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Global Guide 2023
Bulgaria Dispute Resolution
Band 3

1 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Penkov, Markov & Partners

Dispute Resolution

PM&P’s litigation practice has a recognized presence on the Bulgarian legal market and is constantly expanding its market share and number and complexities of the cases it handles. The department is widely admired by clients for successfully covering commercial litigation, construction, arbitrations and litigations within the renewable energy sector, banking, labour, public procurement and tax disputes including such with cross-border aspects.

PMP represents more than 40 RES producers on active cases against Bulgarian State for reimbursement of unlawfully collected fees on the grounds of anti - constitutional legislation, the total value of cases being above EUR 5 mln., whereby from April 2020 onwards we have won more than 15 cases in a row at the final instance.

PM&P is also handling a complex and interconnected dispute against the construction supervision authorities and the chief architect of Sofia Municipality with relation to the cease of construction and the legality of the construction of the skyscraper Zlaten Vek in Lozenetz, Sofia, with a value of the project well above EUR 100 mln.

PM&P is also representing prominent international clients before ECJ - ECJ Case C-581/20 on the interpretation of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, as well as in debt collection proceedings before Bulgarian courts and in e-fraud related cases against organized crime groups with value of the stolen funds of more than EUR 5,000,000.

Chambers Review

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Dispute Resolution - Bulgaria
Band 3
What the team is known for

Penkov, Markov & Partners regularly represents clients in administrative litigation and debt recovery. Clients are drawn from a variety of sectors, including construction, FMCG and financial services. The firm is also experienced in commercial litigation and contractual arbitration proceedings. It additionally handles white-collar crime and fraud disputes.

Work Highlights

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  • Penkov, Markov & Partners represented Arteks Zlaten in an administrative case against the National Construction Supervision Directorate disputing the order for ceasing the construction of the Zlaten Vek skyscraper, valued at EUR100 million.

Notable Practitioners

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Atanas Valov
Band 4

Atanas Valov focuses on administrative and commercial disputes for clients from the construction industry, and also represents municipalities in contentious public procurement cases. He also represents clients before the EU courts.

"He is capable of preparing court papers at a very short notice. He is very experienced and confident in court."

"He has broad academic and practical knowledge."

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Atanas Valov
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Atanas Valov

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Boris Strijlev

Koycho Marinov

Mila Stoeva

Pavel Tsanov

Radost Georgieva

Vyara Tomova


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Arteks Engineering AD

Artstroy 1 Construction EOOD


Coca Cola HBC Bulgaria

DNV GL SE (former Germanischer Lloyd SE)


Glorient Investment BG OOD



Komercijalna Banka Skopje

Large number of RES producers affected by the 20% access fee

Schenker EOOD

Toto Costruzioni Generali SpA

Viva Incubator Investment Management Ltd

Zagorka AD (subsidiary of Heineken)


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