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MPR Partners

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman handles complex, large-scale insolvency and restructuring mandates on behalf of creditors, debtors and investors. In recent work, it represented investors buying distressed assets from two major Romanian insolvencies. Dana Rădulescu and managing partner Gelu Maravela are both highly active in this area, and clients also receive strong support from Felix Tapai on related tax issues. Ioan Roman left the firm.

Practice head(s):


‘Excellent expertise, competent, reliable, fast and friendly.’

Key clients

Astra Holding



Xannat Minerals

Dispute resolution Tier 3

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman fields a 'very agile and experienced team' with strong experience in high-profile international arbitration and ICSID claims, as well as administrative and civil litigation. Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are all very active in this area. Ioan Roman left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):


‘Excellent expertise, competent, reliable, fast, and friendly.’

‘Founding Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are excellent team leaders, very skilled and with  ahands-on approach.’

Very agile and experienced team.

Key clients

Astra Holding

Bacău City Hall


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Romania Ministry of Public Finance

Tax Tier 3

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman has core expertise handling international tax structures on major transactions, as well as providing strong day-to-day compliance and litigation advice. Practice head Felix Tapai is a certified tax consultant with over 15 years experience in the market, and founding partner Gelu Maravela is also recommended by clients.

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‘A very professional team. Always close to the client and easy to reach. Flexible, hardworking and prompt in answers and opinions.’

‘Excellent expertise, competent, reliable, fast and friendly.’

 ‘Since meeting Gelu Maravela, I am sure that for every problem I have the perfect solution.’

Key clients

Alpha Parking (Interparking)

Astra Holding

Precision Medicine Group

Arinvest Holding

Alpine Bau


Betty Ice

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman is a popular choice for day-to-day commercial advice, and the firm's corporate lawyers are increasingly involved in major M&A, such as the Oltchim asset buyout. The team has particularly strong expertise advising clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and energy sectors. Gelu Maravela, Alina Popescu and Dana Rădulescu have established good reputations in the market.


‘We highly appreciate the quality of their service, their multidisciplinary approach that suits our needs excellently, as well as their really prompt feedback. Their sector knowledge is spot on, we are very satisfied with their work.’

‘Excellent expertise, competent, reliable, fast, and friendly.’

‘Founding partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are excellent team leaders, very skilled and with a hands-on approach, whilst Dana Radulescu has a wealth of knowledge and a sound business approach.’

Key clients

AFC Rîureni

Astra Holding

B Braun Avitum

Betty Ice



Janssen de Jong

Mango (Punto FA)

Precision Medicine Group

Nederlandse MKB Participatiemaatschappij Holding B.V.


Real estate and construction Tier 4

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman has a strong commercial real estate service that works closely with the corporate team. Recently, it has provided strong real estate due diligence support on several landmark corporate deals. Standalone work includes several significant construction disputes, and non-contentious advice to developers, car park operators and healthcare companies. Alexandra  Rîmbu and Dana Rădulescu are well regarded.


‘The team at Maravela, Popescu & Roman comprises skilled lawyers that treat every aspect with excellent care and focus, providing cross departmental expertise in a timely manner.’

‘Maravela is the most professional legal firm with whom I worked: great services, direct constant communication, deep knowledge and vast experience, they came every time with proposals which are easy and to the benefit of the customer.’

‘Alexandra Rimbu is a strong professional in real estate.’

Key clients

Alpha Parking

Astra Holding

B Braun Avitum

Betty Ice



The firm: MPR Partners was founded in 2013 by leading lawyers as a full-service 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 the firm 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 the firm was designated Law Firm of the Year: 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 the firm 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.

2019 was an important year as it the firm was re-branded in order for its name to acknowledge the contribution and efforts of all of its partners. Several of the firm’s major M&A transactions were awarded and, as in previous years, firm’s core departments were ranked in top international directories.

2020 brought massive technology related activities for the firm and a considerable enhancement of its online presence, as it created and launched three separate specialized blogs (for employment, technology and competition matters) and a Romanian Legal Updates portal, containing valuable information released by the firm. Furthermore, in order to provide faster and even more cost efficient services, MPR Partners started using the AI Luminance.

MPR Partners 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: MPR Partners 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: MPR Partners 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 MPR Partners 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 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) Dana Radulescu
IP, IT and telecommunications Gelu Maravela
IP, IT and telecommunications Alina Popescu
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Gelu Maravela
Litigation, arbitration, ADR Alexandra Rîmbu
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Alina Popescu
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gelu Titus Maravela  photo Mr Gelu Titus Maravela Gelu is Founding Partner at MPR Partners. Throughout his practice, Gelu has…
Ms Alina Popescu  photo Ms Alina Popescu Alina is Founding Partner of MPR Partners. She has frequently acted as…
Ms Dana Rădulescu  photo Ms Dana Rădulescu Currently Dana is Partner within the advisory practice group of MPR Partners
 Alexandra  Rîmbu photo Alexandra  Rîmbu Partner
Mr Felix Tapai  photo Mr Felix Tapai Felix is currently Tax Partner.
Number of lawyers : 25
Bucharest Bar
Founding Partner : Gelu Maravela
Founding Partner : Alina Popescu

A new round of promotions at MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații

This fall, three longstanding attorneys of the firm, namely Daniel Alexie, Anca Băițan and Diana Borcean, stepped up in the MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații hierarchy.

MPR Partners assisted J. Christof E&P Services S.R.L owned by Christof Industries Global in the cross-border notification of an economic concentration concerning outsourced services in Romania and Serbia

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații assisted J. Christof E&P Services S.R.L. and Christof Private Firefighting Services S.R.L. with  the notification to Romanian and Serbian competition authorities of the economic concentration arisen from the externalization by OMV Petrom S.A. of several operations and general surface services, ancillary to extraction and production of petroleum as well as natural gas, together with the relevant assets and dedicated staff.

MPR Partners assists Interparking in acquiring the Bucur Obor Parking

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații was retained to provide legal assistance to the Belgian group Interparking in the acquisition of a parking in Bucharest, in the context of the client’s business expansion in Romania.

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații´s technology-packed year

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații has made important steps, technology wise.

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații announces the cessation of the professional partnership with the attorney Ioan Roman, as well as the consequent change of the firm´s name and logo.

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații expands its team

Besides a richer client portfolio and an increase of the mandates number, this first half of the year added new valuable members to MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații’s team.

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.