Elitsa Ivanova is a Partner and Head of Finance at CMS Sofia.
Elitsa is a key expert in the CMS Finance practice in the CEE region with over 13 years of professional experience in the sector. She is a dual qualified Bulgarian and English lawyer who has advised leading financial institutions active in the CEE and CIS on a number of cross-border and multijurisdictional transactions.
Elitsa brings in-house experience having been seconded in leading financial institutions in London and Amsterdam. In 2012/2013, she completed a secondment at UniCredit Bank AG, London Branch as part of their CEE Loans Syndication Team and in 2014, another secondment at Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam Branch, working on structured commodities and trade finance transactions as part of their Loan Documentation team. In addition to her international experience, Elitsa knows the local market well and advises on all kinds of transactions and regulatory matters in Bulgaria (financings, restructuring and insolvency, banking regulatory).
Elitsa regularly acts as lead counsel on complex cross-border English law-governed financing transactions for a variety of clients including commercial banks (UniCredit, ING Bank), international finance institutions (EBRD, IFC and BSTDB) and corporates.
Elitsa is continually ranked in the Chambers & Partners guide, with clients commenting that "Elitsa was the backbone of the project; she kept things moving forward each day". "She has excellent expertise and knowledge of the legislation” and “embodies proficiency, promptness and care,” state clients in front of Chambers and Partners Europe.