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

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Gelu Titus Maravela

Founding Partner

Gelu Titus Maravela has over 20 years of experience in the legal profession, being ranked amongst the most prominent lawyers in Romania. He has previously acted as a judge with one of the Bucharest courts as well as an attorney with the London office of a Magic Circle law firm and an equity partner of a top tier Romanian law firm. Throughout his practice, Gelu has been lead counsel in a large number of high value projects and has worked for an outstanding number of high profile corporations doing business in Romania as well as for many public authorities, being praised for his results-driven, business-oriented approach, negotiation skills and multi-angled strategic thinking, which have paid striking results in some of the most sensitive and/or sub-leveraged matters. Aside from his general corporate and commercial practice, Gelu holds a wide ranging expertise in mergers & acquisitions, having been involved in some of the largest deals closed in Romania, including privatizations and all forms of private dealings in the field. Gelu’s corporate and M&A practice is neatly supported by his solid insight of capital markets regulations and know-how acquired through a large number of projects unfolded on the capital markets and the day-to-day assistance of publicly held companies. He also has extensive experience in pharmaceuticals and healthcare matters, having worked for an impressive portfolio of international clients including 9 of the top 12 medicine and medical devices manufacturers worldwide. In addition, he holds solid data protection expertise and in-depth knowledge of oil&gas and natural resources matters, having advised clients on a large number of regulatory and business specific issues.

Language fluency

  • Romanian, English and French

Education

  • LL.M, Warwick University, UK (2000);
  • High Institute for Magistrates, Bucharest (1996);
  • LL.B, Bucharest University Law School (1995).

Memberships

  • Part of the National H2 Strategy - Hydrogen Valleys workgroup, in relation with the Romanian Ministry of Energy (2022);
  • Bucharest Bar Association (Admitted 1997).

Highlights of Gelu’s credentials throughout his practice include legal advice and representation to:

  • The leading Romanian chemicals producer in relation to the acquisition of the business of one of the CEE’s leading chemicals producers;
  • A major local FMCG producer, in relation to the sale of its business via a bidding process, with two investment funds currently acting as potential buyers;
  • One of the most significant frozen goods producers on the Romanian market, regarding one of the biggest FMCG transactions of 2018, regarding the sale of business in a complex bidding process involving multiple bidders and a partial spin-off preceding the sale;
  • An award-winning IT company and one of the most important IT integrators in the region, with regard to the sale of its business to the largest telecom player in Romania;
  • A major provider of complete range of diagnostic laboratory services, in relation to its planned acquisition of a laboratory, as part of its business expansion strategy;
  • The first company in the world to produce x-ray aircraft scanners, and is a major manufacturing and R&D player in the field of aviation security, with regard to the sale of a minority share package of its business;
  • The leading local producers and distributors of pet food, in all aspects of the transaction consisting of the sale of their business;
  • A major healthcare services provider, in buying a group of companies acting in the medical services sector, specialising in clinical trials;
  • A leading local supermarket chain, in the corporate reorganisation of the entire business and preparation thereof in view of sale;
  • A leading extracorporeal blood treatment services provider, in the acquisition of seven regional dialysis centres;

More highlights

Awards & Recognition

  • Gelu Maravela is a notable practitioner and a key contact within the [dispute resolution] department - Source: Chambers and Partners researchers (2022);
  • Gelu Maravela was recognized as the exclusive winner of the M&A category for Romania. He was praised by his clients for his ability to develop close and efficient working relationships, being known on the market for his expertise and great project management skills - Source: Lexology's Client Choice Awards 2020, 2021 and 2022;
  • Gelu Maravela was named 2018-2019 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers International for work in Project Finance and Development Practice in Bucharest. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Romania for his work in Arbitration and Mediation, Banking and Finance Law, Energy Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation, Natural Resources Law and Project Finance and Development Practice;
  • Presented with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for the contribution to ‘Doing Business Guides, published by World Bank Group (yearly, since 2010);
  • Repeatedly ranked as Highly regarded by The IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate researchers;
  • Repeatedly ranked throughout the years as Recommended Lawyer, Leading Individual and Highly regarded by reputed international directories, such as Best Lawyers International, Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

Client Feedback

  • "Please accept our very sincere and grateful thanks for all your tremendous efforts on our behalf to help secure this result. We would really have been in a very different place if we hadn’t had all your help." - Source: Founder & Development Director of the leading European palliative care provider (2021);
  • "I am so happy (...) and we need to thank you for all your support and high level of involvement and professionalism. We are lucky to have you and we truly appreciate your efforts made towards our case." - Source: CEO of a leading palliative care provider (2021);
  • "Gelu Maravela, has decades of experience in M&A, privatisation deals & capital markets matters. (...) Gelu Maravela & Alina Popescu advised many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and medical devices manufacturers & healthcare services providers, regulators & professional associations. (...) Gelu Maravela has been extensively involved in transactions in the energy & natural resources sector, (privatisation of several major branches of the state-owned energy company, of national oil company & green energy deals)." - Source: Researchers of Chambers and Partners - Corporate/M&A (2021);
  • "Gelu Maravela & Dana Rădulescu have substantial expertise in restructuring and insolvency, having advised on complex and sensitive restructuring strategies in numerous insolvency cases in Romania." - Source: Researchers of Chambers and Partners (2021);
  • "Gelu Maravela is a key contact within the department." - Source: Researchers of Chambers and Partners – Dispute resolution (2021);
  • “Cooperation with you and MPR team is a true blessing because you are the best!” - Source: Legal counsel of global technology company (2020);
  • "[The firm] handles complex, large-scale insolvency and restructuring mandates on behalf of creditors, debtors and investors. In recent work, it represented investors buying distressed assets from two major Romanian insolvencies. Dana Rădulescu and managing partner Gelu Maravela are both highly active in this area, and clients also receive strong support (...) on disputes and Felix Tapai [advises] on related tax issues.” – Restructuring and insolvency - Source: Researchers of The Legal 500 (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 - Source: Researchers of The Legal 500 (2020);
  • "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);
  • "Since meeting Gelu Maravela (...), I am sure that for every problem I have the perfect solution." - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (Tax) (2020);

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Publications

  • MiCA – Issuers and Tokens, article, co-author, June 2024;
  • MiCA – Service providers, article, co-author, June 2024;
  • Wind turbines - how tall is too tall?, article, co-author, May 2024;
  • Contracts for Difference to be Green-lit, article, co-author, April 2024;
  • Medicines advertising in Romania, article, co-author, September 2023;
  • Finally, Romania is getting there! The contracts for difference, another step in the decarbonation process, article, author, August 2023;
  • EU level updates regarding energy regulation, article, co-author, October 2022;
  • Complex Commercial Litigation, Romania Chapter 2022, Lexology - Getting the Deal Through, September 2021;
  • European Banking Authority’s new Anti-Money Laundering provisions, article published in Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, September 2021;
  • Were broadcasters wrong to show Eriksen suffering in Euro 2020 coverage?, article published in Sport Business, July 2021;

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