I was very impressed with you and your team

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

My thanks to everyone for a job most excellently done

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

I look forward to working with you all again very soon

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

“Impressive use of technology, and a solid international client base”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“Well presented strategy”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“They are all excellent lawyers”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They provide quality and business friendly input”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Their knowledge and services are excellent”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They live up to the expectations”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They have an excellent reputation in the healthcare field”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Highly attuned to the complex local legislative framework”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are cost efficient and very professional”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

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

Source: CFO of a specialized equipment supplier

“A trustful, reliable and very competent law firm”

Source: GC of a global automotive supplier

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

The Lawyer European Awards 2018

Source: European Law Firm of the Year – Highly Commended

“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

Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Source: Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

“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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Alina Popescu

Founding Partner

As a founding partner of Maravela & Asociații and as a former partner with another top tier Romanian law firm, Alina has been at the forefront of some of the largest projects and transactions as well as of some of the most significant commercial and investment arbitrations involving Romanian counsels.

She is an internationally commended lawyer with extensive expertise in M&A, commercial & corporate projects as well as in competition, employment, technology, regulatory and arbitration matters. In addition, Alina’s expertise encompasses the amicable settlement of disputes and the configuration of the client’s pre-litigation conduct meant at achieving a favourable out-of-court settlement and to increase chances for success in court.

Alina’s diverse expertise, her ability to coordinate cross-border projects and capacity to draw up and lead 365 degrees, multi-angled assessments and strategies bring a great added value to the successful outcome of the most intricate transactions and disputes.

She advises a broad range of multinational corporations and high profile private clients and has been frequently acting as a Romanian counsel to some of the world’s leading international law firms.

Language fluency

  • Romanian, English and French

Education

  • LL.M in European Union Law, Montesquieu Bordeaux IV University (2004);
  • LL.B, Bucharest University Law School (2003).

Accolades

  • "(...) they are extremely competent and help with seemingly impossible matters (for example, there was a contractual matter in respect of which several large law firms said there was nothing to do; Gelu [Maravela] and Alina [Popescu] however succeeded to solve the issue in a brilliant way)." - Source: Managing Director of the Romanian subsidiary of a global pharmaceuticals and healthcare group;
  • "My colleagues and me enjoy working with you [Alina Popescu] and your team and we see you as a trustful, reliable and very competent law firm." - Source: General Counsel of an international automotive supplier with around 70 locations in 28 countries;
  • "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;
  • "The team members are extremely well prepared and excellently managed by Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu. Very high standard of work, prompt feedback, and very good sector knowledge." – Banking, M&A, project development, regulatory - Source: Clients quoted by IFLR 1000 (2019);
  • Alina Popescu has been named "Leading Cross Border Investments and Transactions Adviser of the Year, Romania", at the 2018 Leading Adviser Awards, from Acquisition International;
  • "Alina Popescu has ‘wide knowledge and experience." - Source: Commercial, corporate and M&A - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (2018);
  • Alina Popescu has been selected by peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Romania (2018) for her work in Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

Memberships

  • Bucharest Bar Association (Admitted 2004);
  • International Bar Association;

Publications

  • Cartels Navigator – co-author, Lexology 2018-2019;
  • The Legal 500: Technology Comparative Guide – co-author, The In-House Lawyer 2018;
  • Getting the Deal Through – State Aid, Romanian chapter, Law Business Research, July 2018;
  • Life Sciences: product regulation and liability in Romania, Lexology Navigator, May 2018;
  • Commercial arbitration 2018, Romanian know-how chapter – contributor, Global Arbitration Review 2018;
  • Romanian Cartels Navigator – co-author, Lexology 2017;
  • The Legal 500: Technology Comparative Guide – co-author, The In-House Lawyer 2017;
  • Overview and requirements for changing board members, Romanian Chapter of ChangeBoardMember.com, June 2017;
  • Commercial arbitration 2017, Romanian know-how chapter – contributor, Global Arbitration Review 2017;
  • "Dealing with abusive enforcement of LGs under Romanian jurisdiction", article published in the European Newsletter review edited by Sweet & Maxwell;
  • "Is arbitration still an option for public contracts related disputes?", article published in the Arbitration News review edited by the International Bar Association;
  • "The new provisions of French law on international arbitration", article published in the Romanian Arbitration Review;
  • Chapters of the Doing Business guide, edited by the World Bank;
  • Various sections of the Doing Business in Europe guide, edited by Sweet & Maxwell;
  • Over 50 legal digests published in the European Current Law review edited by Sweet & Maxwell;
  • "Highlights regarding the EC proposal for a Common European Sales Law", article published in the International Sales Newsletter, edited by the International Bar Association, June 2013 issue;
  • "Romanian Arbitration Law - one step forward, two steps back", article published in the Arbitration News review, edited by the International Bar Association;
  • 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;
  • "CCIR Court of Arbitration of Romania - Arbitrators Appointment Reformed", article published in The Commercial, Shipping & Investment Arbitration Watch, issue no. 22, edited by AACNI (Abogados Asociados para el Comercio, la Navegación y la Industria SLP);
  • Various issues of Emergency Legal Kit for Business and Legal Prompts, specialized business law publications and legal update bulletins, edited by Maravela|Asociații;
  • Romanian Employment Navigator – co-author, Lexology 2017;

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

  • One of the leading manufacturers of mobile communication devices, in connection with the successful development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and of the industrial park wherein said facility was located, the structuring of the contractual framework for the envisaged suppliers hub, the underlying competition matters and the successful sale of the manufacturing facility upon exit;
  • A strategic German investor, in connection with the successful acquisition of three Romanian freight wagon manufacturing businesses, in a highly complex transaction deemed as the M&A deal of the year in 2012, as well as in connection with the drafting and negotiation of the key customer agreements;
  • An important European investment fund, in connection with the successful acquisition of a controlling stake in a leading Romanian hotels chain. Legal work has included thorough due diligence enquiries as well as the drafting, negotiation and closing of the transaction documents;
  • A major European airline, in connection with the attempted acquisition of the leading Romanian low cost airline. Legal work has included thorough due diligence enquiries as well as the drafting and negotiation of the transaction documents;
  • A major European medical services company, in connection with envisaged acquisition of a business as a going concern and competition matters;
  • A reputed European real estate developer, in connection with the drafting and negotiation of the entire contractual framework related to the development and marketing of two major shopping centres (malls), as well as in connection with the sale of the same;
  • An international corporation, in connection with competition aspects pertaining to envisaged acquisition of a stake in a major natural resources project;
  • A global expert in asset auctions, liquidation and asset valuation appraisal services, in connection with the successful amicable settlement of a multimillion dollar dispute against a leading automotive manufacturer;
  • An important European industrial group, in successfully defending the client against multimillion dollar claims in an UNCITRAL arbitration regarding performance of investment obligations under a privatization agreement;
  • A leading Romanian group, in connection with multimillion euro claims in an investment arbitration filed with the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes;
  • Several international corporations, in connection with the assessment of potential investment arbitration claims against the Romanian State;
  • One of the leading electricity suppliers and distributors, in connection with multimillion euro claims related to investment obligations under a privatization agreement;
  • A US based fund, in connection with a high value ICC arbitration against an anchor tenant and the successful amicable settlement of the same;
  • A major real estate developer, in connection with the jurisdiction phase of a high value ICC arbitration regarding a forward funding acquisition;
  • A leading exploration equipment supplier, in connection with the successfully closed and implemented settlement and security agreements entered into with a major Romanian company;
  • A leading pharmaceuticals and medical devices company, in connection with an intra-group transfer of business and various other corporate and commercial matters;

 

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