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D&B David si Baias SCA, Manuela Guia, Bucharest, ROMANIA

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Manuela Guia

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Competition, Pharma, Intellectual Property


Manuela Guia has collaborated with D&B David si Baias since 2003, having been promoted to Partner at the beginning of 2013. Combining knowledge of Romanian and European law with a vast legal expertise, Manuela coordinates a dynamic and creative team of specialists in competition law, public procurement, intellectual property, contract law, multi-jurisdictional tax restructuring and transactions, who represent some of the most important multinational and local corporations in the private sectors of IT&Telecom, electronics, retail, pharma, energy and in the public sector.

Manuela is recommended by the main international legal publications as a top expert in competition law, being recognized for her significant experience in all complex aspects of the field. She has offered her clients assistance during investigations, inspections and merger notifications, conducted negotiations for commitments, represented clients in front of the Competition Council for all types of procedures, including during Plenum hearings, granted litigation assistance, as well as compliance advice.

Manuela was directly involved in the negotiation and implementation of some of the most complex commitments ever approved by the Competition Council, obtained the first guidance letter ever issued by the Competition Council, as well as one of the few merger implementation prohibition derogation decisions. She has represented a major player on the oil & gas market during the largest cartel investigation undertaken by the Competition Council and has provided assistance and representation in the main dominance (individual and collective) abuse cases assessed by the Romanian competition authority. She has also granted assistance during some of the landmark competition litigation cases in recent history, having obtained the cancellation or the significant mitigation of some of the highest fines ever applied by the Competition Council in Romania.

Manuela coordinated the team that successfully obtained state aid from the Ministry of Finance for an investment in excess of EU 100 million and has assisted companies within various industries with the preparation of application files for financing from national and European funds, having also contributed to the drafting of state aid compliance documents.

Manuela has published specialist articles and has held numerous presentations, seminars and trainings, having also participated in the drafting of laws and regulations in the fields of competition, state aid, public procurement, aviation etc.


November 2003 – onwards, Assistant Lawyer , Lawyer, Associate Lawyer, Senior Managing Associate. Currently Partner, D&B David si Baias S.C.A.


English, French


Member of the Romanian National Bar Association

Member of several AmCham committees


October 2000 – May 2001 - Engineering Faculty of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Diploma in Managerial Communication and Image Counseling.

October 1999 – June 2003 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, Bachelor’s Degree in Law;

October 1999 – June 2003 - Paris I Panthéon – Universitatea Sorbona - Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne University, Bucharest French-Romanian College of European Legal Studies, Bachelor’s Degree in Law (Maîtrise)


EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

D&B David si Baias SCA assisted clients in several high-profile investigations by the Romanian Competition Council; examples include representing EnergoBit in relation to allegations of bid rigging for public tenders and acting for Toneli in an investigation into anti-competitive egg pricing. Manuela Guia serves as practice head. Sorin David and Bianca Naghi are the other names to note.

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Within: TMT

At D&B David si Baias SCA, the client roster includes major telecoms operators, media companies and technology entities. Manuela Guia acts for Orange, advising on day-to-day issues including contract negotiations and franchise agreements. She also assisted Castel Film and Media Pro in drafting a proposal for a piece of law concerning a state aid scheme applying to the film industry. Bianca Naghi also acted on the matter and co-heads the group with Guia.

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