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International Commercial and Transport Law

The field of international trade and logistics covers various relations. Most of these are governed by national law and national jurisprudence. At the international level such relations are generally ruled in international treaties, as ratified by the individual states and in detail by Bulgaria. Some of these relations are influenced by the commercial use of the respective destination or trade area.

Our activity includes determining the applicable international or national law and assisting you with the questions of cross-border transactions and of the many different types of contracts that may be involved. As a law office that actively deals with matters in the field of international trade as well as corporate and transport law, we have a professional experience, which can be very useful for your matters in Bulgaria. We can not only represent you in negotiations and legal proceedings but also provide competent legal assistance with our expertise and experience in licensing and licensing procedures as well as in other procedures. Furthermore, we can assist you with incorporation of companies, branches and representative offices, mergers and acquisitions transactions (M & A) and other transactions with shares or assets (share and asset deals) that are needed for the establishment or development of your activity in the field of foreign trade, transport or logistics.

Our attorneys in Sofia and Varna can defend your interests in the case of traffic accidents in Bulgaria or abroad, as well as represent you in proceedings involving insurance indemnities and actions for recourse.

International Commercial law

The wide range of commercial operations at the international and national level is typical of each business area. You can rely on our expertise and our professional experience, support and representation in negotiations, in determining the conditions for and structuring of all commercial transactions and contracts, preparation and fulfillment of commercial agency agreements as well as mediation agreements, bills of exchange - issuance, entry into force, protest or transfer and the like.

Our recommended lawyers can provide you with competent legal assistance in legal transactions such as factoring, franchising, service contracts, subcontracts, as well as any related additional agreements or amendments to such contracts, fulfillment and non-fulfillment of commercial transactions.

In international cases, our law office, in cooperation with the specialized lawyers in the other international offices of the Schindhelm Alliance, can work out the appropriate strategy or represent you in every relevant location to provide the best possible defense of your business interests.

For the purpose of financially optimizing your business, we advise you on the choice of the appropriate legal form of your business activity in Bulgaria and, according to your objectives, recommend a commercial company (limited liability company, limited partnership, a joint stock company, GmbH& co KG) a company of the civil law, a branch office, an independent representation in Bulgaria or a business establishment etc. An inseparable part of the criteria for such recommendation are also the tax aspects of the respective commercial transaction.

Furthermore, you can count on our competent advice and representation in judicial and arbitration proceedings or in negotiations for the purpose of effectively defending your interests.

Focus areas of our activity

  • Working out of parameters of commercial transactions;
  • Legal advice on national and international commercial legal regulations;
  • Support in negotiations;
  • Drafting and amendment of agency agreements, commission contracts, purchase contracts, service and work contracts;
  • Legal advice on commercial relations in the field of transport and forwarding;
  • Consulting on leasing and tenancy relationships;
  • Support and advice on factoring and franchising transactions;
  • Support for the conclusion and execution of contracts with subcontractors;
  • Drafting opinions on commercial law issues;
  • Legal advice and assistance in dispute resolution and resolution of commercial conflicts;
  • Representation and assistance in court and arbitration proceedings.

Transport law

The transport and shipping/forwarding services provided by the companies around the world are of great importance for the today's business life. The transport of goods within a state or internationally, even for their minimal processing, is always justified for the purpose of minimizing costs. The supply of goods all over the world is indispensable for the supply of the population and for the functioning of the business sector. A large number of forwarding, transport, traffic insurance contracts and contracts for the procurement of transport in the field of land, sea and air transport are concluded every day.

In order to support your investment in Bulgaria in the transport sector, we can provide legal advice and representation in all relevant procedures from the outset and support you in acquiring the required licenses, permits, flight permits, registrations, etc. necessary for the provision of transportation services under the applicable law.

For the purpose of financially optimizing your business, we  advise you on the choice of the appropriate legal form of your business activity in Bulgaria and, according to your objectives, recommend a commercial company (limited liability company, limited partnership, a joint stock company, GmbH& co KG) a company of the civil law, a branch office, an independent representation in Bulgaria or a business establishment etc. An inseparable part of the criteria for such recommendation are also the tax aspects of the corresponding commercial transaction.

We can also assist you in case of a traffic accident with international effects, including loss of freight or freight damage, damage of transport vehicle, representation before of your contract partners or the insurers for you as an insured person or as a third party, as well as in legal proceedings involving transport complaints under the Bulgarian legislation and in compliance with the international law regulating legal situations in the areas of land, sea and air transport for the purpose of transporting goods and persons.

Focus areas of our activity:

  • Legal advice on the conclusion and fulfillment of transport and forwarding contracts;
  • Consultancy of transport and forwarding companies in their business activity;
  • Legal assistance and representation in the licensing of the transport activities of companies (transport licenses, transport authorizations, flight approvals);
  • Representation and legal support for transport accidents in Bulgaria and abroad;
  • Representation in respect of carriage contracts (including in accordance with Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention in air traffic and the CMR Agreement in the sector of international carriage of goods by road);
  • Representation in court and arbitration proceedings.