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Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners assists local and international financial institutions with a range of banking and securities regulatory matters. The firm regularly acts on restructuring and insolvency mandates and has further notable expertise in aviation finance.

Strengths
"They are very flexible and client-oriented, and they provide excellent value for money," one client says.
"Kambourov's lawyers are engaging and easy-going without sacrificing any quality of work product," another client remarks.

Notable practitioners
Ivo Alexandrov is a key contact.

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners has a highly regarded team that advises on a wide range of matters, including merger control clearance as well as domestic compliance mandates relating to advertising, vertical integration and distribution agreements. The practice handles significant cases in relation to investigations by the antitrust authority. The lawyers act for aviation, engineering, food and retail sector clients.

Strengths
"The firm genuinely puts clients in the centre. You can see that from the very start and all throughout working with them," a source reports.

Work highlights
Kambourov & Partners assisted United Group with the acquisition of Nova Broadcasting Group and Vestnik Telegraf EOOD and the related merger control matters.

Notable practitioners
Plamen Yotov is adept at handling merger control mandates as well as unfair competition matters.

Stefan Tzakov is noted for his activity on merger control mandates and competition compliance matters. One client highlights how he "strikes the perfect balance between business considerations and legal requirements."Another remarks that he "brings on board a wealth of diverse experience and an impeccable work ethic."

Corporate/Commercial

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners' standout team advises local and international clients on share transfers, divestments, capital increases, acquisitions and corporate restructurings. It maintains a stellar client list made up of prominent domestic and international corporations. The team assists multinational clients with the incorporation of Bulgarian subsidiaries. The firm is particularly popular with clients from the TMT sector, as well as acting for private equity houses, retail clients and energy companies.

Strengths
A client highlights that "Kambourov & Partners is always very responsive," as well as appreciating the law firm for its "short and understandable memos which - from the perspective of the business managers - are very handy."
Another interviewee declares that "the lawyers are adaptable and know what is important for us – they try to understand the insight into our work, and do not just give legal advice," and also enthuses: "When we have more complicated cases we are sure that their lawyers will give the best advice to us."

Work highlights
Represented United Group in its acquisition of Nova Broadcasting Group.

Notable practitioners
Veronika Hadjieva "is a genuine force of nature and an outstanding corporate lawyer," a client comments, adding that "a can-do attitude, infinite energy, strategic approach and resourcefulness are some of her most impressive qualities." Veronika Hadjieva assists clients from the real estate, retail and TMT sectors with a variety of mandates, including restructurings, reorganisations, sales and acquisitions.

Vladimir Rangeloff is a highly regarded practitioner with significant experience in cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, including energy and TMT. One source praises Vladimir Rangeloff for his "excellent skills and client-oriented" approach.Another enthuses: "He is hands-on and has a practical approach."

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners boasts a market-leading team dealing with contentious claims for domestic and international clients. The law firm offers comprehensive coverage of a variety of issues, including commercial and contractual litigation. It has a strong track record in disputes over receivables and also acts on cyber fraud cases. It is well versed in handling domestic and international arbitration cases. The team's clients hail from the insurance, banking, construction and telecoms sectors.

Strengths
A client enthuses: "Kambourov & Partners is looking out for our best interest and will handle all our legal needs without reproach."
Another adds: "The lawyers have immense knowledge, a deep understanding of a wide range of economic sectors and excellent strategic thinking. I would say the services are impeccable - characterised by thoroughly researched advice, with high considerations of the business aspects, timeliness, availability, attentiveness and a flawless work ethic."

Work highlights
Advised First Investment Bank on a multi-party litigation filed with the Southern District Court of New York under the RICO Act and concerning allegations of misappropriation.

Notable practitioners
Emil Emanuilov is a top-ranked lawyer assisting clients from the TMT, construction and financial services sectors with civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration proceedings. A client opines: "Emil Emanuilov is the best. He is incredibly devoted to clients and their matters, with impressive determination to protect their interests. He is smart, analytical, discerning and absolutely great in court," and adds that "he leaves no stone unturned and you always feel reassured and at ease when working with him."

"Yavor Kambourov is an absolute authority who is in a league of his own. His knowledge and business savvy are unsurpassable," an interviewee claims, adding: "He is always there if you need him and has a level of dedication that is very difficult to find elsewhere." Yavor Kambourov is much admired for his longstanding experience in the field of dispute resolution.

Employment

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners advises on all areas of labour and social security law, representing clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team's expertise includes contract drafting and terminations as well as data protection issues. The team is also well versed in immigration matters concerning both EU and non-EU citizens. Among a broad client base, the firm has particular experience representing retailers, from local supermarket chains to international companies.

Strengths
One client comments that the team combines "profound legal knowledge and excellence with a strong commercial insight," adding: "We like to think of them as business partners rather than just pure legal counsel."
Another client describes the firm as "very well informed, very competent and experienced."

Work highlights
The team advised confectionery manufacturer Prestige-96 in employment litigation proceedings against a former employee for material damages to company property.

Notable practitioners
Andrey Alexandrov has longstanding experience in the market, spanning contractual matters, regulatory compliance and employment litigation, as well as immigration issues. "He has unsurpassable knowledge in everything to do with employment," one client says, adding: "An incredibly knowledgeable and commercially aware lawyer, Andrey delivers excellent solutions to any problem."

Energy

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners fields a well-reputed energy practice offering noteworthy experience in regulatory matters. The team stands out for significant activity in the electricity sector, with a strong client portfolio that consists of major domestic and international electricity trading companies. The group also regularly assists with energy-related contentious matters, including administrative appeals and arbitration proceedings. The firm is also well equipped to advise on transactional energy mandates, including post-acquisition restructurings.

Strengths
One client commends the team on its "great ability to adapt to ever-changing tasks and deadlines."
Another client highlights the firm's "profound knowledge in the field on top of brilliant negotiation skills,"and the lawyers' ability to consider "not only the formal legal advice but the business logic and economic benefits for their client."

Work highlights
The team advised commodities trading house Gunvor Group on the implications of electricity and gas trading in Bulgaria, which included advice on the licensing regime and post-market entry reporting obligations.

Notable practitioners
Irena Petkova advises a range of international clients on the regulatory aspects of their Bulgarian energy interests as well as on entry into the market. One client describes her as "very patient and well prepared, with good knowledge and experience."

Stefan Tzakov draws praise from a client for his ability to "present complex legal issues in an easy-to-understand manner." The same client also says: "He is also very open-minded and creative in finding ways to bridge the gap between contrasting opinions." He is active on a range of contentious mandates, including gas pipeline-related disputes and litigation proceedings concerning energy trading.

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

The team at Kambourov & Partners climbs to the top tier as a result of strong market support. The practice boasts wide-ranging skills in the IP sphere, with notable experience in copyright cases in the media and entertainment industries. The team further offers trade mark registration and defence as well as portfolio management advice. Its expertise features advice to a number of prominent Bulgarian clients as well as being adept at advising international names. The law firm also possesses demonstrable experience in handling contentious matters before the BPO, EUIPO and WIPO.

Strengths
One client highlights the team as "very business-oriented," adding: "They understand everything on the market there is to understand."

Work highlights
The team advised Alians-DN on multiple proceedings in court defending the company's industrial design from infringement by a competitor.

Notable practitioners
Margarita Guigova is a distinguished lawyer who comes highly recommended for the full suite of IP matters. She regularly assists clients in the technology, entertainment, retail and publishing sectors, advising on trade mark registration and transfers, infringement of copyright and industrial design. A client describes her as a "true strategist," stating: "With her, we are certain that no stone will be unturned until the best move is prepared."

Real Estate

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded team at Kambourov & Partners with a reputation for acting on high-value developments. The team frequently assists clients with the development of commercial and office premises. The practice also advises on construction mandates, including industrial plants and infrastructure projects, as well as retail spaces. The lawyers also assist with long-term lease agreements and M&A.

Strengths
A client comments: "We highly appreciate Kambourov & Partners’ work," adding: "Their work is always done to a high standard."

Work highlights
Advised Alorica Bulgaria on real estate matters relating to lease and service agreements for new office spaces.

Notable practitioners
Atanas Shopov offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of matters, including the development and construction of industrial and infrastructure projects. He also handles transactions involving residential and office spaces.

TMT

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What the team is known for

Kambourov & Partners' team regularly assists clients from the TMT sector with GDPR matters and other compliance mandates. The practice also has experience acting on transactional, licensing and commercial matters. The lawyers advise a variety of TMT businesses, including telecoms, online media and software companies.

Work highlights

Kambourov & Partners advised United Group on the acquisition of Nova Broadcasting Group.

Notable practitioners
Margarita Guigova is a key contact for clients.

Tax

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What the team is known for

Kambourov and Partners team focuses on corporate tax and compliance support to notable Bulgarian and international corporates. The law firm assists with the taxation side of large infrastructure projects and additionally represents clients in contentious tax proceedings, representing clients before the NRA and courts.

Strengths

One client describes the firm's customer service as "excellent," adding that "it always felt like we were important to them."

Work highlights

Kambourov & Partners assisted Watts Industries EAD with setting up a commissionaire structure between related parties.

Notable practitioners

Dennitsa Dimitrova heads the practice and is a key contact for clients.