Penkov, Markov & Partners - Attorneys-at-Law

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Penkov, Markov & Partners - Attorneys-at-Law 

Size of Organization: 48
Year Established: 1990
Main Office: Sofia, Bulgaria
Web Site: http://www.penkov-markov.eu

Telephone: +359-2-971 3935
Fax: +359-2-971 1191



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Penkov, Markov & Partners - Attorneys-at-law is one of the leading law firms providing the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients in the Republic of Bulgaria. Established in 1990 as Lega InterConsult - Penkov, Markov & Partners, consequently the legal service provision activities of the company were transferred to the law firm incorporated in 2007 specifically to comply with the new Bar Act. The results we have achieved since the inception of the firm have made us one of the leaders on the legal market and a model for many other Bulgarian law firms. Today, Penkov, Markov & Partners has the following core practices and in particular:

- Company Law & Commercial

- Mergers & Acquisitions

- Energy & Nature Resources, Environmental Law

- Real Estate Transactions & Construction Law

- Finance Project

- Foreign Investments & Privatization

- Competition & Antitrust

- Trade Marks

- Leasing, License & Know-How Agreements

- Information Technology, Media & Telecommunication

- Litigation & Arbitration

- Insurance, Banking & Finance Law

- Tax & Customs Law

- Labor & Social Insurance Law

- Public Procurement Procedures

- Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights

- Mortgages, Pledges & other Securities

Striving to stay close to our clients' needs, we established a truly modern law firm. Rooted in its rich history is the Penkov, Markov & Partners' long-standing firm culture and traditions entirely dedicated to our clients and legal quality. All the lawyers at Penkov, Markov & Partners share the following common values: absolute dedication to achieving professional excellence; a commitment to the highest level of responsiveness to our clients; absolute commitment to teamwork for achieving the best legal results for our clients; striving for creative solutions to every legal problems.

Penkov, Markov & Partners is the first Bulgarian law firm to be certified with ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Certification. Being also the first Bulgarian law firm to have obtained collective professional risk insurance, we are proud to be insured by one of the worlds' leading professional insurance providers - AIG. We feel that this evidences the deep respect and confidence that our counterparts have in the quality of our services in the Practices of the firm.

PARTICIPATION IN SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS AND PROJECTS

PRIVATIZATION

Conduct of negotiations, legal consultations, preparation of documentation and legal representation of:

• Heineken and Athenian Brewery in connection with the acquisition of the largest brewery in Bulgaria - Zagorka;

• Glassinvest (Yioula Glassworks) in connection with the acquisition of Stind AD;

• Glassinvest (Yioula Glassworks) in the privatization of the largest producer of glass products on the Balkans - Drujba AD;

• Cargill and Tria Epsylon in connection with the participation in the first privatization ever in Bulgaria;

• KNAUF in the acquisition of the company for plaster sheets - Gipsfazer;

• Luxcraft Trading Ltd. in the acquisition of the largest producer of canned foods in the food-processing industry - Storko AD;

• Titan Cement SA in the acquisition of Pleven Cement;

• TBI in the acquisition of the insurance company Bulstrad - the first privatization of an insurance company, as well as in the negotiations for the acquisition of DZI;

• EBRD and Oppenheimer & Co. in the acquisition of shares in the United Bulgarian Bank - the first privatization of a bank in Bulgaria;

• Telefonica InterContinental, Spain in connection with the negotiations for the acquisition of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company;

• Advent International in the acquisition of majority stake of the shares in the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company AD;

• Gallaher Limited, U.K., in the negotiations for the acquisition of shares of Bulgartabac Holding Company;

• National Bank of Greece in the tender for privatization of the Bulgarian Post Bank;

• Ealing Studios in the privatization of Boyana Films;

• LAUFEN, Switzerland, in the acquisition of majority stake in Fayans, Kaspichan;

• Trierina Trading Ltd., Cyprus, in the acquisition of majority stake of the company for production of plastic products "IPOMA";

• IEG Solingen in the acquisition together with Vanto Trade of the majority stake of the shares of Bulgarreklama Agency;

Leader of the working team in:

• the two international consortia with the participation of Roland Berger & Partner and Res & Co. U.K. under the PHARE (PATA) in connection with the preparation of ten leading Bulgarian enterprises for privatization operating in the areas of electronics, machine-building, chemical industry, ceramics, fibers and textile;

• the preparation and drafting of legal analysis of 15 construction and mining enterprises within the preparation for privatization;

• the legal consultation of the Bulgarian government (the Privatization Agency) in connection with the preparation for privatization of the Bulgarian River Fleet, the Bulgarian Maritime Fleet, including legal analysis and privatization strategy;

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, RESTRUCTURINGS

Legal advice and representation of:

• Strabag AG in the acquisition of majority stake of the shares of Ingstroy Sofia AD;

• Titan Cement SA in connection to the restructuring comprising of the acquisition of Zlatna Panega Cement and the sale of Pleven Cement to Holcim Group;

• The National Bank of Greece in the acquisition of shares of the United Bulgarian Bank following the privatization;

• CCHBC in connection to the acquisition of Bankya - commercial enterprise for production of mineral waters, including legal representation with the antitrust regulatory body;

• Pireus Bank in the acquisition of Eurobank;

• AIG Capital in the acquisition of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company following the privatization, the largest ever deal in Bulgaria;

• Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in the merger of its nine subsidiaries, with the Competition Protection Commission and in the incorporation of CCHBC Bulgaria AD;

• Heineken Group in the acquisition of the majority stake in Ariana AD and in the subsequent merger with Zagorka AD, including before the antitrust regulatory body;

• Chipita International in connection to the acquisition of the commercial activity of Royal Foods Bulgaria, including before the Competition Protection Commission;

• EQUEST in the acquisition of Bulvaria (import of vehicles), Vitosha Insurance, etc.;

• Carrefour Group in the acquisition and the subsequent development of a real estate project;

• BASF in the merger with American Cyanamid Company, including before the Competition Protection Commission;

• Hewlett Packard in the acquisition of Compaq

COMPANY LAW, INVESTMENTS AND CONCESSIONS

Conduct of negotiations, representation and consulting of:

• Clarina Holding S.A, Luxemburg and Softbul Investments Limited, Cyprus in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with the Central Cooperative Union with majority participation of Coca-Cola;

• The incorporation of Coca-Cola EOOD;

• Cable & Wireless legal consultation and participation in the negotiations in the establishment of the first mobile operator Mobikom;

• Establishment of a joint venture with the participation of Oiltanking GmbH, Germany and the subsequent concession procedure related to the activity of a storage terminal at the Port of Varna - West;

• O.TEL.O GmbH, Germany, in connection with privatization procedure connected to the program of Global Mobile Telecommunication System IRIDIUM, including negotiations with the Competition Protection Commission;

• Chimco in the participation in the a joint venture Messer Griesheim, Germany;

• Vodafone in the participation in the negotiations for the purchase of Mobiltel;

• KHS in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with Holding Zagora, Stara Zagora and its operations;

• Saint Gobain Weber in connection to the establishment of the company on the Bulgarian market, including the first commercial representation and the establishment of the first local company. Expansion of the activity through the acquisition of additional activities of local producers of construction materials;

• Hewlett Packard in connection to the establishment of the company on the Bulgarian market, including the first commercial representation and the establishment of the first local company.

• Representation of Bayer AG in connection with the protection of the trade mark Aspirin from unloyal competition before the Competition Protection Commission and the Supreme Court;

FINANCE PROJECTS, TENDER PROCEDURES, TRANSACTION STRUCTURING

• Legal consultations to EBRD in connection with debt financing of Cellhart AD, debt financing of Balkanpharma Holding AD and the debt financing of Astera Holding AD and Aroma AD;

• Legal consultations, participation in negotiations and the preparation of the business and legal scheme in connection with the extension of large credit amount to Domain Boyar AD by EBRD;

• Legal consultations and participation in the negotiations for Daimler Chrysler Corporation for the delivery and maintenance of motor vehicles for the Bulgarian army;

• Legal consultations and participation in the negotiations for the International Expo Center, as well as in the financing and construction;

• Negotiations and preparation of tender documentation for the participation of Alenia Aeronautica in the tender for delivery of transport airplanes;

• Legal consultations to Immoeast and participation in the negotiations related to the acquisition of the shares of Stokov Bazar Ilyanci, one of the largest commercial retail centers;

• Negotiations and representation of Bayer AG in connection to reaching agreement for the discontinuation of the infringements of the trademark Aspirin by more than 10 local producers and merchants;

• Negotiations and legal representation of IFA Hotel & Touristic in financing projects and projects for managements of hotels and hotel complexes;

• General consultations to Global Finance in connection to the due diligence and the negotiations for the acquisition of Business Park Sofia;

• Legal consultations to Nokia Siemens Networks in connection with participation in public procurement procedures;

• Negotiations and legal consultations to KHS AG and the structuring of the deal for performance of joint activity with Impuls AD, Gabrovo;

• Conduct of negotiations and representation of the Austrian banking consortia, led by Bank Austria, in the successful negotiation of the terms with the Minister of Finance, on the repayment of the extended credit, through the Economic Bank (which has been later declared into bankruptcy) for the modernization of Kremikovtzi AD;

History

Penkov, Markov & Partners structures and incorporates the first modern joint ventures with foreign participation in Bulgaria - the joint commercial enterprises of Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and six subsidiaries of the Central Cooperative Union. We advised the opening of the first Bulgarian branch by a foreign bank - Länderbank. Our firm also represented Raiffeisenbank in the first equity investment of a foreign bank in a Bulgarian bank.

Since 1996 Penkov, Markov & Partners has been a member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, for the jurisdiction of Bulgaria, which membership is a priority for us. The Firm also gained the status of an associated member of Eurojuris Deutschland.

In 2000 we started publishing our own newsletter Lega InterConsult News, the first and only newsletter of this kind among the Bulgarian law firms, with updated legal information and comments for our clients in more than 2,200 copies in the English, German, and Bulgarian languages.

In September 2007, the quality and the exceptional professionalism of the Firm and its lawyers were acknowledged by Business Superbrands Bulgaria which based on independent business study recognized the trademark Penkov, Markov & Partners as Business Superbrand for the Bulgarian market for the year 2008.

Quality

All the lawyers at Penkov, Markov & Partners share the following common values:

- an absolute dedication to achieving professional excellence on every issue and task undertaken

- a commitment to the highest level of responsiveness to the client needs

- an absolute commitment to teamwork for achieving the best legal results for our clients

- striving for creative solutions to every legal problems

To learn more about Penkov, Markov & partners, please visit our homepage at www.penkov-markov.eu.






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