Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii acted for Iaşi Municipality which entered into a concession agreement covering heat generation, transport, distribution and supply services in the city of Iaşi.
The concession agreement between Iaşi Municipality and French company Dalkia was signed on July 6, after approximately four months of intense negotiations.
The concession of heat generation, transport, distribution and supply services in Iaşi also envisages a 20-year concession of the related infrastructure. The service will be provided by a joint venture between the contracting authority and French company Dalkia, with the latter being bound to pay an annual royalty to the municipality based on its turnover.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii took the lead role for Iaşi Municipality with a team comprising lawyers specialized in PPP, concession and public procurement led by Şerban Pâslaru (Partner) and Vlad Cercel (Managing Associate).
"The signing of the concession for heat generation, transport and supply services in the city of Iaşi is the finishing point of a lengthy and complex process, during which the parties agreed on the conditions for the provision of heat supply services under transferred management. Furthermore, the lawyers had to deal with a wide range of legal issues concerning the concession of public utilities, energy, real estate and corporate law matters. We believe that this exhaustive, yet flexible, contractual framework augurs well for the ongoing optimum development of this operation," said Şerban Pâslaru, Partner with Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has a well-established and leading PPP, concession and public procurement practice. The group offers legal assistance in structuring and implementing complex PPP and concession projects, mostly in the water and motorway sectors. It has been involved in major projects in the energy, telecommunications and public infrastructure domains (roads and bridges, railways, waste and water supply), property development, airports, highways and transportation schemes, oil & gas and power schemes.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is ranked as a top-tier law firm in PPP, concessions and public procurement by prestigious international directories such as Chambers Europe and Legal 500. The firm is acknowledged “for advising on various extensive PPP projects” as “one of the best, and particularly excellent on PPP work” (Chambers Europe). Clients benefit from the combined skills and knowledge of the firm’s top-class energy and natural resources, environment, finance and real estate departments. Furthermore, according to Legal 500, “the practice is developing a reputation as the busiest and most effective firm for PPP work”, and the team is praised for its “confident, wise practice, adept at advising both government and private companies”.