Svetlana Ganeva is one of the founders and managing partner at Arsov Natchev Ganeva, having over 25 years of professional experience in a broad array of legal fields including corporate and commercial law, foreign investments, concessions, PPP and public procurements, aviation law, water law and EU law.

Svetlana Ganeva has developed an unrivaled expertise in the concessions and PPP field in Bulgaria. She has been involved as legal advisor in most major concession projects in the country. Ms. Ganeva has been assigned by the Bulgarian government to lead teams of legal, financial and technical experts in the preparation of several concession projects, including projects aiming to amend the effective concession legislation. She has also represented private companies in their participation in concession tenders as well as advised on a regular basis concession companies on their legal compliance and relations with the competent authorities.

Ms. Ganeva frequently provides highly sophisticated advice on the structuring of PPP projects within the specifics of Bulgarian legal environment. On the international arena, Svetlana Ganeva is a member of the UNECE Roster of PPP Experts and is often sought as an expert on international and European concession and PPP surveys.

Svetlana Ganeva is a leading advisor to companies in connection with their participation in large scale multi-million public procurement procedures. She has extensive experience advising and representing international and domestic businesses before the Commission for protection of the competition and the Supreme Administrative Court in procurement matters.

Svetlana Ganeva assists clients in regulatory and transactional matters in the aviation industry. She has handled a wide variety of complex litigation matters for ground handling operators before Bulgarian courts and EU institutions, including airport access, competition and EU legislation compliance. Svetlana Ganeva’s aviation experience further includes work as legal counsel to major Bulgarian airport operators and airlines.

Ms. Ganeva’s clients in the water and sanitation sector comprise both private entities and public authorities. She advises concession companies of water and waste water services, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, international consultancy firms on projects of the World Bank in Bulgaria and others.

In the EU law and regulation arena, Ms. Ganeva represents national and European companies from various industries with respect to regulatory and licensing issues, antitrust and competition, administrative litigation, as well as infringement proceedings before the EC.  She advises businesses on Bulgarian and EU antitrust laws and compliance, and provides assistance to her clients in investigations and relevant proceedings. Particular strengths of her work include complex antitrust cases before the Competition for Protection of the Competition and representation in infringement proceedings before the European Commission. In addition, Ms Ganeva has actively participated in the implementation in Bulgaria of EU legislation from the pre-accession period of the country until now in the fields of concession, PPP, climate change, water and sanitation, strategic policy making and coordination.



Sofia Bar Association
International Bar Association
European Women Lawyers’ Association

Qualification and education

University of Nancy, France, LL.M. in European Law and European Political Studies
Sofia University, Faculty of law, Master of Law
Knight of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite)




  • served as team leader of a pool of experts advising the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport in relation to the preparation of the Plovdiv Airport concession project;
  • advised the Bulgarian Council of Ministers on a large scale project for review of concession and PPP regulation and good practices in 8 EU member states for the purposes of improvement of the PPP forms and regulation in Bulgaria;
  • acted as Bulgarian legal expert in an EBRD financed project on comparative assessment of the legislation in the field of concessions;
  • represented an international consortium - candidate in a concession procedure for granting of concession of Rousse civil airport;
  • legal consultant of the Ministry of transport and communication during the tender procedure for granting a concession of Varna and Burgas airports;
  • consultant to a leading water operator in the concession procedure of Varna and Shoumen water and waste water services;
  • legal advisor of an international water operator in the Sofia water and waste water concession procedure;
  • represented successfully the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and its Road Infrastructure Agency in all stages of major arbitration proceedings against a large road construction company heard by the International Court of Arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
  • represented the successful bidder- a company member of EADS Group in the course of a procedure for public procurement related to the sale/purchase  of a dozen of new helicopters for the needs of Bulgarian Air Forces and Navy;
  • represented the successful bidder  in the course of a public procurement tender procedure for acquisition of military ships for the needs of Bulgarian army;
  • represents on a permanent basis the Bulgarian subsidiary of Sodexo Pass on all aspects of its participation in procurement award procedures in the field of food vouchers and social benefits delivery;
  • represented the Bulgarian subsidiary of Swissport International before the EC in a procedure against Bulgaria for infringement of EU law by failing to apply Council Directive 96/67/EC on access to the ground-handling market at Community airports;
  • represented Swissport before the Commission for Protection of the Competition and the Supreme Administrative Court concerning abuse of dominant position and price dumping policy based on an infringement of the Council Directive 96/67/EC;
  • team leader of the legal team in a large scale project assigned by the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works for provision of specialized consultancy services related to the implementation of new strategic legislation in the water sector in Bulgaria;
  • led the Bulgarian legal team who assisted the  global operator of water services Veolia Water in the acquisition of the United Utilities’ European non-regulated assets, including the controlling interest in Sofyiska Voda (Sofia Water), the concessionaire of the water and wastewater system of Sofia;
  • provides day-to day legal advice to Sofiyska Voda AD and Veolia Voda relating to Bulgarian water and wastewater legislation and other regulatory and concession matters;
  • served as team leader of a pool of legal experts providing consultancy services to the Bulgarian Investment Promotion Agency within the framework of the project "Promoting the advantages of investing in Bulgaria";
  • acted as legal expert on a World Bank project within the Advisory Program for the Development and Implementation of a Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy in connection with the implementation of Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste-water treatment;
  • acted as legal expert in the implementation of the Management of Unit Integrated Urban Transport Project, launched by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works;
  • acted as legal adviser to the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water in the process of drafting of the Bulgarian Regulations for setting up of the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme and the Joint Implementation Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol.      


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