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Mergers, Acquisitions and Privatisations; International Arbitration; Corporate and Commercial; Competition.
Cornel Popa is a Partner at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. Cornel combines top technical skills with commercial acumen to deal with complex and diverse matters. His multi-disciplinary approach covers large domestic and international joint-ventures, mergers, acquisitions and privatization projects, as well as dispute resolution. Cornel Popa has represented buyers and sellers from a broad range of industries and various Romanian governmental authorities in relation to multi-faceted, sophisticated matters. He is acknowledged as one of the most experienced dispute resolution lawyers in Romania, having dealt with civil litigation, mediation, domestic and international arbitration and participated in many hearings before ICSID, ICC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Furthermore, he was part of the team of lawyers having successfully defended the Romanian Government in three such ICSID arbitration cases while also currently being involved in a fourth one.
Cornel Popa is one of the founding partners of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. Cornel acted as a legal advisor for companies and institutions like: NIS Petrol, a member of Gazprom; OMV Petrom; Sofiproteol-Saipol; Colgate – Palmolive Romania; Zentiva; Orkla Foods; Interbrands; The Government of Romania; Hidroelectrica. He has been directly involved in some of the most important projects taking place on the Romanian market, including the following ones: co-coordinator of the legal team having successfully defended the Romanian Government in a complex international arbitration initiated by a foreign investor (EDF Services LTD) claiming over USD 100,000,000; coordinator of the legal team retained by Zentiva on a USD 200,000,000 transaction for the acquisition of the largest Romanian drugs producer, including the mandatory public offer on the Bucharest Stock Exchange Market; coordinator of the legal team retained by OMV Petrom in connection with a USD 100,000,000 sale-purchase transaction of several maritime drilling platforms and on-shore real estate and industrial equipment; representing in an arbitration proceeding concerning the development and management of an over EUR 140,000,000 shopping mall; representation in a GAFTA arbitration proceeding concerning the performance of corn sale purchase contracts (2010 crop); representation in an arbitration proceeding concerning the performance of a distribution contract regarding pharmaceutical products; assisting Interbrands Marketing & Distribution, the largest distribution company in the Romanian consumer goods market, in the acquisition of full ownership of Wella Romania, the local subsidiary of Procter & Gamble Group; advising NIS Petrol, a member of Gazprom, in relation to all its operations in Romania, including corporate, M&A, real estate, environmental and regulatory aspects; coordinator of the legal team assisting OMV Petrom in connection with the restructuring of the petrochemicals business carried out at Arpechim Piteşti industrial platform and subsequent sale thereof further to a transaction worth EUR 12,000,000; advising the Romanian subsidiary of Sofiproteol-Saipol - Expur SA - in a multi-million Euros transaction for acquiring some of the assets and industrial equipment owned by Cargill in Romania; member of the legal team assisting the Romanian Ministry of Justice in relation to the project “Technical Assistance for the Preparation of the enforcement of the New Civil Code, Criminal Code, Civil Procedure Code and Criminal Procedure Code”, by conducting an assessment from institutional, human resources, fiscal and economic perspectives; legal assistance to the leading advertising sales house for private electronic, interactive and mobile media in Switzerland, Goldbach Media Group, in connection with a acquisition of 72.7% of ARBOmedia Group; advising EMI European Media Investment AG (part of the Swiss Group Goldbach Media) on a multi-million Euros divestment of its Romanian subsidiaries involved in the editing of local leading newspapers.
Bucharest Bar Association; Multilaw.
University of Bucharest (LL.B., 1995).