Our Team

Every expert at Modus Consult specializes in a separate branch of law and has a working knowledge of a foreign language.

Our structure comprises four tiers ranging from Partner to Junior Associate.

We can draw on the experience of an outside network of top specialists, whom we may subcontract for work on cases requiring specific knowledge.

We can also draw on a network of associate members of our team for work on specific cases.

For work within Bulgaria, we have established a network of partner-lawyers and partner legal firms.

Yanita G. Toncheva - Managing Partner

Daniela Shikleva - Senior Lawyer

Svilena Dimitrova - Lawyer

Jivko Iv. Dimitrov - Junior Lawyer

Joanna Ivanova - Junior Lawyer

Anita Dimitrova Office administrator

Emil R. Botev - Business Development Consultant

Ljudmila Jonkova Office manager

Bilyana Georgieva Lawyer


Yanita G. Toncheva - managing partner



1987 1991 Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Master of law

International Development Law Institute/American BAR Association - trainings on::

  • Arbitrage and Meditation (1993)
  • Privatization of business establishment (1994)
  • Franchising contract (1995)
  • Leasing Contract (1995)
  • Insolvency (1995)


Professional experience:

1999 to present: Modus Consult Ltd. Owner

1995 1999 Modus Consult Ltd. Partner

1994 1995 Manager Legal Department - AFA, accounting, finance, audit

1991 1994 Legal office Ex Lege, partner


Projects participation:

  • Research, legal statements and consultations to the World Bank regarding Social and health security issues (2000-2003);
  • Due diligence - Plama (1998);
  • MobilTel aquisition (1996);
  • Aquisition negotiations - New Denitsa (1998);
  • Insolvency Capital Bank (1997)

Professional And Social Appointments:

  • Arbiter in the Commercial Arbitrage Court - National Legal Foundation;
  • Member of the Council of directors of the Bulgarian participators of IDLI organization;
  • Founder of the Club of business women - entreprenuers and managers in Bulgaria;
  • Secretary of the Bulgarian Officials'Frauds Prevention Council - ACFE affiliate

Practice areas: Civil Law, Commercial law, Banking law, Intellectual properly, NGO






Daniela Shikleva - senior lawyer



1992 1998 Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Master at Law

1995 1997 Scholarship winner - Atanas Burrov Foundation


Professional experience:

2002 Lawyer with Modus Consult

2000 2002 Private practice lawyer

1999 2000 apprentice at law

1988 1998 office manager, book-keeper and cashier with Sofproekt - MAGIS Ltd.



Commercial law, labor law, civil law, family and hereditary law, legislation documents and procedures, company registration, consultation on commercial contracting law and procedures for Bulgarian and local legal bodies, processual representation etc.



English, Italian




Svilena Dimitrova - lawyer



1995 2000 Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Master at Law


2002 "Aix - Marseille III" University, France - subject: "French language and culture"


Professional experience:

since 2003 Lawyer with Modus Consult - legal and business consulting

2002 - 2003 Lawyer of "Galia-sof" Ltd. Co. - joint venture

2000 2001 apprentice at law

1998 - 2001 apprentice at B. Peneva's law office



Commercial law, contractual law, contractual consulting for Bulgarian and foreign legal bodies, international fiscal and tax law, Bulgarian state customs regimes for local and foreign bodies, Bulgarian citizenship legislation and visas, administrative law, specific cases connected to the Public Procurement Act, labor law, processual representation.



English, French, Russian




Jivko Iv. Dimitrov - junior lawyer



1995 - 2001 Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Master at Law

2001 Berlin Stock Exchange; Maklerkammer Berlin Practice on the Floor of the Berlin Stock Exchange, incl. setting rates, transactions, getting familiar with the German stock market and terminology etc.

1997 - 1999 University of Cambridge, Board of Continuing Education, Faculty of Law, Subjects: English Law and Law of the European Union

October - December 1997 University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law; German Civil Law in Hamburg

1990 - 1995 National classical college, Bachelor


Professional experience:

November 2003 Modus Consult

January 2003 - November 2003 Independent contractor, Legal consulting

August 2001 - January 2003 Stancioff, Sons & Co AD, Legal and Financial Consulting,Legal advisor, Junior Financial AnalystHead of Legal Department (since Oct 2001)



English, French, German, Greek and Russian




Joanna Ivanova - Junior Lawyer



December 2002 Major: Law, Master degreeMajor: Law, Master degree

1997 - 2002 Sofia University Sveti Kliment Ohridski, student at law

1993 - 1997 Sveti Sveti Sedmochislenitsi High School, Sofia


Professional experience:

2004 Attorney at law at Modus Consult

January 2004 Co-ordinator projects in Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre.

April 2003 - June 2003 Global Net Ltd.-legal advisor.

May 2002 - March 2003 Global Net Ltd.-specialist.

2001 - 2002 Collaborator at the Bulgarian Association of Civil Society and Legal Initiatives

August 1999 Society for General Surveillance. Translated several special orders for SGS, Sofia.



English, French



Anita Dimitrova - Office administrator



1997 Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski Bulgarian philology

1992 - 1997 PMG St. Kliment Ohridski Montana


Professional experience:

December 2003 Office administrator at Modus Consult



English, russian



Emil R. Botev - Business Development Consultant



1980 - 1985 University degree at Sofia University "Kliment Ochridski" Subjects: 1-st: Psychology; 2-nd: English

1988 - 1989 Postgraduate work - Academy Of Social Science - Sofia Field of research: Social Psychology In Politics


Professional experience:

1985 - 1986 Psychology specialist - several schools

2002 - 2003 Director - Students House of Arts

1989 - 1990 Director of the Business Section - UBA /Union of Bulgarian Actors/

1990 - 1992 Retail Sales Manager - AUDAX Ltd. /household, personal care, clothes/

1992 - 1993 Commercial Director - RUTEK Ltd. /textiles, sports wear/

1993 - 1994 Sales Manager - VIV - 5 Ltd. /motorcycles and bikes

1994 - 1996 National Distribution Mngr. - KJS Bg (choco&sugar- Svoge, Moreni

1996 - 1999 Export Sales Manager - KJS Bg /Kraft BG

1999 - 2001 National Sales Director - Elite Bg/Fort Koffiebranderiij (Elite coffee)

2001 - 2002 Sales Director, Member of BOD Agrima JSC (Pepsi, Prisun, Aqua Diva)

2002 - 2003 Consultant Marketing&Sales Aquarex JSC (mineral water)

As of March 2003 Consultant Business Development Modus Consult Ltd.



English, Russian



Ljudmila Jonkova - Office manager



1998 2003 Technical university - Gabrovo

1980 1983 TOH Kina Kirkova Pleven


Professional experience:

July 2005 Modus Consult Office manager

January 2004 - June 2005 Notary office Technical assistant

January 2001 October 2003 Ministry of justice - Technical assistant Ministry of justice Secretary- assistant of the Minister of justice

November 1997 - January 2000 Regional Center Pleven - Technical assistant






Bilyana Georgieva Lawyer



1999 2005 Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Master at Law

2002 2003 American Business Law

Founder and Member of The Union of Law Students at The Bulgarian Lawyers Union


Professional experience:

Since 2004 apprentice at Modus Consult


English, German