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Musat & Asociatii

43 AVIATORILOR BOULEVARD, 1ST DISTRICT, 011853 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Tel:
Work +40 21 202 5900
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Fax +40 21 223 3957
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Web:
www.musat.ro
Bucharest, Cluj Napoca

Romania

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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

Gheorghe Buta - Muşat & Asociaţii

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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PPP and procurement
PPP and procurement - ranked: tier 1

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Muşat & Asociaţii

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’.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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 lawyers

Iuliana Bidalache - Muşat & Asociaţii

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Muşat & Asociaţii

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.

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