Competition and Consumer Protection

COMPETITION
 
Competition law influences critical aspects of corporate and commercial strategy. In the last few years the amount of sanctions imposed for anti-competitive practices has increased dramatically. European competition law practice on civil actions for damages has developed which is expected also to be trend in Bulgaria.
 
Our competition law expertise covers cartels, cooperation and distribution agreements, abuse of dominant position, merger control and state aid.
 
Our team assists and advises clients:
  • in cartel and antitrust investigations by: conducting audits for risk assessment and developing proper defense strategy, including by considering leniency; participating in dawn raids; advising on the entire formal proceedings before Competition Protection Commission; considering and preparation of case settlement;
  • in developing and applying corporate competition compliances programs by: conducting audits, which include revision of documentation and business correspondence as well as interviews with employees; trainings for representatives and employees of the company; preparation of competition compliance guidelines;
  • in assessment, negotiations and drafting cooperation and distribution agreements for compliance with the competition law;
  • in developing business strategies in compliance with competition law;
  • in M&A transactions by: identifying need of merger control notification before competent authorities, preparation of notifications and support during the formal merger control proceedings;
  • in sector inquiries conducted by the competent authorities;
  • by identifying state aid issues and recommendations for actions;
  • on appeals against decisions of national competition and regulatory authorities.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
 
Market players in Bulgaria have to respect certain unfair competition prohibitions by attracting consumers. Further, we are aware of the increasing consumers’ role and the requirements of the consumer protection law which the retail off- and on-line business have to meet.
 
Our team assists and advises clients:
  • by developing promotional and advertising campaigns, business strategies, product and trade mark designs in compliance with competition law and consumer protection law;
  • by meeting all relevant consumer protection law requirements in off- and on-line retail sales;
  • in formal unfair competition investigations conducted by the competent authority;
  • in formal proceedings before Consumer Protection Commission and courts.

Team members

Assen AlexievMariya PapazovaYoana Strateva