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CMS

S-PARK, 11-15 TIPOGRAFILOR STREET, B3-B4, 4TH FLOOR, 013714 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
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Work +40 21 40 73 800
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Fax +40 21 40 73 900
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www.cms-cmck.com
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Romania

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMShandles complicated transactions in an intelligent and energetic manner’. Simona Marin ‘always gives clients a feeling of comfort and safety in tough negotiations’; she is leading a cross-border team advising Erste Bank on a €91m financing of a Blackstone logistics acquisition. Cristina Reichmann advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on selling its stake in Banca Transilvania via an accelerated bookbuild.

Leading individuals

Cristina Reichmann - CMS

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS is ‘business-oriented with international experience’ and ‘seeing it negotiating is a masterclass in how to represent one’s client and be fair at the same time’. The firm has a key strength in cross-border M&A, though it also handles a number of domestic deals. Horea Popescu advised Orange Romania on network sharing arrangements with Telekom Romania, and handled Eurobank’s sale of its Romanian insurance business to Fairfax Financial Holdings.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS handles strategic-level disputes and has notable strength in ADR. Managing partner Gabriel Sidere represents well-known clients in high-stakes arbitrations. Other mandates relate to tax and white-collar crime.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS handles strategic-level matters, including redundancies, discrimination litigation, market entries, immigration and executive exits, often for significant international clients. Gabriel Sidere is a key contact.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

CMS

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’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS handles web domain and trade mark disputes, as well as transactional intellectual property matters. Senior associate Marius Petroiu is a name to note.

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PPP and procurement
PPP and procurement - ranked: tier 2

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At CMS, partners from various practices advise bidders and private sector procurers on projects in several sectors. Gabriel Sidere advises technology clients, while Varinia Radu advises Setcore on bids to supply oilfield services to Romgaz. Other clients include significant names in the telecoms and transport arenas.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

CMS

CMS’ Roxana Fratila advised Aberdeen Asset Management on selling the Phoenix Tower to Israeli investors, and assisted Honeywell Garrett with an extension to its turbocharger factory in Romania. Other clients include Alpha Real Estate.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

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CMS acts for creditors in novel and agenda-setting insolvency matters. Gabriel Sidere is involved in many of the key mandates in the energy, entertainment and financial services sectors, with Horea Popescu advising on NPL portfolio sales alongside Cristina Reichmann.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS’ Horea Popescu and John Fitzpatrick, who divides his time between Bucharest and Istanbul, advised Orange on its network-sharing arrangement with Telekom Romania, while other mandates relate to data protection, outsourcing and e-payments.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS’ ‘very professional’ practice is, according to one source, ‘best in class’ for tax matters pertaining to the energy and financial services sectors. Roxana Popel is head of the practice. Energy practice head Varinia Radu advises the Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association on tax matters, including government relations concerning sector-specific issues. Other clients include several leading banks.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS’ managing partner Gabriel Sidere handles internal investigations, as well as prosecutions brought by DIICOT and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) concerning bribery and money laundering.

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Hungary

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Italy

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London

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Morocco

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Montenegro

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Netherlands

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North West

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Oman

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Poland

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Portugal

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Romania

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Russia

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South East

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Singapore

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Slovenia

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South West

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Switzerland

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Ukraine

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Yorkshire and the Humber

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Serbia

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Legal Developments by:
CMS

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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