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"One of Bulgaria’s biggest challenges, but simultaneously one of the biggest positive developments, is the country’s intention to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism," says CMS Partner Elitsa Ivanova. "This is basically the waiting area for the Eurozone and the EU banking union."

CMS has advised logistics company Fresh and Food Logistics on the acquisition of the logistics activities of Froneri, a joint venture of Nestle and R&R for production of ice-cream, frozen foods, and dairy products in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria. Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov advised Froneri on this deal.

Bulgaria, along with the entire CEE region, has been experiencing a surge in investment and transactions over the past two to three years. Prior to that, hit by a late wave of the global recession, Bulgarian business faced problems with over-indebtedness, resulting in a large number of insolvencies, especially in the real estate sector. Since then, however, insolvencies have been decreasing. Thus, the recent uptick in the number of insolvency procedures being initiated in a particular sector – energy – deserves special focus and attention.

CMS has advised Shell International Exploration and Development Italia on the transfer of 30% of its exploration rights on Bulgarian offshore Block 1-14 Khan Kubrat to the local branch of Australia's Woodside Energy Limited. Herbert Smith and Schoenherr advised Woodside on the deal.

Two concentrations recently prohibited by the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition with limited analysis have been widely criticized for their lack of valid economic arguments. Because both decisions were highly publicized and concern the politically sensitive sectors of media and energy, they are worth special attention.

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