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TMT — Bulgaria


Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. - TMT Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stellar IT and telecoms law firm with significant knowledge in the area of electronic governance and data protection. Represents major mobile and satellite communications operators, as well as internet providers. Well versed in e-commerce and e-health, as well as licensing and advertising matters. Offers further expertise in related IP and competition proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees praise the lawyers' problem-solving skills: "They are able to analyse an issue from many different angles and are not afraid to try new approaches for its resolution."

Other sources also found the team congenial and say: "We never had any issues with responsiveness, availability and accessibility."

Value for Money Clients are impressed with the value of the service, describing it as "great quality and saving us a lot of money."

Work highlights Assisted Fox Networks Group with several regulatory issues such as media licensing, advertising requirements, satellite distribution and privacy policies.

Notable practitioners

An expert in the IT sector, George Dimitrov is highly active on regulatory, data protection and e-commerce issues. Interviewees say he is "reputed for his knowledge related to software, he has a strong reputation for this field." He recently acted for ICYGEN on regulatory issues under the Electronic Governance Act related to public procurement procedures for the development, upgrade and implementation of information systems and electronic services.

Clients are keen to laud Hristo Nihrizov as "a guy with really thorough knowledge of telecoms." He has notable experience acting for telecoms and media companies and recently advised Telenor on a range of issues including net neutrality matters, representation before the regulatory authorities and unfair competition proceedings. He provides further expertise in M&A transactions, licensing issues and data protection. Additional sources highlight him as "very nice, easy-going and always very responsive."

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - TMT Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly esteemed firm advising telecoms and media companies on telecoms regulations, data protection and contracts. Acts for a number of technology suppliers on consumer protection. Its in-depth knowledge covering related areas of the law, such as corporate and IP, allows a cross-disciplinary approach. Also experienced in matters related to the Internet of Things and outsourcing issues.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the "happy and fruitful co-operation," highlighting it as "very effective" owing to the firm's understanding of clients' businesses.

Sources are also impressed by the quick responses of the team, describing the lawyers as "extremely practical."

Work highlights Assisted Warner Bros. with the vesting and licensing of performers' rights and the review of rights documents, as well as payments for secondary use of dubbed materials.

Acted for Visa Europe on the advertising clearance for its promotional campaigns in Bulgaria.

Notable practitioners

Violetta Kunze is noted in the market as "a good lawyer who is specialised in telecoms." She regularly represents telecoms and technology clients before the Communications Regulation Commission and acts on data protection matters. She also assists a range of media clients and recently advised Universal 1440 Entertainment on the compliance and amendment of a package of production agreements, particularly regarding copyright issues. Clients also appreciate her German-language capabilities.

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

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov's Technology, Media and Telecommunications team is advising clients across all three sub-sectors. We offer “one stop shop” for the technology companies with operations in Bulgaria regarding all legal issues. Our scope of advice includes but it is not limited to cross-ownership requirements and licensing, broadcast and content regulations, system integration, e-Commerce, outsourcing, hardware and software development, implementation of cloud technologies, etc.

All members of the TMT group have particular expertise in the areas of law such as all fields of Intellectual Property, Copyright, Media, Telecoms, IT law. We have extensive practices in M&A, joint ventures, antitrust, commercial, real estate, labour law, tax law, financial and other aspects. We select a special team with relevant experience for your individual project. Our TMT practice is a top choice for clients seeking trusted advisors for complex deals or high-stakes cases. We have been involved in many well-known deals in the sector. Our best testimonial is the satisfaction of our clients.

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Velchev & Co Law Office - TMT Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable activity in the telecommunications sector, advising both Bulgarian and international telecommunications companies. Frequently assists clients with regulatory developments in the technology, gaming, gambling and telecommunications industries. Also experienced in M&A transactions in the telecoms sector.

Strengths The lawyers draw praise from clients for their "tailor-made, complex solutions, which demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and flexibility." Clients continue: "They are really responsive."

Work highlights Acted for New Games on the regulatory compliance of its advertising strategy.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Velchev is widely recognised as an expert in telecoms matters. He regularly advises clients on regulatory and transactional mandates in the telecoms sector and recently represented Mobitel in the acquisition of Blizoo Media and Broadband.

Parvan Rusinov regularly advises clients in the gambling industry on e-governance, online licensing and regulatory issues. He acted for the National Lottery on regulatory compliance issues, including advertising compliance.

About the Team (content provided by Velchev & Co Law Office)

Velchev & Co. Law Office provides practical solutions and straightforward legal advice by offering a wide range of legal services across various industry sectors, with particular emphasis on ICT and Media law; Corporate and Commercial law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Gaming law and Intellectual Property Rights Protection. We pride ourselves on our commercial awareness and sector-specific expertise, which allows us to offer personalized and high-level legal services. By integrating international standards with local experience and knowledge, we focus on helping our clients address the various regulatory and business challenges that the market creates.


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Boyanov & Co. - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a number of clients from the telecoms industry, as well as a range of cable operators and radio stations. Experienced acting for international and domestic clients on TMT regulations. Also assists clients from the TMT sector with corporate mandates, financing matters and investments into TMT assets. Additionally advises clients on their licensing, digital services and website matters.

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on regulatory and compliance matters concerning data protection, public procurement and cloud computing issues.

Assisted Samsung with IT, licensing and copyright matters.

Notable practitioners

Damian Simeonov is noted for his work in M&A and financing transactions in the TMT sector. Recently he assisted LAUNCHub Ventures with obtaining EUR2.5 million capital investment from private investors for the purpose of investing in start-ups across the South-Eastern European region. He also regularly advises clients on their TMT regulatory issues.

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

For more than a quarter of a century BOYANOV & Co. has advised clients in the TMT sector – large telecom companies, radio and TV stations, cable operators, IT companies, satellite service providers, companies providing services in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market, etc. on a variety of telecom and media regulatory and other matters.

Most recently, we have advised:

  • on the acquisition of the largest (by revenues) telecom company in Bulgaria; and
  • a software company in the global distribution systems sector in the air-travel industry in relation to a sale to a large listed US company

BOYANOV & Co. has enjoyed long-term relationships with the blue-chip companies from the TMT sector (the first private TV channel in Bulgaria, the largest cable operator in Bulgaria, the largest telecom company in Bulgaria, etc.).

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CMS - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for a number of clients from the telecoms, IT and media industries on their commercial and regulatory issues. Advises clients on outsourcing, contracts and licences. Has a strong network of offices within the region. Also assists clients with TMT compliance issues and data privacy matters.

Work highlights Advised IBM Bulgaria on regulatory, public procurement and data privacy issues.

Notable practitioners

Atanas Bangachev, Gentscho Pavlov and Veliko Savov are the heads of department and the key contacts for the team.

About the Team (content provided by CMS )

The team’s client portfolio in TMC is diverse and includes telecoms, media and TV stations, software development and software support companies, satellite provider companies and private equity houses.

We particularly advise and represent clients on issues related to licensing, contract design and outsourcing, in and outside of court. With reference to outsourcing we particularly focus on data protection and draft contracts in compliance with data protection standards, we also deal with data protection authorities, including the submission of notifications and application for authorisations. Important fields in the TMC sectors we advise our clients on are: IT Law and Outsourcing, Media Law, Communications, Data Protection and IT security, Digital business, etc.

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Georgiev, Todorov & Co - TMT Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its focus on telecoms matters, particularly in proceedings and appeals in the administrative courts. Advises on regulatory, competition, public procurement and advertising issues.

Work highlights Represented NURTS Digital in an abuse of dominant position claim brought by First Digital.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Pachamanov is recognised for his long-standing experience in the telecoms sector. He regularly acts on administrative proceedings related to competition and in regulatory matters before the Communications Regulation Commission. He also represents telecoms sector clients in advertising mandates. Interviewees highlight his skill in disputes, describing him as "an experienced litigator."

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

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. covers all aspects of the telecommunications industry as well as broadcasting, media and technology. Our lawyers provide advice on acquisition and project finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions as they relate to the telecommunications industry. We have participated in the major telecommunication deals in the history of the Republic of Bulgaria and our clients include operators, service providers, technology providers and many others.
The head of our team is the highly experienced and valued lawyer Mr. Alexander Pachamanov, Senior partner, who has an excellent reputation in the field of telecommunications regulations. Our clients praise Alexander Pachamanov for his strong litigation skills and for his particular experience in the telecommunication sector. In his practice Alexander is the consultant and representative for clients, such as BTC, Balkantel, Microsoft, Nef Telecom, Balkan News Corporation, Tales Austria, Nova Television and many others.

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Kambourov & Partners - TMT Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy for advising clients from the TMT sector on data privacy and data transfer. Also has experience acting on transactional mandates, technology acquisitions, regulatory matters and commercial issues. Provides additional knowledge of technology-related IP protection and software rights.

Work highlights Acted for Toyota Motor Europe on the implementation of 4G in-car technology, including the regulatory compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity, and consumer protection aspects.

Notable practitioners

Mitko Karushkov is noted for his focus on data privacy issues. He acts for software companies, satellite operators and telecoms companies on their TMT regulatory and data protection mandates. He also regularly advises companies on IP protection issues, and he recently assisted MIH Allegro with the IP protection and transfer of rights of an online trading platform.

About the Team (content provided by Kambourov & Partners)

Major local and international sector undertakings have instructed the TMT department in numerous projects for the incorporation, structuring, mergers, acquisitions, share deals, asset deals, content deals, as well as licensing of telecom and media operators.

The team benefits from a diverse clientele featuring telecoms, IT and data processing service providers, software developers, hardware suppliers, manufacturers, banks and other financial institutions, business process outsourcing companies, call-center service providers. A growing number of instructions comes from media and entertainment industry participants - television companies, artists and authors, motion picture producers, theatre and publishing.

Telecom licensing and compliance, content compliance, as well as sector competition and regulatory legal assistance have been delivered to undertakings and operators, including representation before regulatory bodies such as the Communications Regulation Commission and the Council for Electronic Media.

The team advises on the exploitation, supply and use of information technology, networks and telecommunications, ISP and broadcast services. Due to its experience in handling large assignments, the firm is often retained to conduct large scale restructurings that involve TMT matters - corporate structuring of radio and TV operators, structuring of products and services.


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

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particularly strong for advising clients on data protection compliance, including privacy strategies, data processing agreements, whistle-blowing and data protection in outsourcing projects. Also assists with cloud-based compliance issues. Active across the region on M&A and financing mandates in the sector for multinational companies and their subsidiaries. Also experienced in public procurement issues in the software industry.

Notable practitioners

The key points of contact for the department are Ilko Stoyanov and Stefana Tsekova.

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

Intelligent Devices, Apps, Cloud Computing, Domain Names, Social Media, Big Data and outsourced it-services - modern technologies rarely follow traditional legal sectors. In order to meet the demands of tomorrow’s technologies today, the newTech team combines the strength of leading experts in ip, it, privacy, and telecommunications law. The newTech team provides true one-stop-shop legal services in the world of new technologies. Our combined know-how ensures an optimised understanding of our client’s needs and trans-sectoral, full coverage legal advice right from the start.


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Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for clients in the TMT sphere on a variety of matters, particularly assisting clients from the media, technology and telecommunications industries with M&A and restructuring issues. Also offers notable experience in contentious TMT mandates and acts for TMT clients on competition law matters.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Georgi Spasov is the main contact for the team.

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Wolf Theiss - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active across the region in a wide range of regulatory matters. Advises a number of TMT clients on corporate and strategic issues, including outsourcing, M&A, joint ventures and IT service agreements. Assists clients with TMT private equity investments, and represents a number of Bulgarian start-up companies, as well as international clients. Also experienced in spectrum allocation matters and licensing issues.

Strengths Interviewees are pleased with the approach of the team, describing it as "responsive and thoughtful."

Work highlights Advised CITIC Group on the CEE regulatory and corporate aspects of its acquisition of Linx Telecommunications.

Notable practitioners

Richard Clegg and Anna Rizova lead the team and are key contacts for the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Wolf Theiss)

Both Corporate/M&A and Regulatory/Compliance are key focuses of our TMT practice in Bulgaria.  In recent years, we have advised on many complex transactions in Bulgaria with a cross-border element.

Our Reputation

Due to our sector expertise, the Bulgarian office of Wolf Theiss is a TMT hub for the firm and we act as lead counsel within the firm or as co-counsel with international law firms on strategic regulated industries & projects across the entire TMT sector.

Our Cases

With senior corporate TMT experience we are trusted to lead negotiations for founders and investors, advising on strategy and approach. Furthermore,  we are actively involved in Bulgaria’s developing technology start-up and venture capital ecosystem.  

Our Role

We have been closely  involved with the drafting of primary and secondary Electronic Communications law and sector liberalisation. We have worked on a number of transformational TMT matters, pushing legal precedent and analyses, and actively working for clients cross-border on multi-jurisdictional matters.



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Band 1

George G Dimitrov

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

An expert in the IT sector, George Dimitrov is highly active on regulatory, data protection and e-commerce issues. Interviewees say he is "reputed for his knowledge related to software, he has a strong reputation for this field." He recently acted for ICYGEN on regulatory issues under the Electronic Governance Act related to public procurement procedures for the development, upgrade and implementation of information systems and electronic services.

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Band 1

Alexander Pachamanov

Georgiev, Todorov & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Pachamanov is recognised for his long-standing experience in the telecoms sector. He regularly acts on administrative proceedings related to competition and in regulatory matters before the Communications Regulation Commission. He also represents telecoms sector clients in advertising mandates. Interviewees highlight his skill in disputes, describing him as "an experienced litigator."

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Band 1

Velchev & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Velchev is widely recognised as an expert in telecoms matters. He regularly advises clients on regulatory and transactional mandates in the telecoms sector and recently represented Mobitel in the acquisition of Blizoo Media and Broadband.

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Band 2

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mitko Karushkov is noted for his focus on data privacy issues. He acts for software companies, satellite operators and telecoms companies on their TMT regulatory and data protection mandates. He also regularly advises companies on IP protection issues, and he recently assisted MIH Allegro with the IP protection and transfer of rights of an online trading platform.

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Band 2

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Violetta Kunze is noted in the market as "a good lawyer who is specialised in telecoms." She regularly represents telecoms and technology clients before the Communications Regulation Commission and acts on data protection matters. She also assists a range of media clients and recently advised Universal 1440 Entertainment on the compliance and amendment of a package of production agreements, particularly regarding copyright issues. Clients also appreciate her German-language capabilities.

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Band 2

Velchev & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Parvan Rusinov regularly advises clients in the gambling industry on e-governance, online licensing and regulatory issues. He acted for the National Lottery on regulatory compliance issues, including advertising compliance.

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Band 3

Hristo I Nihrizov

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients are keen to laud Hristo Nihrizov as "a guy with really thorough knowledge of telecoms." He has notable experience acting for telecoms and media companies and recently advised Telenor on a range of issues including net neutrality matters, representation before the regulatory authorities and unfair competition proceedings. He provides further expertise in M&A transactions, licensing issues and data protection. Additional sources highlight him as "very nice, easy-going and always very responsive."

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Band 3

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Damian Simeonov is noted for his work in M&A and financing transactions in the TMT sector. Recently he assisted LAUNCHub Ventures with obtaining EUR2.5 million capital investment from private investors for the purpose of investing in start-ups across the South-Eastern European region. He also regularly advises clients on their TMT regulatory issues.

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