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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s ‘top-class’ team assists investment management companies, developers, and construction firms with acquisitions, sales, and leasing projects. Ioana Niculeasa acted for Fitbit on leasing over 2,000sqm of office space in Bucharest. Newly promoted partner Vlad Tănase provides ‘exceptional advice on strategic matters’; he assists AFI Europe with a contemplated €164m indirect land and warehouse acquisition. Managing associate Lavinia Ioniță-Rasmussen is also recommended.

PeliFilip’s ‘knowledgeable and client-oriented’ team has ‘a depth of expertise in the real estate sector’. Practice head Oana Bădărău acted for Mitiska REIM in acquiring a portfolio of retail projects worth over €40m throughout Romania. The ‘highly regardedFrancisc Peli is advising Portland Trust on acquiring 16,000sqm of land from Bluehouse. Senior associate Ioana Roman is also noted.


Boanto, Gidei si Associati S.C.A.

CEE Attorneys is an international law firm with almost 100 professionals in 11 offices across Central and Eastern Europe, currently represented in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine and Hungary, as well as in partners’ offices in India and China.

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Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii provides ‘strong technical advice’ on leases, developments, purchases and sales. Practice head Florian Nițu advised Unirii View on the €33m development of an 18,000sqm office tower and is now assisting the same company with the letting process, and Valentin Creata advises Dedeman on its €160m acquisition of AFI Business Park from Africa Israel Investments. Cristian Popescu acts for Begeman on the acquisition of a farm covering 800ha of land.

Reff & Associates SCA’s Alexandru Reff assisted First Property Group with its sale of a 12,000sqm warehouse to the site’s lessee Aquila. Practice head and associate partner Irina Andreea Dumitriu is advising Mulberry Development on the €130m mixed-use development project Isho, developed by businessman Ovidiu Sandor. Robert Ionita left to join NEPI Rockcastle.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s ‘highly experienced’ team has ‘a wide knowledge of the industry’ and handles contentious and non-contentious real estate mandates. Practice co-head Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa is ‘very knowledgeable and can read a room like no one else’; he assisted cornerstone client Carrefour with its 10-year lease from WDP of a logistics facility for its online retail business. Fellow practice head Dan Borbely’s workload includes large-scale development projects. Managing associate Amalia Dumitru is also recommended.

Land acquisition mandates are a keystone of Biriş Goran SPARL’s practice. Raluca Năstase advised Predeal Investiții on the purchase of 50,000sqm of land in the north of Bucharest from a company undergoing insolvency. Other clients include Rossmann and Universal Property.

In a recent highlight, Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case’s team advised Mid Europa Partners on the €533m acquisition of supermarket retail chain Profi. Mihaela Bondoc is the name to note. Şerban Patriciu left to set up his own firm in January 2018.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA’s team has ‘strong market knowledge’. The group assists clients with a broad range of logistics, agricultural and retail acquisition and disposal matters. Alin Buftea is advising PPF Real Estate on its operation of Metropolis Centre after assisting the client with the indirect acquisition of a landmark building via a share deal in Metropolis Centre. Counsel Florin Tineghe is also recommended.

Property portfolio acquisitions are a core strength at Dentons. Bogdan Papandopol and Perry Zizzi advised CPI Property Group on acquiring a portfolio of 11 retail properties worth €650m from CBRE Global Investors.

Cristian Guia is the name to note at Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland). The team has expertise in lease agreements, residential developments and FIDIC dispute resolution mandates. Clients include Volvo Romania and Bluehouse Capital. Associate Luiza Petrescu is another name to note.

The team at Kinstellardelivers high-quality and commercially oriented legal advice’ and its lawyers’ ‘professionalism, diligence and vision brings value to every transaction they work on’. Răzvan Popa ‘stands out through his commitment, efficiency and resourcefulness’; he co-leads the team with Victor Constantinescu. Recent work includes assisting Panattoni with developing logistics parks in Bucharest.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA has an established track record handling construction mandates and land acquisition matters. Simona Chirica is assisting Hanner with a €35m combined office and residential development in the Grozăveşti district of Bucharest, and Eva Hegedüs-Brown, who made partner in February 2017, advises Proforest on legislation changes impacting on forestry.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA assists real estate developers, banks, retailers and corporate clients with buy and sell matters. Roxana Negutu leads the team.

Albotă Law Firm is well known for handling lease agreements, construction projects and transactional matters. Highlights included assisting K&S Electric Power Point with selling Electroputere Parc to Braila Winds Concept via a business transfer agreement. Oana Albota is ‘very experienced and level headed’.

Bulboaca & Asociatii’s real estate team has ‘deep industry knowledge’; the group advises investors and developers on land and property acquisitions, among other mandates. Cosmin Stăvaru is assisting a foreign embassy with acquiring and developing a large property to use as its headquarters.

CMS assists banks, investment fund managers and companies with sale, purchase and extension matters. Senior associate Roxana Fratila is ‘client-oriented’; she heads the practice.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s work includes land and property acquisitions and expropriation mandates. Laurențiu Gorun advises Green Lake Development on the Green Lake Residences construction project in Bucharest worth over €150m.

In recent work highlights, Muşat & Asociaţii’s Monia Dobrescu is advising Mecaplast on expanding its business in Eastern Europe and its development of a new facility in Romania; she and Mona Muşat are also assisting Grupo Lar with real estate developments worth €300m in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.

Noerr’s ‘commendable’ practice has a solid track record in greenfield investments, construction projects and land acquisitions. Roxana Dudau advised Graf Agrar Banat on the acquisition of 60 plots of arable land totalling 275ha.

At RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP), the ‘very good and knowledgeable team’ assists banks, developers and investors with a broad range of real estate matters. Alexandru Retevoescu is the key name. Senior associate Adrian Cazan moved in-house to Prime Capital in January 2018.

Wolf Theiss’ real estate offering includes property acquisitions, construction disputes and leasing mandates. Ciprian Glodeanu assisted South Africa-listed Growthpoint Properties with acquiring a 26.9% stake worth €186m in Globalworth Real Estate Investments.

bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică has a strong track record handling construction mandates, lease matters and land acquisitions. Practice head Anca Albulescu is the name to note.

CEE Attorneys Boanta Gîdei si Asociatii S.C.A handles lease agreements, construction matters and acquisitions, among other matters. Practice head Sergiu Gidei assisted BullGuard with a lease agreement concerning the move of the company’s head office into AFI Business Park. Cora Romania is also a client.

Clifford Chance Badea has ‘a solution-oriented’ team. Nadia Badea advises Carrefour on real estate matters pertaining to its retail network in Romania. Ioana Talnaru left the firm.

Dragne & Asociaţii SCA’s workload includes FIDIC contracts, due diligence, construction disputes and property litigation. Delia Boşman and Andreia Dumitrescu jointly lead the team.

Firon Bar-Nir & Co (Europe) Ltd is well known for assisting Israeli developers and investors with construction and acquisition mandates. Ana Lavan is the key contact.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii’s ‘advice is to the point’ on leasing mandates and land purchases, among other areas. Practice head Ioana Romana Laurențiu is ‘a diplomat, but with arguments as sharp as a surgical knife’.

Maravela & Asociaţii provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and valuable information’ on a broad spread of real estate matters. Recent highlights include assisting Eberspächer with the €32m greenfield development of an automotive parts manufacturing plant. Gelu Maravela is the practice head.

Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm’s team is ‘professional and responsive’ with ‘a depth of experience’ across a range of real estate matters. Radu-Catalin Pavel provides ‘excellent strategic advice’.

Pop & Partnersdelivers under pressure’. Claudiu Pop has ‘deep knowledge of the real estate sector’; he is advising the National Romanian Company of Motorways and National Roads on the expropriation procedure for the DN1H Zalău – Aleşd road modernisation project.

STOICA & Asociaţii – Attorneys at Law’s key strength lies in construction and property litigation. Valeriu Stoica represented a telecoms company in a dispute regarding the property rights over 25,000sqm of land on Lake Floreasca’s shore; the case is now before the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law’s real estate practice has ‘a flexible’ approach and ‘good knowledge’ in the space. The ‘business-orientedSilviu Stratulat successfully assisted Renault and its subsidiary Automobile Dacia with leasing 39,000sqm of space in Bucharest.

Vass Lawyersunderstands the construction field very well’. Iulia Vass handles contentious and non-contentious mandates; she is assisting two real estate entities with implementing the construction of a leisure compound.

Recent work at Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners includes lease agreements and land acquisition. Anca Danilescu leads the team; she and managing associate Larisa Popoviciu assisted Day Residence with the acquisition of an unfinished residential project in Bucharest.

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