Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is a preeminent full range business law firm globally recognized for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in the key areas of business law – corporate, banking and securities, information and communication technologies, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, telecommunications, competition, pharmaceutical, real estates, construction, taxation, energy, public procurements, litigation, employment and social security. The firm was established in 1997 and has offices in Sofia and Varna. Currently, it has more than 50 staff members and is represented by eight highly respected and skilled partners who provide effective and innovative best in class legal solutions. The significant experience and niche expertise of the law firm is widely acknowledged and consistently ranked as top tier by the world’s most prestigious legal guides and directories like Legal 500, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Media Law International. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is a member and partner of Meritas™ and Transatlantic Law International (‘TALI’).Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. offers more than solid legal advice, it offers partnership to share its clients’ vision. Its associates are committed, flexible, creative and globally minded lawyers who protect and assert their clients’ rights while guiding them through the legal process. But it is not just about providing award winning and cutting-edge solutions. The clients’ satisfaction is the real benchmark for the success of our work. Driven by the core mission to always provide the best legal advice, the firm’s lawyers constantly strive to gain extra knowledge and know-how and thus to remain innovative thinkers and contemporary legislation architects. Alongside their strong practical experience, the team’s experts are widely recognized academic scholars. They teach in premiere universities where they have been awarded the highest academic titles. They have trained attorneys-at-law, judges, prosecutors, investigators, in-house lawyers and state officials in the legal aspects of the implementation of the legislation in various law areas. They are authors of numerous publications and books and speakers at many international conferences and business events.  The firm’s lawyers play a key role in numerous projects assigned and partnered by Bulgarian government institutions and the highly authoritative international institutions: World Bank, NATO, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Interpol, The European Commission, The Canadian Agency for International Development, USAID, etc.Corporate Law. Mergers & AcquisitionsDimitrov, Petrov & Co. provides professional advice and cooperation regarding corporate and commercial law matters in all industry sectors. The experience gained throughout the years of practice enables our lawyers to successfully accommodate our clients’ endeavors with the domestic realities and the cross border nature of various deals as well as with contractual matters such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, transfer of assets and shares, outsourcing, licensing arrangements, manufacturing and supply agreements, and many others. Our legal practice in the area of commercial and corporate law encompasses incorporation of various types of commercial companies and commercial groups: consortia, holding structures, branches and representative offices of foreign companies; transformation of commercial companies and legal representation before all respective Bulgarian authorities. One of the strategic areas of practice of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s M&A team is well experienced, and possesses the skill and capacity to structure and negotiate transactions, carry out due diligence and manage projects. It provides comprehensive legal services to its clients, including initial research, legal due diligence, negotiations, drafting and preparation of legal documentation and tax advice. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s clients are leading industrial, service and financial organizations, as well as growth companies and private equity funds. The firm also represents leading financial institutions in their capacity as financial advisors, but also in representing them in their own acquisition transactions.Banking & Securities LawThe experience of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been strongly enriched by the provision of professional services to a number of banks, non-banking financial institutions, investment intermediaries and public companies for elaboration of new products, implementation of investment projects and syndicated loans. The firm also specializes in facility agreements and collateral – mortgages and registered pledges as well as specific bank transactions such as letters of credit, bank guarantees, promissory notes, bank cards, etc. Our capital market lawyers advise issuers and brokers on a broad range of matters encompassing listings, flotation and securities trading. Our firm advises on every aspect of prospectus preparation, including the documentation needed for proceedings before the Financial Supervision Commission. The lawyers of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. are well experienced in registration of investment intermediaries with the Financial Supervision Commission, registration of public companies and other issuers of securities with the Financial Supervision Commission, performance of tender offers, increase of capital of public companies, convening and organizing general meetings of shareholders of public companies, transfers of shares of public companies in accordance with the specific provisions of the Law on the Public Offering of Securities. Information and Communication Technology LawDimitrov, Petrov & Co. possesses boutique expertise in the area of Information and Communications Technology Law (ICT Law) gained over the years of investing in the knowledge and continuous education of its lawyers. Being a pioneer in this area of law in Bulgaria, the firm has gained practical experience in advising the biggest private Bulgarian Internet service providers, content providers, web portals, software companies, engineering firms, certification service providers and other ICT businesses.During the past years Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers have been actively involved in the establishment of the current legal framework of ICT Law in Bulgaria. They are frequently invited by various government bodies like the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Healthcare, Ministry of State Administration and Administrative Reform, State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications, Communication Regulation Commission, General Tax Directorate, Bulgarian Accreditation Agency, Registry Agency as well as by a number of professional and non-profit organizations to participate in the process of drafting different legislative acts such as laws, instructions and ordinances. Such acts, inter alia, are: the new E-Communications Act, the E-Commerce Act, the E-Governance Act, the Commercial Register Act, the amendments of the Consumer Protection Act (regarding the provision of information society services), the draft Law for Amendment and Supplementation of the Electronic Document and Electronic Signatures Act, the ordinances for the implementation of the E-Governance Act and the E-Communications Act, instructions for working with electronic documents, etc. Our experts have been also actively involved in elaboration of strategies of national importance as the Strategy for the Implementation of the E-healthcare in Bulgaria, the Strategy for E-government, the Policies and Standards for the Provision of E-Government Services for the Citizens in view of Implementation of the E-government Strategy, the Strategy for Competitiveness of Bulgaria on the International ICT Markets, etc. Our lawyers teach ICT Law in premiere Bulgarian universities, train magistrates, police officers, attorneys, in-house lawyers, and state officers. They are often invited as visiting professors in leading international universities. The firm has advised and lobbied for the Bulgarian ICT business and its branch organizations in various negotiations with the Government, resulting in elaboration of national strategies, enforcement of new legislative acts, establishment of PPP bodies and high-tech parks. In the field of personal data protection issues Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers have provided a considerable set of legal services in respect to preparation of general terms, commercial and labour contracts including personal data protection clauses and preparation of privacy policies, provision of legal advice for personal data transfer to third parties and preparation of a full set of documents for such a transfer, legal advice and preparation of documents for disclosure of personal data to the competent state bodies when necessary for criminal investigations and prosecutions, registration of data controllers (administrators) at the Bulgarian Personal Data Protection Commission, legal consultations concerning different aspects of the personal data processing including data processing for direct marketing purposes and preparation of a wide range of documents referring to such processing, legal representation before the Bulgarian Personal Data Protection Commission, etc.Intellectual Property LawBeing a member of the International Trademark Association, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has particular experience in the area of Intellectual Property Law in protection of authors and licensees, registration of trade marks at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Organization for Harmonization in the Internal M

practice areas

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBanking LawCommunications and MediaConstruction LawCorporate LawEnergyFinanceInformation TechnologyIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentMergers and Acquisitions and DivestituresPrivacy LawReal EstateTaxationTelecommunications LawUnfair Competition

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