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CMS is ‘business-oriented with international experience’ and ‘seeing it negotiating is a masterclass in how to represent one’s client and be fair at the same time’. The firm has a key strength in cross-border M&A, though it also handles a number of domestic deals. Horea Popescu advised Orange Romania on network sharing arrangements with Telekom Romania, and handled Eurobank’s sale of its Romanian insurance business to Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s practice is ‘very responsive’. Adriana Ioana Gaspar advised KMG International on divesting a majority stake in the former Rompetrol to China Energy Company. Adina Chilim-Dumitriu advised RR Media on purchasing a controlling stake in Eastern Space Systems. Managing associate Răzvan Vlad is ‘highly commended for corporate work’.

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Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii is a leading Romanian independent law firm. Established in 1995 as one of the first incorporated partnerships, the firm brings together strong local resources, with exceptional credentials, outstanding records and distinguished careers in law, business and academia. The firm aspires to offer legal excellence by combining awareness with knowledge and understanding.  

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PeliFilip is ‘a dynamic firm, always ready to react and respond in a very active market’. Cristina Filip advised Țiriac Group on its departure from UniCredit Țiriac Bank and subsequent increase in its participation in Allianz Țiriac Asigurari. Carmen Peli has ‘a thorough understanding of merger control’. Since publication Monica Iancu moved to Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii handles buy and sell side mandates and corporate matters such as market entries. Bogdan Stoica has ‘an excellent reputation in the Romanian market as one of the best M&A lawyers’; he advised Eurofins Group on acquiring EVIC France’s stake in Bio High Tech. Alexandru Ambrozie assisted Fondul Proprietatea with its exit from Lukoil Romania.

One of the most experienced firms on the market’, RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)provides high-quality and timely assistance’. Costin Tărăcilă handled several private equity deals, including Advent International’s sale of Regina Maria to Mid Europa Partners. Mihai Ristici is advising Electrica on corporate matters following its IPO.

Suciu Popa si Asociații has ‘an exceptionally strong practice’. Miruna Suciu, ‘an extraordinary transactional lawyer with clear judgement’, is advising Transeastern Power Trust on its €40m purchases of two wind-power businesses and an electricity trader. Cleopatra Leahu has ‘a creative and uncomplicated approach to sensitive issues’, and Dan Ciobanu ‘has a nice business lens on his advice’.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is ‘a stable, reliable and strong firm that mitigates risks’. Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa advised Carrefour on its €100m purchase of 86 Billa stores from Rewe. Cătălin Băiculescu, who has ‘years of transactional experience’, handled GKN’s €706m purchase of Fokker Technologies Group. Ştefan Damian advised General Electric on its purchase of Alstom’s power grid business.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case is ‘a high-level law firm’ with expertise in M&A in various sectors. Highlights included advising Fondul Proprietatea on divesting shareholdings in two E.ON companies. ‘One of the best in pharma’, Lucian Bondoc is ‘a strong leader of deal teams’, and Mihaela Bondoc is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’. Since publication Monica Iancu joined from PeliFilip.

Clifford Chance Badea is ‘technically aware and able to process complex tasks quickly’. Nadia Badea and counsel Loredana Ralea, who takes ‘a good commercial approach to negotiations’, advised Innova Capital on selling La Fantana to another fund. Ioana Talnaru made partner. Counsel Mihai Macelaru joined from Noerr.

DentonsAnda Todor and Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu led the Romanian aspects of China Energy Company’s sale of the former Rompetrol group. Cristina Daianu is a partner of note for private equity.

Kinstellar’s ‘bright, competent and knowledgeable’ team handles major transactions, often with a cross-border element. Răzvan Popa, ‘a remarkable lawyer with top-notch technical knowledge’, coordinated Alpha Bank’s sale of 12.5% of Victoriabank to the EBRD, which utilised a novel structure. Counsel Iustinian Captariu is ‘practical, responsive and an excellent communicator’.

Musat & Asociatii stands out for its ‘high level of expertise and efficiency’ in deals and its experience in the retail, natural resources and entertainment sectors. Gheorghe Muşathas a wealth of market knowledge and expertise in complex transactions’ and, alongside Răzvan Stoicescu, advised Premier Capital on its €65m purchase of McDonald’s’ Romanian operations.

At Noerr, Rusandra Sandu advised Nidec Corporation on acquiring ANA IMEP. Mihai Macelaru joined Clifford Chance Badea.

Reff & Associates SCA has ‘a good understanding of the legal and business domains’. It handles significant M&A deals, spin-offs and intra-group mergers. Alexandru Reff, who is ‘great at a strategic level’, advised the founders of toy retailer Noriel on its sale to a private equity buyer.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCAsuccessfully and efficiently combines local and international know-how’. Mădălina Neagu, who is ‘experienced enough to handle difficult negotiations’, handled the sale of supermarkets for a German retailer. Monica Cojocaru advised an insurance company on purchasing AXA Life Insurance.

Wolf Theiss provides ‘pragmatic advice that takes into account complex ramifications of tangled deals’. The firm advised both Erg Renew and Lukoil on the dissolution of wind farm joint venture LukErg, necessitating a ‘Chinese wall’ between Ileana Glodeanu and Bryan Jardine.

bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică is ‘always active and supportive’ in the M&A space, routinely handling deals with significant technology elements and venture capital purchases. Cătălin Grigorescu and Daniel Ştefănică advised Dent Estet on its purchase by MedLife.

Biriş Goran SPARL’s ‘flexible and proactive’ team provides ‘a good level of service, with clear and concise answers’. Practice head and of counsel Christian Mîndru advised Atos on the post-closing aspects of its purchase of Xerox.

D&B David şi Baias SCA is ‘able to provide legal solutions to complex issues’. Sorin Davidcan provide a legal framework for difficult practical issues’ and heads the team jointly with Anda Rojanschi; the duo advised Oresa Ventures on repurchasing La Fantana from another investment fund.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is ‘extremely responsive and able to provide spot-on commercially oriented advice’. Counsel Paula Corban-Pelin is ‘a truly remarkable lawyer who provides excellent technical advice’ and along with practice head Marian Dinu advised Origin Enterprises on two agribusiness purchases totalling €50m.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)provides a very good level of service and is receptive to clients’ needs’. Practice head Mihai Guia, who is ‘a good communicator with deep understanding of the local business environment’, is advising Credit Europe Group on divesting Credit Europe Asigurari Reasigurari to a Munich Re subsidiary. Cristian Linatakes an excellent overall view’.

Leroy si Asociatii handles significant acquisitions, often for French clients. Bruno Leroy and Andreea Toma are advising Lactalis on its purchase of Albalact as a voluntary bid on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

Voicu & Filipescu SCAprovides business-oriented responses supported by practical experience’ and has notable expertise in financial services sector deals. Dumitru Rusu advised Nextebank on purchasing a majority stake in Banca Comerciala Carpatica.

Volciuc-Ionescu is ‘helpful, knowledgeable and user-friendly – its advice moves matters forwards’. Ramona Volciuc-Ionescu, who is ‘impressive and experienced in dealing with complex structures’, is advising the shareholders of British Foam Grup on its sale to Dutch investors through a leveraged buyout.

Bohalteanu şi Asociaţii’s work includes share capital increases, corporate advice to blue-chip clients and cross-border M&A deals. Ionut Bohalteanu and Daniela Milculescu are advising Hareon Solar Technology on potentially purchasing Repower Furnizare.

Buzescu Caprovides straight-to-the-point advice’ and is ‘a seamless extension of a client’s in-house team’. Senior associate Corina Papuzu handled several matters for Merrill Lynch Commodities, including its exit from the market. Peter Buzescu handles acquisitions and corporate matters.

Maravela & Asociaţii is ‘a professional team on all levels’. Gelu Maravela is ‘an excellent professional’, and Alina Popescu is ‘an expert in finding efficient solutions – very professional and knowledgeable’.

Mitel & Asociatii’s Sorin Mitel advised Airbus Helicopters on establishing a new assembly line in Romania. Madalina Paisa advised MedLife on acquiring SAMA Group.

Pachiu & Associatesprovides flexible, serious solutions’ and handles, among other things, merger control and minority shareholder relations. The ‘balanced, available and responsiveAlexandru Lefter advised Halewood International on buying out a minority shareholder. Remus Ene handles competition law.

Radu si Asociatii | EY Law Romania’s ‘very competent team’ handles acquisitions and internal restructures and mergers. Managing associate Radu Diaconu and senior associate Radu Ionescu are ‘straightforward, gimmick-free and clear in their advice’; the duo are advising BFG Packaging and Trigentis on purchasing British Foam Grup.

Vernon | David handles corporate matters and transactions, with a particular strength in Romania-Moldova cross-border matters. Maria Nica assists Asirom with day-to-day matters.

Boanţă Gîdei şi Asociaţii S.C.Ahandles matters efficiently with a view to business interests’ and has notable strength in corporate matters. Sergiu Gîdei, ‘a skilled negotiator against difficult people’, advises major telecoms companies on day-to-day matters.

Dragne & Asociaţii SCA undertakes transactional and corporate governance matters. Andreia Dumitrescu advised RER Ecologic Service Oradea on a joint venture agreement.

Ionescu si Sava, SCA has ‘highly qualified lawyers who offer helpful advice’. Radu Ionescu heads the practice, which advises Mercedes-Benz Romania on contractual matters and assists Catalyst Romania with various acquisitions.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii has ‘in-depth knowledge of the problems and mechanisms’ involved in corporate governance and M&A matters. Alin Mihai Laurentiu is ‘a very good negotiator’; he advised Polus Real Estate on a share capital increase with minority shareholder opposition.

Pavel, Margarit & Associates is ‘at the top of its game, applying brilliant ideas when needed’. Radu-Catalin Pavel, who is ‘client-oriented and an excellent legal adviser’, assisted an international investor with a €5m purchase of a cold storage facility.

Peterka & Partners’ experience includes corporate governance, transactions and company formation. Ioana Sebestin, who has ‘deep understanding of client needs’, advised XPO Logistics on changes of directors.

Pop & Partners handles corporate and transactional work, with a particular strength in alternative energy deals. Claudiu Pop advised Global Alloys on selling a stake in a wind farm to a Chinese investor. Irina Bănică handles corporate work.

Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law is ‘practical, knowledgeable, fast and supportive’. Roxana Mușoi and Carmen Bănățeanu advised Quality Crops Production on purchasing a stake in Agricola 96.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law fields a team of ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ lawyers who are ‘consummate professionals’. The ‘incredibly focused and drivenSilviu Stratulat advised Wirecard on acquiring Provus from Innova Capital.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partnershas a high-quality team’, which handles acquisitions, restructurings and mergers. Anca Danilescu advised RP Explorer Netherlands on divesting a minority stake in Access Financial Services.

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