Van Bael & Bellis (London)

Todor Papanov

Van Bael & Bellis (London)
Senior Associate

Todor Papanov is a senior associate with Van Bael & Bellis based in their London office. He advises on a wide range of competition law matters, including investigations and competition law compliance, merger control under both the UK and the EU competition regimes and the application of competition law to commercial agreements and trading practices. In addition, Todor has advised a variety of UK and international clients on issues, such as State aid, export controls and sanctions. Todor also has experience in competition litigation, representing both claimants and defendants. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Todor worked in the London offices of two leading international law firms.

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1753 Bulletin

Todor Papanov, Alex Stratakis The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy orders a Chinese firm to divest its 83% controlling stake in a Welsh semiconductor wafer factory on national security grounds (Nexperia / Newport Wafer Fab)


On 16 November 2022, the UK Secretary of State responsible for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) effectively blocked another transaction in the semiconductor industry under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the “NSI Act”). Nexperia, ultimately owned by Wingtech (...)

Todor Papanov The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal rejects an appeal by a Big Tech firm which sought to block an order forcing the firm to unwind an acquisition but refers the case back to the Competition Authority on a procedural error (Meta / Giphy)


On 30 November 2021, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) concluded its Phase 2 investigation into Meta’s completed acquisition of Giphy (which closed in May 2020), ordering Meta to reverse the deal and sell Giphy to a CMA-approved purchaser (for further details, see VBB on (...)

Todor Papanov, Marc Freedman, Alex Stratakis The UK Government publishes an open letter to businesses providing more clarity on its upcoming national security and investment regime


On 20 December 2021, the UK government published an open letter to businesses providing more clarity on its upcoming national security and investment regime. The new legal framework, which the UK government calls “the biggest shake-up in 20 years of the UK’s system for screening investments”, (...)

Andrzej Kmiecik, Alex Stratakis, Todor Papanov The UK Competition Authority publishes its recommendation and indicates the nature of the separate guidance that it plans to issue with respect to the assessment of vertical agreements


At the start of November, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a Recommendation to the Secretary of State with respect to the terms of a new UK-specific Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Order (“VABEO”) that would apply as of 1 June 2022. The VABEO would replace the (...)

Marc Freedman, Todor Papanov The UK Government launches a consultation on a domestic regime for subsidy control following the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU


On 3 February 2021, the UK Government started a consultation process regarding the UK’s future subsidy regime, which will be entirely separate from the existing EU state aid framework. Following the conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) and the end of the Brexit (...)


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