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MPR Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Dispute resolution Tier 3MPR 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.
‘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.‘
Bacău City Hall
Romania Ministry of Public Finance
Tax Tier 3MPR 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.
‘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.’
Alpha Parking (Interparking)
Precision Medicine Group
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.’
B Braun Avitum
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.’
B Braun Avitum
MPR Partners > Firm Profile
The firm: MPR Partners 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 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: 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 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.
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.
|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)||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|
|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|
|Mr Gelu Titus Maravela||Gelu is Founding Partner at MPR Partners. Throughout his practice, Gelu has…||View Profile|
|Ms Alina Popescu||Alina is Founding Partner of MPR Partners. She has frequently acted as…||View Profile|
|Ms Dana Rădulescu||Currently Dana is Partner within the advisory practice group of MPR Partners||View Profile|
|Alexandra Rîmbu||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Felix Tapai||Felix is currently Tax Partner.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 24
LanguagesEnglish French Italian Romanian
OtherFounding Partner : Gelu Maravela Founding Partner : Alina Popescu
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 Serbia19th November 2020 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.
14th October 2020 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.
24th September 2020 MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații has made important steps, technology wise.
20th August 2020 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.
20th August 2020 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.
8th August 2019 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 http://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=59298923-516a-4cd2-9689-49d58fc42bd4
8th August 2019
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.
9th July 2019 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.
5th June 2019
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.
16th May 2019 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.
15th March 2019
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.
8th February 2019
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.
22nd November 2018
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.
5th November 2018
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.
8th October 2018
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.
5th September 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.
Legal Developments19th November 2020
22nd October 2020 The CJEU Advocate General’s opinion in case-392/19 - A step into supplementing European jurisprudence on web linking.
21st October 2020 Data breach notification under e-privacy directive and general data protection regulation.
21st October 2020 In November 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have enacted the Directive (EU) 2018/1808 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination on certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administration in Member States concerning the provision of audio-visual media services in view of changing market realities (the “Audio-Visual Media Services Directive”).The Audio-Visual Media Services Directive, as amended by Directive (EU) 2018/1808 aims at adapting rules set out for audio-visual media services providers to the new realities applicable in this field, generated by technological developments and by the new viewing habits of consumers.
21st October 2020 After two stages of public consultations in which the grid connection operators became intensively involved, the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (“ANRE”) adopted new rules for connection to the power grid.After two stages of public consultations in which the grid connection operators became intensively involved, the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (“ANRE”) adopted new rules for connection to the power grid by means of Order no. 160/2020 amending and supplementing the Regulation for the connection of users to the public interest power grids, approved by ANRE Order no. 59/2013 (the “Connection Regulation”).
10th October 2018
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.
9th October 2018
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.
4th October 2018
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.
27th July 2018
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.