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World IP Review: Three lawyers are nominated in this year’s WIPR Leaders Directory Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii’s team specialising in intellectual property, including IP disputes has received three recognitions from the reputed publication – World IP Review. Ciprian Dragomir, Partner and Head of the firm’s IP practice group, Bogdan Halcu, Managing Associate in the firm’s IP practice group and Mihaela Maxim, Managing Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group were named as one of the leading IP practitioners in the country in WIPR Leaders 2019. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii’s team specialising in intellectual property, including IP disputes has received three recognitions from the reputed publication – World IP Review. Ciprian Dragomir, Partner and Head of the firm’s IP practice group, Bogdan Halcu, Managing Associate in the firm’s IP practice group and Mihaela Maxim, Managing Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group were named as one of the leading IP practitioners in the country in WIPR Leaders 2019. Full rankings are available at the following link: https://bit.ly/2V4DS8N WIPR Leaders profiles the leading IP executives across the world. Each entrant has been nominated by their peers for their exceptional work in the industry. Separated into two issues, WIPR Leaders: Patents and WIPR Leaders: Trademarks feature more than 1700 IP professionals, making it easy to find the best lawyers in all regions across the globe.
February 15, 2019
World IP Review: Three lawyers are nominated in this year’s WIPR Leaders Directory

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații’s team specialising in intellectual property, including IP disputes has received three recognitions from the reputed publication – World IP Review.

Ciprian Dragomir, Partner and Head of the firm’s IP practice group, Bogdan Halcu, Managing Associate in the firm’s IP practice group and Mihaela Maxim, Managing Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group were named as one of the leading IP practitioners in the country in WIPR Leaders 2019. [+]

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații’s team specialising in intellectual property, including IP disputes has received three recognitions from the reputed publication – World IP Review.

Ciprian Dragomir, Partner and Head of the firm’s IP practice group, Bogdan Halcu, Managing Associate in the firm’s IP practice group and Mihaela Maxim, Managing Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group were named as one of the leading IP practitioners in the country in WIPR Leaders 2019.

Full rankings are available at the following link: https://bit.ly/2V4DS8N  

WIPR Leaders profiles the leading IP executives across the world. Each entrant has been nominated by their peers for their exceptional work in the industry. Separated into two issues, WIPR Leaders: Patents and WIPR Leaders: Trademarks feature more than 1700 IP professionals, making it easy to find the best lawyers in all regions across the globe.

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, Key Partner to the Global Legal Hackathon Romania 2019 Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is proud to announce it has become one of the Key Partners to the world’s largest legal tech event, happening simultaneously in 45 cities around the world, including Bucharest, on 22-24 February. Online registration for the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (GLH2019) is open until midnight on 19 February: www.globallegalhackathon.ro Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is proud to announce it has become one of the Key Partners to the world’s largest legal tech event, happening simultaneously in 45 cities around the world, including Bucharest, on 22-24 February. Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (GLH2019) is hosted for the second time by SCA Hristescu & Partners and will take place at Commons Unirii. Online registration is open until midnight on 19 February: www.globallegalhackathon.ro GLH2019 will be conducted in three stages: • the 51-hour innovation sprint hackathon weekend (22-24 February), • the virtual semi-finals, • and then the final round and a gala with a judging panel drawn from prominent industry leaders from around the world. In its inaugural year, the GLH2018 drew over 5,000 participants from six continents, 40 cities, and 22 countries, making it the largest legal technology innovation event in history. About the Global Legal Hackathon 2019: The Global Legal Hackathon is a non-profit organization that was founded to accelerate and amplify innovation in the legal industry. The annual hackathon that it organizes is a global, experiential learning laboratory for innovators and visionaries from within law firms, corporate legal departments, legal technology companies, universities, governments, and service providers. It brings together the best thinkers, doers and practitioners in law in support of a unified vision: rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, worldwide. https://globallegalhackathon.com/
February 14, 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații, Key Partner to the Global Legal Hackathon Romania 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is proud to announce it has become one of the Key Partners to the world’s largest legal tech event, happening simultaneously in 45 cities around the world, including Bucharest, on 22-24 February. Online registration for the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (GLH2019) is open until midnight on 19 February: www.globallegalhackathon.ro 
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Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is proud to announce it has become one of the Key Partners to the world’s largest legal tech event, happening simultaneously in 45 cities around the world, including Bucharest, on 22-24 February.

Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (GLH2019) is hosted for the second time by SCA Hristescu & Partners and will take place at Commons Unirii. Online registration is open until midnight on 19 February: www.globallegalhackathon.ro 

GLH2019 will be conducted in three stages:
• the 51-hour innovation sprint hackathon weekend (22-24 February),
• the virtual semi-finals,
• and then the final round and a gala with a judging panel drawn from prominent industry leaders from around the world.

In its inaugural year, the GLH2018 drew over 5,000 participants from six continents, 40 cities, and 22 countries, making it the largest legal technology innovation event in history.

About the Global Legal Hackathon 2019:
The Global Legal Hackathon is a non-profit organization that was founded to accelerate and amplify innovation in the legal industry. The annual hackathon that it organizes is a global, experiential learning laboratory for innovators and visionaries from within law firms, corporate legal departments, legal technology companies, universities, governments, and service providers. It brings together the best thinkers, doers and practitioners in law in support of a unified vision: rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, worldwide. https://globallegalhackathon.com/

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, in the running for a coveted CEE 2018 Deal of the Year Award Romanian independent law firm – Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii – has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s CEE Legal Matters (CEELM) – Deal of the Year Awards. According to CEELM, “these shortlists were chosen by panels of experts on the ground in each CEE jurisdiction from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe”. Romanian independent law firm – Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii – has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s CEE Legal Matters (CEELM) – Deal of the Year Awards. According to CEELM, “these shortlists were chosen by panels of experts on the ground in each CEE jurisdiction from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe”. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii was nominated for advising on the Romanian legal aspects incident to the Advent International – Zentiva/Sanofi acquisition, a cross-border deal which was valued at EUR 1.9 billion. The team was led by Partners Sorin Vladescu (Corporate and M&A) and Silvana Ivan (Capital Markets, Data Protection). According to the organisers, the winners will be announced at the 2019 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest. Law firms from 17 different CEE countries will be recognised for their hard work in some of the largest and most important deals taking place last year. The full list of nominees is available here.
February 11, 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații, in the running for a coveted CEE 2018 Deal of the Year Award
Romanian independent law firm – Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații – has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s CEE Legal Matters (CEELM) – Deal of the Year Awards. According to CEELM, “these shortlists were chosen by panels of experts on the ground in each CEE jurisdiction from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe”. [+]

Romanian independent law firm – Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații – has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s CEE Legal Matters (CEELM) – Deal of the Year Awards. According to CEELM, “these shortlists were chosen by panels of experts on the ground in each CEE jurisdiction from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe”.

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații was nominated for advising on the Romanian legal aspects incident to the Advent International – Zentiva/Sanofi acquisition, a cross-border deal which was valued at EUR 1.9 billion. The team was led by Partners Sorin Vlădescu (Corporate and M&A) and Silvana Ivan (Capital Markets, Data Protection).

According to the organisers, the winners will be announced at the 2019 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest. Law firms from 17 different CEE countries will be recognised for their hard work in some of the largest and most important deals taking place last year.

The full list of nominees is available here.

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advises Interbrands Marketing & Distribution on one of the largest deals in the FMCG sector Interbrands Marketing & Distribution, one of the largest Romanian companies in the distribution and marketing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will be acquired by Orbico Group, a Croatian company and the leading distributor for a large number of quality globally known brands. Interbrands Marketing & Distribution, one of the largest Romanian companies in the distribution and marketing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will be acquired by Orbico Group, a Croatian company and the leading distributor for a large number of quality globally known brands. The transaction is part of a global deal and is subject to regulatory approvals. Interbrands Marketing & Distribution retained Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii to advise on all Romanian related legal matters pertaining to the deal. The team was led by Partner Cornel Popa with Anda-Laura Tanase, an associate in the firm’s Corporate and M&A practice group also acting on this matter. Orbico Group is currently present in 20 different countries and regions and it offers complete and comprehensive business solutions for sales and distribution, logistics services, marketing and brand management services for a large number of different industries and business areas such as FMCG, beauty care products, pharmaceuticals, toys and textile products, electrical appliances, cigarettes, motor oils and many more. (According to the information provided by https://emerging-europe.com/business/croatian-distributor-orbico-in-takeover-of-romanias-interbrands/)
January 31, 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advises Interbrands Marketing & Distribution on one of the largest deals in the FMCG sector
Interbrands Marketing & Distribution, one of the largest Romanian companies in the distribution and marketing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will be acquired by Orbico Group, a Croatian company and the leading distributor for a large number of quality globally known brands. [+]

Interbrands Marketing & Distribution, one of the largest Romanian companies in the distribution and marketing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will be acquired by Orbico Group, a Croatian company and the leading distributor for a large number of quality globally known brands.

The transaction is part of a global deal and is subject to regulatory approvals.

Interbrands Marketing & Distribution retained Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații to advise on all Romanian related legal matters pertaining to the deal. The team was led by Partner Cornel Popa with Anda-Laura Tănase, an associate in the firm’s Corporate and M&A practice group also acting on this matter.

Orbico Group is currently present in 20 different countries and regions and it offers complete and comprehensive business solutions for sales and distribution, logistics services, marketing and brand management services for a large number of different industries and business areas such as FMCG, beauty care products, pharmaceuticals, toys and textile products, electrical appliances, cigarettes, motor oils and many more.

(According to the information provided by https://emerging-europe.com/business/croatian-distributor-orbico-in-takeover-of-romanias-interbrands/)

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii launches the 2019 edition of “Better Business in Romania” Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has launched the 2019 edition of the “Better Business in Romania”, a user-friendly legislative guide covering 17 areas of law. “Better Business in Romania” compiles important pieces of information regarding the legislative climate applicable to investments in various areas of interest. For the first time, a dedicated chapter on Personal Data Protection was added to the table of contents. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has launched the 2019 edition of the “Better Business in Romania”, a user-friendly legislative guide covering 17 areas of law. “Better Business in Romania” compiles important pieces of information regarding the legislative climate applicable to investments in various areas of interest, starting from Corporate Law (aspects concerning the setting-up, management, acquisition, merger, and dissolution of a company), Real Estate, Creditor and Debtor Disputes, Employment, Public Contracts, Competition, Energy, Capital Market, Financial Institutions, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental law, Product Liability and Consumer Contracts, Insolvency, as well as Criminal Law and Taxation. For the first time, a dedicated chapter on Personal Data Protection was added to the table of contents. “Better Business in Romania” is made to offer foreign investors looking for investment opportunities in Romania a preliminary account of the legal framework in Romania. The information and opinions herein should not be treated as a comprehensive study and should not be construed or used as substitute for specific legal advice. The guide is available for free download on Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii’s website - /better_business/
January 15, 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații launches the 2019 edition of “Better Business in Romania”

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații has launched the 2019 edition of the “Better Business in Romania”, a user-friendly legislative guide covering 17 areas of law. “Better Business in Romania” compiles important pieces of information regarding the legislative climate applicable to investments in various areas of interest. For the first time, a dedicated chapter on Personal Data Protection was added to the table of contents. [+]

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații has launched the 2019 edition of the “Better Business in Romania”, a user-friendly legislative guide covering 17 areas of law.

“Better Business in Romania” compiles important pieces of information regarding the legislative climate applicable to investments in various areas of interest, starting from Corporate Law (aspects concerning the setting-up, management, acquisition, merger, and dissolution of a company), Real Estate, Creditor and Debtor Disputes, Employment, Public Contracts, Competition, Energy, Capital Market, Financial Institutions, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental law, Product Liability and Consumer Contracts, Insolvency, as well as Criminal Law and Taxation.

For the first time, a dedicated chapter on Personal Data Protection was added to the table of contents.

“Better Business in Romania” is made to offer foreign investors looking for investment opportunities in Romania a preliminary account of the legal framework in Romania. The information and opinions herein should not be treated as a comprehensive study and should not be construed or used as substitute for specific legal advice.

The guide is available for free download on Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații’s website - /better_business/

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii promotes 11 to various roles Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has promoted 11 lawyers to Managing Associate and Senior Associate roles as part of the annual performance review process. The appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2019. Most of the promotions were to a Managing Associate role – an elite group of the firm’s most senior lawyers standing significant promotion prospects to Partnership. Created in January 2008, this structure was devised, on the one hand, as a bridge between the team of partners and the rest of the firm, and, on the other hand, this team is, for the lawyers, a “waiting room” to partnership. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has promoted 11 lawyers to Managing Associate and Senior Associate roles as part of the annual performance review process. The appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2019. Most of the promotions were to a Managing Associate role – an elite group of the firm’s most senior lawyers standing significant promotion prospects to Partnership. Created in January 2008, this structure was devised, on the one hand, as a bridge between the team of partners and the rest of the firm, and, on the other hand, this team is, for the lawyers, a “waiting room” to partnership. As such, Sergiu Cretu, Ruxandra Frangeti, Nisa Jecu, Iuliana Leon, Ruxandra Nita, Ancuta Pop, Ana Popa, Irina Raileanu and Raluca Sanucean (in alphabetical order) became Managing Associates while Sergiu Negreanu and Ana Parvu-Ratoi (in alphabetical order) were promoted to Senior Associate. The firm’s promotions took place in Banking & Finance, Litigation & Arbitration, Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, IP/Data Protection, Energy & Natural Resources, Public Procurement practice groups. According to the firm’s managing partner Florentin Tuca, 2018 saw no promotions to Partner level, however at least two Partner appointments are expected to take place this year.
January 14, 2019
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații promotes 11 to various roles

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații has promoted 11 lawyers to Managing Associate and Senior Associate roles as part of the annual performance review process. The appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2019.

Most of the promotions were to a Managing Associate role – an elite group of the firm’s most senior lawyers standing significant promotion prospects to Partnership. Created in January 2008, this structure was devised, on the one hand, as a bridge between the team of partners and the rest of the firm, and, on the other hand, this team is, for the lawyers, a “waiting room” to partnership. [+]

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații has promoted 11 lawyers to Managing Associate and Senior Associate roles as part of the annual performance review process. The appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2019.

Most of the promotions were to a Managing Associate role – an elite group of the firm’s most senior lawyers standing significant promotion prospects to Partnership. Created in January 2008, this structure was devised, on the one hand, as a bridge between the team of partners and the rest of the firm, and, on the other hand, this team is, for the lawyers, a “waiting room” to partnership.

As such, Sergiu Crețu, Ruxandra Frangeti, Nisa Jecu, Iuliana Leon, Ruxandra Niță, Ancuța Pop, Ana Popa, Irina Răileanu and Raluca Sănucean (in alphabetical order) became Managing Associates while Sergiu Negreanu and Ana Pârvu-Rățoi (in alphabetical order) were promoted to Senior Associate.

The firm’s promotions took place in Banking & Finance, Litigation & Arbitration, Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, IP/Data Protection, Energy & Natural Resources, Public Procurement practice groups.

According to the firm’s managing partner Florentin Țuca, 2018 saw no promotions to Partner level, however at least two Partner appointments are expected to take place this year.

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii manages to stay the execution of an ANAF order with an impact on the oil and gas industry On 30 October 2018, the Bucharest Court of Appeal handed down a first-instance judgment to stay the execution of Order No. 1960/06.08.2018 issued by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF). According to such Order, as of 10 November 2018 the market players trading wholesale energy products (i.e., oil, diesel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and biofuel) are now bound to hold storage areas. The legal team of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii represented a leading natural gas/oil company trading wholesale energy products. The legal team of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii represented a leading natural gas/oil company trading wholesale energy products. On 30 October 2018, the Bucharest Court of Appeal handed down a first-instance judgment to stay the execution of Order No. 1960/06.08.2018 issued by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF). According to such Order, as of 10 November 2018 the market players trading wholesale energy products (i.e., oil, diesel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and biofuel) are now bound to hold storage areas. Given the major impact - first of all economic - of the aforementioned Order, this ruling is very important for such natural gas/oil company and is enforceable de jure with immediate effect. According to ANAF Order No. 1960/2018, the wholesale of energy products can only be conducted under a certificate issued in accordance with the new requirements, which involves holding storage areas. The old certificates cease to be valid on 9 November 2018, i.e. after expiry of the 90-day term provided by the Order. The legal team of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii representing the client in court consisted of Christina Vladescu (Partner), Diana Agafitei (Managing Associate) and Radu Chiran (Associate).
November 26, 2018
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații manages to stay the execution of an ANAF order with an impact on the oil and gas industry

On 30 October 2018, the Bucharest Court of Appeal handed down a first-instance judgment to stay the execution of Order No. 1960/06.08.2018 issued by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF). According to such Order, as of 10 November 2018 the market players trading wholesale energy products (i.e., oil, diesel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and biofuel) are now bound to hold storage areas. The legal team of Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații represented a leading natural gas/oil company trading wholesale energy products. [+]

The legal team of Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații represented a leading natural gas/oil company trading wholesale energy products.

On 30 October 2018, the Bucharest Court of Appeal handed down a first-instance judgment to stay the execution of Order No. 1960/06.08.2018 issued by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF). According to such Order, as of 10 November 2018 the market players trading wholesale energy products (i.e., oil, diesel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and biofuel) are now bound to hold storage areas.

Given the major impact - first of all economic - of the aforementioned Order, this ruling is very important for such natural gas/oil company and is enforceable de jure with immediate effect.

According to ANAF Order No. 1960/2018, the wholesale of energy products can only be conducted under a certificate issued in accordance with the new requirements, which involves holding storage areas. The old certificates cease to be valid on 9 November 2018, i.e. after expiry of the 90-day term provided by the Order.

The legal team of Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații representing the client in court consisted of Christina Vlădescu (Partner), Diana Agafiței (Managing Associate) and Radu Chiran (Associate).

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advised on a complex syndicated credit facility between MedLife and a syndicate of banks According to a press release issued by MedLife, the Company’s Board of Directors signed a syndicated credit facility with Banca Comerciala Romana, Raiffeisen Bank, BRD Groupe Societe Generale and Banca Transilvania for refinancing its existing facilities, extending the maturity of the loans, rearranging the related terms and conditions and raising new funds up to a total amount of EUR 66 million. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advised the syndicate of banks on the deal, with Banking partner Mihai Dudoiu at the helm of a team that also included managing associate Catalin Georgescu and senior associate Sergiu Negreanu. According to a press release issued by MedLife, the Company’s Board of Directors signed a syndicated credit facility with Banca Comerciala Romana, Raiffeisen Bank, BRD Groupe Societe Generale and Banca Transilvania for refinancing its existing facilities, extending the maturity of the loans, rearranging the related terms and conditions and raising new funds up to a total amount of EUR 66 million. The additional credit facility of EUR 10 million will be a term facility and will be used by MedLife, along with the Company's own cash, for potential new acquisition opportunities arising on the market. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advised the syndicate of banks on the deal, with Banking partner Mihai Dudoiu at the helm of a team that also included managing associate Catalin Georgescu and senior associate Sergiu Negreanu. MedLife is the largest private healthcare provider in Romania. (According to the information provided by http://www.bvb.ro/FinancialInstruments/SelectedData/NewsItem/M-Signing-of-syndicated-credit-facility/1948B)
November 6, 2018
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advised on a complex syndicated credit facility between MedLife and a syndicate of banks
According to a press release issued by MedLife, the Company’s Board of Directors signed a syndicated credit facility with Banca Comercială Română, Raiffeisen Bank, BRD Groupe Societe Generale and Banca Transilvania for refinancing its existing facilities, extending the maturity of the loans, rearranging the related terms and conditions and raising new funds up to a total amount of EUR 66 million. Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advised the syndicate of banks on the deal, with Banking partner Mihai Dudoiu at the helm of a team that also included managing associate Cătălin Georgescu and senior associate Sergiu Negreanu. [+]

According to a press release issued by MedLife, the Company’s Board of Directors signed a syndicated credit facility with Banca Comercială Română, Raiffeisen Bank, BRD Groupe Societe Generale and Banca Transilvania for refinancing its existing facilities, extending the maturity of the loans, rearranging the related terms and conditions and raising new funds up to a total amount of EUR 66 million.

The additional credit facility of EUR 10 million will be a term facility and will be used by MedLife, along with the Company's own cash, for potential new acquisition opportunities arising on the market.

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advised the syndicate of banks on the deal, with Banking partner Mihai Dudoiu at the helm of a team that also included managing associate Cătălin Georgescu and senior associate Sergiu Negreanu.

MedLife is the largest private healthcare provider in Romania.

(According to the information provided by http://www.bvb.ro/FinancialInstruments/SelectedData/NewsItem/M-Signing-of-syndicated-credit-facility/1948B)

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