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CMShandles complicated transactions in an intelligent and energetic manner’. Simona Marin ‘always gives clients a feeling of comfort and safety in tough negotiations’; she is leading a cross-border team advising Erste Bank on a €91m financing of a Blackstone logistics acquisition. Cristina Reichmann advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on selling its stake in Banca Transilvania via an accelerated bookbuild.

Clifford Chance Badea acts for well-known international clients. Capital markets head Madalina Rachieru advised New Europe Property Investments (NEPI) on a €400m Eurobond issuance, and assisted Fondul Proprietatea with an accelerated block trade of Romgaz shares and GDRs worth €103m. Daniel Badea advised BRD Société Générale on three facilities totalling RON370m for the purchase of Romania’s McDonald’s business.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has ‘a dedicated and knowledgeable team’. Alina Radu advised Sonae Sierra on a €73m credit facility for the construction of a shopping centre, while Valentin Voinescu advised Globalworth on a €180m bond issuance and assisted BCR with a €27m loan to Chimpex regarding the Constanța port. Manuela Nestor heads the practice.

PeliFilip’s team is ‘knowledgeable, commercial and easy to work with’. Carmen Peli advised Raiffeisen Bank and ING on financing a leveraged buyout of La Fantana. In the capital markets space, Alexandru Bîrsan is ‘a star: he is very commercial and solution-focused’; he advised Nordic Trustee on security for Sterling Resources’ $225m bond issuance. Alina Stancu Bîrsan is experienced in NPL portfolio purchases.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)has a wonderful team of lawyers who offer first-class advice and innovative solutions’. Costin Tărăcilă advised several institutions as lead managers and trustees on NEPI’s €400m high-yield bond issuance. Alexandru Retevoescu advised BRD Société Générale on a €75m refinancing of CTP Group, while the ‘energetic and knowledgeable’ Victor Pădurari assisted the EBRD with a loan to Alro.

Suciu Popa si Asociații is ‘very good, and set to get even better’. The firm handles banking regulatory and capital markets work. Miruna Suciu and Dan Ciobanu are advising Transeastern Power Trust on its contemplated €30m IPO, while Cleopatra Leahu assists Biroul de Credit with data protection.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case is ‘a source of prompt, practical and useful legal advice’. Lucian Bondoc and Simona Petrişor advised Fondul Proprietatea on GDR buybacks and a contemplated secondary public offering. Petrisor also advised Mid Europa Partners on a syndicated loan, which it used to purchase Regina Maria.

Reff & Associates SCAprovides timely and professional answers to complex issues, and provides tangible added value’ and has ‘top-level expertise in capital markets’. Highlights included advising on the secondary debt market and on regulatory matters. Andrei Burz-Pinzaru is ‘a creative lawyer who offers pragmatic solutions’; he advised Banca Intesa Sanpaolo on selling a significant NPL portfolio.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA provides ‘an excellent service – cross-border transactions are managed perfectly’. Narcisa Oprea is advising a leading Romanian business on a €24m share capital increase. The team is also handling the proposed first target of a voluntary takeover bid of a listed company. Other work relates to employee stock option plans and municipal bonds.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii provides ‘a very good level of service, from response times to industry knowledge’. Mihai Dudoiu advised a consortium of investors on purchasing a €1.1bn NPL portfolio from BCR. Silvana Ivan is ‘an excellent professional’; she advised two ArcelorMittal companies on delisting from the Rasdaq. Ştefan Damian heads the practice.

Bohalteanu şi Asociaţii’s ‘young, enthusiastic and dedicated’ team is ‘extremely professional and effective, with excellent industry knowledge’. Daniela Milculescu, who ‘understands clients’ needs, and always manages to match them’, advised Cemacon on a hybrid loan restructuring process, while Ionut Bohalteanu advised BRD Société Générale on Nuclearelectrica’s share capital increase.

Bulboaca & Asociatii has ‘strong local knowledge and good response times’. Adrian-Cătălin Bulboacă is a key name for equity capital markets and acquisition finance. Costin Teodorovici is ‘attentive, responsive and practical’. Clients include Raiffeisen Bank.

Dentons provides ‘an excellent service’ to a mainly borrower client base on bank lending matters, with notable real estate finance expertise. Perry Zizzi advised BCR on financing the Oregon Park office development. Managing counsel Magdalena Raducanu is ‘very experienced and client-oriented’.

Kinstellar advises institutional lenders on loans, various companies on regulatory matters and banks on capital markets issues. Bogdan Bibicu assists Credit Suisse with securities regulation, and Hungary’s Eximbank with hydroelectric projects in Romania.

Muşat & Asociaţii handles financial services regulation, bank lending and other matters. Răzvan Stoicescu advised Ciech on a €373m loan to refinance its bonds, while Monia Dobrescu and Mona Muşat are advising Credit Suisse on a $30m loan secured on oil reserves. Autorității de Supraveghere Financiară is a client of its capital markets practice.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţiidelivers excellent quality’ to borrowers and e-money companies. Highlights included Bogdan Stoica advising Certinvest on its creation of an exchange-traded fund. Alexandru Ambrozie advised Magnetto Wheels on a €200m syndicated loan and a €230m refinancing, and routinely advises Fondul Proprietatea on a range of issues.

D&B David şi Baias SCA handles banking and capital markets regulatory matters. Sorin David advises 4Finance on the law surrounding non-banking financial institutions.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA’s work includes Marian Dinu advising the Romanian government on multiple issuances under its global medium-term note programme, totalling €2.25bn. Senior associate Cristian Vlaicu advised Hypo Noe on a real estate acquisition financing.

At Dragne & Asociaţii SCA, ‘clients appreciate the high quality of the technical advice on each file’. The firm handles litigation for banks, with Ion Dragne and Andreia Dumitrescu advising Banca Transilvania on high-level loan guarantee enforcement disputes.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s Laurenţiu Gorun handles share capital increases and lender-side real estate finance work. He advised ETEM Romania on a €3m cross-border share capital increase.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s Cristian Lina advises on bank regulatory matters. Clients include Credit Europe Bank, which the firm is representing in litigation regarding Swiss franc-denominated retail loans.

Leroy si Asociatii handles complex capital markets advice as well as finance transactions. Andreea Toma and recently promoted partner Cristina Togan advised BNP Paribas on its role in a $92m syndicated acquisition financing of three bulk carrier ships.

MMO Attorneys at Law in association with KPMG Legal handles significant NPL portfolio sales, with Laura Toncescu and Sebastian Olteanu advising major financial institutions on such deals. Other work relates to AeRO listings, including that of Iamba Arad.

Mitel & Asociatii advises borrowers and non-traditional lenders on a range of facilities. Madalina Paisa assisted Accession Mezzanine Capital with a €4m facility for Amethyst Radiotherapy.

Noerr’s Magdalena Lupoi advises on, among other things, refinancing, multi-currency revolving facilities and real estate financing. Other recent work includes securitisation and insurance matters.

Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law’s Roxana Mușoi and Carmen Bănățeanu handle capital markets regulation as well as securities and fintech matters, and assist borrowers with financing.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s handles M&A transactions in the banking sector, including the OTP-Millennium Bank merger. On the lender side, the practice advised OTP Bank Romania on a $127m syndicated financing of Alro. Dumitru Rusu is the key name.

Volciuc-Ionescu handles trade finance, novel capital markets issues, NPL acquisition finance and large finance deals, some of which are under Romanian law. Sabin Volciuc-Ionescu advised EDP Renováveis on a €30m financing of a solar park.

Wolf Theiss has ‘excellent knowledge of banking and finance’ with ‘an excellent ability to explain Romanian law to those from elsewhere’. Counsel Claudia Chiper advised BCR on a €22m real estate financing.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners is ‘brilliant: the whole package in terms of expertise, responsiveness and project management’. Ioana Racotihas great business sense and adds value’; she handled Alro’s $137m revolving refinancing from the EBRD.

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