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Ivan Gergov

Senior Associate
Attorney-at-law

CMS Sofia
Landmark Centre
14 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria
Languages Bulgarian, English, German
Banking & Finance

Expertise

Ivan Gergov is an attorney-at-law and Senior Associate in the banking & finance team at the CMS office in Sofia. His practice focuses on advising international financial institutions, agents, large corporations and arrangers on a wide range of national and cross-jurisdictional matters, in particular debt financings, restructurings and non-performing loans.

Ivan Gergov is particularly experienced in advising financial institutions and corporate clients on real estate and project financing transactions. He has acted for a wide range of lenders and borrowers alike, having extensive expertise regarding the particulars of financing office buildings, shopping centres and renewable energy projects. Recently, he has also been involved in a number of restructurings and the sale of non-performing loan portfolios. Ivan Gergov has been leading the restructurings of several high-profile financing deals as well as the largest NPL sales in Bulgaria, supporting both sellers and buyers.

As Ivan Gergov also has a strong corporate and private equity practice, he can comprehensively advise his clients, covering all aspects of their transactions in Bulgaria and the wider CEE region.

Previous professional experience / education

Prior to joining CMS, Ivan Gergov worked at a leading international law firm and two investment banks.

Publications

Public M&A – Getting The Deal Through, 2018

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Relevant experience

  • Advising a major international bank on the restructuring of its EUR 57 million real estate financing of a shopping centre.
  • Advising a leading Bulgarian bank on multiple sales of NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 500 million.
  • Advising a leading multinational telecommunications company on the EUR 200 million acquisition of a Bulgarian internet provider.
  • Advising a US-based private equity fund on the acquisition of three NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 250 million as well as the conclusion of ancillary profit-sharing agreements with the banks involved.
  • Advising a syndicate of private investors on the provision of a EUR 300 million general purposes facility and a EUR 330 million incremental facility to a FinTech payment services provider.
  • Advising a Swiss-based family-owned holding company on the acquisition of the ICT leader in Bulgaria.
  • Advising three Austrian real estate investors on the largest sale of office space in Bulgaria.
  • Advising a consortium of lenders on the acquisition financing of three shopping centres.
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Education

  • 2013 – University College London (UK), Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 2012 – University of Birmingham (UK), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
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Publications

  • Country chapter on Bulgaria in Getting The Deal Through: Public M&A 2018
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Corporate / M&A

Expertise

Ivan Gergov is an attorney-at-law and Senior Associate working in the corporate/M&A practice of CMS Sofia. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate law matters, with a particular focus on M&A deals, corporate governance and capital markets.

Ivan Gergov has extensive experience in advising clients on complex mergers and acquisitions in a broad range of industries. He has advised both sellers and buyers, having extensive expertise in TMC, real estate and energy mandates. More recently, Ivan Gergov has gained significant experience in the area of capital markets. In particular, he has worked on multiple acquisitions of public companies, compliance with mandatory provisions by public companies and on obtaining licenses for investment intermediaries and AIFMs.

In addition, Ivan Gergov co-authored the Bulgarian chapter on Public M&A for the 2018 edition of Getting The Deal Through.

Previous professional experience / education

Prior to joining CMS, Ivan worked with a leading international law firm and two investment banks

Publications

Public M&A – Getting The Deal Through, 2018

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Relevant experience

  • Advising a major international bank on the restructuring of its EUR 57 million real estate financing of a shopping centre.
  • Advising a leading Bulgarian bank on multiple sales of NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 500 million.
  • Advising a leading multinational telecommunications company on the EUR 200 million acquisition of a Bulgarian internet provider.
  • Advising a US-based private equity fund on the acquisition of three NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 250 million as well as the conclusion of ancillary profit-sharing agreements with the banks involved.
  • Advising a syndicate of private investors on the provision of a EUR 300 million general purposes facility and a EUR 330 million incremental facility to a FinTech payment services provider.
  • Advising a Swiss-based family-owned holding company on the acquisition of the ICT leader in Bulgaria.
  • Advising three Austrian real estate investors on the largest sale of office space in Bulgaria.
  • Advising a consortium of lenders on the acquisition financing of three shopping centres.
more less

Education

  • 2013 – University College London (UK), Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 2012 – University of Birmingham (UK), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
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Publications

  • Country chapter on Bulgaria in Getting The Deal Through: Public M&A 2018
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Private Equity

Expertise

Ivan Gergov is an attorney-at-law and Senior Associate working in the private equity practice of CMS Sofia. 

In this capacity, he acts on behalf of portfolio companies and their managers and structures and executes various transactions, with a particular focus on leveraged buyouts, private debt financings and private real estate transactions. In the recent years, he has also focused on distressed acquisitions of offices, the purchase of non-performing loan portfolios as well as the provision of loans to technology companies by investment managers. In addition, Ivan Gergov has successfully negotiated various shareholders’ and management incentive schemes.

Previous professional experience / education

Prior to joining CMS, Ivan worked with a leading international law firm and two investment banks

Publications

Public M&A – Getting The Deal Through, 2018

more less

Relevant experience

  • Advising a major international bank on the restructuring of its EUR 57 million real estate financing of a shopping centre.
  • Advising a leading Bulgarian bank on multiple sales of NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 500 million.
  • Advising a leading multinational telecommunications company on the EUR 200 million acquisition of a Bulgarian internet provider.
  • Advising a US-based private equity fund on the acquisition of three NPL portfolios with an overall value of more than EUR 250 million as well as the conclusion of ancillary profit-sharing agreements with the banks involved.
  • Advising a syndicate of private investors on the provision of a EUR 300 million general purposes facility and a EUR 330 million incremental facility to a FinTech payment services provider.
  • Advising a Swiss-based family-owned holding company on the acquisition of the ICT leader in Bulgaria.
  • Advising three Austrian real estate investors on the largest sale of office space in Bulgaria.
  • Advising a consortium of lenders on the acquisition financing of three shopping centres.
more less

Education

  • 2013 – University College London (UK), Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 2012 – University of Birmingham (UK), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
more less

Publications

  • Country chapter on Bulgaria in Getting The Deal Through: Public M&A 2018
more less

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