Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.



Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. (DPC) is a distinguished full range business law firm globally recognized for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in the key areas of business law – information technologies, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, telecommunications, life sciences, corporate and M&A, banking and securities, competition, real estates, construction, taxation, energy, public procurements, litigation, employment and social security. The law firm is a pioneer and market leader in TMT Law in Bulgaria and has been actively involved in the foundation of the current ICT legal framework in the country. DPC was established in 1997 and has offices in Sofia and Varna with more than 50 highly respected and skilled professionals who provide effective and innovative best-in-class legal solutions. The significant experience and niche expertise of the law firm is widely acknowledged and consistently ranked as top tier by the world’s most prestigious legal guides and directories like The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, IP Stars, WTR 1000, Media Law International. The law firm’s international clients base ranges from start-up companies to major multinational and domestic corporations, private equity and venture capital funds, government institutions and NGOs across more than 40 countries over 5 continents.

Areas of specialism in the fields of IT&IP

  • ZPrivacy and data protection
  • Ze-Signatures & e-Documents
  • Ze-Communications
  • Ze-Commerce
  • Ze-Finance & e-Payments
  • Ze-Government & e-Procurement
  • Ze-Health
  • ZIP prosecution & litigation
  • ZTrademarks & designs
  • ZPatent litigation
  • ZCopyright
  • ZFranchising & licensing
  • ZDomain names & dispute resolution
  • ZKnow-how protection
  • ZUnfair competition
  • ZSupport in the implementation of smart surveillance technologies by the police and security services


Assoc. Prof. Martin Zahariev, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Martin Zahariev, PhD is a partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. (DPC) Law Firm, Bulgaria, head of DPC’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and one of its leading privacy practitioners. He is a Trademark and Design Attorney at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as a European Trademark and Design Attorney.

Martin is author of two monographs on GDPR (including the first monograph on the topic in Bulgaria), one student book on regime of information and more than 50 articles, book chapters and analysis on privacy & ICT, employment, commercial and dispute resolution matters. Together with Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov, he is a co-author of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws series book: Cyber Law, ‘Bulgaria’, published by Kluwer Law International in 2022.

Martin is a regular lecturer at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies and a guest lecturer at a number of prestigious Bulgarian and international universities.

Martin is recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a Thought Leader in the area of Data Privacy and Protection and named Associate to Watch in the area of TMT by Chambers Europe.

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