Antitrust and Competition

We have developed vast experience in Romania, having advised on high profile and landmark transactions.

Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of competition matters, we are able to add value to our clients’ transactions and offer them a high quality commercial service every time. We have developed a very successful local practice in line with growing demand, advising many international clients on European activities which involve Romania. With wide experience across a range of sectors, we also understand the complex and regulated industry sectors in which our clients operate. Thanks to this, our competition and antitrust lawyers have acted on many of the most interesting and intricate antitrust transactions in Romania in recent years.

Our experience of advising clients on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions means we are well placed to anticipate any issues and risks our clients might face and to provide them with the legal advice they need, when they need it, saving them both time and money.

Transactions

Enterprise Investors on merger proceedings regarding acquisition of direct sole control in Noriel group
Electrica in court proceedings in the first “facilitator” case in Romania to date in which the client was fined EUR 2.3 million for allegedly facilitating a cartel between its meter suppliers
Groupama Asigurari in a complex antitrust investigation concerning a potential exchange of commercially sensitive information among the insurance companies in Romania
Two major movies distributors in an investigation carried out by the Romanian Competition Council on the Romanian movies distribution market
The largest leading chain of medical clinics in Romania in a complex investigation launched by the Romanian Competition Council on the maternity and stem cells bank services market. Our client was the only undertaking which was fully exonerated from liability.
Successfully representing Allianz Tiriac Asigurari before the Romanian Competition Council in a cartel investigation which was closed following the rejection of the Investigation Report (which recommended heavy fines) without any sanctions being applied
Successfully representing British American Tobacco in a cartel investigation which lasted over 4 years, including dawn raid proceedings and several rounds of questionnaire and meetings with the authority, which was closed without any sanctions being applied to our client
Successfully representing Tymbark Maspex in court proceedings against the decision of the Romanian Competition Council in a high profile case on the retail market involving also Metro, Selgros and Mega Image. The court of first instance ruled in favour of our client and annulled the decision in full.
A&D Pharma in merger proceedings regarding the sale of the entire group to the pharmacy network Dr. Max owned by Penta Investments
DS Smith Plc in merger proceedings regarding the acquisition of EcoPaper and EcoPack
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Recognition

  • Sources value the team's client-oriented approach to mandates. “The lawyers are very involved in our case,” notes one client, going on to explain: “They provide us with every piece of information and they fight for us.
    Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/Antitrust
  • Clients praise the “prompt service” they receive from the lawyers, also adding: “They understand and add value to our business.
    Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/Antitrust
  • Tier 1 – EU and competition practice in Romania
    Legal 500 2018

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