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Popescu & Asociatii
Cube Victoriei Center, 13th Floor
1ST DISTRICT
BUCHAREST
Romania

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Popescu & Asociatii fields a team of highly seasoned litigators who have ‘good legal knowledge’ and ‘handle brilliantly all litigation matters‘. Founding partner Octavian Popescu  has an extremely good track record for heavyweight civil and administrative litigation, particularly in insolvency related disputes. The firm represents clients from across a wide range of industries, including energy, financial services and retail. In addition to broader commercial claims, it is also noted for fraud and white collar crime, where Adrian Chirvase  is active. Other key partners include the versatile Dana Bivol, who has solid experience of banking and capital markets disputes, and Iuliana Bidalache for insolvency matters. Senior counsel Constantin Branzan brings over 40 years’ experience.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu

Other key lawyers:

Dana Bivol; Constantin Branzan; Adrian Chirvase; Loredana Popescu

Testimonials

‘One of the good things about dealing with Popescu & Asociatii is that the team is always available, and all tasks are delivered promptly.’

‘Popescu & Asociatii lawyers have good legal knowledge and they handle brilliantly all litigation matters.’

‘We very much appreciated the performance of Octavian Popescu and Adrian Chirvase.’

‘Popescu & Asociatii has a very experienced practice. It draws on a wealth of experience to provide relevant advice in specific circumstances. What stands out is that they won’t just give you a black letter response. They will understand what you’re trying to achieve and will help you achieve it rather than just telling you what the regulations say. The team comprises vastly experienced lawyers who provide multiple scenarios for issues faced and are able to break down complicated matters into an understandable process for us. They demonstrate solid knowledge and experience in construction-related matters, as well as a comprehensive understanding of construction operations.’

‘Lawyers have a first-rate legal mind, but what sets them apart from other external legal advisers we know is the commercial understanding of the industries in which they practice. Octavian maintains a powerful reputation in the market, and we really appreciate his heavyweights in the industry. He is a reliable person and lawyer, a very experienced counsel in dispute resolution and one of the best in the industry. Loredana Popescu is a very reliable lawyer. If we have any questions, we always go back to her, because she is not afraid of taking on the difficult points of the client. She is balanced in her legal opinions/views, sharp and mindful of the negotiation dynamics and someone we can trust to get the work done. We really appreciate Loredana’s ability to give cutting-edge and value-added insights throughout the process, and we get the comfort that our lawyer is really working for our benefit. Adrian Chirvase has strong technical knowledge. He can see how companies can best use the pieces of the puzzle to get workable solutions for business. He knows what we want legally and commercially, and the turnaround times are quick, and he ensures that our objectives are met and remain protected.

‘Constantin Branzan is one of the longstanding advisors in Romania in terms of intricate dispute resolution cases. He brings a wealth of experience in the field, knowing the right persons to talk to, the regulations and procedures of local authorities and courts, being able to solve every legal or business matter we may have or may arise. He gained our praise for his availability, dedication, and involvement in everything we entrusted him. Dana Bivol is the problem solver partner in dispute resolution at Popescu & Asociatii law firm. She brings over 10 years of experience’ value for the team and has an outstanding ability to find resolutions where others are seeing problems, and closed doors. She is a first-class finder: solutions, precedents, exceptions, everything you need to obtain the good outcome you need for your business. .’

‘Iuliana Bidalache possesses excellent analytical and reasoning skills, is orally articulate, has sound judgement and is creative in resolving insolvency disputes. A smart and committed lawyer with great commercial acumen and advocacy skills.’

Key clients

BANCA TRANSILVANIA

ENEL GROUP

LEUMI BANK ROMANIA

ACADEMIA ROMANA

ELECTRICA FURNIZARE

MYTILNEOS HOLDING

UTI GRUP

ING BANK ROMANIA

KAUFLAND ROMANIA

ROMANIAN STATE

B2HOLDING/B2KAPITAL

TEAMNET INTERNATIONAL

MEGA IMAGE

BUCHAREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY

ASTALDI GRUP

ULTIMO PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT

SOMETRA SA

UTI NETCITY INVESTMENTS

ATLANTIC MOTORS

IT PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY

Work highlights

  • Representing ENEL Group, in relation to a wide range of intellectual property disputes arising from the violation of trademark rights, and aiming to suspend the use of an Internet domain used fraudulently by a third party.
  • Representing the financial services company, Revolut, in relation to regulatory disputes arising from its Personal Terms and Business Terms and Conditions.
  • Representing the electricity company Electrica Furnizare, in connection with multiple commercial, administrative and fiscal litigations stemming from audit reports conducted by the Romanian Court of Auditors.

Romania > PPP and procurement Tier 3

Popescu & Asociatii has a versatile practice with a good track record representing public and private sector clients. The team’s expertise covers a wide range of project types including major waste management, transport and energy infrastructure concessions. The full service offering handles every stage of the journey, and when contentious issues arise, clients benefit from an extremely experienced litigation team. Key partners include Loredana Popescu  , who is ‘a great projects lawyer and always listens to clients and sincerely tries to help‘, and Dana Bivol who is ‘extremely good at managing mandates and casesand is ‘always up to speed with the regulations and the practices of local authorities‘.

Practice head(s):

Loredana Popescu; Dana Bivol

Testimonials

‘I would rate them as one of the best in terms of substantive quality and client delivery. They are able to provide legal and commercial advice in a speedy and client-friendly manner, with services being reliable, quick and pragmatic. The team are very collaborative, responsible, and proactive in providing ideas and asking the right questions. We rate Popescu & Asociatii ten out of ten in assisting clients with work involving multiple areas. They have an excellent team, and all members are very diligent, professional and effective. They always produce high-quality detailed work and work closely with us to ensure that their deliverables fulfil our expectations.’

‘The lawyers have a first-rate legal mind, but what sets them apart from other external legal advisers we know is the commercial understanding of the industries in which they practice. Loredana Popescu is the main contact here. She is there for your requirements, needs and work relationships, always on time, providing good quality and can give creative ideas to consider in terms of achieving specific goals. She is a great projects lawyer and always listens to clients and sincerely tries to help. Mirela Cazacu is absolutely terrific. She has a solutions-based approach on documentation and negotiations, explaining things very clearly and guide people through the commercial calls that need to be made, and her technical knowledge on underlying contracts is excellent.’

‘Dana Bivol is a professional managing both contentious and non-contentious matters in PPP in Romania, at Popescu & Asociatii team. She is extremely good at managing mandates and cases, and has a great capacity of anticipation, seen opportunities where we see risks, and is always up to speed with the regulations and the practices of local authorities. Having her in our team gives us the confidence that we can meet our objectives all the time.’

Key clients

LEA INTERNATIONAL IMPEX ROMANIA

ACADEMIA ROMANA

ECO SUD

ROMANIAN MINISTER OF WATER AND FORESTS

ASTALDI

ROMANIAN STATE

OCTAPHARMA

UTI GRUP

Work highlights

  • Advising Lea International Impex Romania on an urban waste PPP in the Munipality of Pitesti.
  • Representing Academia Romana, a national cultural and scientific organisation, on the Carol Davila – University Medical City PPP.
  • Reprsenting Eco Sud on an urban waste management PPP in Bucharest including related environmental disputes.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Popescu & Asociatii has an impressive track record on contentious insolvency proceedings where it regularly represents creditors and debtors. The firm continues to assist several major trade creditors in the energy and financial services sectors. The team also has experience of pre-insolvency matters and often assists with debt renegotiations and refinancings. Key team members include Octavian Popescu , who is a certified insolvency practitioner and particularly active on the litigation side. The versatile Dana Bivol and Iuliana Bidalache also bring plenty of experience to table, and handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu; Dana Bivol; Iuliana Bidalache

 

Romania > Tax Tier 3

Romania > White-collar crime Tier 3

Popescu & Asociatii has an active practice with a strong grounding across a range of white collar crime matters. The firm has a strong litigation arm, which regularly represents and defends clients on related criminal, fiscal and administrative litigations and investigations. This includes advice on civil damages claims within criminal law procedures. The practice also offers consultancy and crime prevention services to help clients with risk management and compliance. Founding partner Octavian Popescu  and Adrian Chirvase , who is especially strong on criminal business law and tax fraud matters, are both highly regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu; Adrian Chirvase

Key clients

BANCA TRANSILVANIA

LEUMI BANK ROMANIA

ENEL

KAUFLAND ROMANIA

MEGA IMAGE

MYTILNEOS HOLDING

ATLANTIC MOTORS

SOMETRA SA

BUCHAREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

ACADEMIA ROMANA

Work highlights

  • Assisting Banca Transilvania on the implementation of anti-money laundering procedures.
  • Advising the electricity distributor ENEL Group in relation to a wide range of intellectual property and white-collar crime disputes arising from the violation of trademark rights.
  • Advising the electricity supplier, Electrica Furnizare, in a criminal investigation relating to the insolvency of Oltchim.

Romania > Banking and finance

Popescu & Asociatii is 'very professional and dedicated to the clients, exploring valuable legal solutions' particularly for regulatory and litigation issues, where Octavian Popescu  is held in high regard.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Popescu & Asociatii is 'a go-to for industry-leading expertise' and its active corporate practice, led by Loredana Popescu , fully complements the firm's impressive litigation and regulatory credentials.

Popescu & Asociatii is a top Romanian business law firm founded to provide premium integrated services to premium businesses, both in Romania and abroad, in all the relevant areas of practice, and especially in all industries of interest for active economic players.

Established as a full-service law firm, Popescu & Asociatii genuinely combines the expertise and exposure in the consultancy field with high level of strategic capabilities and experience in trials and court rooms, to provide state-of-art advice and representation both in local and cross border deals and files.

The firm’s mission is to deliver strategic, excellent and innovative legal and business solutions. Excellence, collaboration, and innovation are at the core of the way the team works, with each other and with its clients.

Popescu & Asociatii is focusing on building long-term relationships by staying true to the founding principles: to provide client service and the highest standards, always keeping in mind work ethics, integrity and the responsibility towards our clients businesses, deals and cases that they entrusting us.

Popescu & Asociatii is ranked and recognized among outstanding law firms in Romania by IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate,  Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation.

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Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A, Prevention, Compliance and White Collar Crime, Restructuring & Insolvency Octavian POPESCUOctavian.POPESCU@popescu-asociatii.ro0040 21 589 7353
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Popescu & Asociatii is a prominent Romanian law firm having access to an extensive network of international law firms across Europe, USA, UK, and China. Working with the team, companies can benefit from more than just legal advice locally, leveraging the international experience of its high-profile network.

Popescu & Asociatii lawyers are highly involved for large companies in a wide range of proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) challenging the decisions of the European Commission, in international arbitration proceedings under the ICC rules in New York, as well as in mandates involving cross-border matters.

The portfolio includes international corporations, private equity funds, financial institutions, active in Romania in various areas such as banking and finance, energy and natural resources, oil and gas, retail, FMCG, beverages, pharma, fashion, infrastructure, real estate, construction, with activity in several jurisdictions such as Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, US.


TESTIMONIAL 1:
They are very much at the high end of the market, they are smart and always deliver results, are innovative, practical, and incredibly client centred. Their expertise is very impressive, being recognized as a top law firm by the Romanian market, worthing the praise because understand the business aspect of the transactions and files, as well as the associated risks, which makes them an irreplaceable business and legal partner.

TESTIMONIAL 2:
They are amazing professional and top-notch specialists that make us feel safe with every step we take. They come up with unexpected and original solutions to our legal matters, and they explain the whole complex procedure in plain language which is easy to understand. The lawyers are showing every time a real commitment to our interests by providing not only legal but also business-oriented solutions; are very responsive and creative, and they provide practical, decisive advice that is very helpful in our decision process.

TESTIMONIAL 3:
Popescu & Asociatii is doing it all in a seamless matter and with an unseen capacity to strategize and prioritize. I wouldn’t change a thing about them. They are there for us during difficult times and are more than just legal advisers, they stand with us at the table and advise on the best decisions for our business. They are one of the best in the country, they navigate the local regulations letting us know at what issues to be aware from a legal and a business perspective.

TESTIMONIAL 4:
They are very knowledgeable in all the areas of business law and are good strategists, agile and timely with their responses and solutions. The relationship is more than lawyer-client; we work very closely as a team and they make us feel listened as they are considering our ideas. I would dare to say they have the best team in Romania, according to the work they provided for us.

TESTIMONIAL 5:
I think they are very good lawyers who are systematic in their approach to deals. It is very good to have them alongside on big deals because they know how to handle these sorts of transactions. They are very professional and business-friendly lawyers, finding ways to make deals work and to reduce risk, while always considering the business angle. We always achieve great results, and the partners are always careful in terms of time and the quality of the service they provide. A 10+ law firm in Romania.