Mr Catalin Baiculescu > Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii > Bucharest, Romania > Lawyer Profile

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions/Privatisation, Telecom, IT & Media, Banking & Finance, Shipping, Aviation & Transport


Cătălin Băiculescu is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. He has advised on many high-profile mergers & acquisitions and Romanian privatisations, and is recognised as an expert in the due diligence process, the negotiation of assets and share-purchase agreements, as well as post-acquisition restructuring matters. His expertise in the banking and finance area includes advising on banking regulatory legal issues and compliance, syndicated loans, project finance transactions, and bank restructuring and privatisation. Cătălin has also assisted international aircraft owners and financing banks in connection with aircraft lease agreements and mortgage agreements signed with local airlines. Furthermore, he is a skilled and resourceful lawyer in electronic communications & IT, where he has advised on licensing issues, telecom service agreements, software development agreements, data privacy and outsourcing agreements. His expertise includes the area of entertainment and media, providing legal assistance services to broadcasters and production companies on commercial contracts relating to television shows, betting and gaming, advertising agreements and regulatory issues.


Partner, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii (from 2013 to present); Deputy Managing Partner, Muşat & Asociaţii (2008 to 2013); Partner, Muşat & Asociaţii (2001 to 2007); Senior Associate, Muşat & Asociaţii (from 1998 to 2000).


English, French and Romanian.


Bucharest and Romanian Bar Associations; Honorary Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria.


University of Bucharest (Law, 1997).

Lawyer Rankings

Romania > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Cătălin BăiculescuTuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

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.

Romania > Banking and finance

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.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Cătălin Băiculescu – Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

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 practitioner‘ Stefan 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‘.