DGKV Reaffirms Its Highest Rankings in Chambers Europe 2023


We are proud to announce that Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov retains its highest ranking in the prestigious Chambers Europe 2023 edition. The law firm scores top-tier in 10 practice areas – Banking and Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property, Energy, Real Estate, TMT and Tax. Fifteen DGKV lawyers are ranked Band 1 to 4 in all practices with 6 partners receiving Band 1 distinction.

Our highly esteemed lawyer Georgi Tzvetkov, partner in Banking and Finance, is recognized and awarded with Band 1 for his work on acquisition and project financing transactions as well as on bond issuances. "He's pleasant to work with in the deal."

Partner Kaloyan Krumov, who is “very responsive and personable" is ranked for his notable experience handling project finance deals as well as financial restructuring. "Kaloyan is responsive and provides succinct advice on Bulgarian law issues with a clear understanding of the commercial realities of a transaction."

For a consecutive year Nikolai Gouginski, who is “a great competition lawyer" and "very methodical and calm" scores a top ranking and is distinguished with Band 1 for Competition and Antitrust award. One of the leading individuals in the market, Nikolai Gouginski is well versed in a broad array of matters including merger control, as well as acting for complainants and defendants on investigations by the competition regulator. He also assists with the competition law compliance aspects of distribution agreements. Nikolai Gouginski regularly advises both borrowers and lenders on financing transactions. He is also well placed to handle the restructuring of financial agreements.

Senior Associate Dessislava Iordanova enters the rankings on the back of positive market support.

She" is just excellent technically, with an excellent understanding of our business and of the Authority's expectations and the matter was in excellent hands." She is also recognized as a leading practitioner. She advises clients on competition compliance matters and the antitrust aspects of distribution agreements, as well as assists with merger control filings.

Highest score 1 also goes to our partner Zdravka Ugrinova for her work on Corporate and Commercial practice and notable expertise with corporate clients and multinational companies with acquisitions across a variety of sectors. Zdravka Ugrinova is a market-leading lawyer assisting private equity houses and corporate clients with acquisitions across a variety of sectors, including retail and manufacturing. She also has notable expertise in advising the Bulgarian subsidiaries of multinational companies on various legal matters. “Zdravka Ugrinova is the leading lawyer in the firm", a source says.

Partner Stephan Kyutchukov, who is a highly sought-after real estate expert who regularly acts on complex lease transactions and construction issues, tops the Real Estate sector with highest performance of the whole practice area. "He is a known name in real estate and has been working for a lot of years." In Real estate practice also partner Kaloyan Krumov “is able to understand, analyze and propose solutions to the cases" and assists with real estate, M&A as well as construction projects.

Another Band 1 lawyer is Viara Todorova, head of DGKV’s Tax practice, who is "one of best tax lawyers, especially in VAT”. DGKV’s practice group also scores highest ranking for Viara Todorova’s work on advising domestic and international clients as well as other business operations such as corporate restructuring.

Viara Todorova is “a brilliant specialist", “very skilled in the tax area and very reliable". She is a market-leading practitioner, advising domestic and international clients on various matters, including tax and VAT matters as well as other business operations such as corporate restructuring.

The head of DGKV Power and Energy practice group Milan Pandev, a leading practitioner in the sector who assists a broad range of domestic and international energy clients, including oil and gas and electricity companies, with transactional and regulatory mandates, is ranked Band 1.

Partner Anton Krustev who is "an experienced lawyer with a lot of background in energy" is also granted Band for Energy practice which once again strengthens the firm’s leading position in this field thanks to the dedicated work with a broad range of domestic and international energy clients. Anton Krustev has considerable expertise in contentious cases, including commercial, project financing, regulatory and public procurement disputes.

DGKV’s partner Angel Ganev, who represents clients in disputes relating to cyber fraud, insolvency proceedings and commercial conflicts, is also distinguished as leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution. He is also adept in handling international arbitration matters and proceedings. "Angel Ganev is extraordinarily strong in court representation. He has very good oral skills and a reaction to the situations arising there, especially in cross-examination of experts." "Angel Ganev is action-oriented," a source says.

In Intellectual Property Practice, partner Kalina Tchakarova is recognized and awarded as a Band lawyer and she is well regarded by market commentators for her experience in IP matters. She is particularly well placed to handle trademark work, often representing international companies.

Partner Violetta Kunze, Head of DGKV’s TMT practice and “an excellent negotiator" is granted distinction for her work on major projects in the TMT sector. Violetta is a longstanding TMT expert with notable experience in regulatory work. She also frequently handles M&A transactions in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Youliana Naoumova, Head of Employment & Mobility Practice, is also awarded as a leading Band lawyer for her work with a range of international clients with full range of employment issues.

We would like to thank our international client base and excellent team for keeping us in the top-tier for all these years.

DGKV team is motivated to continue serving clients with highest level of professionalism and knowledge.

Congratulations to our amazing team!