Eleonora Mateina

Principal Associate

Head of competition, pharma and life sciences for Bulgaria

Eleonora has experience in advising on complex competition law issues such as abuse of dominance, pricing policies, prohibited vertical agreements, etc.

As managing associate in Eversheds Sutherland in Bulgaria, Eleonora advises leading world pharmaceutical companies on their operations in Bulgaria, including but not limited to conduct of clinical trials, market access of new INNs, negotiations of prices and discounts, etc.

Her experience also includes competition law and regulatory related litigation before courts of all instances in Bulgaria.

Eleonora Mateina


Eleonora’s main focus are regulations and competition law. She has more than 10 years of experience in pharma and life sciences. Her works included ongoing advice on conduct of clinical trials in Bulgaria, market access of new INNs, negotiation of prices with the public health fund in Bulgaria, review of discount and distribution agreements for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Eleonora has experience in pharmaceutical advertising, communication with HCOs and HCPs, realization of diagnostic, co-payment, and patient programs.

Eleonora’s secondary regulatory focus is on tobacco regulations and food regulations. In the last 7 years her work comprises approvals of all advertising materials and packaging artworks of top 3 tobacco company and top 3 FMCG company.

As head of the Competition law department, she advices on merger clearances, vertical agreements, parallel trade with pharmaceuticals and other goods, RPM, price fixings, etc. Eleonora’s work includes also unfair commercial and consumer practices.

As a result of her regulatory and competition law focus, Eleonora represents all her clients before courts of all instances in Bulgaria. She also has experience in both national and international commercial arbitration. Eleonora is member of the team representing an investor in its ICSID claim against the Republic of Bulgaria. She represents clients in commercial disputes and private damages claims.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading historical and political books, watching documentary movies, playing tennis and skiing.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2015

Eleonora is member of Young-OGEMID, Bulgarian Association of International Competitions and is actively engaged in preparation of Bulgarian teams for Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Eleonora is also member of the IBA and IBAs Pharma and Life Sciences Committee and Young Lawyers Committee. Eleonora is also IBA’s Young Lawyers Committee national representative for Bulgaria.

Eleonora regularly drafts publications for Bulgarian and International editions on hot topics in competition law and arbitration such as Kluwer Competition, Kluwer Arbitration, and e-Concurrence. Eleonora is the official case reporter for Bulgaria for Oxford Competition Law. She is one of the pioneers of the legal podcast in Bulgaria.

Awards and Rankings

  • raising Star in Pharma and Life Sciences for 2021 and 2022, Legal500

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