20 years together

Construction Law

Construction Law as a practice area involves the application of an interdisciplinary legal approach to the industry specific issues and problems that arise in connection with the construction process and the related business relationships. As a result of the long-term experience of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers and the focus on this practice area, our team provides high quality legal consultations in connection with practically any of these industry specific matters. The law firm is among the few Bulgarian law firms with an outstanding track record in advising foreign and domestic contractors on implementation of FIDIC-based contracts in Bulgaria and their compatibility with the specifics of the Bulgarian construction and tender regulations. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. represents its clients through all stages of the construction process: from planning and bidding, implementation and commissioning to litigation and dispute resolution.
The law firm possesses in-depth expertise in the area of construction law and provides a complete range of legal solutions for the construction sector:
  • assistance in respect to zoning procedures, approval of investment projects and obtaining construction permits, including appealing of individual administrative acts related to the construction process (such as construction bans, for example);
  • assistance in conducting of administrative procedures under Bulgarian law concerning the permission and implementation of construction works in protected areas including under Natura 2000;
  • advising on the relevant Bulgarian and international law procedures throughout the course of construction in territorial waters and in the continental shelf;
  • registration of construction companies in the National Register of Constructors (NRC) – an essential prerequisite for the performance of any construction activities on the territory of Bulgaria;
  • consultations in the field of international construction contracts based on the General Conditions of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers – FIDIC and EPC contracts and their compatibility with  the specifics of the Bulgarian construction and tender regulations;
  • drafting and negotiating subcontracts in compliance with the FIDIC’s Conditions of Contract for Construction (the Red Book), the Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design-Build (the Yellow Book), as well as the Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects (the Silver Book);
  • drafting and negotiating design, construction and consultation and supervision contracts;
  • high-quality counsel on litigation and arbitration issues for solving construction related disputes (including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution procedures, assistance in Dispute Adjudication Board procedures under FIDIC based contracts).
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has consulted big construction companies on road construction and rehabilitation, railway and highway construction, construction and maintenance of airports. 
The firm’s lawyers provide extensive legal assistance to international construction companies which implement construction projects in Bulgaria in accordance with FIDIC-based contracts.


Representative Experience
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. provides full legal advice to the local branch of one of the major Italian transport infrastructure constructors. The law firm regularly consults the client on different legal matters regarding the contractual relationships between the contracting authority (the Government) and the contractor in regard to the construction of Maritsa Highway (Lot 1: Orizovo – Dimitrovgrad) – a major infrastructure project costing EUR 65 mln financed under the Operational Programme on Transport 2007-2013. 
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is the exclusive Bulgarian legal and tax consultant of the third biggest Italian construction company, on all stages of the implementation of the EUR 162 mln Parvomai – Svilengrad railway project under the conditions of the FIDIC Yellow Book, as well as on the preparation of tender offers for a few new infrastructure projects.  
Dimitrov, Petrov and Co. is the exclusive legal consultant of an international investor constructing cross-border telecommunication network, including in Bulgarian territorial waters and shelf. Our team was engaged in the preparation of the entire legal documentation required for implementing the construction of the telecommunication network.
The law firm was engaged by a leading telecom operator for the preparation of a comprehensive analysis of the compliance of the Bulgarian legislation with Directive 2014/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks. A team of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. carried out a thorough research of the Bulgarian legislation, in particular whether it meets the main requirements of the Directive regarding the construction of telecom networks.    
The law firm represents a Norwegian private investment fund in all its affairs in Bulgaria related to the acquisition and construction of a big hotel and a residential complex in a seaside resort. The work includes legal analyses and consultations, negotiations, drafting of contracts and litigation. 
The law firm advises a Bulgarian developer and constructor in the process of financing, mortgaging and completing the construction of a famous office and commercial building in Sofia which has been staying unfinished for years. The lawyers of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. provide the client with the consultations and advice, including the negotiations and contract drafting with regard to the financing of the owner of the building, the mortgages and the construction process. 
A Romanian investment company has assigned to Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. its full representation in a legal dispute against the second biggest construction company in Bulgaria. Since 2008 the law firm has been frequently engaged by local and foreign clients to handle lawsuits related to construction disputes.
The law firm has successfully registered several local and foreign constructors with the NRC, among which a significant international construction company specialised in the construction of petrol stations with more than 20 completed projects on the territory of Bulgaria.
The law firm provided legal consultations to leading Turkish construction companies on the concession regime over road construction and maintenance, and the conditions for conclusion of BOT contracts.  
For many years the law firm has provided legal advice to the local branch of one of the major Italian transport infrastructure constructors  that won the tenders for five of the biggest PHARE-financed infrastructure projects in Bulgaria exceeding EUR 60 mln.


Related News


The second ICC regional conference on practical issues in construction dispute resolution and dispute avoidance was held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 27th and 28th September 2018. The event hosted more than 50 eminent practitioners and speakers who shared their experience on different mechanisms and techniques for dispute resolution and dispute avoidance in the area of construction... view more


Second ICC Regional Conference on Practical Issues in Construction Dispute Resolution and Dispute Avoidance – 27-28 September 2018, Sofia

Following the 2017 success of the first ICC Bulgaria regional conference, its second edition is forthcoming on 27th - 28th September 2018, in Sofia.   This year’s event is co-organized by the highly prestigious international organization The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF). The 2018 debate will be devoted to the resolution and avoidance of construction... view more


Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. held a seminar on the new FIDIC Suite of Contracts

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm held a specialized seminar on the new FIDIC Suite of Contracts launched in December 2017. The event was jointly organized by Dimitrov, Petrov & Co., the international construction lawyers of Corbett & Co., England, and Ms. Adriana Spassova – the sole accredited FIDIC adjudicator and trainer in Bulgaria. The seminar took place on March 29,... view more


Related Publications

FIDIC Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution Clauses

Topic:Real Estate Law. Construction Law

Published at:https://drb.org/

Edition:DRBF Forum

First Steps to Introduce Single Information Point in Bulgaria

Topic:Real Estate Law. Construction Law

Published at:http://www.epi.bg/

Edition:Ownership and Law Digest, Book 7 , July 2017

* The publication is in Bulgarian.

FIDIC around the world – Bulgaria

Download:europe-private-equity.pdf (PDF, 493.23 kb)

Topic:Real Estate Law. Construction Law

Published at:http://www.ibanet.org

Edition:Construction Law International


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