Energy and natural resources

Energy is one of the most important and fast changing industrial sectors both on a global level, as well as on a national level in Bulgaria. The worldwide problems related to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, growing global demand, security of supply and ageing energy assets are combined with the local specifics of Bulgarian energy market, such as: difficult transition from a regulated and centralized to liberalized market, insufficient grid capacity and need of significant investments for development and extension of the electricity grid, increasing electricity prices, etc.

The above specifics combined with the technical progress, increasing competition and stricter and constantly changing regulations require new and complex products and flexible approach.

Our team has the industry specific knowledge, experience and know-how combined with many years of advising on various areas of law. Therefore, we are capable of providing tailored advice meeting our clients’ complex needs and supporting them in each stage of their investments.

Our lawyers have advised numerous national and international energy suppliers and industrial enterprises in the energy sector involved in different activities (generation, transmission, distribution and supply, trading) and in different energy sectors (e.g. electricity, heating, renewables).

We have solid experience in renewables, as a hot topic of the sector over the last few years. Our services include among all: due diligence of renewable projects in different stage of their development, assistance in acquisition and/or disposal of such projects, drafting of joint-development agreements, regulatory advice on project development, etc.

We render a vast variety of services in the energy sector, including:

  • Advice on the entire lifecycle of energy assets, from consenting and planning process, through construction, financing, operation and maintenance
  • Practical assistance to sellers and acquirers in M&A transactions
  • Advice on the regulatory regimes and applicable legal requirements to the activity of different market participants
  • Practical assistance in licensing and other regulatory procedures
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements between sector participants, etc.

Recent work:

An ~€1M claim on behalf of real estate consultants

NBLO’s dispute resolution lawyers represented UK-based real estate consultants who had structured a € 40-million-worth commercial property project on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.  In breach of an applicable contractual obligation, the consultants had not been paid the agreed success fees for their services. The then director of the defaulting party had been tragically shot dead in the meantime.

Following a hotly contested first instance, with below-the-belt attempts by the other side (the least untypical perhaps being the claim that the contract had been a forgery and a trial-within-a-trial on the issue), our team succeeded in obtaining a judgment at first instance.  The parties were then able to achieve a significant settlement.

The key skills we were able to bring to bear in providing a solution included searching for solutions across the problem domain; appropriately involving representatives of Bulgaria’s EU partner member-states to buttress judicial independence; and resourcefully dealing with heterodox approaches by our judicial opponents.

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