Mr Cornel Popa > Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii > Bucharest, Romania > Lawyer Profile

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Work Department

Mergers, Acquisitions and Privatisations; Oil and Gas; International Arbitration; Corporate and Commercial.


Cornel Popa is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. Cornel combines top technical skills with commercial acumen to deal with complex and diverse matters. His multi-disciplinary approach covers large domestic and international joint-ventures, mergers, acquisitions and privatization projects, as well as dispute resolution. Cornel Popa has represented buyers and sellers from a broad range of industries and various Romanian governmental authorities in relation to multi-faceted, sophisticated matters. He is acknowledged as one of the most experienced dispute resolution lawyers in Romania, having dealt with civil litigation, mediation, domestic and international arbitration and participated in many hearings before ICSID, ICC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. He also acts for clients active in the oil and gas industry, covering upstream and downstream matters (i.e. exploration, infrastructure and pipeline development and services contracts, related M&A issues etc).


Partner, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii (from 2005 to present), Partner, Muşat & Asociaţii, Partner (from 2003 to 2005), Partner, Sulica & Asociaţii (from 1999 to 2002, Senior/Associate from 1996 to 1999).


English, French.


Bucharest Bar Association; Court of International Commercial Arbitration (attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania); ICC Institute of World Business Law.


University of Bucharest (LL.B., 1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Romania > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Cornel PopaTuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a first class team, equally experienced in conventional and renewables power as it is on oil and gas and natural resources matters. The firm’s standing in the market is demonstrated through its work, such as advising CEZ on the divestment of its Romanian operations. Beyond transactional matters, the firm is also strong on infrastructure, regulatory and dispute resolution. Clients also praise the firm’s deep bench strength: lead partners Sorin Vladescu, Cornel PopaGabriel Zbarcea, and Irina Moinescu have established excellent reputations and managing associate Nisa Jecu is also extremely well regarded.

Romania > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Cornel PopaTuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii stands out for its impressive record in high value and complex civil and administrative litigation, as well as being also strong on the international arbitration front, having represented claimants in high profile ICSID claims against the Romanian state. Clients come from across the private and public sector, and benefit from the team’s deep bench of specialist lawyers, former prosecutors and judges. Key figures include Ioana Hrisafi, who heads the litigation and domestic arbitration practice group, and international arbitration head Levana Zigmund and Cornel PopaIonut Serban and Christina Vladescu are also building good names.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a first-class corporate practice that provides clients with comprehensive transactional and day-to-day advisory support. The firm has recently been involved in several banner M&A deals for corporate clients such as Vodafone, as well as top investment funds. The team has a strong presence in the telecoms and IT sectors, and is also highly experienced in corporate real estate, energy, manufacturing and life sciences. Clients are quick to praise lead partners such as Cătălin Băiculescu, Gabriel Zbarcea, Sorin Vladescu, and Stefan Damian. Other key names include Cristian RaduCornel Popa  and Florentin Tuca.