Valentin Berea

Partner

Valentin is a Partner of RTPR. He specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, competition and intellectual property.

Valentin is included on the list of arbitrators of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court attached to the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham) and is a member of the Administrative Council of this court.

He is also a certified intellectual property counsellor for trademarks and industrial designs and has worked for many years as an assistant professor teaching contract law at Bucharest Law University.

Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers has included Valentin for the last 10 years among the list of top 10 competition law specialists in Romania, a list that is prepared exclusively based on peers’ feedback.

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Professional Highlights

Successfully represented Tymbark Maspex in court proceedings in relation to the annulment of the decision of the Competition Council in an investigation in which Metro, Selgros and Mega Image were investigated
Successfully represented the National Bank of Romania in relation to a dispute with the ultimate shareholder of Banca Carpatica
Successfully represented SDEE Transilvania Nord SA (part of Electrica group) in front of the Bucharest Court of Appeal in a high profile dispute initiated by RCS-RDS, the largest Romanian telecom services provider, that intended to enter the electricity distribution market and was hence challenging through a series of high stakes administrative cases our client’s electricity distribution natural monopoly
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
A company designing typefaces and fonts against the largest Internet Service Provider in Romania in relation to copyright infringement claim regarding a specific typeface the client developed
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
Successfully represented the most important Hollywood studios, including Paramount, Sony, Twentieth, Universal, Walt Disney, Columbia and Warner Bros. in the first site blocking case which has ever been tried in Central and Eastern Europe, by suing internet service providers with the aim of blocking pirate movies websites
Successfully represented Electrica in a EUR 800 million litigation case against the Romanian Management Company for Ownership in Energy (SAPE) for alleged breaches of the post-privatisation monitoring obligations regarding former distribution subsidiaries of Electrica
Successfully represented RBS Bank Romania in an ICC arbitration held in Vienna, in relation to a contractual dispute
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Awards & accolades

  • Ranked in Chambers
  • Recommended
    Who’s Who Legal: Competition Lawyers
  • Recognised in Legal 500

News & Insights

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Amendments to the Companies Law

√     Simplified procedure for transfers of shares to non-shareholders in SRLs √     Minimum share capital thresholds no longer applicable to SRLs √   …

Valentin Berea

Partner