Participation in Public Tenders

Q: Do I have to register a company in Bulgaria in order to take part in public tenders? If I have a local partner, do I have to set up a joint venture in Bulgaria in order to take part in public tenders?

A: As a matter of first principles, any individual or organization can take part in a public procurement process in Bulgaria, irrespective of whether they are Bulgarian or foreign resident or registered.

Consortia and associations of such persons enjoy this right likewise.

However, the awarding authority would typically issue tender documentation containing precise requirements regarding the legal form, legal, financial and technical capabilities expected of participants in the tender.

It is a common for organizations to form joint ventures with local partners in order to more easily meet the requirements set by the awarding authority. Local partners may have good know-how and this may be one of the reasons why you wish to work with them, but you and they do not have to form a joint venture. A joint venture can be structured as either a new organization separate from those of the two joint venture partners or as a contractual arrangement negotiated with a local partner.



Recent work:

€20m multi-jurisdiction litigation unwinding of foreign investors’ property investment

NBLO has been advising and representing a consortium of Danish and UK based investors on a €20m unwinding of their investment, involving multiple jurisdictions and a fairly complex piece of litigation.

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