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Valentin Berea

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RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA in ass

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Dispute Resolution, Competition, Intellectual Property.




Valentin Berea is a Partner at RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP). He specialises in dispute resolution, competition and intellectual property. Among recent highlights, Valentin has successfully coordinated the defence of a major international engineering group against the Romanian Road Authority in a high profile ICC Arbitration held in Paris, relating to a large infrastructure project in Romania. In anti-trust litigation, Valentin has distinguished himself by winning some of the most notable antitrust litigation cases. For example, together with his team, he succeeded in obtaining in court the first significant reduction (of over 80%) of a fine imposed by the Competition Council (on the insulin trading market), based on a mitigating circumstance. This has set a precedent in court of reducing the fines imposed by the competition authority. Recently, Valentin obtained the full exoneration of British American Tobacco after representing the company in a cartel investigation which lasted for 4 years (including dawn raid proceedings). As regards IP litigation, Valentin was involved in one of the largest litigations to date in Romania, regarding the ownership of the Vodafone trademark. Valentin is included on the list of arbitrators of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court attached to the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham) and is a member of the Administrative Council of this court. Valentin is also a certified intellectual property counsellor for trademarks and industrial designs.


Valentin Berea is fluent in English and French.


Valentin Berea is a qualified Romanian lawyer, registered with the Bucharest Bar. He is also a member of the National Union of Romanian Bar Associations.


Valentin Berea graduated from the University of Bucharest, Law Faculty and from the University of Paris I, Pantheone - Sorbonne.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP) is noted for representing Hollywood studios such as Walt Disney, Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox in a claim against internet service providers intended to block pirate movie websites. Elsewhere, the team had success in the High Court of Cassation and Justice, representing Midtown Retail in real-estate litigation arising from a restitution claim on a plot of land now housing a supermarket. Valentin Berea and Prof Lucian Mihai head the practice, which is experienced in handling antitrust, administrative and real estate litigation in addition to domestic and international arbitration. Răzvan Nănescu left the firm to establish Nănescu.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Valentin Berea and counsel Roxana Ionescu are ‘outstanding’ and ‘know competition law very well’. The pair jointly lead the practice at RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP), which adeptly handles merger approvals, dawn raids, antitrust investigations and litigation and internal audits. Recent highlights include representing Electrica in relation to allegations of cartel facilitation and successfully obtaining the annulment of a fine issued by the Competition Council for Maspex Romania.

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