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BOYANOV & Co. Top-Ranked in The Legal 500 2018 Edition

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

BOYANOV & Co. is renowned for its ‘outstanding’ team and ‘excellent integrated services’ by the 2018 edition of Legal 500 and received a Tier 1 ranking in Banking and Finance, Capital markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, EU and Competition, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Real Estate and Construction and TMT.

In the Banking and Finance practice area, BOYANOV & Co. was recognised as ‘World-class’ [law firm that] advises borrowers and lenders, banks and other financial institutions on financing, M&A, debt restructuring and regulatory matters.

At Boyanov & Co, the ‘highly regarded’ [Dispute Resolution] team handles banking disputes and has expertise in high-profile litigation, national and international arbitration proceedings.

Boyanov & Co’s team ‘excels’ in real estate, construction and infrastructure transactions, cross-border mandates and real estate-related contentious matters.

Five partners were recognised in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence:

  • Yordan Naydenov – Commercial, corporate and M&A;
  • Alexander Chatalbashev – Energy and natural resources;
  • Peter Petrov – EU and competition;
  • Nickolay Nickolov – Real estate and construction;
  • Damian Simeonov – TMT.
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame outlines to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The roll out of the Hall of Fame continues throughout 2017/2018, and currently, includes recognised lawyers from the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

His Hon. George Dobry, QC, CBE, Obituary

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our good friend and professional mentor, His Honour George Dobry, QC, CBE, barrister and judge on 14 March 2018, aged 99.

His Honour George Dobry, QC, CBE was Of Counsel at BOYANOV & Co. from 2001 to 2010. Together with Mr. Borislav Boyanov, he was the founder and first director of The British Balkan Centres for English and Global Legal Studies. In 2001 Mr. Boyanov became the first non-British member of the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation, established on the initiative of His Hon George Dobry, QC, CBE to cater to a growing need for support, advice and training to young lawyers from countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Please find below an outline of the unique George Dobry’s activities as a barrister and judge:

  • Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1946;
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1969;
  • Commander of the British Empire, 1977;
  • Bencher, 1977;
  • Recorder of the Crown Court, 1977-1980;
  • Dr. Juris., Warsaw, 1994;
  • Circuit Judge, 1980-1992;
  • Member of Council on Law Reporting, 1984-1994;
  • Member Warsaw Arbitration Court, Sfia Arbitration Court;
  • Commander, Starred Cross of Merit (Poland), 1999 (Order of Merit, 1993);
  • Gold Medal of Merit, Polish Bar Council, 1999.
Activities in Government:

Adviser to the Secretary of State for Environment and the Secretary of State for Wales on Development Control, 1973-1975;

Member of the Docklands Joint Committee, 1974-1976;

Inspector, Inquiry into M25, 1978-1979;

Chairman of the Panel, Avon Structure Plan, 1992-1993;

Adviser to the Lord Chancellor on International Legal Relations; published a Report on International Legal Relations, 2000.

International Organisations:

Legal Secretary, International Commission of Jurists, 1955-1957;

One of the Founders and Member of Council of ‘Justice’, 1956-1968;

Founder of the British-Polish Legal Association, 1989;

Founder of the British Centre for English and European Legal Studies (www.law.cam.ac.uk/britcen/history.htm), Warsaw University, President 1991 – 1995, Patron 1995-;

Founder and former Chairman of the Trustees, Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation (www.slynn-foundation.org), 1997;

Founder and member of the Executive Committee, Roy Jenkins Memorial Foundation (Oxford University), 2004.

BOYANOV & Co. Advises Texas Instruments on the Bulgarian Aspects of the Sale of its Stake in MM Solutions AD to Thunder Soft

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

On 28 March 2018 the sale of the Bulgarian leading graphics and imaging technology company MM Solutions to China’s Thunder Software Technology (ThunderSoft) was completed. BOYANOV & Co. advised one of the sellers – Texas Instruments on the Bulgarian legal aspects of the sale of its shareholding in MM Solutions.

BOYANOV & Co.’s team was led by Nikolay Zisov, Partner.

BOYANOV & Co.’s Partners Recognised in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Five partners were recognised in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence:

  • Yordan Naydenov – Commercial, corporate and M&A;
  • Alexander Chatalbashev – Energy and natural resources;
  • Peter Petrov – EU and competition;
  • Nickolay Nickolov – Real estate and construction;
  • Damian Simeonov – TMT.
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame outlines to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The roll out of the Hall of Fame continues throughout 2017/2018, and currently, includes recognised lawyers from the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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BOYANOV & Co. Advises the Lenders on the Acquisition of Telenor’s Business in Bulgaria

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

BOYANOV & Co. advised Société Générale, as agent, and a syndicate of lenders in connection with a EUR 3.05 billion credit facility provided to the PPF Group for the acquisition of, among other assets, 100 per cent interests in Telenor Bulgaria, one of the three mobile operators in Bulgaria. Allen & Overy acted as the Lead Council on this transaction while BOYANOV & Co. provided Bulgarian law advice on the local aspects of the transaction.

BOYANOV & Co.’s team included banking & finance partner Damian Simeonov, M&A partner Yordan Naydenov and senior associate Ralitsa Nedkova.

How will Technology Redefine Legal Services in the Balkans?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

This is the main question that will be discussed during the 10th edition of the Balkan Legal ForumThe Future of Law: Technology and Legal Services in South East Europe 2018-2028 at Park Hyatt in Vienna on 14th and 15th June 2018.

Business leaders and legal experts will debate on the following hot topics:

  • Technology and clients’ expectations
  • Artificial intelligence and ‘the law of the future’
  • GDPR and other elements of personal data protection
  • The legal needs of different industry sectors
  • Leading change: the critical management skill of 2020s
  • Law firms: evolution or extinction?
  • “Natural intelligence” in tomorrow’s law firms
  • Building sustainable profitability in an unpredictable business environment.
Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner of BOYANOV & Co. (and founder of Balkan Legal Forum), Norman Clark, Managing Principal of Walker Clark LLC and Stephen Revell, Senior Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Hong Kong/Singapore are the three Conference Co-Chairs in the 2018 edition of the Forum.

Over the past two decades, the Balkan Legal Forum has clearly moved beyond the Balkan’s region becoming a premier legal conference in Eastern Europe. The Forum is an extraordinary networking event since it usually attracts about 250 participants from well over 30 countries. It is attended by the most prominent leaders and strategic thinkers in the legal profession worldwide. This is a great opportunity for you to gain visibility of the legal developments in the future and to initiate and reinforce professional friendships.

Last but not least, the Imperial Capital awaits you with its traditions, stunning modern architecture and marvellous galleries. Thanks to our sponsors, a first-rate Viennese food will be served during the traditional Gala Dinner at the Venetian-style Palais Ferstel.

Early bird registration is now open. Special discounts are available for young lawyers and for members of the International Bar Association.

If you need more information on the Balkan Legal Forum, please visit www.balkanlegalforum.org, or contact us at information@balkanlegalforum.org.

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BOYANOV & Co. Retains its Top Ranking in Chambers Europe 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Chambers Europe 2018 has again ranked BOYANOV & Co. in the highest Band 1 ranking in Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Restructuring/Insolvency. With these rankings, the firm reconfirms its strong position in the Bulgarian legal market.

Impressed interviewees highlight the lawyers’ fast responses: “They always react promptly and at a very high-quality level. Their advice is hands-on and practical.” Further sources praise the team’s reactivity and say the firm “has been very responsive, and has an excellent knowledge of the financing market in Bulgaria.” Additional interviewees highlight the firm as “one of the biggest and most reputable” in the Bulgarian market, also emphasising its international network of legal partners.

The following lawyers were distinguished for their work in 2017 and ranked by Chambers Europe 2018 in Band 1: Damian Simeonov (Banking & Finance, Restructuring/Insolvency), Yordan Naydenov (Corporate/Commercial), Kina Chuturkova (Dispute Resolution), Nickolay Nickolov (Real Estate). In addition, Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner is once again recognised as an Eminent Practitioner in the Corporate and Commercial practice being described as “a great strategic thinker” who is highly regarded as a “top name” in this area. Furthermore, Peter Petrov, Head of the Competition Practice Group of the firm is praised by Chambers Europe as a Star Individual being an “outstanding” and known as “one of the best lawyers in the market” by peers and clients alike.

To read the full editorial, please visit https://www.chambersandpartners.com/45/6/editorial/7/1#2631_editorial. The profile of BOYANOV & Co. is listed at https://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/firm/2631/boyanov-co.

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The IP Practice of BOYANOV & Co. is Ranked in the Gold Band in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

For a fourth year, BOYANOV & Co. received the Gold ranking in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2018 guide of WTR 1000 proving its ability to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket work from the most prestigious of clients.

“Because Boyanov & Co.’s IP practice nestles within a widely respected full-service offering, its members have the resources to handle even the most abstruse matters; contract and data protection issues are dealt with in tandem with trademark problems. Recently the team showed off the scope of its knowledge assisting Coca-Cola’s local subsidiary on the development of a new brand for bottled spring water. As well as assisting on the registration of a new trademark, it provided first-rate counsel on how to comply with labelling regulations and unfair competition statutes. Leading on this matter, Kina Chuturkova and Stela Sabeva are a dynamic duo. Having served as a judge, Chuturkova is a meticulous and methodical lawyer whose attention to detail is second to none. “Stela is a really smart IP lawyer with excellent analytical skills, and because she’s so practical, her advice is always valuable, straight to the point and business oriented. She provides a lot of added value to her clients.” Deft portfolio manager Marina Mollova is another compelling choice, she has a star-studded client list that includes GlaxoSmithKline, LycaMobile Group and Energy Beverages (a subsidiary of Monster Beverage Corporation). She adopts a bird’s-eye view on matters before offering shrewd and insightful advice.”

Firms and individuals in the Gold Band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources. WTR have identified them as the crème de la crème. Their success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time.

The WTR 1000 remains the only standalone publication to recommend individual practitioners and their firms exclusively in the trademark field and identifies the leading players in 70 key jurisdictions globally.

Borislav Boyanov, President of The Maltese-Bulgarian Business Chamber and Joseph G. Grech, President of The Gozo Business Chamber Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Mutual Cooperation between the Two Chambers

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

As part of the Bulgarian-Maltese Business Forum, held on 5th February 2018 in Sofia, Mr. Borislav Boyanov, President of The Maltese-Bulgarian Business Chamber and an Honorary Consul of Malta in Bulgaria signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Joseph G. Grech, President of The Gozo Business Chamber in Malta.

The Bulgarian-Maltese Business Forum was organised in Sofia by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Promotion Agency as part of the Maltese President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s state visit in Bulgaria. During the Forum four agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between the respective business chambers of the two countries.

The business delegation from Malta was widely represented and included more than 50 companies with interests in the following sectors of the economy: aviation, construction, logistics and transport, information and communication technologies, real estate, export of fuels, pharmacy, etc. In addressing the delegates of the Forum, the Presidents of Malta and Bulgaria encouraged the promotion of business cooperation between the two countries.

In the background: Carmelo Abela, Malta's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Christian Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and the Small Business, Maltese President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov In the front: Joseph G. Grech, President of The Gozo Business Chamber, Borislav Boyanov, President of The Maltese-Bulgarian Business Chamber

In the background: Carmelo Abela, Malta's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Christian Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and the Small Business, Maltese President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov In the front: Joseph G. Grech, President of The Gozo Business Chamber, Borislav Boyanov, President of The Maltese-Bulgarian Business Chamber

Mr. Boyanov and Mr. Grech exchange the signed Memorandum of Understanding

Mr. Boyanov and Mr. Grech exchange the signed Memorandum of Understanding

As a Chairman of The Association of Honorary Consuls in Bulgaria, Borislav Boyanov Met with the Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Borislav Boyanov, Chairman of The Association of Honorary Consuls in Bulgaria and Honorary Consul of Malta, has lead a group of members of the Association on 26 January 2018 in a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva.

The Association of Honorary Consuls in Bulgaria was established in 2004 in Sofia and is a member of FICAC. The Association has its own Code of Ethics and is actively involved in public and diplomatic life in many countries.

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