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Ijdelea & Associates
Park Avenue Offices 4A
Maresal C. Prezan Blvd. (entry from 95 E. Porumbaru St.), 1st District

Romania > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Ijdelea & Associates is a well regarded energy and natural resources boutique. The lawyers ‘know the industry like the back of their hand and when giving advice they are down to earth and always commercially sound‘. The firm is particularly strong on the regulatory side, both for power and oil and gas issues, and has a good track record for representing clients in their contentious and non-contentious interactions with the relevant regulators. The firm is also highly experienced on the project development front, both for renewables infrastructure and onshore and offshore oil and gas. The ‘incredibly astute‘ founding partner Oana-Alexandra Ijdelea is a highly respected figure.

Practice head(s):

Oana-Alexandra Ijdelea


‘The firm gives excellent legal advice. They calibrate the efforts as needed and also recognize what matters for the business and prioritize that. As far as fees are concerned, they properly estimate the amount of the work and this is very helpful for budgeting.’

‘Oana Ijdelea handles our project. She provides first class leadership and support on all legal matters related to the project we work on and the depth and breadth of her knowledge and implication is amazing. Siranus Hahamian and Alexandru Popescu are also very good.’

‘Their performance goes beyond expectations. It was essential for us to have lawyers able to advise, execute and deliver and this is exactly what they do every-time. They are also very meticulous and analyze all facets of the problem, always thinking ahead and never leave loose-ends, very approachable and always abreast with the most recent local and international developments.’

‘We have been working with Oana and her team for a very long time. Oana is truly a lawyer at the top of her game. She is an incredibly astute and learned lawyer with a great sense of business and incredible dedication to her clients. Especially her performance of last year was outstanding as she worked up to the very last day in her pregnancy to successfully close-out our deals and was back fresh and full with energy after a week. Her team looks-up to her very much as she acts as a mentor for young lawyers. Also, Ana Albu is truly bright and brings the best out of any situation we are facing.’

‘No team in Romania has this level of both hands on (in the regulatory, administrative, contractual) and high level (advocacy) experience particularly for offshore developments. Very results orientated and execution focused in addition to offering legal advice.’

‘Oana Ijdelea not only takes a leadership of her own firm’s team but also takes has been appointed a leadership and decision making position as an executive in our company. Unique for many lawyers Oana is part of the executive team involved in day to day and strategic decisions.’

‘In my opinion they are one of the few excellent energy lawyers in Romania. They know the industry like the back of their hand and when giving advice they are down to earth and always commercially sound. Also, the ability to put in simple words even the most complicated matters make them very pleasant to work with. The lawyers’ dynamics is excellent and they really act as a team. The firm is fully equipped to work in any circumstances at the same pace and the overall level of their services surpasses all expectations.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Black Sea Oil & Gas and its Co-Venture Partners on the regulatory process for commissioning and launching offshore gas production at the Midia Gas Development Project.
  • Advised the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) on a study into  the ease with which consumers can change energy suppliers and the potential development, at a national level, of an online platform designed to expedite the switching of energy suppliers.
  • Advised Electrocentrale Borzesti in relation to the development of the CET Borzesti 420 MW CCGT Project.

Ijdelea & Associates is an independent law firm, focusing on energy and natural resources, mergers and acquisitions, environmental law, regulatory and compliance, real estate and construction and dispute resolution.

We provide far more than plain legal assistance. Our clients rely on us for both execution and advice and we take pride in first-class implementation and project management.

The members of our team were involved in virtually all major and ground-breaking energy and natural resources projects carried out in Romania over the last decade.

Our team works on a daily basis with local and central authorities at all levels of administrative hierarchy for the execution of the assignments entrusted by our clients. We also routinely team-up with international law firms in cross-border transactions, covering a wide range of industries.

A particular strength of our team is the expertise in relation to the drafting and enactment process of the primary and secondary legislation in unregulated areas (eg the Offshore Law, the BRUA Law, the Open Season Regulation), transposition of EU directives in national legislation (eg the Offshore Safety Directive, the new EIA Directive) as well as amending and updating existing legislation (eg the Electricity and Gas Law, the Petroleum Law, the Construction Law, the Urban Planning Law).

As of January 2019, Ijdelea & Associates is the exclusive Romanian member of TAGLaw, a worldwide alliance of independent law firms with more than 160 member firms based in over 90 countries. Its 10,000+ lawyers work out of 380 offices to provide a full range of legal services to clients all over the world. TAGLaw is a division of TAGAlliances.

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Energy & Natural Resources Oana-Alexandra Ijdeleaoijdelea@ijdelea.ro+40 721 936 235
Mergers & Acquisitions Oana-Alexandra Ijdeleaoijdelea@ijdelea.ro+40 721 936 235
Dispute Resolution Ancuta Popapop@ijdelea.ro+40 766 432 880
Environmental Oana-Alexandra Ijdeleaoijdelea@ijdelea.ro+40 721 936 235
Regulatory & Compliance Alexandru Popescuapopescu@ijdelea.ro+40 725 097 548
Competition & EU Law Siranus Hahamianshahamian@ijdelea.ro+40 742 019 061
Privacy & Data Protection Alexandru Popescuapopescu@ijdelea.ro+40 725 097 548
Real Estate & Construction Siranus Hahamianshahamian@ijdelea.ro+40 742 019 061
Project Finance/Asset Management Oana-Alexandra Ijdeleaoijdelea@ijdelea.ro+40 721 936 235
Corporate Siranus Hahamianshahamian@ijdelea.ro+40 742 019 061
Employment Ancuta Popapop@ijdelea.ro+40 766 432 880
Mrs Oana Ijdelea photo Mrs Oana IjdeleaOana Ijdelea is the managing partner of the firm. She is a…
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CLIENT: Black Sea Oil & Gas SA (BSOG) – Mark Beacom, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Ijdelea & Associates
TESTIMONIAL: BSOG and its predecessor company have been working with Ijdelea & Associates and with Oana Ijdelea, its founder, from 2012. The scope of the mandate rapidly grew and over time we have consolidated all our legal activities to this law firm. The legal team has demonstrated high performance, pragmatic solutions, and strong commitment to legal issues which in case of our project have been highly complex and, in most cases, has never been done before. Oana Ijdelea is a widely read, energetic, positive, proactive, and enthusiastic lawyer.

CLIENT: Raffles Energy – Silviu Stan, General Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Ijdelea & Associates
TESTIMONIAL: The team of Ijdelea & Associates gives relevant and functional advice and has an excellent understanding and knowledge of domestic and international law matters; they work around the clock with much flexibility and are particularly good at handling client relations and at fitting the work in the agreed budget. We have a lot of respect for Oana Ijdelea, and she does great work for us every time.

CLIENT: Electrocentrale Borzesti – Raul Bura, COO
COMPANY/FIRM: Ijdelea & Associates
TESTIMONIAL: I was mostly impressed that from the moment they are introduced to a deal they understand it and its drivers and that they equally succeed to be highly analytical but at the same time totally practical. The team of lawyers is great, always up to speed, ready to take the lead and they are capable to flag issues ahead of time and propose solutions which work and get the deal done.

CLIENT: MedLife – Ana-Maria Mihaescu, Member of the Board
COMPANY/FIRM: Ijdelea & Associates
TESTIMONIAL: The performance of the firm was stellar in all respects, and they raise to the challenge of admirably handling with ability and great knowledge impressive transactional work.

CLIENT: Petro Ventures Resources – Florin Bilbiie, Director and CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Ijdelea & Associates
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Oana and her team for many years, she is truly a fantastic lawyer, 100% devoted to her clients and problems. The firm has a very effective and sharp legal team who always provides black and white solid advice which is vital for our operations, and pull their sleeves up to get involved in implementing it, which makes it a pleasure to work with them.

Ijdelea & Associates appreciates the tremendous importance of pro bono legal services and is a long-term supporter of The Friends of the National Museum of Art of Romania (PMNAR), a non-governmental organization established for the purpose of moral and financial support of the National Museum of Art of Romania, the largest art depository in the country.

PMNAR and its members are the largest private supporters of the National Museum of Art of Romania in its efforts to preserve and promote its museum heritage and to develop specific activities in order to bring the public closer to the museum through educational programs.

In 2018 and 2019, Ijdelea & Associates acted as one of the lead sponsors of “Bal la Palat”, one of the most prestigious fund-raising events for cultural institutions in Romania. As part of our pro bono work, the firm’s Managing Partner, Oana Ijdelea, has been acting as Secretary General of PMNAR since April 2021.

Oana Ijdelea, Founding Partner

Oana Ijdelea talks about how the firm’s key differentiations and 2021 outlook.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

On a professional level, the hard-working team put together over the years at Ijdelea & Associates is one of my greatest achievements. Our team of highly motivated and very bright lawyers has succeeded to tackle with ease complex deals and to deliver quality work and first of their kind accomplishments in a competitive legal market.

From a personal perspective, my greatest achievement is having reached the point of balance between work time and family time, without sparing on quality either way.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

The overall ability to be fit-for-purpose in our client’s projects, providing sound, precise and pragmatic advice and at the same time successfully implementing such advice and delivering the expected results are particular strengths of our firm. In our work, we focus on understanding the technicalities of each assignment and on rendering sensible solutions in straightforward language and manner. I strongly believe that robust and solution-offering legal advice is what actually helps our clients in their decision-making process.

Additionally, we are a multidisciplinary and yet complementary team of lawyers driven by dedication, inclusion, teamwork, and cooperation, all these leading to top quality cross practice legal advice.

On another level, we are continuously involved in the process of drafting of primary and secondary legislation in unregulated areas, transposition of EU Directives as well as amending and updating existing legislation.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Enjoy the ride, my little one! You have embarked on a great journey. As for all young and enthusiastic people, advancing in your career one step at a time, learning patience and its meaning will be hardest but it will reveal a different dimension of the world once you understand it. Eventually, all good things will happen at the right time!

Can you give me a practical example of how the firm helped a client add value to the business?

Our involvement in the execution of the provided advice has always been a value adding factor to the projects and transactions handled by us. Building on the ability to understand the technical mandatory requirements, challenges, and limitations, we were particularly successful in designing a tailored and fit-for-purpose roadmap for first-to-market investments among which we mention: the first fully private onshore gas production facility, one of the first wind farms and the first new offshore gas production project.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Readjustment and resilience continue to be the key words for 2022 as well. History teaches us that regardless of the difficulties, the world moves forward. The ability to adjust in the long term to the new businesses models implemented by clients, like the work-from-home regime, and to timely deliver the same quality of work will separate the victorious from the rest. The not-so-bad news is that the root cause of the fundamental swifts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic affected all of us in a likewise manner and therefore, change (in any direction), will come to pass in the same way.

Ijdelea & Associates advises on multi-jurisdictional live streaming business transaction

Ijdelea & Associates have successfully assisted Esapiens Tecnologia in connection with the acquisition of a live streaming business. The mandate covered the due diligence process as well as advice on the structuring of the deal and related transaction documents.

Final regulatory milestone for MGD Project’s 1st Gas successfully completed by Ijdelea & Associates

Ijdelea & Associates have successfully assisted Black Sea Oil & Gas and its co’venture partners, Petro Ventures and Gas Plus in relation to the obtaining of the Upstream Pipeline Operating License for the Midia Gas Development Project (MGD Project) from the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE).

Ijdelea & Associates have assisted Black Sea Oil & Gas S.A. on the negotiation and execution of an EPC contract for the Solar Park development

Ijdelea & Associates have assisted Black Sea Oil & Gas S.A (BSOG) on the negotiation and execution with a major local contractor of the EPC contract related to the client’s first photovoltaic project, the overall development being planned to reach 50 MW.

Ijdelea & Associates wins complex VAT reimbursement litigation

A new success of Ijdelea & Associates’ Dispute Resolution team, having recently assisted an important player on the energy market in relation to the awarding of interest fees for late VAT reimbursement in excess of 7 mil EUR. This mandate is part of a series of court cases aimed at protecting their client’s economic interests affecting adequate cash-flow. Partner Ancuța Pop and Associate Victor Mitcov were part of the task force of Ijdelea & Associates team handling this mandate.

Ijdelea & Associates: setting the stage for 500 MW of solar projects

Ijdelea & Associates assisted Green Genius, a leading European renewable energy developer in relation to all stages relevant for the establishment of their in-country operations and projects. Over the next 3 years, the company intends to invest EUR 450 million in 500 MW of photovoltaic parks in Romania.

A first-to-market mandate – Tropospheric telecommunication, initially designed as military technology, is implemented and licensed for use in connection to a civil project in Romania

The Energy and Regulatory team of Ijdelea & Associates successfully closed out another first-to-market mandate.

Ijdelea & Associates Advises Splend Group on EUR 25 mil. Financing

Ijdelea & Associates has assisted Splend Group Pty on the Romanian law aspects related to a project financing transaction with a value in excess of EUR 25 million contracted with a San Francisco based specialty-lending firm serving emerging growth technology and life sciences companies.