PPP and procurement in Romania
Infrastructure, construction, transportation, public utilities and energy and natural resources projects form the recent caseload at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. A notable instruction on the transportation front came from Alstom Transport Romania and Alstom Transport France in connection with a successful bid for a public procedure project financed by Programul Operational Infrastructura Mare. Serban Pâslaru led on the matter; he co-heads the practice alongside Vlad Cercel and Florentin Tuca. Cercel acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation on its €7.2bn development of units three and four at the Cernavodă nuclear power plant.
Muşat & Asociaţii's ‘engaged and thoughtful’ team ‘understands’ and ‘accommodates’ the client’s needs ‘whenever possible’. The four-partner practice handles the full range of transaction structures including public procurement of works and services, privatisations, joint ventures, government-owned contractor-operated agreements and outsourcing contracts. Iulian Popescu is assisting Construcciones y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles with a public tender for 51 six-car metro trains launched by Metrorex. Mona Musat and Angela Porumb are the other key members of the team and head the practice together with Popescu and Mihai. Bogdan Petru-Mihai is now of counsel with Popescu & Asociatii.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen's team has an ‘outstanding capacity of handling complex and high-volume matters’. Adina Chilim-Dumitriu heads the practice together with Adriana Gaspar and is currently representing Siemens before the Bucharest Tribunal, challenging a decision made by the contracting authority to reject the client’s offer and award the contract to a competitor. She also assisted the Romanian subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company with a tender organised by the Ministry of Health and successfully defended the decision to award the contract for several lots to the client. The team possesses ‘in-depth understanding of public procurement regulations’ and is highly experienced in acting on large-scale infrastructure projects.
Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii’s strengths lie in national projects pertaining to road rehabilitation and construction, water treatment, waste management facilities and concessions utilities. The team represented Hidroconstrucţia in the Court of Appeal, successfully obtaining a re-evaluation of the winning tender for drainage system rehabilitation contracts awarded by a Bucharest municipality. Alexandru Ambrozie and Anca Irena Tudorie head the practice; Ambrozie advised SIVECO on a PPP contract for delivering enterprise resource planning (ERP) to the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture. Managing associate Ramona Pentilescu is highly recommended.
Iulia Vass’ team at VASS Lawyers displays an ‘exceptional service quality and proactive attitude’. Vass is an ‘impressive lawyer and consultant’ and recently handled a number of projects in industries such as oil and gas, construction and infrastructure, healthcare and education. Clients include a number of foreign investors from Germany, Hungary, Japan and Spain, who praise the team for its ‘seriousness, professionalism and readiness’.
Bondoc si Asociatii SCA handles projects in industries such as transportation, power, mining, water, urban development, life sciences and healthcare. Practice head Simona Petrisor assisted Netcity with numerous legal matters relating to the installation of cable communication infrastructure in Bucharest.
bpv Grigorescu Stefanica successfully represented Wiebe România in the Bucharest Court of Appeal in a dispute of award decisions for two railway infrastructure public procurement contracts awarded by the Romanian National Railway Company. The claims of rival bidders were dismissed and both contracts were awarded to the client. Anca Albulescu serves as practice head; managing associate Iulia Dragomir is a notable new arrival to the team. Core strengths include road infrastructure and natural resource concessions.
Leroy si Asociatii notably assisted the EurogammaS consortium in relation to an EPC contract for the High Intensity Gamma Beam System to be commissioned in Măgurele. In addition to the scientific research sector, the team also has a track record of handling tenders in the road infrastructure and public utility networks and facilities industries. Bruno Leroy helms the practice.
Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA's team has been bolstered with Oana Voda from COVERS Commercial & Legal Affairs; she now heads the practice with Matei Florea and brings experience in concession contracts negotiations and PPP project preparation and implementation. The recent caseload includes energy, road, railway, airport and industrial and commercial infrastructure projects.
Voicu & Filipescu SCA's practice heads Marta Elena Popa and Raluca Mihai act across the construction, urban infrastructure, public utilities, environmental protection, transport and waste industries. The pair are advising Danya Cebus on the public procurement procedure organised by Compania Naţională de Administrare a Infrastructurii Rutiere for the design and construction of the Timișoara Sud bypass.
Noted for its ‘excellent technical skills’, CMS is particularly adept at handling energy, transport and infrastructure-related projects. The team’s reputed ‘knowledge of the domestic oil and gas market’ was recently employed on behalf of client Expro North Sea in relation to bid submissions for public procurement contracts with OMV Petrom. Simon Dayes, Varinia Radu and Gabriel Sidere jointly head the practice.
At Filip & Company, the team had an active year handling energy-related projects. Practice head Alina Stancu Birsan acted for Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica in relation to the development project of units three and four of the Cernavodă nuclear power plant. Work included the establishment of a joint venture with China Nuclear Power Corporation.
Radulescu & Mateescu Law Office
Radulescu & Mateescu Law Office is adept at handling tender submissions and negotiations and also assists clients with complaints to the procuring entity. Carmen Bănățeanu regularly acts for Farmexpert DCI throughout its involvement in public procurement tenders and subsequent commitments. She also advised Recuperare Ecologia si Reciclare (RER) on its participation in a waste management public tender. Roxana Musoi heads the team alongside Bănățeanu.
Reff & Associates SCA is reputed for handling public sector projects and is assisting the Bucharest municipality with the tender procedure for work contracts for 12 public parking areas. The European Investment Bank – Jaspers (Joint Assistance in Supporting Projects in European Regions) receives advice on an intermodal terminals development project. Georgiana Singurel leads the practice.
Elena Iacob’s team at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners handles public procurement procedures at both the assignment and litigation stages. Iacob is assisting Technip with a competitive dialogue procedure launched by Exxon concerning the start-up of the Neptun Deep offshore gas facilities. The team also acts for Grup Servicii Petroliere in a competitive procedure organised by OMV Petrom.