Former Senior Associates Martin Zahariev and Encho Simeonov have been promoted to Partner at Dimitrov Petrov & Co starting March 1, 2023.
Bulgaria has seen its Eurozone and Schengen admission dates pushed back by at least a year, while political instability and frequent elections remain the norm. Still, there is room to hope for better times, according to Hristov & Partners Partner Pavel Hristov, mostly thanks to the vibrant IT, transportation, and logistics sectors.
Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov has advised SAT Health on its acquisition of the Home Medic – Home for Medical Center. Schoenherr reportedly advised seller Danail Danilov.
In “The Corner Office” we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. With a rough year drawing to a close, and market uncertainties running high, the question this time: If you had a million dollars, what would you invest it in today?
In recent years, online platforms have become crucial for individuals and small businesses, providing them with enhanced capabilities to interact, purchase and organize due to the data sharing among all market participants. However, many of these platforms have become quasi-monopolies and engage in anticompetitive conduct against their small-business counterparts, leading to calls for regulation from both theoreticians and EU institutions. The P2B Regulation aims to protect business users of online intermediation services by promoting fairness and transparency.
On January 25, 2023, was promulgated an Act to Amend and Supplement the Labor Migration and Labor Mobility Act (“AAS the LMLMA”), adopted by the 48th National Assembly on January 19, 2023. The changes concern the conditions for entry and residence of citizens of countries outside the European Union (“EU”) on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for the purposes of highly qualified employment, as well as the procedure for issuing a long-term residence and work permit of the “European Union Blue Card” type, which is regulated by the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act (“FRBA”) and the regulations for its application.
Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov, working with Linklaters, has advised the joint lead managers on the Republic of Bulgaria's EUR 1.5 billion issuance of sovereign bonds under its global medium-term note program. Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners, working with Clifford Chance, advised the Bulgarian state.
On 27 January 2023, after more than a year of delay, the Bulgarian parliament adopted Act on the protection of persons who report breaches ("Whistleblowing Act"). The Whistleblowing Act finally transposes the Whistleblowing Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) beyond the deadline of 17 December 2021 for all member states. The Whistleblowing Act enters into force within 3 months as from its publication in the State Gazette, which was made on 2 February 2023.
In this article, we will review some long-awaited changes in Bulgarian legislation, as well as one particularly interesting precedent from the Supreme Court of Cassation case law. These were the highlights of autumn 2022 and we expect them to influence the development of national legislation in the field of healthcare/life sciences and consumer protection.