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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: George Dimitrov, Hristo Nihrizov and Desislava Krusteva
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar IT and telecoms law firm with significant knowledge in the area of electronic government and data protection. Represents major mobile and satellite communications operators, as well as internet providers. Well regarded for advising on surveillance technology. Popular among large pharmaceutical companies and hospitals for advice on e-health matters, as well as acting on e-commerce mandates.

Strengths Clients "particularly value the firm's quick response, ability to cover a wide range of areas and ability to present the results in a concise and timely manner."

Clients also enthuse that "the firm's lawyers are market leaders who provide strategic solutions, have always been responsive and demonstrated great interdisciplinary knowledge."

Value for money Clients report that the firm has "been acting in our best interest at fair prices."

Work highlights Advises recent client win Google on privacy, data protection, competition and other compliance issues.

Assisted UniCredit Bulbank with the provision of electronic banking services and the execution of electronic documents.

Significant clients Telenor Bulgaria, Fox International Channels, Cash Credit.

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight George Dimitrov as a "leading figure, really an expert," and praise his "experience and knowledge." He is well regarded in the IT sector, most notably in the areas of spyware, data retention and internet governance. He advised Pharma Marketing Advisors on the launch of an e-health project and patient monitoring system.

Clients describe Hristo Nihrizov as "supportive, quick and business-oriented." He is particularly active in the field of telecoms, including electronic communications and telecom networks. Nihrizov acted for Interoute Bulgaria on data protection matters and the secondary provision of phone numbers from the National Numbering Plan.

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Violetta Kunze
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

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. Advises clients, such as recent client win Olympia Development, on acquisitions within the TMT sector.

Strengths Interviewees stress the firm's "good deal flow of TMT mergers and acquisitions."

Work highlights Advised Equinix on the Bulgarian elements of the global acquisition of the Telecity Group, worth USD3.8 billion globally.

Acted for Mediterranean Nautilus on all telecom regulatory matters in Bulgaria.

Significant clients C3/CustomerContactChannels, Facebook, Olympia Development, Eurotronics, Amdocs.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators praise Violetta Kunze for her activity in the field of data protection. She is also well regarded for her work on telecoms M&A transactions and media regulatory matters. Kunze advised Think Tank Bulgaria on website issues, including e-governance. She also assists clients with outsourcing, contracts and disputes in the TMT field.

Milka Ivanova assists clients with regulatory issues in the fields of telecoms, media and data protection. She provided ongoing telecoms regulatory advice to PCCW.

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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Georgiev, Todorov & Co - TMT Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ivan Todorov
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a strong focus on telecoms-related matters. Well regarded for providing clients from the telecoms sector with advice and representation on a range of matters such as mergers, antitrust issues and commercial contracts. Also acts on regulatory issues, including licensing and representing clients in bids.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's "fast and high-quality service, and coverage of all spheres of law."

Clients also say that the firm is "good in litigation and acquisitions."

Value for money Clients report that "their tariffs are reasonable given the complexity of the problems we assign to them," and underline the firm's "great value for money."

Work highlights Represented the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company in unfair competition proceedings brought by TV Club 2000.

Significant clients Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Pachamanov has an excellent reputation in the field of telecommunications regulations. Clients enthuse that he is "very client-friendly and a very good litigator who can propose different solutions." He is also a leading figure for competition and corporate law issues in the field of telecommunications.

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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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mitko Karushkov
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded 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. Noted for knowledge of software services and development, online entertainment and e-commerce issues.

Strengths A client is keen to stress that the firm "fought for my interests to get the best deal," and adds that "throughout the deal they were responsive and supportive."

Interviewees say that the firm's advice was "clear and crisp. The lawyers met our deadlines and responded to follow-ups with speed."

Work highlights Assisted EuroCloud Star Audit with the Bulgarian aspects of the development of an online platform dedicated to ensuring data privacy within cloud services.

Acted for Bulgarian IT company InteQrity on its acquisition by Bulpros.

Significant clients Vodafone, Euromedia, Honda, Combe International.

Notable practitioners

Mitko Karushkov acts for clients from the IT, telecommunications and media sectors on data protection. A client describes him as "very precise, always on time, and the quality I get back is exactly what I need." He also advises on TMT compliance. He acted for Fiat Chrysler on the launch of its connected car technology.

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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Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership - TMT Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well known for acting on behalf of telecommunications companies on a variety of matters, including financial and corporate law advice. Also assists telecommunications and media clients with regulatory and compliance issues.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's activity in the media sector, and also mention the firm for TMT financing transactions.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Georgi Spasov has considerable experience of advising clients from the telecommunications industry on financial and corporate law issues. He is widely respected for his experience across a range of practice areas.

About the Team (content provided by Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership)

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pavel Velchev
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as having an "experienced team who aim to provide tailored advice to help clients achieve their goals."

Clients say that the lawyers are "open and contribute all the time, and they try to understand our issues."

Work highlights Acted for the National Lottery on licensing, certification and regulatory and compliance issues.

Represented M&BM Express in regulatory matters before the Communications Regulation Commission.

Significant clients Mobiltel, New Games.

Notable practitioners

The highly experienced Pavel Velchev has an excellent reputation in the field of telecommunications law. Sources highlight that he is "very active, proactive and good at establishing connections." He has a particular focus on communications regulations, as well as assisting TMT clients with corporate and commercial mandates.

Clients say that Parvan Rusinov is "really responsive and the quality of his service is very valuable." He advises clients on telecoms and IT regulation, e-governance and gaming regulations. He also acts for telecoms clients on competition law matters.

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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Damian Simeonov
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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 and television stations. Has experience 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.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's dependability, describing the team as "very reliable."

Work highlights Represented Inmarsat Ventures in meetings with the Bulgarian telecoms regulator concerning authorisation for mobile satellite services and complementary ground components.

Acted for global IT company Xura on the company's reorganisation and outsourcing of part of its business to Bulgaria.

Significant clients Apple, Cisco, Microsoft Bulgaria, Samsung, Lenovo.

Notable practitioners

Damian Simeonov acts on a number of mergers and financing transactions within the TMT sector. Sources have been "impressed" by him, highlighting his "regulatory and legal knowledge." He assisted Telefonica International with TMT regulatory matters and corporate issues in Bulgaria.

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)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Atanas Bangachev, Gentscho Pavlov and Veliko Savov
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a number of clients from the telecoms, media, television and software industries. Advises clients on outsourcing, contracts and licences. Particularly active on data protection and IT security mandates. Has a strong network of offices within the region. Also assists clients with TMT compliance issues.

Strengths Commentators underline the firm's international network, saying that "clients get a good service because of the firm's network."

Work highlights Acted for Telekom Austria on the EUR120 million acquisition of blizoo by Telekom Austria's subsidiary Mobiltel.

Assisted 60K with contractual and corporate governance advice.

Notable practitioners

Department heads Veliko Savov, Atanas Bangachev and Gentscho Pavlov are key contacts at the firm.

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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Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Notably active in the media sector, acting for television and film producers, radio stations and magazines. Assists clients from the food production and software industries with compliance mandates, particularly in data protection, licensing and e-commerce matters. Advises a number of start-ups in the TMT sector on transactional matters.

Strengths Clients consistently highlight the firm's "excellent industry knowledge" and "deep knowledge in the media sector."

Clients also report that "the lawyers are really fast, effective, transparent and passionate about their job."

Work highlights Advised new technology start-up GoGoFish on TMT compliance, as well as on corporate and commercial matters.

Acted for Intoit on the data protection elements of setting up a new website, including drafting the privacy policy and clearing advertising materials.

Significant clients GoodKnight, Bi Ti Group, Trastena, Technotest, Camera.

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight Diliana Ilieva for her "great skills within the media field." She has considerable experience acting for clients within the television and radio industries on regulatory issues. She often assists new start-ups in the TMT sector with compliance matters.

About the Team (content provided by Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm)

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ilko Stoyanov
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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 cases in the sector for multinational companies and their subsidiaries.

Strengths The team is highlighted for its work on corporate and transactional law within this field.

Work highlights Acted for EQT on the sale of cable TV provider blizoo for EUR120 million.

Significant clients VTB Capital, BlackPeak Capital.

Notable practitioners

Department head Ilko Stoyanov is a key contact.

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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Wolf Theiss - TMT Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Richard Clegg and Anna Rizova
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

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 network agreements. Assists clients with TMT private equity investments, and represents a number of Bulgarian start-up companies, as well as international clients.

Strengths According to clients, the firm offers "good insight into the area of data protection."

Clients also say that the team "offers very practical information and direct answers."

Work highlights Advised Max Telecom on a number of matters, including national roaming agreements, spectrum acquisition and investments in the company from private equity funds.

Acted for Amdocs on the acquisition of Comverse's business support systems for USD273 million.

Significant clients Advent International, Lamda Hellix, Luxtech, eCommera, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Department heads Richard Clegg and Anna Rizova are key contacts at the firm.

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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Eminent Practitioner

Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Georgi Spasov has considerable experience of advising clients from the telecommunications industry on financial and corporate law issues. He is widely respected for his experience across a range of practice areas.

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George G Dimitrov

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources highlight George Dimitrov as a "leading figure, really an expert," and praise his "experience and knowledge." He is well regarded in the IT sector, most notably in the areas of spyware, data retention and internet governance. He advised Pharma Marketing Advisors on the launch of an e-health project and patient monitoring system.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators praise Violetta Kunze for her activity in the field of data protection. She is also well regarded for her work on telecoms M&A transactions and media regulatory matters. Kunze advised Think Tank Bulgaria on website issues, including e-governance. She also assists clients with outsourcing, contracts and disputes in the TMT field.

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Alexander Pachamanov

Georgiev, Todorov & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Pachamanov has an excellent reputation in the field of telecommunications regulations. Clients enthuse that he is "very client-friendly and a very good litigator who can propose different solutions." He is also a leading figure for competition and corporate law issues in the field of telecommunications.

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Velchev & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

The highly experienced Pavel Velchev has an excellent reputation in the field of telecommunications law. Sources highlight that he is "very active, proactive and good at establishing connections." He has a particular focus on communications regulations, as well as assisting TMT clients with corporate and commercial mandates.

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Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mitko Karushkov acts for clients from the IT, telecommunications and media sectors on data protection. A client describes him as "very precise, always on time, and the quality I get back is exactly what I need." He also advises on TMT compliance. He acted for Fiat Chrysler on the launch of its connected car technology.

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Velchev & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Parvan Rusinov is "really responsive and the quality of his service is very valuable." He advises clients on telecoms and IT regulation, e-governance and gaming regulations. He also acts for telecoms clients on competition law matters.

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Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Damian Simeonov acts on a number of mergers and financing transactions within the TMT sector. Sources have been "impressed" by him, highlighting his "regulatory and legal knowledge." He assisted Telefonica International with TMT regulatory matters and corporate issues in Bulgaria.

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Ilieva Voutcheva & Co Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight Diliana Ilieva for her "great skills within the media field." She has considerable experience acting for clients within the television and radio industries on regulatory issues. She often assists new start-ups in the TMT sector with compliance matters.

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Hristo I Nihrizov

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Hristo Nihrizov as "supportive, quick and business-oriented." He is particularly active in the field of telecoms, including electronic communications and telecom networks. Nihrizov acted for Interoute Bulgaria on data protection matters and the secondary provision of phone numbers from the National Numbering Plan.

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Associates to watch

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Milka Ivanova assists clients with regulatory issues in the fields of telecoms, media and data protection. She provided ongoing telecoms regulatory advice to PCCW.

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