Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nikolai Gouginski
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
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 Court appeals against CPC decisions. Often advises local subsidiaries of global corporates on compliance with rules on vertical agreements in distribution models. Also has expertise in merger control filings for domestic and cross-border transactions. Acts for key clients in the banking, insurance, automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Strengths One client says: "Even in complex processes the lawyers give sound advice."
Another source praises the firm's "ability to process a lot of data in a minimal time," continuing: "They have a good understanding about these procedures because they have experience in similar cases."
Work highlights Represented three of Bunge's group of companies in their appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court following a CPC finding of prohibited vertical agreements with distributors of vegetable oil.
Advised Daimler on compliance with rules on distribution agreements in the Bulgarian automotive sector.
Significant clients METRO Cash & Carry, BMW, Abbott Laboratories, Orgachim, Beiersdorf.
Nikolai Gouginski is recognised by both peers and clients as an expert in Bulgarian and EU competition law. He handles compliance matters and guides clients through CPC investigations and related litigation. Interviewees report that he is "level headed and goal oriented," adding: "He is ready to explain everything at length until all parts of the problem are made clear. "
Anton Petrov supports many of the firm's key compliance and CPC investigations mandates. Clients say: "He is extremely precise in working with documents and he has a huge memory." "He's pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive," notes another impressed interviewee.