Aglika Ivanova

Aglika Ivanova is Attorney-at-Law, European Trademark &  Design Attorney, and Bulgarian Trademark, Design and Patent Attorney.

She has specialised in legal advice and consultations  in the area of Intellectual and Industrial property  trademarks, patents, plant varieties, industrial design, copyright). Representation of clients before the Bulgarian courts – all instances in connection with patent, trademark, copyright litigation cases and in connection with enforcement and infringement cases and procedures; Representation before the Commission on unfair competition and before the Commission on Consumer protection; representation before the Bulgarian customs in connection with border control for protection of IP rights; representation before the Investigation authorities (prosecution and police in connection with criminal cases for infringement of intellectual property rights).

Education: Masters Degree in Law, Specialisation in Patent Law, Specialisation in European Trade Marks and Designs

Current and previous positions: Partner in IP Consulting – www.ipconsulting.eu, Executive Secretary of the Association of Trade Mark Owners in Bulgaria, Consultant of the specialised site for copyright www.copyrights.bg, consultant of the National Portal of Intellectual Property www.ipbulgaria.bg

Author and co-author of the following publications:

 

Todor Tabakov

Todor Tabakov is one of the founders of Tabakov, Tabakova and Partners. He is a reputable attorney, having extensive experience in various fields of national and International law, including Taxation, Arbitration, Litigation, M&A, Commercial Law, Contracts Law, Competition, Banking and Financing, Real Estates, Oil and Natural Gas (upstream, mainstream and downstream), Energy.

He has comprehensive knowledge and expertise in Taxation and international tax planning. Todor is a well known and probably the most highly regarded international tax planner in Bulgaria. He practically laid down the foundations of the international tax planning business in the country. Todor’s advice has been sought in almost every complex international transaction ever to take place in Bulgaria.

Todor has held numerous positions at the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy and Planning. He was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – Committee of Tax Affairs. Todor is currently a correspondent of Tax Notes International and Tax Analysts, IBFD. He is a member of IFA, TTN and the American Bar Association. Todor’s contribution to the international community has been recognized by the Madison Who’s Who and Who’s Who in the World biographical records, IBA and ABA biographical records.

Todor’s professional experience record includes: Judge at the City Court of Sofia and District Court of Sofia; Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Finance; Expert on International double taxation at the Ministry of Finance, Head of the International Tax and Investment Treaties Division of the Ministry of Finance, Head of International Financial Relations Department of the Ministry of Finance; Consultant at OECD – Fiscal Affairs Committee; Chief Executive Officer of Preston Finance Ltd.

Todor has over 60 publications in Bulgaria on legal matters, related mainly to tax and investment agreements and relevant legislation, publications in TNI (tax analysts) and Central European (Euromoney) publications.

Todor’s membership of professional bodies includes: Sofia Bar Association; European Association of Trustees, International Fiscal Association, Bulgarian Chamber of Tax Advisers. Todor is a member of the board of directors of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the Board of the Bulgarian Association of Professional football players. He is also a member of the International Biographic Association and correspondent of Tax Notes International.

Todor is fluent in English, French and Russian.

Vladimir Penkov

Mr. Vladimir Penkov is Chairman and Senior Partner of Penkov, Markov & Partners – international law firm which has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Banking and Finance legal advices and consultations.

Mr. Penkov has extensive experience in negotiations, researches, drafting of legal documents and representing clients in various areas of commercial law, such as Banking and Finance, Corporate Law and Commercial Contracts, Competition, Privatization and Foreign Investments, Investment Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Public Procurement, Licensing and Know-How Agreements, Tax Law, Telecommunications, Media & IT, Energy Law and Renewable Energy Sources.

As a leading banking law practitioner and as part of his track-record Vladimir Penkov has led negotiations, represented and provided legal advice to: EBRD in connection with debt financing of Cellhart AD, debt financing of Balkanpharma Holding AD, Astera Holding AD and Aroma AD, Crédit Suisse AG, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, PAC Doverie, Bulstrad Life (Vienna Insurance Group), Innimmo Investments, Industrialen Holding – Doverie, HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank, International Finance Corporation, Industrial Capital Holding as well as the preparation of the business and legal scheme in connection with the extension of large credit amount to Domain Boyar AD by EBRD.

As a leader of PM&P’s team Mr.Penkov has personally showed resourcefulness and proactivity in the consulting of UBB by EBRD and Oppenheimer & Co and by National Bank of Greece, of Kardan by the acquisition of NLB Banka. He has also advised 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 for the modernization of Kremikovtzi.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of  PM&P is specialising in the area of Banking and Financial Law and Capital markets and has participated in the legal team providing  advice to Ferratum Group in terms of establishment and structuring of their business as the first company of in Bulgaria providing distant financial services, legal advice and consultation to Gumiz AD and Micro Credit regarding providing of micro credits and consumer credits; Preparation of legal analysis for Sofia municipality pursuant to the “Law of the public finances“ in relation to Contracts for financing contract concluded between the European Investment Bank and Sofia municipality for  financing of “The Project of Sofia municipality for treating of waste matter” etc.

Mr.Vladimir Penkov has given legal advices in the process of reorganization of the Bulgarian subsidiaries of Kardan N.V., Kardan Financial Services B.V, TBIH Financial Services Group N.V. and TBIF Financial Services B.V. being active in insurance, additional pension insurance, voluntarily health insurance, financial services such as investment intermediary and asset management company, leasing services and consumer financing.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of PM&P advise the full spectrum of bank related transactions and have advised the establishment of one of the first asset management companies in Bulgaria while currently the PM&P team provide regular services to some of the major non-banking financial institutions in Bulgaria and their branches.

Successfully assisted one of the largest non-banking financial institutions in Europe to set foot in Bulgaria, filling the niche on online consumer loans.

Constantly expanding including legal consulting for investment companies, mutual and pension funds, asset management companies, investment mediators and ventures.

Comprehensive consulting on the structuring, financing and applicable regulatory framework in that field. Of special value for clients is the possibility for PM&P to expand at a very short notice the designated team including experts from other fields to give a helping hand in this highly specific area, should the case so require.

Mr.Penkov assisted the first foreign bank branch to register in the country after the democratic changes (Landesbank) and the structuring of the first capital investment by a foreign bank (Raiffeisen Bank) in a local bank under the conditions of a missing detailed legal framework and practical experience in this sphere.

Under the conditions of a rigidly regulated market and a strictly limited number of banking licenses, the team of PM&P leaded by the Managing Partner Vladimir Penkov has consulted, over the years, the EBRD, Oppenheimer & Co., the National Bank of Greece, Alpha bank – Bulgarian Branch, United Bulgarian Bank, Piraeus Bank and Kardan in the acquisition of three of the largest Bulgarian banks, including the merger of a bank branch into a bank (Piraeus Bank).

Mr. Penkov and the team of PM&P are acting as legal counsel to the buyer with regard to the contemplated purchase of 99.53 % of the shares owned by International Hospital Service Co, Japan in Tokuda Bank. The project refers to the acquisition of a medium-sized commercial bank and has passed through legal, financial and tax due diligence, negotiations and signing of Share Purchase Agreement, Escrow Agreement and is now in the stage of obtaining the respective regulatory approvals from the Bulgarian National Bank and the Competition Protection Commission.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of PM&P represented UBB as bond emission trustee, providing the overall defence of creditors’ rights over the bond emission, incl. legal representation in the event of bankruptcy proceedings against Bross Holding, but also overall representation in all other enforcement proceedings initiated under the Registered Pledges Act and other legal issues related to the case.

Mr.Vladimir Penkov and PM&P’s team also were a consultant of Piraeus Bank Bulgaria AD as collateral agent to the bank syndicate including also United Bulgarian Bank, Unicredit Bulbank and Alpha Bank – Bulgaria Branch.

Another client of the law firm is HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG, Austria.  Mr.Penkov’s involvement has included among others: due diligence review of the two companies that operate the photovoltaic plants (Kompania za Energetika I Razvitie EOOD and Green Energy Park AD); preparation of preliminary legal opinions for the purpose of participation of the client as co-lender together with Société Générale Expressbank AD and PV Investments ЕAD; review and revision of the respective Club Loan Agreements and all securities agreements; review of the certificates issued by the Commercial Register, the Central Register of Special Pledges and the Property Register evidencing the granting of the securities by the borrowers, co-debtors and mortgage debtor; issuance of final legal opinions re legal compliance of the transaction

Career:

·         Penkov, Markov & Partners – Founder and Managing Partner 1990-2017; Chairman and Senior Partner since 2017;

·         Bulgarian Telecommunications Company AD – Member of the Managing Board, 2007-2008, Chairman of the Supevisory Board, 2008 – 2013 and reelected as Chairman since 2014-2017;

·         NIKAS Bulgaria AD – Member of the Board of Directors, 2009 – 2012;

·         Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)  – Arbitrator since 1999;

·         BCCI – Member of Managing Board since 1993 and Vice President, 1999 – 2006;

·         Zagorka AD – Member of the Board of Directors,1998 – 2006 and Executive Director, 2000 – 2002;

·         Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations – Head of Division „Austria and Switzerland“, 1989 – 1990;

·         Technica Foreign Trade Organization – Chief Legal Counsel, 1987 – 1989;

·         Sofia City Court – Intership as a judge, 1976 – 1977;

Education

·         Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski – Master in Law, 1976

·         Economic University, Karlshorst, Germany 1970 – 1972

Languages:

·         Bulgarian, German, English

 

Radoslav Mikov

Radoslav Mikov has extensive expertise in the energy sector and regularly advises clients across the CEE/SEE region on regulatory issues regarding generation, public procurement, licenses and tariffs, connection to the grid, electricity distribution, non-discriminatory compliance programs and equal access issues, retail supply and electricity trade, as well as construction matters. He also has experience advising clients on multi-disciplinary due diligence projects with respect to regulatory and real estate law matters in the energy sector. Prior to joining the firm, Radoslav worked as senior counsel for a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.  He also served as head of regulatory management for one of the major energy suppliers in Bulgaria.

http://www.wolftheiss.com/lawyer/radoslav-mikov/

Our Firm:

Wolf Theiss is one of the leading law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CEE/SEE). We have built our reputation on a combination of unrivalled local knowledge and strong international capability. We opened our first office in Vienna almost 60 years ago. Our team now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region.

Over 80% of our work involves cross-border representation of international clients. Our full range of services covers: Banking & Finance; Business Crime; Capital Markets; Competition & Antitrust; Compliance; Corporate/ Mergers & Acquisitions; Dispute Resolution; Employment Law; Energy & Renewables; Infrastructure; Intellectual Property & Information Technology; International Arbitration; Investment Funds; Life Science; Real Estate & Construction; Regulatory & Procurement; Retail and Tax.

We have concentrated our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast-developing markets of the CEE/SEE region. Through our international network of offices, we work closely with our clients to help them solve problems and create opportunities.

WHAT WE DO:

We do exactly what you would expect a law firm to do. We just do it differently. Our people are smarter, quicker and sharper than most. (So they keep telling us.) But they’re also ready to listen, receptive to argument and lightning quick to grasp what you need.

We like our working relationships to be enjoyable, open and direct. But it’s ultimately about getting results. So if you want advice on whether to go ahead with a deal, we won’t give a long list of delicately nuanced arguments for and against. Just a straight yes or no, backed by a concise rationale.

It’s about helping you make decisions and move your organisation forward. That’s what we do and where we get our satisfaction.