20 years together

Competition Law

The antitrust lawyers of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. employ profound knowledge in competition law matters combined with economic and regulatory expertise acquired in the extensive experience in the growing number of cases before the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC). A significant number of clients have been advised and defended in merger control notifications (including in foreign-to-foreign mergers having impact on Bulgarian market participants), unfair trade practices, abuse of dominant position, and cartel cases. The team has successfully defended new entrants’ interests before the CPC, and achieved the issuance of some landmark decisions of the competition authority.
The team of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. provides legal assistance with regard to the preparation of legal analysis on various antitrust matters such as prohibited agreements, block exemptions, selective distribution and abuse of dominant position. As the CPC has the right to make inspections, the legal experts are also carrying out regular dawn raid trainings for a number of clients. The law firm advises clients on unfair competition issues and acts as their representative before the CPC.
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s competition practice constantly expands to include more industry sectors, such as imports, wholesale commerce, winemaking, petrol stations operation, ground handling services, TV broadcasting, etc.


Representative Experience
Since 2013 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been providing legal advice and assistance to Fox International Channels Bulgaria EOOD, operating as a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox, on a regular basis with regard to various regulatory and competition issues. Most recently, the competition team successfully advised the client on the compatibility of an advertising campaign with competition rules. 
The lawyers of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. defended the interests of a major supplier of ground handling services in a complex case before the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) related to an alleged abuse of dominance in the form of predatory pricing.  
Since 2009 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. advises one of the biggest telecom operators on the Bulgarian market on a number of competition and regulatory issues arising in the telecommunications sector, including representation before the Communications Regulation Commission, the Commission for Protection of Competition, the Supreme Administrative Court, the Parliament and the Parliamentary Commission on Transport Information Technologies and Communications. Most recently, the competition lawyers have been analysing and advising the client on the competition impact of its activity and risks associated with undertaking specific actions with respect to other market participants or following certain market policy.
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been continuously advising a major Bulgarian economic player on various competition matters arising within the day-to-day operations of the client in a regulated sector which involves a large number of competition issues to be analysed and addressed. The work of the competition team includes, without being limited to, compliance matters, competition analysis of risks in the field of concentration of undertakings, analyses of the potential competition effects regarding prohibited competition agreements and unfair competition, etc. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has advised and represented the client also within a couple of competition advocacy procedures before the CPC where the CPC issued favourable decisions fully adopting the arguments of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s team. 
In an antitrust procedure regarding a case of abuse of dominant position, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. successfully represented a major DTH television operator before the CPC and the Supreme Administrative Court. The infringement claimed before the CPC pertains to offering its services at predatory prices. The CPC found out that there is no abuse of dominant position, and thereafter this decision was successfully defended before the court in the appeal procedure.
Being on the seller side, the corporate team of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. provided legal assistance in an M&A transaction for the sale of an agricultural investment fund. The law firm represented the client before the CPC in the procedure of receiving the competition clearance required for the closing of the deal by preparing and filing all the necessary documents. 
The law firm provided comprehensive legal assistance in the clearance procedure before the CPC for the purchase of the largest Russian manufacturer of rolling stock and related equipment by the Russian national railway operator.


Related News


The new Trade Marks and Geographical Indications Act (TMGIA) entered into force on December 16, 2019. Part of the amendments to the previous Act are related to implementation of provisions of Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks, while other changes aim to align our... view more


The Commission for Protection of Competition established abuse of dominant position by NEK

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) established violations of the antitrust law committed by NEK and imposed a BGN 315,612 (c.a. EUR 160,000) fine.  The established infringements constitute abuse of NEK’s dominant position on the market of balancing of the electricity of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) producers at preferential prices (feed-in tariffs) on the... view more


Bulgarian Energy Holding fined by EC for abuse of dominant market position

By its decision of 17th December, 2018, the European Commission has imposed a fine of EUR 77,068,000 on the Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (BEH), its gas supply subsidiary Bulgargaz EAD and its gas infrastructure subsidiary Bulgartransgaz EAD. The fine has been imposed for blocking competitors’ access to key gas infrastructure in Bulgaria in breach of Art. 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning... view more


Related Publications

CPC has the right to doubt, but it must investigate carefully

Download:dpco-the-upcoming-regulation-of-certification-services.pdf (PDF, 401.08 kb)

Subject:Corporate Law. Mergers & Acquisitions

Published at:Iconomist magazine

Edition:Edition 42/2019

Zoya Todorova comments the decision of the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition to carry out an in-depth study of the proposed acquisition of CEZ' business in Bulgaria by Eurohold in the context of the EU guidance and practice regarding non-horizontal mergers

* The interview is in Bulgarian

Study on the enforcement of State aid rules and decisions by national courts. Country report Bulgaria

Subject:Competition Law

Bulgaria: First-Instance Court Confirms a Fine of Over € 8 on the Distributor of Hyundai in Bulgaria for Several Hard-Core Vertical Restrictions

Subject:Competition Law

Published at:http://kluwercompetitionlawblog.com

Edition:Kluwer Competition Law Blog


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