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Competition & State Aid

Competition is a strongly developing practice at the firm, and one in which we are carving a robust reputation for high-level advice to international clients on issues of crucial importance to their operations.

Our sector expertise is vast including, among others, the FMCG, software and pharma industries. Our experience is equally wide-ranging covering competition issues as diverse as identification of risk, assistance during investigations by the competition authorities, applications for state aid schemes and training on competition matters (including simulated dawn raids).

Illustrations of the calibre of our practice include:

  • Advising a global healthcare company on competition issues related to its Romanian businesses, including a long-running inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector conducted by Romanian Competition Council. We also advised on the legal feasibility, from a competition standpoint, of our client’s proposed business models.
  • Assisting a UK software company with its application for a state aid scheme to promote regional development.
  • Advising the Romanian entity of an American global consumer products company on various competition issues related to its wholesalers.
  • Counselling various important producers of decorative lacquers and paints during an investigation carried out by the Competition Council into territorial pricing and distribution.
  • Multiple mandates during a sector investigation into the Romanian natural gas market.

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Partner Ionut Bohalteanu is a registered member of the Romanian Chamber of Tax advisers – the foremost member institution for tax advisers in the country. A highly respected tax adviser, he is equally proficient providing standalone tax advice, or on the tax elements of a large transaction. Most of his clients are international and come to him for standalone tax advice, as evidenced in the work matters detailed here.
Our team provides innovative solutions to real estate issues for overseas and domestic clients alike. Able to assist with evert stage of a property deal, there are strong synergies between our real estate, corporate and banking and finance practices. Our comprehensive knowledge of the Romanian property market has served our clients well and we are natural choice for any company in possession of, or seeking to acquire, real estate assets in the country.Please click here to see what our recent experience includes.
Partner Silvia Sandu is one of the foremost privacy and data protection experts in Bucharest, amply demonstrated by the experience detailed here.
BSMP has acted in some of the most important inbound Romanian transactions for international clients as well as in some of the most important domestic deals. Equally efficient on the buy or sell-side, our experience includes negotiating mergers, demergers and joint ventures with particularly robust expertise in the regulated sectors, particularly energy, where our knowledge of the complicated Romanian regulatory regimes comes into its known.The firm has also acted in the privatization of some of the most important Romanian companies with partner Ionut Bohalteanu being a recognized leader in the field.Please click here to see what our experience includes.
Partner Silvia Sandu is a leading healthcare and pharmaceuticals lawyer, having assisted a host of multinationals with their Romanian operations for a number of years.Please click here to see what her experience includes.
The firm’s energy expertise is market leading and it is one of our core sector focuses. We have acted for a raft of multinational companies in some of the most important inbound Romanian energy transactions. Our diverse sector experience has seen us leading on major oil and gas, power and renewables projects, as well as in developing, niche fields such as mini hydro power plants and solar technology. We are able to assist our energy clients with the full life-span of a project from inception to completion, and with post-completion issues including disputes.Please click here for a summary of our team’s first-class recent experience.
Our employment client roster is comprised almost entirely of multinationals, for whom we have achieved success in a huge range of matters from cross-border redundancies and unfair dismissal claims to resolution of non-compete and high-level confidentiality issues. Practice head Silvia Sandu also has some of the foremost life sciences sector expertise in the market, as demonstrated below.Please click here to see what recent mandates include.
Our dispute resolution practice, led by Gabriela Mina, is steadily carving a reputation as one of the most sought after teams in Bucharest through a string of high-profile successes for international clients and a caseload which includes some of the most high-profile domestic disputes.Please  click here to see what the team’s recent cases include.
The highly regarded international experience of partners Ionut Bohalteanu and Daniela Milculescu, co-heads of the corporate and commercial department, make our firm a natural choice for any company with business interests in Romania. Our sector experience is vast, covering multiple areas from high-end energy instructions for European and Chinese multinationals, to major Romanian mandates in the FMCG, real estate and technology sectors among others. Our work is most often very high-value in nature, particularly by Romanian standards, and we have acted on transactions up to €50m.We assist our clients with all aspects of corporate and commercial, as demonstrated  here .
Competition is a strongly developing practice at the firm, and one in which we are carving a robust reputation for high-level advice to international clients on issues of crucial importance to their operations. Our sector expertise is vast including, among others, the FMCG, software and pharma industries. Our experience is equally wide-ranging covering competition issues as diverse as identification of risk, assistance during investigations by the competition authorities, applications for state aid schemes and training on competition matters (including simulated dawn raids).Please click here to see some illustrations of what the calibre of our practice includes.
Capital markets is one of our firm’s core practice areas. Some of the biggest banks and companies operating in Romania have turned our team , led by Ionut Bohalteanu and Daniela Milculescu. Indeed, we count the Bucharest Stock Exchange itself as one of our clients in an ample demonstration of the high esteem in which our capital markets expertise is held. Equally proficient acting for banks, companies or international investment funds, our lawyers provide clients with one of the most adept offerings available in the market.Please click here to see what our recent experience includes.
Led by Daniela Milculescu, our banking and finance practice is one of the premier offerings in Bucharest. On the lender-side our experience has few equals in the market with a client roster which includes some of the largest banks operating in the region. Our expertise covers the full spectrum of the banking and finance space from big-ticket syndicated loans, acquisition finance and restructuring, to the feasibility of new banking products, asset finance and regulatory advice.Please click here to see recent illustrations of our market-leading capabilities.