Managing Partner: Assen A Djingov
Number of senior partners: 15
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 54
Languages: Bulgarian, English, French, German, Russian
DGKV is one of the largest, oldest, most prominent independent business law firms in Bulgaria, known for its solid record of pioneer projects on the Bulgarian market. Its ever growing portfolio of over 4000 major multinational clients is a fair attestation of the high quality of its legal services.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Energy & Utilities
Real Estate & Construction
Labour & Social Security
Corporate / M&A:
DGKV is a firm with a clear focus on business law. The firm’s experience spans for more than 25 years of advising major domestic and international clients of the law firm in some of the largest M&As and privatizations to ever originate on the Bulgarian market and on the most significant global transactions with Bulgarian law aspects. DGKV’s team has a superb reputation for advising on the most significant both large and small-scale local and cross-border M&A transactions in Bulgaria with an impressive track record in the outsourcing, IT, banking, energy, TMT, pharma, and real estate sector, etc.
Recent Key Clients: P.P.F. a.s., Sony Europe, Hitachi Solutions Co. Ltd., QuickBase, Inc, ERG Insaat Ticaret ve Sanayi AS, DOHLE Trading Group Holding, Globe Trade Centre S.A., LKQ Corporation, Lukoil Europe, etc.
Banking & Finance:
Banking and finance constitutes a core area in the legal practice of DGKV. The law firm has one of the largest and most diverse banking and finance practices in Bulgaria and is recognized as one of the factors on the financial market in the country by the most respected international legal guides. With more than 10 highly regarded practitioners, DGKV has the resources to assemble the right team to address the most complicated and time-sensitive matters. What sets DGKV apart is the firm’s thorough understanding of the clients’ business and objectives. Blending insights and experience from across the law firm, DGKV’s lawyers identify solutions and deliver positive results when handling a variety of sophisticated financial projects. The firm advises major local and Fortune 500 companies on complex domestic and international financial projects across a variety of industries.
Key Clients: World Bank, EBRD, JBIC, BSTDB, China Eximbank, The Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM), Deutsche Bank, EIB, Dexia, Komunalcredit, Procredit Bank, Citibank, OTP and DSK Bank, Barclays Capital, Merill Lynch, JP Morgan Europe Limited, Western Union, Visa Europe, etc.
Energy & Utilities:
DGKV’s energy and natural resources practice represents one of the oldest and most prominent teams in Bulgaria. The firm’s experience spans for over 25 years of providing interdisciplinary legal solutions for major, both Bulgarian and international, clients on a broad range of issues related to implementing energy business in Bulgaria. DGKV’s lawyers have played an active role as consultants in some of the cornerstone energy projects in Bulgaria and the region, and more particularly on pipeline development, power generation and distribution projects.
Key Clients: ABB, AES, China Development Bank, Chinese Investment Corporation, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE), Chevron, Gamesa Energy, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Mitsui&Co, Verbund, CountourGlobal, Lukoil, J,P Morgan, Marubeni Europower, etc.
With a strong competition practice, DGKV has made a significant contribution to the development of the law and practice of the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (‘CPC’).DGKV is advising/ advised:
■OMV on all competition law matters stemming from their operations in Bulgaria
■Gazprom Export with respect to an alleged breach of competition rules related to an alleged refusal to supply by Gazprom
■The Bulgarian subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc on competition law and regulatory matters in our jurisdiction on an ongoing basis
■Nikon with respect to an investigation launched by the CPC into an alleged abuse of dominant position and prohibited practices in vertical agreements
Other Key Clients: Abbott Laboratories, Merck, Visa Europe, Coca Cola Bulgaria, Cisco Systems, NEPI, Foneri, Mayoral, MasterCard Europe , Italfood, Biofresh, Karsan Otomotiv, Devnya Cement, etc.
Real Estate & Construction:
DGKV enjoys stellar reputation on the real estate market in Bulgaria and is renowned for its expertise in handling large-scale, complicated investment projects. DGKV advised:
■NEPI Rockcastle plc on the EUR 252.9m acquistion of Paradise Centre shopping centre in Sofia. This is the highest price paid for a real estate in Bulgaria
■Latecoere Group on the opening of a production plant in Trakia Economic Zone
■The acquisitions of TZUM, Sofia’s largest trade and office centre, and of Sofia Radisson Blu and Sofia Hilton, both Sofia landmark hotels
■A number of operating mall acquisitions
■Land acquisition and construction and/ or acquisition of residential, office, retail and mixed-use developments, for clients, such as Multi Development B.V., Orchid, Corio B.V., Arcapita Limited, State General Reserve Fund of Oman, GTC, Deutsche Bank’s RREEF
■Large scale commercial real estate financings such as OTP Bank, IFC, Bank Hapoalim, Piraeus Bank, etc
DGKV offers a ‘one stop shop’ for the technology companies which operate in Bulgaria. The law firm is globally recognised as market leader in TMT law in Bulgaria being consistently ranked as top-tier by the world’s most prestigious legal guides and directories.
■Google on a regular basis
■Facebook and Instagram on IP matters on an ongoing basis
■Universal 1440 Enertainment LLC on Actor/ Stunt Agreements
■Progress Software on the acquisition of Telerik
Key Clients: P.P.F. a.s., Discovery, Nokia, SAP, Accenture, CBS, News Corp, Ingenious Media, etc.
DGKV has doubtlessly the largest and most diverse dispute resolution practice in Bulgaria and is recognised as a key factor in litigation in the country. Recent work:
■Gazprom Export in a EUR 110 mln complex crossborder commercial dispute against the Bulgarian Overgas group of companies
■ V2 Investment S.à r.l. under the pending court claim initiated by the trustees of the bankruptcy estate of Corporate Commercial Bank
■BMW AG with regard to insolvency proceedings against a major Bulgarian supplier
■TD Bank in a USD 1 million bank fraud case
■Swiss Latam AG on the Bulgarian anti-moneylaundering regulation with a view to reimbursing substantial funds worth millions of euro
■Ongoing litigation service provider to Turkish Airlines
■Shanghai Chaori International Trading in revocation of arbitral award.
DGKV advises clients from various industries on IP matters: Facebook, Instagram, Warner Bros., Carlsberg, Pierre Fabre, Guess, Transport for London, Universal, Universal Pictures International, Wizz Air, Sony Interactive Entertainment, British American Tobacco Trading, Karelia Tobacco Company.
Labour & Social Security:
DGKV advises major labour and social security clients: Sanbolic, Abbott, AES, Actavis, Accor, Merck, BNP Paribas, CEZ, Carlsberg, Dell Europe, General Electric, Marks & Spencer Group, Babcock Networks, Palfinger, PepsiCo, SITEL, SKF, Temenos, etc.
DGKV advises on a variety of tax issues: Abbott Laboratories, Siemens, Merck, AES, Barclays Bank PLC, CEZ, Petro Singapore Trading.