Firm Profile > Voicu & Filipescu SCA > Bucharest , Romania
Voicu & Filipescu SCA Offices
31 GENERAL ERNEST BROSTEANU STREET
Voicu & Filipescu SCA > The Legal 500 Rankings
PPP and procurement Tier 2
Voicu & Filipescu SCA's practice heads Marta Elena Popa and Raluca Mihai act across the construction, urban infrastructure, public utilities, environmental protection, transport and waste industries. The pair are advising Danya Cebus on the public procurement procedure organised by Compania Naţională de Administrare a Infrastructurii Rutiere for the design and construction of the Timișoara Sud bypass.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Voicu & Filipescu SCA's practice is led by the ‘intelligent, competent and diligent’ Roxana Adina Negutu. Her team handles a wide range of matters including developments, leasing, sale and purchase negotiations, disputes and due diligence investigations.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2
Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s team is headed by Mariana Popa, who tailors her practice towards insolvency administration, liquidation and restructuring. The group was appointed as liquidator in ONT Carpați's bankruptcy and was also elected as official receiver for the insolvency of the Romanian branch of research institute Institutal Pasteur.
TMT Tier 2
Work undertaken by Voicu & Filipescu SCA includes regulatory compliance, relocation, outsourcing, M&A and competition issues. Marta Elena Popa heads the practice, which represents a number of high-profile telecoms companies.
Employment Tier 3
Voicu & Filipescu SCA handles employment compliance, employee termination and collective dismissals, litigation, immigration as well as M&A-related employee transfers. Marta Elena Popa and Raluca Mihai jointly head the practice, which represents a number of clients in the IT services sector.
Voicu & Filipescu SCA handles the full spectrum of corporate and commercial issues including corporate restructuring and governance, commercial agreements and tax issues. The team also acts on a wide range of M&A mandates such as due diligence investigations, spin-offs, stock-for-stock acquisitions and private transactions. Daniel Voicu, Mugur Filipescu and Marta Elena Popa jointly head the practice.
Voicu & Filipescu SCA > Firm Profile
Voicu & Filipescu was established in 2001 by Romanian lawyers Daniel Voicu and Mugur Filipescu who at that moment took over the Romanian office of the international law firm Arent Fox Kitner Plotkin & Kahn LLP.
Ever since its establishment, Voicu & Filipescu has been one of the top ten Romanian law firms in terms of turnover, market position and reputation. Today the group includes the law firm, a dedicated tax and accounting company and a specialised insolvency practice.
Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: Voicu & Filipescu advises companies on making acquisitions, merging, being acquired, or fending off hostile takeovers, using a variety of transaction formats – leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, recapitalisations, minority investments, spin-offs and covering issues related to bid and tender preparation and mergers and acquisition finance.
Banking and finance: Voicu & Filipescu provides expert advice to prominent international and local financial groups in M&A implementation or their day-to-day corporate, regulatory and commercial matters, restructuring lending activities, and acquisitions or launching new business lines, either by applying for the specific licences or passporting such licences from other EU countries.
Dispute resolution: the firm’s specialised lawyers have assisted clients in thousands of litigation and international arbitration cases, with a focus on commercial, employment, public procurement, insolvency and tax. Voicu & Filipescu represents large and small companies and partnerships, their officers, directors and management, as well as private individuals, in a diversity of litigation and/or arbitration matters. Its latest projects include public procurement cases, labour litigation, insurance cases as well as commercial, including debt recovery, and civil litigation.
Employment: Voicu & Filipescu’s specialised practice covers day-to-day employment advice, conducting compliance audits and defining compliant employment documentation, assistance in complex termination cases, collective dismissals, complex outsourcing projects, immigration formalities, employees data privacy, employment litigation and liaising with union/employee representatives.
Real estate and construction: Voicu & Filipescu provides advice to real estate developers in all phases of their investments, including real estate acquisition, permitting, project finance, property development, agreements, lease, exit strategies, dispute resolution and environmental aspects. The firm also assists retailers in their network expansion projects, as well as corporate clients on negotiating, entering/extending and exiting from lease agreements.
PPP and public procurement: the team has assisted on procurement procedures the cumulated value of which exceeds € 750m over recent years. It assists bidders as well as contracting authorities and financing institutions on all phases of procurement procedures and has a high success rate in procurement litigation cases in front of the administrative complaints body as well as in court.
Energy: mergers and acquisitions on the energy market, development of greenfield projects, construction and construction-related permits, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, grid connection power agreements, power purchase agreements, including EFET, supply agreements, grant of subsidies process, project finance and regulatory.
Tax: general advice to local and multinational companies on a wide variety of tax and accountancy matters including: financial due diligence investigations, feasibility studies and business valuation, tax assistance involving tax compliance as well as optimisation/restructuring advice, payroll services etc.
Insolvency and restructuring: the practice includes services provided as liquidator in bankruptcy files, efficient capitalisation of insolvent companies’ assets in a record timeframe as well as official receiver in insolvency files of various companies, with an aim to reinsert their debtors into the business circuit
|Corporate, M&A||Daniel Voicu|
|Corporate, M&A||Mugur Filipescu|
|Banking and finance, capital markets||Mugur Filipescu|
|Banking and finance, capital markets||Dumitru Rusu|
|Real estate, construction and infrastructure||Daniel Voicu|
|Real estate, construction and infrastructure||Roxana Negutu|
|Dispute resolution||Raluca Mihai|
|Dispute resolution||Alice Ene|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Mariana Popa|
|Data protection||Marta Popa|
|Public procurement and PPP||Marta Popa|
|Public procurement and PPP||Raluca Mihai|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 25
LanguagesEnglish French German Romanian Spanish
OtherContacts : Daniel Voicu Contacts : Mugur Filipescu
Daniel Voicu, Managing partner
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Voicu & Filipescu from your competitors?
We are proud to have gathered first class competencies on the legal market, complemented by open-minded, creative, flexible and solution-oriented spirits. We are a full-service law firm that covers the entire spectrum of specialized business law also integrating legal and tax services, as well as input from insolvency specialists, and offers advice to international and local clients in connection with their business? in Romania.
Our team currently consists of lawyers, tax and accountancy consultants, insolvency practitioners and support staff currently having seven partners running the practice groups set up in order to meet the various legal and fiscal needs of the clients. Voicu & Filipescu’s team members are selected following a rigorous process, featuring both distinguished professional knowledge and expertise and also a remarkable personality profile that leads to a constructive approach, helping to deliver positive outcomes, acting as real catalyst to clients’ businesses.
Due to our steady portfolio of multinational clients, we have developed one of the most diverse practices on the market. Also, the constant exposure to complex projects has allowed our lawyers to become experts in specialized areas such as banking, corporate, M&A, real estate, insurance, public procurement, litigation, employment, data protection, insolvency and reorganization, among others. The professional experience of our lawyers is further enhanced by a thorough understanding of relevant industries giving our services a competitive advantage highly appreciated by our clients.
We have also developed solid relationships with international law firms relying on trust, professional respect and mutual esteem providing Voicu & Filipescu with the added competitive advantage of having access to international expertise, due to the worldwide coverage, while preserving the financial and professional independence of the local law firm.
Which practises do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
In the coming year we anticipate a further specialization of our lawyers and, although the areas of practice guidance is determined by the dynamics of the demand of legal services, we shall be focusing on covering the full spectrum of practice areas.
Considering the actual economic and political context in Romania, fields such as infrastructure, public procurement, banking and financial advice are probably more likely to significantly grow. We have many years of experience in assisting a large number of market players thus reaching a high level of familiarity with the activity and dynamics of such companies.
Data protection and privacy is also a field which is very active within our law firm following the GDPR entering into force last year, which provided us with lots of working hours in providing full-service legal assistance to our clients, together with our partners for cybersecurity and IT services.
I have to also mention the corporate and commercial field, as being in the heart of our practice, our specialized lawyers handling any legal issue occurring during the life-cycle of private or public companies, from business incorporation, corporate governance, to capital structure modifications and reorganizations.
In this regard, we are permanently looking for talented and flexible lawyers, having a good understanding of the business environment and sharing our core values – creativity, constructive spirit and long-term relationships.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
In time we have adapted our services and our business approach to meet our clients’ various business needs by constantly developing the spectrum of practice areas covered, by increasing the specialization of our attorneys and by integrating additional services, tangential to our legal practice, such as tax, accounting and insolvency.
Serving our steady portfolio of multinational clients also involves cross-border projects for which we have teamed up with experts from international law firms in order to offer our clients international expertise in specialized areas such as banking and M&A, among others. Our expertise is proven by a considerable portfolio of already – famous projects in the Romanian market in various industries: communications, construction & infrastructure, financial services, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals, wood, chemicals, energy, tobacco, utilities, consumer goods, agriculture & food.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
Technology is definitely an important part on how our firm interacts with other professionals and clients. All our clients are internet-connected entities therefore our interactions exceed the traditional face-to-face meetings which is no longer the sole way of doing business. We are using modern communication technology in video conferencing, online portals as well as a dedicated internal legal practice software which is also a very efficient way of improving our productivity as well as ensuring swift response times and effective advice.
We are also using technology in advising clients by developing, together with our IT and cybersecurity services partners, dedicated software to be used in large volume projects as well as in specific compliance and audit services. Due to a thorough web-based database purposefully designed to be used in handling large volume projects for our clients, we can ensure efficient monitoring and smooth progress of each individual case.
Our approach of using technology in projects that have called for a great level of resources has been rewarded with the “Technology and data analytics” award by the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyers publication.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
Understanding the business needs of our clients doubled by a thorough approach to their industry is one of our main concerns. We are always focusing on the particularities of the clients and are constantly trying to identify the best development opportunities for our clients’ business including searching for investment opportunities, financial advice for cost efficiency purposes provided by our tax specialists, insolvency and reorganization advice provided by our team of insolvency practitioners and economists. Some of our lawyers are also graduates in economics, in addition to their law degree, which translates to a multidisciplinary approach to our clients’ projects, also envisaging the commercial and business consequences of the client’s legal actions.
We have many examples in this regard ranging from assisting clients in identifying investment opportunities in Romania in developing power plants to advising on legal actions in connection with termination of unprofitable contracts.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms? – where do you see the firm in three years time?
We are permanently interested in identifying the best development opportunities available on the market and aiming to further strengthen our firm’s top position by creating long term relationships and ensuring professional and personal development for our lawyers. Being constantly connected to the changes of the market, we shall increase diversification and specialization of our law fields in order to cover the entire spectrum of practice areas relevant to clients’ business needs.
I would mention the fact that we will always observe the core ideas that are driving our activity, namely becoming more and more business-oriented, client-focused, innovative and providing real value to our clients.
More efficiency, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, in order to find new approaches and business models to better serve our clients are key to our firm for preserving our market position.