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Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Romania > Banking and finance Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has an active banking and finance practice with ‘essential knowledge across wide areas of expertise’. Clients, including leading borrowers and lenders, commend the firm’s ability to ‘adapt to the requested deadlines‘. The firm handles a broad spread of domestic and international transactions, and continues to stand out for its advice to investment funds on NPL portfolio acquisitions. Cătălin Băiculescu's workload regularly includes assisting with syndicated loans and project finance transactions. Gabriela Anton is 'able to facilitate deals with her practical approach‘. Mihai Dudoiu is noted for his strong transactional expertise, including major acquisition and mezzanine financings, while deputy managing partner Stefan Damian is highly experienced in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Dudoiu; Cătălin Băiculescu; Gabriela Anton; Stefan Damian


‘Cătălin Băiculescu – our legal partner for many years, with a wide experience in understanding our needs.’

‘A reliable team, with essential knowledge across wide areas of expertise. At the same time, the team ensures valuable collaboration skills and is highly concentrated on accomplishing the client’s needs.’

‘The individuals we work with are concentrated on good results, they have important skills in the banking area and they adapt to the requested deadlines.’

‘The law firm covered local law pefectly, being well aware of all international requirements and advised on several issues the client wasn’t always aware of. There was a very pro-active approach.’

‘Cătălin Băiculescu was driving the acquisition process from the legal side actively and did not delegate to associates that much. He interacted very well with all other involved international law firms and the internal team.’

‘The banking and finance team is very well settled in the Romanian market and perfect for local deals. I have worked with the team on a refinancing project with a local bank and they were perfectly suited to manage the project directly with the bank’s representatives just based on the commercial instructions received from us.’

‘Gabriela Anton is a very knowledgeable lawyer and able to facilitate deals with her practical approach.’

Key clients

Amethyst Radiotherapy Group


APS Investment

Bain Capital


Banca Comerciala Romana

Banca Transilvania

Belfius Bank

Black Sea Trade & Development Bank

BNP Paribas Fortis

Bpi France

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

CBC Banque

Deutsche Bank


Grenke Bank


KBC Bank

Partners for Growth VI, L.P.

Oney Bank

OTP Bank

Revetas GP Limited


The International Finance Corporation

The Rohatyn Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of banks – comprising Alpha Bank, Banca Comerciala Romana, Banca Transilvania, Erste Group Bank, OTP Bank, Raiffeisen Bank and Unicredit Bank – on a €272m financing to Felix Renewable Holdings, part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
  • Assisting Banca Comerciala Romana, as mandated lead arranger, and a club of three other banks, with a €184m financing to MedLife and other group companies.
  • Advising APS Capital Group on its takeover of a €147m non-performing loan portfolio from Bank of Cyprus.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has ‘a stellar team when it comes to corporate advice‘ and is described by one client as the ‘best and most reliable team for complex M&A transactions in Romania‘. The scale of the commercial group enables a comprehensive service that includes related compliance, competition, real estate and tax issues. Coupled with this is a strong track record across a wide variety of key industries, from consumer goods, TMT and retail, through to private equity. Clients benefit from a deep bench of senior and junior partners, including Cătălin Băiculescu, who is noted as 'a go-to lawyer for transactional work'; 'excellent M&A practitionerStefan DamianGabriel Zbarcea, who is ‘an excellent project manager, negotiator and has outstanding people skills‘; and the ‘very efficient and hardworkingHoria Ispas. Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa and Dragos Apostol are also ‘lawyers whom you want to have by your side‘. 

Practice head(s):

Stefan Damian; Florentin Tuca; Gabriel Zbarcea; Cătălin Băiculescu

Other key lawyers:

Horia Ispas; Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa; Dragos Apostol


‘A stellar team when it comes to corporate advice or assistance in relation to M&A. They are professional, highly experienced and have all the key capabilities to manage from the simplest matters to the most difficult or sensitive ones. To me, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is the best law firm in Romania.’

‘Stefan Damian is an excellent M&A practitioner with a solid corporate and commercial background, he is always available, prompt and a perfect project manager. His negotiation technique is also admirable. Stefan has an enormous drive to get the deal done unlike lawyers from other firms who are not necessarily deal makers.’

‘Cătălin Băiculescu is a go-to lawyer for transactional work or corporate and commercial assignments. He is confident, dependable and a pleasure to work with. Gabriel Zbarcea should also be mentioned here, as one of the most successful M&A lawyers in the country. Throughout his career, he has managed numerous deals, joint ventures, greenfield investments as well as privatisations. He is an excellent project manager, negotiator and has outstanding people skills. I strongly recommend Gabriel Zbarcea.’

‘Horia Ispas is a young lawyer, but very efficient and hardworking. Horia is the kind of lawyer who offers advice, guidance and direction to help clients run their day-to-day operations more efficiently and truly advance their business interests.’

‘Best and most reliable team for complex M&A transactions in Romania.’

‘Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa and Dragos Apostol are the lawyers whom you want to have by your side if you are doing a transaction in Romania. Razvan’s knowledge and expertise is outstanding.’

‘The TZA team is incredibly thorough, responsive, and clear. Our experience has been wonderful since day one; they truly wish to build a partnership with their clients and be an extension of their service locally.’

‘Cătălin Băiculescu is our main point of contact and his guidance and knowledge have been pivotal for our operations in Romania. He is willing to connect with us and brainstorm different compliant ways to provide the best possible service and solve any issues we face.’

Key clients

Abris Capital

Amethyst Group


Bain Capital

Booking Holdings

Bruni Glass

Carrefour Romania




Electrogroup/E-Infra/Direct One

Element Industrial/D Craig Real Estate

Erste Bank Group / Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment Management

Orange Romania Communications (formerly Telekom Romania)


The Estée Lauder Companies

Revetas Capital

Sonae Sierra

The Rohatyn Group

Telekom Romania Mobile

Velocity Global

Work highlights

  • Advising The Estée Lauder Companies on various corporate and commercial issues relating to its newest technology centre in Romania.
  • Advising Autonet Group Holding, part of the Swiss Automotive Group, on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Augsburg International Impex.
  • Advising Revetas Capital on the sale of the Vitantis Shopping Center to Praktiker Real Estate Romania.

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is seen by clients as a ‘top arbitration and litigation law firm‘ with a ‘track record of successful cases in front of Romanian and international courts‘. The firm is consequently entrusted by domestic and international clients to act on their most high-value civil and administrative disputes. The multidisciplinary team is also commended for its depth of niche knowledge in specific industries, including pharmaceuticals. Robert Rosu, Cornel Popa, Christina Vladescu, Ionut Serban and Levana Zigmund are all key senior contacts. Florentin Tuca and Ioana Hrisafi are praised for their ‘creativity in finding optimum solutions‘. At managing associate level, Mihaela Maxim is particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rosu; Cornel Popa; Ioana Hrisafi; Levana Zigmund

Other key lawyers:

Florentin Tuca;  Ionut Serban; Christina Vladescu; Ioana Gelepu; Anca Puscasu; Dan Cristea; Mihaela Maxim


‘It is great working with Mihaela Maxim. She is focused, immediately understands the state of facts (despite the sometimes very technical background), is creative in solutions and prompt with drafting, honest in her evaluations of the outcome.’

‘Dan Cristea is one of the finest litigators, very dedicated and committed to his profession. He possesses strong advocacy skills and is a force in court, very articulate and with an amazing rhetoric!’

‘My guardian angels during these 17 years were (and are) Ioana Hrisafi and Florentin Tuca with whom I have been working on day-to-day operations. In order to specify what makes them stand out, I would have to say: outstanding attention to details, creativity in finding optimum solutions, tremendous patience, outstanding resilience and combativeness under really difficult circumstances, openness to new ideas and suggestions. Not only that I do have the strong feeling I am in the best possible hands juridically, but I have been also given the feeling I am part of the Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii family.’

‘Top arbitration and litigation law firm in Romania, very approachable and flexible, open to out-of-the-box thinking and looking for not-standard solutions.’

‘Ioana Hrisafi had a very pragmatic approach in our collaboration. We always received her honest and transparent opinion, even though our winning chances were uncertain in most steps of the dispute. But she managed all these uncertainties in an exemplar way and won in all the important litigation steps for us.’

‘The firm has a very strong dispute resolution team covering all types of litigation and arbitration and with a track record of successful cases in front of Romanian and international courts. They have given outstanding service to us, offering practical and clear solutions rather than just highlighting legal problems. They are also very good strategists who develop sound arguments as part of a defence strategy. I believe this firm is well suited for large-scale matters. We are very pleased with their work for us in a complex arbitration case file.’

‘Robert Rosu is an excellent dispute resolution lawyer and widely respected for litigation, also diligent and astute. Cornel Popa is extraordinary for local and international arbitration, very determined and commercially oriented. He is very rigorous, always trying to anticipate the opposite side’s strategy so as to devise the most efficient defence.’

‘Ioana Gelepu is a truly commendable lawyer and an exceptional litigator. She knows the court processes inside out.’

Key clients

“Sfanta Irina” Foundation

Amethyst Radiotherapy Limited

Azienda Ospedale Universita Padova

Bekaert Slatina

BMC Truck & Bus

BRD Groupe Société Générale

Carrefour Romania

CRRC Qingdao Sifang

DAF Trucks

Edificia Star Construct

Electroputere VFU Pașcani

ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Energiakereskedő Kft., Hungary

Energy Financing Team Switzerland

Euroins, the highest ranked insurer in Romania

Gabriel Resources LTD (Canada) and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) Ltd

Generali Romania Asigurare-Reasigurare

Grup Feroviar Român

Michelin Romania



Retim Ecologic Service


Romanian Commodities Exchange (Bursa Romana de Marfuri)

Romanian Rugby Federation

Romanian Tennis Federation

The Art Museum of Constanta

Tiriac Group

Vienna Insurance Group

Vodafone Romania


WTE Wassertechnik

Work highlights

  • Representing Webuild in various disputes worth more than €500m.
  • Successfully represented WTE Wassertechnik in challenging the result of an award procedure regarding a major water pipeline project in Romania.
  • Representing the Romanian Commodities Exchange before the European Court of Justice in challenging a State monopoly on the national licensing of for-trade energy platforms.

Romania > Employment Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii's ‘very dynamic‘ employment team is the first port of call for many of Romania’s largest employers, including a notable range of international companies with significant operations in the country. The work covers all the bases, from transactional support, to standalone negotiations, investigations and labour law disputes. Practice head Serban Pâslaru has over 20 years’ market experience across a range of areas, including individual and collective dismissals and trade union negotiations. The firm's commitment to the practice area was demonstrated through the promotion of partner Mihai Anghel.

Practice head(s):

Serban Pâslaru

Other key lawyers:


‘The team working on employment matters is a very dynamic team, very collaborative, close to the client’s needs, always on time, open to different approaches, innovative, looking always for the best solutions.’

‘The lawyers are very open, responsive, highly profesional, fast reacting and always looking for solutions and new approaches.’

Key clients



Amromco Energy

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Booking Holdings, Inc. (brands include Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com, Kayak, Rentalcars.com & OpenTable)

Carrefour Romania


Coficab Ploiesti

Cognyte Technologies

Contitech Thermopol Romania, part of Continental

Generali Romania




Pragmatic Play

Sanofi Aventis




Work highlights

  • Assisting Booking Holdings, the online travel company, with employment issues.
  • Assisting Carrefour Romania with a wide range of labour issues.
  • Advising the insurer and asset management provider, Generali, on its Romanian subsidiary’s labour and employment issues.

Romania > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a versatile practice which ‘successfully marries in-depth understanding of the energy sector with knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations‘. The firm’s workload covers the full range of issues, from greenfield renewable energy projects through to high-value M&A deals and day-to-day operational and regulatory matters. The client base is equally diverse, with major domestic and regional giants sitting alongside international investors and renewables companies. Sorin Vladescu is ‘highly visible in the market‘. Cornel Popa is the key contact for oil and gas matters, while Irina Moinescu is well regarded for her power-related expertise. Ciprian Dragomir is singled out as a ‘go-to name in connection with mining projects‘.

Practice head(s):

Sorin Vladescu; Cornel Popa; Irina Moinescu

Other key lawyers:

Ciprian Dragomir; Nisa Jecu


‘The team successfully marries in-depth understanding of the energy sector with knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations. Their expertise as regards oil and gas, mining, and nuclear issues is an added strength. The lawyers easily cover everything from contracts, licensing, asset and share deals, and joint ventures, to financing and disputes in these sectors.’

‘Sorin Vladescu is the key contact partner as regards energy: a very active lawyer and highly visible in the market. He is commercial and a safe pair of hands. Cornel Popa is dealing with oil and gas matters, giving well-structured advice. Cornel is an excellent practitioner who knows the law and has a great ability to properly apply it to the client’s business. Irina Moinescu is covering nuclear, among others, as well as electricity and renewables. She has an excellent understanding of the regulatory regime and the practical application. Lastly, Ciprian Dragomir is the go-to name in connection with mining projects.’

‘The team: qualified, experienced, commercially and technically proficient which comes as a significant competitive advantage, especially considering that the Romanian energy and natural resources market has its own particularities.’

‘Sorin Vladescu has devoted his entire legal career to advising clients from the energy sector, being among the most experienced and most active figures in this area. Cornel Popa is well known for his oil and gas expertise. Irina Moinescu has significant relevant expertise as regards various types of projects developed in the energy and natural resources market.’

‘In my view, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has one of the best energy teams in the market. Their offering is interdisciplinary, providing strategic advice on virtually all sorts of projects in the energy sector, as well as oil and gas. The lawyers in the team have a true understanding of the regulatory side and the technical side of project development and implementation. They communicate in a very clear and useful way and the advice is both legally sound and commercially practical.’

‘I work with Sorin Vladescu, a guru on power in Romania. He is pragmatic and knows how to get things done. His analysis of contractual positions and legal problems in very incisive. In addition, he is a very good negotiator.’

‘Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is a highly experienced law firm advising on a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the energy sector. Their advice is to the point and well informed. They understand the risks and the commercial part and propose solutions to solve these issues. The firm provides excellent client service overall.’

‘Sorin Vladescu – huge business acumen, strategic thinking, he has an eye for all the details, has a wealth of experience and huge knowledge of the power sector, renewables, nuclear, oil and gas sectors. Also hands-on, practical and technically very strong.’

Key clients


MOL Romania Petroleum Products

AIK Energy


E-Infra / Electrogrup


Marubeni Corporation

WTE Wassertechnik

Work highlights

  • Advising Electrica on a wide range of matters relating to the company’s operations on the local energy market, including €18m worth of investment projects.
  • Advising CEZ on its Romanian energy operations.
  • Advising a Spanish group on the development of a renewable energy production facility.

Romania > EU and competition Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii's practitioners have ‘in-depth legal knowledge with regard to Romanian and EU competition law‘. The firm continues to invest in the practice, as demonstrated by the 2022 promotion of partner Andreea Oprisan, who advises on the full range of competition issues, including acting in merger clearance proceedings and investigations. The multidisciplinary team works closely with the corporate and disputes practices on contentious and non-contentious issues, respectively, and has extensive expertise assisting clients operating across a broad range of industries, including retail, financial services, media, utilities and energy. 'Bright, intelligent, combativeRaluca Vasilache oversees the offering.

Practice head(s):

Raluca Vasilache

Other key lawyers:


‘In-depth legal knowledge with regard to Romanian and EU competition law, the ability to grasp the intricacies of a rather niche market and use them in supporting the client’s case, hard work and almoust round the clock availability.’

‘Raluca Vasilache; bright, intelligent, combative, extensive legal knowledge, putting in an impressive number of woking hours, down to earth and able to always present things so that a layman could grasp them, and a realist with a refreshing sense of humour even in tough times.’

‘Very serious and professional team.’

‘Value added to solving the legal issues and very good advice.’

Key clients


Girod Semnalizare Rutiera

Generali Romania

Vodafone Romania

Carrefour Romania


Clever Media Group

BRD Sogelease IFN SA

Eco Anvelope

SAG Management International AG/ Autonet Import Romania SRL

Energy Financing Team AG (EFT) (SWITZERLAND)

Bayer Romania

Albatros Gold SRL

Ivatherm SRL

BRD Groupe Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Representing SAG Management International/Autonet Import Romania in merger control proceedings before the Romanian Competition Council concerning the company’s acquisition of a majority stake in Augsburg International Impex.
  • Assisting Carrefour Romania with day-to-day competition matters, covering internal compliance audits, implementation of compliance procedures, and the review and negotiation of contracts.
  • Representing Generali Romania in an ongoing investigation, as well as a court challenge against a sanctioning decision issued by the Romanian Competition Council.

Romania > Intellectual property Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii fields a 'very strong and reputed intellectual property practice'; clients come from across a broad spread of industries, including consumer goods, life sciences, sports, media, technology and engineering. The multidisciplinary team includes a six-lawyer advisory group, which is led by 'extremely diligent, responsive and enthusiastic' Ciprian Dragomir, and also includes 'excellent' managing associate Dana Blaer. Clients also benefit from a strong litigation arm, overseen by 'pragmatic and persuasive' Ioana Hrisafi with support from ‘constructive and straightforward' managing associate Mihaela Maxim.

Practice head(s):

Ciprian Dragomir; Ioana Hrisafi

Other key lawyers:


‘Very strong and reputed intellectual property practice, well known for the advice given in connection with the prosecution and enforcement of trade marks, patents and designs. Also strong as regards copyright and combating counterfeiting of goods. This is a diverse team with a diverse background, their lawyers regularly representing clients in a variety of IP disputes. In my view, the professionalism, the speed of service, the quality of service this team provides is just above and beyond.’

‘I strongly endorse Ciprian Dragomir. He is extremely diligent, responsive and enthusiastic and he has huge expertise in the IP field. Dana Blaer is also an excellent lawyer with significant IP knowledge. She was more than happy to put in some extra work to understand complicated topics and to provide us with solid recommendations as regards the next steps and related risks. ‘

‘Mihaela Maxim has the constructive and straightforward approach that we would always expect from our company’s legal advisers. She is efficient and always gives our cases her undivided attention. Litigation partner Ioana Hrisafi is another name on the list of highly recommended individuals. She is pragmatic and persuasive, putting forward rock solid arguments in our defence.’

‘The IP team is highly experienced and reliable, with broad experience as regards general IP advisory, but also IP-related litigation. They are successful in representing and advising clients as regards copyright infringement, anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and patent issues. In my opinion, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii are the go-to firm for intellectual property matters.’

‘I would like to recommend Ciprian Dragomir and Dana Blaer for their IP expertise and also Ioana Hrisafi and Mihaela Maxim for their IP litigation skills. They are intelligent and tenacious, fast to act, well-prepared and solution driven.’

‘I very much appreciate in the Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii team that they are always available, provide quick feedback in case of crisis, with several lawyers (of different seniority, and different views on the matter) picking up the topics. This is of a nature to build clients’ confidence, that the best possible advice was provided, both from the legal expert’s point of view and the wider picture of business-oriented professionals.’

‘The advice is always well documented, with a practical approach, which makes it easier for the client to implement a certain measure/act in a specific way. I particularly appreciated Dana Blaer’s dedicated attitude, and Ciprian Dragomir’s direct involvement in the cases he supervises.’

‘The individuals I worked with were confident and well informed about their tasks.’

Key clients

3M Company


Carrefour Romania


Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Creative Media Development






Philip Morris

Raiffeisen Bank

Ringier Romania

Romanian Football Federation

The Estée Lauder Companies



Work highlights

  • Advising Ivatherm, a Romanian cosmetics brand, on various IP brand protection matters arising from the client’s operations in Romania and Europe.
  • Advising on a wide range of IP and litigation issues regarding the George Enescu International Festival and Musical Contest.
  • Assisting Carrefour Romania with various IP-related issues affecting its operations on the Romanian retail market, including handling several alleged trade mark and design counterfeit cases.

Romania > PPP and procurement Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has established extremely strong credentials for advising on major infrastructure concessions, including handling over €9bn worth of projects in 2022. The firm’s expertise covers all contentious and non-contentious aspects of the public procurement process, and spans a broad range of projects in public utilities, defence, energy and natural resources, transport and telecoms. Notable highlights have included the firm’s work for MOL Romania Petroleum Products, including a €4.5bn service concession for operating and maintaining car parks and service areas on Romania’s road network. Highly regarded projects experts Vlad Cercel and Şerban Pâslaru jointly lead the team, with strong support from managing associate Iuliana Leon.

Practice head(s):

Şerban Pâslaru; Vlad Cercel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

WeBuild / Astaldi

MOL Romania Petroleum Products


AIK Energy

Compania de Salubritate Brantner Veres


E-Infra / Electrogrup & Netcity Telecom

Electrica SA

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Astra Vagoane Calatori

Ericsson Telecommunications

WTE Wassertechnik


Work highlights

  • Advising MOL Romania Petroleum Products on various Romanian infrastructure projects worth €6.5bn.
  • Advising Webuild on various public procurement procedures worth €1.1 billion.
  • Advising Compania de Salubritate Brantner Veres on challenging the outcome of a concession award for the treatment of waste in Cluj County.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii provides ‘great and reliable support in both due diligence and transactional works‘; high-value real estate developments, acquisitions and sales are a sweet spot for the practice, and the firm’s multidisciplinary approach is an asset for large deals. The team’s client portfolio spans domestic and international clients, while its broad workload covers real estate finance, urban planning, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa and Dan Borbely jointly lead the group; the latter has a strong focus on retail, office and residential projects. Oana Ureche has strong transactional credentials, as does recently promoted partner Alexandra Peres. Dragos Apostol advises on acquisitions and development projects. At the managing associate level, Amalia Dumitru is the key name.

Practice head(s):

Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa; Dan Borbely

Other key lawyers:

Oana Ureche; Dragos Apostol; Raluca Misu; Amalia Dumitru; Alexandra Peres


‘Unique approach to the client relationship with creates the feeling of having in fact a strong in-house legal department, so it is about that genuine feeling of being able to discuss a matter without having the feeling of working with an advisor, but rather with a member of your own team. The multi-disciplinary approach on matters makes also a big difference.’

‘Each lawyer is unique and apart from the fact they are great professionals, they are great human beings and I consider them like my own colleagues.’

‘Great and reliable support in both due diligence and transactional works.’

‘Oana Ureche is very precise and provides very reliable legal assessments of complex real estate situations.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing

Carrefour Romania

CEZ Romania

McDonald’s Romania

Vodafone Group Services plc

Speedwell (Belgian real estate investment fund)

Cinema City Romania

Superbet Group, part of Blackstone

Edificia Star Construct S.R.L.

Central View

Elements Logistic & Industrial (ELII)

Indotek Group (Hungary)

Booking Holdings

AYA Properties Fund

Zacaria Group

Revetas Capital Advisors

Maurer Imobiliare

Work highlights

  • Advising Revetas Capital on the disposal of Vitantis Shopping Center to Praktiker Real Estate Romania.
  • Advising Zacaria Group on a €60m divestment of four logistics projects to CTP Romania.
  • Advising Indotek, a major Hungarian real estate investment fund, on the acquisition of Baneasa Business Center from Adval Asset Management.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘atmosphere of professionalism and dedication is wonderful’ at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, which has a stellar track record in high-end insolvencies and restructurings. The firm is instructed by debtors and creditors at all stages of the insolvency journey, from refinancings through to court proceedings and distressed asset sales and acquisitions. Key senior contacts include certified insolvency practitioner Ciprian Dragomir and litigator Robert Rosu. The firm’s focus on this area was demonstrated by the recent partner promotions of litigators Catalina Mihailescu and Alina Ungureanu, both of whom are active on the insolvency side. The firm also has a specialised insolvency arm comprising lawyers, insolvency practitioners and accountants who work as official receivers.

Practice head(s):

Ciprian Dragomir; Robert Rosu; Catalina Mihailescu

Other key lawyers:


‘A professional team of lawyers, and each problem is analysed in detail. The efficiency is maximum.’

‘The analysis of every detail and teamwork was the key to success, and the atmosphere of professionalism and dedication is wonderful.’

Key clients

Omilos Oradea

Edificia Star Construct

Azienda Ospedale Universita Padova

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Webuild (formerly Astaldi S.p.A.)

Govora Com Management

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)

BRD Groupe Société Générale

ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Energiakereskedő Kft., Hungary

Seliak Grup

Y.G. Proprietăți

Work highlights

  • Representing Webuild in various restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing a group of international companies as creditors in the bankruptcy case of Societatea de Asigurare Reasigurare with a view to recovering €12.5m of outstanding debts.
  • Representing BRD Groupe Société Générale in a complex insolvency proceeding and multimillion euro debt recovery against a corporate client.

Romania > Tax Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii offers clients a healthy mix of support with tax litigation and advisory matters. The disputes side of the practice is led by Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa and fields a team of active litigators, including Ioana Hrisafi and Christina Vladescu; recently, this group has been involved with several high-profile administrative claims for clients operating across heavily regulated industries such as energy. The firm also has a fiscal division of tax consultants and advisers assisting with a range of corporate transactional and operational tax issues, including VAT, international tax, transfer pricing, and customs duties. This side of the firm is led by Alexandru Cristea and recently promoted partner Ramona Chițu.

Practice head(s):

Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa; Alexandru Cristea

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

D Craig Real Estate

CEZ Romania

Alstom Transport Romania

BCR Pensii, SAFPP – part of ERSTE Group in Romania

Caucho Metal Products

Vitaro Energy

Gewiss Romania

Total Romania/ TotalEnergies


Work highlights

  • Advising CEZ Group on tax issues in relation to its ongoing operations on the Romanian energy market, as well as with respect to newly introduced compliance obligations in Romania, including the e-invoicing system.
  • Providing transfer pricing-related advice to Orkla Foods Romania, part of the Norwegian Orkla Group.
  • Providing tax consultancy services to Total in relation to its compliance with the newly introduced Standard Audit File for tax reporting.

Romania > TMT Tier 1

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is recognised by clients as ‘a top-class firm‘ with a ‘wide understanding of the media market‘. Leveraging the expertise of a full-service firm which fields experienced corporate finance, M&A, regulatory, IP and dispute resolution practitioners, the multidisciplinary team is able to handle the full range of related issues, including growing areas such as data privacy - where partner Ciprian Timofte has developed a niche - and technology outsourcing. Other lead partners include Cătălin Băiculescu, who is recognised by one client as ‘probably one of the best TMT lawyers in the country‘, and Vlad Cercel, who has over 20 years’ market experience spanning IT-related transactional and regulatory matters. Senior associate Florentina Petrisor is recommended for data privacy work.

Practice head(s):

Vlad Cercel; Cătălin Băiculescu; Ciprian Timofte

Other key lawyers:


‘I worked with Cătălin Băiculescu, who is an outstanding individual and legal counsel. He is easy to reach out to (via multiple channels), is very responsive, thoroughly professional and very knowledgeable. He knows Romanian commercial law very intricately and is always super clear in his guidance. I thoroughly enjoy working with him and truly appreciate his partnership and professionalism.’

‘The team has a wide understanding of the media market and a firm grasp of our business so they can offer practical legal advice linked to our commercial interests. Overall, these lawyers are responsive, commercial and have the expertise we need from our external advisers. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii have always met our requirements and even frequently managed to exceed our expectations.’

‘Cătălin Băiculescu is a well-known figure and proficient on all matters raising from the media/audiovisual and entertainment sectors. Always on time and very efficient. I especially like that he provides very detailed advice, combined with an assertiveness that can only lead to a desirable outcome. I could say he is probably one of the best TMT lawyers in the country. He shows excellent judgment and knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations.’

‘The firm advises clients across the whole spectrum of IT matters. The entire team is knowledgeable and very competent as regards IT agreements, software and hardware licensing, outsourcing arrangements, regulatory issues, cloud computing, e-commerce, data privacy etc.’

‘Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is a top-class firm and all work has been handled with great professionalism, attention to detail and has been of top quality. They demonstrate a strong sense of business coupled with profound experience in this sector.’

‘Cătălin Băiculescu carefully considers the interests of all parties involved and has a deep knowledge of the IT sector, while at the same time being extremely technical. He knows how the market works and how investors think. In addition, he always manages to deliver results despite the extremely tight deadlines we have in our business.’

Key clients

The Estée Lauder Companies

Orange Romania Communications (formerly Telekom Romania)

Vodafone Romania

Ericsson Telecommunications Romania

Netcity Telecom / Direct One


Verifone/ 2Checkout


Creative Media Development

Playtika Romania

Raiffeisen Bank

Ringier Romania

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Romania on a range of TMT regulatory and data privacy matters arising from its Romanian operations.
  • Advising Booking Holdings, owner of Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda, KAYAK, OpenTable and Rentalcars.com, on the establishment of its IT centre in Bucharest.
  • Advising the owners of Comarket, a B2B digital platform for the HoReCa industry, on all IT matters, as well as data privacy issues.

Romania > Capital markets Tier 2

Romania > TMT: gambling law Tier 2

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii fields an experienced team which is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of the subject and expertise'. The firm advises a mix of online and bricks and mortar gambling companies, as well as key industry operators, from major investors through to payment processors, software developers, and service providers. In addition to gambling-specific regulatory and compliance expertise, clients benefit from a full-service offering including high-end M&A, tax and litigation support. Corporate partner Horia Ispas leads the team, in which managing associate Sergiu Cretu is recommended for being ‘perfect in multitasking, hitting timelines and project management‘.

Practice head(s):

Horia Ispas

Other key lawyers:


‘Deep knowledge of the subject and expertise, excellent responsiveness and attention to clients needs, and great in hitting strict timelines.’

‘Sergiu Cretu is perfect in multitasking, hitting timelines and project management in addition to his strong expertise.’

Key clients

TSG Interactive Plc (PokerStars)

TSG Platforms

Amelco UK

Apco Systems

Kambi Malta

Pariplay Malta

Realistic Games Limited

Design Works Gaming

Rexus International

BTB Betlab Holdings L


Work highlights

  • Advising PokerStars on a wide range of compliance and regulatory issues specific to online gambling in Romania.
  • Advising Pariplay Malta on all regulatory matters applicable to Romanian B2B gambling suppliers.
  • Advising BTB Betlab Holdings on its Romanian gambling operations.

Romania > White-collar crime Tier 3

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii brings its full service strengths to bear on a wide range of domestic and global white-collar crime procedures and investigations, ranging from tax evasion, public procurement-related corruption and management of EU funds, to civil fraud and money laundering issues. Litigation head Robert Rosu leads the group alongside managing associate Manuela Gornoviceanu, a criminal lawyer with over 30 years’ experience.  Clients come from across the full spectrum of industries including consumer goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals and energy.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rosu; Manuela Gornoviceanu


‘If a criminal case includes fiscal, public procurement or others aspects, they have the power to provide a full service.’

‘Manuela Gorovniceanu is a very passionate lawyer. Good knowledge of European law.’

The firm: Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is one of the leading law firms in Romania and in the region, both in terms of the high-quality services it provides to its clients and the magnitude of the projects the firm has been involved in during recent years. The firm boasts a talented team of more than 120 lawyers in its Bucharest office. It also operates a secondary office in Cluj-Napoca (one of the most important cities in Romania), and has excellent national coverage based on correspondent law offices in major cities, including Iasi, Timisoara, Constanta etc. Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii’s team comprises lawyers, insolvency practitioners, tax consultants, IP counselors, economists who provide comprehensive services to effectively meet clients’ needs. In addition, thanks to the firm’s dedicated foreign desks, the team is able to assist international investors seeking to gain a foothold or expand their existing operations in Romania with the full range of services in relation thereto.

The firm’s client portfolio includes international corporations, financial institutions, as well as ‘Fortune 500’ category companies. It also works with local public authorities and bodies.

In addition, in a highly innovative move for the Romanian market, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii Tax team entered into a formal cooperation agreement with Andersen in March 2019. This is the first collaboration agreement in Romania, and continues Andersen Global’s expansion in Eastern Europe. “Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is one of the highest quality law firms in Romania, with an outstanding team and best-in-class service,” said Mark Vorsatz, Andersen Global Chairman and Andersen Tax LLC CEO. “We’re proud to bring them into the Andersen Global family.”

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii undertakes a strong commitment to applying quality management principles, regarding information security, having obtained certifications in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standards. In addition, the firm has been pursuing a broad range of social responsibility activities throughout the years, with its initiatives mainly focusing on the following areas: education, culture, sports and charity. Several of the firm’s CSR and pro bono programs address the needs of the younger generations while engaging with the wider community of experts in various disciplines, including mathematics, physics and informatics, as well as architecture, medicine etc. From educational programmes designed for law school students, to programmes addressing the special needs of exceptional children, such as maths geniuses, we demonstrate our conviction that education is invaluable to individuals and societies. In addition, in line with Tuca Zbârcea and Asociatii’s ambition to nurture future generations by encouraging, supporting and promoting talent, the firm has deployed a range of initiatives aimed at establishing higher standards in arts/culture and sports.

Areas of practice: Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii provide legal services in every aspect of business, covering all major areas of practice: aviation and aerospace; banking and finance; capital markets and securities; competition; corporate and commercial; criminal law and corporate crime; data protection; electronic communications and IT; employment; energy and natural resources; environmental law and permitting; gambling; healthcare and medical services; insolvency and liquidation; insurance and private pensions; intellectual property; litigation and arbitration; media and advertising; mergers, acquisitions and privatisation; oil and gas; pharmaceutical law; PPP, PFI and concessions; real estate; regulatory legal services; shipping and transport; and tax.

Arbitration Florentin Tucaflorentin.tuca@tuca.ro004021 204 88 91
Arbitration Cornel Popacornel.popa@tuca.ro004021 204 88 94
Arbitration Levana Zigmundlevana.zigmund@tuca.ro004021 204 76 32
Arbitration Anca Puscasuanca.puscasu@tuca.ro0040374 136 307
Taxation Razvan Gheorghiu-Testarazvan.testa@tuca.ro004021 204 88 96
Taxation Alexandru Cristeaalexandru.cristea@tuca.ro004037 413 61 15
Banking and finance Stefan Damianstefan.damian@tuca.ro004021 204 88 93
Banking and finance Mihai Dudoiumihai.dudoiu@tuca.ro004021 204 76 36
Banking and finance Gabriela Antongabriela.anton@tuca.ro004037 413 63 42
Capital markets and securities Stefan Damianstefan.damian@tuca.ro004021 204 88 93
Capital markets and securities Silvana Ivansilvana.ivan@tuca.ro004021 204 76 40
Competition Raluca Vasilacheraluca.vasilache@tuca.ro004021 204 76 33
Corporate and commercial Florentin Tucaflorentin.tuca@tuca.ro004021 204 88 91
Corporate and commercial Stefan Damianstefan.damian@tuca.ro004021 204 88 93
Corporate and commercial Catalin Baiculescucatalin.baiculescu@tuca.ro004021 204 76 34
Corporate and commercial Horia Ispashoria.ispas@tuca.ro0040374 136 316
Electronic communications and IT Catalin Baiculescucatalin.baiculescu@tuca.ro004021 204 76 34
Electronic communications and IT Vlad Cercelvlad.cercel@tuca.ro004037 413 63 40
Employment and pensions Serban Pâslaruserban.paslaru@tuca.ro004021 204 88 97
Energy and natural resources Gabriel Zbârceagabriel.zbarcea@tuca.ro004021 204 88 92
Energy and natural resources Sorin Vladescusorin.vladescu@tuca.ro004021 204 88 95
Energy and natural resources Irina Moinescuirina.moinescu@tuca.ro004021 204 76 41
Energy and natural resources Cornel Popacornel.popa@tuca.ro004021 204 88 94
Environmental law and permitting Ciprian Dragomirciprian.dragomir@tuca.ro004021 204 88 90
PPP, PFI and concessions Florentin Tucaflorentin.tuca@tuca.ro004021 204 88 91
PPP, PFI and concessions Serban Pâslaruserban.paslaru@tuca.ro004021 204 88 97
PPP, PFI and concessions Vlad Cercelvlad.cercel@tuca.ro004037 413 63 40
Intellectual property Ciprian Dragomirciprian.dragomir@tuca.ro004021 204 88 90
Litigation Ioana Hrisafiioana.hrisafi@tuca.ro004021 204 76 31
Litigation Ionut Serbanionut.serban@tuca.ro004021 204 76 37
Litigation Christina Vladescucristina.vladescu@tuca.ro004021 204 76 38
Real estate Dan Borbelydan.borbely@tuca.ro004021 204 88 98
Real estate Razvan Gheorghiu-Testarazvan.testa@tuca.ro004021 204 88 96
Real estate Oana Urecheoana.ureche@tuca.ro004021 204 76 35
Real estate Dragos Apostoldragos.apostol@tuca.ro004037 413 62 42
Mergers, acquisitions, privatisation Gabriel Zbârceagabriel.zbarcea@tuca.ro004021 204 88 92
Mergers, acquisitions, privatisation Stefan Damianstefan.damian@tuca.ro004021 204 88 93
Mergers, acquisitions, privatisation Cornel Popacornel.popa@tuca.ro004021 204 88 94
Corporate and commercial Ciprian Timofteciprian.timofte@tuca.ro0040374 136 341
Mergers, acquisitions, privatisation Ciprian Timofteciprian.timofte@tuca.ro0040374 136 341
Data privacy Ciprian Timofteciprian.timofte@tuca.ro0040374 136 341
Litigation Dan Cristeadan.cristea@tuca.ro0040374 136 368
Employment Mihai Anghelmihai.anghel@tuca.ro0040374 136 388
Litigation Oana Gavriloana.gavril@tuca.ro0040374 136 344
Litigation Cătălina Mihăilescucatalina.mihailescu@tuca.ro0040374 136 371
Insolvency and liquidation Cătălina Mihăilescucatalina.mihailescu@tuca.ro0040374 136 371
Competition Andreea Oprișanandreea.oprisan@tuca.ro0040374 136 387
Real estate Alexandra Pereșalexandra.peres@tuca.ro0040374 136 326
Corporate and Commercial Alexandra Pereșalexandra.peres@tuca.ro0040374 136 326
Mergers, acquisitions, privatisation Alexandra Pereșalexandra.peres@tuca.ro0040374 136 326
Litigation Alina Ungureanualina.ungureanu@tuca.ro0040374 136 234
Insolvency and liquidation Alina Ungureanualina.ungureanu@tuca.ro0040374 136 234
Gabriela Anton photoMrs Gabriela AntonGabriela Anton is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, specialising mainly…
Dragos Apostol photoMr Dragos ApostolDragos Apostol is a Partner specialising in mergers, acquisitions and privatization, as…
Catalin Baiculescu photoMr Catalin BaiculescuCătălin Băiculescu is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. He has…
Dan Borbely photoMr Dan BorbelyAs a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, Dan Borbely co-heads the…
Vlad Cercel photoMr Vlad CercelVlad Cercel focuses on PPP/concession and public procurement projects, as well as…
Dan Cristea photoMr Dan CristeaDan Cristea is a Partner in the litigation and arbitration practice group…
Alexandru Cristea photoMr Alexandru CristeaAlexandru Cristea is a Partner with Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii Tax SRL,…
Stefan Damian photoMr Stefan DamianStefan Damian is Deputy Managing Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. He…
Ciprian Dragomir photoMr Ciprian DragomirIn his capacity as Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, Ciprian Dragomir…
Mihai Dudoiu photoMr Mihai DudoiuMihai Dudoiu is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and co-head…
Razvan Gheorghiu-Testa photoMr Razvan Gheorghiu-TestaRazvan Gheorghiu-Testa is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, having built…
Ioana Hrisafi photoMrs Ioana HrisafiIoana Hrisafi-Josan is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and co-heads…
Horia Ispas photoMr Horia Ispas
Silvana Ivan photoMrs Silvana IvanSilvana Ivan is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and works…
Irina Moinescu photoMrs Irina MoinescuIrina Moinescu is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. Her main…
Serban Pâslaru photoMr Serban PâslaruSerban Paslaru is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, specialising mainly…
Cornel Popa photoMr Cornel PopaCornel Popa is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. Cornel combines…
Anca Puscasu photoMrs Anca PuscasuAnca Pușcașu, a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, is specialized mainly…
Ionut Serban photoMr Ionut SerbanIonut Serban is a Partner in the litigation and arbitration practice group…
Florentin Tuca photoDr Florentin TucaDr Florentin Tuca is Managing Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. He…
Oana Ureche photoMrs Oana UrecheAs a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, Oana Ureche focuses on…
Raluca Vasilache photoMrs Raluca VasilacheRaluca Vasilache is a competition Partner with Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and…
Christina Vladescu photoMrs Christina VladescuChristina Vladescu is a Partner in the litigation and arbitration practice group…
Sorin Vladescu photoMr Sorin VladescuSorin Vladescu is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, specialising in…
Gabriel Zbarcea photoMr Gabriel ZbarceaGabriel Zbarcea is Managing Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. His practice…
Levana Zigmund photoMrs Levana ZigmundLevana Zigmund is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. She practices…
Number of lawyers : 120
European Employment Lawyers Association
HR Club Romania
American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham)
British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC)
Managing Partner : Florentin Tuca, florentin.tuca@tuca.ro
Managing Partner : Gabriel Zbârcea, gabriel.zbarcea@tuca.ro
Deputy Managing Partner : Stefan Damian, stefan.damian@tuca.ro

Diversity lies at the heart of Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii’s brand. Our diversity policy is about ensuring that work is evenly distributed or that career-making opportunities are afforded to a diverse group of attorneys and staff. Our diversity policy is also about recruitment and retention of diverse talent, understanding and responding to the needs of our diverse clients, promotion of women and minorities, commitment to offer equal employment opportunities and to foster an atmosphere conducive to open and safe discussion of diversity topics, enforcement of anti-discrimination and harassment policies, including gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The firm’s team comprises lawyers and staff members from an ethnic minority background, such as Roma people or people from Hungarian, Russian, Turkish and German minorities. The firm is also providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities. As a general comment, more than 56% from our team are female lawyers of whom 45% are in leadership positions (Partner level and/or Managing Associate level). Overall, 65% of our entire team is female.

According to our Pro Bono program, we commit to contribute up to 3% of the firm’s billable hours to Pro Bono work. In line with our commitment to help make a difference to the profession, as well as the wider community, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has been pursuing a broad range of social responsibility activities throughout the years. As per our CSR policy, the firm’s initiatives are mainly focused on the following areas: education, culture, sports and charity. What’s more, the firm set up a dedicated non-profit organisation called Noctilucent to implement social responsibility projects. Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is a socially responsible company that takes a strong, real interest in the future of the legal profession and is willing to shape that future by investing in talented people, improving education and enabling access to meaningful, quality sources of information. Several of the firm’s CSR and pro bono programs address the needs of the younger generations and our focus is not exclusively on law students and law graduates. Instead, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii engages with the wider community of experts in various disciplines, including mathematics, physics, informatics, as well as architecture, medicine etc. From educational programmes designed for law school students, to programmes addressing the special needs of exceptional children, such as maths geniuses, we demonstrate our conviction that education is invaluable to individuals and societies. In addition, in line with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii’s ambition to nurture future generations by encouraging, supporting and promoting talent, the firm has deployed a range of initiatives aimed at establishing higher standards in arts/culture and sports.

Thanks to the firm’s constant involvement in Pro Bono, CSR and sponsorships, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has received various accolades from prestigious publications, including The Financial Times in its annual FT Innovative Lawyers report. The firm is also a past recipient of the Award for CSR and Pro Bono commitment (Legal Magazin, Gala Profesiilor Liberale, 2013) and Brand Culture Award for devising a one-of-a-kind internship in public speaking for law students in Romania (Legal Marketing, The Times/Legal Innovation Awards, 2017).

CLIENT: Legal Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: A company active in the automotive industry
TESTIMONIAL: Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii is a well-known law firm with a solid history in the Romanian legal environment. Working in several projects with them, it convinced me about the professional and human quality of the lawyers I interacted with, so I may say I (personally) know a few of them from the “battlefield”.

COMPANY/FIRM: A company active in the pharma sector
TESTIMONIAL: Highly professional, impressive understanding of specific law, clear communication.

COMPANY/FIRM: A non-bank financial institution
TESTIMONIAL: I was really impressed to see that the lawyers I work with can answer 99% of my questions on the spot and have a very good reference of our business (they know exactly what happened and when).

CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: An oil & gas company
TESTIMONIAL: Very good understanding for the business, very dedicated, very good explanations on the steps to be followed, good communication.

CLIENT: Legal Director CEE
COMPANY/FIRM: A company active in the industrial manufacturing sector
TESTIMONIAL: The lawyers are very professional and I consider them my first choice when I need legal support, not only due to their legal competencies, but also because they are always very prompt, business oriented, they always find the best legal solution and always support me in making a correct risk assessment. Not to say that it is always a pleasure to work with them!

CLIENT: Legal Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: A company active in the steel industry
TESTIMONIAL: Very good quality of legal services, good understanding of client’s needs and strategy, great success in litigation, dedication to the file, timely responses, availability.

Florentin Țuca, Managing Partner, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociați

Florentin Țuca, Managing Partner of Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații and also a highly experienced pleading lawyer talks about the challenges facing a criminal lawyer in today’s business environment.

Do you consider the mission of a criminal defence lawyer more delicate and more difficult than that of one specialising in civil and commercial law, for example?

I cannot say that the legal mission of a criminal defense lawyer is, statistically speaking, necessarily more difficult than that of an attorney specialising in civil or commercial law. The diagnosis resulting from such comparative analysis is dependent on a number of factors which I do not insist on detailing right now.

But, yes, I do think the job description of a criminal defense lawyer is somehow more delicate and subtle. And this is because, beyond the abstractions inherent to the legal equations that are subject to analysis and which are, in essence, similar (regardless of the field of law in question), in criminal cases, these lawyers have an additional mission: managing emotions and feelings. And this is a very delicate mission just by knowing that the stake for which they fight is not, most often, assessable in money, but in the freedom and the fate of their client.

A lawyer involved in a criminal case with a high media impact exposes himself, in turn, at least to some extent and becomes the sole bearer of public messages about the case. Is this a beneficial increase in visibility for the lawyer or an additional risk of being assimilated, in a negative way, with their client?

Criminal defense lawyers involved in “high-impact media” cases do have the opportunity to build a more visible public image than a civil law practitioner who keeps a low profile. Such an “opportunity” can, of course, mean “chance” or, on the contrary, “bad luck” depending on several factors: the lawyer’s communication skills, the specific data of the case, the client’s profile, the public perception of the case, etc. One is to be the lawyer of the disliked Weinstein (in which not even the Dean of Harvard Law School could intervene as a lawyer without escaping the virulent disapproval of students) and one is to be the lawyer of Robert Rosu (the victim of an unfortunate and immense miscarriage of justice, felt as such by the Romanian and international lawyers who analysed the essential data of the case and, eventually, recognised as such by the Supreme Court’s judges who fully acquitted Robert on all charges in November 2021).

You said at one point: “the lawyer is, or should be, the doctor-priest of the subjects of law.” Does the lawyer-client relationship reach deep into consciousness? Does a lawyer treat and heal the hidden flaws of the client they represent? Does or should the client feel in the presence of the lawyer as in a confessional?

I strongly believe in the “secular” secrecy of the lawyer-client relationship based, above all, on trust. Just as the priest is my confidant of the mysteries of the soul, and the doctor is of the mysteries of the body, so I am entitled to a confidant and counsellor as regards the “social mysteries.” And such guidance can only come from a lawyer, presumed to be the most appropriate interpreter of the rules that govern the society.

You are the founder of the business law firm Ţuca & Asociații and since 2005 the co-founder of the renamed company Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, with an excellent reputation and a rich experience in various areas of law. As a good market expert and entrepreneur, what would you recommend to a young law firm?

I don’t believe in the recipe for happiness, and the motivational bestsellers about the 7 ways to honesty and other virtues make no impression on me. Therefore, it is difficult for me to offer an “one-size-fits-all” type of advice… I am convinced that true success is based on “a custom-made” approach to challenges. In other words, it all depends on the volume of resources put into the respective project and the skills and competencies supporting such.

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advised Carrefour on Romania’s largest retail transaction in recent years

Carrefour has recently announced it signed an agreement with Louis Delhaize Group for the acquisition of the local subsidiary that operates the group’s business in Romania under the brand “CORA”. The French retailer retained Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații as legal advisor on this deal.

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii successfully assists MOL Romania in a motorway services concession project

MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L. won 7 out of the 13 lots for services spaces leased under concession by Compania Națională de Administrare a Infrastructurii Rutiere S.A. for equipping/fitting out, operating and maintaining the services spaces located on Romanian motorways open to road traffic, on the routes of Nadlac - Sibiu and Pitesti - Bucharest (A1) and Cernavoda - Constanta (A2). The company retained Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii to provide full advisory services in respect thereof.

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advised CEZ on selling part of its Romanian assets to a funds manager

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii acted for CEZ Group as regards the divestment of its Romanian assets, namely the electricity distribution assets, the energy supply and an operational portfolio of renewable energy to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets ("MIRA"). The seven companies which are part of the deal are: Distributie Energie Oltenia, CEZ Vanzare, Ovidiu Development, Tomis Team, MW Team Invest, TMK Hydroenergy Power and CEZ Romania.

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advises on Coca-Cola HBC Romania-HEINEKEN Romania deal

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii provided legal assistance to Coca-Cola HBC Romania in the transaction by which the leader of the local beverage industry acquired 50% of the share capital of Stockday, an online business-2-business platform developed by HEINEKEN Romania. The transaction was recently approved by the European Commission.