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Firm Profile

Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership

Firm Profile

Sofia

  • Slavyanska Office Centre
  • 29A Slavyanska Street
  • Floors 2 and 3
  • Sofia
  • Sofia City
  • Bulgaria
  • 1000

Firm profile submitted by Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers' Partnership

Managing Partner: Georgi Ivanov Spasov
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: Bulgarian, English, French, German and Russian


Founded in 1999, Spasov & Bratanov has grown to become a leading Bulgarian business law firm. Focus practices include banking and finance, M&A and competition, energy and infrastructure projects, as well as complex commercial and administrative litigation. The firm has strong relationships with several major international law firms which allows it to meet its international clients’ broad range of legal needs in Bulgaria. Clients include leading international and Bulgarian companies, banks, non-banks, multilaterals, private equity funds and partnerships. The majority of the international clients are from Western Europe, the US, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Uniquely for Bulgaria the firm boasts US and UK law qualified and experienced partners which enable the firm to provide legal services at a level commonly expected from international clients. It aspires to provide experience of working abroad for its associates and junior lawyers by way of secondments to international law firms.



Banking & Finance:
2 partners, 5 fee earners
■ Acted for Citigroup in connection with its series of multimillion euro secured term loan financing to Huvepharma, one of Europe’s leading animal health companies
■ Acted for Bank of New York Mellon in relation to the distressed disposition of the Sofia Hilton Hotel as part of the consensual restructuring of approximately EUR 700 m secured loan and associated debts owed by the Quinn Group and, among others, its Bulgarian subsidiaries to various lenders including Barclays Bank
■ Acted for BNP Paribas in connection with its EUR 75 m secured term loan financing to Moto-Pfohe (a leading Bulgarian car dealership)
■ Acted for EBRD in connection with its EUR 11 m term loan financing for Plovdiv Municipality
■ Acting for EBRD in connection with its EUR 12 m secured term loan financing for a leading Bulgarian meat processing company
■ Acted for a multi-lender syndicate led by BNP Paribas in connection with its EUR 200 m secured term loan financing to Monier Participations S.ar.L and its Bulgarian subsidiaries
■ Acted for VTB Capital in connection with its USD 130m term loan financing to the parent of Bulgarian Telecommunications Company AD
■ Acted for Citigroup Gobal Markets Limited in connection with the issue of legal opinion for Bulgaria on TBMA/ ISMA Global Master Repurchase Agreement (2000 version) and Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (2000, 2009 and 2010 versions)
■ Acted for International Investment Bank in connection with its EUR 25 m term loan financing to the Bulgarian Development Bank
■ Acted for Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (Bulgaria’s largest company by assets) in connection with its EUR 400 m eurobond issuance
■ Acted for Citibank and VTB Capital in connection with the EUR 400 m secured financing to Vivacom, Bulgaria’s incumbent telecom company
Partners & Counsel: Georgi Spasov, Vassil Hadjov, Nadia Hadjova
Key Clients: EBRD, IFC, JBIC, FMO, EDC, China Development Bank, Citigroup, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, UniCredit Bank Austria, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank, Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria), Axis Bank
Contacts: Georgi Spasov, Vassil Hadjov, Nadia Hadjova
Tel: +359 2 981 7000
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

M&A:
4 partners, 6 fee earners
■ Acted for ENERGO-PRO a.s. in connection with its acquisition of electricity distribution, supply and trading businesses of E.ON Energie AG, including completed merger clearance
■ Acted for MTG Modern Times Group AB in connection with its contemplated acquisition of a leading Bulgarian TV production company
■ Acted for INERCOM in connection with its contemplated acquisition of the Bulgaria business of CEZ
■ Acted for EBRD in connection with its acquisition (through the subscription of shares) of a minority stake in Agria AD, a leading Bulgarian agribusiness (publicly listed)
■ Acted for Group Five Infrastructure Developments (Pty) Limited in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in the joint venture company to acquire, finance, construct and operate Sofia West Airport, Bulgaria’s first privately held international airport
■ Acted for GeoPost SA (a subsidiary of groupe La Poste) in connection with the securities and competition law aspects of its acquisition of a minority stake in Speedy AD (a leading express courier service)
■ Acted for Erste Bank in connection with the sale of its Bulgarian commercial leasing operations
■ Acted for Vetropack in connection with its contemplated acquisition of a major glass factory in Bulgaria
Partners & Senior Lawyers: Georgi Spasov, Boyko Bratanov, s Jana Djambazova, Kremena Yaneva
Key Clients: Bulgarian Energy Holding, MTG Modern Times Group, The Nuance Group, EBRD, IFC, AES Bulgaria, Renault, Energo-Pro a.s., CEZ a.s.
Contacts: Georgi Spasov, Boyko Bratanov
Tel: +359 2 981 0200
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
■ Acted for ENERGO-PRO on an electricity market sectoral analysis
■ Acted for CEZ in relation to antitrust matters
■ Acted for Shell Bulgaria in connection with a cartel investigation in the local downstream market
■ Acted for Netinfo and V Box in unfair competition proceedings against Google Inc., Google Ireland and YouTube LL
■ Acted for Walmark Bulgaria in connection with an alleged antitrust breach
Partners & Senior Lawyers: Georgi Spasov, Kremena Yaneva.
Key Clients: MTG Modern Times Group, Energo-Pro a.s., CEZ and Shell
Contacts: Georgi Spasov, Kremena Yaneva
Tel: +359 2 981 0200
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Energy & Infrastructure:
3 partners, 4 fee earners
Power:
■ Acted for all Bulgarian subsidiaries of The AES Corpora­tion in connection with their financing, construction, commissioning and operation of the 670 MW (net) Maritza East 1 coal-fired power plant and the 156 MW St Nikola Wind Farm (Bulgaria’s largest), collectively Bulgaria’s largest foreign investment since the fall of communism in 1989
■ Acted for all Bulgarian subsidiaries of AES Solar Energy Ltd (a joint venture between The AES Corporation and a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group) in connection with their financing, construction, commissioning and operation of the 23 MWp (net) total installed solar PV capacity
■ Acted for Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (Bulgaria’s largest company by assets and national champion in the energy sector) in connection with various energy projects and associated contractual matters most recently on their financial advisory and structuring agreements with HSBC relating to NPP Belene (Bulgaria’s largest project to date)
■ Acted for TAV in connection with the contemplated concession of Sofia Airport
■ Acted for Standard Bank Plc, Group Five Infrastructure Developments (Pty) Limited and Next Power Limited in connection with the 114 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant to be built on a brownfield site outside of Sofia
■ Acted for Mitsubishi Corporation in connection with its acquisition, financing and construction of a portfolio of solar PV projects in Bulgaria
■ Acted for China Development Bank in connection with its proposed financing of the 50 MW wind farm to be built near Pobeda village in central Bulgaria
Pipelines:
■ Acted for South Stream Bulgaria AD on the develop­ment, financing and construction of the South Stream Gas Pipeline Project (Bulgaria’s largest infrastructure project to date)
■ Acted ICGB AD on the Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector project
Resources:
■ Acted for Melrose Resources plc on its overall operation in Bulgaria
Partners: Boyko Bratanov, Vassil Hadjov, Jana Djamba- zova
Key Clients: AES Corporation, Melrose Resources, Dalkia International, EDF Energies Nouvelles, Mitsubishi Corporation, Group Five, GDF Suez, OAO Gazprom,FTSAM (Fraport)
Contacts: Vassil Hadjov (energy), Jana Djambazova (infrastructure)
Tel: +359 2 980 1808
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Branches

  • Slavyanska Office Centre,
  • 29A Slavyanska Street,
  • Floors 2 and 3,
  • Sofia,
  • Sofia City
  • Bulgaria
  • 1000
  • Tel +359 2 980 1808
  • Fax +359 2 980 2510
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website : www.sbn-law.com