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The firm

PeliFilip is a full-service business law firm, ranked in the first tier of top-quality legal services providers in Romania.

PeliFilip’s team of lawyers exercise commanding professional expertise in their areas of specialisation, blending deep knowledge and understanding of Romanian law and jurisprudence with the wealth of experience accumulated in mandates covering the majority of innovative, complex and large transactions and projects in the Romanian market over more than 15 years.

In 2017, PeliFilip assisted its clients in over 30 transactions, some being the most important in their respective sectors. Top deals include assisting: Digi Communications NV regarding the initial public offering of shares conducted for listing RCS & RDS on the Bucharest Stock Exchange; Banca Transilvania on the M&A transaction of the year in the financial and banking sector; Skanska in relation to the sale of the third and last building comprising the Green Court Bucharest office complex; International Investment Bank in issuing RON 300m RON-denominated bonds and €60m EUR-denominated bonds; Kingfisher PLC in the acquisition of Praktiker Romania; NBG in connection with the sale of Banca Romaneasca and of a portfolio of corporate loans; Mitiska REIM in relation to the acquisition of an extensive portfolio of over 20 retail projects located in Bucharest and various secondary cities in Romania; Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica in relation to the potential joint venture with the Chinese company CGN with respect to the development of units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant; Raiffeisen Bank and ING Bank NV Amsterdam’s Bucharest Branch in relation to the financing of the leveraged buy-out of La Fantana S.R.L. by Oresa Investors and the refinancing of the target’s existing debt with Erste Group.

Areas of practice

PeliFilip provides a comprehensive range of legal services. Its key practice areas are: mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, real estate, energy, projects, finance (which includes capital markets and banking), EU law and competition, commercial, labour, TMT and dispute resolution.

The M&A and corporate team unites lawyers who have had major roles in the majority of the top M&A transactions of the past ten years. The team’s experience includes: private and public M&A, private equity transactions, privatisations, restructurings, mergers, spin-offs, creating and implementing management structures, financial assistance, corporate governance matters, compliance by public companies with listing rules, disclosure obligations and special approvals, structuring of different classes of shares and specialist advice on other complex matters.

The real estate practice specialises in highly complex projects where multi-sectorial experience, in-depth knowledge of the real estate specificities and the ability to manage multiple legal work-streams simultaneously are essential. The real estate team has the ability and experience to cover all legal services ancillary to real estate business, from land acquisitions, financing of real estate projects, development and project management, construction contracts and lease agreements to the most complex of exit transactions.

The energy team assembles a wealth of experience and a background in both Romanian and international work, which is very difficult to match in Romania, in areas such as: development of new projects, acquisitions of energy companies, privatisations of the major Romanian energy companies and financing schemes for the energy sector.

The competition team has wide-ranging experience in both antitrust and state aid matters, having assisted in some of the landmark competition cases in Romania.

The commercial team regularly advises on complex commercial agreements, concessions and public procurement.

The capital markets team has extensive experience in complex capital markets transactions, both domestic and international, including domestic and international IPOs, high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, structured finance and complex derivatives advice.

The projects team is familiar with complex project financing structures and has been involved in a wide variety of projects from nuclear and renewables to motorways and mining.

The labour practice regularly advises on complex matters from reorganisations and collective lay-offs to management packages and employee incentivisation.

The dispute resolution team is skilled in complex litigation, international arbitration, tax, competition, labour, fraud and regulatory disputes, complex settlements and pre-dispute situations.

The TMT team advises the leading telecommunications, media and IT players on acquisitions and finance projects as well as in relation to interconnection, complex contracted structures and regulatory compliance matters.

  • Number of lawyers: 71

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