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Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

4-8 SOSEAUA NICOLAE TITULESCU, AMERICA HOUSE, WEST WING, 8F, SECTOR 1, 011141 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
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Bucharest, Cluj Napoca

Romania

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii handles the full spectrum of banking and finance matters. On the NPL front, the team assisted Deutsche Bank, AnaCap Financial Europe and APS Holding with the takeover of a NPLs from Alpha Bank Romania and Alpha Bank. The team had an active year in the financing sphere, advising Unicredit Bank on a €50m financing granted to Forte Partners. Mihai Dudoiu, Gabriela Anton, Catalin Baiculescu and Stefan Damian are key members of the team and jointly lead the practice.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii acts for clients such as Erste Bank, Banca Comercială Română and BRD – Groupe Société Générale on debt and equity capital market matters in addition to regulatory compliance matters. Silvana Ivan leads the team jointly with Stefan Damian and provided regulatory advice to Patria Bank on its attempted acquisition of Piraeus Bank Romania.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii advised a multinational telecommunications conglomerate on its multi-billion euro acquisition of another telecommunications company's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. In a further highlight, it assisted Keysight Technologies with a complex corporate reorganisation following the $1.6bn acquisition of the Romanian subsidiary of IXIA group. Stefan Damian, Cornel Popa and Catalin Baiculescu are the key members of the team, which covers acquisitions, dispositions, financing arrangements, joint ventures as well as corporate advisory work.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

The nine-partner practice at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is well regarded for both domestic and international arbitration. It represents Gabriel Resources (Canada) and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) in proceedings initiated against the Romanian state regarding a proposed breach by the Romanian government of the Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments made with Canada, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The team also represents Alstom Transport in a dispute with CFR in relation to public acquisition contracts totalling €290m. Robert Roşu, Cornel Popa, Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Levana Zigmund are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Robert Roşu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s practice, led by Raluca Vasilache, covers a broad range of competition-related matters, namely antitrust, merger control and state aid procedures. It represents Carrefour Group in a Romanian Competition Council investigation and acted for Energy Financing Team in a successful Court of Appeal annulment of a Competition Council sanctioning. Industries of expertise include the technology, telecoms, retail, electricity and gas, motor oil distribution and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii handles employment projects, corporate restructuring programmes, acquisitions, employee incentive programmes, social security matters and labour disputes. Serban Pâslaru heads the practice, which has been bolstered by the arrival of Codruta Maxim from Muşat & Asociaţii. Key client Telekom Romania received advice in relation to a restructuring process, including on mechanisms for a unified labour framework and assisting in negotiations with employee representatives. In another highlight, Pâslaru advised Tenaris Group on a range of day-to-day employment issues including union negotiations and harmonisation of internal procedures. Managing associate Mihai Anghel is also singled out.

Next generation lawyers

Mihai Anghel - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii handles a wide range of matters including M&A, regulatory work, financing, employment issues as well as energy sector disputes. China General Nuclear Power Group receives advice on investment plans to develop two additional nuclear units at the Cernavodă nuclear power plant. Sorin Vlădescu assists CEZ with various energy market issues. He heads the practice alongside Cornel Popa, Irina Moinescu and Cristian Radu. The team has particular expertise in the renewables, energy and power, nuclear, oil and gas and natural resources industries.

Leading individuals

Sorin Vlădescu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii represented Philip Morris in seeking damages from individuals and companies who had introduced counterfeit goods into the market. It also assisted Overseas Group Impex with the sale of a business line as well as the brands attached to it. Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Ciprian Dragomir jointly head the practice and are adept at handling counterfeiting issues, IP-related disputes and advisory work. Managing associate Bogdan Halcu is also singled out.

Next generation lawyers

Bogdan Halcu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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PPP and procurement
PPP and procurement - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Infrastructure, construction, transportation, public utilities and energy and natural resources projects form the recent caseload at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. A notable instruction on the transportation front came from Alstom Transport Romania and Alstom Transport France in connection with a successful bid for a public procedure project financed by Programul Operational Infrastructura Mare. Serban Pâslaru led on the matter; he co-heads the practice alongside Vlad Cercel and Florentin Tuca. Cercel acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation on its €7.2bn development of units three and four at the Cernavodă nuclear power plant.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii's client roster includes real estate developers, institutional and energy-sector investors, construction and infrastructure companies, public authorities and retailers. It assisted Speedwell with the acquisition of two plots of land, totalling 12,000sqm and 50,000sqm respectively. In another highlight, it carried out the due diligence on 500 locations in Romania on behalf of Vodafone in view of its acquisition of Liberty Global. Razvan Gheorghiu-TestaDan Borbely, Amalia Dumitru and Dragos Apostol are the names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Amalia Dumitru - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii specialises in insolvency litigation, liquidations, corporate restructuring and reorganisation and debt restructuring. Ciprian Dragomir is advising Omilos Oradea, owner of the Era Park Oradea shopping mall, on its request for insolvency law protection against its creditors; the team supervised the debtor’s administration procedure. Christina Vladescu represents creditor Bancpost in relation to Creativ Proprietati Imobiliare's insolvency.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Cătălin Băiculescu and Vlad Cercel head the practice at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. It covers a wide range of TMT work including sector-specific agreements and litigation, compliance and regulatory work and insourcing and outsourcing agreements. A notable instruction came from Telekom Romania and Telekom Romania Mobile in relation to concession agreements for the construction and operation of the backhaul elements of an electronic communications network. On the M&A front, it formed part of a global team advising Vodafone on its €18.4bn acquisition of Liberty Global’s European operations.

Leading individuals

Cătălin Băiculescu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Next generation lawyers

Vlad Cercel - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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TMT: gambling law
TMT: gambling law - ranked: tier 2

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Cristian Radu leads the practice at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, which represents online gambling operators, casinos, gaming organisations and gaming vendors. PokerStars is a notable client who sought the team's advice on a range of compliance and regulatory issues specific to its online gambling operations. In another highlight, it advised Fortuna Romania on the regulatory implications of its acquisitions of Public Slots and Hattrick Bet. Other instructions include license applications, IP and tax issues, commercial and data protection matters and disputes.

Leading individuals

Cristian Radu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii fields a team of ‘highly specialised professionals’ who ‘provide the full range of legal and tax services, showing an integrated approach’. Transactional tax is a cornerstone of the practice; it advised Carrefour Romania on the tax implications of its takeover of IT application platform Bringo. Key client Deutsche Bank instructed the team in relation to tax issues pertaining to the client’s activities on the financial services market, most notably its acquisition of an NPL portfolio from Alpha Bank. Alexandru Cristea and Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa jointly head the team.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is notably representing the Romanian Football Federation, a civilly liable party, in a criminal dispute concerning allegations of official misconduct. Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Robert Roşu head the practice, which is reputed for its work on corruption matters, occupational and IP crime, money laundering, tax evasion and financial fraud.

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