Dear Daniel and MPR Partners Team, I’d like to thank you for the great work you have done.

Source: Head of Business Division of a European financial company

“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 with a major Insolvency House (2019)

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

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

I was very impressed with you and your team

Source: Partner with a reputed UK based law firm

My thanks to everyone for a job most excellently done

Source: Partner with a reputed UK based law firm

I look forward to working with you all again very soon

Source: Partner with 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 with 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

wtltb

Alina Popescu

Founding Partner

Alina is an internationally commended lawyer with extensive expertise in legal management, M&A, competition law, technology and commercial & corporate projects, as well as in regulatory and international arbitration matters. Alina’s diverse expertise, her ability to coordinate cross-border projects and capacity to lead 360 degrees, multi-angled assessments and strategies brings added value to the most intricate transactions and disputes. She has thus garnered outstanding feedback from major corporate clients and international law firms.

Alina has been repeatedly praised by The Legal 500 for her work in competition and corporate, commercial, M&A projects as well as in dispute resolution matters. She has been a finalist of the European Managing Partner of the Year category at the Lawyer European Awards 2021, has been twice bestowed Lexology’s Client Choice Award for Competition (2020, 2021) and has been recognized in Best Lawyers International as a leading lawyer in corporate and arbitration matters.

She has been a qualified lawyer since 2004 and is a member of the International and Competition Sections of the New York State Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the International League for Competition Law and the Bucharest Bar. She holds an LL.M in European Union Law from the Montesquieu Bordeaux IV University, France, a SEC in Advanced Competition Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PGDip in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College London.

Language fluency

  • Romanian, English. French and Italian

Education

  • Artificial Intelligence Programme, developed by Said Business School, University of Oxford (2024);
  • PGDip Economics for Competition Law, King’s College London (2021);
  • SEC in Advanced EU Competition Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (2021);
  • LL.M in European Union Law, Montesquieu Bordeaux IV University (2004);
  • LL.B, Bucharest University Law School (2003).

Memberships

  • New York Bar Association (2021);
  • International League of Competition Law (2020);
  • Bucharest Bar Association (Admitted 2004);
  • International Bar Association.

Highlights of Alina’s credentials throughout her practice include legal advice and representation to:

  • One of the leading CEE chemicals producers, with a complex cross-border merger control process, including successful 2-to-1 merger clearances in three jurisdictions and merger control verifications in over 20 jurisdictions, as well as economic continuity assessments and discussions with the European Commission related to its state aid investigation concerning the vendor;
  • A market leading frozen goods manufacturer, in its takeover by one of the leading European FMCG groups, ensuring competition compliance throughout the due diligence, assisting the client in addressing competition related questions throughout the bidders’ due diligence, ensuring compliance of the transaction documents with competition rules and assisting the client in the successful 2-to-1 merger control filing and related commitments procedure;
  • A leading Japanese group and several of its European subsidiaries, in structuring their EU-wide distribution and after-sale service policies in line with EU competition law as well as group-wide EU competition compliance manuals and trainings;
  • A leading producer and distributor of electronic equipment, in one of the few successful leniency applications in Romania as well as the successful settlement of an investigation initiated by the Romanian Competition Council against the client and several other distributors;
  • One of the leading European car rental companies, in a Competition Council investigation pertaining to an alleged anti-competitive horizontal agreement on the operational leasing market;
  • A global retail and food service group, regarding competition compliance assessment of its standard supply contract;
  • A leading distributor of trailers and other specialized vehicles, with regard to competition compliance audits on all major supplier agreements as well as the distribution and after sales divisions, identifying and implementing requisite measures to ensure compliance where applicable;
  • A leading European discount supermarket network, in revising various agreements and matters from a competition compliance perspective;
  • A major Industrial Park operator and developer, on State aid law implications of assets and capex contributed by local communities for the development of a 50 hectares industrial park;
  • A global telecommunications company, in connection with highly complex telecom regulatory advice pertaining to the Romanian chapter of its transparency report;

More highlights

Awards & Recognition

  • Presented with 'Certificate of Appreciation' for the contribution for her invaluable involvement in the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce's #advocacy initiatives (2023);
  • Presented with 'Certificate of Appreciation' for the contribution to The Global Indicators Group, published by World Bank (2022);
  • Shortlisted at The Lawyer European Awards 2021, in the ‘European managing partner of the year' category (2021);
  • "In particular this MP stands out in finding new opportunities in times of potential adversity; seeing the next levels of strategic importance and attracting talent to deliver on that. Here we have someone running ahead and taking the rest of the firm along. Great leadership instead of just keeping the boat afloat." - Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards (2021);
  • Alina Popescu was designated as the exclusive winner of the Competition & Antitrust category for Romania. Alina was praised by her clients for offering excellent customer care and tailored advice as well as for her responsiveness - Source: Lexology's Client Choice Awards 2020 and 2021;
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 for Commercial, corporate & M&A, Real estate and construction (2020, 2019 and 2018 editions);
  • Alina Popescu has been named "Leading Cross Border Investments and Transactions Adviser of the Year, Romania", at the 2018 Leading Adviser Awards, from Acquisition International;
  • Alina Popescu has been selected by peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Romania (2018) for her work in Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

Client Feedback

  • "Many thanks for this! Very much appreciate the cooperation – seems you understand well what we are trying to do." - Source: Deputy General Counsel European Legal Department of a global technology company;
  • "Co-head Alina Popescu brings vast experience in corporate, commercial and M&A matters, & in competition matters pertaining to M&A and commercial transactions and related arbitration. (...) Gelu Maravela & Alina Popescu advised many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and medical devices manufacturers & healthcare services providers, regulators & professional associations. (...) Alina Popescu’s track record in arbitration includes representation in high-value international arbitrations re. privatisation disputes over post-closing investment obligations & put options." - Source: Researchers of Chambers and Partners - Corporate/M&A (2021);
  • "Gelu Maravela & Alina Popescu have substantial expertise in M&A and joint venture deals of real estate projects: malls, hotel chains, major industrial, office & residential projects, including acquisitions of some of Romania’s largest farms." - Source: Researchers of Chambers and Partners - Corporate/M&A (2021);
  • “Cooperation with you and MPR team is a true blessing because you are the best!” - Source: Legal counsel of global technology company (2020);
  • “Thank you so much! You are very professional!” - Source: Legal Director of a global technology company (2020);
  • "Thanks for your support and engagement to make this happen (...). Very much appreciated, knowing that this was not easy with all the last minute & partial arrival of information." - Source: Vice President Operation of a major European sports equipment manufacturer (2020);
  • "[The firm] fields a 'very agile and experienced team' with strong experience in high-profile international arbitration and ICSID claims, as well as administrative and civil litigation. (...) Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are all very active in this area." – Dispute resolution;
  • "Founding Partners Gelu Maravela, Alina Popescu (...) are excellent team leaders, very skilled and with a hands-on approach." - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (Dispute resolution) (2020);
  • "[The firm] is a popular choice for day-to-day commercial advice, and the firm's corporate lawyers are increasingly involved in major M&A, such as the Oltchim asset buyout. The team has particularly strong expertise advising clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and energy sectors. Gelu Maravela, Alina Popescu and Dana Rădulescu have established good reputations in the market." – Commercial, corporate and M&A - Source: Researchers of The Legal 500 (2020);
  • "Founding partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are excellent team leaders, very skilled and with a hands-on approach, whilst Dana Radulescu has a wealth of knowledge and a sound business approach" - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (Corporate, commercial and M&A) (2020);

More client feedback

Publications

  • Going digital - Romania's Government cloud secondary legislation in place, article, co-author, April 2023;
  • TMT 2022, Romania Chapter, Law and Practice, Chambers and Partners, co-author, February 2022;
  • TMT 2022, Romania Chapter, Trends and developments, Chambers and Partners, co-author, February 2022;
  • Data Protection & Privacy 2022, Romania Chapter, Lexology - Getting The Deal Through, chapter, co-author, August 2021;
  • The scope of Article 5 of the TRIS Directive by reference to Romania’s 5G legislation, legal memo, co-author, May 2021;
  • The cybersecurity competence centre starts to take shape, article, co-author, April 2021;
  • The Romanian draft law on 5G technology under strong criticism from both public authorities and private stakeholders, article, co-author, April 2021;
  • Loading NIS directive 2.0 for higher cybersecurity protection, article, co-author, January 2021;
  • Merger Control, International Comparative Legal Guides, Romania Chapter, co-author, December 2020;
  • Romania: Changes to Companies Law, article published in International Bar Association’s Corporate and M&A Law section, co-author, December 2020;

More publications

 

sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo
sidebar-logo