The team has reputation for advising on the largest M&As in Bulgaria and significant global transactions in relation to their Bulgarian law aspects.The firm advises global corporations, strategic investors, private equity funds, venture capital funds and financial institutions. Recently DGKV advised:
■ British Amrerican Tobacco on the EUR100 million acquisition of the Bulgarian cigarette maker Bulgartabac’s main range of tobacco brands in the country and its retail business
■ NEPI Rockcastle plc on the EUR252.9 million acquisition of Paradise Center shopping centre in Sofia
■ China CEFC Energy Company Limited on the Bulgarian aspects of the global acquisition of Rompetrol
■ Other key clients: Equinix, Fairfax Financial Holdings, GTC, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Call Point New Europe, Dell, etc.
Banking & Finance:
DGKV focuses on secured transactions, corporate finance, public finance and regulation of financial and investment services. DGKV consulted IFC, AIG, CAIB, MKB and State General Reserve Fund of Oman for the acquisition of shares in major Bulgarian banks; OTP and DSK Bank, the World Bank, EBRD, JBIC, BSTDB, Deutsche Bank, EIB, Procredit Bank, GTC Group on financing of various infrastructure, construction and financial projects in Bulgaria, etc.
Energy & Utilities:
DGKV provides full-scope legal assistance to clients interested in investing or otherwise engaged in the energy sector in Bulgaria. The firm has advised ABB, AES, the Bulgarian Government, Citibank and US Exim Bank, ContourGlobal, EBRD, GE Power & Water, Marubeni, RWE Power; ČEZ, Chevron and Lukoil regularly on local operations; Gazprom Marketing & Trading, J.P. Morgan Energy Europe, Merrill Lynch, OMV Trading and Vitol on energy trading matters; China Development Bank, SINOSURE, Credit Suisse, Gamesa, Mitsui&Co, Raiffeisen, Statkraft, Toshiba, Verbund in numerous renewable energy projects; and Gazprom and MOL on gas pipeline projects.
With a strong competition practice, DGKV has made a significant contribution to the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition. It’s advised Aurubis, Bunge, MasterCard Europe on competition regulatory issues; Aurubis, Metro Cash and Carry, Nokia, KBC, Devnya Cement, Visa Europe, Coca Cola in relation to antitrust investigations by the regulator and other antitrust matters.
Real Estate & Construction:
DGKV has a strong reputation on the real estate market advising the acquisitions of Sofia’s TZUM and Radisson Blu; NIS Petrol and OMV; numerous operating mall acquisitions; land acquisition and construction and/or acquisition of residential, office, retail and mixed-use developments; large-scale commercial real estate financings for OTP Bank, IFC, Bank Hapoalim and Piraeus Bank, among others.
DGKV offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for technology companies with operations in Bulgaria. The firm represents Google on a regular basis in relation to legal issues associated with online services and customers support in Bulgaria; Deutsche Telekom; Facebook LLC; Instagram LLC; Universal 1440 Entertainment LLC; Telecom Italia; Tata Communications; Swisscom; PCCW Global; VOXBONE; Progress Software, etc.
Litigation & Arbitration:
With an outstanding dispute resolution track record DGKV’s litigation team is one of the best in Bulgaria. DGKV represents clients in the commercial, construction, financial or administrative fields. Currently it represents Bulgarian Acquisition Company II, CEZ Electro Bulgaria, Financial Supervision Commission, Glorient Investment BG, SE Bordnetze, and many more.
Major clients Carlsberg Bulgaria, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, HARIBO, Bunge, Instagram, Warner Bros, Pierre Fabre, OTTO, Global Spirits & Wine, Oracle, Red Bull, etc.
Labour & Social Security:
Major clients are Sanbolic, Abbott, AES, Actavis, Accor, Merck, BNP Paribas, CEZ, Carlsberg, Dell Europe, General Electric, Marks & Spencer Group, SITEL, etc.
DGKV advises on a variety of tax issues Abbott Laboratories, Siemens, Merck, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Soufflet Groupe, EFG Bank AG, AbbVie, Astellas Pharma, CallPoint S.a.r.l, etc.