Georgi Valentinov Georgiev, PhD

Managing Partner

Email: georgiev@gklaw.bg

Georgi Georgiev successfully defended his doctoral thesis in law at Sofia University with dissertation with subject “Charge over Commercial Enterprise” in 2019. He graduated from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in 2010 with distinction. He studied English Obligation Law in Cambridge University in 2007 and English Commercial Law in the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010. In 2012, he completed his Master’s program in International and Comparative Commercial Law at King’s College London, specializing in company law, capital markets (securitization and derivatives, syndicated loans, debt and project finance) and commercial arbitration. In 2012, he was selected for consultant for Bulgaria and member of a workgroup for a research project of the London School of Economics and Political Science, funded by EC, for doing research of the legislature and court practice of member states in the area of corporate governance.

Between 2013 and 2016, he was a part-time assistant professor in commercial law in the Law Faculty of the University of National and World Economy. From 2016 he is a full-time assistant in commercial and civil law at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ". In 2017, he was a guest research worker at the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Since 2016 he has been a member of an insolvency workgroup at the City University, London, and Cross-Border Corporate Insolvency & Commercial Law (CI&CL) Group, London, which is conducting international research on insolvency issues in over 30 countries around the world http://www.ciclresearch.com/about-the-project/

Since 2012 until the establishment of Georgiev & Kolev in 2018, he has been a lawyer in one of the leading law firms in Bulgaria – Georgiev, Todorov & Co. In that capacity he participated in transactions for debt and project financing with EBRD and other credit institutions in a total amount of over EUR 50 million, mergers and acquisitions, as well as commercial and arbitration proceedings, and insolvency proceedings for over BGN 200 million in total. For his work as a team leader for credit financing transactions amounting to over Euro 40 million, and the restructuring of corporate clients’ debt in amounts of over Euro 250 million, he was distinguished in one of the leading lawyers’ rankings in the world – International Financial Law Review: https://www.iflr1000.com in various categories for 2017 and 2018.

Mr. Georgiev is practicing mainly in the areas of company law, commercial insolvency, legal representation in domestic and international arbitration cases, including cases concerning FIDIC conditions of construction contracts, corporate mergers and acquisitions, licensing proceedings before the Financial Supervision Commission and the Bulgarian National Bank. Mr. Georgiev also specializes in the field of public procurement procedures - he has consulted a large number of public procurers under the Public Procurement Act as regards to the preparation of documentation for the procedures and their implementation as well as Bulgarian and foreign participants in public procurement procedures for the selection of a public procurement contractor. His experience also includes a rich procedural practice before the Commission for Protection of Competition and the Supreme Administrative Court in proceedings for challenging acts and actions of public procurers.

Publications:

1. On the Sale of Shares Owned by a Limited Liability Company without Resolution of the General Assembly under Art. 137(1) item 6 of the Commercial Act, Commercial Law Journal, issue 4/2010, p.87-97;

2. Author of analysis of the Bulgarian legislation in an international comparative study under the topic “Duties and Liability of the Directors of Joint-Stock Companies in EU”, in collaboration with other authors from London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom- Carsten Gerner – Beuerle, Philipp Paech and Edmund Philipp Schuster, LSE Enterprise (2013), p. 69-100 of Appendix A to the Study, available at http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/Libfile;

3. Co-author with Alexander Katzarsky of studies regarding the arbitration proceedings under Bulgarian law in the “International Comparative Legal Guide: International Arbitration” 2013, 2014 and 2016, as well as in the Corporate Governance guide in 2014 and 2017, issued by the Global Legal Group, London, United Kingdom: https://iclg.com;

4. “A Comparative Legal View on the “Piercing the Corporate Veil” Doctrine and Other Concepts for Engaging Liability of Third Parties for Companies’ Debts”, Business Law, issue 2/2014, p. 41-62;

5. “Is the Suspension of a Registration in the Commercial Register of Proceeding with an Execution of a Commercial Enterprise or a Company Share Pledged under a Special Pledge Admissible?”, Business Law, issue 3/2015, p. 25-44;

6. “Are Non-Compete Restrictions Provided for in the Management Agreement Valid after its Termination?” Business Law, issue 4/2016, p. 51-68;

7.“Historical Development of the Pledge on Company Enterprise”, Business Law, issue 4/2017, p. 51-72;

8. Recent Amendments in the Regime of the Enterprise Charge Under Bulgarian Law, Current Issuеs in Law and Beyond on EU Level, editors: Aleks Ember and Ina Vishogradska, St. Climent Ohridski University Press, 2018, p.21-32;

9.Regarding Some Challenges Regarding Subsequent Charge Over Commercial Enterprise, Business Law, Issue 3, 2018, p. 83-99;

10. Legal Characteristics of the Charged Commercial Enterprise, digest with publications from research conference, organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of National and World Economy, October, 2018 – to be printed out;

11. Incorporation of an Enterprise Charge and effects of its Entry In the Respective Registries – in Digest with publications from conference In Memoriam Christian Takov – St. Climent Ohridski University Press – to be printed out;

12. Regarding the Content of the Charged Commercial Enterprise – in Yearbook of 2018 of the Faculty of Law of Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridski”, St. Climent Ohridski University Press, 2019;

13. Methods for Execution Over Charged Enterprise under the Law on Registered Chagres Act, Business Law, Issue 2, 2019 г. p. 83-101

14. Co-Author of the Chapter for Bulgaria in the comparative legal study “Executory Contracts in Insolvency Law. A Global Guide”, author of the chapter on Bulgarian law, edited by prof. Jason Chuah and Eugenio Vaccario, City University, London, издателство Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom, 2019: https://www.e-elgar.com

Nikolay Kolev

Managing partner

Nikolay Kolev graduated with honors from the Faculty of Law of the Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ in 1982. Attorney Kolev has over 30 years of professional experience - from 1984 until 1991 he worked as a prosecutor and since 1991 he has been a lawyer practicing in the areas of civil, commercial, tax, criminal and administrative law. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Supreme Supervisory Council of the Supreme Bar Council.

The considerable experience of Nikolay Kolev includes the consulting of a number of trade companies, leaders in the relevant field of the Bulgarian market - such as Neochim AD, Junona EOOD, as well as the consulting of a municipal authorities and non-governmental organizations in all aspects of their activity - current subscription services, procedural representation on cases, preparation of drafts for normative acts and others.

Kolev’s long-term attorney's experience, combined with the experience gained through his job on senior administrative positions and his work as a magistrate, is a guarantee of competence and comprehensiveness in the consultancy activity, especially in the field of tax law, administrative law and procedure, including counselling local and central authorities on the elaboration and coordination of various legal acts, preparation of documentation and consultancy on public procurement procedures and concessions, insurance law and procedural representation.

Attorney Kolev is fluent in Russian and English languages.

Ani Stancheva

Senior Associate

Email: stancheva@gklaw.bg

Ani Stancheva graduated from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Law, with distinction. During the last year of her education she was a trainee at the Sofia Regional Court under a Fulbright Commission Internship program for educational exchange. She is also a lecturer at the Academy Civic Education – a non-government initiative for organization of free courses on civic education for students, drafting of articles and issuing of handbooks for high-school and university students.

In 2019 Ani coached the team of Sofia University for one of the most prestigious international legal competitions of the European Union – the Central and Eastern Europe Moot Court Competition, held under the auspices of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the University of Cambridge. The team led by Ani Stancheva won 3rd place among all participating universities from Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2016 Ani participated in the same competition as a member of the Sofia university team and achieved significant results as well - the team reached the finals and won second place in the overall ranking.

In 2014-2015 Ani Stancheva studied abroad under an Erasmus exchange program in the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) where she completed courses in Introduction to English Law, International Contractual Law, Ethics in International Relations and Anthropology of the Law.

In Georgiev & Kolev Law Offices she conducts legal research on various cases, prepares legal opinions, contracts and other documents for transactions in the field of company, contractual and competition law. She performs legal representation in judicial and arbitration proceedings and provides legal advice in regard to bringing the companies in compliance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR). Ani is contributing to the law firm's consultancy activity in the field of public procurement procedures and in regard to licensing and registration proceedings before the Financial Supervision Commission. She prepares legal documents for the incorporation of alternative investment funds and for structuring of the investments executed by these funds.

Vanina Popova

Associate

Email: popova@gklaw.bg

Vanina Popova graduated from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Law, with distinction.

In 2015 she became legal assistant at the Association “Centre for Legal Initiatives”. She took part in one of its most significant projects “Legal Barometer”– a civil initiative for monitoring, analysis and assessment of the status and development of the legal order in Bulgaria, by supporting the activity of producing quantitative and qualitative analyses of important legislative acts and draft legislation.

From 2016 to 2018, she has worked as a legal trainee in a law firm and has gained practical experience in the field of contract, commercial and administrative law. In 2019 she successfully completed a training course for young arbitrators at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

At “Georgiev & Kolev” Vanina Popova practices in the field of commercial and contract law, civil law, real estate and intellectual property law. She performs legal representation in judicial proceedings, prepares corporate documents related to the registration, reorganization and liquidation of companies, as well as legal opinions and analyzes concerning various areas of law.

Vanina Popova takes active part in the company’s work with regard to structuring client’s investments – alternative investment funds and fund managers, as well as in the whole process of research and acquisition of interests in innovative local companies. She has a leading role in the consultancy activity of the law firm in regard to bringing companies in compliance with the requirements of the Directive (EC) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and the Bulgarian Law on Measures against Money Laundering.

Monika Atanasova

Associate

Email: atanasova@gklaw.bg

Monika Atanasova graduated from the Faculty of Law of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” with distinction and is a member of the Sofia Bar Association.

Since 2015 she has been practicing in the field of Property Law, investments, Commercial and Corporate Law, Administrative Law and Proceedings, Competition Law and Migration Law. She has experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

In 2015-2016 she was involved in projects related to the energy efficiency and ESPCs, and gained a specific experience in Real Estate Law and Public Procurements.

In 2017-2018 Monika worked in “Kinkin and Partners” law firm and participated in several projects related to the acquisition and restructuring of companies, foreign investments in Bulgarian companies and capital increase, as well as in projects related to obtaining of Bulgarian citizenship through investments..

At Georgiev & Kolev Monika works in the field of real estate deals, construction, spatial planning, state and municipal property, Contract and Company Law, civil and administrative proceedings and public procurements. She conducts legal researches, drafts legal opinions, contracts and corporate documents. Monika also prepares documents related to civil, commercial and administrative disputes. She performs legal representation in judicial and arbitration proceedings.

She has a leading role in the consultancy activity of the law firm in regard to bringing companies in compliance with the requirements of the Directive (EC) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and the Bulgarian Law on Measures against Money Laundering.

Ana Cheneshkova

Junior Associate

Email: cheneshkova@gklaw.bg

Ana Cheneshkova graduated in 2018 from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Law, with distinction.

From October 2018 to May 2019 she has been a trainee at the Sofia Regional Court under a Fulbright Commission Internship Program for educational exchange, which program enabled hеr to acquire practical legal skills and to work with judges from the court’s Civil Division.

From October 2016 to November 2018 she has worked as a paralegal, and from November 2018 to December 2019 – as a legal adviser in a law firm, where she practiced in the field of Property Law, Insurance Law, Labor Law and Civil Proceedings. She also gained practical experience in Contract, Commercial and Administrative Law.

At “Georgiev & Kolev” Ana Cheneshkova works predominantly in the fields of Labor Law, Family Law and Law on Succession, Company, Insurance and Contractual Law. She is also legal representative in civil and administrative proceedings. Ana Cheneshkova provides legal advices and prepares documents related to personal data protection.