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Competition/Antitrust — Bulgaria


Boyanov & Co. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding team that handles high-value and complex cases in all facets of competition law, including merger control filings with the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) and abuse of dominance investigations. Experienced in state aid litigation and assists with claims linked to price dumping or inaccurate and comparative advertising. Advises international pharmaceutical or fashion companies on competition law issues arising from their Bulgarian distribution agreements. Also provides day-to-day advice and training on compliance and dawn raids.

Strengths "We highly appreciate that the legal advice given is timely, in-depth and analytical," says one impressed interviewee.

Further sources report that the lawyers "have a wide view on the matters and a lot of experience."

Work highlights Acted for EuroChem on filing for merger control clearance for its proposed acquisition of Agricola Bulgaria.

Assisted Dubai Aerospace Enterprise with merger control issues flowing from its acquisition of AWAS.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Peter Petrov is known as "one of the best lawyers in the market" by peers and clients alike. He acts for a range of clients in industries such as energy, aviation and retail on merger control proceedings, competition disputes and state aid matters. Appreciative clients describe him as "very erudite" and say that "his work is characterised by detailed project analysis and information." He advised Wood Group on the local merger clearance procedure relating to its proposed GBP2.2 billion purchase of Amec Foster Wheeler.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established presence at the top end of the Bulgarian competition market. Represents companies in abuse of dominance and cartel investigations, with further experience in Supreme Administrative Court appeals against CPC decisions. Often advises global corporates on compliance with rules on vertical agreements in distribution models. Has expertise in merger control filings for domestic and cross-border transactions. Also assists with the advertising of products and handles unfair trade practice proceedings before the CPC. Acts for key clients in the banking, insurance, automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths Clients are "impressed by the ability of the lawyers to quickly process and analyse a large amount of information and to draw relevant conclusions based on sound reasoning in light of the competition rules."

Sources also highlight the quick reactions of the practitioners and say they "respond in a timely manner and always provide in-depth legal analysis."

Work highlights Advised OMV on the cartel investigation brought by the CPC against six of the biggest fuel retailers in relation to alleged horizontal price fixing and price co-ordination.

Represented METRO Cash & Carry in the cartel investigation launched by the CPC against nine retail chains.

Notable practitioners

Nikolai Gouginski draws praise from interviewees who describe him as a "brilliant competition lawyer who is very cool-headed and to the point." He advises clients on proceedings before the CPC regarding abuse of dominance, unfair trade practices and cartels. He also advises on merger control and state aid issues. "He has a thorough and comprehensive approach," says one interviewee. Gouginski advised Aurubis on a CPC investigation into alleged abuse of dominance.

Interviewees highlight Anton Petrov's prominent role in many of the firm's key competition law mandates. He handles competition investigations and subsequent judicial review proceedings on behalf of major global corporates. He also assists with compliance and advisory issues, as showcased in advice to BMW on various issues concerning its Bulgarian selective distribution system.

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

DGKV has one of the oldest, largest and most accomplished competition practice among Bulgarian law firms. We advise on:

  • Cartel and abuse of dominant position: We’ve represented clients such as OMV Bulgaria, Metro Cash & Carry, Aurubis Bulgaria, Devnya Cement, Kaliakra, CEZ and others in some of the most significant investigations carried out by the CPC over the past couple of years; 

  • Competition compliance: We provide ongoing competition support to clients from variety of industries: banking and finance and financial services, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, automotive, construction materials, food and beverages, sanitary fixtures, logistics, oil and gas, etc; 
  • Merger Control: DGKV made the first merger control filings in Bulgaria and the present merger control application guidelines of the CPC are largely based on the documentation developed by us in those years;
  • Distribution & vertical agreements: DGKV has a strong track record with respect to high profile competition counselling on distribution and supply systems, restructuring for clients in compliance with the competition rules and the measures imposed by the CPC; 
  • Unfair trade practices and consumer protection: We regularly advise on compliance matters relating to advertising and labelling of products. We represent clients in proceedings before the CPC regarding alleged unfair trade practices.​

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Kambourov & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong Bulgarian outfit that advises on a range of matters including cartel proceedings and competition compliance in distribution agreements. Handles significant cases that test Bulgarian law on the abuse of a stronger bargaining position. Prominent in both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to advertising of consumer goods. Acts for automotive, TMT, food and retail sector clients.

Strengths Clients describe the lawyers as "technically astute, thorough and precise, with tremendous knowledge of the EU law perspective."

"The lawyers are very stable in their performance and are willing to satisfy every need of my business," states another interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Lidl on its appeal of the EUR1 million fine imposed for alleged misleading advertising. The firm also assisted with two proceedings relating to Bulgarian legislation prohibiting the abuse of a stronger bargaining position.

Acted for Maxima Bulgaria on proceedings brought by the CPC against retailers that were alleged to be participants in a cartel.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Tzakov impresses clients with his "concise, well-structured and well-balanced advice." "He digs deeply into issues and is exhaustive and detail-oriented," states one source. Tzakov advised Aon on an information request from the CPC relating to the latter's investigation into vertical restraints in the insurance sector. He also assists clients from the retail, automotive and media sectors with diverse contentious and non-contentious competition issues.

About the Team (content provided by Kambourov & Partners)

Well aware of the impact that competition rules have on all sectors of the economy, the team considers both sets of unfair competition regulation (domestic and EU) when shaping complex advice on dominance, cartels, dawn raids, pricing, refusal to supply, etc.

The experience in cross-border M&As and foreign investments has significantly contributed to the development of a competition expertise in a multitude of industry sectors, including energy, agriculture, food and beverage, technology, financial services and healthcare. The team provides compliance support and merger control advice on domestic and trans-border mergers and acquisitions and other manifold transactions.

Just as well, the department covers the interpretation and application of international private law in contentious trans-border issues.

Clients are represented in competition-related litigation before national courts and the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition.


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Penkov, Markov & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Has a broad knowledge base that spans cartel agreements, abuse of dominance cases and the provision of competition compliance training to employees of multinational groups. Acts on litigation against CPC findings of unfair competition in marketing activities. Assists leading international drinks retailers with both contentious claims and with compliance mandates relating to vertical agreements with Bulgarian distributors. Also notably active in merger filings for domestic and cross-border transactions.

Strengths Interviewees say that the team "has a good knowledge of the local authority and a deep understanding of its way of working."

"It is e asy to talk with the lawyers and they pay special attention to every one of our needs and problems," reports another client.

Work highlights Acted for Bulgarian supermarket chain Fantastico on cartel proceedings brought by the CPC. The firm also provided competition law training to employees.

Advised ENIKOM M on the competition rules regarding marketing and on the preparation of a complaint to the competition authority against a competitor for misleading advertising.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees laud Svetlin Adrianov as "very structured and capable of grasping complex legal issues," adding: "He has a very detailed approach and it is a pleasure to work with him." He acts for clients in industries such as retail, finance and healthcare on matters including competition training, unfair competition disputes and CPC investigations. He defended Naturproduct in unfair competition proceedings brought by a competitor alleging misleading advertising for medical devices.

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Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Has considerable experience in advisory mandates for key TMT, energy and life sciences sector clients. Advises on unfair competition proceedings, dawn raid training and the design of distribution agreements for global consumer products or media companies. Also co-ordinates with large international firms to handle major cross-border merger filings.

Strengths Interviewees say that "the lawyers are very responsive and look on our issues from different aspects, often coming up with innovative but practical solutions. They are very precise and profound in their analysis but always keep in mind my business interests."

Additional sources admire the firm's "long-standing and varied expertise in competition matters, which is indispensable for my business."

Work highlights Acted for BAT on obtaining merger control clearance from the CPC for its EUR100 million acquisition of several brands from Bulgartabac.

Represented Sofia Airport in an abuse of dominance case concerning alleged predatory pricing in its provision of ground handling services.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Zoya Todorova is the key point of contact for the team.

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Georgiev, Todorov & Co - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates particular strength in litigation following on from competition commission rulings on abuse of dominance or misleading advertising. Acts on both the defendant and complainant sides of unfair competition cases brought to the CPC. Boasts strong ties to key telecoms and pharmaceuticals clients. Also assists with competition advisory and compliance issues.

Strengths "Their legal opinions are succinct and clear," says a satisfied source, adding that the team "fully meets my company's needs."

Work highlights Acted for Aurubis on its Supreme Administrative Court appeal of the CPC's decision regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position.

Advised Maxima Bulgaria on the competition compliance of advertising campaigns.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ivan Todorov is a key contact for the team.

About the Team (content provided by Georgiev, Todorov & Co)

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. was founded in 1991 as one of the first Bulgarian law firms. Currently we are one of the largest business law firms in the country consisting of 7 partners and 52 lawyers who have always been proud to render excellent legal service.
Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has expertise in all aspects of EU and Bulgarian competition law. Our advice covers both the big picture and the local detail. Our law firm is recognized as a leading competition practice. Our approach is practical and commercial. We work alongside our clients in their day-to-day business to ensure that their commercial strategies and agreements meet the requirements of competition law and to steer them through investigations when these arise.
Our team consists of experienced and recognized professionals who has provided legal support to our clients and led to successful outcome of their cases.
The head of our team is the highly experienced and valued lawyer Mr. Alexander Pachamanov, Senior partner, who is rated by colleagues and partners as one of the leading professionals in the area within the Bulgarian and European markets.

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Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Serves clients in the oil and gas, retail, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. Regularly acts on competition compliance and advisory issues. Also has expertise in CPC investigations and merger control proceedings. Benefits from strong links to the firm's market-leading practice in Austria.

Strengths "They give quick responses and are always available," states one client, adding: "They provide value-added services."

Notable practitioners

Ilko Stoyanov is the head of department and the main contact for the practice.

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

Schoenherr’s eu & competition practice advises clients from across all industries in merger control, anti-trust and state aid matters at European and national levels throughout the firm’s comprehensive network in the CEE region, and its office in Brussels.
In addition, the practice supports other teams when specific issues under European law arise, for instance under the Accession Agreements of new Member States.


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Star Individuals

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "outstanding" Peter Petrov is known as "one of the best lawyers in the market" by peers and clients alike. He acts for a range of clients in industries such as energy, aviation and retail on merger control proceedings, competition disputes and state aid matters. Appreciative clients describe him as "very erudite" and say that "his work is characterised by detailed project analysis and information." He advised Wood Group on the local merger clearance procedure relating to its proposed GBP2.2 billion purchase of Amec Foster Wheeler.

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Penkov, Markov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees laud Svetlin Adrianov as "very structured and capable of grasping complex legal issues," adding: "He has a very detailed approach and it is a pleasure to work with him." He acts for clients in industries such as retail, finance and healthcare on matters including competition training, unfair competition disputes and CPC investigations. He defended Naturproduct in unfair competition proceedings brought by a competitor alleging misleading advertising for medical devices.

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Nikolai T Gouginski

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolai Gouginski draws praise from interviewees who describe him as a "brilliant competition lawyer who is very cool-headed and to the point." He advises clients on proceedings before the CPC regarding abuse of dominance, unfair trade practices and cartels. He also advises on merger control and state aid issues. "He has a thorough and comprehensive approach," says one interviewee. Gouginski advised Aurubis on a CPC investigation into alleged abuse of dominance.

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HRISTOV & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Hristov of HRISTOV & PARTNERS is well respected among peers for his experience in merger control mandates and for his success in building an active practice. He advised Spadel on the notification of its EUR120 million acquisition of Devin. He acts for clients in sectors such as finance, distribution and technology on merger filings following M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He also handles day-to-day compliance issues.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Anton Petrov's prominent role in many of the firm's key competition law mandates. He handles competition investigations and subsequent judicial review proceedings on behalf of major global corporates. He also assists with compliance and advisory issues, as showcased in advice to BMW on various issues concerning its Bulgarian selective distribution system.

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Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Tzakov impresses clients with his "concise, well-structured and well-balanced advice." "He digs deeply into issues and is exhaustive and detail-oriented," states one source. Tzakov advised Aon on an information request from the CPC relating to the latter's investigation into vertical restraints in the insurance sector. He also assists clients from the retail, automotive and media sectors with diverse contentious and non-contentious competition issues.

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Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Attorneys-at-Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Venelin Dimitrov of Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Attorneys-at-Law earns praise from both peers and clients for his handling of diverse competition law mandates. He advises clients from the TMT, retail and energy industries on M&A-related competition matters and on the structuring of local distribution models.

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Sabev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Mariya Papazova of Sabev & Partners for her previous experience in the Bulgarian competition commission and describe her as "bright and responsive." She is noted for her activity in unfair competition matters as part of her broader competition law practice.

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