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Curriculum Vitae







Personal information

Christina Krassin Koycheva











Work experience




Dates

01/11/2012 →

Occupation or position held

Senior Associate

Main activities and responsibilities

Leading the Energy and Corporate teams of the lawfirm.




Leading the team supporting the management of an international bank with significant Bulgarian presence with respect to compliance with applicable European legislation, corporate, dispute resolution and crossborder projects. I have successfully organised and supervised a team of 8 fee-earners that have won more than 700 litigation and arbitration disputes from which about 5% for value exceeding EUR 1 mln.
Advised as local council the Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project with respect to all matters covering regulatory and compliance as well as corporate matters. Participated in the strategy planning team for acquiring the necessary permits and licenses for compliance with the requirements of the Third Energy Package.
Assisted successfully the local electricity distribution company in Western Bulgaria – CEZ with respect to its communication and coordination with the State Energy Regulator in the country.
Acting as primary counsel of film producers and script-writers throughout the structuring and development of film productions and co-productions with focus on financing, corporate, intellectual property, labour and tax matters.
Assisting clients in the transport field more specifically in the process of acquisition and registration of ships and airplanes.
Acting as local legal counsel in ICC arbitration cases.
External legal adviser of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration.
In process of acquiring dual qualification as an English solicitor through the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

Employer

Penev LLP


Type of business or sector

Energy, Infrastructure and Corporate

Dates__01/04/2011_→_01/10/2012'>Dates

01/04/2011 → 01/10/2012

Occupation or position held

Attorney at Law (Regional Adviser)

Main activities and responsibilities

Trusted legal and business adviser of well-known Austrian investors in the energy and real estate sectors. Supporting my clients in establishing a successful business case in the renewable energy market in South and Southeast Europe. Through advising on a variety of matters on a daily basis including legal analyses, acquisition arrangements, EPC and construction agreements and management of photovoltaic power plant projects I have further developed my understanding of the practical and commercial issues specific to the sector.

As part of the management process I have structured the deals for acquisition, financing and development of PV projects in Bulgaria and supported the sale of a pipeline of fully operational power plants in Italy.

Active participation in the market rewarded me with the trust of the industrial associations in the energy sector and I am regularly assisting the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association and the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association in their balancing role in the implementation of the European legislation in the renewable energy field and active communication with the Government.


Employer

Austrian Enviro Technologies GmbH & Solar Invest Development GmbH


Type of business or sector

Energy and Energy Efficiency







Dates

06/03/2008 - 07/03/2011

Occupation or position held

Senior Associate

Main activities and responsibilities

Heading the M&A and Energy Practices of the Sofia Office I had the unique opportunity to lead excellent legal teams that have introduced international professional standards to the sector. I have established effective communication channels with foreign and local investors and proactively managed the risks in commercial negotiations. In the process of preparation of transaction documents (term sheets, financial contracts, share and asset purchase agreements) I successfully devised pragmatic solutions to the challenges of the deals. I have acquired significant experience in protection of investments and business oriented advice on on-going activities and development of new fields.

With the opening of the Bulgarian energy market after 2007 I have specialised in the traditional and renewable energy sectors through development of new ventures and acquisition of existing power plants. Provided consultations covering regulatory and compliance requirements, energy specific agreements, production and trading licensing and coordination with the competent institutions.

I had the opportunity to advise the Bulgarian Government on the strategy for amendment and development of the domestic legislation to implement the principles and rules of the EU Third Energy Package with focus on the unbundling of the system for supply and transfer of natural gas.
Advised Austrian investors with respect to their investments in the telecommunications sector.
Acted as local legal counsel to Herbert Smith Freehils in ICC arbitration cases concerning the Bulgarian Telecommunication Company.
Acted as the regional legal adviser of pharmaceutical companies (both local and international). Led the team advising and structuring locally the intended acquisition of the entire network of subsidiaries of one of the leading European pharmaceutical distributors.


Employer

WolfTheiss Rechtsanwalte


Type of business or sector

Lawfirm







Dates

01/08/2007 - 05/03/2008

Occupation or position held

Senior Associate

Main activities and responsibilities

Providing legal advice in regulatory and transactional work for energy clients engaged in the oil and gas sector, energy and infrastructure industries. Representative clients OMV (in their day-to-day and transactional business) and RWE on the public tender for the construction and operation of hydro power plants in Macedonia.
Acting on behalf of corporate clients in negotiations of transactions and litigation cases with companies and the state administration.

Advising investors with respect to franchise and lease agreements.



Employer

Schoenherr Rechtsanwalte


Type of business or sector

Lawfirm







Dates

01/07/2005 - 05/08/2007

Occupation or position held

Partner

Main activities and responsibilities

Advising companies in the oil and gas industry with respect to the applicable regulatory framework and litigation cases. Advising strategic investors in privatisation deals. Drafting of privatisation tenders documentation, preparation of agreements and related contracts. Represntative clients in the oil and gas field – Rompetrol and Insa Oil with respect to their agreements for supply of petrol to the State Reserve and private clients. I have successfully supported my clients in court on cases related to quality of production, regulatory and compliance issues.

Acting on behalf of the investor in the successful privatisation deals of the Bulgarian Merchant Shipping Fleet and the National Film Studio Boyana.

Representing corporate clients and banks in commercial, administrative and arbitration litigation cases.


Employer

Georgiev, Todorov & Co.


Type of business or sector

Lawfirm







Dates

01/09/2002 - 01/07/2005

Occupation or position held

Senior Associate

Main activities and responsibilities

Representing international companies in administrative, commercial and labour court cases.

Advising clients with respect to transactional deals. Working on due diligence analyses concerning banks, commercial enterprises and companies.

Leading litigation council of OMV Bulgaria. Represented OMV in more than 80 administrative, commercial and labour cases.

External consultant on behalf of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration in EU Twinning Project on Maritime Safety Institution Building. Advising the Bulgarian Government on the analysis of the existing legal regime and drafting laws and by-laws for implementation of the European legislation in the Maritime Field.



Employer

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov,

Sofia



Type of business or sector

Lawfirm







Dates

01/03/2003 - 01/07/2003

Occupation or position held

Secondment at the Energy Projects & Construction Department

Main activities and responsibilities

Assisting the Oil and Energy team with respect to analysis of the relevant Russian and Bulgarian legal framework in the context of ongoing agreements in the field. Representative client - British Petroleum.

Employer

CMS Cameron McKenna

London








Dates

01/08/1999 - 01/09/2002

Occupation or position held

Senior Legal Adviser

Main activities and responsibilities

Being part of the expert team of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration in the pre-accession period I had the opportunity to actively participate in all stages of cooperation between the Government and the EU competent structures. Legislation and policy drafting in the maritime field. Preparation of the final drafts of laws, regulations, ordinances and other by-laws in the field of maritime and inland waterways shipping.

Representation of the Administration in courts and other legal institutions in cases covering shipping, administrative, commercial, employment, public and private international law.



Name and address of employer

Bulgarian Maritime Administration


Type of business or sector

Civil Servant, Ministry of Transport and Communications







Dates

01/07/1998 - 30/07/1999

Occupation or position held

Senior Legal Adviser

Main activities and responsibilities

Litigation practice covering administrative, privatisation, commercial and labour law.

Name and address of employer

Ministry of Transport and Communications



Type of business or sector

Civil Servant, Ministry of Transport and Communications







Dates

01/06/1997 - 30/06/1998

Occupation or position held

Trainee Jurist

Main activities and responsibilities

Assistance to different supervisors in the: Bulgarian Court (Civil, Criminal, Administrative) and at the Prosecutor's Office.

Name and address of employer

Bulgarian Ministry of Justice



Type of business or sector

Government







Type of business or sector

Civil Servant, Ministry of Transport and Communications







Dates

10/01/1997 - 30/06/1998

Occupation or position held

Programme Coordinator

Main activities and responsibilities

Organisational and advisory services to two cooperating NGOs – Charity Know-How (the Bulgarian branch of a London based UK charity organisation) and Women’s Alliance for Development (Bulgarian gender and human rights non-governmental organisation). Main activities were focused on gender and youth integration in the society.

Underwent a training and project management course organised by Oxfam International (http://www.oxfam.org/) focused on refugee camps and social integration of refugees. Within the programme was organised an extensive study visit and practise course in refugee camps in Georgia and Azebraijan.



Name and address of employer

Bulgarian Ministry of Justice



Type of business or sector

Government


Pro-Bono work

Legal Adviser

Ever since I have left the NGO sector for my corporate practise I have assisted and advised on pro-bono basis charity and philanthropic organisations working in the fields of community and social development (civil initiatives, gender equality, local communities).


Education and training





Dates

2013




Registered Industrial Property Representative

Bulgarian Patent Office



Dates

01/09/2007 - 01/09/2009

Title of qualification awarded

Executive MBA







Name and type of organisation

providing education and training




Cotrugli Business School, Association of MBA Schools Accredited


Dates

06/01/2003 - 10/07/2003


Title of qualification awarded


Diploma

Principal subjects / occupational skills

covered



Education programme in English (Common) law and practice – tort, contract, corporate and banking & finance, litigation and business law.



Name and type of organisation

providing education and training




European Young Lawyers Scheme (College of Law, London)


Dates

01/09/2000 - 30/05/2001


Title of qualification awarded

Master of laws (LL.M) in International Maritime Law


Principal subjects / occupational skills

covered


The programme consists of post-graduate education in all areas of international maritime law, including law of the sea, marine environmental law and shipping law. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of shipping law, specially the international regulatory law of maritime transport. The education is also designed to provide training in the development and drafting of shipping legislation.


Name and type of organisation

providing education and training




IMO International Maritime Law Institute - Malta (Law Institute)


Dates

15/09/1991 - 10/04/1997


Title of qualification awarded

Master’s of Arts in Law


Principal subjects / occupational skills

covered



Full university course in law including among others: civil law, commercial law, tort, contracts, criminal

law, civil procedural and criminal procedural law, international private and public law, etc.




Name and type of organisation

providing education and training




Sofia University, “St.Climent Ohridsky” (University, Law Faculty)



Dates

15/09/1985 – 1991


Title of qualification awarded

Highschool Diploma with Spanish Language Profile


Name and type of organisation

providing education and training




Spanish Language High-School “ Miguel de Cervantes” (Language Highschool)









Personal skills and

competences





Languages

English Understanding Speaking Writing - Proficient User

according to Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level







Spanish / Castilian Understanding Speaking Writing – Proficient User

according to Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level







Russian Understanding Speaking Writing - Independent user

according to Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level



Personal Interests










Sailing, ballet, tennis

Charity ballet performances.









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