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Top Capital "100 Best Companies to Work For": Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is an exception in the labour market in Romania Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is one of the best employers in Romania, according to the 2008 edition of the annual survey undertaken by Capital, a leading weekly business magazine and GfK, one of the largest market research companies in the world. Our law firm ranked 17th in the „100 Best Companies to Work For” and was the only law firm to be included in this year's survey. According the editors of “100 Best Companies to Work For”, „at least in terms of pay offer, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is an exception in the labour market in Romania: the firm performs bi-annual reviews of both fixed salaries and attorneys fees.” Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is one of the best employers in Romania, according to the 2008 edition of the annual survey undertaken by Capital, a leading weekly business magazine and GfK, one of the largest market research companies in the world. Our law firm ranked 17th in the „100 Best Companies to Work For” and was the only law firm to be included in this year's survey. To pick the „100 Best Companies to Work For”, Capital and GfK conducted the most extensive employee survey in corporate Romania. Of some 360 firms that were contacted, 150 companies participated in this year's survey. Nearly 3,500 middle-management employees at those companies responded to a multiple-question survey created by Gfk. Companies` score is based on the results of the survey, mainly in respect of the following indicators: the internal professional development opportunities, the quality of internal communication and camaraderie, working environment, pay and benefit programs, including compensation practices. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii scored a total of 735 points, as follows: the internal professional development opportunities – 243 points; the quality of internal communication and camaraderie – 214 points; working environment – 140 points; pay and benefit programs, including compensation practices – 138 points. According the editors of “100 Best Companies to Work For”, „at least in terms of pay offer, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is an exception in the labour market in Romania: the firm performs bi-annual reviews of both fixed salaries and attorneys fees.” Also, Florentin Tuca, Managing Partner at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, stated: "people are increasingly concerned about their future in the firm, how the organization is giving them support to grow and develop, the benefits package… and are seeking more actively to find a healthy work-life balance. We believe that, until now, we were able to meet the needs of our employees and this is proved by the reduced percentage of departures from the company." Currently, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has a team of 128 legal and administrative staff, out of whom 83 are lawyers. The company was recently included in the 2008 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as one of the most innovative law firms in Europe and ranked 3rd in the Continental European Firms table.
December 29, 2008
Top Capital "100 Best Companies to Work For": Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is an exception in the labour market in Romania

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is one of the best employers in Romania, according to the 2008 edition of the annual survey undertaken by Capital, a leading weekly business magazine and GfK, one of the largest market research companies in the world.

Our law firm ranked 17th in the „100 Best Companies to Work For” and was the only law firm to be included in this year's survey. According the editors of “100 Best Companies to Work For”, „at least in terms of pay offer, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is an exception in the labour market in Romania: the firm performs bi-annual reviews of both fixed salaries and attorneys fees.” [+]

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is one of the best employers in Romania, according to the 2008 edition of the annual survey undertaken by Capital, a leading weekly business magazine and GfK, one of the largest market research companies in the world.

Our law firm ranked 17th in the „100 Best Companies to Work For” and was the only law firm to be included in this year's survey.

To pick the „100 Best Companies to Work For”, Capital and GfK conducted the most extensive employee survey in corporate Romania. Of some 360 firms that were contacted, 150 companies participated in this year's survey. Nearly 3,500 middle-management employees at those companies responded to a multiple-question survey created by Gfk.

Companies` score is based on the results of the survey, mainly in respect of the following indicators: the internal professional development opportunities, the quality of internal communication and camaraderie, working environment, pay and benefit programs, including compensation practices.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii scored a total of 735 points, as follows:

  • the internal professional development opportunities – 243 points;
  • the quality of internal communication and camaraderie – 214 points;
  • working environment – 140 points;
  • pay and benefit programs, including compensation practices – 138 points.

According the editors of “100 Best Companies to Work For”, „at least in terms of pay offer, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is an exception in the labour market in Romania: the firm performs bi-annual reviews of both fixed salaries and attorneys fees.”

Also, Florentin Ţuca, Managing Partner at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, stated: "people are increasingly concerned about their future in the firm, how the organization is giving them support to grow and develop, the benefits package… and are seeking more actively to find a healthy work-life balance. We believe that, until now, we were able to meet the needs of our employees and this is proved by the reduced percentage of departures from the company."

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Currently, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has a team of 128 legal and administrative staff, out of whom 83 are lawyers. The company was recently included in the 2008 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as one of the most innovative law firms in Europe and ranked 3rd in the Continental European Firms table.

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii closed transactions worth USD 3.42bn during January – September 2008 Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii topped ISI DealWatch league tables for emerging market M&A deal activity in terms of both the number and value of the projects in which the firm and its lawyers have been involved over the past nine months. As reported by ISI DealWatch "Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity", Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii completed 11 major deals with an aggregate value of USD 3.42bn. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii topped ISI Dealwatch league tables for emerging market M&A deal activity in terms of both the number and value of the projects in which the firm and its lawyers have been involved over the past nine months. The M&A market in Romania witnessed a slight decline in Q3/2008 from a year ago reports ISI in its most recent market survey ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity”. The financial crisis had a clear negative impact on the M&A market, with only 67 M&A transactions involving Romanian companies and a significant 66.5% y/y decrease in deal value to USD 1.22bn, from USD 3.65bn registered in Q3/2007. Real estate was the leading sector in terms of number of transactions (22 deals), just like in Q3/2007. In terms of deal value, however, real estate shows a significant 61.5% drop to USD 414.42mn, with just two deals above USD 100mn. ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity” also presents the league boards with the top financial and legal advisors having assisted in the most important transactions taking place from January to September 2008. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii ranks first in Romania, with 11 completed deals with an aggregate value of USD 3.42bn, as shown below: Among the most significant projects of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii for January – September 2008, we mention: the sale of Asiban’s shares to the French insurer group – Groupama; the acquisition of the largest onshore wind farm project in Europe by CEZ; the acquisition of Iris Shopping Center by DEGI investment fund; the acquisition of a 1.63ha plot of land in the French Village by Raptis Kavouras etc. According to the ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity”, the aggregate deal value amounted to USD 9.27bn in January – September 2008, topping the USD 8bn recorded for full-2007. Also, the number of deals stood at 200 in this period, vs. 255 in the whole 2007.
December 11, 2008
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii closed transactions worth USD 3.42bn during January – September 2008

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii topped ISI DealWatch league tables for emerging market M&A deal activity in terms of both the number and value of the projects in which the firm and its lawyers have been involved over the past nine months.

As reported by ISI DealWatch "Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity", Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii completed 11 major deals with an aggregate value of USD 3.42bn. [+]

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii topped ISI Dealwatch league tables for emerging market M&A deal activity in terms of both the number and value of the projects in which the firm and its lawyers have been involved over the past nine months.

The M&A market in Romania witnessed a slight decline in Q3/2008 from a year ago reports ISI in its most recent market survey ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity”. The financial crisis had a clear negative impact on the M&A market, with only 67 M&A transactions involving Romanian companies and a significant 66.5% y/y decrease in deal value to USD 1.22bn, from USD 3.65bn registered in Q3/2007. Real estate was the leading sector in terms of number of transactions (22 deals), just like in Q3/2007. In terms of deal value, however, real estate shows a significant 61.5% drop to USD 414.42mn, with just two deals above USD 100mn.

ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity” also presents the league boards with the top financial and legal advisors having assisted in the most important transactions taking place from January to September 2008. Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii ranks first in Romania, with 11 completed deals with an aggregate value of USD 3.42bn, as shown below:

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Among the most significant projects of Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii for January – September 2008, we mention: the sale of Asiban’s shares to the French insurer group – Groupama; the acquisition of the largest onshore wind farm project in Europe by CEZ; the acquisition of Iris Shopping Center by DEGI investment fund; the acquisition of a 1.63ha plot of land in the French Village by Raptis Kavouras etc.

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According to the ISI DealWatch „Emerging Market M&A Deal Activity”, the aggregate deal value amounted to USD 9.27bn in January – September 2008, topping the USD 8bn recorded for full-2007. Also, the number of deals stood at 200 in this period, vs. 255 in the whole 2007.

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New appointments at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Law Firm appointed a new partner and made other 5 internal promotions, further to the evaluations carried on at the end of November. As of 1st of January 2009, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii will have 16 partners, further to the promotion of Serban Paslaru as a partner in the firm. The firm made another five internal promotions, as follows: Vlad Cercel became a managing associate, while Mihaela Ivan, Oana Zancu, Oana Cornescu and Razvan Mircea are now senior associates. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Law Firm appointed a new partner and made other 5 internal promotions, further to the evaluations carried on at the end of November. As of 1st of January 2009, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii will have 16 partners, further to the promotion of Serban Paslaru as a partner in the firm. The firm made another five internal promotions, as follows: Vlad Cercel became a managing associate, while Mihaela Ivan, Oana Zancu, Oana Cornescu and Razvan Mircea are now senior associates. Serban Paslaru was appointed partner with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, where he has been working for the past four years. He specializes in public procurement, concessions and other forms of PPP, and, in general, in infrastructure projects. Currently, Serban Paslaru manages or is involved in various projects with a value of more than EUR 4-5 billion, such as the Ploiesti-Brasov Highway (Comarnic-Predeal section), the Bucharest ring road or the county emergency hospitals to be constructed in Piatra Neamt, Suceava and Ploiesti. Serban Paslaru also acquired a significant expertise by coordinating various labor law projects. “The appointment of Serban as a partner is in line with the promotion policy that we announced ever since the beginnings of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. Serban proved to be truly professional and loyal in all these years since he is a member of our team, and during the last 12 months he successfully undertook the responsibilities of his position as managing associate, proving to have real coordinating skills in large projects”, mentioned Florentin Tuca, Managing Partner with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. Currently, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has a team of 128 legal and administrative staff, out of which 80 lawyers (16 partners and 64 associates). In addition to the 16 Bucharest partners, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has two managing partners in its Cluj regional office. The firm’s elite group – the managing associates – was created in January 2008 and includes 9 lawyers and 4 members of the administrative staff (the Financial Manager, the Marketing Manager, the IT Manager and the Human Resources Manager). 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. *** Serban Paslaru became a partner with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. He has been working with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii ever since the establishment thereof in 2005. Prior to his appointment as partner, Serban was a managing associate with the firm. He specializes in public procurement, concessions and other forms of PPP, having a considerable body of expertise in performing the various stages of the procedure for the awarding of public procurement and concession agreements and in the management of legal risks deriving from the applicable framework, drafting of specific agreements, negotiation of concession agreements and preparation of bids, assistance on the implementation of transaction structure and in relation to the particularities of procurement and concessions regulations in specific sectors. Currently, he is involved in some of the most significant public procurement and concession projects in Romania, such as the Ploiesti-Brasov Highway, the Bucharest ring road or the building of 3 emergency hospitals in Piatra Neamt, Suceava and Ploiesti. Serban Paslaru also has a significant expertise in dealing with employment matters and the management of complex projects in the field, such as the implementation of restructuring/transfer programs, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, etc. Vlad Cercel has been promoted to managing associate. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior associate with Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. With a legal experience of more than 8 years, Vlad Cercel professionally covers public acquisitions, concessions and other forms of PPP, as well as niche fields of expertise, such as electronic communications and IT. He joined Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii team in 2006. Previously he held the position of Director in the Legal Department of the National Authority for Communications. Particularly, Vlad Cercel has been directly involved in drafting the primary and secondary legislation in the field of electronic communications which fully transposed the EU regulatory framework in this sector.
December 3, 2008
New appointments at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii Law Firm appointed a new partner and made other 5 internal promotions, further to the evaluations carried on at the end of November.

As of 1st of January 2009, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii will have 16 partners, further to the promotion of Şerban Pâslaru as a partner in the firm. The firm made another five internal promotions, as follows: Vlad Cercel became a managing associate, while Mihaela Ivan, Oana Zancu, Oana Cornescu and Răzvan Mircea are now senior associates. [+]

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii Law Firm appointed a new partner and made other 5 internal promotions, further to the evaluations carried on at the end of November.

As of 1st of January 2009, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii will have 16 partners, further to the promotion of Şerban Pâslaru as a partner in the firm. The firm made another five internal promotions, as follows: Vlad Cercel became a managing associate, while Mihaela Ivan, Oana Zancu, Oana Cornescu and Răzvan Mircea are now senior associates.

Şerban Pâslaru was appointed partner with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, where he has been working for the past four years. He specializes in public procurement, concessions and other forms of PPP, and, in general, in infrastructure projects. Currently, Şerban Pâslaru manages or is involved in various projects with a value of more than EUR 4-5 billion, such as the Ploieşti-Braşov Highway (Comarnic-Predeal section), the Bucharest ring road or the county emergency hospitals to be constructed in Piatra Neamţ, Suceava and Ploieşti. Şerban Pâslaru also acquired a significant expertise by coordinating various labor law projects.

“The appointment of Şerban as a partner is in line with the promotion policy that we announced ever since the beginnings of Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. Şerban proved to be truly professional and loyal in all these years since he is a member of our team, and during the last 12 months he successfully undertook the responsibilities of his position as managing associate, proving to have real coordinating skills in large projects”, mentioned Florentin Ţuca, Managing Partner with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii.

Currently, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has a team of 128 legal and administrative staff, out of which 80 lawyers (16 partners and 64 associates). In addition to the 16 Bucharest partners, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has two managing partners in its Cluj regional office.

The firm’s elite group – the managing associates – was created in January 2008 and includes 9 lawyers and 4 members of the administrative staff (the Financial Manager, the Marketing Manager, the IT Manager and the Human Resources Manager). 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.

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Şerban Pâslaru became a partner with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. He has been working with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii ever since the establishment thereof in 2005. Prior to his appointment as partner, Şerban was a managing associate with the firm. He specializes in public procurement, concessions and other forms of PPP, having a considerable body of expertise in performing the various stages of the procedure for the awarding of public procurement and concession agreements and in the management of legal risks deriving from the applicable framework, drafting of specific agreements, negotiation of concession agreements and preparation of bids, assistance on the implementation of transaction structure and in relation to the particularities of procurement and concessions regulations in specific sectors. Currently, he is involved in some of the most significant public procurement and concession projects in Romania, such as the Ploieşti-Braşov Highway, the Bucharest ring road or the building of 3 emergency hospitals in Piatra Neamţ, Suceava and Ploieşti.

Şerban Pâslaru also has a significant expertise in dealing with employment matters and the management of complex projects in the field, such as the implementation of restructuring/transfer programs, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, etc.

Vlad Cercel has been promoted to managing associate. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior associate with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii. With a legal experience of more than 8 years, Vlad Cercel professionally covers public acquisitions, concessions and other forms of PPP, as well as niche fields of expertise, such as electronic communications and IT. He joined Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii team in 2006. Previously he held the position of Director in the Legal Department of the National Authority for Communications. Particularly, Vlad Cercel has been directly involved in drafting the primary and secondary legislation in the field of electronic communications which fully transposed the EU regulatory framework in this sector.

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