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Ivan Marinov

Ivan Marinov joined Delchev & Partners in 2005. He deals with civil and commercial law and litigation and specializes in competition, unfair competition and intellectual property law.

Ivan Marinov is involved in the predominant part of the civil and commercial litigation in Delchev & Partners’ cases before arbitration and state courts throughout Bulgaria. He has profound experience in building the ultimate strategies for defense based on the most appropriate combination of facts, evidence, existing case law, the counter party’s omissions and a most uncompromising and meticulous focus on the smallest details. He has been involved in numerous cases of great complexity from factual, evidential and legal perspective and throughout the years has managed to combine experience with innovation in the field of litigation.

Ivan Marinov deals with any aspects of competition and unfair competition law and their interrelation with commercial and intellectual property law. He has advised clients in all aspects of competition law, ie dominant position, prohibited horizontal and vertical agreements and concerted practices and concentrations. He has advised clients on their market behaviour as dominant undertakings or their cooperation and specialization with other competitors. He has also advised clients in the building and reorganization of their regional and national businesses, including as a part of a wider Community or international networks. Ivan Marinov has been involved in and advised the building of different businesses and distribution networks based on various distribution formulas and forms such as (non)-exclusivity, selectivity, franchising, agency agreements and on-line/e-commerce distribution. He has been involved in the shaping of a complex distribution network based on plant breeders’ rights. Ivan Marinov has also advised several acquisitions from a competition perspective and the notifications thereof to the national competition regulator. He also advises clients on a daily basis on unfair competition rules in the business-to-consumers and business-to-business practices, eg denigration, deceit, misleading and comparative advertising, passing-off/imitation, unfair inducement of customers, etc. He has also been involved in the training of clients’ personnel on matters related to competition law and unfair competition. Due to the extreme sensitivity and confidentiality of most of the matters related to competition law no further reference is made below as to most of those clients or matters.

Ivan Marinov specializes also in the field of intellectual property law. He has a long-standing experience in the field of copyright and related rights, industrial property and sui generis database and plant breeders’ rights. In the field of copyright he has advised and currently advises television and print media, an advertising agency, production and dubbing studios, producers, authors and actors. He also has experience in the collective management of copyright and related rights and participated in the negotiations with collective management societies.   In the filed of industrial property he deals with patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs. He has experience with database rights and plant varieties. Ivan Marinov has also been involved in complex tax consultations and cases with a main emphasis on intellectual property rights.

Significant Representations

  • acquisition and disposal of Piccadilly, one of the main food retailers in Bulgaria – involved in the due diligence on the acquisition of Piccadilly by Delta Maxi, Serbia, including the competition aspects of the transaction and the notification to the national competition regulator; involved also in the vendor due diligence on the subsequent sale of Piccadilly to Delhaize Group, Belgium where Delchev & Partners worked in co-operation with Clifford Chance (London);
  • disposal of Fama, as one of the major Bulgarian diary factories, to GED, a Spanish private equity fund – involved as a consultant on the vendor’s side and the notification of the transaction to the national competition regulator;
  • disposal of Pamprovo ski, the only Bulgarian ski producers and among the top 10 ski producer worldwide, to Amer Sports, Finland – involved as a consultant on the vendors’ side;
  • disposal of 2be as the biggest phone accessories retail chain in Bulgaria to Bulgarian Telecommunication Company – involved as a consultant on the vendors’ side where the transaction concerned complex intellectual property and competition aspects;
  • involved as a consultant on a multi-jurisdictional restructuring of East Balkan Properties plc – AIM listed company investing in the property market of South East Europe, primarily in commercial, retail and industrial property with principal focus on Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia;
  • involvement in complex shareholders arrangements and disputes between the shareholders in TechnomarketDomo NV, which included Bulgarian and Dutch law aspects. Regarding the Dutch law aspects of the matter Delchev & Partners co-operated with Clifford Chance (Amsterdam), together also participating in a following litigation before the Dutch court. TechnomarketDomo NV (“TMD”) used to be the owner of K&K Electronics EAD – the largest retailer and wholesaler of electronics in Bulgaria operating under the brand name Technomarket. TMD is also the owner of the Romania Domo retail operations – a market leader on the Romanian consumer electronics market;
  • Publicis, which is a part of one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies – on any and all types and aspects of advertising, promotional activities and unfair competition; successfully represented on a unique court case for Bulgaria concerning the (non-)existence of copyright over typographic typeface; advised Publicis on copyright matters related to the national logo of the Republic of Bulgaria;
  • bTV Comedy channel, which is a part of bTV Media Group, one of the two biggest television and media organizations in Bulgaria – on the day-to-day business of the company for the period 2005 – 2010 and any and all matters related to copyright and related rights involved in its activity as a television organization, including television licenses, collective management, advertising, own television productions, purchase, distribution and sale of television content and sale of television program rights, etc;
  • Fox International Channels Bulgaria, which is a part of Fox International Channels family – on copyright and related rights; also involved in court litigation against the national regulator on media operators and cable operators;
  • Media Link, a studio which deals with the distribution, dubbing and voice-over of foreign television channels (among which National Geographic, Disney channels, etc – on the copyright and related rights concerning the translation, dubbing and distribution of these channels for the territory of Bulgaria, including the collective management of copyright and related rights involved;
  • Brown Forman, Sofia Branch is a branch of Brown Forman Corporation, one of the largest American owned companies in the wine and spirits business (Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, etc) – on its advertising and promotional activities and campaigns;
  • Filton, which is a leading national producer of accessories for vacuum cleaners – involved in a complex dispute and litigation before the state court, the Bulgarian patent office and the national competition regulator where three persons each registered one and the same trademark;
  • L’Oreal Bulgaria, a subsidiary of L’Oreal Paris – on various matters related to commercial, consumer and competition law, advertising and promotional campaigns including representation before the national competition regulator and the court;
  • the publisher of some of the most esteemed magazines in Bulgaria, among which Amica, Max, Brava Casa and others – on copyright matters related to the contents and publishing of these magazines and court litigation in copyright cases;
  • Ubisoft, France, which is a leading video game development company, and its Bulgarian subsidiary – on various copyright and related rights aspects of video games;
  • Zov Solutions, a Bulgarian software company – on intellectual property aspects of computer programs and their license;
  • Wrigley Bulgaria, a subsidiary of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company – on the reorganization of its business in Bulgaria;
  • Air Via, which is a Bulgarian aviation company – litigation in a series of very complex cases regarding a lost aircraft involving the collection of evidence from multiple foreign jurisdictions in and outside the European Union; litigation in a very complex arbitration case regarding slot coordination and the only terrorist attack in the Bulgarian history;
  • Alstom Bulgaria, a subsidiary of Alstom, the Netherlands and the main contractor on in the construction of Thermal Power Plant of 670-MW, a project estimated at EUR 1.2 billion – involved in court litigation regarding a legal dispute around the construction of the power plant;
  • K&K Electronics (now Technomarket Bulgaria), which is the largest retailer and wholesaler of electronics in Bulgaria – involved in court litigation on numerous commercial cases;
  • Wolters Kluwer, which is a global information and services company – a national patent-case reporter for Bulgaria;
  • Wrote for the 2009, 2010 and 2015 “Vertical Agreements” editions of Getting the Deal Through.

Sofia University, Master of Law