Todor Papanov is a dual UK and EU qualified competition lawyer based in our London office.

He advises on a wide range of competition law matters, including cartel investigations (Wood Pulp), follow-on litigation (DRAM Chips), sector enquiries (App Stores), market investigations (Mobile Browsers & Cloud), and competition law compliance.

Todor has secured merger control approvals under both the UK and the EU regimes, and also has considerable experience in UK Phase 2 investigations (JD Sports/Footasylum), as well as appeals before the UK CAT.

Todor frequently advises on the application of competition law to commercial agreements, distribution and trading practices under both the UK and the EU vertical rules.

In addition, he has assisted a broad range of international clients as they seek to navigate the increasingly complex national security and FDI screening landscape, or other regulatory matters, such as subsidy control and sanctions.

Todor has experience in various industries and sectors, such as retail, tech, e-commerce, agriculture, oil & gas, construction, chemicals and transport.  

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, he worked in the London offices of two leading international law firms. 

Todor is a guest lecturer at Queen Mary Law School, University of London and at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.



English, Bulgarian, Spanish 


  • King’s College London, Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law, 2020
  • BPP Business School, London, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Legal Services), 2018
  • BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2015
  • University of Warwick, Joint BA in Law & Business Studies, 2014

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    • 25/10/2023
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    VBB’s EU and UK merger control experts author key chapters in Chambers global guide

    The Chambers Merger Control 2023 Guide (Guide) is available now. The Guide provides a clear and user-friendly overview of the key aspects of merger control rules, and their application in practice, in 41 jurisdictions around the world. VBB is pleased to have authored the EU and UK chapters, and to be the Guide’s global contributing editor.

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    • 05/07/2023
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    Closure of European Commission wood pulp investigation – Van Bael & Bellis advised Stora Enso

    Van Bael & Bellis (VBB), with co-counsel Roschier, represented Stora Enso Oyj in connection with the European Commission (EC)’s antitrust investigation into the wood pulp sector. The EC decided to close the investigation on 15 June 2023 on the basis that, after “thorough analysis and careful assessment” of the evidence, there were insufficient grounds to continue it.

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    • 13/10/2022
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    Distribution across Europe and the UK Verticals regime: Do you really need to mind the “gap”?

    Long awaited developments over the summer provided some appreciable clarity on the refreshed UK distribution regime (following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU). In particular, pursuant to a consultation process that ran almost in parallel to the equivalent EU process, and also adopting the same analytical framework as the EU (see VBB Insights of 27 June 2022), the UK has also now introduced a new verticals agreements block exemption order and accompanying CMA guidance.

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