Firm Profile > Musat & Asociatii > Bucharest , Romania

Musat & Asociatii

PPP and procurement Tier 1

Muşat & Asociaţii's ‘engaged and thoughtful’ team ‘understands’ and ‘accommodates’ the client’s needs ‘whenever possible’. The four-partner practice handles the full range of transaction structures including public procurement of works and services, privatisations, joint ventures, government-owned contractor-operated agreements and outsourcing contracts. Iulian Popescu is assisting Construcciones y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles with a public tender for 51 six-car metro trains launched by Metrorex. Mona Musat and Angela Porumb are the other key members of the team and head the practice together with Popescu and Mihai. Bogdan Petru-Mihai is now of counsel with Popescu & Asociatii.

TMT Tier 1

Muşat & Asociaţii handles regulatory matters, transactions, sector-related intellectual property aspects and commercial disputes. Data protection is a further field of expertise and the team advised Deutsche Bank on processing employees' sensitive personal data. Facebook is a notable client and sought advice on EU law covering fixed and wireless telecoms, internet and broadcasting and transmission services. Iulian Popescu leads the team, which also acts for clients including DropBox, Discovery and Sony Europe. Bogdan Petru-Mihai is now of counsel with Popescu & Asociatii.

White-collar crime Tier 1

At Muşat & Asociaţii, ‘the service is good and professional’. The group predominantly represents multinational corporations and large local companies and handles the full range of white-collar matters. Gheorghe Musat and Liviu Togan jointly head the practice and are representing Rompetrol Rafinare in a case implicating tax evasion and money laundering with an estimated prejudice of €14bn. In another highlight it advised an individual at Credit Suisse in relation to charges of treason, espionage and the organisation of a cross-border criminal group. Octavian Popescu left to establish Popescu & Asociatii.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Mona Muşat, Monia Dobrescu and Razvan Stoicescu lead the team at Muşat & Asociaţii and act on both local and international transactions. Project finance is a particular strength of the practice, with Muşat currently acting for an Asian bank in relation to the financing of five photovoltaic projects across Romania. Elsewhere, Stoicescu acted for a chemical industry company on refinancing its existing debt via a bank credit facility. The recent caseload also includes a number of real estate transactions.

Capital markets Tier 2

Highlights for Muşat & Asociaţii included acting for The Government Agency of State Ownership and Privatization in connection with the secondary public offering on the Bucharest Stock Exchange of the Romanian state's 15% share in Transgaz. The team also advised Banca Transilvania on the structuring and preparation of a €30m convertible bonds issuance. Gheorghe Musat and Razvan Stoicescu jointly lead the practice, which possesses considerable experience with acting on major IPO projects.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii has a ‘strong local presence in Romania’ coupled with ‘an impressive ability to coordinate a cross-border deal’. In a recent highlight the team advised Spectrum Brands on the proposed $2bn sale of its international battery and portable lighting business to Energizer Holdings. The team handles corporate and commercial matters in addition to M&A transactions. It acts for Novares Automotive Romania, a Novares Group subsidiary, in respect to all matters falling under Romanian law including a recent rebranding process. Gheorghe Musat and Razvan Stoicescu, who ‘stands out for his understanding of business needs’, jointly head the practice.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii is well regarded for disputes in the commercial and corporate, administrative and fiscal, real estate and employment spheres. Practice heads Gheorghe Musat and Gheorghe Buta represent KMG International in relation to commercial and civil liabilities claims totalling €1.6bn. The firm also hosts a reputed arbitration practice, with Buta representing the Romanian National Railway Company in international arbitration regarding an infrastructure project in Romania financed by the European Investment Bank and the European Union. Octavian Popescu left to establish Popescu & Asociatii.

Leading individuals

Employment Tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii's team is ‘characterised by professionalism and a pro-active attitude’, providing ‘great support from the legal point of view’. It acts for a predominantly multinational client base on a wide range of matters, from day-to-day counsel to labour litigation. Practice head Monia Dobrescu regularly assists Amazon in employee representative negotiation and internal policy regulation. Anca Vătășoiu departed to establish her own firm.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Praised as ‘the strongest energy and natural resources practice locally’ by one client, Muşat & Asociaţii is ‘prompt, knowledgeable’ and possesses ‘a wealth of highly skilled individuals’. Practice heads Iulian Popescu and Razvan Stoicescu have an ‘excellent track record’ and are acting for Belgium-based Engie Energy Management on a number of matters, including an assessment of the options available for establishing a local presence in Romania.

EU and competition Tier 2

The ‘highly knowledgeable and highly experienced’ team at Muşat & Asociaţii ‘knows the market very well' and ‘delivers a complete package’ of competition services. Electromagnetica called upon Paul George Buta's ‘excellent strategic thinking’ for a Competition Council investigation into bid rigging and other collusive practices in the electricity meter market. ‘Highly experienced’ managing associate Manuela Lupeanu is ‘up-to-date on everything competition-related’.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Practice head Paul George Buta is the name to note at Muşat & Asociaţii. His team assists BNP Paribas with the international registration of the FORTIS trade mark and advised Dr. Max on IP rights transfers following its acquisition of A&D Pharma. Amazon received advice on several trade mark infringements by Romanian companies and Spotify on IP considerations regarding its potential market entry.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Mihai Popa heads the practice at Muşat & Asociaţii and represents clients throughout all steps of restructuring and insolvency. The team acts for a  number of clients in the energy, construction, pharmaceutical, retail and financial industries. Managing associate Iuliana Bidalache is highly recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Tax Tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii covers the full range of tax issues on both the contentious and advisory fronts. Razvan Graure and Angela Porumb head the practice, which advised Amazon on various employee-related tax considerations. Graure also assisted Enel Distribuţie Banat with a general tax inspection as well as the tax implications of a share capital increase. The group directs particular attention towards the financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, real estate and construction, media and technology, and energy industries.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Muşat & Asociaţii's ‘response times and technical abilities’ are ‘exceptional’. Practice head Monia Dobrescu is experienced in representing landlords, tenants, lenders and developers and recently advised Novares on its development of a new Romania-based facility. Senior associate Anca Simeria is ‘indefatigable’ and the overall team is praised for its ‘willingness to embrace commercial lateral thinking’.


The firm

Mușat & Asociații has 28 years of history on the Romanian market, being one of the first law firms established after the fall of communism. The firm has over 100 dedicated attorneys and a portfolio of over 2,500 high-profile clients, including leading national and international companies, governmental authorities and agencies, financial institutions and investment funds.

Areas of practice

M&A/privatisation: acting on complex cross-border transactions and on a full range of deal structures. Clients: Penta Investments, Spectrum Brands, DAMEN Shipyards Mangalia, Sterling Resources, Enel Group, SabMiller, GDF Suez, Abbott, CRH Ireland.

Corporate and commercial: structuring and negotiating complex secured and unsecured transactions. Clients: Amazon, Google, Capgemini, Emerson, Premier Capital, Inditex, Roche A.G.

Dispute resolution: the full spectrum of representation, from lower courts to the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the Constitutional Court. Clients: Orange, Enel, Thyssen Krupp, Roche, Colas.

Real estate and construction: advises on the acquisition of land, construction and maintenance, permitting aspects, residential, office and commercial projects, as well as mixed-use scheme developments and asset management work. Clients: CRH, Intercora, Kaufland, Colas, ING Real Estate, Grupo Lar, La Caixa, Immoeast.

Energy and natural resources: experienced in encompassing energy trading, generation, distribution, transmission and supply licensing, emissions trading and renewable energy and environmental legal aspects related. Clients: ENGIE (ex-GDF Suez), ENEL, Sterling Resources, Shah Deniz , Petrofac, Nereo Green Capital.

Infrastructure and PPP/public procurement: assists clients in public tenders, property finance and leasing, concession of public assets and services, drafting and negotiating PPPs and concession agreements, feasibility studies. Clients: CAF, Italferr, European Investment Bank.

Banking and finance: advises on syndicated loans; structured, acquisition, asset and project finance; securitisation. Clients: PPF Banka, Unicredit, Citi, Raiffeisen, BRD – Groupe Société Générale, EBRD, CIECH S.A.

Capital markets: handles transactions involving publicly held companies listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Clients: UBS, Swiss Capital, BT Securities, Citi, Raiffeisen, Société Générale.

Telecom, IT and media: advises in all areas of communications, broadcasting, E-commerce, internet services, software development and licensing, infrastructure and equipment finance. Clients: Disney, Sony, Google, Apple, Intel, Intact Media, Telekom, AT&T, Amazon.

Competition and antitrust: legal assistance in all stages of antitrust proceedings and investigations carried out at national and EU level, concerning both cartel-type behavior and alleged abuses of dominant position. Clients: Orange, Roche, McCann Erickson, Eli Lilly, Servier, Electrolux, Muller Diary.

Labour and employee benefits: covers individual and collective agreements, management contracts, labour law advice in M&A projects, outsourcing, executive immigration, employee benefits and pensions. Clients: Kaufland, Abbott, Capgemini, Gefco, Unilevel, Intel, Enel.

Restructuring and insolvency: covers pharmaceuticals, real estate, oil and gas, maritime technology, transportation and constructions. Clients: Termoelectrica, BCR, Groupe Société Générale, EnergoConstructia.

Taxation: advises on structuring in a wide range of corporate and financial transactions and fiscal matters. Clients: Amazon, Emerson, Servier, SabMiller, Sermedic, Universal Music.

Healthcare: counsels on M&A, restructurings and reorganisations, regulatory, competition and compliance related advisory work. Clients: Eli Lilly, Servier, Abbott, Lundbeck, Novartis, Astellas Pharma.

IP: experienced in acquisition, development, implementation, enforcement, licensing and other exploitation of IP rights, as well as in patent, trade mark and copyright regulatory matters. Clients: Deutsche Telekom, ZTE, L’Oreal, Blue Air, Otsuka Pharmaceuricals, Apple.

Transport: advises on trade and transport of goods by sea, road and air, such as sale/purchase, charter, cargo insurance, recovery, arrest, execution, cargo and freight claims. Clients: CAF, Tip Trailer, China Gezhouba, Aerovista.


Department Name Email Telephone
M&A/privatisation Gheorghe Mușat
M&A/privatisation Răzvan Stoicescu
M&A/privatisation Iulian Popescu
Banking and finance Gheorghe Mușat
Banking and finance Mona Musat
Banking and finance Monia Dobrescu
Banking and finance Razvan Stoicescu
Real estate and construction Mona Musat
Real estate and construction Monia Dobrescu
Corporate and commercial Mona Musat
Corporate and commercial Monia Dobrescu
Corporate and commercial Iulian Popescu
Telecoms, IT and media Iulian Popescu
Competition and antitrust Paul Buta
Taxation Razvan Graure
Shipping, aviation and transport Iulian Popescu
Intellectual property Anca Buta Musat
Dispute resolution Gheorghe Musat
Dispute resolution Gheorghe Buta
Dispute resolution Liviu Togan
Energy and natural resources/environment Răzvan Stoicescu
Energy and natural resources/environment Iulian Popescu
Infrastructure and PPP/public procurement Mona Mușat
Infrastructure and PPP/public procurement Iulian Popescu
Infrastructure and PPP/public procurement Monia Dobrescu
Capital markets and securities Razvan Stoicescu
Labour and employee benefits Monia Dobrescu
Healthcare and pharmaceuticals Paul Buta
Restructuring and insolvency Mihai Popa
Restructuring and insolvency Razvan Stoicescu
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gheorghe Buta  photo Mr Gheorghe Buta
Mr Paul George Buta  photo Mr Paul George Buta
Ms Monia Dobrescu  photo Ms Monia Dobrescu
Mr Razvan Graure  photo Mr Razvan Graure
Mr Cosmin Libotean  photo Mr Cosmin Libotean
Ms Angela Mare  photo Ms Angela Mare
Ms Mona Musat photo Ms Mona Musat
Mr Gheorghe Musat  photo Mr Gheorghe Musat
Mr Mihai Popa  photo Mr Mihai Popa
Mr Iulian Popescu  photo Mr Iulian Popescu
Mr Razvan Stoicescu  photo Mr Razvan Stoicescu
Mr Liviu Togan  photo Mr Liviu Togan
Number of lawyers : 100+
Contacts : Mr Gheorghe Mușat (managing partner)
Contacts : Mr Paul Buta (deputy managing partner)
Contacts : Mr Iulian Popescu (deputy managing partner)
Contacts : Mr Răzvan Stoicescu (deputy managing partner)
Contacts : Mr Gheorghe Buta (senior partner)
Other offices : Brașov
Other offices : Cluj-Napoca
Other offices : Constanța