On November 29, 2016, CEELM reported that the Mareshki Medicines retail chain had been successful in the two-year litigation at the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria, which resulted in the repeal of anti-competitive provisions on prescribing and dispensing medicine in Bulgaria's Ordinance No 4. We asked Irena Georgieva, In-house Attorney at Mareshki, to explain what happened.
The firms of the SEE Legal network are reporting that they worked alongside Skadden Arps in advising BA Glass I – Servicos de Gestao e Investimentos S.A. (the parent company of BA Vidro S.A.) on its acquisition of substantially all of the Yioula Glassworks SA glass container business from Yioula Glassworks SA and its subsidiary Yalos Holdings (Overseas) Limited. Yioula Glassworks was supported on all legal issues by Winston & Strawn.
DGKV has been retained by Bulgaria's Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) to represent it in a total of 19 proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court based on the appeal of IsaOdit Ltd. (formerly named RSM Bulgaria OOD) against FSC's decision to remove it from the list of approved auditors to verify the assets of Bulgarian pension and insurance companies.
Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (DGKV) has advised Mundus Services AD on its EUR 3.2 million acquisition of 100% of the capital of A.S.S. Bulgaria EOOD – a supplier of technical equipment maintenance to office and administrative buildings and engineer of security systems – from S.V.S. EOOD (80%) and a private individual (20%). The sellers were advised by the Bazinas Law Firm on the deal, which remains subject to approval by Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition.
Despite beginning the conversation by asserting that “there are not many new things to report in Bulgaria in terms of legislative amendments or legal market changes," in fact Borislav Boyanov, the Managing Partner of Boyanov & Co., is fairly optimistic, pointing out that the Bulgarian economy is “relatively ok, reporting 3.4% growth in 2016, which for Europe is very good.”
Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov Law Firm has advised Bulpros Consulting AD on acquisition financing it received from Unicredit Bulbank AD for an acquisition by its German subsidiary of a majority interest in a global software business held by GROUP Business Software Europa GmbH, GBS Pavone Groupware GmbH, and GROUP Business Software (UK). CMS advised UniCredit on the financing. According to DGKV, "the transaction creates one of the largest Bulgarian IT services and solutions suppliers."
DGKV is reporting that, after trials lasting several months, three of 27 cases between firm client Glorient Investment BG Ltd. and Technomarket Bulgaria AD involving ownership of retail stores and an office building in Bulgaria have concluded with verdicts in Glorient's favor. The verdicts resolve the disputes over three of the 13 stores, with 24 cases involving the remaining 10 stores still ongoing.
Allen & Overy has advised South Africa-based Internet and entertainment group Naspers on its sale of the comparison shopping engines Arukereso.hu, Compari.ro, and Pazaruvaj.com to the Rockaway Group. Dentons reportedly advised the buyers on the deal, which consolidated the e-commerce markets within the CEE region.
In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.
Dentons has advised Group Spadel, a European family-owned company specializing in the production of natural mineral water, spring water, and natural fruit drinks, on the acquisition of a 93.29% stake in Bulgarian bottled water producer Devin AD from private equity firm Advent International. Dentons worked with Hristov & Partners in Bulgaria, while Advent was advised by CMS on the transaction, which was based on an enterprise value of EUR 120 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition.
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.
Wolf Theiss, working as local counsel for CEE to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has advised Amundi on its acquisition of Pioneer Investments from Unicredit for an all-cash consideration of EUR 3.545 billion. UniCredit was advised by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners.