragmatic approach, with a source saying that the lawyers "managed to find legal solutions in order to finalise the deal and still keep the risk for us at a low level," adding that the team "proved to be really customer-oriented, they understood our requirements in a constantly changing environment."

Work highlights Advised CA Immo on the sale of an office building in Sofia for EUR4 million.

Assisted Ironshore with warranty and indemnity questions and carrying out due diligence for the sellers of a shopping centre.

Notable practitioners

Darina Baltadjieva and Jenia Dimitrova are the key contacts for the department.

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Real Estate and Construction - focus areas:

Preparing and negotiating purchase, lease, commercial leasehold or related agreements in domestic or international contexts;
Advising clients when conducting proceedings before public authorities;
Preparation and negotiation of domestic and international construction agreements;
Ongoing representation of clients in connection with execution of larger-scale construction projects, particularly with a view to achieving a consensus resolution of conflicts when disputes arise;
Real Estate and Construction - focus of our activities in the field of property law:

Structuring the legal and tax aspects of property transactions;
Preparation and negotiation of purchase, lease, commercial leasehold or related agreements on a domestic and international scale
Performing of due diligences and subsequent preparation of due diligence reports
Advising clients in conducting proceedings before public authorities
Clients: property investors, hotel operators and owners, architects, construction firms operating domestically and internationally, property developers and banks
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Represent before national and international courts, arbitral tribunals or public authorities
Prepare and negotiate domestic and international construction agreements
Ongoing representation of clients in connection with execution of larger-scale construction projects, particularly with a view to achieving a consensus resolution of conflicts when disputes arise

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Dinova, Rusev & Partners - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service practice group frequently acting on property management and development matters. Focuses on factory plant production, warehouse developments and shopping centre management. Increasingly visible in residential projects. Advises clients on leasing matters.

Strengths The team gains praise from clients for its respect for deadlines and dedication to deals. "They were very responsive, always met the deadlines and responded to our needs," a source says.

Work highlights Advised Assos Capital/AP Retail on the sale of The Mall for EUR156 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Georgi Vladov is described by a client as "an extremely savvy guy" who provides practical advice. He is active in assisting with the construction of shopping centres and the subsequent real estate matters, including leases.

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Kinstellar - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Climbs a tier following very positive feedback and increased visibility on significant transactions. The team's offering covers general real estate M&A advice and assistance with relevant financing. Additionally, advises on construction and lease agreements and represents clients in disputes. International clients seeking assistance with real investments benefit from the team's strong international connections. Advises on commercial as well as residential properties. Clients include banks and developers as well as real estate funds.

Strengths A client pinpoints its capabilities in advising on large investment projects as a particular strength, saying: "I would always recommend them for real estate matters of large funds who are interested or intend to have operations in Bulgaria."

Work highlights Assisted GIC with the Bulgarian aspects of its acquisition of P3 Logistics Parks, which involves a portfolio of 163 sites across eastern and southern Europe, including Bulgaria.

Advised Garanti Koza on the leasing matters in relation to a large retail and residential development in Sofia.

Notable practitioners

Antonia Mavrova is one of the leading real estate lawyers in Sofia, highly regarded for her experience in issues relating to M&A and investment structuring as well as zoning and planning matters. "She is quick to identify the real problem and is always very clear, concise and to the point," a client says, also highlighting her "ability to settle arguments in a quick and amicable way while still getting what she wants."

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Penkov, Markov & Partners - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely reputed domestic practice acting on M&A and financing of residential projects. Increasingly active in work for shopping centres, advising retailers on lease agreements and general development matters. Additionally, represents clients in court in related disputes.

Strengths Sources like the team's business-minded approach. "They highlighted the problems and showed us the solutions," a client says, adding: "They were willing to work overtime almost to midnight to make sure our deadlines were met."

Work highlights Advised the government-owned National Palace of Culture on the high-value reconstruction of the property, which will host many events during the Bulgarian presidency of the EU.

Represented Glorient Investment in a dispute against Technomarket regarding rent and damages in 15 commercial locations.

Notable practitioners

Milena Gaidarska has a long track record of advising on a broad range of real estate and construction matters. "She's always ready to discuss our problems in detail, so that she can find the best solution for us," a client says, adding that she is available outside normal business hours. She recently advised the government-owned National Palace of Culture in regard to the high-value reconstruction of the property.

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Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable team at a sizeable Bulgarian firm with offices in Sofia and Varna. Assists with the acquisition and disposal of properties, including residential and commercial buildings. Activity includes the drafting and negotiation of contracts as well as court representation in related disputes. Additionally, advises on infrastructure construction matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the focus the team places on their business needs, with one client noting: "They really try to understand the essence of our business so that they are able to suggest the right approach, not only from the legal side but also business-wise."

Sources also highlight the lawyers' dedication to projects, with a source reporting that the team is "ready to work under tough deadlines. We know that we can rely on them even if the question requires an overnight feedback."

Work highlights Assisted Tradenet Varna and VM Petroleum with the establishment of a new petrol station retail chain in Bulgaria, including due diligence work on a number of real estate locations.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Todorov is the main point of contact for the department.

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Tocheva & Mandazhieva - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected local team acting for both Bulgarian and international clients on a range of real estate matters. Assists with construction contracts, lease agreements and real estate transactions. Additionally, active in major energy-related construction projects. Also represents private clients in real estate transactions.

Work highlights Advised CXG on the financing and acquisition of an office space valued at BGN1.6 million.

Assisted Ital-Teks with the review and negotiation of a number of lease agreements for malls all over Bulgaria.

Notable practitioners

Tanya Tocheva is a well-regarded real estate lawyer particularly experienced in handling leases and acquisitions as well as EPC and FIDIC contracts. She advised Ecoenergy Dobrich 1 on gaining a construction permit and the subsequent supervision of the project. A client reports that the recommendations were clear and delivered on time.

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Wolf Theiss - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises international corporate clients as well as banks on real estate transactions and their financing. Frequently instructed on long-term leasing contract drafting and negotiations. Also assists with construction-related issues.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's business-friendly approach. "Their replies are always helpful because they provide a clear analysis of legal aspects and describe possible ways to handle the issues," a client says, adding that they suggest "a practical approach tailored for our specific business and situation."

Work highlights Advised UBB Sidma on the financing of a steel production company, with real estate acting as a security for the loan.

Notable practitioners

Anna Rizova and Katerina Kraeva are key contacts for the practice.

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Local knowledge is vital when it comes to Real Estate.

Our Reputation

We have a long-standing track-record of successfully structuring complex multi-phase projects and real estate investments. For years we have been laying solid foundations for real estate investments by covering areas of key importance such as environmental, waste and energy efficiency compliance and planning. By helping our clients to anticipate, avoid or solve problems before they become conflicts, we are continuously maintaining our established leading position.

Our Cases

We participated in the majority of the landmark deals in the sector, starting from the setting-up of office and shopping centers in the country and the subsequent development of large scale infrastructure projects and industrial properties. We have significant experience orchestrating complex multi-phase projects including drafting the requisite documentation, facilitating negotiations, navigating the legal and regulatory mazes and, when necessary, coordinating litigation cases on behalf of our clients.

Our Role

More than just facilitating individual real estate and construction transactions, our Real Estate team strives to help clients create and implement effective strategies for addressing development related business needs. Uniquely for a law firm acting on the Bulgarian market, we have the capacity to cover the tax aspects of entries into and exits from real estate investments



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Dyulgerova & Penkova Law Firm - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on both construction and real estate matters. Acts for domestic and international contractors on infrastructure projects in Bulgaria, negotiating terms of land acquisitions as well as urban planning. Another key strength is the representation of international companies that require the implementation of FIDIC rules for construction projects. Assists with the negotiation and drafting of lease agreements.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's availability, with a client saying that the lawyers "always respond to phone calls and e-mails the same day and often within 30 minutes," while further noting their proactive suggestion of solutions.

Work highlights Advised Garanti Koza İnşaat on the acquisition of a land plot in Sofia as well as plans for its redevelopment.

Assisted I&B Real Estates with a number of leasing-related matters in regard to its 19-floor office premises.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Victoria Penkova is well regarded for her experience in assisting clients with lease agreements and also represents clients in real estate acquisition, development and construction matters.

Co-head of department Lyubimka Dyulgerova is an experienced practitioner known to advise on issues relating to real estate construction and commercial matters.

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Gugushev & Partners - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with considerable experience in transactional real estate and construction matters. Frequently engaged in drafting and revising contracts in property management and financing. Involved in long-term property development projects. Clients hail from the energy and luxury property sectors and investors in holiday and residential developments.

Strengths Clients like the speed of delivery, with a source saying: "They are very good in communication and they are very fast in their feedback."

Work highlights Assisted Victoria Group with the construction of Hotel Marinela Sofia.

Notable practitioners

Elena Nenova is well regarded for her track record in dealing with property development and management. A client praises her "excellent understanding of the development process and the related administrative procedures," adding that she also provides solutions.

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Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive service to a range of local and international clients, utilising its extensive regional network of offices. Acts on real estate transactions as well as the development and construction of properties. Also assists with long-term lease contracts as well as related disputes.

Work highlights Assisted S IMMO with the sale of the Serdika Mall in Sofia.

Advised Kronberg International on the acquisition of the entity owning Mall Varna from Raiffeisen Bank International.

Notable practitioners

Dimitar Vlaevsky advises on issues relating to lease agreements, acquisitions and dispute resolution. A client says that he is "very pragmatic and offers clear solutions and feedback."

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The real estate & construction practice group is highly regarded across CEE/SEE. It enjoys high visibility in the region's largest and most important transactions and development projects. The team advises clients on all legal aspects of their real estate business.

The main focus of Schoenherr's real estate & construction practice is advising equity funds, investors and developers on the acquisition of real estate via asset and share deals, including tax structuring and financing; structuring real estate funds; and innovative capital markets transactions and restructurings; the development of real estate from permits and building contracts to lease contracts (design, construction and operation); sale and leaseback; claim management; real estate-related litigation; construction litigation and arbitration; joint ventures and PPP projects in connection with infrastructure; energy projects (solar parks, wind parks, photovoltaic plants); acquisition and development of agricultural land and forests.



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Band 1

Stephan Kyutchukov

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stephan Kyutchukov is reputed for his extensive knowledge of a broad range of real estate and construction matters. He recently assisted Latécoère with opening a new production facility in Trakia Economic Zone, providing due diligence and structuring advice.

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Band 1

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonia Mavrova is one of the leading real estate lawyers in Sofia, highly regarded for her experience in issues relating to M&A and investment structuring as well as zoning and planning matters. "She is quick to identify the real problem and is always very clear, concise and to the point," a client says, also highlighting her "ability to settle arguments in a quick and amicable way while still getting what she wants."

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Band 1

Nickolay Nickolov

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Nickolay Nickolov is one of the best and most experienced real estate lawyers in Bulgaria, advising on a wide range of matters including acquisitions, disposals, due diligence and leasing. Sources say he shows "very good attention to detail" and is "a great negotiator." He recently assisted Hystead with its acquisition of The Mall in Sofia for EUR156 million.

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Band 2

Penkov, Markov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Milena Gaidarska has a long track record of advising on a broad range of real estate and construction matters. "She's always ready to discuss our problems in detail, so that she can find the best solution for us," a client says, adding that she is available outside normal business hours. She recently advised the government-owned National Palace of Culture in regard to the high-value reconstruction of the property.

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Band 2

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Atanas Shopov advises clients on a wide range of real estate and construction matters. According to a client, he has "sector-specific expertise, significant business acumen and is very inventive which gives us huge confidence that we are on the right track." Advised Witte Automotive on the development and construction of a new manufacturing plant.

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Band 3

Andrey Delchev and Partners - Eurolex Bulgaria

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Stoyan Barzakov is best recognised for dealing with a number of real estate and construction-related matters. "He is a deal maker. He always looks for solutions and compromises, he does not create tension," a commentator says. He recently advised a consortium of construction companies on all legal aspects of the construction of a rail line between Skature and Orizovo.

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Band 3

Radosveta Kojuharova

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Radosveta Kojuharova is highlighted for her expertise in real estate development, with a source saying that she is "best for commercial developments like shopping centres and office buildings. She knows that market like no one else." She co-led the team advising Balkan Business Centre on the development and construction of a business centre in Sofia.

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Band 3

Gugushev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Nenova is well regarded for her track record in dealing with property development and management. A client praises her "excellent understanding of the development process and the related administrative procedures," adding that she also provides solutions.

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Band 3

Dyulgerova & Penkova Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of department Victoria Penkova is well regarded for her experience in assisting clients with lease agreements and also represents clients in real estate acquisition, development and construction matters.

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Band 3

Tocheva & Mandazhieva

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tanya Tocheva is a well-regarded real estate lawyer particularly experienced in handling leases and acquisitions as well as EPC and FIDIC contracts. She advised Ecoenergy Dobrich 1 on gaining a construction permit and the subsequent supervision of the project. A client reports that the recommendations were clear and delivered on time.

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Band 4

Lyubimka Dyulgerova

Dyulgerova & Penkova Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of department Lyubimka Dyulgerova is an experienced practitioner known to advise on issues relating to real estate construction and commercial matters.

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Band 4

Nikolina T Stefanova

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolina Stefanova is a well-regarded lawyer in real estate, assisting with investment, disposals and associated financing. She acts on the team's key transactions.

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Band 4

Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dimitar Vlaevsky advises on issues relating to lease agreements, acquisitions and dispute resolution. A client says that he is "very pragmatic and offers clear solutions and feedback."

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Up and Coming

Dinova, Rusev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Georgi Vladov is described by a client as "an extremely savvy guy" who provides practical advice. He is active in assisting with the construction of shopping centres and the subsequent real estate matters, including leases.

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