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bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică’s ‘advice is always precise’ on mandates involving data protection, e-commerce and fintech issues. The team is advising Atos IT Solutions and Services on a €340m merger with communications software and services firm Unify, and recently assisted Zitec with selling a 25% stake to Dante International. Other clients include Google and Take-Two Interactive Software. Cătălin Grigorescu, Alexandru Rusu and senior associate Flavius Florea are the names to note.

CMS has a strong track record in network-sharing agreements, data protection and outsourcing work. Recent highlights include assisting Bitdefender with the acquisition of Profil Technology. Horea Popescu is the key contact.

In recent highlights, Muşat & Asociaţii’s team is acting as lead legal adviser in a consortium selected by the Romanian government to assist the Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society with the privatisation of Telekom Romania. Iulian Popescu heads up the group.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s ‘excellent’ practice is noted for its strength in telecoms, data protection and VoIP matters. Adina Chilim-Dumitriu leads the ‘very responsive’ team, which recently advised an international law firm on the regulatory requirements governing VoIP services. Senior associate Alina Vizitiu is recommended.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii provides ‘thorough, clear and comprehensive’ advice on a broad array of mandates, including broadcasting, telecoms and software development. The group assisted Vodafone Romania with authorisation and regulatory procedures regarding its planned launch of over-the-top services before the National Audiovisual Council. Cătălin Băiculescu and Vlad Cercel are noted for their ‘profound industry knowledge’.

Buzescu Ca’s ‘knowledgeable and proactive’ team advised Estée Lauder Companies on data protection requirements regarding its offering of Wi-Fi services to consumers, to ensure the services’ compliance with Romanian legislation. Peter Buzescu leads the group.

D&B David şi Baias SCA has ‘well-rounded business acumen’. Practice head Manuela Guia is ‘very reliable’; she is assisting Castel Film Studios and MediaPro Distribution with an ongoing petition to the Romanian authorities to develop a state aid scheme to incentivise the film industry.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is noted for its strength in data protection, privacy and software licensing. Counsel Ana-Maria Andronic leads the team assisting UiPath with a $30m Series A venture capital financing received from Accel Partners. Livia Zamfiropol is a notable practitioner.

Dentons handles mandates concerning telecoms regulations, data protection and privacy matters, among other areas. Anda Todor advised Virgin Radio on its entry into the Romanian market; other clients include Gracenote and Rockaway Capital. Managing counsel Anamaria Corbescu is also recommended.

PeliFilip continues to act for RCS & RDS, most recently representing the company in two disputes against Antena TV Group pertaining to mutual contractual claims about services such as the retransmission of TV channels. Cătălin Alexandru and Alexandru Bîrsan are the key contacts.

At Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii, Alexandru Ambrozie is assisting Siveco with data privacy and IT compliance issues regarding the launch of the Wand Education portal for virtual classrooms in Romania. Name partner Ernest-Virgil Popovici is a notable practitioner.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP) is perhaps best known for its strength in telecoms and media mandates. In 2016 the team advised Global Finance on the sale of TotalSoft. Costin Tărăcilă is ‘very energetic, positive, and determined’.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s predominant areas of instruction lie in outsourcing agreements and IT-related mandates. Previous work for the team includes assisting an outsourcing company with the development of a business process outsourcing centre in Romania. Marta Popa is the key name.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case has ‘a very strong local and international experience in data protection’. Lucian Bondoc assisted online retailer eMAG with its acquisition of PC Garage. Monica Iancu is ‘solution-oriented’; she advises Natera on data protection matters.

Drakopoulos Law Firm is best known for assisting clients with advertising, telecoms and copyright matters. Adrian Roseti advises Coca-Cola Romania on copyright infringement matters. Laurențiu Gorun is a notable practitioner. Other clients include Sound Good Mobile and Bavaria Brewery.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) assisted Turkish software company Logo on the €35m acquisition of Romanian IT company TotalSoft. Cristian Lina is a notable practitioner.

Kinstellar’s Răzvan Popa leads the team advising the Walt Disney Company on cross-border data protection issues. Bogdan Bibicu has expertise in IT-related mandates.

Reff & Associates SCA’s key strength lies in data protection; e-commerce and fintech matters are also included in the team’s workload. Georgiana Singurel heads the team, and managing associate Silvia Axinescu is also recommended.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law’s Ana Maria Kușak and newly promoted partner Christiana Fernbach assisted the Edward Neuk Company with data protection issues relating to the social media platform Kuende. Other clients include Creative Media Development.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law’s Ana Maria Kușak and newly promoted partner Christiana Fernbach assisted the Edward Neuk Company with data protection issues relating to the social media platform Kuende. Other clients include Creative Media Development.

Wolf Theiss has an established track record assisting clients with data protection and software matters. Ileana Glodeanu advises GEA Group on data protection regulations.

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