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Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Capital markets Tier 1

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA's market-leading capital markets practice has been led by the highly rated Narcisa Oprea for over a decade. The team has strong experience across a range of of products, including high-yield bond issues, private placements, and equity-linked and hybrid equity listings. Its lawyers are also well versed in the full range of governance and compliance matters, including market abuse and disclosure requirements. Senior associate Veronica Das Alexeev is another key practitioner.


‘Perfect professionalism and client oriented.’

‘Narcisa Oprea, for her excellence, innovation, good faith, closeness to the client, availability at any time and her ability to find concrete solutions in crisis situations.’

Key clients

Agrana Zucker

Banca Comerciala Romana

BRD – Groupe Societe Generale


One United Properties

Patria Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Sphera Franchise Group

SWISS Capital

WOOD and Company

Banking and finance Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has a versatile practice with strong expertise across a range of related areas. Matei Florea's team has good experience of regulatory matters, as well as major banking disputes. Debt restructurings, acquisition finance and real estate finance also feature high on the agenda, where it acts for both borrowers and lenders.

Key clients

B2Kapital Finance IFN

Banca Comerciala Romana


BRD – Groupe Société Générale

Erste Group Bank

Eurobank Ergasias

European Investment Bank

Patria Bank

Piraeus Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has an excellent foothold in the region, with the Bucharest office being one of the key players in the local market. The firm offers a seamless service on major cross-border deals in the CEE and beyond, and has a strong blend of international and local partners who are highly regarded by clients. Markus Piuk divides his time between Austria and Romania, and leads the team with local partners Madalina Neagu and Monica Cojocaru. Finance partner Matei Florea is also recommended.


‘The practice has a long experience in M&A which stands out in the quality of the technical documents produced. It has a flexible approach in dealing with both English and Romanian law rules. They work in a team in a non-hierarchical way, which bodes well for the atmosphere.’

‘The team is led by Markus Piuk, who splits his time between Vienna and Bucharest. This makes him have a clear idea of what foreign investors into Romania want – looking into Romanian matters from a broader perspective helps reaching solutions to problems which may appear insurmountable locally. In addition, the team has the necessary size and depth which made us comfortable giving also parallel assignments (ie in ECM and M&A) to them.’

‘Madalina Neagu always impresses with her pragmatic and professional approach to the legal matters. She is non-threatening to the other party and still assertive, which is a rare combination. Highly recommended.’

‘Monica Cojocaru is a strong, efficient lawyer who focuses on what really matters and communicates well. ‘

‘Matei Florea is exceptional, with commercial understanding, good knowledge of the banking scenery in the country and deep experience in M&A transactions.’

Key clients



Jones Lang LaSalle Group

Shareholders of Frufru brand

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

United Petfood Production

Waterland Private Equity NV

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA is a key name for high-stakes litigation and international arbitration, having been involved in approximately €2.5bn worth of disputes in the past year. These includes major administrative and tax disputes with various regulatory bodies, as well as insurance, shareholder, public procurement and contractual claims. Managing partner Sebastian Gutiu is very active in this area, as is Emeric Domokos-Hancu, for insolvency-related disputes, and Adina Jivan for regulatory litigation.

Key clients

Asirom (Vienna Insurance Group)

Member companies of Alpiq Group

Electrica Group

Eurobank Ergasias SA

Riso Scotti

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The Bucharest arm of Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA works closely with the firm's Vienna headquarters to provide a multi-faceted regional service to its energy clients. The team is led by Monica Cojocaru in Bucharest, and represents major clients in the oil and gas sector, such as several OMV Petrom subsidiaries, and electricity suppliers. High-value administrative disputes have featured prominently in its workload recently, though the firm is also strong in M&A and project financings, where it also represents the lenders. The team also has experience of mining and wastewater treatment projects.

Key clients

Member companies of Alpiq Group

Electrica Group

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Member companies of OMV Group

PATRES – the Renewable Energy Producers Organisation in Romania

EU and competition Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA is a popular choice for contentious and non-contentious competition matters. Recently, the firm has represented clients in several significant investigations into the financial leasing, construction materials, and insurance industries. Practice head Georgiana Bădescu has a strong reputation for compliance and regulatory issues, as well as state aid matters.


‘They have a great and dedicated team that provides professional and efficient advice even in very complex matters such as our competition litigation in Romania.’

‘An excellent understanding of client needs, flexibility and transparency in terms of fee structure.’

‘Georgiana Badescu always provides a high level of engagement, with high efficiency and proficiency in delivering the tailored legal advice as per her exceptional knowledge of our industry.’

Key clients


Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari

Auto Italia


Eurobank Ergasias SA

Gothaer Asigurari-Reasigurari

Knauf Gips


PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH & Co. KG

PPP and procurement Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA assists clients will the full spectrum of public procurement mandates. Construction companies, industrial manufacturers, and transport logistics companies form the majority of the group's client base, and the team also represents lenders on related issues including regulatory matters. The public procurement team is led by Oana Vodă, while Matei Florea heads up the PPP and projects group.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Real estate is a key area for Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA, and the Bucharest's team importance to the firm's wider network was demonstrated by managing partner Sebastian Gutiu's appointment as firm-wide real estate head. The team handled over €2.4bn worth of real estate projects over the past year, acting for developers, investors, lenders and major lessors and retail companies. Lawyers are also experienced in related areas such as environmental law and construction litigation. Eva Hegedüs-Brown is also noted for her real estate expertise.

Key clients

Bosch Group

BRD – Groupe Société Générale SA


OMV Petrom

Riso Scotti

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA is commended for its strong advisory and contentious insolvency service. The firm has a good track record advising creditors, including major banks, on debt restructurings and recovery procedures. The firm's capacity for debtor work was demonstrated by its assistance to Nortel networks with its ongoing liquidation. Emeric Domokos-Hancu leads the practice, which also includes experienced duo Matei Florea and Adina Jivan.


‘I appreciate their strategic approach and their ability to provide various practical options. They do a great balancing act between transaction advisory and management, and pragmatic, practice-based legal proceedings advice (enforcement and insolvency). I think their strength comes from how they put together a mixed ‘banking & finance transactions’ and ‘Insolvency/restructuring’ team to handle our projects.’

‘Matei Florea is without a doubt one of the best banking & finance lawyers in Romania, with strong focus on special situations/insolvency projects. He is technically excellent and he is always available and present. In dispute resolution and insolvency/restructuring, Adina Jivan is a true fighter. You want her on your side in court. She is very engaged, very well prepared on procedural aspects and has a good mind for details.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Banca Comerciala Romana SA

Creditreform Wirtschaftsauskunftei Kubicki KG

KT Engcore

KTM Kimyevi Maddeler

Nortel Networks Inc.

Rauch Romania

Tubi SpA


Tax Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA provides specialist tax advice through a standalone team led by Theodor Artenie. The group works closely with the firm's administrative litigators in numerous high-value tax disputes. The practice is also noted for transfer pricing issues, where it regularly assists its multinational clients, as well as for VAT and transaction-related tax structuring.


‘Schoenherr is an international firm, yet they manage to be quite flexible when it comes to ensuring partner-contact and providing tailored solutions. A particularly unique feature in the Romanian market is that they have an all-inclusive approach, with real estate and general legal advice being delivered together with tax advisory.’

‘They are a good option in the market for high-quality integrated legal and tax advice of an international level. I enjoyed working with them, they are responsive and provide high quality advice. Would definitely recommend Theodor Artenie and his team for tax advice.’

‘Theodor Artenie is a very capable and very practical tax advisor. He is very aware of our realities and understands our business and this is visible in how applied his advice is.’

Key clients

Alpiq Group

White-collar crime Tier 2

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA is one of the few international firms in Romania that has a dedicated compliance and criminal defence team. The firm has defended several companies against criminal claims, including tax evasion, and also advises companies on compliance, internal investigations and crisis management. Criminal law specialist Magdalena Roibu is especially well regarded in the market.


‘Schoenherr is one of the few large firms active in Romania that has a stand-alone white-collar crime practice. From what I understand, they also have an internal investigation and compliance unit, which helps them assist multinationals with keeping an eye on what their subsidiaries are doing over here. I guess their main stronghold is that they are able to deliver international-level services in a field that is otherwise fundamentally local, such as criminal law.’

‘Magdalena Roibu stands out among the white-collar crime practitioners who are currently working in large business law firms. She owes this to her professional standing, experience and the fact that she has a good name among practitioners. I would recommend her to anyone who faces a white-collar crime case.’

Employment Tier 3

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA provides contentious and non-contentious support thanks to the expertise of employment specialist Mara Moga-Paler. Recent highlights include advising several companies on high-end management agreements, running compliance programmes, and assisting with restructurings and related redundancies.


‘I was impressed by Mara Moga-Paler’s realistic approach, she offers not only theoretical advice, but she also describes how such advice would work in practice (especially when involving courts of law). I think she is not only very knowledgeable, but she also has a deep understanding of how employment law works in real life.’

Intellectual property Tier 3

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has a good track record advising clients on trade mark protection and registrations, as well as coordinating actions against counterfeit goods. The firm is notably strong in the manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. Associate Sorin-Eduard Pavel leads the team.


‘What makes Schoenherr special is the combination of professionalism together with the friendly approach towards their partners/clients, which enhances the relationship and feeling of wanting to do business together.’

Key clients

Marchesi Antinori

The firm: Schoenherr’s Bucharest office opened in 1996 and has ever since been one of the most renowned international firms active in Romania and a top market player. The 60-lawyer team advises clients operating in various industries, including financial services, energy, manufacturing, real estate and constructions, retail, manufacturing, IT&C, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Areas of practice: Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA advises on the complete range of business law issues, with a strong experience on corporate and M&A, banking & finance and capital markets, real estate, dispute resolution. Other major practices include competition, compliance and white collar crime, employment, insolvency and restructuring, data protection, projects/ concessions/  PPP/ public procurement, intellectual property, as well as tax consultancy. The corporate and M&A team has developed an impressive track record in local and regional transactions. The banking & finance team enjoys an excellent reputation in transactional and regulatory finance and capital markets work. The real estate team regularly acts on the largest property transactions and development projects in the country. The dispute resolution practice has expanded significantly over the past years, assisting on some high-profile, complex cases.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Madalina Neagu
Corporate/M&A Monica Cojocaru
Banking & finance Matei Florea
Capital markets Narcisa Oprea
Real estate and constructions Sebastian Gutiu
Real estate and constructions Simona Chirica
Real estate and constructions Oana Constantinescu
Real estate and constructions Eva Hegedues-Brown
Dispute resolution Sebastian Gutiu
Dispute resolution Emeric Domokos-Hancu
Restructuring and insolvency Emeric Domokos-Hancu
White collar crime Sebastian Gutiu
White collar crime Emeric Domokos-Hancu
EU & competition Georgiana Badescu
Employment Mara Moga-Paler
Data protection Carmen Stirbu
Energy Monica Cojocaru
Projects/ concessions/  PPP/ public procurement Matei Florea
Public procurement Carmen Stirbu
Forestry Eva Hegedues-Brown
Intellectual property Sorin-Eduard Pavel
Tax Theodor Artenie
Technology & digitalisation Madalina Neagu
Number of lawyers : 60
Worldwide : Over 300
Other offices : Austria
Other offices : Belgium/EU
Other offices : Bulgaria
Other offices : Croatia
Other offices : Czech Republic
Other offices : Hungary
Other offices : Moldova
Other offices : Montenegro
Other offices : Poland
Other offices : Serbia
Other offices : Slovakia
Other offices : Slovenia
Other offices : Turkey
Other offices : and 4 country desks in:
Other offices : Albania
Other offices : Bosnia & Herzegovina
Other offices : North Macedonia
Other offices : Ukraine

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr further strengthens leadership with promotions

Schoenherr is strengthening the ranks of equity partner, contract partner and counsel with new promotions effective as of 1 February 2020. With Pawel Halwa and Thomas Kulnigg, Schoenherr promotes two longstanding Schoenherr experts to equity partners. Constantin Benes, Leon Kopecký, Günther Leissler, Laurenz Schwitzer, Manuela Zimmermann, Georgiana Bădescu, Mădălina Neagu and Miloš Laković are promoted to contract partners, and at counsel level, Dominik Hofmarcher and Clemens Rainer have moved up in the ranks.

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in CEE for EUR 1bln

Once again, Schoenherr has advised on a billion-euro transaction in the CEE region: An international Schoenherr team assisted UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.