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On May 25, 2023, CEE Legal Matters reported that Hristov & Partners had advised e-commerce-focused digital company Aiopsgroup on its sale to IT development and services tech group Valantic. CEELM reached out to Hristov & Partners Partner Pavel Hristov to learn more about the deal. 

Bulgaria is experiencing a wide plethora of legislative changes, from employment law and artificial intelligence all the way to the commercial sector, IT, and ESG, according to Deloitte Legal Country Legal Leader and Senior Managing Associate Zvezdelina Filova.

Kinstellar, working with William Fry and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, has advised human capital management cloud company UKG on its acquisition of payroll provider Immedis.

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic led to growth in the commercial real estate market in Bulgaria. So far, the biggest winners are the office, industrial, and logistics sectors, since most investors and retailers are still hesitant about the future of shopping centers. According to the latest reports, the available office space in Bulgaria increased by 7% in the second half of 2022, and more than 180,000 square meters of office space were leased during the same period, the highest amount since 2017.

The political turbulence within and beyond Bulgaria has not only caused unpredictability in the regulatory environment but also drastic changes in the national energy sector. Following the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Bulgaria took steady steps to break its dependence on Russia as a single supplier of natural resources.

On May 4, 2023, the Bulgarian Whistleblower Protection Act (the Act), which transposes Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of whistleblowers for violations of Union law (the Whistleblowing Directive) will enter into force.

Bulgaria’s infrastructure sector has seen major projects completed and many more are planned. With the country facing political turmoil and corruption still an infrastructure buzzword, Kinstellar Partner Antonia Mavrova and Gugushev and Partners Senior Partner Victor Gugushev navigate the intricacies of Bulgarian infrastructure.

For Bulgaria’s capital markets, the past ten years saw several landmark developments, large IPOs, and programs and initiatives tailored for small and medium-sized enterprise needs. Penkov Markov & Partners Associated Partner Boris Lazarov, Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov Partner Gergana Monovska, and Tokushev and Partners Managing Partner Viktor Tokushev walk us through the highlights.

Today, the majority of large companies produce sustainability reports covering their ESG practices. However, one major obstacle to voluntary ESG reporting is the inconsistency of the shared information Companies have the liberty to select their ESG reporting framework and decide what information to disclose, which results in difficulties for investors and other stakeholders to compare ESG risks and impacts uniformly.

Hristov & Partners and the Legal Advisory Group, working with Hogan Lovells, have advised Aiopsgroup on its sale to Valantic. BDK Advokati and Boyanov & Co, working with Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek and Spectrum Legal India, advised Valantic.

In the previous article, we reviewed in detail some of the proposals of the European Commission for a comprehensive overhaul of European pharmaceutical legislation, contained in the new draft Directive on the Union code relating to medicinal products for human use (the “Directive”) and in the draft Regulation laying down Union procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human use and establishing rules governing the European Medicines Agency (the “Regulation”), which were not addressed by the Bulgarian media.

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