Firms To Watch: EU and competition

Stefan Botezatu heads up the practice at act | Botezatu Estrade Partners, which has established strength in advising on energy-related competition matters.
Under the leadership of founding partner Octavian Popescu, the team at Popescu & Asociatii is often instructed in both advisory and contentious EU and competition work.
Contentious matters are prominent in STOICA & Asociatii – Attorneys at Law's workload, however the practice is equally adept at assisting with the full range of state aid and competition law issues. Dragoș Bogdan is the key name to note.

Firms in the Spotlight EU and competition

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

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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.

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Filip & Company

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Filip & Company is one of the leading law firms in Romania providing top quality assistance in all relevant areas of law for businesses operating in Romania or considering Romania.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

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For over 30 years, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) has guided both domestic and international companies through the intricacies of the Romanian legal landscape, being recognized as a promoter of business law on the local market. NNDKP offers integrated legal and tax services at international standards across all legal areas relevant for businesses and …

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EU and competition in Romania

D&B David si Baias SCA

D&B David si Baias SCA fields a team of sought-after competition lawyers in Romania. The group has been kept especially busy handling state aid issues, and reports an uptick in merger clearance mandates arising from an increased amount of M&A activity in the Romanian market. Market investigations remain a core pillar of instruction for the team. Practice head Sorin David has an excellent reputation in the field. Lucian BozianSonia Voinescu and Gabriela Ifrin are key names in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sorin David


Other key lawyers:

Lucian Bozian; Sonia Voinescu; Gabriela Ifrin; Andreea Toncu


Testimonials

‘Professional individuals and team good work, delivered on time. Very good communication.’

‘Very well organized, informed and ready to take action at any time. Very well prepared professionally, great communicators. Able to provide integrated and innovative solutions.’

‘Exceptional professional background in the competition legislation, excellent knowledge and experience in the field. Quick availability and response to clients’ requests.’

‘The team stands out for its professionalism, good communication both within the team and in the relationship with clients, the ability to present information on time and in a clear manner.’

‘Each individuals has the qualities presented above for the team. I am honored to mention: Sorin David, Lucian Bozian, and Andreea Toncu.’

‘Sonia Voinescu and Gabriela Ifrin have a very good team spirit and fast reaction, passion for what they are doing, that it is clear for me.’

‘Highly professional team, good in understanding client’s needs and flexible in providing competent and efficient solutions tailored to such needs.’

‘Lucian Bozian stands out with his detailed expertise, pro-active attitude and qualified advice in competition compliance matters.’

Key clients

OMV Petrom


Dnata Catering


Altex Group


Catena / Fildas Trading


Iveco Group


HS Timber


Public Power Corporation


Istanbul Memorial


TAROM


Ceres Pharma


EBRD


Carrefour Romania


Lidl Romania


Cargill Agricultura


AER


Automobile Bavaria


Porta KMI Romania


Kronospan Trading


Hirschmann Automotive TM


Bosch Automotive


Rombat


Complexul Energetic Oltenia (CEO)


CEC Bank


Filip & Company

Filip & Company‘s ‘very dynamic and innovative’ competition team has a solid track record in acting in major investigations in the Romanian market, and is regularly instructed by major domestic and multinational companies on day-to-day competition compliance matters, as well as handling merger control filings for large-scale M&A deals. The practice is led by Cătălin Suliman, who fields expertise in advising on competition matters within the telecoms sector, as well as handling unfair competition and state aid issues. Silviu Vasile garners praise for his ‘excellent analytical and research skills‘. Roxana Rosca and Tudor Dobinda are key names to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Cătălin Suliman


Other key lawyers:

Silviu Vasile; Roxana Rosca; Tudor Dobinda


Testimonials

‘Unique understanding and anticipation of client’s needs and challenges, highest level of professionalism, proactive approach, excellent adapted solutions, swift and clear response, excellent/the best knowledge of the market and market trends.’

‘Filip & Company is one of our closest and most trusted partners. With exceptionally strong ability to offer well documented arguments and draw reasonable and logical assumptions from limited information, time and resource management skills, they make every client feel like a priority. Due to their outstanding work ethics and knowledgeable partners and associates, they stand out as a reliable and professional law firm.’

‘Silviu Vasile stood out. Throughout our collaboration, Silviu has showed excellent understanding of our business model, as well as excellent analytical and research skills. He is able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate effective strategies. Silviu also has exceptional writing skills and is a gifted public speaker. Moreover, we highly appreciate his effectiveness in task management and his persuasive communication skills.’

‘Very dynamic, innovative, very well understanding the business and come with proactive and well explained solutions. Also the approach of the team members is unique – positive and constructive, good rate of availability.’

‘Filip & Company’s team is a very well prepared one, business oriented, proactive, open-minded. All the projects that were done with their support was a success due to the lawyers that work in this firm.’

‘All the lawyers that were involved in our projects proved to have extensive knowledge and are both a business partner and a guardian for our company.’

‘We have always appreciated the way they respond to our requests, the efficiency, the quality of legal assistance services, the proactivity, the trust that has been built and consolidated throughout this period.’

‘The lawyers are extremely rigorous, attentive to detail, analytical and have a full understanding of the specifics of our business and our goals.’

Key clients

Banca Comercială Română S.A.


BT Leasing


VIG Group (Omniasig, Asirom)


RCS & RDS


CIT One S.A.


Autonom Services SA


Zentiva (part of Sanofi Aventis Group)


Adidas


Tiriac Leasing


Banca Transilvania


Strauss Romania


One United Properties


Erste Group (and Erste Group entities BCR, BCR Leasing, BCR Fleet Management


Dataware consulting


GNP Guia Naghi & Partners

Boutique firm GNP Guia Naghi & Partners counts competition law as its core pillar of strength; clients praise the firm's 'exceptional expertise and remarkable dedication in handling competition-related matters'. The team is often instructed in Romanian Competition Council (RCC) investigations and sector inquiries, and continues to advise on a number of high-profile merger filings and compliance matters. Managing partner Manuela Guia is well versed in assisting multi-national clients and Romanian businesses on high profile investigations; she co-heads the practice with Otilia Vilcu, a key name for state aid work. The duo are ably supported by Patricia Avramescu.

Practice head(s):

Manuela Guia; Otilia Vîlcu


Other key lawyers:

Patricia Avramescu


Testimonials

‘I would like to express the highest appreciation for the services provided by the competition team of GNP. Throughout our projects, I have been consistently impressed by their exceptional expertise and remarkable dedication in handling competition-related matters. We have been working together for years and I trust their advice and guidance. Their collective effort and commitment have been instrumental in navigating the complex terrain of competition law, ensuring that our transactions were carried out smoothly and in full compliance with all relevant laws.’

‘The team’s impressive knowledge of competition law, attention to detail, and strategic thinking have been invaluable in safeguarding our interests and helping us make informed decisions. Their proactive approach to identifying potential issues and providing practical solutions has undoubtedly contributed to the successful outcomes of our transactions.’

‘My highest appreciation goes to Manuela Guia and to Otilia Vilcu, who we work with very much. Their leadership and guidance have been instrumental in ensuring the success of our projects. Otilia in particular demonstrates a profound understanding of competition law and has consistently also demonstrated a strategic approach in relation to the Competition Council authority and to our business needs.’

‘Patricia Avramescu played an important role for our competition projects. She showed a good grasp of competition law, as well as a keen eye for detail and a proactive approach in addressing potential challenges.’

‘A team at the highest professional, humane standard, which shows increased attention to details, a complex expertise in the matter of competition and a practical vision of the solutions it recommends.

‘The partners ensure a component of the team in relation to the area of ​​expertise so that everyone’s contribution is substantial.’

‘The best law firm we have ever used in terms of antitrust matters. Good professionals, creative thinking, they never give up until they find a positive solution for the client!’

‘Manuela Guia is a very charismatic, business oriented, highly specialized lawyer! We are working with her for a very long time and built a very strong and trustful professional relationship. All her competition advice proved to be useful. She takes initiative even if we don’t ask specifically for her support, and we truly valued her intervention.’

Key clients

Mega Image


Inchcape


Super Eggs


Danone


Agricola International


HCL Online Advertising (Tazz)


Euroins Romania


Sound Masters


Beesers Platform


Nestle


Enel


Selgros


Dr|. Max


Toneli


Perfect Care


Toyota


Sole Mizo


Vel Pitar


Macromex


Olx Online Services


Mini-Farm


Atlas


Work highlights


  • Assisted Mega Image with its day-to-day competition cases and compliance commitments, as well as in RCC investigations.
  • Represented Inchcape Motors in an RCC inquiry.
  • Assisted Danone with its day-to-day competition and state aid matters in Romania.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Full-service law firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has longstanding experience in the EU and competition space in Romania. The practice is home to a 'great competition law team with a good understanding of the market'. The group is well known for advising on all M&A-related competition matters, and has established strength in representing clients in investigations brought by the Romanian Competition Authority. The 'very resourceful' Anca Diaconu heads up the practice; the highly experienced practitioner Georgeta Dinu is now of counsel at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anca Diaconu


Other key lawyers:

Georgeta Dinu; Andra Grozavu


Testimonials

‘A dynamic team.’

‘They have a desire to understand the business area in which the client operates, so that advice is tailored and not just general legal advice/solutions.’

‘Great competition law team with a good understanding of the market.’

‘Anca Diaconu is a young and aspiring partner.’

‘Anca Diaconu has been a dedicated member of the team, leading the associates, and guiding us directly. We’ve appreciated the input and dedication, the preventive measures given by all departments within the law firm for the best, fairest, and safest results in pursuing our plan. Andra Grozavu followed in her footsteps, contouring to be as capable as the partner, ensuring the perpetual development of the team, bringing in new, capable additions so that they could deliver more, better services to us and new clients as well.’

‘Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen team stands out from other lawyers in the market due to their vast experience and deep understanding of the business needs of the clients.’

‘Anca Diaconu is a very resourceful lawyer and her legal advice is always extremely clear, helpful and practical.’

Key clients

PepsiCo


Kedrion SpA


Egger Romania


Roche Romania


Renania


The Romanian Brewers Association


Auchan


Mega Image (Ahold Delhaize Group)


Grupo Bimbo


Globalworth


Work highlights


  • Assisted Renania Trade with the competition authority’s investigation into alleged price fixing and market sharing in the personal protection equipment market.
  • Assisted The Romanian Brewers Association with the EU and competition aspects of the implementation of the deposit-return system for primary non-reusable packaging in Romania.
  • Advised Grupo Bimbo on the competition aspects of its entry into the Romanian market through the acquisition of local bakery Vel Pitar.

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA fields a team of 'highly skilled legal professionals who are experts in EU and competition law'. The group handles the full range of competition matters, including major antitrust investigations, merger approvals, dawn raids, and compliance programs. The client base includes major international and domestic companies and financial institutions. The practice is jointly led by the 'strategic thinker' Valentin Berea and Roxana Ionescu, who focuses on merger control and state aid issues. Andrada Rusan is 'extremely bright and hardworking, a truly rising star'.

Practice head(s):

Valentin Berea; Roxana Ionescu


Other key lawyers:

Andrada Rusan; Bianca Florea; Serban Halmagean


Testimonials

‘The RTPR Team is fast and bold! What I love about them is that they speak on client’s language and they really understand the industry in which the company activates. I think they are excellent partners, an extension of the legal department.’

‘What I like about Valentin Berea is that he speaks on client’s language and he really understands the industry in which the company activates. I think he is an excellent partner, an extension of the legal department.’

‘The RTPR team is a longstanding partner for us, which we trust with our most intricate legal matters. The cooperation has always been outstanding – they are the perfect mix of legal expertise, hard work and creativity, hence we always trust that they would come up with the most creative and efficient solutions.’

‘Partner Valentin Berea is a very experienced antitrust litigator, who can pursue a case from stage one administrative phase all the way to a final ruling before local or even European courts, together with talented senior associate Andrada Rusan, who is also specialised in both competition litigation and day-to-day advice. On top of that, partner Roxana Ionescu also masters merger clearance and state aid matters.’

‘The team is composed of highly skilled legal professionals who are experts in EU and competition law. They have extensive experience in handling a wide range of legal matters within these areas.’

‘Great, well resourced team, covering the whole spectrum of competition matters – antitrust, state aid, merger control etc. They have the best antitrust litigation team. Very innovative when it comes to compliance training and they are also the most responsive lawyers I have worked with.’

‘Valentin Berea coordinates this practice and focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation. He is a strategic thinker, very creative, involved and passionate about what he does, which makes him wonderful to work with. Roxana Ionescu is a stellar merger control lawyer. She helped us get a merger clearance in record time, always super careful to every detail. Andrada Rusan is one of their associates, whom I have noticed to be extremely bright and hardworking, a truly rising star.’

Key clients

Groupama Asigurari


Electrica


Zenith Media


Ursus Breweries


Regina Maria


Maspex Romania


Scania AB, Scania CV AB, Scania Deutschland GmbH, Scania Romania


Asirom Vienna Insurance Group


Henkel Romania


British American Tobacco


Work highlights


  • Represented Zenith Media Communications in a case before the European Court of Justice.
  • Represented Groupama in court proceedings concerning the reduction of a fine imposed by the Romanian Competition Council.
  • Advising Scania on a follow-on private damages case related to a cartel investigation.

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA's Bucharest team has an excellent reputation for handling cross-border competition matters, and is regularly instructed to advise on investigations brought by the RCC. The practice's extensive offering includes merger clearance matters, antitrust and damages litigation, compliance, foreign direct investment and state aid issues. Practice head Georgiana Bădescu garners praise for her 'knowledge, professionalism and availability', and handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious EU and competition work. Cristiana Manea and Darius Trusculete are key names to note. Mona Banu left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Georgiana Bădescu


Other key lawyers:

Cristiana Manea; Darius Trușculete


Testimonials

‘Very good footprint in the central European region.’

‘Hands-on mentality, very strong responsibility.’

‘The team provided support with a difficult antitrust file in Romania. We have deeply appreciated the responsiveness and speed.’

‘The partner in charge of the matter, Georgiana Badescu, has been fully and personally involved in the matter from day one, providing valuable support on a daily basis. Georgiana’s knowledge, professionalism and her availability were crucial in the relationship and her understanding of the underlying business implications essential for the process.’

‘The Schoenherr team in Romania is a rare collection of professional people with strong knowledge from various fields.’

‘The positive work experience we had so far with this company, with the team of professionals there, determined us to continue this collaboration in the future.’

‘I would mention first of all the way in which they approached and tried to solve any problem that we flagged on the legal line, the accuracy of the answers given and the promptness with which they demonstrated the requests received from us.’

‘They have a strong reputation in competition matters. They provide concise advice, are flexible and perceptive. What makes them stand out is their client focus and practical and comprehensible advice.’

Key clients

Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari


Auto Italia


Costruzione Emiliana Ingranaggi


Japan Industrial Partners


Knauf Gips


Policolor


ROMCIM


Work highlights


  • Represented Policolor in an investigation brought by the RCC concerning alleged breaches of competition law in the auto paint market.
  • Advised Japan Industrial Partners on Romanian merger control and FDI matters in connection with its €15bn acquisition of Toshiba.
  • Assisted Costruzione Emiliana Ingranaggi with a phase 1 merger clearance in Romania concerning its acquisition of Mec Diesel and its subsidiaries.

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

The EU and competition law practice at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii works in tandem with the firm’s dispute resolution team to assist clients with a broad spectrum of contentious matters. Key areas of instruction include investigations into a range of sectors and litigation brought against the Competition Council relating to decisions and imposed fines. On the non-contentious side, the team provides day-to-day advice on competition and antitrust law. Merger clearance matters are another key area of expertise. The 'outstandingAndreea Oprișan co-heads the practice with Raluca Vasilache, who has extensive experience in the EU and competition space.

Practice head(s):

Raluca Vasilache; Andreea Oprisan


Testimonials

‘I was very impressed by the direct involvement of the responsible partner in our project from beginning to end. Always giving precise answers, and doing anything to make things move forward.’

‘Andreea Oprişan is an outstanding partner with business acumen.’

‘Knowledgeable partners.’

‘Andreea Oprisan is one of our oldest and dearest collaborators, well versed in competition matters, pleasant and fully dedicated to providing best-in-class legal advice.’

‘Very high level advice.’

‘Hands-on and no-nonsense approach towards complexity. Strong knowledge of authorities’ practices. Negotiation skills.’

Key clients

AMAZONEN-WERKE H. DREYER SE & Co. KG


Girod Semnalizare Rutiera


Generali Romania


Vodafone Romania


Carrefour Romania


IPSO SRL


Merck Romania


BRD Sogelease IFN SA


Eco Anvelope


GlobalLogic Inc


Bayer Romania


OKI Europe Limited


Ivatherm SRL


Work highlights


  • Advising Carrefour Romania on day-to-day competition matters.
  • Advising OKI Europe on an investigation brought by the Competition Council.
  • Acting for Generali Romania in a court challenge to a sanctioning decision issued by the Romanian Competition Council.

360Competition

Boutique firm 360Competition stands out for its 'solid competition and state-aid background'. The 'dynamic and dedicated' team has extensive expertise in advising on the full range of EU and competition matters, ranging from merger control, antitrust proceedings and foreign direct investment, to state aid and unfair competition issues. Multi-nationals companies, domestic entities and start-ups are on the practice's client roster. Adrian Şter is a well-known figure in the Romanian competition law market, and co-heads the practice with Diana Crangasu, who is regularly instructed by large industrial entities and private equity houses. The ‘knowledgeable, reliable and hard workingAndrei Georgescu and rising star Raluca Maxim are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Şter; Diana Crângașu


Other key lawyers:

Andrei Georgescu; Raluca Maxim


Testimonials

‘360Competition are probably the best firm on the market in terms of combining a solid competition and state-aid background with sound knowledge of energy legislation and the particularity of the Romanian energy market. The team is small, but very experienced and they have a great track record in dealing with the European Commission and the energy regulator.’

‘Andrei Georgescu has been navigating our legal case. His advice is always valuable and has produced the expected outcome.’

‘I’ve worked with 360Competition on various regulatory matters related to the energy market, involving local competition matters as well as in dealing with the EU Competition authority. I found that the partner has significant experience in the subject matter and a very good knowledge of the specifics of the RO market. The team is young, dynamic and dedicated.’

Key clients

PPTA – Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association


Bolt Romania


Akka Romserv SRL


Bittnet Systems


Defic Globe Enerji


Bursa Romana de Marfuri (Romanian Commodities Exchange) SA


Muller Dairy RO


URBB – United Romanian Breweries Bereprod


GFR (Grampet Group)


Morgan Sports Law


Ista Romania


SNEF


DP World


INVL


ProConect


Union CO


Taira Yamamoto


Abris Capital Partners


Amigo Intercost


Work highlights


  • Representing Akka Romserv in an antitrust investigation launched by the Romanian Competition Council.
  • Assisting Bolt with all competition matters.
  • Advising Bursa Romana de Marfuri on antitrust and energy law compliance business screening.

Biris Goran SPARL

At Biris Goran SPARL, the team garners praise for its 'profound knowledge of competition law, enabling them to offer comprehensive advice on a wide range of antitrust issues', and has 'long-term experience with the competition authority'. The practice has an excellent track record in handling a broad range of contentious matters, particularly cartel cases and investigations. The client base includes major international companies, particularly in the financial sector. Practice head Gelu Goran is 'a problem-solver'; Răzvan Bardicea is 'exceptionally thorough'.

Practice head(s):

Gelu Goran


Other key lawyers:

Răzvan Bardicea; Radu Jianu


Testimonials

‘We were required to find local Romanian counsel at short notice for a competition investigation and were very impressed with the availability of the partners and their ability to understand our business model and engage with the local team quickly to provide the confidence needed and deliver training at short notice.’

‘We worked with Gelu Goran, who delivered exactly what we asked for, prompted us to ask questions outside the box and was able to work with both the local team and HQ , great skills and very easy to work with.’

‘Deep expertise and procedural insights.’

‘Gelu Goran has top-notch credentials, a real instinct for what the regulator might be thinking and good access to case teams.’

‘The Biris Goran team is composed of exceptional lawyers, with in-depth knowledge of the law, as well as long-term experience with the competition authority. The team is extremely reactive, and responsive. They are also very client-oriented. It is a pleasure to work with them because I know that I can rely on them and that they will go the extra-mile for the client. Also, the communication is very good with them, whether by email or phone, so I am never in the dark regarding a case.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work with partner Gelu Goran and senior associate Razvan Bardicea on several merger control filings in Romania. Gelu, in addition to his in-depth knowledge of the law, has an imaginative mind and comes with alternative solutions in case an issue presents itself in the course of a deal. It is a pleasure to work with him as I know that whatever lies ahead, he will help us come through. Razvan is exceptionally thorough, with a great attention to detail. It is a pleasure to work with him as I know that I can fully rely on him.’

‘Gelu Goran is always available and a problem solver. Great to work with him.’

‘The Biris Goran SPARL team possess a profound knowledge of competition law, enabling them to offer comprehensive advice on a wide range of antitrust issues. They are client oriented, consistently putting the client’s needs first and adapting their advice and solutions to the client’s specific situation. Their responsiveness and accessibility make them a trusted partner in addressing even the moist complex legal challenges.’

Key clients

First Brands Group


Cramele Recas


CTPark


UniCredit Bank


Prutul


Profi


Aon UK Limited


Timac Agro


Procter & Gamble


Travelminit


UniCredit Consumer Financing


Work highlights


  • Representing UniCredit in an industry-wide information exchange investigation.
  • Acting for Procter & Gamble on compliance matters relating to its dominant and non-dominant products.

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has a broad antitrust offering and extensive experience in advising on state aid matters. The team is adept at representing clients from a broad range of sectors, however it is recognised for its particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Lucian Bondoc co-heads the practice with Raluca Nadejde, who is praised for her ‘very deep knowledge of competition law'. Associates Ionut Lechea and Calina Pavel are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Lucian Bondoc; Raluca Nadejde


Other key lawyers:

Ionut Lechea; Calina Pavel


Testimonials

‘Team is very well staffed – the firm is using its resources very efficiently involving professionals with the right level of experience but also in a cost efficient manner for the client. Counsels have very deep knowledge of the subject matter and also have robust experience with practical aspects. I feel very comfortable working with the team as they are looking for the best solution for the client and come up with creative yet practically feasible advice.’

‘Lucian Bondoc is very persistent, he professionally handles interactions with the stakeholders which are not always easy. He is very attentive to details and make sure all the aspects of the complex matters are clarified and verified. He also has good knowledge of the industry and commercial practices.’

‘Raluca Nadejde is very organized and has good project management skills. She effectively follows up on the matters and keeps projects under control. She effectively engages with the various contacts of the client to make sure all the needed data/information is collected and all the open matters are clarified. Raluca also has very deep knowledge of the competition law and specific industries’ commercial practices. ’

‘We perceive them as one of the few law firms in the market that can assist very professionally in any area of competition law. Very solid experience. React quickly. Business oriented.’

‘Very good professionals, work well together and promote holistic and pragmatic approaches. Attentive to detail and nuances. The core senior team of relevance for this area includes partners Lucian Bondoc and Raluca Nadejde.’

‘We rely deeply on the experience and professionalism of the team at Bondoc si Asociații and on their cross-practice capabilities.’

‘I believe that they balance very well the key ingredients of what I expect from top tier competition lawyers, namely: (i) in-depth knowledge of the law, precedents and latest trends of the competition authorities; (ii) a pragmatic approach which derives from a sound understanding of the business needs of the client, (iii) clear communication and (iv) hard working/speed/efficiency.’

‘The team has very extensive experience in any competition issues which may arise in the pharma industry, which enables them to offer prompt, cost effective and very business oriented advice.’

Key clients

Clubul Fermierilor Romani


Corteva Romania


ENGIE Romania


Fresenius Medical Care Romania SRL


Mazars Romania SRL


MERCK, SHARP & DOHME


Nod Network SRL


Omnigen SRL


Opella Romania SRL


Organon Biosciences SRL


Pfizer Romania


Pioneer Romania


RETURO SISTEM GARANȚIE RETURNARE S.A.


Sanofi Romania SA


Work highlights


  • Representing Corteva Crop Protection Romania and Pioneer Romania in an on-going infringement investigation brought by the competition council.
  • Assisting Returo with the competition law aspects of its operations in Romania.
  • Assisting Pfizer with a broad range of competition law matters.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA

DLA Piper Dinu SCA's competition practice in Romania is perhaps best known for its excellent track record in assisting clients from heavily regulated industries, particularly in the life sciences sector. Livia Zamfiropol is 'an outstanding specialist in EU and competition law', who brings over 20 years of experience handling antitrust investigations concerning anti-competitive agreements and alleged abuse of dominance. Zamfiropol co-heads the department with Alina Lacatus, who focuses on the life sciences, FMCG and retail sectors. Counsel Razvan Pele is well versed in handling antitrust and cartel investigations, and Amalia Musat is active in compliance matters. Counsel Alina Antonie is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Livia Zamfiropol; Alina Lacatus


Other key lawyers:

Razvan Pele; Amalia Musat; Alina Antonie


Testimonials

‘The EU and Competition team offers excellent legal expertise and specific solutions that consistently meet our expectations.’

‘Livia Zamfiropol’s strategic competition law expertise make her a outstanding specialist in EU and competition law. Alina Lăcătus and Răzvan Pele are also very well appreciated specialists in competition law, with very good knowledge and special attention to detail in finding the efficient solutions.’

‘Good technical knowledge explained in an accessible way.’

‘Livia Zamfiropol is a very experienced lawyer who gives definitive and clear advice, which gives you the comfort to implement projects, even if similar projects were never done before.’

‘Exceptional results.’

‘Very supportive, high quality deliverables, deadlines met.’

‘Extremely professional and experienced with competition law. Straight to object advice and able to build great strategies in terms of compliance.’

‘This practice is unique in terms of the team we have worked with, especially Alina Lacatus, who was always involved and close to our legal matter, also both warm and kind, a true fighter for justice. We always felt in good hands and taken care of.’

Key clients

Romanian Association of the Self-care Industry (RASCI)


Tema Energy SA


ACODAREN – The Romanian Association of Concessionaires of Dacia, Renault and Nissan


Work highlights


  • Acted for Tema Energy in an investigation brought by the RCC for alleged breach of competition law rules during a public procurement procedure.
  • Advised RASCI on the full range of antitrust matters.

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii's antitrust and competition team has a solid track record in assisting clients with all stages of contentious matters, and is also recognised for its strength in handling investigations within a broad range of sectors. Day-to-day compliance matters are another key driver of work for the group. Mihaela Ion, 'a market authority in antitrust matters', heads up the practice, and is well supported by Laura Ambrozie and Vanessa Nistor.

Practice head(s):

Mihaela Ion


Other key lawyers:

Laura Ambrozie; Vanessa Nistor


Testimonials

‘PNSA lawyers are very careful and pay attention to our concerns and requests. What we really appreciated was their fast reaction when we need support in relation with the competition council in Romania.’

‘Mihaela Ion is a very high skilled and dedicated lawyer in the competition law area. Apart from her deep knowledge, she also knows how to communicate with business people so to gain their trust and she speaks the same language.’

‘Mihaela Ion is a market authority in antitrust matters.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard INC Romania


SIVECO Romania


New Kopel Romania


Prefera Foods


Union Motors Car Sales


Ameropa Holding


Badsi Impex


Kontron Services


Cemacon


Albalact, Covalact & Dorna Lactate


Electromontaj


Reff & Associates SCA

Reff & Associates SCA's practice stands out for its 'in-depth understanding of Romanian competition law', and houses a team lauded for its 'vast experience in the field'. Practice head Florentina Munteanu is well versed in advising clients on RCC investigations, and is sought after by major multinational companies to assist with day-to-day competition law compliance matters. Andrea Grigoras is very experienced in handling matters within the real estate and retail sectors. Mihnea Radu and Diana Ivan are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Florentina Munteanu


Other key lawyers:

Andrea Grigoras; Mihnea Radu; Diana Ivan


Testimonials

‘The Reff team I have worked with is very dynamic, flexible, well trained and documented, shows high availability to the client’s needs and inspires confidence in success. They managed very well the projects carried out together and provided support in all matters within their area of expertise, even exceeding the strict scope of contract.’

‘I would describe the individual lawyers I have worked with as as highly qualified, reliable professionals, and at the same time with a pleasant relaxed and informal way of dealing with the client.’

‘They have a dedicated department for the field of competition, with well-trained people with vast experience in the field, they know how to organize and manage projects very well, they are dedicated and helpful.’

‘We were pleasantly surprised by the extensive knowledge in the field of competition possessed by Florentina Munteanu and Andrea Grigoras and by the position adopted by them in this field. They showed a positive attitude towards our problems and offered us immediate help, identifying pro business solutions.’

‘What sets them apart other firms is the remarkable expertise of their team. Each member we have been in contact with, possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the EU and competition law, making them a formidable partner in this field.’

‘I always appreciated their commitment to any of our cases. They go above and beyond to understand our needs and to deliver solutions that meet our expectations and move us to a desirable outcome. Their track record of successful cases make them one of the industry leaders in this field.’

‘A client focused, fast, reliable and solution oriented approach is what makes the people we work with stand out. Our two main collaborators are Florentina Munteanu and Andrea Grigoras.’

‘What truly sets the firm’s Competition Law practice apart is their business-oriented approach, unwavering commitment to efficiency, and dedication to building enduring relationships. They don’t just possess an in-depth understanding of Romanian competition law; they apply that knowledge in a way that delivers immediate business benefits to clients. The team provides swift and efficient solutions, further nurturing long-term trust-based relationships with clients. Their commitment to diversity and transparent billing practices completes this client-centered approach, resulting in strong and lasting partnerships.’

Key clients

Fildas Trading


Orkla Foods


Ciprian Bara


Tinmar Energy


Brantner


Hatboru Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi


Almer Technologies AG


DM Drogerie Markt


Proinvest


Returo SGR


Work highlights


  • Assisting Fildas Trading with a range of competition law matters.
  • Advising Tinmar on EU compliance matters pertaining to its joint venture with CE Oltenia.
  • Assisting Proinvest with updating its competition law compliance program.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss' Bucharest office stands out as 'very strong in the EU and competition field'. The team is well versed in acting for international and domestic companies in investigations brought by the Romanian Competition Council. Merger control matters are also prominent in the group's workload. The 'very focused, diligent, and meticulousAnca Jurcovan heads up the practice; other key practitioners include Andreea Zvâc, Maria Ionescu and Claudia Andreescu.

Practice head(s):

Anca Jurcovan


Other key lawyers:

Andreea Zvac; Claudia Andreescu


Testimonials

‘Very proactive and experienced in handling cases with complex factual background. Pragmatic and clear, but at the same time also a creative approach to resolving challenges faced by the client. Highly available when support is most needed, both professionally and personally approachable (really warm, engaged and caring relationship to clients). Great knowledge exchange and cooperation in-house (across the different EU offices). Romanian office very strong in the EU and competition field.’

‘Anca Jurcovan – partner and in our opinion the most prominent lawyer of the Wolf Theiss Romania office. Competition law expert, but also highly skilled in taxation matters. Professional, knowledgeable, involved, supportive and extremely dedicated to the client. Very focused, diligent and meticulous. Backed by dedicated and experienced team. A crucial support where to legally back the adoption of strategy decisions.

‘Their network across Austria, Romania, and several other member states was very useful and their speed and quality of service was very good to excellent in conference.’

‘Anca Juvcovan was excellent in particular at taking our clients through complex issues in conference. Claudia Andreescu was good on FSR.’

Key clients

Vodafone Romania


Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association Europe


Expleo Romania SRL


Revetas Capital Advisors Cerberus


Lucsor Impex SRL


Dr. Max Group, part of Penta Investments Group


OMERS Private Equity Inc.


GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT, LLC


Acrisure Holding Inc.


SUN WAVE PHARMA S.R.L.


DTEK RENEWABLES INTERNATIONAL


FCC Environment Romania SRL


Lingemann Beschaffungssysteme SRL


Centurion Holdco S.a.r.l.


RIVULIS PTE. LTD.


Work highlights


  • Advising the Dr.Max Group on its acquisition of the wholesale and retail division of Gedeon Richter in Romania.
  • Advising an international client on a follow-on damages claim in Romania.

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

The antitrust and merger control practice at bpv Grigorescu Stefanica is led by Catalin Grigorescu, who garners praise for his 'deep understanding of the field'. The client base includes prominent domestic companies from a broad range of industries, as well as international entities with operations in Romania. The department has a strong track record in handling the competition aspects of prominent M&A deals' day-to-day compliance issues are another key driver of work. Cristina De Jonge is a key name.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Grigorescu


Other key lawyers:

Cristina de Jonge


Testimonials

‘They know how to listen to their clients, they properly understand the challenge and then find the solutions / opportunities at hand.’

‘I have worked with Catalin Grigorescu. He has shown deep understanding of the field, a lot of experience which turns into very practical advice for the client. I have also appreciated his comprehensive approach of the matter, looking at all possible angles and options and being also frank and clear in his advice.’

Key clients

BEIERSDORF ROMANIA SRL


Signify Romania SRL


KWS SEMINTE SRL


HORNBACH


Ziegler


Work highlights


  • Assisted Beiersdorf with compliance matters pertaining to contracts with clients.
  • Assisted Hornbach with competition compliance training.
  • Advised the Ziegler Group on its acquisition of a Romanian company.

CMS

CMS is recognised for its strong regional presence, with the firm's Bucharest-based team often instructed on high-profile merger clearance work. The group also advises international clients on competition compliance matters. The practice is jointly led by managing partner Horea Popescu and regulatory law expert Cristina Popescu. Claudia Nagy and Laura Capata are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Horea Popescu; Cristina Popescu


Other key lawyers:

Claudia Nagy; Laura Capata


Key clients

Alten


All4Labels Group GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advised Alten Europe on the merger filling process of its acquisition of Qualitance.
  • Advised All4Labels Group on the merger clearance process for its acquisition of the entire share capital of Romprix Exim SRL from its shareholders.

Dentons

At Dentons‘ Bucharest office, the competition and antitrust team is led by Raul Mihu, whose 'expertise in competition law is truly exceptional'. Recent instructions for the group include merger control and clearance work, and advising on clearance issues pertaining to foreign direct investment transactions. Litigation expert Alexandra Radulescu is active in the space, and Argentina Rafail and Iulia Titirisca are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Raul Mihu


Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Radulescu; Argentina Rafail; Iulia Titirisca


Testimonials

‘Network, perseverance, the right attitude and the right approach.’

‘What sets Dentons apart is not just its team’s impressive knowledge but also the lawyers’ ability to communicate complex legal concepts in a clear and understandable manner. Raul Mihu has a remarkable talent for breaking down intricate issues, making them accessible to all members of our team.’

‘Raul is smart, sophisticated and great to work with. His expertise in competition law is truly exceptional, and he went above and beyond to provide insightful and strategic guidance for our team. He has been personally involved during the entire process, from dawn raid to issue of the decision.’

Key clients

Hidrolectrica


Kommunalkredit Austria


Carturesti Bookstores (Direct Client Services SRL)


Auchan


Metro


Dual Man


Kinstellar

Kinstellar continues to handle a steady workflow of merger control mandates in the jurisdiction for a solid client roster of international entities, as well as providing day-to-day competition advice. Foreign direct investment matters are another key area of strength for the group. Practice head Iustinian Captariu brings over 15 years of experience advising on cartels, dawn raids, allegations of abuse of dominance, merger notifications, and state aid matters. Cătălin Graure stands out for his 'extensive expertise in the field of competition law on both an EU and local level'.

Practice head(s):

Iustinian Captariu


Other key lawyers:

Cătălin Graure


Testimonials

‘Kinstellar has multi country expertise. That is why they are able to easily understand the challenges and the preoccupations of clients. They are very responsive and client oriented. They provide legal advice going beyond what is requested by the client being able to orient the clients toward risks and legal issues they may face when implementing planned solutions. Kinstellar is able not only to advise the clients on legal questions but also liaise them with business experts when necessary.’

‘Catalin Graure has extensive expertise in the field of competition law on EU and local level (Romania). Besides, he is very implicated in his work and responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced team, clear leaders in their market. One stop shop for all your needs, well versed in issues concerning merger control and foreign investment control and no strangers to big ticket deals. Overall a great pleasure to work with Kinstellar’s Romanian competition law team.’

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive. Fast to respond to urgent requests and always willing to go an extra mile for all clients’ needs. Special note to Catalin Graure who helped to navigate our deal with great skill and dedication.’

‘The team is very competent and reliable. They propose proactive ideas to solve issues and they manage the process from the beginning to the end.’

‘The team is expert in all areas of competition law, particularly in merger control and anti-competitive practices. They are highly responsive, provide excellent work and have been of great assistance in handling international cases in both English and French. The billing structure is very fair and transparent.’

‘Iustinian Captariu and Catalin Graure are excellent technicians who maintain very good relations with competition authorities. They are very proactive, provide business-oriented solutions to clients in both English and French, with great responsiveness. The experience has always been excellent. We highly recommend them for merger control and anti-competitive practices.’

‘Professional and quick handling of multi-jurisdictional merger filings in the jurisdictions in which they are present; great responsiveness and flexibility; good contacts with the relevant authorities.’

Key clients

Miele Appliances


Maïsadour Semences


Perrigo


BRD – Groupe Société Générale


BRD Asset Management


Mastercard


Maersk Romania


ALD Automotive


Alpha Leasing


Mutares SE & Co. KGaA


Trivium Packaging


Bige Agro Genezis


S Immo AG


SFC Solutions


France Valley Europe


Indotek


Victoria’s Secret


Groupe Bruxelles Lambert


Work highlights


  • Advising Maisadour Semences Romania on the antitrust investigation into the local market for crop seeds production and commercialisation.
  • Advised Miele Appliances on competition law compliance and training matters.

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & Asociatii is a well established firm in the Romanian market, with a solid track record in handling competition investigations, merger clearances and day-to-day competition compliance issues. The 'versatile, very reliable and highly skilled lawyer' Paul Buta heads up the practice, and is ably supported by managing associate and 'highly reliable competition law expert' Manuela Lupeanu.

Practice head(s):

Paul Buta


Other key lawyers:

Manuela Lupeanu


Testimonials

‘We trust them completely with highly sophisticated mandates. Very business-oriented lawyers, providing solutions that support the achievement of our company’s business goals. We strongly recommend them for competition related matters.’

‘Multi-disciplinary team, very capable of approaching our legal issues from multiple angles. The fact that Musat & Asociatii is a full-service firm is a big plus for the clients. The lawyers are highly skilled, understand our business and our needs, can predict risks and provide solutions to mitigate them.’

‘Paul Buta is a versatile, very reliable and highly skilled lawyer. He always provides highly valuable insights and innovative legal solutions.’

‘Manuela Lupeanu has a vast knowledge of antitrust matters and is a very committed lawyer, we appreciate having her in our legal team.’

‘A very experienced team in the competition area, handling very complex mandates. Their lawyers are highly skilled and able to look at problems from various angles, measuring the legal, commercial and economic impact and providing suitable solutions. Our industry is a highly regulated one and Musat & Asociatii team has always proved that they understand completely the legal challenges related to the competition in the pharmaceutical sector.’

‘Great team, we trust their advice 100%. They are innovative, dedicated, hardworking, providing impeccable level of legal services. The team at Musat & Asociatii is very responsive, also able to anticipate legal issues and offer strategic advice. Paul George Buta – outstanding lawyer, having extensive expertise in the competition field; acknowledged as one of the leading competition lawyers in Romania.’

‘Manuela Lupeanu – highly reliable competition law expert, dedicated to the client’s needs.’

‘Musat & Asociatii is a leading firm in the competition area, we have an excellent collaboration. They have solid expertise and provide strategic advice on competition mandates. We have been working with the firm for some time now and we see them as a strategic partner for our company. They are very pragmatic and make sure we navigate safely the complex antitrust landscape.’

Key clients

Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport


Electrolux


Eli Lilly


Geely Holding Group, Geely Automobile Holdings Limited


Friesland Campina


Sig Sauer


Servier/Sermedic


Damen Shipyards Group


Rewe


Electromagnetica


Ecro


Work highlights


  • Acting for two immunoglobulin producers in an investigation brought by the Romanian Competition Council into alleged anticompetitive behaviour.
  • Representing an engineering and IT services company in an investigation brought by the Romanian Competition Council on the labour market.
  • Advising Geely on the Romanian aspects of its strategic global joint venture agreement with Renault Group.

Noerr

Noerr's practice fields expertise in handling a range of advisory matters within the competition and antitrust spaces, and is recognised for its strength in handling state aid mandates. The client roster includes multinational heavyweight companies and financial investors, and has a particular focus in advising Korean companies and investors on business dealings in Romania. Rusandra Sandu and Iulian Sorescu jointly head up the practice, and Luiza Bedros is singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Rusandra Sandu; Iulian Sorescu


Other key lawyers:

Luiza Bedros


Testimonials

‘Their actions and reactions are very quick and always to the point. They supported us at all times in a very professional, factually competent and well-structured manner. The multilingualism (in our experience, fluent Romanian, German and English) is also a big advantage.’

‘Noerr supported us with a strong team, with a lot of experience. We were able to trust a team with decades of experience in the M&A sector. They have advised us in various teams on different topics (corporate law, tax, antitrust law). They understand quickly our concerns and proactively point out latent risks. Their international network and experience also helps in the communication and in understanding of the clients needs and expectations.’

Key clients

Stada Group


Samsung Electronics


Bristol-Myers Squibb


Universal Alloy Corporation Europe (UAC Europe)


Chiesi Group


Soceram


Vrancart Recycling


Artesana International


Saint-Gobain


INVEST Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG (Raiffeisen Group)


Maresi Austria


Work highlights


  • Advised Stada Group on all competition issues with respect to its business activities in Romania and on obtaining state aid from the Romanian Government for a greenfield investment of €50m in a new production facility.
  • Advised Claas Group on a merger control procedure related to the acquisition of participation in Serv Claas.
  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on all relevant competition issues with respect to its business activities in Romania, including the integration process of Celgene into its structures in Romania.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners fields a team with 'extensive knowledge of competition and state-aid law'. The group has established strength in handling competition law litigation, merger clearance procedures and foreign direct investment matters, as well as acting as day-to-day competition law counsel. Practice head Elena Iacob is 'very analytical and precise'; she is well supported by Violeta Saranciuc.

Practice head(s):

Elena Iacob


Other key lawyers:

Violeta Saranciuc


Testimonials

‘As a client who has worked closely with the team for several years now, I can attest to their unparalleled commitment, extensive knowledge of competition and state-aid law, and unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes in every mandate. We are lucky to have this team on our side and we couldn’t have hoped for a better one. What sets ZRVP apart from others in the field is their unique combination of strengths and capabilities: deep industry insight, a team you can rely on in every situation, people you can talk to, who explain, clarify, work with the client on the best legal strategy, expose potential risks and opportunities and steer you in the right direction. This is what makes a legal team an exceptional one.’

‘The team at ZRVP is analytic, knowledgeable, and decisive when it comes to critical matters. I couldn’t be more pleased with Elena Iacob’s commitment to get things done and ability to understand our business needs. She is very analytical and precise as well as very commercially aware.’

‘Very good knowledge about legal domain in Romania and surrounding countries, especially in the aviation sector.’

‘We had a project in connection with RCC as a result of an acquisition. We were extremely satisfied of the dedication and realistic approach in preparing all documentation and participating to all interviews with the authority. Also, extremely fast in preparing documentation and thorough in follow ups.’

‘Individuals participating to our project were intensely dedicated to the project, sharp, realistic, professional, behaving like they were part of our company’s team and not lawyers/consultants.’

Key clients

Transport Trade Services (TTS)


Romprest


Romanian Association Of Banks


Elpreco


Menzies Aviation Romania


Association Of Business Services Leaders In Romania


Work highlights


  • Advised TTS on the notification to the competition council of an acquisition of a port operation company active in Constanta Port.
  • Advised Amann Romania on implementing a competition compliance procedure.