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CMS provides ‘a high quality of service and deep knowledge’ in the banking and finance sphere. The ‘extremely solution-oriented’ Simona Marin acted for Raiffeisen Bank International, as lead arranger, on the €72m project refinancing of Bucharest’s Radisson Blu Hotel. Cristina Reichmann assisted Eurobank with a €597m NPL portfolio sale to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Kruk.

Clifford Chance Badea’s ‘very astute’ practice acts for well-known banks on high-value syndicated loan mandates. Daniel Badea advised a consortium of banks, including UniCredit, BCR, BRD – Groupe Société Général and Raiffeisen Bank, on a €55m loan to Premium Porc Group. Counsel Cosmin Anghel is also recommended.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s banking and finance team provides ‘valuable knowledge and customised advice’ to lenders on project financing matters. Manuela Nestor heads up the practice. The ‘very knowledgeableAlina Radu and the ‘persuasiveValentin Voinescu are also key names.

PeliFilip’s team is ‘focused on providing practical solutions’. Alina Stancu Bîrsan advised a major international bank and four Italian banks on increasing a €260m senior facilities agreement. Carmen Peli acts on key mandates. Senior associate Christina Apostu is also recommended.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)delivers high-quality advice in an efficient manner’ and ‘analyses all details of a transaction’. In one highlight, the ‘hands-on and commercial’ Victor Pădurari advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a €102.5m financing to Lidl Discount. Alexandru Retevoescu, who has ‘excellent negotiation skills’, assisted BRD and Komerční banka with a €47.6m financing to CTPark Gamma. Senior associate Poliana Gogu-Naum is also recommended.

Suciu Popa’s ‘highly efficient and proactive’ team handles banking regulatory work and project financing mandates. Miruna Suciu and Dan Ciobanu assisted Hili Properties with securing a €30m financing to acquire ART Business Centre.

Project finance matters are a cornerstone area of expertise for the team at Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case. In 2016 the group assisted Stabilus with financing its acquisition of four companies from Kaydon Corporation. Lucian Bondoc and Simona Petrişor are the names to note.

Muşat & Asociaţii’s expertise includes bank lending, loan restructuring and project financing. Mona Muşat and Monia Dobrescu advised the European Investment Bank on a €232m loan to the Municipality of Bucharest intended for urban development. Răzvan Stoicescu is another notable practitioner.

Andrei Burz-Pînzaru is the key contact at Reff & Associates SCA for banking and finance mandates. The team’s workload includes regulatory matters and loan portfolio transfers.

Secured NPL portfolio sales are a key area of expertise at Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA. In 2016 Matei Florea advised BCR on corporate and retail NPL portfolio sales worth €1.2bn and €300m respectively, and recently assisted BRD on its first NPL portfolio sale worth €280m.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s workload includes NPL transactions, project financing and loan restructuring. Mihai Dudoiu assisted IFC with purchasing a €597m NPL portfolio from Eurobank. Ștefan Damian heads the practice.

Bohalteanu şi Asociaţii has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’. The team advises borrowers and lenders on loan restructuring and acquisition finance mandates. Practice head Daniela Milculescu receives praise for ‘her attention to detail and client-oriented attitude’.

Bulboaca & Asociatii’s ‘very responsive and commercial’ team is known for advising banks on acquisition finance work. Adrian-Cătălin Bulboacă and Costin Teodorovici are the names to note.

Dentons has a strong track record in handling bank lending mandates for borrower clients, particularly in the area of real estate finance. Perry Zizzi is the name to note. Managing counsel Magdalena Raducanu is also recommended.

Kinstellar acts for banks on lending mandates and advises companies on regulatory matters. Bogdan Bibicu assists Crédit Agricole with the regulatory aspects of a €50bn structured Euro medium-term note (EMTN) programme.

Leroy si Asociatii assists borrowers and lenders with finance transactions. Andreea Toma and Cristina Togan advised Crédit Agricole on a €80m financing to Solina France for the purpose of acquiring Supremia Grup.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii acts for international banks and leasing companies on a range of matters. Highlights included Alexandru Ambrozie advising the governor and company of the Bank of Ireland on a €400m financing to two Romanian subsidiaries of Origin Enterprises.

TMO Attorneys at Law in association with KPMG Romania’s ‘good industry knowledge’ includes NPL portfolio work. Highlights included assisting Eos Credit Funding with purchasing a high-value secured NPL portfolio from BCR. Laura Toncescu and Sebastian Olteanu are key names.

Wolf Theiss’ team is ‘knowledgeable, passionate and focused on getting things done in an efficient manner’. Counsel Claudia Chiper advised Raiffeisen Bank and EximBank on a €34m loan to a bulk material handling terminal company. Senior associate Ramona Hromei is ‘commercially minded and provides practical solutions to challenging topics’.

Recent work for DLA Piper Dinu SCA’s team includes Monica Georgiadis assisting Avangate with a $14m financing granted by PNC Bank. Senior associate Cristian Vlaicu advises Caixabank Electronic Money on payment regulations.

A key area of Dragne & Asociaţii SCA’s practice is handling litigation for banks. Ion Dragne and Andreia Dumitrescu are notable practitioners.

Mitel & Asociatii’s Madalina Paisa assisted IG Watteeuw with a €210m syndicated loan granted by three Belgian lenders. Other clients include Arabesque.

Noerr has a strong track record in real estate financing, multi-currency revolving facilities and refinancing, among other areas. Senior associate Magdalena Lupoi is the key name.

At Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law, Roxana Mușoi and Carmen Bănățeanu advise borrowers and lenders on financing matters and securities mandates.

Volciuc-Ionescu’s team has ‘in-depth knowledge of the local market’. Sabin Volciuc-Ionescu advised UniCredit on a €45m loan to an Austrian developer for office building construction.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners handles banking litigation and regulatory matters. Clients include Piraeus Bank. Ioana Racoti and Elena Iacob jointly lead the team.

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