Firm Profile > MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman > Bucharest, Romania

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman’s ‘client-oriented’ and ‘business-focused’ team is noted for its ‘proactive attitude and availability’. Recently promoted partner Dana Rădulescu heads the practice jointly with Gelu Titus Maravela. The duo assisted Chimcomplex with its acquisition of insolvent Oltchim's core business assets.

Tax Tier 3

Felix Tapai and Gelu Titus Maravela lead the team at MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman. The group covers the entire spectrum of tax-related instructions including compliance, litigation and advisory work. Tapai advised Betty Ice on the tax considerations of its sale to Unilever.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The ‘highly recommended’ team at MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Romanpossesses a wealth of knowledge’ and provides ‘prompt and to-the-point, valuable advice’. Gelu Titus Maravela and Alina Popescu are the names to note and are praised as ‘great leaders’ who ensure ‘any assignment is smoothly completed in due time with excellent results’. Recent work highlights include advising Betty Ice on its sale to Unilever and assisting Chimcomplex with its acquisition of chemical producer Oltchim. Sectors of expertise include real estate, energy and natural resources as well as pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman's team is ‘highly devoted to solving its clients' legal issues with dedication and excellence’. Ioan Roman, who jointly heads the practice with Gelu Titus Maravela, is currently representing Project Developer in several disputes concerning a public acquisition contract. The team covers the full spectrum of disputes including commercial and investment arbitration, insolvency proceedings, tax litigation and fraud.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Alexandra  Rîmbu and Dana Rădulescu head the practice at MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman, which is recommended for transactions, developments and disputes. Highlights from the recent caseload include assisting a German medical and pharmaceutical device company with the cross-border acquisition of several dialysis centres and advising Betty Ice on the real estate considerations of its acquisition by Unilever.


The firm

Maravela & Asociatii was founded in 2013 by leading lawyers as a full-service Romanian firm and has quickly grown to an impressive portfolio of both landmark work and major clients, including major international corporations, public authorities and sound international organisations.

In 2014, the firm began acting as leading counsel in cross-border projects, extended its practice to tax advisory and insolvency and restructuring services and has developed a specialised multidisciplinary team to swiftly handle the growing number of white-collar crime cases.

In 2015, the firm became the exclusive Romanian member of the International Business Law Consortium, a global alliance of independent business law firms which was founded in 1996 by the Center for International Legal Studies (a reputed law research, training, and teaching institute, founded in Austria in 1976) and was repeatedly top ranked by Chambers & Partners.

By 2016 Maravela & Asociatii had been acknowledged as a leading law firm and its founding partners had been noted as leading lawyers by many significant international legal directories and publications, including Best Lawyers International, Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, The Legal 500, The Lawyer, and others.

In 2017 Maravela & Asociatii was designated Law Firm of the Year: Romania during The Lawyer European Awards in London and was awarded by the leading Romanian business and financial newspaper for major M&A transactions completed.

In 2018 Maravela & Asociații was Highly regarded for European Law firm of the year and winner of the Law firm of the year Eastern Europe and the Balkans Award during The Lawyer European Awards in London, whilst several of the firm’s major cross border M&A transactions were noted by various business publications.

Maravela & Asociatii owes its rapid development to several key features, such as flexible and user-friendly services of the firm coupled with an outstanding quality of service (as openly acknowledged by clients), its multidisciplinary approach and international reach, which enables it to handle the most complex projects, be they local or international.

Areas of practice

Maravela & Asociatii offers the full range of legal services for businesses and public administrations as well as specialised tax advisory and insolvency and restructuring services. The firm’s key areas of practice include:

Banking and finance: specialised team covering all ranges of work in the field.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: Maravela & Asociatii is commended by clients as a ‘go-to firm for M&A deals’, having been recently involved in several important European/global deals.

Competition: the firm’s practice garnered outstanding recognition from clients, who commended Maravela & Asociatii as ‘the best (…) from over 20 law firms in the past 15 years’.

Dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and ADR): internationally ranked practice area, with an over 80% rate of success in disputes.

Employment: advisory and litigation work for corporations in day-to-day and one-off complex projects.

Energy and natural resources: reputed practice, having yielded The Best Lawyers’ Energy Law Lawyer of the Year in 2015.

Healthcare and pharma: major regulatory and transactional work for important players.

Insolvency and restructuring: highly ranked practice area, having shaped the court practice in the field.

IT and telecommunications: major regulatory and transactional work for important players.

Real estate and construction, PPP and infrastructure projects: the firm’s practice is appreciated by major international directories.

Tax: qualified tax advisers on board covering all relevant aspects.


Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising and media Gelu Maravela
Advertising and media Alina Popescu
Aviation, transportation and shipping Gelu Maravela
Banking and finance Gelu Maravela
Banking and finance Dana Radulescu
Capital markets Gelu Maravela
Competition Alina Popescu
Corporate and commercial Gelu Maravela
Corporate and commercial Alina Popescu
Data privacy Gelu Maravela
Data privacy Dana Radulescu
Data privacy Alina Popescu
Employment Gelu Maravela
Employment Alexandra Rîmbu
Energy, natural resources, and environment Gelu Maravela
Energy, natural resources, and environment Alexandra Rîmbu
Insolvency (restructuring and bankruptcy) Gelu Maravela
Insolvency (restructuring and bankruptcy) Mirela Metea
Insolvency (restructuring and bankruptcy) Dana Radulescu
IP, IT and telecommunications Gelu Maravela
IP, IT and telecommunications Alina Popescu
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Gelu Maravela
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Alina Popescu
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Ioan Roman
M&A/privatisation Gelu Maravela
M&A/privatisation Alina Popescu
M&A/privatisation Dana Radulescu
PPP and public procurement Gelu Maravela
PPP and public procurement Alexandra Rîmbu
Pharmaceuticals and healthcare Gelu Maravela
Pharmaceuticals and healthcare Dana Radulescu
Real estate and construction Gelu Maravela
Real estate and construction Alexandra Rîmbu
Regulatory and compliance Gelu Maravela
Regulatory and compliance Alina Popescu
Tax Gelu Maravela
Tax Felix Tapai
White-collar crime Gelu Maravela
White-collar crime Ioan Roman
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gelu Titus Maravela  photo Mr Gelu Titus Maravela
Ms Alina Popescu  photo Ms Alina Popescu
Ms Dana Rădulescu  photo Ms Dana Rădulescu
Ms Alexandra  Rîmbu  photo Ms Alexandra  Rîmbu
Mr Ioan Roman  photo Mr Ioan Roman
Mr Felix Tapai  photo Mr Felix Tapai
Number of lawyers : 20
Bucharest Bar
Contacts : Gelu Maravela
Contacts : Alina Popescu
Contacts : Ioan Roman

Maravela, Popescu & Roman in Ziarul Financiar’s Top Law Firms Table

Maravela, Popescu & Roman is listed amongst the top business law firms within the ranking tables of “Economy’s biggest players” Guide, edited by Ziarul Financiar, the most important business and financial newspaper in Romania. The list contains reputed names within the legal landscape, detailing the size of the team and significant recent transactions. The Guide contains numerous insights, articles and ranking tables regarding various sectors of the economy in Romania. The online version of the “Economy’s biggest players” Guide is available at

Maravela, Popescu & Roman – 1st place on the ranking of the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

The MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman and Squire Patton Boggs LLP consortium was ranked first in the selection process carried out by the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance in order to contract assistance and representation in international investment arbitration performed according to UNCITRAL provisions.

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman assists Air France-KLM

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman has been retained to provide legal assistance to the major European airlines Air France and KLM within the Romanian jurisdiction.

MPR Partners assisted Trico in the acquisition of wiper systems business from Federal Mogul

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman has assisted the global wiper blade manufacturer Trico in the acquisition of the worldwide wiper and wiper systems business of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Anniversary rebranding: Maravela|Asociații becomes MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman

Celebrating 5 years since its establishment by highly experienced business lawyers, Maravela|Asociații is undergoing a rebranding process that includes a name change to MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman and a new logo.

New international recognition for Maravela|Asociații’s dispute resolution practice

The year 2019 brought important achievements for Maravela|Asociații’s practice, following intense activity of the team, which has been acknowledged by international directories and repeatedly appreciated by firm’s clients.

Maravela|Asociații extends its team

Maravela|Asociații started 2019 with a consolidated consultancy team, following recent recruitment and internal promotion of several existing team members.

Thus, in alphabetical order, Raluca Ciocârlan, Roxana Neacșu and Flavia Ștefura joined the firm’s consultancy team.

The Romanian Competition Council has authorised the takeover of Oltchim’s assets

Maravela|Asociaţii assisted CEE chemicals producer Chimcomplex in the merger review procedure whereby the Romanian Competition Council has authorised the takeover of Oltchim’s assets.

Maravela|Asociații, counsels in another life sciences cross-border M&A transaction

Maravela|Asociații assisted Precision for Medicine, part of Precision Medicine Group, in connection with the Romanian law aspects of its multimillion EUR value cross-border acquisition of Argint International.

Precision for Medicine supports life sciences companies in the use of biomarkers essential to targeting patients more precisely and effectively. With more than 1,450 employees in 25 locations in the US, Canada, and Europe, Precision Medicine Group activates in fields from advanced lab sciences to translational informatics and clinical trial delivery.

Maravela|Asociaţii awarded anew by Ziarul Financiar

For the second year in a row, Maravela|Asociații was awarded by Ziarul Financiar, the local leading financial and business publication, during The Lawyers’ Gala, event that recognized the law firms involved in the largest transactions of 2017 and the first part of 2018.

Maravela|Asociații assisted Nordic Petfood in its sale to United Petfood

Maravela|Asociații assisted a major shareholder of Nordic Petfood, the leading local producer of petfood, in the process of selling the entire business to United Petfood. The share purchase agreement was signed mid August.