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Employment — Bulgaria


Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading employment practice with wide-ranging expertise covering various industry sectors. Offers a high-capacity team able to handle large-scale projects for major international employers. Particularly knowledgeable in employment issues arising from corporate transactions, restructurings and downsizing. Experienced in outsourcing, data protection and health and safety issues. Assists with renegotiations of incentive plans and with individual dismissals of senior managers. Advises clients from a wide range of industries such as engineering, pharmaceuticals and IT.

Strengths Clients say of the lawyers' employment expertise: "They are incredibly responsive and very knowledgeable about the subject."

"T hey adapt quickly to the international aspects of my company," states another interviewee, adding: "Everyone there has a good command of the English language, which is a plus from my side."

Work highlights Acted for Coca-Cola European Partners on various employment matters including the secondment of employees, handling of terminations and the review of internal HR policies.

Advised Allergan on Bulgarian law relating to the change of employees' working conditions.

Notable practitioners

Youliana Naoumova is well reputed in the market and acts for clients in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors on a range of employment matters. Clients describe her as "smart, creative, thoughtful and responsive," adding: "We feel like she is our business partner in Bulgaria." She advised VMware on day-to-day employment issues such as dismissals, compliance with statutory obligations and the agreement of apprenticeship and internship contracts.

Kalina Tchakarova advises on a wide range of employment issues including outsourcing and collective or individual dismissals. She advised GE Healthcare on the termination of a local manager.

About the Team (content provided by Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov)

  • DGKV’s employment team excels as one of the few stand-alone employment law practices on the Bulgarian market. Our employment lawyers are heavily involved in providing legal field specific knowledge to our clients with a view to optimizing every aspect of their operations in Bulgaria and strive to ensure that their specific employment needs are met in an ever-changing business world.
  • Apart from their work in the practice, the lawyers involved in the Employment Law Practice Group derive unique benefit from the opportunity to be part of large transaction teams. DGKV’s exposure to a large number of projects and international experience has enabled DGKV employment lawyers to develop profound expertise in a great variety of employment law matters (both locally specific and in the context of international regulations). 
  • DGKV’s employment and social security team has represented clients in the whole spectrum of employment law issues that may arise in the course of operations of an entity in Bulgaria - in the individual as well as collective labour relations, including handling both individual and collective labour disputes, immigration and work permit requirements for expatriate employees. 
  • DGKV employment attorneys provide pro bono advice to educational institutions and Non-Governmental organizations.​

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Kambourov & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded domestic firm advising on all areas of labour and social security law, representing clients in both contentious and non-contentious cases. Expertise includes terminations, contract drafting and data protection. Well versed in immigration matters concerning non-EU citizens, such as visa issuances and residence permits. Particularly notable for its representation of major local supermarket chains and international retailers. Benefits from close links to leading international firms to attract work for global transport and technology sector clients.

Strengths Interviewees are impressed by the quality of the firm's advice, saying: "Everything is clear, comprehensive and logical."

Sources describe the lawyers as "highly experienced specialists," going on to say: "They give very quick and high-quality responses."

Work highlights Advised Kamenitza on a wide range of issues including dismissals, disciplinary proceedings and data protection.

Assisted Prestige 96 with various contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including the drafting and termination of employment contracts.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Aleksandrov is well regarded in the market and described as a "bright employment lawyer." He earns praise both for his academic profile and for his advocacy skills in court cases. He regularly acts for clients from the retail, insurance, pharmaceutical and TMT sectors, and advised Uber on various employment matters including data protection and amendments of employment agreements.

About the Team (content provided by Kambourov & Partners)

With a proven competence in social-security-related matters, structuring of employee contracts in the context of large international groups, monitoring of compliance with employment, social security, anti-discrimination, personal data protection and employee dismissal legislation, the team helps clients conform their workplace practices and procedures to local law.

The department is equally experienced in employment litigation on matters ranging from professional injuries to mass dismissals.

Being among the first on the Bulgarian legal market to actually realize the interplay between the migration regime and various sectors, including foreign investments, taxation, social area, labour regulations,etc., the firm established a separate department to specifically cover these matters. 

Clients are guided through a wide range of administrative procedures, such as issuing of visas for short term stay, prolonged residence permits and permanent residence permits for citizens of non-EU member states. Advice is also provided on long-term residence permits for foreigners who are citizens of EU countries.




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Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Attorneys-at-Law - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier firm with extensive knowledge of advisory, transactional and contentious labour matters. Acts for international companies on all areas of employment law including detailed compliance advice, data protection and collective dismissals. Advises on the transfer of undertakings in corporate restructurings and the negotiation of employee benefits, pension plans or flexible working schemes. Has notable experience in matters related to the posting of employees inside and outside the European Economic Area. Covers sectors such as pharmaceuticals, hospitality and transport.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers are "honest with me, which I really like; they tell me what issues I face, what I should work on and the changes that I should make."

Additional sources highlight the lawyers' "expertise and responsiveness," adding: "They are also really accurate."

Work highlights Acted for Promedica on the amendment of its local employment model.

Advised PK Management on employment law issues relating to its establishment in Bulgaria. The firm advised on TUPE concerns and on the implementation of all employment contracts.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Ilya Komarevski's personal handling of complex employment law proceedings and say that he is "easy to communicate with, reliable and fast." He acted for Mars on various employment issues, including the transfer of employees between Mars group companies and ongoing disciplinary or termination matters.

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Boyanov & Co. - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team providing comprehensive day-to-day support and specialist employment counsel. Advises on mass dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and transfers of employment, often within the context of M&A transactions or the closure of Bulgarian subsidiaries. Primarily acts for international clients, spanning industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages. Receives further praise for handling of labour disputes.

Strengths One client says that the lawyers "are very supportive and quick," while another notes: "They always answer on time and exactly address the questions I have asked."

Additional sources appreciate the commerciality of the support: "They always manage to pinpoint the issue at hand and provide coherent and business-oriented advice."

Work highlights Assisted The Stars Group with the establishment of its call centre in Bulgaria. The firm advised on hiring processes and the drafting of employment contracts.

Represented Bayer in proceedings initiated by a former employee for wrongful dismissal and discrimination.

Notable practitioners

Violeta Kirova acts for a wide range of clients in sectors such as finance, education and manufacturing. Clients say she is "very knowledgeable on local employment legislation," while further sources appreciate that "she is very co-operative and it is easy to work together with her." Kirova assists with a range of transactional and employment litigation mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Boyanov & Co.)

BOYANOV & Co. has deep knowledge of all specific employment law sectors – employment in the context of a transfer of undertakings, disciplinary procedures, employment and relocation of expats, work permits and visas, personal data protection, anti-discrimination regulations, elections of representatives in Special Negotiation Bodies and European Works Councils, collective bargaining, collective redundancies, collective disputes, etc.;

BOYANOV & Co. participated in all major M&A deals and greenfield projects since 1990, all of which had a material employment aspect. Many of these cases required a pioneering approach – to find legal solutions and propose structures for which there were no precedents in Bulgaria (e.g. the first offerings of incentive plans to Bulgarian employees). Our Clients’ list is often called “the who is who in the Bulgarian economy”.

BOYANOV & Co. deeply respects the core professional ethical values and build long lasting relationships with our clients – the firm has been working for Philip Morris since 1990, for Ideal Standard – since 1992 (irrespective of the changes in the ownership), for Mondelez (former Kraft Foods) – since 1993, etc.

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CMS - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent international firm with wide-ranging Bulgarian employment experience, acting for a variety of international and local clients. Handles day-to-day issues such as company labour regulations and the negotiation of managers' compensation packages, as well as immigration and work permit issues. Clients span the energy, automotive and technology sectors. Also advises on related tax, data protection and corporate law matters.

Strengths Clients value the team for its "very precise" approach, noting: "They give us detailed advice on everything we should do and the evidence that we should collect, and they give us an accurate idea about what will happen next."

"The lawyers have a d eep knowledge of local regulations and are available for meetings or teleconferences," states another interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for Sixty K on various employment matters including the revision of its outsourcing contracts.

Assisted Winkhaus Austria with several labour issues such as the preparation of employment agreements and job descriptions.

Notable practitioners

Iveta Manolova and Maria Drenska are the heads of department and key contacts for the team.

About the Team (content provided by CMS )

Our employment team advises clients both as part of deals as well as on day-to-day employment matters, such as: internal personnel restructurings, management employment and management restructuring, redundancies, employment litigation, company labour regulations, compensations, bonus schemes etc. The team specialists have diverse experience and knowledge and are an indispensable part of our corporate, commercial and litigation practices.
We continue advising our international and local clients on the restructuring processes in their companies as well as on staff optimisation in particular. With reference to this, our team has become specialised in providing advice on senior management moves in particular.
We provide employment advice as an integral part of M&A deals.
The team is specialized in immigration issues related to foreigners and foreign directors working in Bulgaria.

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Dinova, Rusev & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dedicated employment team advising on internal company policies and employment structures, including share option plans and secondments. Offers expertise in outsourcing, data protection and immigration matters. Assists clients with day-to-day labour queries and provides representation in disputes on behalf of both companies and top management. Has further experience in employee transfers and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements within the context of restructurings.

Strengths Clients are most impressed with the "positive and understanding attitude of each member of the law firm," adding: "They clearly line up the options for approaching and solving problems, and give us regular updates on any changes in legislation that may concern our business."

Sources also highlight the "very responsive and detailed" approach adopted by the firm.

Work highlights Advised Assos Property Management on a wide range of employment issues, including terminations and the review of internal policies or employment documentation.

Acted for Devico on various employment matters such as negotiations for the termination of employment contracts or the tax and social security aspects of the secondment of employees.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Vesela Kabatliyska is "very clear, has good communication skills and offers great turnaround times." She is well regarded for her advice on terminations, restructurings and data protection matters. She acted for Sephora on various employment and personal data protection issues.

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Danailova, Todorov & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic firm that is a popular choice for construction, transport and recruitment clients. Assists with the drafting or review of temporary or flexible employment contracts. Also provides support in regulatory and compliance matters, including those relating to EU or Bulgarian working time and health and safety regulations.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers are "quick and efficient," adding: "I like their friendly manner and thorough approach."

Interviewees also appreciate the lawyers' "personal attitude, their involvement and the perfection in their work."

Notable practitioners

Maria Danailova leads the team and is a key point of contact.

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Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team handling a range of employment matters including transfer of employees, mass dismissals, labour disputes and social security. Well versed in the structuring of hiring and remuneration policies, often on behalf of international companies looking to establish local subsidiaries or take on Bulgarian employees. Particularly active for clients from the technology and telecoms sectors.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "open, polite and ready to answer all of my questions in detail."

"They always reply promptly and provide excellent legal advice," reports another interviewee, adding: "Communication with the lawyers is very easy and friendly."

Work highlights Advised Ewals Cargo Care on its employment strategy, including secondment and social security issues relating to the employment of truck drivers who operate across several EU states.

Acted for Zahoransky on the cross-border hiring of employees.

Notable practitioners

The main point of contact for the team is Zoya Todorova.

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Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service practice that advises on diverse contentious and non-contentious issues. Assists with advisory mandates relating to personal data protection, employee incentive plans and compliance with working time rules. Attracts attention for activity on both the employer and employee side of disputes flowing from terminations of employment contracts.

Strengths Interviewees are "grateful for the quick and high-quality service" offered by the team, noting: "The lawyers are incredibly responsive and personally involved with the case."

Another source says that the lawyers stand out for their "knowledge, high-quality work and clear communication."

Work highlights Advised Obiteh on several dismissals under various grounds, including a disciplinary dismissal and the termination of an employee who suffered from illness.

Notable practitioners

The main contacts for the practice are Rossitsa Voutcheva and Diliana Ilieva.

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Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well versed in employment mandates resulting from M&A transactions. Notable activity on terminations, recruitment and employment litigation. Boasts a strong cross-border practice, utilising its established international network to attract instructions on the establishment of Bulgarian subsidiaries and the intra-group transfer of employees.

Strengths Interviewees note the team's proven skill both in supporting major M&A mandates and in handling standalone employment litigation.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Stefana Tsekova is the key point of contact for the team.

About the Team (content provided by Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova))

Our labour & employment team covers 12 jurisdictions in CEE and advises on all aspects of employment law from the beginning through to the end of the employment relationship, for both contentious and non-contentious matters. It focuses on employment issues arising in the course of mergers and acquisitions, transfer of undertakings, workforce and management restructuring, domestic and cross-border transfer of employees, cross-border postings of employees, restructuring of businesses, downsizing and closure of production lines, employment tribunal litigation, workforce restructuring and related negotiations with employees, their representatives and trade unions, as well as general non-contentious employment advice.



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Tocheva & Mandazhieva - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active in a range of day-to-day employment law matters including outsourcing, health and safety or the drafting of documentation governing disciplinary proceedings. Experienced in handling individual and collective dismissals. Also advises on residence permitting issues and employee insurance matters.

Strengths One client reports that the lawyers "have a deep knowledge of my business" and that "they answer very quickly."

Work highlights Advised Lufthansa Technik on various matters including disciplinary procedures, terminations and issues relating to the lease of personnel.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Encho Dinev "provides understandable advice, responds quickly and is always reachable regardless of the time of day." He advises clients on the full spectrum of employment issues including those relating to severance payments, health and safety matters and applications for residence permits for foreign employees.

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Wolf Theiss - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leverages a strong regional presence to attract instructions on employment restructurings and transactional issues that cover multiple jurisdictions. Frequently assists multinational companies with the employment aspects of establishing local branches and the drafting of employee remuneration schemes. Popular choice among international clients in the pharmaceutical, technology, telecoms and retail industries. Also experienced in litigation relating to individual dismissals.

Strengths "The lawyers study the issues thoroughly and their replies are always helpful," says one client, continuing: "They offer practical solutions tailored for my specific business and situation."

Work highlights Acted for Software Group on the structuring of a share-based employee incentive plan.

Advised FactSet Research Systems on its acquisition of Bravo Consult and on subsequent changes to the target company's stock option plans, IP clauses and data protection policy.

Notable practitioners

Clients and peers alike highlight Hristina Dzhevlekova's key role in many of the firm's major mandates. She is well versed in labour litigation and advises on employment issues relating to cross-border M&A operations.

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Band 1

Andrey Aleksandrov

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Aleksandrov is well regarded in the market and described as a "bright employment lawyer." He earns praise both for his academic profile and for his advocacy skills in court cases. He regularly acts for clients from the retail, insurance, pharmaceutical and TMT sectors, and advised Uber on various employment matters including data protection and amendments of employment agreements.

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Band 1

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Attorneys-at-Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Ilya Komarevski's personal handling of complex employment law proceedings and say that he is "easy to communicate with, reliable and fast." He acted for Mars on various employment issues, including the transfer of employees between Mars group companies and ongoing disciplinary or termination matters.

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Band 2

Tocheva & Mandazhieva

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Encho Dinev "provides understandable advice, responds quickly and is always reachable regardless of the time of day." He advises clients on the full spectrum of employment issues including those relating to severance payments, health and safety matters and applications for residence permits for foreign employees.

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Band 2

Youliana O Naoumova

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Youliana Naoumova is well reputed in the market and acts for clients in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors on a range of employment matters. Clients describe her as "smart, creative, thoughtful and responsive," adding: "We feel like she is our business partner in Bulgaria." She advised VMware on day-to-day employment issues such as dismissals, compliance with statutory obligations and the agreement of apprenticeship and internship contracts.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Vesela Kabatliyska

Dinova, Rusev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Vesela Kabatliyska is "very clear, has good communication skills and offers great turnaround times." She is well regarded for her advice on terminations, restructurings and data protection matters. She acted for Sephora on various employment and personal data protection issues.

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Band 3

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Violeta Kirova acts for a wide range of clients in sectors such as finance, education and manufacturing. Clients say she is "very knowledgeable on local employment legislation," while further sources appreciate that "she is very co-operative and it is easy to work together with her." Kirova assists with a range of transactional and employment litigation mandates.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Kalina Tchakarova

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kalina Tchakarova advises on a wide range of employment issues including outsourcing and collective or individual dismissals. She advised GE Healthcare on the termination of a local manager.

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Associates to watch

Hristina Dzhevlekova

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients and peers alike highlight Hristina Dzhevlekova's key role in many of the firm's major mandates. She is well versed in labour litigation and advises on employment issues relating to cross-border M&A operations.

^ See whole ranking table