Firm profile submitted by Maravela & Asociaţii
Maravela & Asociații was founded in 2013 by leading lawyers as a full-service Romanian business law firm and has quickly grown to an impressive portfolio of both landmark work and major clients, including major international corporations, public authorities and sound international organisations. In 2014, the firm has started to act as leading counsel in cross-border projects, has extended its practice to tax advisory and insolvency & restructuring services and has developed a specialised multidisciplinary team to swiftly handle the growing number of white collar crime cases. In 2015, the firm has become the exclusive Romanian member of the International Business Law Consortium, a global alliance of independent business law firms which was founded in 1996 by the Center for International Legal Studies (a reputed law research, training, and teaching institute, founded in Austria in 1976) and was repeatedly top ranked by Chambers and Partners. As a consequence of all the above, by 2016 Maravela & Asociații had been acknowledged as a leading law firm and its founding partners had been prompted as leading lawyers by many significant international legal directories and publications, including (in alphabetical order) Best Lawyers International, Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, Legal 500, The Lawyer, etc. Maravela & Asociații owes its rapid development to several key features, such as flexible and user-friendly services of the firm coupled with an outstanding quality of service (as openly acknowledged by clients), its multidisciplinary approach and international reach, which enables it to handle the most complex projects, be they local or international. The firm’s lawyers are contributing to international and national publications edited by prestigious organisations and publishing houses, such as the International Bar Association, World Bank and the IFC, Sweet & Maxwell, Global Legal Group, etc. and are constantly invited to speak at various professional conferences and events.
Managing Partners: Gelu T Maravela, Alina Popescu, Iona Roman
Number of partners: 7 Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Romanian
Maravela & Asociații offers the full range of legal services for businesses and public administrations as well as specialised tax advisory and insolvency and restructuring services. The firm’s key areas of practice include:
Aviation & Transportation:
The practice handles niche assignments (regulatory and transactional work) for airlines and global aviation providers, as well as road and rail transport companies.
Banking & Finance:
The firm covers all ranges of work in the field, representing major corporations and international financial institutions and organisations. In particular, the firm handles vast portfolios of debt recovery files for financial services institutions.
Corporate, Commercial & M&A:
Maravela & Asociatii is commended by clients as a ‘go-to firm for M&A deals’, having been recently involved in several important European/ global deals, notoriously including Astra Rail – Greenbrier merger; practice recognised by Best Lawyers, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500.
The firm’s practice garnered outstanding recognition from clients, who commended Maravela & Asociatii as ‘the best […] from over 20 law firms in the past 15 years’. Retained to assist in competition investigations, exchanges with the European Commission and drafting of the European competition compliance policy at group level.
Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration & ADR):
This is an internationally ranked practice area (Best Lawyers, Legal 500) run by partners acknowledged as leaders in their field; it has over 80% rate of success in civil disputes.
The practice area provides advisory and litigation work for major corporations in day-to-day and one-off complex projects.
Energy & Natural Resources:
This is a reputed practice, having yielded The Best Lawyers’ Energy Law Lawyer of the Year in 2014-2015.
Healthcare & Pharma:
The practice handles major regulatory and transactional work for important players.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
This is a highly ranked practice area of the firm (Best Lawyers, Legal 500), having shaped the Romanian court practice in the field; The Best Lawyers ‘Insolvency & Restructuring Law Lawyer of the Year Award in 2016-2017’
The practice handles registration, licensing and assignment, legal due diligence and litigation work for major companies.
IT & Telecommunications:
The practice handles major regulatory and transactional work for important players. Advised on the Romanian sector of global Transparency report published by one of the European market leaders in telecommunications.
Real Estate & Construction, PPP & Infrastructure Projects:
The firm’s practice has been recognised by major international directories such as Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
The practice has qualified tax advisers on board covering all relevant aspects, from tax structuring and optimisation to due diligence, registrations and reporting. Obtained favourable court decisions in tax evasion and tax annulment matters;
White Collar Crime:
This is a multidisciplinary team handling fraud, tax, business and corruption crime cases with notable results. Considerable results for firm’s clients: acquittals, reduction of sentence, favourable monetary damages decisions in criminal cases, etc.