Nikolai Gouginski is a Partner at DGKV. He heads the Competition & Antitrust Practice and co-heads the Banking & Finance Practice. Nikolai has developed a strong competition and antitrust practice counseling and representing clients in investigations and proceedings brought before the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC), relating among others to merger control, horizontal and vertical restraints on trade, abuse of dominant position, and unfair trade practices. He has been in charge of and brought to a successful end a number of landmark competition cases with regard to which some decisions of key importance to the market environment in the country were pronounced by the Bulgarian competition authority. As a key partner in the Banking & Finance Practice, Nikolai focuses also on cross-border lending and on project finance where he has a telling record of clients’ success stories confirming meticulous and comprehensive structuring and transaction advice.
Involvement in recent representative projects:
- Advising Apple Inc. and its subsidiary Apple Distribution International Ltd in investigation initiated by the CPC regarding alleged abuse of superior bargaining position by Apple Inc. vis-a-vis the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company regarding the supply and distribution of smartphones in Bulgaria.
- Representing Aurubis Bulgaria AD in proceedings before the CPC with respect to an investigation on alleged horizontal price coordination and abuse of dominant position on the market of supply of sulphuric acid.
- Advising and representing Nikon Europe B.V. with respect to an investigation launched by the CPC into alleged abuse of dominant position and prohibited practices in vertical agreements with regard to the structuring of its selective distribution system in Bulgaria for professional and semi-professional products, supply of spare parts and designation of authorised service centers and repair shops.
- Representing OMV Bulgaria OOD in an investigation by the CPC with respect to an alleged horizontal price-fixing cartel on the retail market for gasoline and diesel fuel; provision of ongoing advice on competition compliance; advice and representation on multiple competition-related proceedings before the CPC and courts.