Firm Profile > MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman > Bucharest, Romania
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MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
The ‘highly recommended’ team at MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman ‘possesses 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.
MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Corporate and commercial||Gelu Maravela|
|Corporate and commercial||Alina Popescu|
|Data privacy||Gelu Maravela|
|Data privacy||Dana Radulescu|
|Data privacy||Alina Popescu|
|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|
|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|
|White-collar crime||Gelu Maravela|
|White-collar crime||Ioan Roman|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 20
LanguagesEnglish French Italian Romanian
OtherContacts : Gelu Maravela Contacts : Alina Popescu Contacts : Ioan Roman
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 has assisted the global wiper blade manufacturer Trico in the acquisition of the worldwide wiper and wiper systems business of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
One of the major objectives of the EU is reducing the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure and increasing their resilience. An adequate level of protection must be ensured and the harmful effects of disruptions on the society and citizens must be limited as far as possible.
Critical infrastructures extend across many sectors of the economy, including communications, banking and finance, transport and distribution, energy, utilities, health, food supply, as well as key government services.
Critical infrastructure consists of physical and information technology facilities, networks, services and assets that, if disrupted or destroyed, would have a serious impact on the health, safety, security or economic well-being of citizens or the effective functioning of the government as a result of the failure to maintain those functions.
Threats to a single critical infrastructure can have a very significant impact on a broad range of actors in different infrastructures and more widely.
Moreover, the effects of those interdependencies are not limited to single countries. Many critical infrastructures have a cross border dimension. In addition to interdependencies between sectors, there are also many interdependencies within the same sector but across several European countries.
On July 30, the Romanian Ministry of Finance issued an order launching the procedure whereby investors may obtain non-reimbursable funding for investments made in Romania.
The funding is regulated by Government Decision no. 807/2014 on the setting up of a State aid scheme having as object the stimulation of investments with significant economic impact (“Scheme”), enforced for purposes of the measures discussed herein by Order no. 2629/July 30, 2018 of the Minister of Finance approving the guide for applicant seeking financing under the Scheme.
Pursuant to a decision of the Romanian Constitutional Court published on August 1, 2018, board decisions regarding share capital increases can now be subject to an action for annulment.
With an increasing work load and Client portfolio on the rise, Maravela|Asociații’s competition department sustained a considerable development throughout the past five years, driven by the passion and specialization of the entire team.