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E-commerce and Competition: The European Commission’s Sector Inquiry

The European Commission’s report on the e-commerce sector released in May (the Report) outlines the main trends and potential competition barriers in the online retail. Overall, the Commission did not deem necessary a review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER). This means that despite the ongoing innovations in the e-commerce business models, at this […]

Hristov & Partners advised G4S plc. on its divestment of G4S Bulgarian security business to VIP Security

Hristov & Partners acted for G4S plc., the leading global integrated security group, as the vendor’s Bulgarian counsel, along with the global lead legal counsel, in the divestment of its Bulgarian subsidiary company to VIP Security. The transaction followed a strategic global-wide business review by G4S plc. including restructuring and exists from various non-core jurisdictions across the globe. Our […]

Bulgaria’s Competition Commission Activity in 2016 in Numbers

The national competition authority (CPC) has just published its annual activity report for the preceding 2016 year. In Bulgaria, CPC has controlling and enforcement powers in three major areas: antitrust and competition, public procurement procedures appeals and appeals relating to concession procedures. Here is some of the published statistical data in the area of competition […]

Mandatory data protection officers under the GDPR

Data protection officers (“DPO”) will become key figures within organisations striving to ensure compliance with the stricter requirements of the GDPR as from May 2018. In the end of 2016, a conservative estimate by the International Association of Privacy Professionals suggested that 75,000 DPO positions will be created globally in response to the adoption of […]

How to define the most relevant legal basis for personal data processing under the GDPR

On its entry into force, the GDPR would make reliance on data subjects’ consents inappropriate for many personal data processing activities. A practical tip to self-test current consents: if it seems difficult for a controller to obtain a valid consent, perhaps there is another legal ground that should apply. When implementing a GDPR compliance strategy, […]

Consent of data subjects under the GDPR

One of the most common grounds for lawful processing of personal data is obtaining the data subject’s consent. As from 25 May 2018 when the GDPR shall enter into force, the requirements for obtaining lawfully such consent will be significantly amended. Despite being more burdensome for companies, the new requirements may serve as a competitive […]

Principles of personal data processing under the new EU data protection rules

The newly revised EU legal framework in the field of personal data protection has already made the processing of personal data an increasingly important topic for businesses operating in the territories of EU member states. As from 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will become directly applicable in all EU states. With […]

Hristov & Partners acted for S.A. Spadel on the acquisition of Devin, the leading water bottling company in Bulgaria

Hristov & Partners teamed up with the global law firm Dentons to advise Group Spadel, a European family-owned company specializing in the production of natural mineral water, spring water and natural fruit drinks, on the acquisition of a 93.29 percent stake in Devin AD, the market-leading producer of bottled water in Bulgaria, from private equity […]