DGKV Reaffirms Its Highest Rankings in Chambers Europe 2024

We are proud to announce that Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov retains its highest ranking in the prestigious Chambers Europe 2024 edition. The law firm scores top-tier in 10 practice areas – Banking and Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Tax and TMT. Thirteen DGKV lawyers are ranked Band 1 to 4 in all practices with 7 partners receiving Band 1 distinction.

Our highly esteemed lawyer Georgi Tzvetkov, partner in Banking and Finance, is recognized is as a highly esteemed lawyer and awarded with Band 1 for his work on acquisition and project financing transactions as well as bond issuances: " Georgi is an excellent lawyer. He is practical, knowledgeable and reliable, and adds a great deal of additional value."

Partner Kaloyan Krumov, who is “a very capable lawyer" is ranked for his notable experience handling project finance deals as well as financial restructuring. A client says:

"I appreciate his work. When he faces difficulties in negotiations, Kaloyan tries to find alternative solutions in order to achieve mutual consent. He manages to establish trustworthy relationships not only with the party he is consulting, but with all sides in a deal, which leads to positive results."

For a consecutive year Nikolai Gouginski, who is “a very sound and level-headed lawyer with a lot of knowledge, as well as astute and practical judgement" 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.

"He has a very high level of knowledge, experience and business acumen."

"He impresses us with his legal proficiency and his perfect service orientation. He is extremely nice to work with and we would always recommend him to anyone requiring competition law advice in Bulgaria."

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

"She fights for her clients and has a lot of practical experience."

"She was really helpful in suggesting alternative ways of doing things, and really answered quickly and did everything on time."

Dessislava Iordanova is also recognized as a leading practitioner. She often assists clients with CPC investigations into alleged cartels or abuses of a dominant position. She has further experience in merger control filings and competition compliance mandates, including in relation to distribution agreements.

Highest score 1 also goes to our partner Zdravka Ugrinova for her work on Corporate and Commercial projects and notable expertise with corporate clients and multinational companies with acquisitions across a variety of sectors. Zdravka Ugrinova is a market-leading lawyer assisting asset management and investment groups as well as corporate clients with acquisitions across a variety of sectors. She also offers notable expertise in setting up the operations of the Bulgarian subsidiaries of multinational companies and ongoing legal counseling on various legal and compliance matters. "Zdravka Ugrinova is a strong and sophisticated lawyer.", 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.

In the Real Estate practice also partner Kaloyan Krumov is “a very capable lawyer who shows excellent client service. He is very dedicated to his work." and assists with real estate, M&A as well as construction projects. "He has outstanding knowledge and experience in law and is an efficient negotiator."

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 tax practice group also scores highest ranking.

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 tax matters, including VAT matters, tax aspects of corporate restructurings and others.

"Viara provides solid and very comprehensive tax advice."

"She is excellent - she offers practical advice and has good market knowledge."

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.

"He is an outstanding lawyer and professional."

Partner Anton Krustev who " has considerable expertise in contentious cases, including commercial, regulatory and public procurement disputes” 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 also advises on matters relating to public procurement, PPP & PFI, transport and administrative litigation.

DGKV’s partner Angel Ganev, who represents clients in disputes relating to commercial law matters, insolvency proceedings and commercial conflicts, is recognized and awarded as a Band lawyer. He is also adept in handling international arbitration matters. "Angel Ganev provides comprehensive and effective strategies for dispute management and resolution", a source says.

In Intellectual Property Practice, partner Kalina Tchakarova is recognized and awarded as a Band lawyer. Kalina 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. "Violetta is good to work with."

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

"Youliana is highly experienced in the area of employment, very commercially minded and able to apply her knowledge in a very pragmatic way to resolve any dilemmas and issues."

"She is a brilliant and very helpful resource."

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!