Firm profile submitted by Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații
Managing Partners: Florentin Ţuca, Gabriel Zbârcea
Deputy Managing Partner: Ştefan Damian
Partners: Cornel Popa, Sorin Vlădescu, Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa, Ciprian Dragomir, Robert Roşu, Ioana Hrisafi, Levana Zigmund, Raluca Vasilache, Oana Ureche, Dan Borbely, Şerban Pâslaru, Mihai Dudoiu, Ionuţ Şerban, Christina Vlădescu, Ioana Gelepu, Silvana Ivan, Irina Moinescu, Cătălin Băiculescu, Cristian Radu, Vlad Cercel, Dragoş Apostol, Sebastian Radocea, Gabriela Anton, Oana Gavrilă, Horia Ispas, Anca Pușcașu
Number of partners in Bucharest office: 29
Number of other lawyers in Bucharest office: 120
Languages: Romanian, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is a full-service independent law firm, employing cross-disciplinary teams of lawyers, insolvency practitioners, tax consultants, IP counsellors, economists and staff members. It also operates a secondary law office in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), a representative office in Madrid (Spain) and has a ‘best-friend’ agreement with a leading law firm in the Republic of Moldova. In addition, thanks to the firm’s dedicated Foreign Desks, the team is able to provide the full range of services to Israeli and Chinese investors seeking to gain a foothold or expand their existing operations in Romania.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is providing legal services in every aspect of business, covering all major areas of practice: mergers, acquisitions and privatisation; corporate and commercial; litigation and international arbitration; oil and gas/mining; corporate tax; PPP, concession and public procurement; electronic communications and IT; employment and pensions; insurance and reinsurance; real estate; banking and finance; capital markets and securities; competition; healthcare and pharmaceutical; energy; environmental; intellectual property; media and advertising; regulatory legal services; shipping and transport.
The firm’s client portfolio includes international corporations, financial institutions, as well as Fortune 500 category companies. It also works with local public authorities and bodies.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii advises international companies with interests in Romania on virtually all legal matters affecting them, such as:
■ An electricity producer from the Czech Republic – assistance in connection with all its operations in Romania, including advice on energy matters – regulatory issues, the legal regime of the ownership right over the assets in the electricity sector, concessions, licensing, electricity procurement agreements, other specific agreements, public lightning etc –, employment, environmental law and permitting, litigation, corporate, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, as well as post-privatisation issues entailed by its subsidiary, Electrica Oltenia
■ An American company – assistance in a €12.3 billion acquisition transaction involving the Power and Grid businesses of Alstom
■ A consortium of international financial institutions – assistance in relation to a number of high-profile acquisitions in the financial services sector, including the largest acquisition of a corporate non-performing loan package worth €1.2 billion ($1.31 billion)
■ A well-known supplier for the aerospace industry – assistance in acquiring Fokker Technologies Group B.V, from Arle Capital, for an enterprise value of €706 million (£499 million)
■ One of the most successful companies operating in the distribution and marketing of FMCG – assistance for acquiring Europharm Distributie, a Romanian medicine distribution company from the British pharma group GSK
■ America’s most successful fast food chains – assistance in relation to various corporate and commercial issues arising out from its operations in Romania, including advice on the sale of its Romanian subsidiary to Premier Capital
■ A French hypermarket operator – assistance as sole legal advisor on all its operations in Romania and in the expansion if its retail sale network, including M&A, real estate, corporate, competition, labour, litigation, regulatory issues including the acquisition of the supermarket network of Billa Romania from the REWE Group
■ Assistance to the leading financial services provider in Central and Eastern Europe and also the majority shareholder in Banca Comercială Română – the leading player in the Romanian market – on a wide range of legal issues ranging from complex banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and post-privatisation issues, corporate, insurance and private pensions, insolvency and liquidation, competition, capital markets, litigation
■ A member company of Rompetrol Group, owned by KazMunaiGaz, the leading Kazakh oil producer – advice on complex corporate-law-related matters, including in negotiating and signing a key Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Romanian State
■ World’s number one steel and mining company – assistance on a broad range of complex legal issues, from M&A/post-privatisation, corporate/restructuring, competition and state aid, regulatory, environmental and permitting, employment, taxation and litigation issues
■ A major international tobacco manufacturing company – assistance on corporate, employment, intellectual property and counterfeiting, competition, litigation and regulatory issues
■ A major manufacturer of oral, personal and care products – assistance on variety of legal issues pertaining to its operations in Romania, including corporate and M&A, labour, competition, litigation, regulatory matters
■ The global leader in power generation and rail infrastructure – assistance to the French company and its various local subsidiaries on a variety of legal issues pertaining to its operations in Romania, including corporate, public procurement, energy, labour, competition, litigation, regulatory matters
■ One of the largest players on the European markets of Biofuels production and seeds processing and refining – assistance in relation to various M&A and corporate issues, as well as employment and finance matters resulting from the acquisition of a local player – Expur SA
■ A Chinese company – advising on its bid for the construction of two reactors (Units three and four) at the Romanian nuclear power plant in Cernavoda subject to investments worth €7.2 billion
■ The largest internationally operating Swiss media group - advising on taking over Romania’s most successful website for real estate classifieds A packaged meats manufacturer - assistance as regards the sale of a 100 percent stake to Smithfields Food Inc.
■ One of the fastest growing gambling operator in Romania - assistance on various gambling regulatory aspects as well as on corporate, IP and insolvency laws matters relevant in the context of the client’s process to expand their operations in Romania through acquisitions of Bet Active Concept S.R.L., Bet Zone S.R.L., Public Slots S.R.L. and Slot Arena S.R.L.
■ A Czech pharmacy chain - assistance with respect to the acquisition of Fastpharm SRL, Iezer Farm SRL, Panpharma Med SRL and York Farm SRL chains