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BADEA ASOCIATII IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLIFFORD CHANCE

Address: 18 Calea Dorobantilor, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.cliffordchance.com; Daniel.Badea@badea.cliffordchance.com
Tel: +40-21-211-4165; Fax : +40-21-211-4168
Senior representative: Managing partner Daniel Badea
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3:29; 26 Romanian, three British
Country of origin: Clifford Chance: UK. Badea founded in 2002 and associated with Clifford Chance in 2006
Country HQ: Bucharest, Clifford Chance: 28 offices
Main areas of business practice: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate M&A, Real Estate/Infrastructure, Regulatory (Competition, Telecom, Tax, Employment)
Representative clients: Barclays, Bank Austria/HVB, Credit
Suisse, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, GLL, JPMorgan, Morgan
Stanley, Shell, Warburg Pincus, Permira
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
GLL/Accession Fund - acquisition and financing of an office building in Bucharest; assisting a global investment bank on an international GDR; assisted Shell on its exit from Romania; Cuprom - RTB Bor privatisation in Serbia; Luxembourg-based private equity fund in acquisition of a large real estate portfolio;
Charlemagne Capital on the acquisition and financing of the tallest office building in Romania; Permira - acquisition of a regional chemicals producer and distributor; assisted banks such as Citibank, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Eurohypo, Barclays Hypo Real Estate on banking, capital markets and M&A deals in Romania

BIRIS - GORAN

Address: 12 Str Alexandru Sihleanu, Sector 3, Bucharest
www.birisgoran.ro; office@birisgoran.ro
Tel: +40-31-228-6868; Fax: +40-31-228-6869
Senior representative: Gabriel Biris
Partner to lawyer ratio: 4:18, plus five tax consultants
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 2006
Main areas of business practice: real estate, taxation, competition (antitrust), M& A, corporate & securities.
Representative clients: Adama, AIG / Lincoln Real Estate, Cetelem, Holcim, Premiumred, Romstal Imex, Sema Parc,
Siemens, Tiger Global Management, Wintershall
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Lead counsel to the seller of Industrial Park A1 (estimated value 60 million Euro), on the Bucharest- Pitesti motorway; the seller in sale of City Mall (estimated transaction value 102.5 million Euro); Sema Parc with tax advice, negotiating and drafting of a joint venture with ECE for the development of ‘Sema Parc’ mall (estimated overall value exceeding 150 million Euro); Sema Parc - development with Europolis and sale of ‘Sema Parc’ office project (a 50,000 sqm project with an estimated overall value of investment exceeding 90 million Euro).
Sparkassen Immobilie in the acquisition of the company which owns the Novotel Hotel from the Accor Group (value approx. 30 million Euro); CEFIN: acquisition of sites for logistics centres (over 50 million Euro); Asmita in providing tax/project structuring advice for 18 million Euro joint venture with Charlemagne Capital and additional development project with a value exceeding 80 million Euro; lead counsel to Adama including the bond offering on the Israeli capital market (overall transactions exceeding 40 million Euro); European Future Group on real estate transactions (overall investments exceeding 40 million Euro); Romstal Imex in selling its participation in Romstal Leasing (transaction value – approx. 70 million Euro)

BOSTINA & ASOCIATII

Address: 12 Str Silvestru, Sector 2, Bucharest; 20A Str Aleea Alexandru, Sector 1, Bucharest; www.bostinalawyers.eu; office@bostinalawyers.eu
Tel.: +40-21-211-4800; 211 48 09; 211 48 31; 210 46 43; Fax: +40-21-211 47 23
Senior representative: Managing partner Doru
Catalin Bostina
Partner to lawyer ratio 10: 104
Romania: no foreign lawyers
Abroad: eight non-Romanian lawyers
Country of origin:
In 1995 Bostina set up Individual Law Practice, transformed in 2000 into SCA Bostina & Associates
Country HQ, offices worldwide: Romania, two offices in
Bucharest, 12 offices nationwide and offices in Switzerland, Cyprus, Austria
Main areas of business practice: Litigation, energy, communication, infrastructure, fiscal, banking and capital markets
Representative clients: Raiffeisen Bank, BRD – Groupe Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Alpha Finance; BRD Securities; Raiffeisen Capital & Investments; IEBA Trust, Fondul Proprietatea (Ownership Fund), Astaldi, Max Bogl, FCC Construccion
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Transelectrica listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange;
Bucuresti - Constanta (A2) Motorway for Astaldi (Italstrade) - Max Bogl - CCCF consortium ;
Basarab Flyover Astaldi - FCC Construccion consortium; Sibiu bypass road - Astaldi;
Craiova bypass road - for Astaldi - Italstrade consortium;
Cluj bypass road for Garboli Conicos - Tirena Scavi consortium

BULBOACA & ASOCIATII

Address: Millennium Business Center, 2nd floor, 2-4 Armand Calinescu Street, Sector 2, Bucharest; www.bulboaca.com; office@bulboaca.com
Tel: +40-21-408-8900; Fax: +40-21-408-8911
Senior representative: Adrian Bulboaca
Partner to lawyer ratio: 2:14
All Romanian lawyers
Country of origin:
Romania, founded in 2007
Main areas of business practice:
Competition and Regulatory, Corporate (M&A, Private Equity, Joint Ventures, Securities, Energy), Finance, Litigation, Real Estate
Representative clients:
Global financial institutions, banks, international construction companies, multinational companies, real estate developers, investment funds
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
WND

COBUZ SI ASOCIATII

Address:14 Str Margaritarelor, Sector 2, Bucharest,
www.cobuz.ro; office@cobuz.ro
Tel: +40-21-210-4264 / 210-4269; Fax: +40-21-210-4269; Mobile: +40-0722-239-962
Senior representative:
Managing partner Alina Cobuz Bagnaru
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3:10
All Romanian
Country of origin: Romania in 1999
Main areas of business practice: International and internal arbitration, commercial, real estate, intellectual property, labour law and audit of human resources
Representative clients: Privatisation Authority (AVAS), Business information system, Broker’s Association, Credit Europe Bank, Team Advertising, NGOs, Termoelectrica, Tornado Sistems, Electrocentrale Deva
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007: AVAS: legal consultants for pre/post privatisation issues; representation in ad-hoc and institutionalised arbitration cases; Broker`s Association: consultancy for new applicable legislation framework and the development of new conduct rules of SSIF; public offerings; Investment Funds; listing of companies; consultancy on the rules issued by the National Commission of the Movable Assets; taxes on the capital market; Business Information System: civil litigations, intellectual property law, international commercial contracts; Team Advertising - intellectual property law; Electrocentrale Deva- international arbitration file under ICC Rules; Credit Europe Bank: commercial litigations, consultancy for banking contracts, competition law, banking guarantees; Tornado Sistems- commercial litigations, intellectual property law

D&B DAVID SI BAIAS

Address: Opera Center, 1-5 Str Costache Negri, Sector 5, Bucharest
office.mail@david-baias.ro;
Tel: +40-21-202.87.70  , Fax: +40-21-202.87.71
Senior representative:
Sorin David
Partner to lawyer ratio: 2:28;
One foreign lawyer, 27 Romanian
Country of origin:
Romania, established in 2002
Main areas of business practice:
Corporate & commercial (including M&A and corporate restructuring; anti-trust),
Real estate, litigation (mainly tax; selective commercial), financial services, pharma and telecom (regulatory)
Representative clients in company’s portfolio:
ABN Amro, Altex, Avrig 35, BRD – Groupe SG, Delamode,
Heidelberger Cement, Mivan, Pantechnicki, Petrom,
Reader’s Digest
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Legal counsellor for World Bank issue of a RON bond worth around 157 million Euro in Romania
Assisting Avrig 35 in selling Charles de Gaulle building
Winning for Heidelberger Cement its case against the Competition Council when the Supreme Court of Justice cancelled a fine in the region of 96 million Euro

GILESCU & PARTENERII CHSH

Most senior representative in Romania: Radu Gilescu
Adress, Website&Office email:        42-44 Splaiul Independentei, Sector 5, Bucharest
www.gp-chsh.ro, email: office@gp-chsh.ro
No. of lawyers: 12
From these lawyers, no of partners: 4
How many Romanian and Foreign lawyers: 1 foreign and 11 Romanian
Company’s country of origin and year founded in Romania: Romania, 1995 (1987)
Company country headquarters/ Number of offices worldwide: Romania, Bucharest / Vienna, Bratislava, Bruxelles, Budapest, Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań, Warszawa, Wroclaw
Main five areas of business practice:Real estate & Building law, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, PPP, Litigation, arbitration
Representative clients: International Road Union, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Beiersdorf Romania, Schweighofer Holzindustrie, Bucharest City Hall, Austrian Embassy, Eyemaxx International & Holding Consulting GmbH, Sommering Install, Novomatic/ Admiral Group of Companies, Brystsol Myers Squibb International Corporation
Most representative projects worked on in 2006-2007:Acquisition of industrial and agricultural land, buildings, forests, pig farms, plots of land for developing retail location, Green field investments and developments, Company acquisitions, Acquisitions and development of office buildings and of an hotel in Bucharest

LINKLATERS MICULITI, MIHAI & ASOCIATII SCA

Address: 8 Str Nicolae Iorga, sector 1, Bucharest
www.linklaters.com; bucharest.reception@linklaters.com.
Tel: +40-21-307-1500; Fax: +40-21-307-1555
Senior representative: Managing partner Ted Cominos
Partner to lawyer ratio: 2:28
22 Romanian lawyers, six foreign
Country of origin: UK, founded in Bucharest in January 2000
Company country hq: London , 30 offices in 23 countries
Main areas of business practice: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate M&A, Private Equity, Real Estate
Representative clients: WND
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007: WND

MARES & ASOCIATII

Most senior representative in Romania: Mihai MARES – Managing Partner
Adress , Website & office e-mail : 7, G-ral Constantin Coanda, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.mares.ro ,office@mares.ro
No. of lawyers: 10
From these lawyers, no of partners: 2
How many Romanian and Foreign lawyers?  8 Romanian lawyers and 2 Spanish lawyers
Company's country of origin and year founded in Romania: Romania, 2006
Company country headquarters/ Number of offices worldwide:
Bucharest
Main five areas of business practice: Banking, Energy & Natural Resources, Project Finance, Real Estate and Tax 
Representative clients:
La Caixa, Banco Popular, BancPost, Raiffeisen Bank, Marina D’or, Visionlab, Suez-Tractebel,  Electrica Soluziona, EGL Gas & Power, Eolica Navarra, Mercamadrid, IUE Imobiliare, Dytras, Grand Via, Acciona. 
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007: Assisting the third largest financial institution from Spain -  La Caixa in setting up their operations in Romania;Assisting EGL Gas & Power in the planned Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will connect Greece with Italy via Albania - through the Adriatic Sea. The new pipeline will provide western European countries better access to the significant natural gas reserves in the Caspian region, Russia and the Middle East.

MUSAT & ASOCIATII

Address: 43 Blvd Aviatorilor, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.musat.ro; general@musat.ro
Tel: +40-21-202-5900, Fax: +40-21-223-3957 / 223-0495
Senior representative: Managing partner Gheorghe Musat
Partner to lawyer ration: 9:75
74 Romanian and one foreign lawyer
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 1991
Main areas of business practice: M&A , Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate and Energy
Representative clients: Enel, ABN Amro, Immoeast, BNP Paribas, Thyssen Krupp, Glaxo Smithkline, General Electric, General Motors, Intel Corp, Oracle
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Advising Enel (Italy) in connection with the 820 million Euro acquisition of Electrica Muntenia Sud.
Advising the Romanian Government on the restructuring of a 1.2 billion Euro debt of electricity producer Termoelectrica as a first step towards its privatisation.
Advising Pepsi Americas International in respect to its 98 million USD acquisition of Quadrant-Amroq Bottling Co. Limited. Legal assistance in favour of Immoeast Corporate Finance, on real estate matters in connection with the 130 million Euro office and residential Jandarmeriei Project.
Legal assistance to Equest Partners Limited, in connection with the acquisition of Moldova Mall company. Advising PPF Investments in connection with the acquisition of Continental, Romexterra Bank and several other private acquisitions in Romania amounting over 100 million Euro.
Retained by Immoeast and Generali Immobilien as lead legal counsel in connection with the 30 million Euro acquisition of Bucharest Business Center KATO DRYS, a Cyprus real estate investment fund, in relation with a 500 million Euro residential project (“Sabareni Project”), currently underway. Advising KBC Group in connection with the 75 million Euro acquisitions of Romstal Leasing and Swiss Capital.
Advising Gabriel Resources in relation with Minvest for the purpose of exploration and exploitation of the biggest gold and silver mining site in Europe.
Advising Bank Leumi in relation to the 41.7 million USD acquisition of Eurom Bank.

NESTOR NESTOR DICULESCU KINGSTON PETERSEN

Address: Bucharest Business Park, Entrance A, 4th floor, 1A Bucuresti-Ploiesti National Road, Sector 1, Bucharest;
www.nndkp.com
, office@nnkp.ro
Tel: +40-21-201-1200; Fax: +40-21-201-1210
Senior representative: Managing partners Ion I Nestor and Manuela M. Nestor
Partner to lawyer ratio 12:75
Two American lawyers and 73 Romanian
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 1990
Country headquarters: One HQ (Bucharest) and offices in Timisoara and  Brasov.
Main areas of business practice: Corporate Law, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Intellectual Property.
Representative clients:
NNDKP provides legal services to local, regional and international businesses and financial institutions, as well as to state-owned entities, government agencies and ministries.
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
BCR privatization: As a member of a consortium led by Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Limited, provided legal assistance to government privatisation authorities in connection with the sale of a majority interest to Erste Bank. At 3.75 billion Euro, this was the largest transaction in CE Europe to close in 2006; Ranbaxy Laboratories in a 324 million USD acquisition of Terapia;
Trinity Industries - its exit from the European market; privatisations in electricity - advised the former Bureau for State Participation and Privatization in Industry (OPSPI) and Electrica in connection with the privatisation of Transilvania Sud, Transilvania Nord and Muntenia Nord; major real estate developer in Central and Eastern Europe in relation to the financing and development of a 45,000 square meter Class A office building in central Bucharest;
Casa Radio: structuring and negotiating with the Romanian state and a private investor the entering into the Casa Radio PPP project; Retail Park acquisition by North Asset Management; assisted investment fund North Asset Management in relation to the successful acquisition of a large retail park in Romania, following a share deal with a transaction value in excess of 82 million Euro.

NORR STIEFENHOFER LUTZ

Address: 28C Str G-ral Constantin Budisteanu, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.noerr.com; info@noerr.com
Tel: +40-21-312-5888, Fax: +40-21-312-5889
Senior representative: Dr Joerg K. Menzer
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3:24 (plus ten tax advisers/financial advisers)
Two foreign, 22 Romanian
Country of origin: Germany
Country headquarters:
Munich, 12 offices worldwide
Main areas of business practice: Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Banking &Finance, Labour Law, Commercial Law
Representative clients: Multinational clients from sectors, such as banking, leasing, pharmaceutical, automotive, construction and real estate investment, industrial services and media.
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Advising one of the largest investors from the automotive industry with 19,000 employees in Romania in all of its legal questions, especially in labour law; major Greenfield Investments in the automotive sector (setting up of major new plants in Blaj, Timisoara, Arad, Medias, Brasov); assisted various banks in the financing projects of investments on the Real Estate market with a volume of over 500 million Euro, such as financing three of the well known “class A” office buildings in Bucharest and a residential compound; major investments in the Retail sector; major Austrian DIY chain in all matters regarding the expansion in Romania (Cluj, Targu Mures, Craiova, Galati, Braila, Ploiesti); two of the largest international investors in the field of shopping malls; major international media trust in the take-over of a Romanian media company; assisted other international investors in the take-over of Romanian companies in sectors, such as: automotive, industrial services, leasing, wood processing and IT, as well as assistance in Joint-Venture projects.

PACHIU & ASSOCIATES

Address: 4-10 Str Muntii Tatra, 5th floor, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.lp-legal.com; office@lp-legal.com
Tel: +40-21-312-1008, Fax: +40-21-312-1009
Senior representative: Managing partner Laurentiu Pachiu
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3: 20
All Romanian
Country of origin:
Romania, founded in 1993
Company headquarters: Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca
Main areas of business practice: Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Labour
Representative clients: Emerson Corporate, Billa Romania, Tnuva Romania Dairies, Immoeast Corporate Finance Consulting, Bluehouse Dezvoltare, WPP Group, AWD Gesellschaft fur Wirtschaftsberatung, AWD CEE Holding, Delphi France SAS, Hercesa Imobiliara, Holcim Romania
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 - 2007:
Green field investment (engineering, technology and production facilities) for a major U.S. corporation with a value in excess of 200 million Euro; green field investment for a major Israeli food producer; acting on behalf of major real estate developers from UK, Austria, Spain, Greece and Israel with regard to real estate development projects with an acquisition value in excess of 150 million Euro; merger of Romanian entities for a major Austrian real estate developer; acquisitions and merger of Romanian affiliates of a major Danish facility services provider; corporate restructuring of international leader in media, advertising and PR.

POPOVICI & ASOCIAŢII

Address: 239, Calea Dorobanti 6th Floor, Bucharest, 1st District, 010567
Phone: 0040 21 317 79 19, Fax: 0040 21 317 85 00
Website: www.popovici-partners.ro E-mail: office@popovici-partners.ro
Senior representative: Florian Niţu, Managing Partner, Phone: 0040 21 317 79 19, Fax: 0040 21 317 85 00, E-mail: florian.nitu@popovici-partners.ro

RADU TARACILA PADURARI RETEVOESCU (RTPR)

Address: 60 Blvd Dacia, Sector 2, Bucharest
www.rtpr.ro; office@rtpr.ro
Tel: +40-31-405-7777, Fax: +40-31-405-7778
Senior representatives: Dragos Radu, Mihai Costin Taracila, Victor Padurari, Alexandru Retevoescu, Mihai Ristici
Partner to lawyer ratio: 5:22 All Romanian
Country of origin: Romania founded in 2004
Main areas of business practice: M & A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Energy, IT & C
Representative clients: Citigroup, Credit Agricole, MKB Bank, EFG Eurobank, EBRD, BNP Paribas, Enterprise Investors, UPC, Interbrew, Regus Group.
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Assisted Citigroup International, Citibank NA, London (Arranger) and Citibank Romania with respect to a syndicated loan of 100 million Euro to the companies from A&D Pharma group; international financing institution in connection with the financing of the county roads rehabilitation programme in Brasov county, district heating system of city of Iasi, local transportation system of cities of Brasov, Arad, Sibiu and Iasi, waste collection/management systems in Arges county and city of Bacau; part of the consortium lead by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Norton Rose to grant legal assistance to the Romanian state with respect to Electrica Muntenia Sud privatisation; assisted MKB BANK Nyrt in the acquisition of Romexterra Bank; assisted Enterprise Investors with regard to the 35 million Euro acquisition of Macon Deva;  UPC with respect to the corporate reorganisation of the group following the acquisition of the Astral group.

RUBIN, MEYER, DORU & TRANDAFIR

Address: 7 Str Putul cu Plopi, Sector 1, Bucharest;
www.hr.ro; office@hr.ro
Tel +40 21 311 1460; Fax: +40 21 311 1465
Senior representative: Sergiu Doru
Partner to lawyer ratio: 4:15 13 Romanian and two foreign
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 2002
Company headquarters: Bucharest
Main areas of business practice: Banking & finance, privatisation, real-estate, mergers and acquisitions, competition
Representative clients: Steven Ausnit, Dominic Habsburg, the heirs of the Malaxa family, National Bank of Greece, Prysmian Holding, Universul, Euro Tyres Corporation, Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, Motorola Israel, First Title Insurance
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 to 2007:
Bran Castle’s restitution in kind; restitution in equivalent of the shares owned in various pre-war companies by two of the most representative Romanian businessmen; CEC Privatisation; acquisition of shares of a major company on the capital market; Motorola Israel in offset procedures with the Ministry of Internal Affairs; acquisition of one of the top four Romanian drug distribution companies; Electrica Muntenia Sud Privatisation, Electroputere Craiova Privatisation; financing and security interests agreements and legal assistance for the implementation in Romania of financing, refinancing and recapitalisation structures in connection with the acquisition of the operational units of one of the most important telecom and cable systems producer.

SALANS

Address: 28C Str General C Budisteanu, Bucharest;
www.salans.com; bucharest@salans.com
Tel: +40-21-312-4950; Fax: +40-21-312-4951
Senior representative: Managing partner Obie Moore
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3:33 29 Romanian, four foreign
Country of origin: International law firm, in Romania since 1997
Country headquarters: Paris, 18 offices worldwide
Main areas of business practice: Corporate/M&A, real estate, banking and finance, litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Representative clients: Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Coca-Cola, HVB Bank, Investkredit, Raiffeisen Bank, Renault, Rompetrol, BRD – Groupe Societe Generale
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Investkredit Bank on its first three financings in Romania, totalling almost 60 million Euro; local counsel for residential real estate developer Asmita in connection with the development and sale of part of the Asmita Gardens project; A&D Pharma on admission to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange; BRD - Groupe SG on the first RON-denominated corporate bond issue to be listed on a foreign stock exchange (Luxembourg) by a Romanian company; Rompetrol on acquisition of Dyneff Group; Australian investment fund APN on acquisition of City Mall; Trination/Baneasa Developments on commercial development and financing of Baneasa project.

SCHINDHELM & ASOCIATII

Address: 36 Str Pictor Constantin Rosenthal, 4th floor, Bucharest
www.schindhelm-rag.com, cristina.daianu@schindhelm.net
Tel: +40-21-316-7884; Fax +40-21-316-7885;
Senior representative: Managing partner Cristina Daianu
Partner to lawyer ratio: 3:5 Two foreign, three Romanian
Country of origin: Germany, established in Romania in 2006
Offices: nine worldwide
Main areas of business practice: Corporate, M&A, Real Estate, Commercial Contracts & Antitrust, Litigation/Insolvency
Representative clients: Coldwell Banker, Reinert, Suedfleisch, Gemisa, Habau Group
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 - 2007: WND

SCHOENHERR AND ASSOCIATES

Address: Mecano Export Office Building, 30 Blvd Dacia, 4-5th floor, Sector 1, Bucharest; www.schoenherr.ro; office@schoenherr.ro .
Tel: +40-21-319-6790; Fax: +40-21-319-6791
Senior representative: Managing partner Markus Piuk
Partner to lawyer ration: 4:36 Four foreign, 32 Romanian
Country of origin: Austria, present in Romania since 1996
Offices worldwide: Vienna, Belgrade, Brussels, Kiev, Sofia, Zagreb.
Main areas of business practice: M&A (incl. capital markets), real estate; banking & finance (including project finance and infrastructure), competition & EU, arbitration & litigation
Representative clients: Pirelli, DaimlerChrysler, Heineken, Banca Comerciala Romana, Unicredit Leasing, Raiffeisen, Sparkassen Immobilien, Petrom, Chevron/Texaco, OMV
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 - 2007:
Danfoss in relation to the takeover of 100 per cent of the shares in Schmidt-Bretten; DaimlerChrysler automotive Romania - joint venture with TiriacAuto; Petrom - acquisition of OMV Bulgaria, OMV Romania and OMV Serbia and acquisition of a network of 30 operating gas stations and aviation fuel business from Mol; BCR - placement of a domestic bond and its listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (pending); advisor to investment funds managed by Julius Baer in connection with Romanian capital markets matters (ongoing); Sparkassen Immobilien - purchase and development of shopping mall Sun Plaza;
Austrian real estate fund acquisition of two projects in Bucharest (by way of forward purchase agreements) and properties;
AXA private equity - leveraged financing transaction in excess of 140 million Euro; Raiffeisen - 100 million Euro syndicated loan financing of the Brasov-Cluj-Bors highway and in bilateral cross-border financings in RomaniaUniCredit Leasing, Raiffeisen Leasing Austria and Romania and Immorent in connection with real estate, equipment and automotive leasing business in Romania (ongoing)

STOICA & ASOCIATII

Address: Opera Center II, 2 Str Dr Nicolae Staicovici, 2nd floor, Sector 5, Bucharest; www.stoica-asociatii.ro; sca@stoica-asociatii.ro
Tel: +40-21-402-0930; Fax: +40-21-402-0931
Founding partners: Valeriu and Cristiana I Stoica
Partner to lawyer ratio: 8: 25 All Romanian lawyers
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 1995
Main areas of business practice: Corporate and Commercial Law, Banking, Tax and Capital Markets, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Labour and Insurance
Representative clients: Affichage holding, Agrana, Alro, BRD – Groupe Societe Generale, DaimlerChrysler, Mittal Steel, Oracle Energy Corp, Romtelecom, Shell, Whirlpool
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Affichage Holding- acquisition of several Romanian advertising companies; ING Bank for financing Romanian cable and telecom group of companies RCS – RDS; Whirlpool Europe in reorganisation of its Romanian subsidiary

TUCA ZBARCEA AND ASSOCIATES

Address: Piata Victoriei, 4-8 Av Nicolae Titulescu, America House,
West Wing, 8th floor, Sector 1, Bucharest;
www.tuca.ro; office@tuca.ro
Tel: +40-21-204-8890 ; Fax: +40-21-204-8899
Senior representatives:
Managing partners Florentin Tuca and Gabriel Zbarcea
Partner to lawyer ratio: 10: 68
All Romanian
Country of origin:
Romania, founded in 2005
Main areas of business practice:
Real Estate, M&A/Corporate,
Litigation/International Arbitration, Banking & Finance,
Competition/Intellectual Property
Representative clients:
Arcelor/Mittal Steel, Erste Bank/BCR, OMV/Petrom, CEZ, Zentiva, Colgate Palmolive, CA IMMO, Carrefour, Romtelecom, Orkla Foods
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
Erste Bank: post-privatisation issues of BCR in 2005-2006 for 3.75 billion Euro, and in connection with state-aid issues as regards the protection measures granted to BCR by the Romanian State in the context of the Bancorex merger;
Arcelor/Mittal Steel-group restructuring process following the acquisition of Arcelor, including reorganisation of company’s activities, merger/de-merger scenarios;
Legal assistance in connection with several bond issues with total values of 143 million Euro;
CA IMMO: assistance in a 80 million Euro equity acquisition of Charles de Gaulle Plaza;
CEZ (including  Electrica Oltenia) - applicable unbundling requirements set by the applicable domestic and EU-law in the areas of corporate and energy law, and in the regulatory field, legal assistance in the company restructuring process, corporate governance and compliance;
Romanian Ministry of Economy and Commerce - process of restructuring of Daewoo Automobile Romania;
Colgate Palmolive Romania - acquisition from Norvea of the minority stake in Colgate-Palmolive Romania;
Romanian Ministry of Economy and Commerce - sole legal adviser in connection with the Government’s strategy for restructuring of the Romanian non ferrous mining industry (Cuprumin, Moldomin, Minvest and Remin);
Primex - acquisition of the control equity by Sabanci over the company.

VOICU & FILIPESCU

Address: 26-28 Strada Stirbei-Voda, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.vf.ro ; voicud@vf.ro; filipescum@vf.ro
Tel: +40-21-314-0200; Fax. +40-21-314-0290
Senior representatives:
Managing partners Daniel Voicu and Mugur Filipescu
Partner to lawyer ratio:
4: 29 All Romanian lawyers
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 2001
Offices worldwide:
Voicu and Filipescu is associated with global firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Main areas of business practice:
Corporate, M&A, Real Estate, Banking, IPR
Representative clients:
PPF Investments, Coca Cola HBC, Dorna Apemin, Raiffeisen, Wiener Staedtische, Omniasig, Centrul Medical Unirea, UPC Romania, MasterFoods, General Electric
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 – 2007:
A&D Pharma Grup - listing 30 per cent of its ordinary shares in the form of Global Depositary Receipts on the London Stock Exchange;
PPF Investments (CR), in the collection process of approximately 20 per cent of the shares of a Romanian bank from more than 3,000 individual shareholders through a public offer and in its 100 per cent acquisition of Roumanie Assurance International and 70 per cent of insurance firm Ardaf;
Fujikura in the acquisition of Auxiliar de Componentes Electricos; Accenture in the opening of a Business Process Outsourcing Center in Romania;
Bel Rom in the acquisition of 17 plots of land in Bacau for a retail park; Sensiblu in the acquisition process of 33 pharmacies from GlaxoSmithKline group;
Honda Trading Corporation in opening its own legal entity in Romania;
Lenovo Group as Romanian counsel in the international acquisition of the production division of IBM.

WOLF THEISS SI ASOCIATII

Address: Bucharest Corporate Center Building
58-60 Strada Gheorghe Polizu, 12-13th floor, Sector 1, Bucharest
www.wolftheiss.com; bucuresti@wolftheiss.com
Tel.: +40-21-308-8100; Fax: +40-21-308-8125
Senior representative: Bryan W Jardine
Lawyer to partner ratio: 3: 25
Two foreign lawyers, 23 Romanian
Country of origin: Austria, founded in Romania in 2005
Country headquarters: Vienna, nine offices worldwide
Main areas of business practice: Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Litigation and Arbitration, Real Estate
Representative clients: WND
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 - 2007: WND

ZAMFIRESCU RACOTI PREDOIU

Address: 38 Str Jean Louis Calderon, Sector 2, Bucharest
www.zrp.ro, office@zrp.ro
Tel: +40-21-311-0517; Fax: +40-21-311-0519;
Senior representatives: partners Calin Andrei Zamfirescu, Ioana Racoti, Catalin Predoiu, Stan Tarnoveanu, Anca Danilescu, Cosmin Vasile, Lucian Danilescu
Partner to lawyer ratio: 7:30
Country of origin: Romania, founded in 2005, HQ in Bucharest
Main areas of business practice: Arbitration & dispute resolution, banking & finance, capital market, corporate commercial, M&A
Representative clients: Alro, Bancpost, BRD – Groupe Societe Generale, Danone, Dorna, European Drinks, GlaxoSmithKline, HVB Tiriac (Unicredit), Petrom, Rompetrol
Most representative projects worked on in 2006 - 2007:  Romanian investor in a litigation case for the transfer of a significant block of shares to the company administering Athenee Place Hilton Hotel; Romanian oil company on the legal regime applicable to the privatisation of one of the largest Romanian oil refineries; legal assistance and representation services in several litigation cases, for one of the largest Romanian oil company, concerning claims pertaining to the structure of the post-privatisation shareholders’ panel; litigation case concerning unfair competition and the infringement of the rights granted by a trademark, for the second largest multinational health care company, in a claim filed against the first largest multinational health care company; major pharmaceutical companies for the defence, or annulment, of invention patents in the pharmaceutical field; major bank in Romania in a dispute materialized in over 15 litigation cases, opposing another major bank, in the latter’s claim for damages amounting to over four million Euro; international financial service provider on the acquisition of a Romanian leasing company; major company in the aluminium industry- advice in the privatisation and in the post-privatisation processes of the largest aluminium smelter in Romania; European company, member of one of the largest European financing conglomerate on the acquisition of a Romanian financial company; overall legal counselling for an international manufacturer of health care products.


 
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