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CMS has an established track record handling cross-border M&A mandates, predominantly within the technology, banking and industrial sectors. The firm’s experience also includes share purchase matters. Recent highlights include Horea Popescu assisting Alpla with acquiring Star East Pet.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s practice provides ‘a high level of service’. Adriana Ioana Gaspar advised a subsidiary of a prominent glass manufacturing company on acquiring Yioula Glassworks’ business. The ‘very responsiveGabriela Cacerea is assisting a private healthcare organisation with its acquisition of medical network Iowemed.


Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii is a leading Romanian independent law firm. Established in 1995 as one of the first incorporated partnerships, the firm brings together strong local resources, with exceptional credentials, outstanding records and distinguished careers in law, business and academia. The firm aspires to offer legal excellence by combining awareness with knowledge and understanding.  

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PeliFilip’s ‘highly dedicated’ team handles high-profile M&A and share purchase mandates. The ‘tough but practicalCristina Filip is ‘an excellent commercial operator’; she advised Terazone Enterprises on acquiring the company operating the last four Real hypermarkets in Romania, plus the stores’ real estate platforms, from Metro. Carmen Peli and Ioan Dumitrascu are notable practitioners.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii provides ‘strong technical advice’ on share purchases, acquisitions and market exits. Bogdan Stoica has ‘a very good commercial approach’; he assisted Romedex International with selling Nautilus and Nautilus Delta to C.R. Bard.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)’s team is ‘prompt, dedicated and gives excellent solutions’. Costin Tărăcilă, who stands out for his leadership, advised PAI Partners and R&R Ice Cream on the €3bn joint venture between R&R Ice Cream and Nestlé Ice Cream. Mihai Ristici assisted Asahi Group Holdings with its acquisition of Ursus Breweries.

Suciu Popa’s experience includes share purchases and large-scale acquisitions. In recent highlights, Miruna Suciu advised SABMiller on selling its business in Romania to Asahi Breweries, a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings. Cleopatra Leahu and Dan Ciobanu are other names to note.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s team has ‘a high level of involvement’ in a broad range of commercial and corporate matters. Ștefan Damian assisted KMGI with the sale of a 51% stake to China Energy Company. Cristian Radu is ‘an excellent adviser’; he advised Fortuna Romania on the €85m acquisition of Hattrick. Cătălin Băiculescu, who has ‘profound industry knowledge’, led the team handling Direct One’s €36m takeover of Netcity.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case’s team has ‘a proactive approach’. The group handles high-profile M&A matters for a range of industries. In 2016 the practice advised Waterland Private Equity on its acquisition of an approximately 61.2% stake in Kredyt Inkaso, and recently assisted The Greenbrier Companies with its joint venture with Astra Rail Management. Lucian Bondoc and Mihaela Bondoc are key names. Managing counsel Horațiu Dumitru is also recommended.

Clifford Chance Badea’s practice handles the full spread of M&A matters. Highlights included assisting Nepi with its multibillion-euro merger with Rockcastle. Nadia Badea is the key contact. Counsel Loredana Ralea is ‘a savvy M&A lawyer’. Ioana Talnaru left the firm.

Dentons’ offering includes joint ventures, mergers and restructuring. Anda Todor and Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu are notable practitioners. Cristina Daianu handles private equity instructions.

Kinstellar’s ‘integrated, knowledgeable and dedicated’ team is well known for acting for clients in transactions with cross-border elements. Răzvan Popa is ‘very committed to his clients and he always goes the extra mile’; he and counsel Zsuzsa Csiki (‘a very knowledgeable practitioner and a highly experienced lawyer’) advise UniCredit on the Romanian aspects of selling Pioneer Investments to Amundi. Iustinian Captariu made partner in June 2017.

Leroy si Asociatii has a strong track record in assisting a predominantly French client base with high-profile acquisitions. Bruno Leroy and Andreea Toma successfully advised Lactalis on its €78m purchase of Albalact via a voluntary bid on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. The duo assisted the same client with buying out Albalact’s minority shareholders and acquiring 100% of the share capital of Covalact.

Muşat & Asociaţii’s client base includes companies from the real estate, technology, retail and construction sectors, among others. The team handles a broad range of M&A matters. Gheorghe Muşat and Mona Mușat are the practice co-heads.

In a recent highlight, Noerr’s Rusandra Sandu assisted Daimler Group with its acquisition of Clever Tech and its subsidiary Clever Tech Sud. Senior associate Cristina Stamboli is also recommended.

Reff & Associates SCA has a strong reputation for handling spin-offs, intra-group mergers and notable M&A deals, among other areas. Alexandru Reff and Georgiana Singurel are key names.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA provides ‘meaningful and timely advice’ on high-profile M&A deals. Mădălina Neagu advised OTP Bank Romania on acquiring the seller’s shares from the National Bank of Greece in Banca Românească. Monica Cojocaru is ‘a savvy business lawyer’.

Wolf Theiss’ team has ‘strong business acumen’, and assists buyers and sellers with acquisition and share purchase matters. Bryan Jardine advised GE Albany Global Holdings on acquiring a 49% minority stake in Alstom General Turbo from exiting minority shareholder General Turbo. Ileana Glodeanu assisted Topmost Investments with acquiring EEC Invest Imobiliare.

The team at bpv Grigorescu Ştefănicăprovides a very business-oriented service and is highly responsive’. The firm’s workload includes shareholder agreements and high-profile M&A deals. Cătălin Grigorescu assisted 4finance Holding with purchasing TBI Bank by acquiring 100% of TBIF Financial Services.

Biriş Goran SPARL assists shareholders and corporates with buy and sell mandates. Of counsel Christian Mîndru heads the practice; he advised the shareholder of MT&T Property Management on selling a 100% stake to Atalian.

D&B David şi Baias SCA’s ‘solution-driven’ team has experience in mergers, spin-offs, share purchases and acquisitions. Sorin David has ‘an uncanny grasp of complex matters and a wealth of experience’; he and the ‘extremely deal orientedAnda Rojanschi are the practice co-heads. The duo assisted Praktiker Romania’s shareholders with selling 27 stores to Kingfisher.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA houses ‘seasoned lawyers’ with experience in cross-border M&A deals across a range of sectors. Counsel Paula Corban-Pelin advised Synergy Energy Holdings on acquiring CDI Oilfield Services. Marian Dinu heads the practice.

Maravela & Asociaţii’s team provides ‘advice of great quality’. Gelu Maravela is ‘a prominent business lawyer and a great team leader’. Alina Popescu has ‘wide knowledge and experience’.

Mugur Filipescu heads the commercial practice at Voicu & Filipescu SCA. The team provides day-to-day regulatory advice and assistance with acquisition mandates to clients from a wide range of industries.

Volciuc-Ionescu is ‘up-to-date with the latest industry trends’. Ramona Volciuc-Ionescu, who is ‘a tough negotiator and knows how to get the deal done’, advised a US technology corporation on the internal restructuring process of its global subsidiaries.

The team at Bohalteanu şi Asociaţiiexcels at being proactive’ in cross-border M&A mandates and providing corporate advice to blue-chip clients. Ionut Bohalteanu and Daniela Milculescu advised Teraplast on acquiring a 50% stake in Depaco.

Buzescu Ca’s ‘very efficient’ team has expertise in handling cross-border M&A deals for international corporations. Peter Buzescu and senior associate Corina Papuzu assist a UK subsidiary of Gazprom with corporate governance matters regarding its branch in Romania.

Mihai Guia and Cristian Lina are the names to note at Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), where the team handles corporate governance, investment matters, high-value M&A deals and divestiture of shares. The client roster includes SmartDreamers.

In recent highlights, Mitel & Asociatii’s Madalina Paisa and Serban Suchea assisted the majority shareholder of Alexandrion Group with buying out the minority shareholders. Suchea also advised CyberGhost on its acquisition by Crossrider. Sorin Mitel is a notable practitioner.

Radu si Asociatii | EY Law Romania’s ‘very fast and proactive’ team handles internal restructuring matters and acquisitions. Radu Diaconu, who was promoted to associate partner in 2017, assisted PPG Industries with its €50m purchase of Deutek. Senior associate Radu Ionescu is also recommended.

Stalfort Legal. Tax. Audit.provides an excellent level of service’. The team has ‘deep legal knowledge’ of share purchases, restructurings and mergers. Raluca Oprișiu’s ‘knowledge of Romanian corporate law is excellent’; she advises Verbund on the restructuring and merging of its Romanian subsidiaries.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law houses ‘a very proactive and knowledgeable’ team. Silviu Stratulat is ‘innovative and hardworking’; he advised Teads on the acquisition of Brainient.

Vernon | David provides ‘commercial and sensible advice’ across a range of corporate and cross-border transactions. Charles Vernon and Maria Nica are advising Orange România on an acquisition in Moldova.

Dragne & Asociaţii SCA’s expertise includes joint ventures, corporate governance and shareholder matters. Andreia Dumitrescu is a notable practitioner.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii has ‘a very client-oriented approach’ and provides ‘very good knowledge of corporate law’. The ‘insightful and innovative’ Alin-Mihai Laurențiu heads the practice; he is assisting Blugento with structuring its first investment round.

Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firmknows all the legal details’. The team handles transactional, merger and shareholder matters. Radu-Catalin Pavel provides ‘innovative solutions’.

Peterka & Partners has expertise in share purchases and corporate governance, among other areas. Cosmina Romelia Aron and Ioana Sebestin advise Ganapati Malta on establishing a subsidiary in Romania.

Pop & Partners is ‘very knowledgeable in the corporate area’. Claudiu Pop has ‘strong negotiation skills’; he assisted director Bobby Paunescu and Hollywood-based financers with the complete acquisition of MediaPro Studios from Central European Media Enterprises. Irina Bănică handles corporate mandates.

Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law’s workload includes mergers, share purchases and acquisitions. Mihai Rădulescu, Roxana Mușoi and Carmen Bănățeanu are notable practitioners.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners’ team is ‘determined and dedicated’. The group handles share purchases and restructurings. Anca Danilescugives a feeling of security in any situation’; she assisted Transport Trade Services with acquiring 51% of the share capital in Plimsoll Kft.

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