“You did really a great job. The organization, the structure and the speed was perfect.”

Source: Administrator of a major German transport company (2019)

“I congratulate you for your professionalism.”

Source: Managing Partner of a major Insolvency House (2019)

I was very impressed with you and your team

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

My thanks to everyone for a job most excellently done

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

I look forward to working with you all again very soon

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

“Impressive use of technology, and a solid international client base”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“Well presented strategy”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“They are all excellent lawyers”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They provide quality and business friendly input”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Their knowledge and services are excellent”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They live up to the expectations”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They have an excellent reputation in the healthcare field”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Highly attuned to the complex local legislative framework”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are cost efficient and very professional”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“I could not be more pleased with the manner in which you have handled the matter”

Source: CFO of a specialized equipment supplier

“A trustful, reliable and very competent law firm”

Source: GC of a global automotive supplier

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

The Lawyer European Awards 2018

Source: European Law Firm of the Year – Highly Commended

“Good financial performance and growth, focus on the core market”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Source: Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

“Takes part in noteworthy CSR initiatives”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Recognised internationally for the great quality of its services”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A true Romanian success story”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“I had made the same request from over 20 law firms in the past 15 years and your law firm made the most comprehensive and best analysis, in a timely fashion and very well written.”

Source: Partner of a U.S. based law firm

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Professionals of high standards.”

Source: Director of an important oil & gas company

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This team is pragmatic and dedicated, and successfully represents our interests.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A reliable team providing a high standard of work.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“They are quick, thorough and pro-business, very determined, innovative and friendly.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This is a go-to firm for M&A deals.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

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News Archive 2019

1 November 2019 – MPR Partners about Tax on inbound investment

MPR Partners’s specialists provided essential information concerning the Romanian provisions and context of Tax on inbound investment. The chapter is structured in valuable sections, detailing acquisitions (from the buyer’s perspective), post-acquisition planning, disposals (from the seller’s perspective) as well as trends concerning the topic. The Romanian chapter is part of the Tax on inbound investment 2019 Guide of Legoloxy – Getting the Deal Through. The Guide contains expert local insight (from 20 countries) into the regulation of taxation on inbound investments in unfamiliar jurisdictions, covering areas such as: Acquisitions – execution of acquisition, tax treatment of acquisitions, interest relief and deductibility, company mergers and share exchanges and net operating losses; Post-acquisition planning – post-acquisition restructuring, tax neutral spin-offs, interest and dividend payments, extraction of profits; Disposals – types of disposal, gains on disposal and avoiding or deferring the tax on a disposal gain. There is a compare tool available as well, allowing cross check through jurisdictions, available here.

24 October 2019 – MPR Partners’ Dispute resolution department ranked anew

MPR Partners is recommended for its litigation work. Benchmark litigation, legal work ranking professionals, ranked our firm’s Dispute resolution department, placing it amongst other high caliber players on the market. Founding Partner Ioan Roman, that heads the department, is listed as Dispute Resolution Star, for the second year in a row. The Dispute resolution department has five partners and six lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution matters. Further information is available at https://www.benchmarklitigation.com/

11 October 2019 – MPR Partners standing (out) in the Legal Innovation Report

For the second year in a row, MPR Partners is on the cover of the Legal Innovation Report. Distributed with The Times, the publication is packed with valuable information and insight. This year’s Legal Innovation Report is one of Raconteur’s strongest reports, both editorially and visually, according to its Lead Publisher. The report is available for download, here. Enjoy the read!

24 September 2019 – Two of MPR Partners’s major transactions awarded by Ziarul Financiar

During an elegant Gala organized by the leading business and economic newspaper and online platform Ziarul Financiar, two of our major recent and successfully closed M&A transactions were recognized. It is the third year in a row that, during The Lawyers’ Gala, that we are awarded for our hard work. The recognized transactions were in the chemical and FMCG sectors, namely the acquisition of assets by Chimcomplex from Oltchim and respectively the acquisition of Nodfin Petfood by United Petfood. More information about the awards is available here.

18 September 2019 – MPR Partners is looking for a Litigation Senior Associate

Our internationally recognized and very busy dispute resolution practice’s team is searching for a senior colleague with 5+ years of experience.
Please send your resume and letter of intent to (explaining why you chose to be part of our team and what motivates you in your legal career) to office@mprpartners.com. Please use the subject line: Senior – Litigation.
Due to high number of applications received, only selected candidates will be contacted.

We are looking for:

  • advanced English (written and spoken) as well as strong knowledge of legal English;
  • practical experience of minimum 5 years, ideally as part of a medium/large law firm;
  • sound skills and experience in civil dispute resolution;
  • strong experience in either of the following fields of litigation is a plus: administrative litigation, criminal law, public procurement, construction, IP, competition or tax;
  • openness to continuous professional training, team spirit and adaptability to firm`s policies;
  • patience and dedication to forming junior team members;
  • LL.M or other law degrees awarded by a foreign university are a plus.

We are offering:

  • the opportunity to work with an award-winning highly professional team, highly appraised by clients (“best of all firms in jurisdictions I have worked with” is, for instance, an eloquent client quote);
  • people oriented work environment centred on strong ethics, integrity and team spirit;
  • high profile global and local clients;
  • interesting and engaging assignments;
  • quick career advancement opportunities based on merit;
  • development of management skills;
  • a wealth of legal resources to browse;
  • attendance to professional events and conferences;
  • competitive financial package;
  • a really nice, professional and sociable team to work with.
  • elegant and modern office premises.

09 August 2019 – MPR Partners, contributor to Chambers and Partners’ Merger Control Global Practice Guide

Once again, our Competition team coordinated by Founding Partner Alina Popescu contributed to a reputed Guide edited by Chambers and Partners, this time covering the major topic of Merger Control within the Romanian jurisdiction. The Merger Control guide provides expert legal commentary on the key issues for businesses with competition matters and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions. Navigating a global merger control filing and approval process is a complex business, and it is only getting more complex every year. This work aims to cut through some of that complexity by providing the reader with a practical guide that covers 33 of the world’s leading merger control jurisdictions in a user-friendly question and answer format. The questions in this guide cover the key rules relevant for a merger control filing assessment, including: what kind of transactions have to be notified, what are the filing thresholds, what is the procedure and timeline for notification and approval, what are the substantive considerations of the authorities and what kind of enforcement record do the authorities have? The Romania chapter is available here and information on all jurisdictions can be found here.

7 August 2019 – MPR Partners – first place on the ranking of the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

The MPR Partners 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.

Situated on the first place out of the total of six associations of firms selected to provide legal services, the consortium including MPR Partners benefits from the vast experience of its founding partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu, involved throughout their careers in numerous ICSID and UNCITRAL investment arbitrations, such as for instance the first ICSID arbitration won by Romania, namely Noble Ventures, Inc. v. Romania (ICSID Case No. ARB/01/11) and the famous arbitration case Micula and others v. Romania (ICSID Case No. ARB/05/20).

Currently, the Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and MPR Partners consortium represents the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance in the ICSID arbitration ARB|18|19, initiated by the claimants LSG Building Solutions GmbH (Austria), Pressburg UK GmbH (Germany), Green Source Consulting GmbH (Austria), Solluce Romania 1 BV (The Netherlands), Risen Energy Solar Project GmbH (Germany), Core Value Investments GmbH & Co KG Gamma (Germany), Core Value Capital GmbH (Austria), SC LJG Green Source Energy Beta S.R.L. (Romania), Anina Pro Invest Ltd (Cyprus) and Giust Ltd (Cyprus).

30 July 2019 – MPR Partners provides essential State Aid information and insight

MPR Partners contributed for yet another edition to the Romania chapter of the State Aid 2019 Guide of Legoloxy – Getting the Deal Through. Founding Partner Alina Popescu and Associate Magda Grigore provided the comprehensive contribution for the Romania chapter of the guide, having as contributing editor Mr. Ulrich Soltész, of Gleiss Lutz . Published in July 2019 and currently at its sixth edition, State Aid aims to explain the effect of EU legislation and regulation surrounding state aid law in major European jurisdictions, providing readers with up-to-the-minute insight on the strategic considerations and best practices for successful state aid applications and competitions. Topics include: national legislation implementing European state aid rules, approval and disapproval rules for state aid programs, information regarding the relevant bodies granting aid and receiving aid applications, national authorities monitoring and enforcing compliance, dispute resolution surrounding illegal and incompatible aid, and much more. The guide is a result of working with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world to bring together a unique legal information resource, written by experts on each subject area, in every significant jurisdiction. The complete (15 jurisdictions) State Aid publication is available here and the Romania chapter can be accessed here.

9 July 2019 – MPR Partners assists Air France-KLM

MPR Partners has been retained to provide legal assistance to the major European airlines Air France and KLM within the Romanian jurisdiction.

The multidisciplinary assistance covers several practice areas related to airline specific operations, including related customer claims and debt collection, commercial and contract law, advertising law, as well as competition and GDPR compliance matters.

The team of 8 attorneys currently assigned to the matters pertaining to Air France-KLM consists of Founding Partners Alina Popescu and Ioan Roman, Tax Partner Felix Tapai, Managing Associate Sergiu Drăgoianu, Senior Associates Daniel Alexie, Flavia Ștefura, Ioana Ivașcu and Associate Andreea Stanciu.

MPR Partners has been selected as Romanian counsel by Bán és Karika Ügyvédi Társulás (Ban & Karika Attorneys at Law), a leading Hungarian law firm, part of Act Legal Alliance, retained to provide and coordinate legal assistance to Air France-KLM in 11 countries.

The engagement covers Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

2 July 2019 – Essential know-how from MPR Partners: Commercial Arbitration in Romania – 2019 edition, now available

It is the third year in a row that our arbitration professionals, coordinated by Founding Partner Alina Popescu, provide the latest provisions and news for the Romanian chapter of the Commercial Arbitration guide of Global Arbitration Review (GAR). GAR know-how provides reliable cross-jurisdictional insight to help cement the building blocks of international practice. Select experienced practitioners answer commonly asked questions for key jurisdictions so allowing readers to be better-placed to solve the challenges of their working days. The Romanian chapter is available here and all jurisdictions are online here.

25 June 2019 – MPR Partners, contributor to Chambers and Partners’ Cartels Global Practice Guide

Our Competition specialists coordinated by Founding Partner Alina Popescu are happy to have contributed to this year’s Romanian jurisdiction related Law and Practice section of Chambers and Partners’ Cartels Global Practice Guide, providing expert legal commentary on the key issues for businesses with competition matters. Covering over 25 major jurisdictions, the guide highlights the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions and is intended as a broad, first-level, survey of principles and practices in a substantial number of jurisdictions. Its scope will also help underscore the fact that effective competition law compliance programs are an essential element of risk management and client education (as well as having potentially salutary effects in affecting the sanctions imposed when companies and individuals find themselves under scrutiny). The Romanian chapter is available here and information on all jurisdictions can be found here.

15 June 2019 – MPR Partners in Ziarul Financiar’s Top Law Firms Table

MPR Partners 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 here.

11 June 2019 – MPR Partners assisted Nederlandse MKB in the acquisition of the IT company BusyMachines

MPR Partners has assisted the Dutch company Nederlandse MKB Participatiemaatschappij in the acquisition of BusyMachines B.V., a Dutch-Romanian fast-growing software developer.

A team of 9 MPR Partners lawyers worked on behalf of Nederlandse MKB, in all legal aspects related to BusyMachines’ Romanian subsidiary and development centre. The highly specialized M&A, technology, IT, IP, competition and data protection assistance provided included a complex due diligence report of the target, as well as advice regarding the relevant aspects on the transaction documents.

Coordinated by partners Alina Popescu and Dana Rădulescu, the team assigned to the matter equally included partner Alexandra Rîmbu and tax partner Felix Tapai as well as senior associates Roxana Neacșu, Daniel Alexie, Magda Grigore, Flavia Ștefura and Raluca Ciocârlan.

Dutch law firm De Breij was the counsel of Nederlandse MKB for all the other aspects pertaining to BusyMachines group and have led the transaction, which was completed at the end of April 2019.

Nederlandse MKB focuses on growth by offering capital and knowledge to businesses thus providing them with the opportunity to grow faster and achieve a better market position. In the coming years, the new shareholder together with its network and strategic partners, will further support the growth of BusyMachines.

BusyMachines develops innovative tailor-made software with excellent graphic design, positioning itself as a technical partner in the development of end-to-end products. The BusyMachines team consists of 50 employees, including talented developers, project managers and designers.

3 June 2019 – MPR Partners assisted Trico in the acquisition of wiper systems business from Federal Mogul

MPR Partners has assisted the global wiper blade manufacturer Trico in the acquisition of the worldwide wiper and wiper systems business of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

MPR Partners assigned an 8-lawyer team to work on behalf of Trico for Romanian jurisdiction related aspects of this transaction. Legal work included due diligence, review of the transaction documents, closing and post-closing assistance and was led by partners Alina Popescu and Dana Rădulescu, as well as senior associate Raluca Ciocârlan. The team assigned to the case equally included partners Ioan Roman, Alexandra Rîmbu and tax partner Felix Tapai as well as senior associates Daniel Alexie and Magda Grigore.

Trico Group LLC, owned by Crowne Group LLC, is an American company that specializes in windshield wipers. Trico, then known as Tri-Continental Corporation, invented the windshield wiper blade in 1917.

Federal-Mogul Corporation is an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of products for automotive, commercial, aerospace, marine, rail and off-road vehicles, and industrial, agricultural and power-generation applications.

20 May 2019 – MPR Partners provides all information concerning Merger Control in Romania

Having accepted the invitation extended by Legal Cross Border, our experts have provided all the relevant content for Merger Control in Romania. Merger Control allows users to automatically screen if and where merger control filings are needed, while giving a detailed overview on the outcome of the screening. In short, it is a legal information platform made by top-tier lawyers. Contributing firms include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Hugues & Hugues. The Romania related content is available here, whilst all jurisdictions can be accessed from the Knowledge Base tab here.

7 May 2019 – Anniversary rebranding: MPR Partners becomes MPR Partners

Celebrating 5 years since its establishment by highly experienced business lawyers, MPR Partners is undergoing a rebranding process that includes a name change to MPR Partners and a new logo.

The new brand links the names of the founding partners Gelu Maravela, Alina Popescu and Ioan Roman to the initials of all firm’s partners (MPR), thus including Dana Rădulescu and Alexandra Rîmbu, who were recently promoted to equity partner positions. Furthermore, the new logo comprises a graphic element (the white letter M on an orange background) symbolizing the everlasting memory of founding partner Marius Pătrășcanu, sadly departed in 2016.

The new brand is thus purported to flag out the important contribution of the entire team to the firm’s establishment and development to date. Moreover, the rebranding process is meant to reflect the firm’s current market positioning and its next development stage on national and international levels.

“By aligning the firm’s branding elements to our leadership mechanics, current firm status and international development plans, we wish to provide an additional boost to our evolution within the next five years, that we hope will be as generous as the first five. We take the opportunity to reiterate our gratitude towards our clients, team, suppliers and friends for their continued trust and support given from our establishment to date. With your help, we wish to continue making the (legal and business) world a better place.” mentioned Alina Popescu.

With over 15 years of experience in business law, founding partner Alina Popescu chairs the firm’s competition, contract law and technology departments, equally being a senior member of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and international arbitration departments. She holds a Master’s degree (LL.M) in European Union Law awarded by Montesquieu Bordeaux IV University, France and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law awarded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest. Mandates recently led by Alina include assistance to major international corporations in investigations conducted by the Competition Council, assistance regarding clearances issued by the Competition Council and other national competition authorities with respect to major transactions including 2-to-1 mergers, assistance to major international corporations regarding various contractual and regulatory issues related to technology and communications, representing the Romanian state in a major international investment arbitration, assisting several foreign entities in connection with important company acquisitions on the Romanian market, etc. Prior to co-founding MPR Partners (currently MPR Partners), Alina worked with Muşat & Asociaţii and Rubin, Meyer, Doru & Trandafir law firms.

“I am happy about this rebranding and proud about the numerous successes the firm has had these past 5 years since its establishment. We plan to continue in the same manner, with the same high-quality standards and with a strong desire to evolve rapidly. We are determined to excel during the next period at being a full-service business law firm and to focus on the professionalism of our team members, the high quality of our services, the value we place on each member of our team and on an attractive working environment.” added Ioan Roman.

Equally a founding partner, Ioan Roman has been heading the firm’s litigation practice since 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest. Ioan has obtained remarkable results for the firm’s clients in the entire spectrum of commercial, administrative, labour, public procurement and arbitration disputes, with an outstanding rate of success of over 80%. Most recently, Ioan has represented the Romanian state in an international investment arbitration, has assisted the Australian tax authority in recovering important debts in Romania, represented one of the largest specialized vehicles distributors in a dispute over a major public procurement procedure, manages portfolios of tens of disputes for major multinational companies, etc. Previously, Ioan was part of bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică, Tonucci & Partners and Protopopescu, Puscaş and Asociații (former Sulica, Protopopescu, Vonica) law firms.

“I am thrilled about this new stage the firm is in and about its potential (of which I was fully aware from the very beginning), in particular seen that all of our efforts have shown obvious positive results. The impressive international and local achievements are an undeniable proof that we have indeed a wonderful team and that we provide very high-quality services.” continues Dana Rădulescu.

As equity partner, Dana Rădulescu chairs the insolvency, and banking & finance departments of the firm and co-chairs the real estate & construction practice group, being equally a member of the mergers & acquisitions, corporate law and environmental law departments. Dana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France and the same degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest. Dana has recently assisted a major European developer and operator of parking lots in acquiring a parking lot in the Romanian city of Timișoara, the leading local chemicals’ industry player in the acquisition of assets from a major Romanian chemicals producer undergoing insolvency, an important Israeli group regarding the acquisition of a group of companies active in the field of collection, transport, storage and recycling of green energy, an important American group in the acquisition of an auto spare parts producer, etc. Dana was previously a member of Rubin, Meyer, Doru & Trandafir, Vernon, David & Asociații and Borza & Asociații law firms.

“Ever since the beginning I have greatly valued the premises that stood at the very foundation of this Romanian brand, that we can be very proud of. I am happy to have reached this point and confident about the things to follow. One can only appreciate the fact that in this firm promotions are fast-paced and only based on merits. I consider our firm to be an ideal working place for lawyers who wish to evolve and reach a very high level of performance in a short period.” declared Alexandra Rîmbu.

Partner Alexandra Rîmbu heads the employment, PPP & public procurement departments and co-chairs the real estate and construction and dispute resolution departments, whilst equally being a member of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Alexandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest. Recently, she has assisted the local ice cream market leader in connection with its acquisition by a FMCG global corporation, a major European automotive financial services company regarding the structuring of its employment policies for its Romanian subsidiaries, an important German investor regarding employees’ transfer policies and employment related due diligence in view of acquiring several local companies, an international construction and infrastructure company regarding litigation aspects concerning the performance of several construction contracts, etc. Previously, Alexandra was part of Almaj & Albu, Mușat & Asociații and J&A Garrigues.

“Ever since the beginning I have been fortunate enough to work alongside partners of great value, who have had the same contribution as mine to the establishment, management and development of the successful business law firm that MPR Partners is today. Our new name is meant to emphasise the importance of the team and to help the firm in its international endeavours.” concluded Gelu Maravela.

Founding partner Gelu Maravela has over 20 years of experience in business law, having been involved throughout his career in some of the largest transactions, disputes and projects unfolded in Romania. A former magistrate, holding a Master’s Degree from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, Gelu chairs the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, data protection, energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and white collar crime departments, being equally involved in the activity of the firm’s litigation, arbitration, PPP and public procurement, corporate and contracts, IT and telecom practices. Recently, Gelu has assisted the Romanian state in an important international investment arbitration, a telecom leader concerning its GDPR policy, one of the largest chemical companies in Central and South-Eastern Europe in connection with the acquisition of business assets from the largest Romanian chemicals producer, the owner of the largest Romanian ice cream production company regarding its acquisition by one of the leading corporations worldwide, several international and local medical services providers in the acquisition or sale of medical centres, etc. Previously, Gelu worked with Mușat & Asociații, Linklaters’ London office, Protopopescu, Pușcaș and Asociații (former Sulica, Protopopescu, Vonica) and was a judge at Bucharest’s first district court of first instance.

Further information about the team, international recognition and services of MPR Partners is available at http://www.mprpartners.com

10 April 2019 – MPR Partners ranked anew by The Legal 500

Five practice areas of MPR Partners have been acknowledged and ranked in this year’s edition of The Legal 500 Europe Middle East and Africa. Thus, the firm’s Corporate, commercial and M&A, Dispute resolution, Real estate and construction, Restructuring and insolvency and Tax departments have proven to have complex cross-border mandates during last year’s workload, thus being noted and recognized by The Legal 500’s research. Furthermore, all of the firm’s partners are recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 editorial, in Commercial, corporate and M&A (Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu), Dispute resolution (Ioan Roman and Gelu Maravela), Real estate and construction (Alexandra Rîmbu and Dana Rădulescu), Restructuring and insolvency (Dana Rădulescu and Gelu Maravela) and Tax (Felix Tapai and Gelu Maravela). Further information and complete ranking details are available here.

28 March 2019 – MPR Partners at CEE Legal Matters’ Deal of the Year Awards

During an elegant ceremony at held at The Budapest Marriott Hotel in Budapest, Hungary, senior legal practitioners from across Europe gathered in hopes of winning the prestigious CEE Deal of the Year Award of the biggest and most important annual celebration of top level lawyering in Central and Eastern Europe. Partner Alexandra Rîmbu, who represented our firm during the event, was on stage in order to reveal the shortlist for Hungary. MPR Partners’s Founding Partner Gelu Maravela was part of the Judging Committee, for (i) selecting the shortlist for the Romanian jurisdiction related deals and for (ii) the ranking of the finalist deals in other jurisdictions, during the final stage of the voting process. Further information about this year’s CEE Legal Matters DOTY Awards is available here.

15 March 2019 – New international recognition for MPR Partners’s dispute resolution practice

The year 2019 brought important achievements for MPR Partners’s practice, following intense activity of the team, which has been acknowledged by international directories and repeatedly appreciated by firm’s clients.

Thus, Benchmark Litigation Europe shortlisted MPR Partners for Dispute resolution Law firm of the year 2019 awards, whilst Ioan Roman, Founding Partner and co-chair of the dispute resolution practice, was shortlisted for Dispute resolution Lawyer of the year 2019 in Romania award.

Furthermore, Ioan Roman is ranked as Dispute resolution Star in Benchmark Litigation Europe 2019, for his activity in commercial litigation, transaction related disputes, commercial arbitration and white-collar crime.

Benchmark Litigation is a project of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, of which IFLR (International Financial Law Review, directory that, likewise, acknowledges MPR Partners’s activity) is equally a part of.

Benchmark Litigation is a guide to the world’s leading litigation law firms and lawyers. Founded in 2008 in the United States, this was the first year when the European market was researched.

MPR Partners’s dispute resolution department is equally recognized by this year’s edition of Chambers Europe, the European guide of Chambers and Partners, this showcase once more the firm’s strongly ascending trend on dispute resolution. The trend is due to the volume of work, team members count, as well as the complexity and magnitude of matters entrusted.

MPR Partners’s dispute resolution team currently counts 11 experienced attorneys, out of which 5 are partners.

Ioan Roman (Founding Partner) is the co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice since 2014. Gelu Maravela (Founding Partner) co-chairs alongside Ioan Roman the firm’s litigation department. Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu (equally Founding Partner) co-chair the firm’s international arbitration department, both possessing a vast experience in the field. Dana Rădulescu, Partner, registered insolvency practitioner and member of the Council of Mediators, was involved in some of the largest insolvencies and restructurings on the Romanian market. Starting with March 2019, Alexandra Rîmbu, Partner, became a member of the dispute resolution department, as she holds extensive experience in numerous disputes involving public procurement contracts, infrastructure and construction matters. In addition, Felix Tapai, Tax Partner, provides insight and designs winning strategies in tax related disputes.

„I am, naturally, thrilled that our activity is internationally acknowledged. There are thousands of hours of hard work involved, numerous files, impressive litigation portfolios, laborious arbitrations and complex matters with important foreign authorities. We have succeeded, even given the circumstances and volume, to maintain a success rate of more than 80%. I congratulate my colleagues for their work and encourage them to continue in the same manner. The attorneys work relentlessly. Being a team of professionals and a well glued group of individuals, the results are remarkable.” Ioan Roman, Founding Partner of MPR Partners

The shortlist of Benchmark Litigation 2019 Awards is available here and the recognized and ranked list of professionals can be accessed here.

7 March 2019 – Maravela & Asociaţii is looking for a German speaking lawyer

Due to increased activity of our consultancy department and broader client portfolio, we are currently seeking a skilled attorney (5+ years of experience since Bar admission) fluent and fully operational in German (including legal terminology). The ideal candidate should have prior experience with working directly with German clients in German language. A German speaking university law degree (e.g. any form of post-graduate degree) may be an advantage.

What we are offering:

  • the opportunity to work with an award-winning team that is highly appraised by clients;
  • work environment centred on strong ethics, integrity and team spirit;
  • varied high-profile clients and assignments, including lead counsel positions for multi-jurisdictional stints;
  • genuine career advancement opportunities (up to and including partnership levels) based on professional and personal qualities;
  • development of management skills.

What we are seeking:

  • practical experience of 5+ years since final Bar qualification (definitivat), out of which at least 3-4 years with a medium/large law firm (>10 lawyers);
  • thorough knowledge of corporate and commercial matters is required; further experience in any other practice area is a plus;
  • full working proficiency in English and German (written and spoken) is an absolute must, including strong knowledge of legal English and legal German;
  • openness to continuous professional training, team spirit and adaptability to firm`s policies;
  • patience and dedication to forming junior team members;
  • LL.M or legal PhD and any other degrees in law awarded by a foreign university are a plus.

Please send your resume, language certificate(s) and letter of intent (explaining why you chose to be part of our team and what motivates you in your legal career) to office@mprpartners.com using the subject line: German – Senior Associate Advisory.

Due to increased activity of our HR department, only selected candidates will be contacted.

7 March 2019 – MPR Partners is looking for a Front Desk Assistant – Position filled

We are looking for a communicative and neatly organized Font Desk Assistant, with excellent command of English, work management and prioritizing skills, problem solving ability and attention to detail, to handle our front desk and day-to-day administrative tasks.

No previous experience required, though basic accounting knowledge can be an advantage. This position does not involve legal support related activities.

This position involves two shifts, as follows: one week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and one week from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Job description:

  • front office contact with clients;
  • protocol and administrative activities;
  • meetings and appointments handling;
  • handling personal issues of the firm’s associates;
  • office supplies monitoring and ordering;
  • documents filing (binding, copying, scanning);
  • drafting and translating various documents.

Please send your resume to office@mprpartners.com with the Subject line: Front Desk Assistant.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

8 February 2019 – MPR Partners extends its team

MPR Partners 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.

Raluca Ciocârlan, senior associate, assists top local and international clients in commercial, corporate and M&A matters. Raluca holds a Masters degree (LL.M) in European Law awarded by Paris I Pantheon–Sorbonne University and was, for 4 years, part of Leroy and Asociații team and before, part of Bulboacă and Asociații. She is a member of the Bucharest Bar since 2003.

Roxana Neacșu, senior associate, had an ascending professional background, for 11 years within the Bucharest office of Gruia Dufaut law firm. Raluca assists numerous major clients, active in various sectors of the economy, in corporate and employment matters. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M) in European Law from Paris I Pantheon–Sorbonne University and is a member of the Bucharest Bar since 2007.

Flavia Ștefura, associate, assists clients in intellectual property, data protection and competition matters, being equally involved in employment and corporate matters. Previously a part of NNDKP and Peli Filip teams, Flavia holds a Law degree from Paris I Pantheon–Sorbonne University and is a member of the Bucharest Bar since 2012.

„Although increased work load is, without a doubt, one of the main factors for extending our team, we are always looking for talented individuals. We are proud to have by our sides talented attorneys that wanted to contribute to the development of the firm.” Alina Popescu, Founding Partner of MPR Partners

„We are happy to see that lawyers with a remarkable professional route give us their trust and confidence with regard to the evolution they will have in our firm. This means that the mandates handled and the name we have built, the manner in which we have developed and the working model that we provide speak from themselves.” Gelu Maravela, Founding Partner of MPR Partners

25 January 2019 – MPR Partners, contributor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law Guide

MPR Partners provided the information for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law Investing in… Global Guide, for the Romanian jurisdiction. Founding Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu, alongside Partner Felix Tapai provided valuable information regarding the market, the legal system, imports, structuring and tax as well as business incentives. Practical Law is an online legal know how service, providing rigorous peer reviewed resources, such as practice notes, current awareness and standard documents. The Romanian chapter is available online here, whilst the entire Global Guide is online here.

23 January 2019 – MPR Partners is looking for an entry level consultancy associate – Position filled

Our consultancy team’s client portfolio is growing, so we are looking for a talented associate at either entry level or with 0-2 years of experience. Please send your resume and letter of intent (explaining why you chose to be part of our team and what motivates you in your legal career) to office@mprpartners.com. Please use the subject line: Associate Consultanță.

What we are offering:

  • the opportunity to work with an award-winning highly professional team, highly appraised by clients (“best of all firms in jurisdictions I have worked with” is, for instance, an eloquent client quote);
  • work environment centred on strong ethics, integrity and team spirit;
  • high profile clients and assignments;
  • career advancement opportunities based on professional and personal qualities.

What we are seeking:

  • advanced English (written and spoken), including strong knowledge of legal English terms and terminology is an absolute must;
  • openness to continuous professional training, team spirit and adaptability to firm`s policies;
  • LL.M and any other degrees in law or economics (ideally awarded by a foreign university) are a plus.

Due to high number of applications received, only selected candidates will be contacted.

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