Kambourov & Partners has successfully defended Lidl in two proceedings before the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) pertaining to alleged infringements of the novel Art. 37a of the Bulgarian Protection of Competition Act (PCA), which prohibits abuse of stronger bargaining position.
In the first case the CPC found that the alleged conduct did not fall into the temporal scope of Art. 37a PCA. In the second case the CPC concluded that Lidl was in no stronger bargaining position vis-a-vis the applicant and the conduct of Lidl did not amount to abuse.
These two proceedings, according to Kambourov & Partners, are only the second and third decisions ever applying Art. 37a PCA, following the CPC's May 2016 sanction of Siemens. Тhe two decisions of the CPC in the proceedings against Lidl are, the firm reports, "the only ones so far to find no infringement of Art. 37a PCA by the respondent."
The Kambourov & Partners competition team was led by Managing Partner Stefan Tzakov and included Associates Elena Apostolova and Plamen Yotov,