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Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Bucharest, Cluj Napoca

Cornel Popa

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Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Privatisations; Oil and Gas; International Arbitration; Corporate and Commercial.


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. He also acts for clients active in the oil and gas industry, covering upstream and downstream matters (i.e. exploration, infrastructure and pipeline development and services contracts, related M&A issues etc).


Partner, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii (from 2005 to present), Partner, Muşat & Asociaţii, Partner (from 2003 to 2005), Partner, Sulica & Asociaţii (from 1999 to 2002, Senior/Associate from 1996 to 1999).


English, French.


Bucharest Bar Association; Court of International Commercial Arbitration (attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania); ICC Institute of World Business Law.


University of Bucharest (LL.B., 1995).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s practice houses ‘real fighters for their clients’. Robert Roșu (‘a well-rounded litigator’) represented Raiffeisen Bank in loan restructuring litigation. The ‘assertive yet diplomaticIoana Hrisafi-Josan acts for Swietelsky in a public procurement dispute. Cornel Popa and Levana Zigmund have expertise in arbitration mandates.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s ‘extremely proactive’ team is noted for its expertise in electricity, mining, renewables and oil and gas matters, with a focus on high-value investment mandates. The group is assisting China General Nuclear Power Group with its contribution of two reactors to the Cernavodă nuclear power station, while Sorin Vlădescu advises the EBRD on implementing energy performance contracts in the Romanian public sector worth over $4.3m. Cornel Popa is a name to note.

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Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

  • The Dispute Resolution Review Sixth Edition - Romania

    Disputes in Romania are settled in court in the vast majority of cases, under procedures regulated mainly by the new Civil Procedure Code (CPC). The CPC entered into force on 15 February 2013, has carried out a systemic and extensive overhaul of the Romanian dispute resolution model. With a specific focus on acceleration of trial proceedings, the new regulation has reformed both the schedule and the content of proceedings taking place in various phases of the lawsuit, while attempting to clarify many of the controversies raised by interpretable provisions in the former regulation.
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