BOYANOV & Co. Advises Rodna Zemya Holding AD on the Acquisition of 100% of HIT Hypermarket EOOD

BOYANOV & Co. advised the Bulgarian publicly listed company Rodna Zemya Holding AD [BUL:6R2 / HRZ] on the acquisition of 100% of the capital of HIT Hypermarket EOOD from the Germany-based HIT Bulgarien GmbH, part of DOHLE Trading Group.

Borislav Boyanov Shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Europe Awards 2019

Mr. Borislav Boyanov, managing partner at BOYANOV & Co., a founder and co-chair of the SEE Legal Group, has been shortlisted at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Europe 2019 in the category Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Chambers and Partners has congratulated Mr. Boyanov for being a true diversity and inclusion pioneer for the legal profession.

BOYANOV & Co. Contributes to the Bulgarian Chapter on Getting the Deal Through: Merger Control 2020

BOYANOV & Co.’s Competition and Antitrust team has authored the Bulgarian chapter in the prestige legal publication of Getting the Deal Through: Merger Control 2020, due to be published in September 2019 by Law Business Research Limited. Some of the key questions answered by each of the 69 jurisdictions featured in this publication include Bulgarian merger control thresholds, Bulgarian merger control test, public takeovers, enforcement practice and future developments, etc.

BOYANOV & Co. Contributes to the Bulgarian Chapter on Global Legal Insights to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2019

BOYANOV & Co.’s partner Yordan Naydenov and counsel Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolay Kolev have authored the Bulgarian chapter on Global Legal Insights to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2019, 8th edition, published in July 2019 by Global Legal Group. The article discusses the legal background, financing of the M&A transactions in Bulgaria, touches upon the significant deals and highlights, key developments, as well as looks at the year ahead.

Borislav Boyanov Continues to be Nominated by Who’s Who Legal as One of the World’s Leading Practitioners in M&A and Governance 2019

Mr. Borislav Boyanov, managing partner at BOYANOV & Co. and a founder and co-chair of the SEE Legal Group, continues to be the only Bulgarian lawyer regularly nominated by his peers as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of M&A and Governance by Who’s Who Legal. Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019, published by Law Business Research Ltd., is a result of the opinions of law firm clients and corporate law experts from around the world. The research has revealed 1,531 lawyers from 85 jurisdictions who are considered leaders in the field of M&A and Governance.

VIVACOM is for Sale

Bulgarian Telecommunication Company EAD (BTC) is a Bulgarian telecommunication operator known by the trademark VIVACOM. VIVACOM owns the best developed network in Bulgaria and is a leader in the provision of modern telecommunication services. The company is the only telecom operator in the country that provides converged solutions through terrestrial, copper and satellite infrastructure, a mobile network and public internet. VIVACOM maintains the only networked international networking center in Bulgaria, the network management center and the largest real-time data storage and booking center.

Borislav Boyanov, Speaker at the UIA Foreign Investment and Investment in Real Estate Conference

Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner at BOYANOV & Co., talked about the needs of the foreign investors to be serviced by the state and local communities in the first panel titled Foreign investment – conditions/prerequisites for good investment climate and for good and attractive investment environment during the conference on Foreign Investment and Investment in Real Estate, organised by the International Association of Lawyers, Sofia Bar Association and the Supreme Bar Council of Bulgaria on 12-13 April at Grand Hotel Sofia.

BOYANOV & Co. Advises on the Financing of the Acquisition of Nova TV

BOYANOV & Co. advised the lenders of a EUR 100 million syndicated financing arranged by UniCredit Bulbank and BNP Paribas and a lending syndicate including them, DSK Bank and United Bulgarian Bank for the acquisition by Advance Media Group of Nova TV from MTG and EEMH. The deal was completed on 10 April 2019 in a record short period of time for a deal of this type (two and a half months from the start of the negotiations on the financing documents until closing of the financing).

A Concession Procedure for Sofia Civil Airport

A concession procedure for the Sofia Civil Airport has been announced on 2 July 2018 by the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Bulgaria for designation of a concessionaire and award of a concession for the construction of Civil Public Airport Sofia, which is public state property. The announced concession has an estimated value of approximately EUR 3.9 billion excluding VAT. The term of the concession is 35 years. The concessionaire shall pay the initial concession remuneration that amounts to EUR 281 million excluding VAT. The minimum investment requirement amounts to EUR 600 million for the term of the concession. There is also a requirement for the Concessionaire to build a third terminal within the first 10 years. Currently, the deadline for investors to submit their offers is 11 April 2019. The last extension was required because of changes in the Bulgarian Concessions Act. Amendments to the law ensure wider competition in the procedure. The amendments clarify the texts on a joint liability, the way of settling disputes between the parties and the grounds for invalidity of the Concession agreement.

CEZ Withdraws its Investments from Bulgaria

At the beginning of 2018, the Czech electricity distribution company CEZ EAD announced that it is selling its assets in Bulgaria to the Bulgarian company Inercom at a price of EUR 320 million. In September 2018 the deal was suspended by the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition, which ruled that this transaction will lead to Inercom’s establishment of a dominant position on the photovoltaic power generation market. Currently, the deal is not a fact due to a decision of the Commission for Protection of Competition, which has been appealed before the Supreme Administrative Court. The proceedings will remain suspended until the Supreme Administrative Court rules on the validity of CPC's decision to block the deal following Inercom's initial notification. Meanwhile, Inercom issued a statement saying that it is working towards receiving regulatory approval and completing the deal.

Volkswagen AG to Open a New Automobile Factory in Eastern Europe

Volkswagen AG is planning to open a new automobile factory in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria is a potential destination. Possible locations for a Volkswagen factory in Bulgaria are Sofia and Plovdiv. The new factory shall produce cars from different brands under the Volkswagen group, including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT and others. Initially, Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca will be produced by moving their current production from Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. It is expected Volkswagen to decide in which country to build the new factory at the beginning of May. Sources say that the direct capital investment will be over EUR 1.4 billion and will include the opening of initially, 5,000 work places, plus hundreds of engineers, followed by thousands of work places as suppliers and service industries.

Software Group to Obtain an Investment Loan from the European Investment Bank

The global technology company Software Group signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank to obtain an investment loan of EUR 18 million. The European Investment Bank chose Bulgaria to fund a project with money from the European Strategic Investment Fund. Funding will be used in two areas - R&D and Innovation, Business Development and Marketing. Over the next three years, the company will focus on developing new technologies, platforms and products in the field of insurance, factoring and Internet of Things (IoT).