Competition Law

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. is recognized as a leading law firm in the competition law area in Bulgaria for more than 25 years. Our team advices various businesses – no matter the industry, sector, and project and can respond to the sophisticated and diverse needs of different clients. Our law firm is involved in consulting and representing some of the most significant cases on the Bulgarian market in respect of unfair competition regarding key market players.

The firm’s expertise covers the whole spectrum of national and  EU Competition issues: antitrust, State aid, public services and services of general economic interest, merger control, with a particular focus on antitrust and State aid compliance and litigation.

Experience:

Bulgarian Telecommunication Company – Over 15 years our team provides successful legal consultancy and representation on numerous proceedings before the Commission for Protection of Competition. Because of its position as incumbent operator as well as significant market power operator, BTC is often engaged in procedures for abuse of dominant position and unfair competition:

We provided consultations and legal representation of BTC regarding proceedings initiated by the National association of small and medium-sized cable operators “TV Club 2000” in its capacity of a representative of „Tsifrova Kabelna Televizia” ООD and „Virginia RN“ ЕООD. The subject of the proceedings was violation of the  prohibition of unfair competition. The initiator has claimed that BTC’s actions were not in compliance with the fair trade practices; BTC was accused in misleading advertising in connection with the advertisement of reduced prices of services in connection with the fifth anniversary of the company. The Commission for Protection of Competition rendered a decision that there was no violation of the law.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has represented BTC in proceedings initiated by Telenor Bulgaria EAD. The subject of the proceedings is prohibition of unfair competition. BTC is claimed to be engaged in misleading advertising to unfairly attract customers. In September 2015 the Commission on Protection of Competition rendered a decision that there was no violation of the law.

Roche Bulgaria – Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has a monthly retainer agreement for legal services with Roche Bulgaria – the Bulgarian subsidiary of the Roche Group, one of the world leading health-care companies. We are consulting the company on a daily basis, including on compliance of all aspects of their activity with the applicable competition and commercial law, including preparation of documents and participation in tender commission regarding tender procedure for choosing distributors of the company. The firm has successfully represented Roche Bulgaria before the CPC in a proceedings for alledged by the Ministry of Health cartel of pharmaceutical companies participating in hospital public procurement procedures.

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