Bozhikov

Atty. Vladislav

Bozhikov

Managing partner
Attorney-at-law, member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2016. Manages and organizes the overall activities of the office. He is thoroughly dedicated to establishing and developing relationships with the company’s customers.
Participates in various projects and advises clients on issues and cases in the following areas of law:
Education:

University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Master’s degree in Finance – 2015
University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Master’s degree in Law – 2014
Mathematics High School Geo Milev, Pleven – 2009

Additional qualifications:

National and European Medical Law, 2022
Law and Information Technology, 2022
Public Procurement in Healthcare, 2022
Completed training course on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies, 2021
Completed cybersecurity training course, 2021

Professional experience:

Vladislav Bozhikov is a founder and managing partner of the law firm. He has over 10 years of professional experience in providing legal advice to local and international clients.
He has extensive experience in a number of civil and commercial litigation, representing clients in a wide range of individual claims. Vladislav specializes in large-scale and complex corporate reorganizations and restructurings. He has gained solid experience both in the field of banking law and in the field of financial law. He has been engaged in the legal analysis and management of the loan portfolio of one of the largest Bulgarian commercial banks, leading to a successful outcome of multiple lawsuits against its debtors.
Vladislav has serious expertise and knowledge on issues related to medical and pharmaceutical law, which allows him to provide comprehensive advice to clients in the healthcare sector. He is a member of the Commission on Ethics of Research in Medicine and Healthcare.

Foreign languages:
English, German
Vatev

Atty. Benislav

Vatev

Managing partner

Attorney-at-law, member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2016.
Manages and organizes the overall activities of the law firm and is responsible for developing relationships with part of the company’s client portfolio.

Specializes in the following areas of law:
Education:

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Master of Laws – 2014
French Language School Alphonse de Lamartine, Sofia – 2009

Professional Experience:

Benislav Vatev is a founder and managing partner of the law firm. He has years of experience in providing legal advice to local and international clients.

During his professional career Benislav has worked and led a number of projects related to:

Comprehensive legal advice, legal analysis and development of a concept and documents for the sale of hotel complexes and buildings with long-term investment purposes

Acquisition of Bulgarian IT companies and companies in the services sector by foreign investment companies

Realization of the high requirements of the General Regulation for data protection in IT companies, marketing companies, medical establishments, water supply and sewerage operators, etc

Comprehensive assistance for the design and implementation of legal instruments for compliance with the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering Measures Act for the clients of the law firm

Additional qualifications:

Completed cybersecurity training course, 2021

Completed training course on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies, 2021

Completed a course for “Data Protection Officer”, organized by the CPDP and Podkrepa Syndicate, 2019

Certificate for completed course for a specialist in the field of personal data protection, issued by IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), 2018.

Completed a course and acquired legal capacity as a mediator in 2016.

Knowledge of foreign languages:

English, French, German

Stanislav Nikolov

Stanislav

Nikolov

Attorney-at-law / Partner

Attorney-at-law, member of the Sofia Bar Association. Joined the law firm as a partner at the beginning of 2024, contributing to its development with his extensive professional experience in several fields of law. Thanks to his previous position as a prosecutor, atty. Nikolov successfully heads the new practice for the firm – Criminal Law. Specialist in the field of corporate compliance and regulations.
Extensive practical experience in the following areas of law:
Education:

Georgi Rakovski Military Academy, from 2023 – PhD candidate in “Cybersecurity”, professional field “National Security”

University of Arizona, USA, from 2022 – currently LLM in “International Trade & Business Law”

University of National and World Economy, Master of Laws – 2014

English Language School “Geo Milev”, city of Ruse – 2009

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Stanislav Nikolov is a partner in the law firm. He has more than 10 years of professional experience, and in addition to his more than 5 years as an attorney-at-law, he also held the position of a prosecutor (2021 – 2024), as well as a consultant in one of the “Big Four” international companies providing audit services . He specializes in the field of personal data protection and cyber security and is also a PhD candidate in cybersecurity. Stanislav Nikolov has professional interests in the interplay of technology and regulation. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Completed training course on the Interplay between the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, organized by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and online, 2024

Artificial intelligence and human rights – online training, organized by the European judicial training network, 2023

Artificial intelligence – training, organized by the European judicial training network in Brussels, 2023

European prosecution – investigations and prosecution of crimes against the financial interests of EU – training, conducted in the city of Trier, Germany, jointly between the European Prosecutor’s Office and the European judicial training network, 2023

Advance course:  Investigating Online counterfeiting and Piracy – International IP Crime Investigators College, an Interpol initiative, 2023

Training on the Investigation of Transnational and Organized Intellectual Property (IP) Crime – International IP Crime Investigators College, an Interpol initiative, 2023

Digital piracy and IP crimes – course, conducted in the city of Sofia, organized by the US Department of Justice, jointly with lectors from the FBI, 2021

Classified Information Protection Training Course – providing necessary knowledge of access to “top secret” classified Information, 2022.

Data protection officers course (conducted by the general secretary of the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data)

CIPP/E – course in the field of data protection within EU, certificate issued by IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), 2018

LANGUAGES:

English

Nadejda Ivanova

Nadezhda

Ivanova

Legal advisor

Nadezhda completed her legal education at the University of St. Kliment Ohridski” with distinction. She joined the team of Bozhikov & Vatev in 2022. Supports the firm’s activities by drafting various legal acts and opinions and advising clients in the field of property law, family and inheritance law, contract and commercial law.
Possesses experience and specializes in the following legal fields:
Education:

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Master’s degree in Law, 2022
22. SEU “G. S. Rakovski”, 2016

Professional experience:

Nadezhda began her professional experience in 2018 in a notary office, where she gained most of her experience related to Property Law. From 2020 to 2022, Nadezhda was an intern under the Fulbright program at the Sofia District Court and the Sofia City Court. The activity performed by her was related to the preparation of drafts of judicial acts, such as decisions and determinations, as well as visits to court hearings.

During her studies she participated in various initiatives, such as participation in the International Private Law competition “PAX Moot Court”. The team of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” won against the representatives of Milan, Bologna, and Nicosia. In addition, she participated in mock trials, in the university team in the National Competition on solving penal cases and others.

Proficiency in foreign languages:
English, Spanish

Seviliya

Cherkezova

Legal advisor
Seviliya joins the team of Bozhikov & Vatev in 2022. She specializes and advises clients in the field of property law, labour law, corporate law and personal data protection.
Possesses experience and specializes in the following legal fields:
Education:

Southwest University “Neofit Rilski” Master’s degree in “Law” – 2017
Queen Mary University of London – 2013 BA Law – 2013
BPP University, London – MA (LPC with business) – 2013
Insistut Le Rosey Secondary Education 2005 – 2010

Professional experience:

Legal advisor at Bozhikov & Vatev Law Firm

Legal associate, TABAKOV, TABAKOVA AND ASSOCIATES, LAW COMPANY, SOFIA – preparation of contracts and other types of official documents, as well as translation of contracts and other types of official documents from and into Bulgarian and English.

expert in the “Secretariat” department, “ESO” EAD Sofia – implementation of organizational activities related to the holding of meetings of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of “ESO” EAD, follow-up for the implementation of the decisions of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board by the employees of “ESO” EAD, as well as preparation of reports.

Intern, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, London – taking part and assisting in the political, media and social department of the Embassy, performing duties covering different aspects of the work in each department, active participation in the work process leading to familiarization with their activities on international relations and diplomatic practice.

Proficiency in foreign languages:
English, French
Katerina Popadijna

Katerina

Popadiyna

Legal assistant
Katerina is a law student at the University for National and World Economy (UNWE) since 2022. She joined the team of Bozhikov and Vatev as an intern in 2023 and subsequently as a legal assistant in 2024. She supports the firm’s activities in the entire process of debt collection – from out-of-court, through warrant, claim and executive proceedings.
Katerina specializes in the following legal fields:
Education:
University for National and World Economy (UNWE), law student – 2022 until present date 31 School for foreign languages and management “Ivan Vazov”, 2022
Proficiency in foreign languages:
English, German