AK Vladimirov Law Office
Vladimirov Law Office (“VLO”) is a full-service international law firm with offices in Sofia, Varna and Raleigh, NC, USA.

From its beginnings in 1992 as a single lawyer operation to its status as one of the top international law firms in Bulgaria, VLO carries on a tradition of excellence established by our founder, Vladimir Vladimirov.

At that time of the firm’s founding, Mr.Vladimirov was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Bulgarian National Merchant Fleet and Nr.1 national state-ship-owner company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibilgar) (www.navbul.com) established in 1882, owning more than 110 ocean vessels, a great number of internationally operated lorries and controlling subsidiary shipping companies in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey.

In its first several years of operation and in the years 1999 -2006 VLO was professionally engaged with drafting the main new European Commission harmonized laws in the areas of shipping, transport and port-privatization in Bulgaria. The firm has successfully assisted in drafting the statutory and corporative laws and regulations on Bulgarian Maritime and Port Administration, The Merchant Shipping Code and The National Maritime Strategy of Bulgaria.

In the last sixteen years VLO has conquered its leading position in all fields related to commercial shipping and finance, insurance, securities, banking, customs and administrative matters through its experience in complex local and international court and arbitration litigation and consulting. Vladimirov Law Office has paid special attention to new and developing legal spheres such as International Franchising, Distribution, Agency and Cyber Law and has drawn in several specialists in these areas. The firm also has serious background in recognizing and executing foreign court decisions and arbitration awards.

As the economy and our clients’ businesses have globalized, so has VLO. What remains constant, however, are the transcending professional and cultural values that distinguish us from other major law firms - our unwavering commitment to client service, excellence, integrity, community service, and diversity, as well as our recognized industry focus and team-oriented approach.

We offer top legal advice for clients operating in the Balkan Region, including local and international companies, as well as public authorities. We combine profound knowledge of the local markets in Bulgaria, Rumania, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey with close cooperation between VLO’s correspondent offices.

VLO is able to render its full legal service to local and international clients in Bulgarian, English, German and Russian. VLO’s lawyers are members of all main local and international professional associations and organizations. VLO has grown quickly by providing top representation to our clients in their international law and trade, franchising, corporate, real estate, international adoptions, litigation, and maritime matters. A number of the world's leading law firms have also selected our attorneys to assist on matters requiring expertise in international dispute resolution.

OUR MISSIONVLO is a dynamic and modern international law firm advising and representing clients in their legal and business endeavors. VLO is committed to serving every client with excellence, going the extra mile, being entrepreneurial and team work-oriented.

OUR APPROACHWhat makes VLO different from its competitors? Its technical excellence combined with commercial insight and its ability to take the most complex questions and provide the clearest answers.

Our lawyers unashamedly love the law. But we understand clients do not want pages on what legislation says. They want succinct answers that achieve their commercial and legal aims. Thus, we use our intellectual creativity to distil complexity and provide clear-cut solutions.

DIVERSITYVLO believes strongly in the value of diversity and is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys who reflect the diversity of our society. We believe that a diverse workforce enhances our workplace and improves the quality of the services we provide to our clients. We strive to create an inclusive environment where all of our attorneys can develop professionally and succeed in the practice of law.

We recognize that the ever-changing needs of the business community in the 21st century’s global economy demand recognition of these different experiences as well as new and creative approaches to problem-solving.

Practice AreasVLO is organized in several practice groups comprised of highly experienced attorneys and other professionals who bring their different facets of expertise to the particular area of practice. This interdisciplinary team approach allows us to achieve creative and complete solutions for our clients, whose matters often require diversity and combination of proficiencies. Over 15 years of experience in representing clients has helped us to achieve an exceptional reputation, and we continue to assist our clients with the highest quality of legal representation across a variety of practice areas.

Admiralty / MaritimeThe admiralty lawyers at the maritime law group of VLO have extensive experience in litigating admiralty and maritime cases.

Franchising and DistributionOur sound understanding of this specialty area, combined with years of commercial experience, enables us to provide high quality and practical advice on all aspects of franchising.

Business and Commercial; CorporativeAs advisors to business owners, we are regularly engaged in the formation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures, corporations and limited liability companies.

International AdoptionOur firm provides legal services and support necessary in the adoption of children, including international adoption. We take extra care to respect the rights and interests of all persons affected by the adoption, especially the interests of the adopted child.

Real EstateOur clients are regularly engaged in various real estate transactions, either through the conduct of their business or the management of their wealth.

European Union LawVLO has developed extensive experience in several areas of European law by advising and representing public sectors and private companies, governments, and trade associations. VLO provides in-depth legal assistance in EU regulatory discussions with EU institutions and in the implementation of the EU regulatory framework into national law.

Arbitration & LitigationOur team of lawyers has many years experience in international arbitration. We work in close collaboration with each client, making every effort to arrive at a commercially acceptable solution, whether by arbitration, ADR or a combination of the two.

Customs LawBulgarian Customs is responsible for regulating the import of goods & services into Bulgaria, regulating the export of goods and services and enforcing its own import and export regulations as well as those of other Bulgarian Government agencies. The EC Customs Code is also applicable.

InsuranceVLO is a leader in the area of insurance law and regulation. In recent years the insurance sector has grown substantially in Bulgaria.

practice areas

Admiralty and Maritime LawArbitrationCommercial LawCorporate LawCustoms LawFamily LawFranchises and FranchisingImmigrationInheritanceInsuranceLabor and EmploymentProperty Law

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