Immigration

We are aware that nowadays making business is a global adventure and challenge. Global organizations and multinational companies need integrated solutions to key employment and immigration issues when working across jurisdictions.

Corporations with international operations move their people around the world and need to do this efficiently. This requires professional and flexible legal support to immigration.

Bulgarian immigration law, like that of most jurisdictions, employs a range of restrictions and procedures, most of which involving a considerable amount of time and documentation as a burden on employers intending to relocate expatriate staff to Bulgaria; second or implement an intra-company transfer or assign project-based employees or contractors. Our lawyers are familiar with these procedures, as well as the prevailing practices of the competent authorities, and are capable of leading you through the thicket of these, while striving for the most effective outcome.

With a fundamental emphasis on compliance, we can help you get necessary visas, work and residences permits, determine applicable visa categories and advise on immigration topics and processes. We offer valuable insight into which immigration law provisions work in an immigrant-friendly fashion. Our goal is to deliver legal advisory services so that as far as possible a decision to assign staff to Bulgaria is taken without the need for any special consideration.

We also extend the services of our corporate immigration practice to business people who wish to relocate to Bulgaria to start or develop a business venture and in doing so, we collaborate internally with our private client team.

Recent work:

Advising on an LCIA claim

Suppliers with less bargaining power sometimes accede to arbitration clauses which make bringing or defending a claim prohibitively expensive.

In such cases, it is especially important when acting for the potential claimant (and subject to a judgement on the overall viability of the claim), to offer a cost-effective solution to allow the claim to get off the ground. This may include assessing whether the arbitration clause is likely to be found effective or pathological, and whether it may be permissible and advisable to launch court proceedings instead (which can be more economical especially in their early phases).

It is also helpful to be able to rely on advice which is simultaneously excellent in relation to both the jurisdiction in which enforcement is likely to be sought (e.g., Bulgaria) and the jurisdiction whose governing law the parties have agreed to apply or which applies for another reason.

NBLO recently acted for a potential claimant in such a situation alongside the client's existing Bulgarian counsel to advise on the interplay of the arbitration rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Bulgarian law and on the mechanics and prospects of a claim. We regularly and successfully collaborate with clients’ existing counsel to achieve the best results for such clients.

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