Firm Profile > CMS > Bucharest, Romania

CMS
S-PARK, 11-15 TIPOGRAFILOR STREET
B3-B4, 4TH FLOOR
013714 BUCHAREST
Romania

Capital markets Tier 1

CMS is a top choice for issuers and underwriters in the debt and capital markets space. The firm's strong regional footprint gives it a strong advantage when it comes to major cross-border CEE listings. Practice head Cristina Reichmann has a strong standing in the market and works closely with partners in the UK, Germany and Italy.

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Raiffeisen Bank S.A.

Swiss Capital

Zentiva SA

International Finance Corporation

EFSE

EBRD

Bucharest Stock Exchange

BCR

Eurobank

Axa

Canaccord Genuity Corporation

ADM Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

CMS is a popular choice for domestic and international clients from across the corporate sphere. The firm is regularly involved in precedent-setting deals, both in the corporate and private equity space. As well as day-to-day commercial matters, the firm also advises on joint ventures and the local aspects of major cross-border deals. Horea Popescu leads the team, which also includes Rodica Manea and senior associate Mircea Moraru.

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‘A very strong franchise in working with large internationals (especially  new market entries) and private equity firms (both buy and sell side).’

‘Did a very good job on a protracted transaction with a very difficult seller on the other side.’

‘Horea Popescu is one of the most prominent M&A lawyers locally.’

‘Mircea Moraru is a hands-on lawyer who provides elaborate and practical solutions even on short notice.’

Key clients

Liberty Global

Advent International

Daewoo

Alpha Bank

Orbis/Accor

Innova Capital

Wienerberger

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

CMS' dedicated team, which is led by well-regarded energy specialist Varinia Radu, who has almost 20 years' experience advising on transactional, infrastructure and regulatory issues. The team is especially strong on the oil and gas front and clients benefit from its close integration with the firm's wider international network. It is a popular choice for public and private sector clients.

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Romania’s Ministry of Energy

Mazarine Energy Romania

Gas Plus Dacia

Pewete EVO Europe

Iberdrola

Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Association

Repsol

Fora Oil and Gas

ADX

Uniper Global Commodities

Valorem SAS

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

CMS handles restructuring and insolvency matters for creditors and debtors.  Cristina Reichmann and Ana Radnev focus on the refinancing and NPL side, while Horea Popescu has a good track record in corporate restructurings. Insolvency disputes are the domain of Gabriel Sidere and Horia Draghici. Recently, the firm was involved in several significant insurance sector restructurings, an area where Reichmann has good expertise.

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‘They find the best solutions and are creative.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

TMT Tier 1

CMS has an excellent track record representing major TMT companies on their most important matters. In recent work, the firm advised on some of the market's largest M&A and outsourcings, and the team is extremely experienced in related regulatory, competition and public procurement issues. The firm's integrated CEE network and close links to the UK makes it a top choice for multinationals. Horea Popescu has a very active presence in this sector.

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Key clients

Liberty Global

Orange

IBM

BitDefender

Honeywell

Naspers

Eurobank Group

Radio Max Romania

Cosmo Consult

Gemalto

BearingPoint

Banking and finance Tier 2

CMS's highly rated team advises on English and Romanian finance law, acting for a range of major regional and international banks. In recent work, the firm was involved in several significant refinancings and was especially active in real estate financings. Ana Radnev rejoined the firm from its Prague office, while finance and capital markets expert Cristina Reichmann has a strong profile in the market. The firm will, however, miss Simon Dayes, Simona Marin and Maria Tomescu who left to join Dentons.

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Testimonials

‘CMS is particularly well-versed in banking and finance area, such as project finance, syndicated loan financing and corporate lending. They have handled complicated transactions in an intelligent, intensive, thorough and energetic manner. We were pleased with the personal attention given to our matters.’

Key clients

Erste Group

Raiffeisen Bank Group

UniCredit Group

Group Société Générale

Hypo NOE

Eurobank

Alpha Bank

Commerzbank

OTP Bank

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Dispute resolution Tier 2

CMS has a strong standing in the market, particularly for disputes involving public authorities, be they administrative, compliance, regulatory, or white collar crime-related. These are areas where practice head and managing partner Gabriel Sidere is extremely well regarded, especially when handling enforcement proceedings. The team is also experienced in major international arbitration and investment treaty disputes, where co-head Horia Draghici also has a good track record.

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‘Tremendous experience, exceptional legal abilities, prompt action, clear vision, attention to details but keeping in view the big picture, impressive communication skills, very good team coordination.’

‘A very knowledgeable and responsive team.’

‘Gabriel Sidere stands out. He is a motivational powerhouse in the arena of incident response, government enforcement and reputation management. Gabriel is extremely tenacious, thoughtful and pragmatic’.

‘Horia Draghici is very flexible and an excellent litigator’.

Employment Tier 2

CMS handles the gamut of employment issues, regularly advising on contentious and non-contentious issues. This includes transactional support, restructurings, TUPE transfers, and redundancy proceedings. The firm's international network makes it a popular choice for multinational companies operating throughout the region. Gabriel Sidere leads the team, which includes the 'friendly, approachable and pragmatic' Marius Petroiu.

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‘CMS is available to us any time we reach out, whether it be for a small query we might have, or a larger, more significant piece of work. The team are approachable, friendly and pragmatic, helping us to achieve the outcomes we need, whilst also remaining compliant and with minimal risk.’

Intellectual property Tier 2

CMS acts for several clients in the technology, life sciences, media and manufacturing sectors. The team's trade mark protection work is particularly notable, and it also has a niche in IP related to film production projects. Litigation specialist Gabriel Sidere and senior associate Valentina Parvu are key names.

Key clients

Radio Max Romania

REWE

Real estate and construction Tier 2

CMS' clients benefit from the firm's excellent regional reach, as well as the network's broader standing in the commercial real estate market, stretching back to London. The Bucharest team is regularly involved in strategically important deals, developments and financings in key sectors such as ports, logistics, retail, hotels and leisure, and commercial offices. Practice head Roxana Fratila is the name to note.

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‘Client oriented approach, strong professionals with extensive professional background and know-how/expertise, very good communication within CMS that facilitates for the clients the process of addressing various cases that need legal support and find appropriate solutions.’

‘Roxana Fratila is a strong, trustworthy and reliable professional, very efficient in assessing and mitigating the legal risks within a real estate transaction.’

Key clients

Iulius Group

Allianz Real Estate

DP World

Accor

Genagricola Foreste (Generali Group)

Alpla Germany

Ashtrom Residents

AGI Zeus (real estate company ultimately controlled by Alpha Bank Group)

Asmita Gardens

Wienerberger

Tax Tier 2

CMS is a very strong choice for regional and cross-border tax structuring advice, thanks in part to its extensive network of offices throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The team recently provided strong tax support to several major transactions in the media and retail space. The group is also known for its expertise in VAT audits, transfer pricing and litigation. Roxana Popel leads the team.

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BUSE

CCC

Accor

Liberty Global

Bitdefender

Alpha Bank

Genagricola

White-collar crime Tier 2

CMS is noted for its strong criminal litigation expertise. Managing partner and disputes head Gabriel Sidere is highly rated by clients and peers alike, and he is ably supported by partner Horia Draghici. The firm's lawyers do much of their own advocacy, and clients benefit from a 24-hour incidence response team to help with dawn raids and business-critical criminal investigations. Mihai Jiganie-Serban heads the practice.

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Testimonials

‘CMS is one of the few large firms active in Romania that has a stand-alone white-collar crime practice. I know they also have an internal investigation, fiscal and compliance unit and also the support of the international team they are part of, which helps them assist their Clients promptly and in a professional manner without the need for outsourcing any activities.’

‘Gabriel Sidere stands out. He is a motivational powerhouse in the arena of incident response, government enforcement and reputational management. Gabriel is extremely tenacious, thoughtful and pragmatic. He impressed us with his thorough and technical preparation, as well as his vigorous and energetic advocacy. His engaging personality makes him exactly the kind of lawyer you want on your side.’

PPP and procurement Tier 3

CMS is singled out for its expertise in the oil and gas sector, where it advises several contractors and oil services companies on tenders and any subsequent issues. The firm also assists lenders with major project financings. The team is jointly led by Gabriel Sidere, who handles disputes and government relations issues, and energy and projects leader Varinia Radu.

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Key clients

MV Cargo

Expro North Sea

Newpark Drilling Fluids Eastern Europe

PeWeTe

EU and competition Tier 4

CMS' competition team provides strong support to the firm's active corporate practice, with merger clearance advice accounting for the bulk of its work. The team also has experience of antitrust investigations. Corporate partner Horea Popescu runs the team, with strong day-to-day support from senior counsel Cristina Popescu.

Key clients

IBM

Liberty Global

Alpla

DP World

Eurobank

Erste Group Bank AG

Zentiva

Innova Capital

Engie (France)

Gilead

Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association

CCC

Socar Petroleum

CMS is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice. With more than 70 offices in over 40 countries across the world and more than 4,800 lawyers, CMS has long-standing expertise both in advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and long-term partnership to keep each client ahead in its chosen markets.

The CMS member firms provide a wide range of expertise across 19 practice areas and sectors, including Corporate/M&A, Energy & Climate Change, Funds, Life Sciences & Healthcare, TMC, Tax, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Competition & EU, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Pensions, Intellectual Property and Real Estate & Construction.

Ranked as the world’s 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS has been active in Romania for over 20 years, with an office here since 1999. The Bucharest office is the largest international law firm in Romania and offers a full range of legal and tax services. The team of on-the-ground experts includes Romanian and international lawyers who have worked on some of the most ground-breaking deals and projects in Romania to date.

CMS Romania team has broad experience across a wide variety of industry sectors, including life sciences, consumer products, technology, media and communications, energy, and financial institutions and services. CMS offers the specialist expertise, local knowledge and commercial insight the clients require to successfully navigate the legal and business landscape. CMS is able to handle local, national and multi-jurisdictional projects, no matter how complex.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Horea Popescu horea.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3824
TMT Horea Popescu horea.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3824
Competition Horea Popescu horea.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3824
Dispute Resolution Gabriel Sidere gabriel.sidere@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3813
White Collar Crime Gabriel Sidere gabriel.sidere@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3813
Corporate M&A Rodica Manea rodica.manea@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3852
Dispute Resolution Horia Draghici horia.draghici@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3834
Restructuring and Insolvency Rodica Manea rodica.manea@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3852
Commercial and Regulatory Cristina Popescu cristina.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3811
PPP and Procurement Cristina Popescu cristina.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3811
Insurance Cristina Popescu cristina.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3811
Energy, Projects, Construction Varinia Radu varinia.radu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3870
White Collar Crime Mihai Jiganie-Serban mihai.jiganie-serban@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3821
Finance Ana Radnev ana.radnev@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3862
Finance Cristina Reichmann cristina.reichmann@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3866
Capital Markets Cristina Reichmann cristina.reichmann@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3866
Restructuring and Insolvency Ana Radnev ana.radnev@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3862
Restructuring and Insolvency Horia Draghici horia.draghici@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3834
Real Estate and Construction Roxana Fratila roxana.fratila@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3839
Tax Roxana Popel roxana.popel@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3881
Intellectual Property Valentina Parvu valentina.parvu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3825
Corporate M&A Mircea Moraru mircea.moraru@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3849
Employment Cristina Popescu cristina.popescu@cms-cmno.com +40 21 407 3811
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Horia Draghici photo Mr Horia Draghici Partner
Mrs Roxana Fratila photo Mrs Roxana Fratila Partner, Head of Real Estate and Construction in Romania 
Mr Mihai Jiganie-Serban photo Mr Mihai Jiganie-Serban Senior Counsel, Head of Criminal Defense Practice CMS Romania
Mrs Rodica Manea photo Mrs Rodica Manea Partner
Mr Mircea Moraru  photo Mr Mircea Moraru Senior Associate
Mrs Valentina Parvu  photo Mrs Valentina Parvu Senior Associate
Mrs Roxana Popel photo Mrs Roxana Popel Tax Director, Head of Tax in Romania
Mr Horea Popescu photo Mr Horea Popescu Partner, Head of CEE Corporate M&A, Head of Corpoate M&A in Romania
Mrs Cristina Popescu photo Mrs Cristina Popescu Senior Counsel, Head of CEE Insurance Practice Group
Mrs Ana Radnev  photo Mrs Ana Radnev Partner, Head of Finance
Mrs Varinia Radu photo Mrs Varinia Radu Partner, Head of Energy, Projects and Environment Romania, CEE Deputy Head of…
Mrs Cristina Reichmann photo Mrs Cristina Reichmann Partner, Head of FIS, Capital Markets and Structured Finance practice in Romania
Mr Gabriel Sidere photo Mr Gabriel Sidere Managing Partner
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