Legal 500 2013
Banking and Finance
Kambourov & Partners' ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘responsive’ banking and finance team has ‘the ability to spot potential problems and resolve them in the most efficient manner’. It advised Bulgarian Energy Holding on the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector; and Tennenbaum Capital Partners on a multijurisdictional restructuring project. Other clients include Clever Synergies Investment Fund (CSIF) and ADM Capital. Yonko Hristov is highly recommended.
Kambourov & Partners' capital markets team is ‘highly competent’ and has ‘a deep understanding of its clients and the industry’. Clients include Law Debenture Trust Corporation, The Black Sea Property Fund and ELANA Agricultural Land Opportunity Fund. Yonko Hristov, and senior associate Nikolay Vasilchev are recommended.
Corporate and M&A
The ‘incredibly efficient’ team at Kambourov & Partners provides clients with a ‘superb level of service’. Headline work included advising Bulgarian Energy Holding on the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector. It also advised E.ON (Dusseldorf) on the sale of shares in E.ON Energie (Germany), E.ON Bulgaria and its other subsidiaries in Bulgaria. The ‘experienced’ Mitko Karushkov and senior associate Veronika Hadjieva are recommended.
Kambourov & Partners' ‘highly perceptive and discerning’ team is ‘excellent at problem-solving’. Key work includes advising the Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency in two multi-party ICC arbitrations, and acting for E.ON before the Supreme Administrative Court in a lawsuit against the Bulgarian anti-monopoly commission. Practice head Emil Emanuilov is ‘extremely gifted and creative, having and effectively putting into practice an immense legal knowledge’. Yavor Kambourov has ‘extensive experience’ and the ability to ‘smoothly negotiate and achieve results’.
EU and Competition
Stefan Tzakov heads Kambourov & Partners' ‘responsive and result-oriented’ team, which has ‘great business acumen’. It represented Alstom Power before the CPC in unfair competition litigation; and Maxima Bulgaria in proceedings before the CPC, where Maxima’s retailer T-Market was one of six large retailers that were respondents to antitrust infringement allegations. It also advised Kamenitza on competition matters relating to its acquisition by CVC Capital Partners.
Energy and Natural Resources
Kambourov & Partners' ‘highly specialised energy lawyers’ produce ‘creative legal solutions’, and are ‘excellent at communicating with clients’. The team is advising Bulgarian Energy Holding on the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector; and E.ON on the sale of shares in E.ON Energie (Germany), E.ON Bulgaria and other subsidiaries in Bulgaria. Other clients include Euromax Resources and Energo-Pro. Stefan Tzakov is ‘meticulous’, and has ‘deep knowledge of a multitude of aspects of energy law in Bulgaria’.
Projects and PPP
Kambourov & Partners' ‘dedicated and proactive’ team is praised for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘ability to go that step further for the client’. The team was retained by the World Bank to provide full legal assistance on the second stage of a high-profile project in the Bulgarian water sector. It advised Bulgarian Energy Holding on the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector and is also acting on the development of the Shah Deniz 2 gas pipeline project from Azerbaijan to the UK. Stefan Tzakov is ‘brilliant’
Real Estate and Construction
Kambourov & Partners' ‘reliable, pragmatic and knowledgeable’ team is advising Bulgarian Energy Holding on all real estate matters arising from the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector. It also provides ongoing real estate advice to European Trade Centre, Lidl and Kamenitza. Atanas Shopov is ‘absolutely first class’.
Kambourov & Partners' ‘solid’, ‘highly professional’ team has ‘rich and diverse’ expertise. It advised bTV Media Group in competition proceedings against Nova TV, and acted for Global Vision in two copyright infringement cases. It also advised Bulgarian Energy Holding on telecoms-related matters pertaining to the restructuring of the Bulgarian energy sector. Mitko Karushkov is ‘always prompt’ and ‘knowledgeable’, and senior associate Margarita Guigova is ‘outstanding’.