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Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Capital markets Tier 1

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA handles the entire range of capital market transactions including IPOs, SPOs, and secured and unsecured debt issuances. It notably acted for Raiffeisen Bank, Groupe Société Générale and Banca Comercială Română in relation to a €120m principal amount bond issuance by the city of Bucharest. In a further highlight, the team advised Sphera Franchise Group on its IPO on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, including on the pre-IPO corporate restructuring of six entities operating across three jurisdictions. Narcisa Oprea heads the practice, which also assists clients with corporate governance and compliance issues. Attorney at law Veronica Das Alexeev is also singled out.

Banking and finance Tier 2

NPL portfolio sales are a core strength for Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA. The team assisted Piraeus Bank with introducing a service level agreement regarding a large portfolio of NPLs following the client’s exit from the Romanian market. In a further highlight, practice head Matei Florea advised OTP Bank Romania on its attempted purchase of Banca Românească shares held by the National Bank of Greece. Further areas of expertise for the group include deleveraging transactions, debt restructuring projects, regulation, financing and banking-sector transactions.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Markus Piuk, Madalina Neagu and Monica Cojocaru head the practice at Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA. Recent work highlights include acting on a number of transactions in the banking industry such as Eurobank Athens' sale of shares held in Bancpost to Banca Transilvania and advising Piraeus Bank on the sale of its banking subsidiary in Romania to J.C. Flowers & Co. In addition, the team oversaw the €725m sale of Alpiq Group’s industrial business to Bouygues Construction.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA maintains ‘professional standards of the highest level’ and has ‘proven extensive expertise and deep knowledge of even the most complicated legal issues’. The team is well regarded for handling tax, insurance, corporate and public procurement disputes, as well as international arbitration cases. ‘Visionary lawyer’ Sebastian Gutiu has an ‘impressive capacity for synthesis and analysis’ and Emeric Domokos-Hancu is a ‘great strategist and litigator’. The two head the practice alongside Adina Jivan, who with Gutiu is defending a Romanian electricity company against a claim alleging the non-fulfilment of post-privatisation obligations.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA possesses ‘in-depth knowledge of energy market issues’ and assists clients in a ‘fast’ and ‘reliable manner’. Monica Cojocaru ‘inspires confidence’ and jointly leads the practice with Markus Piuk. A number of energy-related disputes form part of the recent caseload including defending a company member of a state-owned electricity company in litigation against an electricity distributor regarding the alleged non-fulfilment of post-privatisation obligations. The group is also adept at advising on regulatory issues and large-scale projects.

EU and competition Tier 2

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA was recently successful in discarding a Romanian Competition Council investigation into non-discrimination commitments on behalf of client Vodafone Romania. Practice head Georgiana Bădescu led on the matter and is particularly experienced in acting on telecoms market investigations. In addition to inquiries and investigations, competition litigation, compliance programmes, state aid matters and contractual reviews form the recent caseload. Merger clearances are also a strength with the group recently obtaining clearance for AkzoNobel's acquisition of Fabryo Corporation.

PPP and procurement Tier 2

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.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Praised for its ‘know-how in the field of real estate and construction’, Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA’s team of ‘extremely professional lawyers’ is well regarded for advice on transactions, developments, constriction agreements, on agriculture and forestry-sector matters, as well as litigation and arbitration. A notable instruction on the acquisition front came from Bosch Group in relation to a 7,000sqm plot of land in the centre of Cluj-Napoca. Riso Scotti received advice on the restructuring and sale of a real estate portfolio of approximately 3,500 agricultural land plots. The four-partner practice is jointly lead by Sebastian Gutiu, Simona Chirica, Oana Constantinescu and Eva Hegedüs-Brown.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Emeric Domokos-Hancu is a ‘bright and resourceful insolvency lawyer’ and heads Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA's practice jointly with Sebastian Gutiu. The team is reputed for handling large-scale restructurings and major cross-border bankruptcy cases. Nortel Networks instructed the group as its Romanian counsel after filing insolvency proceedings across Europe, the US and Canada. Gutiu enjoys an ‘excellent reputation’ and ‘distinguishes himself through his professionalism’.

Tax Tier 2

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA represents Alpiq Energy in a dispute with the Romanian tax authorities regarding €175m of VAT, corporate income tax and penalties imposed on the client. Theodor Artenie, praised for his ‘pragmatism, helpfulness and proactive approach’, heads the practice, which has core strengths in litigation, transfer pricing and transaction-related advice.

White-collar crime Tier 2

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA possesses ‘extensive knowledge of the applicable legislation and can easily understand complex schemes specific to white-collar crimes’. Practice head Sebastian Gutiu is a ‘well-experienced attorney with excellent knowledge on how to organise a defence’. Recent work highlights include tax evasion, bid rigging, cybercrime and counterfeiting matters.

Employment Tier 3

Mara Moga-Paler joined Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA from employment boutique, Employment Law Office, and heads the team following Adriana Radu's departure. The group handles employment projects, renders ongoing advice, assists with trade union negotiations as well as with data protection and legislation issues.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Clients praise Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA's ‘very good responsiveness and quality of legal advice’. Sorin-Eduard Pavel's team covers the entire array of consultancy and litigation matters and successfully represented Italy-based Marchesi Antinori in a dispute regarding a potential trade mark infringement by a Romanian restaurant.

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

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/PPP/concessions/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 and 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
Dispute resolution Adina Jivan
Restructuring and insolvency Adina Jivan
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 Costin Sandu
Energy Monica Cojocaru
Projects/PPP/concessions/public procurement Matei Florea
Public procurement Oana Voda
Forestry Eva Hegedues-Brown
Food Oana Constantinescu
Intellectual property Sorin-Eduard Pavel
Tax Theodor Artenie
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