Dr. Dimitar Kondev

Associate, Paris


“Extremely intelligent and diligent practitioner” with an “easy and cooperative approach”, “always keeps his focus on the practical issues”, “possesses deep insight into cross-border issues.” Who’s Who Legal


Dr. Dimitar Kondev is an Associate working in the International Arbitration Group in Paris. His practice includes construction law in general, construction disputes and international commercial arbitration. He has experience in various sectors, including commercial development, energy and infrastructure.

Prior to joining White & Case, Dimitar gained experience as a senior associate at one of the largest law firms in Bulgaria where he provided legal advice on all aspects and all stages of large-scale construction projects.

Dimitar is the author of the monograph "Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration in the Construction Industry" (Wiley Blackwell, 2017) and has published several articles on construction law and dispute resolution.

Dimitar is registered as dispute adjudicator under the Bulgarian list of FIDIC dispute adjudication experts. He participated in the legal review of the 2017 FIDIC suite of contracts, the FIDIC Emerald Book (2019) and the FIDIC Green Book (2021). Dimitar has developed a course in international construction law at the Aarhus University, Denmark, which he has been teaching since 2015. He has also taught on EU law.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Bulgarian Bar
Aarhus University
Vrije Universiteit
Mag. Jur.
Sofia University
Master of International Relations
Sofia University


A European main contractor in relation to disputes over the construction of a large dam infrastructure project in Central Asia.

An Eastern European public entity in an ICC arbitration in connection with a road construction project in an Eastern European country.

A joint venture company Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. in an ICC arbitration in relation to disputes with the Panama Canal Authority over the Panama Canal expansion project.

A European construction company in an ICC arbitration in connection with the construction of a hydroelectric project in Chile.

A major Israeli real estate investment company in arbitration proceedings against a contractor regarding the construction of a large multi-functional, retail and leisure complex in Bulgaria.

A leading Italian industrial technology company in a project concerning the development of a low & medium voltage electrical components facility near Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Major Dutch, Israeli, Irish and Scottish investment companies in respect of the acquisition of commercial properties and the development of large multi-functional complexes in Bulgaria.

An established integrated electricity conglomerate on the drafting of an EPC Management Contract in connection with the development of a 880 MW CCGT power plant in Bulgaria.

Major Austrian and Chinese financial institutions in relation to the acquisition, construction and sale of a number of renewable energy projects in Bulgaria.

Speaking Engagements

Principal organizer and lecturer of an intensive summer course in international construction law, Aarhus University, Denmark (held annually in July/August)

"The impact of COVID-19 on construction contracts based on the FIDIC Conditions of Contract", a webinar organized by BACEA (FIDIC's Member Association in Bulgaria), April 2020

"The FIDIC Conditions of Subcontract: the Conditions of Subcontract for Construction 1st edition (1999) and the Conditions of Subcontract for Plant and Design 1st edition (2019)," an event organized by BACEA (FIDIC’s Member Association in Bulgaria), Sofia, Bulgaria (March 2020)

"Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration", working breakfast organized by CIArb Paris Chapter (October 2018)

"Official presentation of the new FIDIC Books", an event organized by BACEA (FIDIC's Member Association in Bulgaria), Sofia, Bulgaria (September 2018)

"Recent Trends in International Commercial Arbitration", presentation at the monthly call of Division 8: International Construction at the American Bar Association (ABA) (August 2018)

"The New FIDIC Suite of Contracts. Overview of the Major Changes", an event organized by the Bulgarian Union of Jurists, the Bulgarian Society of Construction Law and the Bulgarian Association for Project Management in Construction (May 2018)

"Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration in the Construction Industry", 41st CIArb ADR Forum organized by CIArb Ireland and the Society of Construction Law, Dublin, Ireland (March 2018)

"Can Arbitral Rules Resolve Multi-Party/Multi-Contract Construction Disputes?", Annual Conference of the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL), Milan, Italy (October 2014)


Country Report "Bulgaria", in Perspectives in Practice of the UNIDROIT Principles 2016, Views of the IBA Working Group on the practice of the UNIDROIT Principles 2016, International Bar Association (2019)

Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration in the Construction Industry, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, 2017 (monograph, 388 pages)

"Statutory Approaches to Multi-Party/Multi-Contract Construction Arbitration", in 19 Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration, no. 1 (2015), pp. 191-127, reprinted in Albert H. Dib (ed.), Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Issues in Construction and Technology 2015/2016, Volume 32 (2016), Thomson Reuters, pp. 323-351

"Joint Adjudication of Related Disputes under NEC3", in 10 Construction Law International, no. 4 (2015), pp. 13-18

"Is Dispute Adjudication under FIDIC Contracts for Major Works Indeed a Precondition to Arbitration?", in 31 International Construction Law Review, no 3 (2014), pp. 256-268

"Do Recent Overhauls of Arbitration Rules Respond to the Need for Multi-Party Arbitration in the Construction Industry?", in 32 International Construction Law Review, no. 1 (2015), pp. 63-94

Awards and Recognition

Who's Who Legal (Construction 2019 and 2020: Future Leaders)

"Extremely intelligent and diligent practitioner", with an "easy and cooperative approach", "always keeps his focus on the practical issues", "possesses "deep insight into cross-border issues." Who's Who Legal

Magna Cum Laude, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2011)

Huygens Scholarship Programme (2010)