“Cooperation with you and MPR team is a true blessing because you are the best!”

Source: Legal counsel of global technology company (2020)

“(…) congratulations with regards to the strategy [provided], which I find perfect!”

Source: CEO of a Swiss state-of-the-art scanning systems manufacturer (2020)

“I congratulate you for your professionalism.”

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

“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 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

The Lawyer European Awards 2018

Source: European Law Firm of the Year – Highly Commended

Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Takes part in noteworthy CSR initiatives”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Recognised internationally for the great quality of its services”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A true Romanian success story”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Professionals of high standards.”

Source: Director of an important oil & gas company

“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

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

Source: Chambers and Partners

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

Source: Chambers and Partners

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

Source: IFLR 1000

“This is a go-to firm for M&A deals.”

Source: IFLR 1000

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News Archive 2019

1 November 2019 – MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații about Tax on inbound investment

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații’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.

11 October 2019 – MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații standing (out) in the Legal Innovation Report

For the second year in a row, MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații’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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații, 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații – first place on the ranking of the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

The MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații provides essential State Aid information and insight

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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.

2 July 2019 – Essential know-how from MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații: 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații, 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații in Ziarul Financiar’s Top Law Firms Table

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații assisted Nederlandse MKB in the acquisition of the IT company BusyMachines

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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.

20 May 2019 – MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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.

28 March 2019 – MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații’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.

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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații extends its team

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații

„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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații

25 January 2019 – MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații, contributor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law Guide

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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 | Maravela, Popescu & Asociații 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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