Two further successes in court disputes on behalf of property investors in Bansko and Pamporovo

13 March 2014

In February 2014, New Balkans Law Office successfully completed two further property disputes between British-based individual buyers of Bulgarian properties and two major Bulgarian construction companies. The properties which were the subject of the disputes were near the ski resorts of Bansko and Pamporovo in the South of Bulgaria. One of the cases was heard by the Arbitration Court of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while the other by the District Court of Haskovo.

Attorney Stoyan Petkov led NBLO’s dispute resolution team in these two cases.

The total size of our clients’ claims was in excess of EUR 320,000.

In both disputes, the defendants had failed to honour what they had agreed under contracts with the buyers, namely – had failed to complete all construction and finishing works on the contractual time schedule.

In one of the cases, the legal issues were aggravated by the interposition of an offshore company between the developer and the buyers, to which all payments of the purchase monies had been ordered over time. This posed complex issues of proof and causation under Bulgarian law. 

However, in both cases the judge and arbitrator honoured NBLO’s submissions via Mr Petkov on behalf of the Claimants and found in favour if the claimants.

New Balkans Law Office regularly acts for clients involved in real estate related disputes surrounding prior purchases of Bulgarian properties. We have a very strong track record of success in these property disputes, and have achieved favourable results for several hundred individuals since the mid-2000s when the booming interest and construction of Bulgarian property began.

Recent work:

Sale of licences for EMMIS Communication

NBLO provides a multitude of legal services to USA media company EMMIS Communications which has several operations in the radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing markets. Specifically in Bulgaria, the company currently runs one of the largest radio station networks which includes such popular stations as FM Plus, Fresh FM, and Star FM. NBLO has fostered a close relationship with the company. NBLO handled all legal matters arising from the sale of their various licences and continues to provide commercial advice in this area as well as general corporate law advice on their Bulgarian operations.

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