PPP and procurement in Romania

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & Asociatii has an excellent cradle-to-grave public procurement and projects practice that serves some of the largest private sector companies operating in the market. The firm has the depth to cover all needs, from initial bids, through to related corporate, finance, employment and litigation issues. This experience extends to major utilities, telecoms, transport, infrastructure, defence, energy and waste projects. The ‘very well-prepared‘ team includes partners Iulian Popescu  and Razvan Stoicescu  for the non-contentious side, including regulatory and environmental matters. Experienced litigation partner Angela Porumb is also on hand to lead on related disputes that might arise.

Practice head(s):

Iulian Popescu

Other key lawyers:

Razvan Stoicescu; Angela Porumb

Testimonials

‘Very good legal expertise in preparing the documentation for different legal cases.’

‘Good professionals, ready to innovate.’

‘The team from Musat is complete and very well prepared and they deliver a full service, almost on the spot, both in public sector works but also in any related or complimentary needs.’

‘They are very involved in the matters they approach but also with a objective perspectives, always giving the best advice even when the client would not prefer to hear the other perspective.’

Key clients

Damen Group

Motorola Solutions

Hidroelectrica

Harris Corporation

Leviatan Design

Ubitech Constructii

Sutech

Solar Turbines Europe

Beechcraft Berlin Aviation

Aeon Building

Nord Conforest

Work highlights

  • Assisting the shipbuilding company, Damen Group,  in multiple public procurement procedures, including the €1.2 billion tender for the acquisition of four multi-functional corvettes and the establishment of maintenance centres in Romania, and also the acquisition of the Mangalia Shipyard, and the partnership with the Romanian State for the subsequent operation of the shipyard.
  • Assisting the communications company, Motorola Solutions, in multiple telecom infrastructure-related public procurement procedures in Romania, including the largest acquisition of TETRA infrastructure within the region.
  • Representing Leviatan Design on the public tender organized by the Romanian Ministry of Defence, for the development of one of the biggest NATO military bases in Romania.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is a top choice for many of the largest private sector contractors and project sponsors operating in Romania. This is demonstrated by the firm’s role on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects, including the Arad-Timișoara railway modernisation and the development of a new metro line between central Bucharest and Henri Coandă airport. The ‘mature and knowledgeable team’ covers all aspects of the public procurement process, from initial bids through to project development and related challenges and litigations. Practice head Adina Chilim-Dumitriu  is ‘certainly one of the best practitioners in PPP on the local market‘. Partner Razvan Vlad  is also considered ‘an exceptional practitioner‘. Adriana Gaspar is also highly experienced.

Practice head(s):

Adina Chilim-Dumitriu; Adriana Gaspar

Other key lawyers:

Razvan Vlad

Testimonials

‘A mature and knowledgeable team with excellent client service and consistent results, NNDKP is our go-to contact for PPP issues.’

‘Adina Chilim-Dumitriu is certainly one of the best practitioners in PPP on the local market.’

‘Overall, the thing that differentiates NNDKP is the tremendous responsiveness. From my very initial inquiry they have always dealt with me as though I was a long-standing and important client (I’m not!). I had been told that they were good and that was why I went to them but they have exceeded my expectations’

‘I have dealt with a few people at the firm but Adina Chilim-Dumitriu and Cristian Dranca have been my main contacts and both have been excellent. Cristian’s commitment is fantastic.’

‘Numerous teams of highly skilled professionals covering all legal areas, capable of handling more complex and volume projects at the same time. In comparison to other law firms, NNDKP has high skilled attorneys from top to bottom, from partners to associates, all are highly responsive.’

‘Adina Chilim Dumitriu – high business understanding that makes her give a business oriented legal advice, high above most other attorneys from the market. She is also extremely responsive. Magda Popescu – in-depth technical knowledge and extremely responsive. Georgeta Dinu – very deep knowledge and understanding of competition and antitrust regulations. Very clear and smooth communication with the Client. Alexandra Marutoiu – very good technical knowledge, and always searching for a solution. She is also extremely responsive.’

‘NNDKP’s public procurement and PPP practice really stands out on the local market. They have a large team with deep knowledge of the applicable legislation and extensive experience in major projects. The lawyers are highly committed to designing the most appropriate strategy and always offer reliable legal solutions. They are able to provide valuable input throughout all phases of a project, including during litigation, by working closely together with NNDKP’s dispute resolution lawyers. They cover all the bases.’

‘Our projects are handled at partner level by Adina Chilim-Dumitriu and Razvan Vlad. We have a long-standing collaboration with NNDKP and they understand our sector, the projects in which we are involved and our needs. Adina Chilim-Dumitriu impresses with her knowledge of the public procurement field. She is very experienced, very diligent and professional. She is also a good project coordinator who always makes sure that the team provides the highest quality services, from start to finish. Razvan Vlad is an exceptional practitioner. Whenever we need support with challenging legal issues we know we can rely on his advice, which is top-quality. He has a sharp mind and a keen eye for details and is friendly and approachable in our interactions, which we greatly appreciate. Alexandru Aman and Cristian Dranca are the other two talented lawyers with whom we work. They have excellent legal skills and are very thorough in their work. They assist in many of our projects and never lose track of a single detail. I am impressed by the volume of work they are able to cover and by their ability to identify risks and propose reliable legal solutions.’

‘NNDKP is a real trade name for legal services and from these services PPP and public procurement-related are among of the most valuable ones on the market. They have really made a difference in the outcome of public procurement procedures our company was involved in – not only with valuable and insightful advice but with innovative solutions and technological ability. The billing process and the use of technology are high-end, like most of the law firms on their level.’

‘We worked closely with Adina Chilim-Dumitriu, Peggy Suica-Neagu and Radu Damaschin. Not only were they extremely qualified professionals but they were also very good communicators and very skilled in the customer relationship. They were always able to deliver a clear message and idea, which is always an added value for the customer – saving a lot of time and resources. Both Chilim-Dumitriu and Suica-Neagu are always kindly available and bring value in any call or meeting with their experience and their professional view on the topics.’

Key clients

Habau PPS Pipeline System

Duro Felguera

SIEMENS RAIL AUTOMATION SAU

FCC Construction

PORR Construct – PORR Bau

Impresa Pizzarotti

Siemens Romania

Siemens Mobility

Lagardere Travel & Retail

Roche Romania

Rönesans Sağlık Yatırım

Intuitext

Makyol İnşaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret

China Communications Construction Company

Kontron Transporation

Med Marine Kilavuzluk Ve Romorkor Hizmetleri Inșaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

 

Work highlights

  • Successfully advising Siemens Mobility in connection with multiple challenges linked to the €815 million modernization of the Arad-Timișoara railway.
  • Advising PORR Construct in connection with the Sibiu-Pitesti motorway infrastructure project, including defending its successful public procurement bid against competitor challenges.
  • Advising FCC Construccion in connection with its participation in a tender organized by METROREX for a contract to design and build the first section of a new Metro line connecting Bucharest to the Henri Coandă airport.

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii has a strong ‘knowledge and understanding‘ of the market, and a good track record in guiding clients through the public procurement process. This extends to bids on major project finance and PPP concessions, where it represents a mix of domestic and international sponsors, and construction companies. Extensive knowledge of key industries, including energy, IT, transport, agriculture, health care and pharmaceuticals adds weight to the overall offering, which includes the full spread of relevant contentious and non-contentious support. Partner Florian Nițu  has over 20 years’ experience in the market, and also represents public sector clients. Alexandru Ambrozie  is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Florian Nitu; Alexandru Ambrozie

Other key lawyers:

Ramona Pantilescu

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the way of dealing with Romanian people and administration. The budget was complied with.’

‘Good relationship with the partner in charge of the M&A project. Proactive and responsive.’

‘The firm has helped us in our bidding process. They have the knowledge and understanding of the requirements and applicable laws. The response of the team was also timely.’

Key clients

SIMAVI

Hidroconstructia

Medist

SAP

Medtronic

Swietelsky

S&T

NTT Data

Framatome SAS

Iridex

Ansaldo Nucleare

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Orange France on the acquisition of the landline business of Telekom Romania, in an €500 million transaction.
  • Advised SAP on a public procurement tender organised by the Romanian Competition Council for the acquisition of a big data platform.
  • Advised Ansaldo Nucleare on its participation in the tender procedure initiated by Regia Autonomă Tehnologii pentru Energia Nucleară for the award of an €18 million public procurement contract.

VASS Lawyers

VASS Lawyers is a top-notch boutique with a strong focus on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of public procurement and PPP. The firm represents both private sector bidders and contractors, as well as the contracting authorities and entities, ensuring an unmatched understanding of the entire tender process. Further support is provided on the remaining life cycle of projects, from implementation through to any disputes and challenges that might occur. Managing partner Iulia Vass  is ‘an expert in her field, and her standard is second to none‘. Partner Bianca Bello   is praised for her ‘ability to combine legal and technical skills with a focused commercial knowledge‘. The ‘concise and tenaciousAlexandra Mititelu  is ‘a real fighter‘.

Practice head(s):

Iulia Vass; Bianca Bello

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Mititelu

Testimonials

‘Excellent team work.’

‘Very good professional experts.’

‘During their activity they have gained a vast experience that places them among the main collaborators you would need on such issues.’

‘The people I interacted with have shown both that they know how to talk about the case, with professionalism, and to give advice or examples of how we should solve the case. They inspired my confidence and motivated me to keep fighting to the end.’

‘United team, excellent collaboration, flexibility and tenacity.’

‘Alexandra Mititelu – a real fighter in the concise and tenacious. Iulia Vass is a real general in the court battles.’

‘For me competitors don’t exist. They have an instantaneous reply at any kind of issue.’

‘Vass Lawyers is a strategic and full of resources partner that always goes the extra mile. Their strong legal knowledge from many cases and different industries combined with unparalleled understanding of our industry gives us a significant edge. They are fast, competent and business-oriented and meet our requirements in all aspects.’

‘Iulia Vass is an expert in her field, and her standard is second to none. She is extremely strong in analyzing complex cases and by that also develops the strongest arguments and the best tactics. Not a single stone is untouched, she is able to develop the best strategy for how to handle our cases. Bianca Bello stands out for her ability of understanding of both industry specific technical knowledge and commercial aspects of our business. Her ability to combine legal and technical skills with a focused commercial knowledge. Belgin Boras is very dedicated, hardworking and capable of handling complicated cases with very good collaboration skills.’

‘In our 29 years of activity, we had the opportunity to work with many law firms on various legal aspects, e.g. commercial, employment, criminal, public, civil, constitutional. Of all these law firms, we strongly consider Vass Lawyers being the best. Their professionalism, promptness, perseverance, coherence, reasoning, analytical ability, communication, creativity and integrity are the reasons for which we highly recommend VASS Lawyers to any company seeking for legal counseling. Public procurement and litigation is their main strength and we won with them many high profile and high value disputes against national authorities. This year Vass Lawyers is helping us with several court cases, most of them regarding the performance and termination of public procurement contracts. Even during the lockdown the team was always available, as it uses technology which allows real time communication and collaboration. The quality of the services provided was the same, which proved not only the smart use of technology, but also the strength of the team. The billing has been always transparent, as we always receive detailed information regarding the time worked.’

‘Iulia Vass is an outstanding public procurement lawyer. Very knowledgeable and dedicated, her insight and strategic advice make her the right partner for my business.’

‘We received quickly clear answers, complete and thorough to our requests in terms of public procurement legislation.’

‘The attorneys with whom we interacted have proved availability, promptness, professional training the answers received being thoroughly documented. They have proven to be communicative people, available to listen and take into account the customer’s opinion.’

‘Focus and committed team’

‘I am grateful to have worked with VASS LAWYERS. They took the time to hear and understand our concerns, and we felt extremely comfortable with them. They always had our best interests in mind, and we would highly recommend them to everyone. They are patient, they clearly outline what to expect, and present an honest assessment of your case. They have analytical ability and strong attention to detail. They have excellent analytical skills, and excellent advocacy skills. They have a high level of commitment to their work and to their client. They understand their client’s objectives, and advocate on that basis.’

‘I had the fortunate experience of working closely with Iulia Vass on a complicated litigation matter. I can say without hesitation that she is a top-notch lawyer who communicates effectively with her clients . She was well-prepared, conscientious, and offered great insight which helped us achieve a favorable result.’

‘I value the extremely professional approach of people from VASS Lawyers, great knowledge of the Romanian Procurement Act, flexibility in working hours and quick actions when needed, continuous contact via various media while common activities. I felt like VASS lawyers were authentic member of my team working on one common project.’

‘Professional approach, language skills, reaching a common target as a core issue’.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a company before the National Council of Solving Complaints and the Bucharest Court of Appeal in a complex litigation concerning a €156 million tram supply contract awarded by the Bucharest Transport Company.
  • Advised a global license plate manufacturer in a procurement award for a multi-year contract for semi-finished plates, organised by the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has an ‘extremely helpful and knowledgeable‘ PPP and procurement team that provides clients with a ‘great experience‘. The firm has an excellent track record advising on greenfield infrastructure projects across a wide range of sectors, including transport, energy and utilities. The team supports clients on a project’s entire life cycle, from the initial bid stage, through to implementation and secondary transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to CEZ on the sale of its Romanian power assets to Macquarie. The practice is jointly led by highly-experienced projects partners Serban Pâslaru  and Vlad Cercel , who share nearly four decades of experience in the market. Clients also rate managing associate Iuliana Leon whose expertise is ‘absolutely remarkable‘.

Practice head(s):

Şerban Pâslaru; Vlad Cercel

Other key lawyers:

Iuliana Leon

Testimonials

‘The team involved in our projects consisted of Iuliana Leon, Managing Associate and Serban Pâslaru, Partner. I work with Lawyers of Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii on activities covering legal advice on the requirements of the award documentation, the legal structuring of the participation with the offer, preparation and submission of the offer, drafting answers to requests for clarifications sent by the contracting authority. Prior to this, the lawyers also assisted in the pre-market consultation stage on the terms of the concession contract attached to the award documentation under the concession procedure.’

‘I’ve had a great experience working with this firm and the PPP and procurement team. They have been extremely helpful and knowledgeable about a variety of legal issues concerning the legal structuring of the tenders when participating in public procurement award procedures.’

‘I strongly recommend Iuliana Leon whose expertise as regards PPP and public procurement is absolutely remarkable. Iuliana is very hardworking, professional, and provides solid legal advice and insights. Last, but not least, Iuliana truly puts the client needs first. In conclusion, I’d recommend Iuliana without hesitation.’

 

Key clients

CEZ

ENGIE Group

AIK Energy

Bepco

Astaldi S.p.A.

E.O.N

E-Infra / Electrogrup

Astra Vagoane Calatori S.A.

Ericsson Telecommunicationd

European Investment Bank

Eurotransgaz SRL

Marubeni Corporation Japan

MOL Romania

Netcity Telecom

Nuctech Warsaw Company Limited Sp. Z o.o.

OMV Petrom

SECOL Romania

Telekom

Tenaris/Silcotub

WTE Wassertechnik

Work highlights

  • Legal assistance to CEZ  in the divestment of its Romanian assets to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (”MIRA”) – Romania’s largest deal since 2008.
  • Legal assistance to Astaldi in connection with a wide range of legal matters relating to client’s €2.5 billion worth infrastructure projects in Romania.
  • Legal assistance to MOL Romania Petroleum Products in relation to a €500 million contract for service station concessions on the  A1 and A2 highways.

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has a strong track record for contentious and non-contentious public procurement advice. The firm assists clients with all stages of the process including tenders, project development and implementation, and related employment, regulatory, competition and litigation issues. The team is well connected with major clients in key industries, including life sciences, health care, construction, transportation, utilities and power. Clients also benefit from the firm’s association with White & Case LLP and its impressive projects pedigree. Practice head Simona Petrisor has nearly 20 years’ experience in the market. Partner Viorel Dinu is one of the main contacts for related contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Simona Petrisor

Key clients

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

ENGIE Romania

MBS Group

Procter & Gamble

Sanofi Pasteur

Johnson & Johnson

Pfizer Romania

Fresenius

Clariant Produkte (Deutschland)

Societe Generale London Branch

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Romania (MSD)

WSP Engineering

B Braun

Restart Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised MBS Group, a major local construction company, in relation to several public procurement contract disputes with different contracting authorities, as well as its participation in numerous public procurement awards for construction contracts.  
  • Representing Kolin Insaat, a major Turkish construction company, in a €1.2 billion public procurement dispute concerning the award of a Romanian motorway construction project subsidized with EU funds.
  • Representing Tractebel Engineering, a subsidiary of Engie, in a  dispute concerning a public works contract with the Romanian national electricity grid operator, Transelectrica.

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has a multi-faceted practice that approaches the public procurement and projects sphere from various different angles. This includes advice to private sector sponsors and lenders on a wide range of concessions and projects, including infrastructure, energy and health care. Beyond the initial bidding stage, the lawyers also have good expertise of related insolvencies and restructurings, cross-border issues, and connected litigations. Carmen Știrbu leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Carmen Știrbu

Other key lawyers:

Matei Florea

Work highlights

  • Assisting a bidder in several public tenders for the modernisation of urban public transport infrastructure.
  • Assisted a railway manufacturer in successfully challenging an award decision that ruled in favour of another bidder.
  • Assisted a medical products importer in litigation arising from the award of a COVID-19 related public contract.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA

Voicu & Filipescu SCA provides strategic advice to a range of bidding consortia, awarding authorities, contractors and lenders. The firm is also a popular referral choice with international law firms for related matters. The lawyers have experience across a wide range of PPPs, with good credentials in transport and urban infrastructure projects, as well as public utilities, environmental protection and waste projects. Partners such as Marta Elena Popa  have strong experience of major IT and medical equipment contracts. The versatile Raluca Mihai  also provides employment and contentious advice.

Practice head(s):

Raluca Miha; Marta Popa

Key clients

Ecolab

General Electric Medical Systems

Nabors

Work highlights

  • Advising Ecolab on its participation in various public procurement tenders organized by hospitals, universities and other public institutions for the supply of cleaning and hygiene products.
  • Advising General Electric Medical Systems on contentious and non-contentious issues linked to various public procurement tenders.
  • Advising Spectromas, a manufacturer of industrial measurement systems, on a successful tender with Hidroelectrica for the modernisation of a diagnosis and monitoring system.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & PartnersComparative Guides promotional icon has a good reputation for PPP and public procurement-related legislative and regulatory issues. Clients also benefit from the firm’s market-leading litigation practice that has a strong track record in defending and initiating challenges to awards. Strategic bidding advice is another area of strength, and the firm regularly advises public and private sector clients on all aspects of the tender process. Well-regarded partner Elena Iacob handles the non-contentious side and is ‘ready anytime to offer her knowledge‘. Litigation partner Monica Strimbeihas a solution for every problem and question related to public procurement‘.

Practice head(s):

Elena Iacob

Other key lawyers:

Monica Strimbei

Testimonials

‘The cooperation between members of the team is essential. They really make the most to get everything done in time and get the best results. They are innovative and have the capacity to deliver the best legal advice. The size of the firm and the variety of practices are indeed key strengths as the team may always cooperate with all other teams on other related practices, if required.’

‘Elena Iacob is a very good PPP and procurement practitioner. Her expertise is significant and her implication in the drafting of public procurement legislation are very relevant. More than this, she is a wonderful colleague, not only a partner. She is ready anytime to offer her knowledge. She is appreciated by the clients for her attention to details and her extensive experience as a lawyer. She is handling the most difficult legal tasks and always finds the way to result needed.’

‘Efficiency in providing their advice on a very high level and a timely manner.’

‘High level of communication and accuracy of the advice we receive.’

‘The team consisting of Monica Strimbei (Partner) and Radu Noslacan (Senior Associates) assisted us in both the award procedure of public procurement contracts and the litigation phase related to this contracts. In this sense, the team has a broad experience in assisting clients in preparing the administrative stages prior to awarding of public procurement contracts, providing clients with legal advice at the the highest level. At the same time, the team represented us, before national bodies, in complex disputes and characterized by a high level of technicality, aiming to award public procurement contracts with national impact, contributing decisively in winning these disputes through thorough and unconventional strategies. The team is outstanding when it comes to working under pressure and delivering creative solutions to pressing issues. The main strength of the team is its capacity to communicate in a very effective manner and to rapidly deliver a coherent and winning strategy for our cases.’

‘Monica Strimbei (Partner) is by far one of the most brilliant lawyers we know, who has a solution for every problem and question related to Public Procurement. Her broad experience in Public Procurement gives us confidence that we will find a solution for every pressing problem. Radu (Senior Associate) is an impressive lawyer, who brings his energy and enthusiasm in every case. Being a highly versatile lawyer, we can count on Radu for creative solutions for our cases.’

‘One of the most important things when we chose this firm was the experience they had with our niche market, and did not need time to understand and adapt to our requests.’

‘The main qualities with both Catalin Micu and Iuliana Negoita were: prompt and adequate answers and support for our activity.’

Key clients

AKTOR

ALISON HAYES ROMANIA

METAMINDS

INSTITUTUL CLINIC FUNDENI

OMV PETROM

OMNILOGIC

SIAD ROMANIA

MARAMURES COUNTY COUNCIL

VRANCEA COUNTY COUNCIL

WATER COMPANY ORADEA

TUD CONSULT

LUKOIL ROMANIA

CONFER GROUP

GRADINARIU IMPORT EXPORT

ALUM

Work highlights

  • Advised the contracting authority in relation to potential termination and public procurement rules a schools construction project.
  • Advised the construction company Aktor in relation to a major railway rehabilitation project.
  • Successfully represented a medical devices supplier on various procurement tenders launched by contracting authorities (hospitals), as well as related challenges and procedural requests.

Beatrice Onica- Jarka & Asociații

Beatrice Onica- Jarka & Asociații, formerly known as Cunescu, Balaciu & Asociatii, has solid public procurement credentials. The experienced team has a good track record advising major private sector sponsors on the full range of related matters, including bids, development projects, and further issues that might arise, including challenges and litigation. The firm has recently been involved in several high profile port and transport infrastructure projects, and also has expertise in the IT and power sectors. Name partner Beatrice Onica-Jarka leads the team with strong support from recently promoted partner Daniel Stiger.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Onica-Jarka

Key clients

PORT BAZINUL NOU

METALTRADE INTERNATIONAL

HIDROTEHNICA ROMCONSTRUCT

INTEGRISOFT SOLUTIONS S

IMPRESA PIZZAROTTI

Work highlights

  • Assisted Port Bazinul Nou in a €80m project with complex issues of public procurement and PPP.
  • Advised Hidrotehnica Romconstruct on challenges brought by other tenderers in relation to the company’s success in winning several public procurement procedures.
  • Assisted Integrisoft Solutions in multiple software service-related procurement projects agreed with local government.

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica has assisted private sector bidders in securing several recent high profile procurement contracts in the transport, defence and infrastructure sectors. The firm also has longstanding experience of utilities, water and social infrastructure projects, including healthcare and sports. The cradle-to-grave service also extends to any disputes that might arise from the bidding or implementation stages. Real estate and construction head Anca Albulescu  jointly leads the team with litigation head Daniel Stefanica  .

Practice head(s):

Anca Albulescu; Daniel Stefanica

Key clients

GFR – Grup Feroviar Roman

Iveco Defence Vehicle

Wiebe

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Iveco Defence Vehicles on a public procurement procedure initiated by the Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of multifunctional transportation.
  • Advised GFR – Grup Feroviar Roman, a subsidiary of Grampet Group, the biggest private rail holding in South-East Europe, in relation to a public procurement procedure for railway coal transport services.
  • Advising Wiebe on the price adjustment in two public procurement contracts for railway infrastructure related works.

CMS

CMS has a leading energy practice and this expertise extends to industry-related procurements and projects. This includes advice on corporate, finance, regulatory and litigation matters. The firm’s impressive global network also makes it a popular choice among major international clients. The team’s credentials with the private sector is balanced out with regular advice to Romania’s Ministry of Energy and large multilaterals organisations such as the EBRD. Energy and projects head Varinia Radu is a ‘go-to partner‘ and her team is praised for its ‘good communication, inventiveness,’ and ‘looking for different approaches favorable to the client‘.

Practice head(s):

Varinia Radu

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Popescu

Testimonials

‘Strong team in a challenging market.’

‘Varinia Radu the go-to partner.’

‘Well embedded in Romanian economy, very responsive.’

‘Very good knowledge of economy and financial standing of other companies.’

‘Good professionals, attentive to the client’s needs, flexible in terms of cooperation.’

‘Good communication, inventiveness, looking for different approaches favorable to the client.’

 

Key clients

Solarpro Holding

Romanian Government, Minister of Energy

Mazarine Energy Romania

SC PEWETE EVO EUROPE

Iberdrola

NIS Petrol

Repsol

Fora Oil and Gas, and Alpha Oil and Gas

ADX Energy

GE Renewables Energy

Amber Infrastructure

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

DLA Piper Dinu SCA

DLA Piper Dinu SCA provides good regulatory, transactional and litigation expertise to its clients on public procurement and infrastructure projects. The firm is especially strong on the life sciences and healthcare front, representing several leading international pharmaceutical companies on their Romanian interests, including tenders for public contracts. Infrastructure, waste management and energy projects are also areas of strength. Key contacts include partner Livia Zamfiropol, who is particularly experienced on regulatory, competition and life sciences matters, and counsel Paula Corban-Pelin.

Practice head(s):

Livia Zamfiropol; Paula Corban-Pelin

Work highlights

  • Advised an international dredging company in connection with a tender organized by Water Administration Dobrogea Litoral for the procurement of the works for the protection of Romania’s Black Sea Coast.
  • Advised a construction company in a Competition Council investigation launched into a public procurement procedure in which the client participated.
  • Assisting a waste management services provider in relation to its participation in public tenders.

Filip & Company

Filip & Company is praised for its ‘excellent services‘ and the impressive ‘depth of knowledge the team has in relation to public procurement‘. Recently the firm was involved in several significant tenders in the renewables, hydropower, financial services and health care sectors, where it typically represents private sector bidders. Joint practice heads Alina Stancu Birsan  and Ioana Roman  are considered ‘outstanding practitioners with a deep and profound knowledge‘. The firm was also boosted by the recruitment of ‘very responsivecounsel George Trantea.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Birsan; Ioana Roman

Testimonials

‘Filip & Company’s support goes far beyond legal advice. Their knowledge about the renewables market in Romania, especially their deep understanding of legal, commercial and technical contexts is exceptional. They are very well networked and thus always informed about current developments in the market.’

‘Ioana Roman and Alina Stancu Birsan are outstanding practitioners with a deep and profound knowledge. One of their strengths is to have the client’s interests in mind far beyond the usual measure. Their support is always straight to the point and solution orientated.’

‘We were impressed by the depth of knowledge the team has in relation to public procurement matters and the fact that they provided us with clear, practical advice overnight so we had it for the opening of our business the following day.’

‘George Trantea was very responsive, offered practical advice relevant for our business and proactively provided updates on the public procurement process as more information became available.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Retim Ecologic Service

Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica

WPD Romania

Electrica

Comtel Focus

Holcim Romania

RWE

E-Power Holding

Kinstellar

Kinstellar stands out for its strong expertise in high profile infrastructure projects. The power sector is particularly fertile ground for the active team, which has recently been involved in several significant nuclear power refurbishments. Transport and healthcare procurement procedures have also featured prominently in the last two years. Clients include major international and domestic sponsors, contractors and investors, including Siemens and China Communications Construction Company. Iustinian Captariu  leads the transactional side of the practice, while Remus Codreanu is the main partner for contentious procurement issues, including award challenges and project-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Iustinian Captariu; Remus Codreanu

Key clients

China Communications Construction Company Limited

Siemens

Makyol

European Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Ontario Power Generation and its Romanian subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners, with regards to the €1.5 billion refurbishment of Reactor 1 operated by the state-owned nuclear energy producer, Nuclearelectrica.
  • Advising a consortium of international companies including China Communications Construction Company on the €1bn PPP project for the Târgu Neamț–Iași motorway.
  • Regularly advising Siemens on various public procurement tenders in which Siemens participates either as bidder or as subcontractor and/or third supporting party.

Leroy si Asociatii

Leroy si Asociatii has good expertise in major oil and gas concessions, PPPs and development projects, both on the contentious and non-contentious side. The firm is especially experienced representing sponsor and lender clients in the energy sector, but also has a good track record for broader utilities, aviation and construction projects. Key partners include the versatile Bruno Leroy   , who regularly assists with related corporate, competition, regulatory and real estate issues. Partner Andreea Toma   has almost 20 years’ experience on public procurement and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreea Toma; Bruno Leroy

Testimonials

‘Leroy si Asociatii Law Firm is  excellent at understanding matters connected to the main domain specific to our core business, whether it is financing, corporate or labor law.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Expert Petroleum on day-to-day activities linked to its oil and gas concessions, as well as a dispute linked to the Curtici Exploration Block.

Popescu & Asociatii

Popescu & Asociatii has a versatile practice with a good track record representing public and private sector clients. The team’s expertise covers a wide range of project types including major waste management, transport and energy infrastructure concessions. The full service offering handles every stage of the journey, and when contentious issues arise, clients benefit from an extremely experienced litigation team. Key partners include Loredana Popescu  , who is ‘a great projects lawyer and always listens to clients and sincerely tries to help‘, and Dana Bivol who is ‘extremely good at managing mandates and casesand is ‘always up to speed with the regulations and the practices of local authorities‘.

Practice head(s):

Loredana Popescu; Dana Bivol

Testimonials

‘I would rate them as one of the best in terms of substantive quality and client delivery. They are able to provide legal and commercial advice in a speedy and client-friendly manner, with services being reliable, quick and pragmatic. The team are very collaborative, responsible, and proactive in providing ideas and asking the right questions. We rate Popescu & Asociatii ten out of ten in assisting clients with work involving multiple areas. They have an excellent team, and all members are very diligent, professional and effective. They always produce high-quality detailed work and work closely with us to ensure that their deliverables fulfil our expectations.’

‘The lawyers have a first-rate legal mind, but what sets them apart from other external legal advisers we know is the commercial understanding of the industries in which they practice. Loredana Popescu is the main contact here. She is there for your requirements, needs and work relationships, always on time, providing good quality and can give creative ideas to consider in terms of achieving specific goals. She is a great projects lawyer and always listens to clients and sincerely tries to help. Mirela Cazacu is absolutely terrific. She has a solutions-based approach on documentation and negotiations, explaining things very clearly and guide people through the commercial calls that need to be made, and her technical knowledge on underlying contracts is excellent.’

‘Dana Bivol is a professional managing both contentious and non-contentious matters in PPP in Romania, at Popescu & Asociatii team. She is extremely good at managing mandates and cases, and has a great capacity of anticipation, seen opportunities where we see risks, and is always up to speed with the regulations and the practices of local authorities. Having her in our team gives us the confidence that we can meet our objectives all the time.’

Key clients

LEA INTERNATIONAL IMPEX ROMANIA

ACADEMIA ROMANA

ECO SUD

ROMANIAN MINISTER OF WATER AND FORESTS

ASTALDI

ROMANIAN STATE

OCTAPHARMA

UTI GRUP

Work highlights

  • Advising Lea International Impex Romania on an urban waste PPP in the Munipality of Pitesti.
  • Representing Academia Romana, a national cultural and scientific organisation, on the Carol Davila – University Medical City PPP.
  • Reprsenting Eco Sud on an urban waste management PPP in Bucharest including related environmental disputes.

Reff & Associates SCA

Reff & Associates SCA has a diverse spread of experience in public projects and procurement procedures. In addition to traditional private sector sponsors and construction companies, the firm also represents multilateral agencies, such as the World Bank, as well as NGOs, including Dăruiește Viață Association. The firm was recently involved in several key healthcare development projects, and also has experience of oil and gas and other utilities. Corporate partner Georgiana Singurel leads the team, which also advises on related regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Georgiana Singurel

Key clients

OMV Petrom

DTL Medical

Dăruiește Viață Association

Hidro Top Construct

The World Bank Group

RO-Verde Landscaping

Mureș County Council

Frasinul S.R.L., local construction company

Work highlights

  • Advising the NGO, Dăruiește Viață Association, in a privately funded hospital project to develop oncology healthcare services for children.
  • Advising the World Bank on permissible land development business models and transaction structures in Romania.
  • Assisting Hidro Top Construct, a construction company, on the extension of the intensive care section of the Marie Curie Hospital.

Suciu Popa

Suciu Popa is best known for its advice on oil and gas projects, although the multi-disciplinary team also has a good track record for transport, mining, and renewables  infrastructure developments. The team is particularly noted for its ‘intertwining business acumen and the expert knowledge of the EU and Romanian regulations‘. Managing partners Miruna Suciu  and Luminita Popa  are respectively strong in related contentious and non-contentious issues. Cleopatra Leahu  is highly experienced in energy and natural resources matter, while fellow partner Crina Ciobanu‘s PPP performance ‘was always beyond expectations‘.

Practice head(s):

Miruna Suciu; Luminița Popa; Cleopatra Leahu

Testimonials

‘Suciu Popa’s PPP practice is recommended for the strong reputation of its partners, the vast experience of its multi-disciplinary team which, by intertwining business acumen and the expert knowledge of the EU and Romanian regulations, consistently offer integrated, valuable and practical advice. We turn to them for our PPP related issues and their response is always up to our expectations.’

‘On PPP related matters, we have always worked with Crina Ciobanu. Her involvement in our procurement matters ranged from the initiation of the tender procedure until the conclusion of the public procurement contract and throughout the life time of the agreement. Crina also assisted us and provided legal advice in relation to the preparation of internal procedures regarding the management and control of public procedures and agreements concluded. Her performance was always beyond expectations. We revert to her whenever we need a swift turnaround on our procurement matters and she always delivers exceptional and spotless legal opinions and documents that we can rely on when taking our internal decisions.’

‘Flexible, very good communication skills, innovative in finding solutions, open’

‘Great partners – their openness and communication skills are above other law firms I have collaborated with.’

 

Key clients

SNGN Romgaz

KMG International

Enel

E-Distributie Muntenia, E-Distributie Banat and E-Distributie Dobrogea

Daimler/Mercedes Benz

Delta Block International

Enel Green Power

Iris-Aly Explorer

Hunt Oil Company of Romania

Bulgargaz

Strabag

PORTO CARRAS

Hidroelectrica

Grampet/ Grup Servicii Feroviare

SIF Transilvania

Engie Romania

Work highlights

  • Advising STRABAG in relation to two major road rehabilitation projects worth over €35 million.
  • Advising state-owned gas producer SNGN Romgaz SA in connection with the planned acquisition of a participating interest in Neptune Deep offshore block (Black Sea, Romania) from ExxonMobil.
  • Advising KazMunayGas/Rompetrol Group on the implementation of over €200 million in investment projects.