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    Services

    • Comprehensive legal services encompassing all the business activities of a client, such as:

      • Negotiations and deal mediation;
      • Preparation and drafting of civil, trade, labour, and other agreements, memoranda and other documents related to a client’s business;
      • Consulting related to acquisition of licenses and permits;
      • Establishing business entities in view of a client’s investment plans;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions;
      • Preparation and drafting of documents related to decisions made by the managing bodies of a company.
      • Trade mark database search;
      • Registration of national trade marks, European Union trade marks, and international registrations;
      • Representation before the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria;
      • Representation during disputes related to trade mark infringements;
      • Procedural representation.
      • Representation before the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and other institutions in relation to registration of commercial properties, various food categories and food additives;
      • Consulting regarding labeling of food products and food additives;
      • Assistance during inspections by authorities, drafting of documents;
      • Court representation during appeals of penal rulings for violations of food safety legislation.
      • Registration, transformation and termination of commercial entities and sole proprietorships;
      • Commercial enterprises deals, transfer of shares, M&As;
      • Preparation and drafting of commercial contracts, agreements, memoranda and other commercial documents;
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Preparation and registration of collateral and securities, registration of special pledges;
      • Negotiations and deal mediation;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions.
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Participation in negotiations;
      • Preparation and drafting of civil, trade, labour and other agreements, memoranda and other documents;
      • Assistance in alternative dispute resolutions to facilitate out-of-court settlements;
      • Representation in court and during arbitration in cases of breach of contract;
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Drafting of labour contracts and job descriptions;
      • Preparation of documentation related to termination of labour contracts, i.e. disciplinary termination, redundancies, mass dismissals, etc.;
      • Court representation in cases of lawsuits in relation to illegal dismissals and voluntary/compulsory redundancy compensations.
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Preparation and drafting of contracts, agreements, memoranda and other documents;
      • Participation in negotiations and closing of contracts, signing of agreements;
      • Court representation;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions.
      • Procedural representation and legal defence in all court instances during commercial, civil, and administrative lawsuits.
      • Preparation of court documentation without court representation;
      • Assessment of possible legal risk in filing a lawsuit for a specific legal dispute;
      • Assistance in out-of-court settlements;
      • Procedural representation and facilitation of the receivables recovery process after a court enforceable ruling.
      • Consulting on a current or future cases filed with the Commission for Protection of Competition;
      • Procedural representation before the Commission for Protection of Competition;
      • Research, statements, and consulting on competition law.

    With us,
    your corporate legal issues
    will be in good hands.

    Petya Noycheva & Partners Law Office’s goal and mission is to prevent problems from happening before they even arise. We succeed in doing so because we know our clients’ businesses. Our phone lines are always open for you and we will answer all your calls at any time. A first consultation with us is entirely free!

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    Petya Noycheva

    Partner

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2000

    Co-founder and Partner in Petya Noycheva & Partners since December 2006

    A litigation expert, specialising in negotiations and commercial law

    Petya Noycheva’s legal expertise is in the field of negotiations between companies and clients’ negotiations with banks, institutions, and state authorities. Ms. Noycheva has a solid experience in conducting negotiations in countries from the European Union, Switzerland, the Middle East – such as Iran, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, as well as in the USA, China, Japan, and others. Her success in developing negotiation strategies and holding commercial and legal talks with a wide range of business clients has contributed to her excellent reputation in international legal practice.

    Petya Noycheva is an expert in contract law and preparation of commercial agreements.

    She works in cooperation with local and foreign law offices, which specialise in different areas of law, and if needed, she assists in finding appropriate consulting services from law experts in Bulgaria and/or abroad, supervising a specific case until its successful completion.

    Ms. Noycheva is fluent in English.

    In her spare time she likes travelling and playing tennis.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 888 640 973 | noycheva@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    Romanticist-in-residence.

    Andon Nastev

    Partner

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2006

    Co-founder and Partner in Petya Noycheva & Partners since December 2006

    A specialist in the field of contract law, industrial property law and procedural representation

    Andon Nastev has specialised in contract law. He has considerable expertise in drafting commercial contracts, including agreements under the Law on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights.

    Industrial property and more precisely trade marks are the legal area Mr. Nastev focuses on. He provides consulting, registration, and protection for your trade mark.

    Andon Nastev is the Bulgarian lawyer who was among the first to initiate (in compliance with the 2008 Civil Procedure Code) a reference for preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding an interpretation of Article 5 of the First Council Directive 89/104/EEC to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks, including an interpretation of the term “import” within the meaning of Article 5(3)(c) of the Directive.

    Mr. Nastev is a registered representative of industrial property in the field of trade marks, entered under Nr. 476 in the Industrial Property Representatives Registry at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Andon Nastev is also a European Representative of Industrial Property in the field of trade marks, registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office under registry entry Nr. 69916 of the registered industrial property representatives with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

    Andon Nastev works in cooperation with local representatives of industrial property for countries from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. If foreign national trade marks are to be registered, Mr. Nastev provides assistance and acts as a mediator between a client and foreign intellectual property offices, monitoring the process of registration until the procedure is successfully completed.

    Mr. Nastev speaks English, German, and Russian.

    In his leisure time he enjoys his hobbies – photography, painting, and ceramic art.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 885 021 029 | nastev@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English, German, Russian

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    Ginka Dimitrova

    Associated Attorney

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2010

    Ms. Dimitrova began her career at Petya Noycheva & Partners in 2007 and became an associate attorney in 2010.

    She is an expert in food legislation, the laws on food supplements and medical devices and equipment.

    Ginka Dimitrova has focused her professional interests in the area of food safety legislation as this legal sphere is currently being developed in Bulgaria. She has specialised in European food legislation by attending a number of trainings and discussions in the field, including meetings with Bulgarian food safety authorities. She has submitted proposals for the introduction of changes in the food legislation in Bulgaria.

    Ms. Dimitrova is a consultant on medical devices and equipment legislation. She is a highly qualified and experienced lawyer in activities related to registration, labeling and market placement of medical supplies and equipment of any class. She takes part in legal trainings about medical devices abroad, including the strategic event held in Dusseldorf, The International Congress on Market Access & Regulatory Affairs in Medical Devices (MARA2016).

    Ginka Dimitrova provides consulting on corporate registration procedures for state and municipal authorities such as the Customs Agency, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, the Bulgarian Drug Agency, the Commission for Personal Data Protection, the Commercial Register, the Ministry of Health, the Regional Environmental Protection Agencies, and others. She has a solid experience in resolving various legal issues and has mastered her conflict resolution skills when such situations arise between representatives of the business sector and the state administration.

    Ms. Dimitrova has a personal goal of protecting the right to court representation for all, regardless of their financial and/or social standing. For this purpose, she volunteers as a pro bono legal counsel.

    She is fluent in English.

    In her leisure time she likes reading, travelling, and camping.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 885 44 92 91 | dimitrova@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    Power beyond muscle.

    Dimitar Yanev

    Trainee

    Dimitar Yanev started working for Peya Noycheva & Partners Law Office in 2016.

    He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of National and World Economy, which he graduated with distinction in 2015. While completing his degree, Mr. Yanev took part in and was the winner of national competitions in civil and commercial case studies. He published articles and attended seminars and further trainings in commercial law.

    Dimitar Yanev provides paralegal and technical services to the law office team, participates in drafting all documents and assists in maintaining contacts between clients and partners.

    Mr. Yanev is interested in specialising in commercial and contract law, industrial property law, and labour law.

    He speaks fluent English.

    In his spare time he enjoys hiking and mountaineering.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 890 91 11 01 | yanev@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    News & Articles.

    Apart from the latest legal news, this is where — every two months — an article or a white paper penned by a member of our team will be published. Inevitably, legal matters will be discussed but those shall invariably be of at least some practical relevance to our clients and prospects. The objective of the articles section is indeed to strip the burning legal issues of the day from the legalese and make them comprehensible.

    COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION

    Business is growing very quickly not in line with the deadness of the governmental administration which it is largely dependent on. Each business initiative is accompanied with a lot of ideas and tight time limits requiring all necessary steps to be taken so as to ensure that business complies with the law requirements. Lack of knowledge, ignorance or underestimation of law requirements result in sanctions that may impede and prevent each business initiative. The aim of this article is to make your life easier and support proprietors of commercial establishments by explaining the procedure on their registration.

    The commercial establishment subject to this article is a food store dealing with retail of food products (to end consumers).

    Where shall I start from?

    The first step is the registration as a retailer. It is the retailer’s option to decide the form by means of which they will carry out their business. It is possible to trade as a sole proprietor or to establish a company. The most common way is to establish a Limited Liability Company (LTD). The reason for that is its relatively easy way of management and the low costs of registration. Registration is done at the Commercial Register at the Registry Agency and if your documents are perfect, it usually takes between 3 – 7 business days. Once registration is done, a proprietor obtains a Unified Identification Code (EIK), constituting a unique nine-digit number distinguishing it from the other proprietors. This number may be used by each concerned party to make reference and find information about the newly registered proprietor (address, seat, managing bodies, sum of capital, etc.).

    On completion of the registration with the Commercial Register, proprietor, through their company or as a sole proprietor, may carry out a business. Depending on the scope of its business, the law sets out further requirements to proprietors. For example, to carry out the business of selling drugs, a proprietor should be registered as a drug store; where their business is providing services as a tour operator, they should be registered as a tour operator; and in this specific case – the proprietor should register their commercial establishment for retail of foods with the Regional Food Safety Directorate (RFSD).

    Specifics:

    Registration of a commercial establishment dealing with retail of foods is done by the RFSD at the establishment address. For example, in case that the food store is situated in Varna, a competent authority of registration is the RFSD – Varna. The application for registration should be accompanied by a number of documents regarding food safety, hygiene of premises, information about food groups supposed to be marketed at the store. Some of the documents are completed by the proprietor – e.g. the information about food groups, and some other, such as evidencing the sanitary conditions kept at the premises, require a separate procedure with participation of the RFSD authorities. Within ten days following submission of the application, and in case that the documents are not completed perfectly or some of them are missing, RFSD will notify the applicant in writing and will grant them a period for elimination of all irregularities. Within thirty days following lodging the application or removal of irregularities, a RFSD Inspector will inspect the store, and in case that the store meets the law requirements for registration, the proprietor will be issued a Certificate of Registration. Registration is perpetual. A state fee of BGN 34 should be paid.

    The last step

    Prior to starting its business as a retail food store, but after being registered with RFSD, it must be registered in the Municipality of the town/city where it is located. Registration is applied for by the proprietor before the commercial establishment had started to operate. Proprietor submits an application in the form approved by each Municipality, which may be obtained in place. The information about the working hours of the store (e.g. between 6 AM and 10 PM) is a must. Within seven days to a month after application, provided that all legally required documents are submitted, the commercial establishment will be entered into the commercial establishment register. This registration is for free.

     

    The above procedures are these that are least required by law for a retail food store to carry out its business. Depending on the specific scope of business and the peculiarities of each business, there may be imposed some further registrations or notification procedures, as appropriate. This article does not have the purpose, and it is not possible at all, to enlist all possible legal requirements to the commercial establishments, considering their diversity and large number.

    In case you need some assistance with issues relating to registration processes, modes and obtaining of licenses, we are always ready and available to help for your business development and to resolve your problems!

     

    THE END

    Ginka Dimitrova, Attorney-at-Law

    Petya Noycheva & Partners

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