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The Lawyer: A Romanian Lawyer Becomes the First European Managing Partner of the Year in the Awards History Florentin Tuca, founding partner of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has triumphed at last night’s awards ceremony held by The Lawyer in Monte Carlo. He became the first Romanian lawyer to be named European Managing Partner of the Year. The citation singled out “his tireless and inspiring leadership” (The Lawyer). Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is also a past recipient of The Lawyer’s 2010 Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and The Balkans Award. At the annual ceremony hosted by The Lawyer magazine in Monaco, 88 independent and international law firms competed for 19 trophies. The honours recognise those law firms that have demonstrated outstanding operational excellence in the course of the past year, as well as law firm partners with impressive management and leadership skills. One of the biggest awards of the night was scooped by a Romanian lawyer, marking a first in the history of The Lawyer’s awards. Florentin Tuca was chosen as the winner of the European Managing Partner of the Year award by a judging panel comprising managing partners at private practice firms and in-house counsel at multinational companies such as Caterpillar, Thomas Eggar, CBS Outdoor, Addleshaw Goddard, Travers Smith, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, HBO Europe, Unisys, G4S, Rusal, Macfarlanes, Baker Hughes, Clyde & Co, InterContinental Hotels Group and Stephenson Harwood. Florentin Tuca edged out competition from five other senior partners at law firms from France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Ukraine. The citation singled out “his tireless and inspiring leadership” (The Lawyer). The title of European Managing Partner of the Year is given to an outstanding leader, who has driven his/her firm forward with vision and judgement. Judges looked for evidence of initiatives led by the Managing Partner which have improved client service, won work or clients, or changed the culture of the firm. Speaking on the night, Florentin Tuca stated: “This truly is a great honour. Although it sounds like individual recognition, the prize is really a Team Oscar, the validation of my partners’ collective performance. It is not my award, but a gold medal for the team!” Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii was in the running for two honours at the 2012 edition of The Lawyer European Awards - the Law Firm of the Year: Romania and the European Managing Partner of the Year awards. These nominations came after Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii claimed the title of Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans at the 2010 awards hosted by The Lawyer magazine. The European Managing Partner of the Year title is the second international award received by Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii in recognition of its enlightened management style. In March 2012, the firm picked up the prize for the Best Managed Workplace during the annual MPF European Leadership Awards. In addition, the Romanian independent outfit was also twice named Best Employer in Romania in 2008/09 and 2010/11 by Aon Hewitt. The Lawyer European Awards are a unique gala celebrating excellence in the legal profession across Europe, and attracting hundreds of guests. This year, the awards gala coincided with the first day of The Lawyer European Conference, which focused on management strategy for independent firms. The summit took place in Monte Carlo on October 25th-26th, 2012. For a complete list of winners from the 2012 The Lawyer European Awards, please go here. About Florentin Tuca, Managing Partner, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii: Dr Florentin Țuca is a Managing Partner at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii. With a legal career spanning 19 years, he has a wealth of experience in corporate and banking law, as well as project finance, concessions and other forms of PPP projects, notably in the fields of infrastructure and energy. In addition, he has a reputation for handling complex domestic and international arbitration, particularly in relation to privatisation and cross-border disputes, having been involved in no fewer than three international arbitration cases brought against Romania at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – ICSID, while currently coordinating a fourth one before the same international arbitration court. Florentin Tuca has also conducted, as co-ordinator, numerous privatisations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in various industries. He is also highly skilled in drafting laws and regulations, having been involved in the development and implementation of the legal framework relating to privatisation, concessions, banking and other areas. In 2011, he acted as a Team Leader of the consortium retained by the Romanian Ministry of Justice in relation to the TA project for the Preparation of the Enforcement of the New Civil Code, Criminal Code, Civil Procedure Code and Criminal Procedure Code. Florentin Tuca is a regular speaker and writer on topics related to corporate law, PPPs, concessions and other legal matters. He is also a founding member and General Secretary of the French-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and holds a PhD in PPPs and Concessions.
October 26, 2012
The Lawyer: A Romanian Lawyer Becomes the First European Managing Partner of the Year in the Awards History

Florentin Ţuca, founding partner of Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has triumphed at last night’s awards ceremony held by The Lawyer in Monte Carlo. He became the first Romanian lawyer to be named European Managing Partner of the Year. The citation singled out “his tireless and inspiring leadership” (The Lawyer).

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is also a past recipient of The Lawyer’s 2010 Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and The Balkans Award.  [+]

At the annual ceremony hosted by The Lawyer magazine in Monaco, 88 independent and international law firms competed for 19 trophies. The honours recognise those law firms that have demonstrated outstanding operational excellence in the course of the past year, as well as law firm partners with impressive management and leadership skills.

One of the biggest awards of the night was scooped by a Romanian lawyer, marking a first in the history of The Lawyer’s awards. Florentin Ţuca was chosen as the winner of the European Managing Partner of the Year award by a judging panel comprising managing partners at private practice firms and in-house counsel at multinational companies such as Caterpillar, Thomas Eggar, CBS Outdoor, Addleshaw Goddard, Travers Smith, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, HBO Europe, Unisys, G4S, Rusal, Macfarlanes, Baker Hughes, Clyde & Co, InterContinental Hotels Group and Stephenson Harwood.

Florentin Ţuca edged out competition from five other senior partners at law firms from France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Ukraine. The citation singled out “his tireless and inspiring leadership” (The Lawyer).

The title of European Managing Partner of the Year is given to an outstanding leader, who has driven his/her firm forward with vision and judgement. Judges looked for evidence of initiatives led by the Managing Partner which have improved client service, won work or clients, or changed the culture of the firm. 

Speaking on the night, Florentin Ţuca stated: “This truly is a great honour. Although it sounds like individual recognition, the prize is really a Team Oscar, the validation of my partners’ collective performance. It is not my award, but a gold medal for the team!”

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii was in the running for two honours at the 2012 edition of The Lawyer European Awards - the Law Firm of the Year: Romania and the European Managing Partner of the Year awards.

These nominations came after Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii claimed the title of Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans at the 2010 awards hosted by The Lawyer magazine.

The European Managing Partner of the Year title is the second international award received by Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii in recognition of its enlightened management style. In March 2012, the firm picked up the prize for the Best Managed Workplace during the annual MPF European Leadership Awards. In addition, the Romanian independent outfit was also twice named Best Employer in Romania in 2008/09 and 2010/11 by Aon Hewitt. 

The Lawyer European Awards are a unique gala celebrating excellence in the legal profession across Europe, and attracting hundreds of guests. This year, the awards gala coincided with the first day of The Lawyer European Conference, which focused on management strategy for independent firms. The summit took place in Monte Carlo on October 25th-26th, 2012.

For a complete list of winners from the 2012 The Lawyer European Awards, please go here.

About Florentin Ţuca, Managing Partner, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii:

Dr Florentin Țuca is a Managing Partner at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii.

With a legal career spanning 19 years, he has a wealth of experience in corporate and banking law, as well as project finance, concessions and other forms of PPP projects, notably in the fields of infrastructure and energy. In addition, he has a reputation for handling complex domestic and international arbitration, particularly in relation to privatisation and cross-border disputes, having been involved in no fewer than three international arbitration cases brought against Romania at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – ICSID, while currently coordinating a fourth one before the same international arbitration court.

Florentin Ţuca has also conducted, as co-ordinator, numerous privatisations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in various industries. He is also highly skilled in drafting laws and regulations, having been involved in the development and implementation of the legal framework relating to privatisation, concessions, banking and other areas. In 2011, he acted as a Team Leader of the consortium retained by the Romanian Ministry of Justice in relation to the TA project for the Preparation of the Enforcement of the New Civil Code, Criminal Code, Civil Procedure Code and Criminal Procedure Code.

Florentin Ţuca is a regular speaker and writer on topics related to corporate law, PPPs, concessions and other legal matters. He is also a founding member and General Secretary of the French-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and holds a PhD in PPPs and Concessions.

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Financial Times: Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, Third Most Innovative Law Firm in Continental Europe During the annual FT Innovative Lawyers Awards gala, which took place in London at the end of last week, the Financial Times newspaper launched the 2012 edition of its Innovative Lawyers report, in the presence of more than 400 lawyers and in-house counsels from law firms and leading companies across Europe. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii came third in the Most Innovative Non-UK European Law Firms table. With a score of 54 points, Romania claimed a place on the podium alongside Garrigues (70 points) and Uría Menéndez (59 points). The Romanian independent law firm outdid 12 other well-known international law firms from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands: Cuatrecasas, Portolano Cavallo, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Noerr, Houthoff Buruma, NCTM, Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, and NautaDutilh. In the words of the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, “forward-thinking client services to help businesses invest and grow in this developing market keep Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii fresh”. In the words of the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, “forward-thinking client services to help businesses invest and grow in this developing market keep Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii fresh”. During the annual FT Innovative Lawyers Awards gala, which took place in London at the end of last week, the Financial Times newspaper launched the 2012 edition of its Innovative Lawyers report, in the presence of more than 400 lawyers and in-house counsels from law firms and leading companies across Europe. For the sixth consecutive year, Romania was represented amongst the elite of the European legal industry, alongside well-known firms such as Freshfields, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, Linklaters, Ashurst, Garrigues, Slaughter and May, Simmons & Simmons, Hogan Lovells, Uría Menéndez, Skadden Arps and others. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii came third in the Most Innovative Non-UK European Law Firms table. With a score of 54 points, Romania claimed a place on the podium alongside Garrigues (70 points) and Uría Menéndez (59 points). The Romanian independent law firm outdid 12 other well-known international law firms from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands: Cuatrecasas, Portolano Cavallo, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Noerr, Houthoff Buruma, NCTM, Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, and NautaDutilh. “When I learned that we’d achieved third place in the Non-UK European law firms table, my thoughts went out to all our esteemed clients and competitors – as they have significantly contributed to our getting stronger year after year. My most heartfelt thoughts, however, went to our team of lawyers and staff, to whom we owe what we are today: without them, we would have been just another ordinary law firm,” said Gabriel Zbarcea, Managing Partner at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii and the firm’s representative at the awards gala in London. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii remained the sole Eastern European independent law firm included in this year’s Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, scoring highest within the following categories: Most Innovative Firms in Corporate Strategy, for joining forces with Grayling, the public affairs firm, to create a new market and service for clients; Most Innovative Law Firms in Client Service, for developing a free online tool – www.noulcodcivil.ro – to navigate the changes brought about by the new civil code in Romania; Most Innovative Law Firms in Dispute Resolution, for unblocking Romania’s largest foreign direct investment, worth $4 billion; Most Innovative Firms in Private Client Work, for ensuring Putna Monastery, a World Heritage Site, won its controversial dispute with the Romanian state. Based on its total report score, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii also made the awards shortlist in two categories, the Most Innovative Law Firm in Continental Europe and Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate Strategy. “I felt overwhelmed at the sight of literally hundreds of lawyers gathered in the sumptuous ballroom of the National History Museum. Europe’s most innovative legal minds were there, hoping for the best possible outcome for them and their law firms. I simply cannot describe the joy I felt when our law firm was nominated twice for an award,” said Gabriel Zbarcea of the highly charged night of the awards ceremony. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii was the only independent law firm in Eastern Europe to be ranked among the top 20 places in the FT Law 50 index of the best performers within the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report. Now in its seventh edition, the report presents a unique analysis of innovation in the legal profession – the only ranking established through an investigation of the innovative ways in which law firms throughout Europe have adapted to the changing market conditions. The final rankings of the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2012 report were based on 600 submissions and more than 500 telephone interviews with senior lawyers and executives conducted during a five-month period . More than 150 legal firms, teams and other organizations participated in the European report this year. About the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report: The Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report illustrates innovation in the legal industry. Every year, law firms and companies across Europe are invited to put forward submissions for one or more of the categories in the report. Each submission is then thoroughly assessed by Financial Times journalists for the originality, rationale and impact of the innovation. The law firms are awarded points against key performance indicators and may then be included in the FT Law 50 table, an index of the top 50 performers. Each submission is judged by expert consultants and knowledgeable observers in the industry. The Financial Times has teamed up with RSG Consulting, a specialist legal research company with 20 years of experience in analyzing the legal profession. The 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report was launched on October 4th at the National History Museum, London. More information on the report is available here.
October 8, 2012
Financial Times: Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, Third Most Innovative Law Firm in Continental Europe

During the annual FT Innovative Lawyers Awards gala, which took place in London at the end of last week, the Financial Times newspaper launched the 2012 edition of its Innovative Lawyers report, in the presence of more than 400 lawyers and in-house counsels from law firms and leading companies across Europe.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii came third in the Most Innovative Non-UK European Law Firms table. With a score of 54 points, Romania claimed a place on the podium alongside Garrigues (70 points) and Uría Menéndez (59 points). The Romanian independent law firm outdid 12 other well-known international law firms from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands: Cuatrecasas, Portolano Cavallo, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Noerr, Houthoff Buruma, NCTM, Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, and NautaDutilh.

In the words of the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, “forward-thinking client services to help businesses invest and grow in this developing market keep Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii fresh”. [+]

In the words of the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, “forward-thinking client services to help businesses invest and grow in this developing market keep Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii fresh”.

During the annual FT Innovative Lawyers Awards gala, which took place in London at the end of last week, the Financial Times newspaper launched the 2012 edition of its Innovative Lawyers report, in the presence of more than 400 lawyers and in-house counsels from law firms and leading companies across Europe.

For the sixth consecutive year, Romania was represented amongst the elite of the European legal industry, alongside well-known firms such as Freshfields, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, Linklaters, Ashurst, Garrigues, Slaughter and May, Simmons & Simmons, Hogan Lovells, Uría Menéndez, Skadden Arps and others.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii came third in the Most Innovative Non-UK European Law Firms table. With a score of 54 points, Romania claimed a place on the podium alongside Garrigues (70 points) and Uría Menéndez (59 points). The Romanian independent law firm outdid 12 other well-known international law firms from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands: Cuatrecasas, Portolano Cavallo, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Noerr, Houthoff Buruma, NCTM, Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, and NautaDutilh.

“When I learned that we’d achieved third place in the Non-UK European law firms table, my thoughts went out to all our esteemed clients and competitors – as they have significantly contributed to our getting stronger year after year. My most heartfelt thoughts, however, went to our team of lawyers and staff, to whom we owe what we are today: without them, we would have been just another ordinary law firm,” said Gabriel Zbârcea, Managing Partner at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii and the firm’s representative at the awards gala in London.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii remained the sole Eastern European independent law firm included in this year’s Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report, scoring highest within the following categories:

  • Most Innovative Firms in Corporate Strategy, for joining forces with Grayling, the public affairs firm, to create a new market and service for clients;
  • Most Innovative Law Firms in Client Service, for developing a free online tool – www.noulcodcivil.ro – to navigate the changes brought about by the new civil code in Romania;
  • Most Innovative Law Firms in Dispute Resolution, for unblocking Romania’s largest foreign direct investment, worth $4 billion;
  • Most Innovative Firms in Private Client Work, for ensuring Putna Monastery, a World Heritage Site, won its controversial dispute with the Romanian state.

Based on its total report score, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii also made the awards shortlist in two categories, the Most Innovative Law Firm in Continental Europe and Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate Strategy.

“I felt overwhelmed at the sight of literally hundreds of lawyers gathered in the sumptuous ballroom of the National History Museum. Europe’s most innovative legal minds were there, hoping for the best possible outcome for them and their law firms. I simply cannot describe the joy I felt when our law firm was nominated twice for an award,” said Gabriel Zbârcea of the highly charged night of the awards ceremony.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii was the only independent law firm in Eastern Europe to be ranked among the top 20 places in the FT Law 50 index of the best performers within the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report.

Now in its seventh edition, the report presents a unique analysis of innovation in the legal profession – the only ranking established through an investigation of the innovative ways in which law firms throughout Europe have adapted to the changing market conditions.

The final rankings of the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2012 report were based on 600 submissions and more than 500 telephone interviews with senior lawyers and executives conducted during a five-month period . More than 150 legal firms, teams and other organizations participated in the European report this year.

About the 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report:

The Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report illustrates innovation in the legal industry. Every year, law firms and companies across Europe are invited to put forward submissions for one or more of the categories in the report.
Each submission is then thoroughly assessed by Financial Times journalists for the originality, rationale and impact of the innovation. The law firms are awarded points against key performance indicators and may then be included in the FT Law 50 table, an index of the top 50 performers.

Each submission is judged by expert consultants and knowledgeable observers in the industry. The Financial Times has teamed up with RSG Consulting, a specialist legal research company with 20 years of experience in analyzing the legal profession.

The 2012 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers report was launched on October 4th at the National History Museum, London.

More information on the report is available here.

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Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Launches Third Edition of Employment Guidebook Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii today launched the 2012 edition of the Employment Guidebook, a reference tool providing valuable information on the applicable labour and employment regulations in Romania. The Employment Guidebook is written in English and distributed exclusively in electronic format. It was authored by a team of expert labour and employment lawyers coordinated by Serban Paslaru, Partner, and Mihai Anghel, Senior Associate. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii today launched the 2012 edition of the Employment Guidebook, a reference tool providing valuable information on the applicable labour and employment regulations in Romania. The Employment Guidebook is written in English and distributed exclusively in electronic format. It was authored by a team of expert labour and employment lawyers coordinated by Serban Paslaru, Partner, and Mihai Anghel, Senior Associate. The guide features important information about: Individual Employment Agreements, Collective Dismissals, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Labour Conflicts and Transfers of Business. "We certainly hope that the Employment Guidebook will turn out to be a useful instrument for legal practitioners and human resources managers alike, especially at times when the effective management of human resources remains one of the chief concerns for employers," said Serban Paslaru, Partner at Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii and Head of the firm's Labour and Employment practice group. The aim of this guidebook is not, however, to give a comprehensive account of the Romanian legal framework and practice in the labour field, but rather to outline the most common employment issues on which employers need to focus. Consequently, the information and opinions contained in the Employment Guidebook should be treated neither as a comprehensive study nor as a substitute for specific advice concerning actual situations. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii's latest edition of the Employment Guidebook can be downloaded free of charge here.
October 4, 2012
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii Launches Third Edition of Employment Guidebook

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii today launched the 2012 edition of the Employment Guidebook, a reference tool providing valuable information on the applicable labour and employment regulations in Romania. The Employment Guidebook is written in English and distributed exclusively in electronic format. It was authored by a team of expert labour and employment lawyers coordinated by Şerban Pâslaru, Partner, and Mihai Anghel, Senior Associate. [+]

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii today launched the 2012 edition of the Employment Guidebook, a reference tool providing valuable information on the applicable labour and employment regulations in Romania.

The Employment Guidebook is written in English and distributed exclusively in electronic format. It was authored by a team of expert labour and employment lawyers coordinated by Şerban Pâslaru, Partner, and Mihai Anghel, Senior Associate.

The guide features important information about: Individual Employment Agreements, Collective Dismissals, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Labour Conflicts and Transfers of Business.

"We certainly hope that the Employment Guidebook will turn out to be a useful instrument for legal practitioners and human resources managers alike, especially at times when the effective management of human resources remains one of the chief concerns for employers," said Şerban Pâslaru, Partner at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii and Head of the firm's Labour and Employment practice group.

The aim of this guidebook is not, however, to give a comprehensive account of the Romanian legal framework and practice in the labour field, but rather to outline the most common employment issues on which employers need to focus. Consequently, the information and opinions contained in the Employment Guidebook should be treated neither as a comprehensive study nor as a substitute for specific advice concerning actual situations.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii's latest edition of the Employment Guidebook can be downloaded free of charge here.

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