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Antitrust, Competition and Trade Law Firm in Bulgaria

We cover every area of Antitrust, Competition and Trade Law.

The CMS Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT) group in Bulgaria is part of the fully integrated CMS global team, one of the largest specialist competition and trade teams in the world. More than 225 CMS experts advise clients in more than 40 countries worldwide on all ACT matters.

Our Bulgarian team has an active presence on the Bulgarian market with a successful track record of handling challenging competition matters which transform various markets and economies. 

Due to our size and wide footprint, we are able to deal with all ACT matters irrespective of their geographical dimension. Where necessary, we cooperate with long established contacts from our wider network of law firms everywhere in the world.
We are specialists across the full range of Antitrust, Competition and Trade matters. We are also well-known as experts in various sectors of the economy. Our renowned sector specialisation encompasses automotive, consumer products/FMCG, construction, digital economy, energy/oil & gas, life sciences, telecommunications/media and transport to name but a few. 
Our clients range from a number of large multinationals who frequently use our team as their ACT law firm of choice for the entire region (e.g., in Europe or the CEE region), and a large number of medium-sized companies. We also advise Bulgarian businesses and leading market players. We represent them before Bulgarian authorities, including the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition, as well as Bulgarian courts. 

The Bulgarian ACT group is renowned for leveraging innovation to deliver practical and commercially astute solutions. We use the most up-to-date technical and AI tools to support our business in Bulgaria and abroad. This helps us spot trends in our clients’ business operation and produce better results. As a consequence, we are usually seen not only as legal advisors but also as business partners. 

Keeping up with the recent trends is a cornerstone of our business operation. We put out regular case law updates on Bulgarian, European and international competition and trade developments on our Law Now service.  Our group is steered, not just by a management committee of partners but also by an active associates’ group that keeps us innovating to serve clients.

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Abuse of dominance
The competitive conduct of companies with a strong market position is subject to increasing scrutiny and may lead to unwanted regulatory intervention,
Competition and Cartel Investigation
Competition and cartel investigations
Companies should be alive to the possibility of investigations into and fines for anti-competitive behaviour. We defend our clients in cartel and othe
Compliance
We provide day to day advice in all competition law matters to help clients avoid any conflicts with competition laws. We work closely with our expert
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Consumer protection
Monitoring consumer protection has been one of the priorities of the European Commission and, obviously, the Bulgarian consumer protection authority.
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Digital markets
CMS is widely recognised as a leader in providing legal advice to clients from the digital and technology markets. We help companies avoid regulatory
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General EU law, free movement of goods, services and capital
With our highly specialised expertise in general European law, based mainly in Brussels, we help companies defend their commercial interests in all ma
Horizontal agreements
The line between admissible conduct and infringement can be thin. Our specialists’ expertise covers the full range of horizontal cooperation or
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Merger Control
We have a long and extensive track record of advising clients on merger control requirements and representing them in merger control proceedings. Each
Payment gridlocks
Large companies are under especially intense scrutiny in Bulgaria. We work closely with the clients’ legal, sales and finance teams to help them
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Private enforcement
The CMS team acts for claimants and defendants in competition-related private enforcement matters. Our extensive experience across many cases in Europ
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Regulatory
Companies in regulated industries are under constant scrutiny over anti-competitive behaviour. With our in-depth sector specific competition law exper
Unfair Competition
Unfair competition
Potential civil law claims related to acts of unfair competition involve not only competition-related private enforcement resulting from anticompetiti
Unfair trading
Unfair trading practices (UTP)
We are at the forefront of advising clients in the field of unfair trading practices, which is a relatively new field of law in many countries, includ
Vertical agreements
We give clients confidence in their relationships with suppliers, resellers and customers, online and offline. By reviewing their distribution systems

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