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CMS’ team has ‘very good business acumen’ and is experienced in upstream oil and gas, mining, solar projects and electricity. The ‘very professional and analytic’ Varinia Radu advised Hunt Oil on the procurement process for the exploration of two onshore blocks. Loredana Mihailescu is ‘organised, with a practical and commercial view’.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Work includes oil exploration and farm-ins, as well as mining, renewable energy, forestry and environmental matters. Gabriela Cacerea, who is ‘detailed and precise’, and Ruxandra Bologa are the practice heads.

PeliFilip is ‘an experienced team of professionals with great knowledge of the energy sector’. In addition to being ‘one of the best and most experienced firms for wind work’, it advises on nuclear power, gas trading, and retail electricity market matters. Monica Iancuidentifies solutions to all the potential problems’, and Alina Stancu Bîrsanthinks outside the box’. Cristina Filip is also involved in key mandates. Since publication Monica Iancu moved to Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)provides prompt advice during negotiations’. Cosmin Tilea, a ‘very good lawyer with rich experience’, and Victor Pădurari advised China Huadian Engineering on a bid for a majority stake in Hidro Tarnita. Valentin Berea is representing Electrica Distribuţie Transilvania Nord in a dispute with RCS-RDS, which alleges that the energy distribution framework is in violation of both EU competition law and the Romanian constitution.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii provides ‘a high level of service – prompt and with good industry knowledge’. Five partners advise China General Nuclear Power Group on its plan to add two reactors to the Cernavodă nuclear power station. In the hydrocarbons space, Cornel Popa, who has ‘an in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced in the upstream sector’, advises NIS Petrol. Sorin Vladescu and Irina Moinescu advise CEZ Group.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is ‘professional and innovative – always delivering on time and to high standards’. Marian Dinu represents Chevron in litigation pertaining to its aborted hydraulic fracturing programme. Practice head and counsel Paula Corban-Pelinunderstands the risks and is quick to see the big picture’; she advises Nabucco Gas Pipeline International on midstream matters.

Dentons fields a team of ‘smart, experienced lawyers who are also nice guys’. Anda Todor and Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu, along with the firm’s Budapest office, advised CEFC China Energy on purchasing a majority stake in KMG International. Other work relates to power plant projects, energy trading and wind farm divestments.

Muşat & Asociaţii handles mining, competition and trading matters, as well as related litigation. Răzvan Stoicescu and Octavian Popescu represent Repower Furnizare Romania in a dispute with the regulator regarding changes to electricity trading rules.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii provides an ‘outstanding level of service’ on renewables, gas and mining matters. Bogdan Stoica is ‘able to understand a client’s requirements and convert them into documentation’. Ciprian Donțu represents Fondul Proprietatea and its portfolio companies in a range of litigation, including efforts to recover state aid received by Hidroelectrica. Vlad Neacşu is also a name to note.

Suciu Popa si Asociații’s ‘young yet highly experienced team knows the oil and gas business very well’. Cleopatra Leahu, arguably ‘one of the best oil and gas lawyers in the country’, and Miruna Suciu advised Petrofac on its departure from the Romanian market.

Volciuc-Ionescutruly understands the industry’, advising on energy regulation, power generation projects and upstream oil and gas matters. Ramona Volciuc-Ionescu, who is ‘very knowledgeable with outstanding negotiation skills’, advises EDPR on renewable regulation matters. Other clients include OMV Trading.

bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică has ‘a broad footing in energy, with lots of experience in conventional projects’. Highlights included energy procurements, concession agreements and litigation. Daniel Ştefănică and Anca Albulescu are key contacts.

Bohalteanu şi Asociaţii handles investments, financing and litigation in the renewable and conventional energy arenas. Daniela Milculescu represents Repower Furnizare in a dispute with Nuclearelectrica regarding electricity sale-purchase agreements. Ionut Bohalteanu advised the same client on its sale to Hareon Solar Technology.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case’s practice covers oil, gas and renewables. The group advised Engie on its spin-off of Congaz. Lucian Bondoc heads the team. Since publication Monica Iancu joined from PeliFilip.

Bulboaca & Asociatii’s ‘professional, punctual and understanding’ team handles renewables transactions and regulatory matters. ‘Team playerCosmin Stăvaru advised Martifer on the planned sale of a wind farm.

Buzescu Ca is ‘fast, efficient and reliable’ on energy trading and oil and gas concessions. Peter Buzescu, senior associate Corina Papuzu and Adrian Tomescu handle regulatory and licensing matters for EDF Trading and Gazprom Marketing & Trading.

D&B David şi Baias SCA is ‘very good and very professional’. Anda Rojanschi advised China Huadian Engineering on a joint venture agreement for the expansion of the Rovinari power plant. Associate Cristina Ciucădelivers what clients ask for’. Other clients include Vantage Drilling.

Kinstellar provides ‘a responsive service with a business-friendly approach’. In addition to assisting with energy trading and environmental matters, Răzvan Popa and counsel Iustinian Captariu advised Centrica on its purchase of Ener-G.

Leroy si Asociatiibrings valuable input to the table’ on transactional and contentious hydrocarbons work. Andreea Toma advises Expert Petroleum on its operations under a production enhancement services agreement. Bruno Leroyhas an in-depth knowledge of the sector and how it is regulated’.

Mitel & Asociatii provides ‘a very good service – quick response times and detailed opinions’. Practice head Madalina Paisa is advising Sand Hill Petroleum on oil prospecting activities and is assisting Apemin Tusad with its mineral water concession.

Pachiu & Associates handles a range of oil, trading and renewables matters. Alexandru Lefter is experienced in cross-border investments in hydrocarbon projects, while Delia Vasiliu’s work includes electricity trading, wind and solar matters.

Pop & Partners’ Claudiu Pop advises Asian investors on energy generation projects, and assists existing players with regulatory matters. He also advised Energie Burgenland on a wind turbine project.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA’s Monica Cojocaru has ‘great knowledge of the energy market, including obscure matters’; she is assisting with the expansion of the Cernavodă nuclear power station, as well as with renewable and environmental matters.

Vernon | David is a source of ‘great solutions for complicated problems’ concerning energy projects, renewables, mining and offshore drilling. Practice head Corina Tiganas, who is ‘very knowledgeable and commercial’, advises Xannat Materials.

Vilau | Associates’ Iuliana Dejescu advises Oscar Downstream on regulatory matters concerning EU law. Andrei Stefanovici advises clients including Electrica on energy distribution, solar park construction and green certificates.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s activity includes energy procurement disputes, investments and divestments, as well as day-to-day advice to businesses in the sector. Marta Popa heads the practice. Clients include Nabors Drilling and Romelectro.

Wolf Theiss handles acquisitions, financing, restructuring and insolvency matters in the energy sector. Ciprian Glodeanu advised ChintSolar on purchasing several solar parks and assisted another photovoltaic owner with the sale of green certificates.

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