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Muºat & Asociaþii – leader in the Legal 500 rankings in 2013

Date: 04/02/2013
Legal 500, one of the highest profile and most reputed international legal publishers, reconfirms, in 2013 as well, the position of Muºat & Asociaþii as “Leading firm” in the areas of practice Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources, IT, Telecommunication & Media, PPP & Public Procurement, Banking, Finance & Capital Markets. The Dispute Resolution and Real Estate practices are also distinguished for their results and assisted projects.
Due to the success and professional skills proven in the relationships with the clients, 12 out of the 17 partners of our firm (i.e. Gheorghe Muºat, Mona Muºat, Cãtãlin Bãiculescu, Gheorghe Buta, Miruna Suciu, Luminiþa Popa, Marius Bârlãdeanu, Nicolae Viorel Dinu, Monia Dobrescu, Ionut Bohâlþeanu, Cleopatra Leahu and Silvia Sandu) are included in the “leading individuals” category or are highly recommended as reference lawyers for their legal area of expertise.
“The constant presence of Muºat & Asociaþii at the top of the Legal 500 rankings emphasizes the top expertise of our team of lawyers, but also the magnitude of the projects we assist. These appraisals, which also take into account the direct feed-back from our clients, demonstrate that we are the first choice of companies seeking top-notch legal services”, said Mona Muºat, Managing Partner Muºat & Asociaþii.
According to the clients quoted by Legal 500, Muºat & Asociaþii is “one of the strongest local players in the market” and “one of the most active firms in Romanian capital markets”, acknowledged also for the legal assistance provided to clients in the energy sector. “Excellent service level and great industry, legal and regulatory framework knowledge”, assessed the collaborators of Muºat & Asociaþii.
Annually, “Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa 2013” publishes reviews covering the activity of law firms in over 100 countries. The assessment of a firm and its inclusion in the top is based on an extended analysis of the projects conducted, the complexity of the legal matters occurring during the development of the projects and the manner in which they were settled, but also on interviews with the clients and direct competitors.
Among the reference projects in 2012, also nominated by Legal 500, we count the representation of Nokia throughout the divestiture and sale of the production factory at Jucu to De’Longhi; legal assistance provided for Astra Rail Industries, in acquiring Astra Vagoane, Meva SA and Romvag Caracal, as well as advice to OZ Mineral Limited, a top Australian mining company, in connection with the EUR 200,000,000 bid for the acquisition of Cuprumin S.A. Also last year, Muºat & Asociaþii has counseled the Office for State Ownership and Privatization in Industry (OPSPI) in the secondary public offer for the sale of 15% of Transelectrica, successfully concluded at the end of March (transaction value: EUR 37.7 million).
The performances of Muºat & Asociaþii were also recognized this year by the international legal guide Chambers & Partners, the Chambers Global 2013 edition, our firm being placed among the elite of business law in the practice areas reviewed in Romania (Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency).

About MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII
MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII is one of the first law firms established in Romania after January 1, 1990. With 17 partners and over 100 attorneys and advisors, MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII provides consultancy services in all areas of business law, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Privatization, Banking, Energy & Natural Resources, Competition, Corporate, Telecommunications & IT, Labor, Fiscal, Capital Markets, Real Estate, Environmental, Litigations & Commercial Arbitrations.
Renowned as one of the pillars of business law in Romania, MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII is constantly recommended by foreign legal publications (such as Chambers & Partners, Practical Law Company, International Financial Law Review, Legal 500 etc.) as one of the leading law firms, many of its attorneys being, in their turn, nominated by these publications among the elite of business law in Romania.
In 2012, MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII won the Gold Award for “Best Law Firm in Central and Eastern Europe”, an accolade awarded by the 2012 International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, for excellent results obtained on the Romanian market by the MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII team, both with regard to the evolution of the mandate portfolio represented in 2011 in the Mergers & Acquisitions area of practice, and to the management strategy adopted.
In addition, MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII was the first local law firm to be granted the prestigious award “National Law Firm of the Year” by the British legal publication International Financial Law Review (IFLR), which also publishes the well-known international legal guide IFLR 1000.
Furthermore, the renowned publication Chambers Europe awarded the trophy "Romanian Law Firm of the Year" to MUªAT & ASOCIAÞII for being the law firm with the best performance in the course of last year in Romania, in the ceremony “Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2011”.
MUSAT & ASOCIATII regularly provides legal consultancy services to some of the most renowned and valued corporations in Romania, including a third of the Top 100 and half of the Top 500 largest companies, as well as to local public and financial institutions in intricate corporate and financial transactions and complex dispute resolution procedures. The company’s portfolio comprises over 2,500 clients, most of which are foreign investors, such as: Enel SpA, GDF Suez, Rompetrol, Colas, European Investment Bank, RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), ING Bank, Fortis Bank, KBC Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Banca Transilvania, BNP Paribas, OTP Bank, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Roche, Abbot, General Electric, General Motors, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Google, AON, Amazon.com, AT&T, Nokia, Alcatel - Lucent, Telecom Italia, Thyssen Krupp, Generali, AFI Europe, Electrolux, Caterpillar, Monsanto, Deutsche Bahn, SAB Miller, etc.



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