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McGuireWoods Romania marks six years of American and Romanian excellence in business

Date: 04/12/2013
McGuireWoods, top American strategic business advisor in Romania, celebrated last evening six years of excellent service provided to its clients.

The event benefited of the great presence of Duane Butcher - US Chargé d'affaires ad interim, Dennis Treacy - Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Smithfield Foods, Lyle Watters - Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President Finance and Strategic Planning of Ford of Europe, Lewis Franklin Payne - President of McGuireWoods LLC, former US congressman, Frank Atkinson – Chairman of McGuireWoods LLC, senior executives representing the firm’s clients, senior central and local governmental officials, members of the diplomatic community and the international financial institutions.

“We have gathered to celebrate six extraordinary years of trust, of American and Romanian excellence, of dedication to our clients, of building bridges with the Romanian government, the Parliament, the diplomatic community, the international financial institutions, the European Institutions, the media and the local communities with one single goal: to bring more investments to this nation and to grow the number of jobs, so that Romanians have a better life today and a great future in the years to come. Having recently been elected Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, I am privileged to take on a more complex responsibility and, together with my team, to identify new investment opportunities for Romania”, said Nadia Criºan, Managing Director of McGuireWoods Consulting Romania, at the celebration of the company’s sixth anniversary.

The accomplishments of McGuireWoods are best measured by the clients, who have managed to implement their investments, business ethics and industry vision and have strived to accomplish their goals under the strategic advice provided by the firm.

“Congratulations to McGuireWoods on its sixth anniversary. They have made our life easier, they have been professional. They have brought a sense of professionalism that we have in the United States with McGuireWoods, right here in Romania. And we’re pleased as we can be. Let me tell you why we’ve come to this celebration today. We relied on McGuireWoods Consulting in the United States for a decade to do the right thing for us. They represent us in Washington D.C., they represent us in many states in the United States and they

represent us here, in Bucharest. Here is why we rely on them. They have integrity, they have dedication and skill and, most importantly, they solve problems. And they make our problems their problems and they bring to the problem solving exercise a degree of professionalism that is really hard to match”, stated Dennis Treacy, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Smithfield Foods.

To further emphasize the role of McGuireWoods in the Ford investment in Romania, Lyle Watters, Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President Finance and Strategic Planning of Ford of Europe, stated: Lyle Watters, Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President Finance and Strategic Planning of Ford of Europe, stated: “Ford’s relationship with McGuireWoods goes back almost seven years to when we first considered establishing a manufacturing presence in Romania. We had decided to bid for the Craiova facility, which at that time was jointly owned by Daewoo and the Romanian government. The challenge for us was how to make the whole acquisition process work, especially in a privatization environment which was new to Romania, and in an equally new political environment, as Romania had just joined the European Union. McGuireWoods and its Managing Director Nadia Criºan skillfully and diplomatically steered us through difficult and sometimes turbulent period with a successful outcome in the end. We are now firmly established in Romania, happy to be here and we continue to rely on the advice of McGuireWoods.”

Throughout its six years history, McGuireWoods has kept its main commitment to promote Romania abroad and to build solid bridges between investors and the authorities, associations, the media and the local community. Looking back to some of the results – the development of the Smithfield Foods operations in Romania which to date continues to be the largest US investment in our country; the privatization of the Craiova automotive factory, the opening of the Procter&Gamble plant in Urlaþi or Cargill’s commitment to develop the agribusiness sector in partnership with the local farmers - one can simply state that these efforts have made a great contribution to Romania’s economic growth over the past 6 years.

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About McGuireWoods:

McGuireWoods LLP is a US company headquartered in Virginia, United States that started to assist clients with legal services in 1834. Currently, the company operates in 19 offices, both in the United States and in Europe, focused either on legal activity or consulting. Founded in 1998, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC is a full-service public affairs firm offering government relations, strategic communications & grassroots, and infrastructure and economic development services. McGuireWoods Consulting is a subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP and in 2011 was ranked in the US Top 20 of The National Law Journal's "The Influence 50," an annual report of the top public affairs firms in Washington, D.C.

McGuireWoods Romania opened in 2007 opened its office in Romania in March 2007, at the request of its anchor client Smithfield Foods and has grown sustainably so that today it provides services to clients from sectors like automotive, agriculture, energy, health, environment etc.

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