20 years together

Information and Communication Technologies Law

Overview

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. possesses boutique expertise in the area of information and communication technologies law (ICT law) gained over the years of investing in the knowledge and continuous education of its lawyers. Being a pioneer in this area of law in Bulgaria, the firm has gained practical experience in advising the biggest private Bulgarian Internet service providers, content providers, web portals, software companies, engineering firms, certification service providers and other growing ICT businesses.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers teach ICT Law in premiere Bulgarian universities, train magistrates, police officers, attorneys, in-house lawyers, and state officials. They are often invited as visiting professors in leading international universities.

During the past years Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers have been actively involved in the establishment of the current ICT legal framework in Bulgaria. They have been frequently invited by various government bodies like the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Healthcare, Communications Regulation Commission, Bulgarian Accreditation Agency, Registry Agency, as well as by a number of professional and non-profit organizations to participate in the process of drafting legislative acts such as laws, ordinances and instructions. Such acts, inter alia, include: the Electronic Communications Act, the Electronic Commerce Act, the Electronic Governance Act, the Commercial Register Act, the amendments to the Electronic Document and Electronic Signature Act, the Consumer Protection Act (regarding the provision of information society services), the ordinances for the implementation of those legislative acts, instructions for working with electronic documents in the state administration, etc. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts have also been actively involved in the elaboration of strategies of national importance such as the Strategy for the Implementation of e-Healthcare in Bulgaria, the Strategy for e-Government, the Policies and Standards for the Provision of e-Government Services for Citizens in view of the Implementation of the e-Government Strategy, the Strategy for Bulgaria’s Competitiveness on International ICT Markets, etc. Recently the experts of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. were actively involved in the discussions and public consultation on the amendments of the Bulgarian Electronic Communications Act with view to the transposition of the latest EU directives in this area.

The firm has advised and represented the Bulgarian ICT business and its branch organizations in various negotiations with the government resulting in the elaboration of national strategies, enforcement of new legislation, establishment of PPP bodies and high-tech parks.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts have elaborated numerous studies in the field of e-signatures, e-documents, e-government, e-health, e-procurement, electronic payment instruments, data retention, ePSI, electronic identity management and the transposition of the EU legal framework into the Bulgarian legislation. Some of the tasks in this field as Study on Identity Theft Crimes, National Profile, 2010 and Preparatory Study on Rapid Information Exchange on Counterfeiting and Piracy: Country report BULGARIA, 2010 have been assigned by the European Commission. The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) selected Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. as its national correspondent and assigned to the firm a study on data collection and storage in the EU in November 2011.

The lawyers from Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. have also advised Bulgarian companies and banks regarding the provision of specific services and the implementation of projects such as integration of e-health cards, e-submission of medical documentation for the purposes of health insurance, issuance of e-invoices, delivery and storage services, use of e-signatures for the purposes of e-banking services, etc.

A highly qualified expert of the firm conducted a thorough analysis and provided consultations to the business associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina within a World Bank project on the development of the ICT sector legislation in the country. The final report reviewed the national legislation in the area of e-communications, e-commerce, e-government, information society services, copyrights as well as related laws on taxation, e-procurement and e-invoicing. The exhaustive recommendations of the report serve as a sound basis for a national ICT strategy.

The firm participated in another project for the establishment of a network of training centers for public administration officials related to the implementation and enforcement of acquis communautaire regarding information society. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts prepared all training materials, trained a team of trainers and organized all trainings held nationwide.

For its in-depth experience, the firm is ranked by the premiere independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leader in the areas of telecommunications and information technology law.

 

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Representative Experience

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s clientele in the ICT sector includes Italian Internet based providers of business information, UK software companies, local developers of software and engineering solutions, developers of billing software and software for the alternative investments community, numerous Bulgarian and foreign software companies.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. became the legal advisor of one of the international leaders in mobile technologies and started providing legal assistance and consultancy services to the client related to their ‘Multichannel Broadband’ project aimed at expanding broadband internet access in Bulgaria.

Since 2009 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. became the local legal counsel of a major international information technology services provider advising them on complex ICT, corporate and employment matters.

The same year a famous Russian software developer engaged Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. to provide its Bulgarian subsidiary with complete legal and tax assistance on a regular basis.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers have been rendering comprehensive legal services to the biggest Bulgarian online information services provider and its subsidiaries including all projects related to the development of new web services and software solutions.

A team of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts advised a leading Bulgarian company on the launching of a new money transfer web service and prepared the general terms for it provision.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has provided legal consultation services to some of the biggest ICT business associations in Bulgaria: BAIT (the Bulgarian Association for Information Technologies with about 100 leading IT member companies), SEC (the Society for Electronic Communications) and BWA (the Bulgarian Web Association).

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers have advised a leading international certification-service-provider regarding the establishment of a local company and the provision of its services on the territory of Bulgaria.

In 2011 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. advised a leading market player on the launch of a revolutionary new service for electronic payments via mobile technology. The team consulted the client on the legal framework in force and drafted contracts.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experts possess particular professional experience in the field of domain names registration, management and transfer. They have already acted as local representatives for numerous foreign companies. One of the partners in Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. was appointed as panellists for .eu domains alternative dispute resolution at the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic.

In April 2011 a leading supplier to the automotive industry assigned to Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. through a partner law firm, based in Brussels, to prepare a detailed data retention overview.

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Related Publications

The digital tax at the crossroads between economics and politics

Subject:ICT Law. Privacy and Data Protection

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Author: Maria Dinkova

Comments: Desislava Krusteva

*This publication is in Bulgarian.

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