Firm Profile > Kinstellar > Bucharest, Romania

Kinstellar
8-10 NICOLAE IORGA
010434 BUCHAREST
Romania

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Kinstellar has a broad-based insolvency and restructuring practice built around its corporate finance and disputes practices. The size and depth of the firm ensures a strong service, with highly-rated litigator Remus Codreanu managing the contentious side, and Razvan Popa handling the advisory and corporate restructuring seam of work. The firm's strong regional offering makes it a sound choice for cross-border mandates. The firm also has several up-and-coming lawyers, notably senior associate Smaranda Văcaru. Former practice head Bogdan Bibicu has retired from private practice.

Practice head(s):

Răzvan Popa; Remus Codreanu

Other key lawyers:

Smaranda Văcaru

Key clients

Agera Pharma

Citibank

BRD Groupe Société Générale

Logistic Contractor

Envisan NV

TMT Tier 1

Kinstellar's impressive stable of telecoms, IT and media clients, including Google, Microsoft and Canal+, is some clue to firm's reputation for TMT. The firm was recently involved in several major corporate takeovers in the media and IT space, representing a mix of strategic and private equity buyers. The team's advice goes beyond the transactional, with strong support on day-to-day issues, IP, and sector-specific regulatory matters. Non-TMT sector clients also regularly use the firm for data protection and IT procurement issues. Corporate partner Razvan Popa has is a key contact for this line of work.

Practice head(s):

Razvan Popa

Key clients

CANAL+ Group

Google

Microsoft

Turn/River Capital

Fuze Europe

Takeaway.com

Prokuria

Hipocrate 2000

Expedia Inc.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Zsuzsa Csiki, who has over 12 years' experience in the market, now leads the Kinstellar team, following the retirement of Bogdan Bibicu. She takes leadership of a practice which is noted for its strong cross-border expertise on financings and restructurings. The firm's CEE network gives its lender and borrower clients a cohesive approach on regional mandates, and the Bucharest team also has good expertise in regulatory compliance and banking litigation issues. Special counsel Magdalena Răducanu joined the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Zsuzsa Csiki

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Raducanu

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and a pleasure to work with. ‘

‘Zsuzsa Csiki – great expertise in financial regulatory law; good, practical advice.’

Key clients

Unicredit Bank

ING Bank

Citibank

Liberty Steel

Credit Suisse

ING Bank Śląski SA and Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank

OTP Bank

Sandvik

Swedbank

Credit Agricole

Kallisto Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Kinstellar is extremely popular with domestic and international clients, who include major multinationals, private equity houses and referral law firms. The firm has an active transactional practice, and was involved in several buy and sell side mandates across a range of industries. Clients also appreciate the firm's broader commercial offering, including corporate governance issues, as well as its impressive regional office network. Practice head Razvan Popa comes highly recommended, as does Hungarian-speaking Zsuzsa Csiki, who has made a very good name for herself.

Practice head(s):

Răzvan Popa

Other key lawyers:

Zsuzsa Csiki

Testimonials

‘Hands-on, available, laser focused on getting the job done. Second to none at partner level. I see them engaging well balanced teams in terms of industry specialization which I find very useful. Razvan Popa is a good legal mind, able to tackle complex issues in a simple and meaningful manner. I like his negotiation skills and confidence.’

‘Great communication and strong team management through partner, Zsuzsa Csiki. Dealing with complex deals and implementing corporate governance structures. Zsuzsa Csiki’s availability, energy and dedication are seamless. She is projecting the relevant confidence that she can handle any aspect of a complex matter.’

‘This is a highly experienced team of Corporate and M&A lawyers that offer high-quality and comprehensive legal advice both on commercial issues as well as on transactional aspects. Partner Razvan Popa has demonstrated the ability to make the deal go forward even at difficult times. He is involved, hands-on, with strong negotiation skills.’

‘They mobilise quickly, the quality of their advice is high and they are very committed. All round, a first rate service and thoroughly nice people to work with too. They are my go to firm in the region.’

‘Kinstellar is a leading law firm in the region with a reputation for excellent quality of services. Adding to the fact that they met our high standards in terms of legal advice, we also appreciated the firm’s ability to deliver practical, efficient and swift answers in terms of all contractual and administrative matters. Our collaboration with Kinstellar has been smooth and transparent all along, with strong focus on our objectives, specific timeframe and needs.’

Key clients

Highlander Partners

Stada Arzneimittel

Liberty Steel

Canal+ Group

Turn/RIver Capital

FirstFarms

BriseGroup

Inteva Products

Envisan NV

Inter Cars

Dow Chemical

Nestlé

ESET

Cerner Corporation

SpringCM

Leo Pharma

Amec Foster Wheeler

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kinstellar is well regarded for cross-border and domestic disputes, and clients benefit from the firm's strong regional presence. The Bucharest team will miss former co-head Bogdan Bibicu who retired in 2020, but Remus Codreanu remains a well respected figure in the market with good expertise across a range of industries and disciplines. The team regularly appears in high-profile civil and administrative litigation claims. Senior associate Vlad Simion is also experienced.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Other key lawyers:

Vlad Simion

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and structured team, with client friendly approach and advice. They use cutting edge technology (software) and offer alternative and flexible billing arrangements.’

‘Strong team, knowledge of the local situation and specifics. Remus Codreanu is an excellent lawyer, very good in client relationships, and a reliable partner.’

Key clients

CMC Electronics Aurora LLC

Dow Europe GmbH

Inteva Products

Temenos Romania

FBR Forest One SA

APM Terminals Romania SRL

Envisan NV

WTA Tour Inc.

IKEA Romania SA

Colakoglu Metalurji AS

Nitrogénművek/BH Chemical

Logicor

Employment Tier 2

Kinstellar is a strong choice for day-to-day and more complex employment law issues. Contentious support features high on the agenda, and the firm has been involved in several significant collective dismissals, disciplinary investigations, and related litigation. The team also has good expertise in transactional related employment support, employee benefits and pension plans. Versatile disputes partner Remus Codreanu leads the practice, which has a deep bench of specialised associates, including Mădălina Anghenie.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Other key lawyers:

Mădălina Anghenie

Key clients

Temenos Romania

Visma Romania

Can-pack Food and Industrial Packaging

Visteon Electronics Romania

AECOM Technology Corporation

AMEC Operations

VGP Parks

ACCOR Hotels

Maersk

MasterCard

Diaverum Holding

HCL Technologies

Bromium UK Ltd.

BASF

Inteva Products

Aqualia Intech S.A.

Dow AgroSciences

Takeaway.com

Allegis Group

Union Chimique Belge

Peppermint Holding

Theramex

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Kinstellar has a well-regarded, hands-on practice, with good experience of high-value corporate transactions, asset purchases, infrastructure projects and regulatory issues. The firm's recent advice to Dacian Petroleum regarding its oil fields acquisitions from OMV Petrom demonstrates the team's strong standing in the market. The practice is equally active in the power sector, both on the renewables and nuclear front. The firm is regularly referred work by major international firms, and its regional presence gives it a strong edge on cross-border mandates. Practice head Iustinian Captariu has a good reputation in the market.

Practice head(s):

Iustinian Captariu

Testimonials

‘Iustinian Captariu and his team are reliable lawyers; always very proactive and available to answer even with tight deadlines. Their knowledge of the energy sector and input to our business are highly appreciated and valuable.’

Key clients

MVM Group

Dacian Petroleum

Dufenergy

Unit Group

Ontario Power Generation

Kepler Trading

MET Group

Anglo American Services Limited

Ezpada

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kinstellar has a good reputation for advice on high-end real estate transactions, and is a lead player in the logistics sector, representing some of the largest companies in the market. The firm's regional outlook is a bonus on cross border transactions, as is the fact that managing partner Victor Constantinescu also co-heads the firm's SEE real estate group. The firm was involved in several high profile office acquisitions and developments, with direct instructions from international clients and referrals from foreign law firms. Managing associate Alexandru Mocănescu is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Victor Constantinescu

Other key lawyers:

Alexandru Mocănescu

Testimonials

‘First in class availability and service. Over and above performance in terms of understanding the case matters and providing appropriate commercially minded legal advice.’

‘Offers a one stop shop for our legal asset management needs. Available on demand digitalization of our contracts database.’

‘Fully committed to serving the client’s needs as promptly as possible, and 24/7 availability.’

‘Their knowledge is excellent and their communication first class. The team work hard and long hours to deliver for clients on a timely basis, including late nights and weekends where necessary.’

‘Victor Constantinescu is an outstanding partner, ready to offer advice and support not just legally but transaction ally and big picture. Doesn’t let the legal situation get in the way of a deal, gives frank clear advice.’

‘Alexandru Mocanescu is a highly skilled commercially minded legal advisor. A great support throughout a challenging three year  period for our business.’

Key clients

Resolution Property

S Immo AG

Ideal Projects

Logicor

VGP Parks

Cromwell Property

Adval Asset Management

Lion’s Head Investments

Element Industrial

APS Global

Accor Hotels

Maersk

Julius Meinl Prime Homes

Capital markets Tier 3

Kinstellar has a strong debt finance practice with good expertise advising banks on debt capital markets issues. Clients benefit from the firm's strong regional offering, as well as the team's good experience of Romanian regulatory issues. Zsuzsa Csiki leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Zsuzsa Csiki

Key clients

ING Bank

Continental Capital Markets Ltd.

Credit Suisse

Safecap Investments Ltd.

Credit Agricole CIB

Sandvik

Swedbank

Citibank

BRD Groupe Société Générale

HSBC Bank plc.

PPP and procurement Tier 3

Kinstellar has good experience of advising international investors and sponsors on their Romanian projects. The team has a noteworthy track record in conventional and renewable power projects and transport infrastructure concessions and developments. Other areas of experience include technology and healthcare. Clients receive support from start to finish, including contentious assistance in challenges and disputes. Iustinian Captariu and Remus Codreanu are the primary contacts.

Practice head(s):

Iustinian Captariu; Remus Codreanu

Key clients

China Communications Construction Company Limited

Siemens

Inteva Group

Makyol

White-collar crime Tier 3

Kinstellar has a broad stable of domestic and international clients who regularly use the firm's compliance, risk and sensitive investigations team. Contentious and non-contentious white collar crime forms a core function of the practice, including advice on internal investigations, cybercrimes, corruption allegations, money laundering, tax evasion and organised crime. The highly experienced Remus Codreanu leads the team. Bogdan Bibicu has recently retired from the law.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Key clients

WTA Tour Inc.

Nitrogénművek/BH Chemical

CMC Electronics Aurora LLC

IKEA Romania SA

APM Terminals Romania SRL

Dow Europe GmbH

Biogen Inc.

The firm: Kinstellar is a leading independent law firm in Emerging Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, with offices in Almaty and Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Belgrade (Serbia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Istanbul (Turkey), Kyiv (Ukraine), Prague (the Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Key highlights: 11 offices, 300+ lawyers, 8500+ matters.

We operate as a single fully integrated firm, and deliver consistently high-quality services across all jurisdictions in an integrated and seamless style.

Kinstellar’s senior team in Bucharest has advised on many of the most significant transactions in Romania in the last ten years. Our Bucharest office provides unparalleled local legal expertise and top-quality client service. Many of our senior lawyers have legal education in civil law and experience in top-tier international law firms, which enables us to bridge the gap for foreign investors by avoiding ambiguities and speeding up legal processes. Our Bucharest office consistently receives high rankings in the international legal directories across all practice areas and sectors.

Areas of practice: As a core element of Kinstellar’s consistent regional coverage, our Bucharest office provides comprehensive service to clients active in Romania’s key industry sectors, including automotive, banking and financial services, energy and environment, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and projects, manufacturing, real estate, technology, media and telecommunications.

Our legal expertise includes capital markets, corporate/M&A, competition/anti-trust, dispute resolution, employment,  intellectual property, PPP and public procurement, private equity, real estate and white-collar crime.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Magdalena Răducanu
Competition and State Aid Iustinian Captariu
Compliance, Risk and Sensitive Investigations Remus Codreanu
Dispute Resolution Remus Codreanu
Employment & Labour Law Remus Codreanu
Energy & Natural Resources Iustinian Captariu
Infrastructure & Projects Iustinian Captariu
Intellectual Property Remus Codreanu
Real estate, Construction & Planning Victor Constantinescu
M&A & Corporate Zsuzsa Csiki
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Zsuzsa Csiki
Photo Name Position Profile
 Iustinian Captariu  photo Iustinian Captariu Iustinian Captariu is a Partner and the head of the local Energy…
 Remus Codreanu photo Remus Codreanu Remus Codreanu is a Partner with a broad experience in advising and…
 Victor Constantinescu  photo Victor Constantinescu Victor Constantinescu is the Managing Partner of our Bucharest office and the…
 Zsuzsa Csiki  photo Zsuzsa Csiki Zsuzsa Csiki is a Partner in our Bucharest office. She is the…
 Magdalena Răducanu  photo Magdalena Răducanu Magdalena Raducanu is Special Counsel in the Bucharest office and the head…
 Smaranda Văcaru  photo Smaranda Văcaru Smaranda Văcaru is a Senior Associate in the Bucharest office. She is…
Number of lawyers : 300
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