Ivan Gurov


Ivan Gurov worked at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Competition Commission of Bulgaria and has been a stagiaire with the European Commission’s Merger Task Force. He is a graduate of the University of Strasbourg, King’s College London, the John Marshall Law School and the École Nationale d’Administration. Ivan was an associate at the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer until early 2008.


39753 Bulletin

Ivan Gurov The Bulgarian Competition Authority holds than an exclusive and indefinite duration brand licence is valid as it does not aim at restricting or distorting competition but also grants leniency (Unilever / Kaliakra)


In a potentially far-reaching case, the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition (the Commission or CPC) addressed the balance between licensing rights and competition regulation. In 2000, a well-established Bulgarian producer of vegetal oils and fats, Kaliakra AD (Kaliakra), (...)

Ivan Gurov The Bulgarian Competition Authority unconditionally clears an acquisition in the electrical devices market... followed by a conditional clearance by the EC Commission (APC/Schneider)


Commission for the Protection of Competition, 6 February 2007, Decision n° 37, Schneider / APC (Not yet published) Three weeks before the entry of Bulgaria into the European Union, Schneider Electric S. A. (Schneider) notified the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) (...)

Ivan Gurov The Bulgarian competition authority clears an acquisition in the filmmaking industry subject to conditions and upholds a State action immunity for gun-jumping (New Image Bulgaria/Boyana Film)


The Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC or Commission) authorised the acquisition of the main national filmmaking studios, Boyana Film EAD (“Boyana”) by the US-based New Image Inc. and its Bulgarian subsidiary New Image Bulgaria EOOD (together, “New Image”). The main (...)

Ivan Gurov The French Competition Council specifies the scope and the mechanism of its anti-cartel leniency programme by simultaneously issuing its first leniency decision and publishing a procedural leniency notice (Doors manufacturing)


On 11 April 2006, the French Competition Council (“CC” or “the Council”) issued simultaneously its first ever formal decision in a leniency application procedure and a notice on the French leniency programme. The case at stake involved ten wooden-door producers that have operated two cartel (...)

Ivan Gurov, Jérôme Philippe The French Competition Council defines relevant product market and assesses dominance on an application for preliminary ruling from the Paris district Court (Luk Lamellen/Valeo)


In January 2005, the Paris district court (Tribunal de grande instance de Paris (TGI)) rejected a patent enforcement action of LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau (LuK) , a dual-mass flywheel (DMF) producer, against one of its direct competitors, Valéo. In a contingent counterclaim, Valéo alleged that (...)