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Europe Guide

Employment — Bulgaria

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Kalina Tchakarova and Youliana Naoumova
-2 partners
-5 other qualified lawyers

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, as well as incentive plans and dismissal advice, including related litigation.

Strengths Commentators acknowledge that the firm "can handle high-profile cases" and has "wide market experience."

Clients appreciate the firm's excellent communication skills and "good information-sharing within the team."

Work highlights Advised Allergan on local employment aspects of the sale of its generics business to Teva.

Supported AbbVie in a range of employment issues including data protection, incentive schemes and annual leave queries.

Significant clients GE, Marks & Spencer, Covance, Amdocs, TeleTech.

Notable practitioners  

Prominent market presence Youliana Naoumova is recognised for her employment law knowledge. She is singled out as a "very experienced" lawyer "with an accommodating character, who is able to find the best solution for the client." She assisted Virtustream with the establishment of its operations in Bulgaria.

Kalina Tchakarova advises on a variety of employment topics including employee transfers, data protection and collective bargaining agreements. Her recent work includes advising Bloomberg on updating its local employment contracts.

Polina Panayotova continues to show promise as a talented associate. She advises on outsourcing, dismissals and data protection concerns for international corporations, assisting major clients from the energy, food and drink and technology industries.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Andrey Alexandrov
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

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, transfer of undertaking, 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.

Strengths Clients affirm that the lawyers are "available when we need them," and "respond in a timely and adequate manner in case of a problem."

Market observers highlight the "tremendous legal prowess of the team" and its "deep market knowledge, reliability, business acumen and tailored service."

Work highlights Advised Lidl Bulgaria on a variety of employment issues including drawing up and termination of labour contracts.

Assisted AP Mart with a range of matters, covering data protection, health and safety, working times and bonus queries.

Significant clients Herbalife, thebigword, Kamenitza, Bio Sdrujenie.

Notable practitioners  

Andrey Aleksandrov is widely respected as a "calm, balanced" expert who "provides pragmatic, well-researched and functional advice." He assisted Kaufland Bulgaria with a range of labour law queries including the drafting and termination of employment agreements, temporary staffing issues and disciplinary proceedings.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ilya Komarevski
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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, discrimination cases and working time models. Also active in dismissals, transfer of undertaking, outsourcing, benefits and pensions. Covers sectors such as pharmaceuticals, hospitality, transport and finance.

Strengths Clients admire the team's "professional attitude and up-to-date knowledge," as well as its "prompt reactions and very fast, clear communication."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bahn on a range of employment law matters, including working time, compliance and benefit queries.

Assisted JTI with the local implementation of company-wide policies, as well as general employment advice.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Hilton, Raiffeisenbank, Telerik.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Ilya Komarevski is an established and widely respected practitioner, whose "style of communication is very easy." He assisted Eni with expanding its business in Bulgaria, including all internal labour documentation as well as health and safety issues, working time models and mass dismissals.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kina Chuturkova and Yordan Naydenov
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong domestic team providing comprehensive day-to-day support and specialist employment counsel. Advises on mass dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, work permits and transfers of employment. Noteworthy proficiency in employment issues relating to cross-border M&A and company restructurings. Primarily acts for international clients, spanning industries such as technology, telecoms and food and beverages.

Strengths Clients stress that the firm offers "clear guidance" and is "happy to take a pragmatic approach."

"They are fully versed in all the relevant topics," say clients, adding that "they don't just concentrate on the current topics but are aware of things that might arise in the future."

Work highlights Advised METRO on updating its local employment contracts, as well as providing advice on termination cases.

Assisted Coca-Cola Bulgaria with general documentation, data privacy issues, management agreements and dismissals.

Significant clients Mondelēz, Cisco Systems, Philip Morris, Google, Yara International.

Notable practitioners  

Clients admire Violeta Kirova as a "technically competent, reliable and fast" partner who finds solutions that are "realistic in terms of real-life applications." She assists with contract drafting, negotiations and court representation for a range of international clients from the chemical, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Iveta Manolova and Maria Drenska
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent international firm with wide-ranging Bulgarian employment experience, acting for a variety of international and local clients. Strong expertise in matters related to company restructuring and M&A, as well as staff optimisation, redundancy and senior management moves. Also active in employer-side court representation. Handles day-to-day issues such as company labour regulations and compensation, as well as immigration issues and work permit matters. Clients span the financial services, automotive, retail and technology sectors.

Work highlights Acted for Colgate-Palmolive on employment termination issues, including staff cuts and compensation questions.

Advised Viking Life-Saving Equipment on a variety of labour law queries including terminations, annual leave and change of employees in lead roles.

Significant clients Advent International, Toshiba, Peek & Cloppenburg, HETA Asset Resolution, Kostal.

Notable practitioners  

Iveta Manolova and Maria Drenska head the department and are key points of contact for clients.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Maria Danailova
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic firm advising companies on employment structure optimisation and restructures and labour documentation. Popular choice for construction, transport and recruitment clients. Also provides support in regulatory and compliance issues, with knowledge of cases involving EU law and mass dismissals.

Strengths Clients extol the department as a team of "highly professional people" who offer "very fast reactions and a reliable service."

Commentators value the lawyers' "friendly manner."

Notable practitioners  

Kaloyan Todorov provides particular experience in advising on employment compliance and complex redundancy instances, often advising clients in the recruitment and construction industries. He has a strong client base in the recruitment and construction sectors and is noted for his quick response times. 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Vesela Kabatliyska
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated employment team advising on internal company policies and employment structures, including share option plans and redundancy procedures. Offers expertise in outsourcing, data protection and immigration matters. Also assists clients with day-to-day labour queries and provides representation in disputes on behalf of both companies and top management.

Strengths Market sources extol the firm for its swift work and excellent time-keeping, with one client remarking that "they are very responsive to all the inquiries we have. We communicate on a very close basis and they commit to the agreed time frames for a task."

Sources appreciate that the team "made it easy for non-law specialists to have a quick understanding of the situation." One commentator further attests that they are able to "translate things in a user-friendly way."

Work highlights Assisted 3M Bulgaria with various employment issues including the implementation of a new HR system.

Advised Economou Shipping on a wide spectrum of employment matters including negotiation and termination of contracts, internal policies and structuring.

Significant clients Marks & Spencer, Sephora, Sofia Hotel Balkan, Devico Norway, Restis Group.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Vesela Kabatliyska as a "smart and ambitious" lawyer who is "easy to communicate with" and "has a lot of knowledge." She is valued for her ability to give informed, comprehensible advice on a range of matters including contracts, terminations, internal restructuring and data privacy. She also represents clients in court in contentious employment cases.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Encho Dinev
-1 partner
-2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in a range of day-to-day employment law matters including outsourcing, drafting of documentation and health and safety. Also experienced in handling disciplinary actions and terminations, including collective dismissals. Represents clients in and out of court and is well-versed in migration matters concerning employees from both inside and outside the EU.

Work highlights Assisted Carlsberg Bulgaria with the preparation of all employment documentation under local law.

Advised Ital-Tex on drafting documentation regarding the company's downsizing, covering mass dismissals, severance payments, termination by mutual consent and disputes.

Significant clients Lufthansa Technik Sofia, ClientX, Orel Insurance Broker, Unisys World Services, Propeople.

Notable practitioners  

Encho Dinev boasts extensive experience in drafting a comprehensive range of employment documentation, from initial contracts to termination agreements. He was instructed by Viva regarding a variety of labour law matters, including advice on personnel insurance.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-3 partners
-4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly reputed employment team known for advising businesses on a range of labour law issues related to M&A and restructuring, as well as compliance, social security and collective redundancies. Offers additional experience in cross-border matters, advising multinational investors on issues relating to company establishment in Bulgaria. Experienced in employer-side litigation, acting as defence counsel in damages claims and termination disputes.

Strengths "Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts are knowledgeable, very fast and efficient," say clients, adding: "We are very happy with their services, their personal approach and flexibility."

Work highlights Advised the Bulgarian branch of Boehringer Ingelheim RCV on a manager's termination agreement, in addition to data protection questions and court representation.

Assisted Interoute Bulgaria with day-to-day employment issues and employment terminations.

Significant clients LPP Bulgaria, Zepter, Sofica Group, Husqvarna Bulgaria, UTI Grup.

Notable practitioners  

Boyana Milcheva is a key contact for any queries.

Since publication, Plamena A Georgieva has left this practice.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Victoria Penkova
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Integrated department with particular knowledge of employment issues arising from corporate concerns. Well known for assisting with amendments and terminations of employment contracts, mass redundancies and disciplinary actions. Also represents clients in disputes involving termination of employment relations. Fully informed regarding immigration and work permit issues.

Strengths Clients observe that the lawyers are "detailed and very precise in their analysis and advice," keep to strict deadlines and are able to assess the legal situation "from the business side."

Work highlights Represented adidas Bulgaria in termination-related litigation, disciplinary actions, collective redundancies and contract drafting.

Advised Isolfin Bulgaria on social insurance regulations and employment contracts.

Significant clients Berg Montana Fittings, Montana Hydraulics, Advance Address Ekspertni Otzenki, Huawei Technologies Bulgaria.

Notable practitioners  

Victoria Penkova leads the team and is the best point of contact for clients.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Rossitsa Voutcheva and Diliana Ilieva
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service employment advice ranging from personal data protection and working hours to representation in disputes over wrongfully terminated contracts. Offers additional support in social insurance, health and safety and pensions. Chiefly representing employers, but also instructed by high-ranking individuals. Client roster spans industries such as media, logistics and energy.

Strengths Sources are "very positively impressed" by the team, which is made up of "very good professionals" who are able to handle large scale employment mandates.

Work highlights Assisted Realty with drafting contracts, including flexible working hours and internal policy requirements.

Advised Unitcargo on day-to-day employment matters including incentive schemes and social security issues.

Significant clients Technotes, Obiteh, DFH Bulgaria, Renergy.

Notable practitioners  

Department heads Rossitsa Voutcheva and Diliana Ilieva are the best points of contact for clients.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Adriana Nacheva
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists companies and individuals with the full scope of employment issues, covering drafting of documentation, restructuring of employment relations and mass dismissals. Also provides representation in litigious matters, and advises on social security, working times and compliance mandates. Well versed in cases ranging across a number of industries including retail, media, technology and energy.

Strengths The lawyers are described by clients as "efficient, reliable and approachable" practitioners.

Work highlights Advised Rudmetal on the reduction of working hours and mandatory taking of annual leave in the light of the company's downsizing.

Acted as counsel to Amika Bulgaria regarding the contract termination of the former manager.

Significant clients Zenith Crop Sciences, Agria, VEZ Svoghe, Steni, Alexandrova Design.

Siyana Veleva earns a mention this year for her stand-out employment work, where she supports clients in downsizing, contentious matters, compliance and social security. Clients appreciate that she "has the drive and knowledge that enable her to achieve the goals set," and that "she is aware of the details of our projects and is always at our disposal for answering questions."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Milena Gaidarska
-1 partner
-5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides labour law expertise to Bulgarian and international companies in a range of industries, attracting clients from the food and beverage and transportation sectors. Active in regulatory and compliance matters, including internal training programs and in the amendment of internal policy. Advises on immigration and work permits, as well as working time queries and transfers of undertakings.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "very proactive, very punctual" work, adding that they "look into the details and advise accordingly, and are familiar with the regulations."

Work highlights Provided comprehensive employment advice to Enikom-M, including on amendment and termination of employment contracts.

Assisted Zagorka with immigration and residence permit matters for foreign workers.

Significant clients Pierre Fabre, PAC Doverie, Mondi Stambolijski, Booking.com, KNAUF Bulgaria.

Notable practitioners

Milena Gaidarska leads the department and is a key point of contact for employment issues.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Stefana Tsekova
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional firm advising on a variety of employment law matters. Boasts a strong cross-border practice, utilising its established international network. Significant experience in employment issues arising from M&A and well-regarded for employment disputes. Knowledgeable regarding cases of discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as damages claims and mass dismissals. Bonus schemes, working times, terminations and share transactions are further areas of activity.

Notable practitioners

Stefana Tsekova is a key contact for employment queries.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Anna Rizova
-1 partner
-3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notably experienced in dealing with employment restructurings and transactional issues, including those covering multiple jurisdictions, aided by the firm's strong regional presence. Frequently assists multinational companies with the employment aspects of establishing local branches. Popular choice amongst international clients in the pharmaceutical, technology, telecoms and retail industries.

Strengths Sources praise the team for being "well-organised, highly professional and client-oriented," adding that it is "hardworking and timely."

Clients say that team members offer "a lot of legal know-how as well as practical know-how," emphasising the firm's ability to offer pragmatic solutions.

Work highlights Advised Amdocs on employment issues surrounding its acquisition of cVidya, worth approximately EUR30 million.

Assisted Critical Mix with establishing a market presence in Bulgaria, including all employment structures and contracts.

Significant clients Boehringer Ingelheim, Max Telecom, DMG Mori Management, Peri, Synnex.

Notable practitioners  

Clients are full of praise for Hristina Dzhevlekova, asserting that "she is very to the point and very responsive." She is making steady headway in the Bulgarian employment scene, advising clients on a range of labour law projects including M&A, disputes and dismissals. She advises both national and international market players in the telecoms, manufacturing and retail industries.

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Band 1

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Aleksandrov is widely respected as a "calm, balanced" expert who "provides pragmatic, well-researched and functional advice." He assisted Kaufland Bulgaria with a range of labour law queries including the drafting and termination of employment agreements, temporary staffing issues and disciplinary proceedings.

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Band 1

Tocheva & Mandazhieva

From the Chambers Europe guide

Encho Dinev boasts extensive experience in drafting a comprehensive range of employment documentation, from initial contracts to termination agreements. He was instructed by Viva regarding a variety of labour law matters, including advice on personnel insurance.

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Band 1

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Attorneys-at-Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Ilya Komarevski is an established and widely respected practitioner, whose "style of communication is very easy." He assisted Eni with expanding its business in Bulgaria, including all internal labour documentation as well as health and safety issues, working time models and mass dismissals.

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Band 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Prominent market presence Youliana Naoumova is recognised for her employment law knowledge. She is singled out as a "very experienced" lawyer "with an accommodating character, who is able to find the best solution for the client." She assisted Virtustream with the establishment of its operations in Bulgaria.

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Band 2

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients admire Violeta Kirova as a "technically competent, reliable and fast" partner who finds solutions that are "realistic in terms of real-life applications." She assists with contract drafting, negotiations and court representation for a range of international clients from the chemical, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 2

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kalina Tchakarova advises on a variety of employment topics including employee transfers, data protection and collective bargaining agreements. Her recent work includes advising Bloomberg on updating its local employment contracts.

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Band 3

Dinova, Rusev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Vesela Kabatliyska as a "smart and ambitious" lawyer who is "easy to communicate with" and "has a lot of knowledge." She is valued for her ability to give informed, comprehensible advice on a range of matters including contracts, terminations, internal restructuring and data privacy. She also represents clients in court in contentious employment cases.

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Band 3

Danailova, Todorov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kaloyan Todorov provides particular experience in advising on employment compliance and complex redundancy instances, often advising clients in the recruitment and construction industries. He has a strong client base in the recruitment and construction sectors and is noted for his quick response times. 

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Associates to watch

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients are full of praise for Hristina Dzhevlekova, asserting that "she is very to the point and very responsive." She is making steady headway in the Bulgarian employment scene, advising clients on a range of labour law projects including M&A, disputes and dismissals. She advises both national and international market players in the telecoms, manufacturing and retail industries.

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Associates to watch

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Polina Panayotova continues to show promise as a talented associate. She advises on outsourcing, dismissals and data protection concerns for international corporations, assisting major clients from the energy, food and drink and technology industries.

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Associates to watch

Kinkin & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Siyana Veleva earns a mention this year for her stand-out employment work, where she supports clients in downsizing, contentious matters, compliance and social security. Clients appreciate that she "has the drive and knowledge that enable her to achieve the goals set," and that "she is aware of the details of our projects and is always at our disposal for answering questions."

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