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Nevena Radlova

Counsel
Head of Competition and IP

CMS Sofia
Landmark Centre
14 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria
Languages Bulgarian, English, Russian, German
Commercial

Nevena Radlova is Counsel in the Commercial Team at CMS Sofia. She also heads the Competition and Intellectual Property Practice.  

She specialises in competition and IP and has significant experience in advising clients on general commercial law matters such as distribution, franchising and other types of business agreements, as well as in advising clients on regulatory matters, licensing, data protection.  

Nevena is also experienced in merger control and merger clearance, anti-trust and compliance matters. She provides competition advice to clients on their marketing and advertising campaigns, review of commercial contracts and structures from competition law perspective, possible abuse of dominant position, unfair competition.

Nevena has been awarded a Practice Diploma in International Anti-Trust Law by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales.

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Relevant experience

  • A major international life insurance group on the acquisition of a competitor (advising on the Bulgarian angle of the transaction); and on a key global restructuring project of the company’s expanded business with a view of the Solvency II requirements.
  • Two major multinational brand owners concerning cases of unauthorised import in Bulgaria of decoded products by a parallel importer and the related IP infringement and consumer protection issues. CMS won both cases at the Supreme Cassation Court of Bulgaria.
  • A global leader in the IT sector on the termination of their relationship with a local distributor and on all implications of the termination, including litigation matters and the final settlement of the case.  Our work included advice in respect of the distributor’s threatened claim for abuse of dominance; advice with respect to the client’s bidding process for public and private tenders and the relevant relationships with its distributors; avoiding anti-competitive practices such as discriminatory pricing and margin squeeze. 
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Sofia Bar Association
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Publications

  • Nevena is the author of the chapter on Bulgaria in the International Insurance Law and Regulation, edited by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
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Education

  • 2004 - LL.M., University of Sofia
  • 2009 - Practice Diploma in International Anti-Trust Law,
  • International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales
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Competition

Nevena is Counsel at CMS Sofia and a key lawyer in our Commercial practice. She is one of our most experienced lawyers in the commercial sector, and leader of the competition practice of the Sofia team. Nevena is the coordinator of the CEE Competition Group of CMS.

Nevena has expertise in merger control and merger clearance, anti-trust and compliance matters, unfair competition. She has provided competition advice to clients with regard to their marketing and advertising campaigns, review of commercial contracts and structures from competition law perspective, possible abuse of dominant position, unfair competition, representation before the National Competition Authority, trainings and compliance advice on competition law matters. Nevena has advised clients from a variety of sectors: consumer products and retail, agriculture, lifesciences, technology, media, telecoms, energy, insurance, construction etc.

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Relevant experience

  • A global leader in prepaid corporate services and food vouchers in a transaction in which they joined forces with one of their major competitors to create a joint venture and become the leader in the Bulgarian Employee Benefits and Incentive and Rewards markets. The merger clearance procedure completed successfully for our client.
  • A leading agriculture company in relation to developing a customer loyalty programme and the competition law aspects thereof.
  • Assessing the merger clearance aspect of various projects, the most recent of which include: (i) a potential acquisition of a local manufacturer with business also in other CEE countries; and (ii) a potential acquisition of a portfolio of receivables.
  • An international chain of fast food restaurants with respect to providing IP and competition advice on a domain name and trade mark infringement dispute (cybersquatting, i.e. unauthorized registration and use of a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a usually well-known trademark belonging to another).
  • Two major multinational brand owners concerning cases of unauthorised import in Bulgaria of decoded products by a parallel importer and the related IP infringement and consumer protection issues.
  • An airline company on winning back a cybersquatted domain name.  
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Sofia Bar Association
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Publications

  • Nevena is the author of the chapter on Bulgaria in the International Insurance Law and Regulation, edited by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
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Education

  • 2004 - LL.M., University of Sofia
  • 2009 - Practice Diploma in International Anti-Trust Law,
  • International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales
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Insurance

Nevena Radlova is Counsel with significant experience in insurance law.

She has been advising clients in the insurance sector from 2005, when Nevena was involved in advising insurers on regulatory matters, policy drafting, general commercial matters and claims handling (including claims relation to third party liability in international road traffic accidents; property insurance). 

Since joining CMS in late 2008, Nevena has continued to focus on the insurance market and developing the insurance practice of the Sofia office. 

One of the major and complex cases Nevena was involved in, is representing a major insurance company under an Airport Owner and Operator Legal Liability Insurance in relation to an accident at a Bulgarian Airport.  

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Relevant experience

  • A major German insurance company under an Airport Owner and Operator Legal Liability Insurance in relation to an accident at a Bulgarian Airport. 
  • A global life insurer on a cross-border merger project including the incorporation of a local branch in Bulgaria under the freedom of establishment. As part of the same project we advised the insurer on the incorporation of an outsourcing company to manage their JV insurer for bankassurance, and other structuring, governance and organizational aspects.
  • A general insurer on the regulatory procedures or requirements associated with “withdrawing” from (ceasing to underwrite) a line of insurance; portfolio transfer; license revocation matters.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Sofia Bar Association
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Publications

  • Nevena is the author of the chapter on Bulgaria in the International Insurance Law and Regulation, edited by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
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Education

  • 2004 - LL.M., University of Sofia
  • 2009 - Practice Diploma in International Anti-Trust Law,
  • International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales
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