“A trustful, reliable and very competent law firm”

Source: GC of a global automotive supplier

“I could not be more pleased with the manner in which you have handled the matter”

Source: CFO of a specialized equipment supplier

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“They have an excellent reputation in the healthcare field”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They live up to the expectations”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Their knowledge and services are excellent”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They provide quality and business friendly input”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are all excellent lawyers”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are cost efficient and very professional”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Highly attuned to the complex local legislative framework”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Good financial performance and growth, focus on the core market”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Takes part in noteworthy CSR initiatives”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Recognised internationally for the great quality of its services”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A true Romanian success story”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“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 of a U.S. based law firm

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Professionals of high standards.”

Source: Director of an important oil & gas company

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This team is pragmatic and dedicated, and successfully represents our interests.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A reliable team providing a high standard of work.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“They are quick, thorough and pro-business, very determined, innovative and friendly.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This is a go-to firm for M&A deals.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

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Gelu Titus Maravela

Managing 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 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).

Accolades

  • "Gelu Maravela is a reputed lawyer, well known on the M&A Romanian market and we want top services so we chose him and his firm. He knows business and knows legal and he is a perfect combination of entrepreneurship and legal advice. Good strategist as well." - Source: Clients quoted by IFLR 1000 (2018);
  • "Mr Maravela is very experienced and possesses a wealth of knowledge that we are benefiting from. He is, to put it simply, accurate and to the point on any issue we have discussed. His team is very well prepared and they are all excellent lawyers and provide us with great service." - Source: Clients quoted by IFLR 1000 (2018).

Memberships

  • Bucharest Bar Association (Admitted 1997)

Publications

  • "Capital Market" regulatory deeds collection, 1998 – 2000 editions;
  • "Civil law. Case studies" collection for students, 1998 – 2000 and 2002 editions;
  • Romania chapter in International Agency, Distribution and Licensing Agreements (IADLA), 4th issue, published by Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell;
  • Article published in the Oil and Gas Magazine re. the legal regime applicable to the transportation of crude oil and natural gas, 2005;
  • Various digests published in the European Current Law, part of Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell (about 100 digests published);
  • Romanian Chapter of Doing Business in Europe, editions 2005 -2012 published under the auspices of World Bank – International Finance Corporation;
  • Chapter Romania in Doing Business in Europe, published by Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell;
  • "New VAT regime in Romania", article published in Eurolawyer Magazine, 2002;
  • Articles published in Romanian legal magazines;
  • Romania chapter of Global Legal Insights on International Arbitration, First edition, published by Global Legal Group;
  • Romania chapter of Global Legal Insights on Mergers & Acquisitions, Fourth edition, published by Global Legal Group;
  • Various issues of Emergency Legal Kit for Business and Legal Prompts, specialized business law publications and legal update bulletins, edited by Maravela|Asociații.

Highlights of Gelu’s credentials include advice and representation to:

  • A significant German private equity investor with regard to a complex acquisition of three rail wagons manufacturing businesses undergoing insolvency proceedings at the time of acquisition, as well as various post acquisition matters, including capital markets aspects;
  • A major European utilities provider in connection with a large transportation infrastructure project, including due diligence and advice on transaction documents;
  • A leading medical services provider in connection with the acquisition of several medical centers and various other regulatory and commercial issues;
  • Romanian investors in connection with a shareholders dispute regarding a minority stake held in a major gas stations chain controlled by one of the world leading oil and gas companies;
  • One of the largest producers of mobile phones in connection to the development, operation and closing down of a manufacturing plant in a complex framework including an industrial park established in cooperation with local authorities and suppliers' hub;
  • A world leading medicine and medical devices manufacturer with respect to the acquisition and integration of a major company in the field, as well as successive restructurings of the business in Romania, including transfer of business and de-merger operations;
  • A large US based oil and gas company with regard to the privatization of the largest national oil company;
  • One of the largest Romanian companies regarding buy-outs on the stock exchange, delisting of an affiliate via public offering, corporate financing, strategic partnerships and various other corporate and commercial matters;
  • A major European airline in connection with the attempted acquisition of the largest Romanian low cost carriers;
  • An important Indian group with respect to the acquisition via capital market mechanisms of one of the largest soda ash manufacturing companies in Romania;
  • A leading Czech investment fund with respect to the acquisition of the largest Romanian hotels chain and various post acquisition issues;
  • A large European utility provider with regard to the acquisition of several utility supply and distribution companies;
  • An association of medicines manufacturers in connection with high level assessment of numerous draft enactments concerning social health insurance, national health programs, the framework agreement for medical assistance within the social health insurances system, pricing regulations, the claw-back system;
  • A world leading medicines manufacturer regarding data protection, clinical and observational studies, regulatory, public tenders, interaction with government officials and anti-bribery regulations, advertising, specific contractual arrangementsclaw-back related issuescompetition and employment matters;
  • A world leading pharmaceuticals company in connection with two transactions re the divestiture of a pharmacy chain and the separation of the underlying business;
  • A major European pharmaceuticals company regarding day-to-day legal assistance on healthcare, regulatory, clinical and observational studies, claw-back, corporate and commercial related matters, advertising and competition matters;
  • The Romanian natural gas regulator with regard to the full liberalization and unbundling of the national gas market;
  • A regional water operator company regarding the rehabilitation and the extension of the local water supply systems and infrastructure, including advising on the tendering procedures, services and concession contracts concerning the management, supervision and construction works;
  • One of the largest construction groups in Turkey in connection with the successful amicable settlement of a sub-leveraged dispute against one of the major European real estate developers.

 

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