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Muºat & Asociaþii Strengthens its White Collar Crime Team

Date: 06/13/2013
Muºat & Asociatii strengthens its team of lawyers specializing in criminal law and criminal procedure by the joining of Bogdan Bãrbat and Mãdãlin Enache as Managing Associates, both “criminal” lawyers with an extensive track record in this sector.

They are joining an existing team of 10 lawyers specialized in criminal law and currently managing in excess of 500 cases at both the criminal prosecution stage and court stage, focusing mainly on economic, fiscal and banking crime and corruption offenses in respect to both individual liability for corporate crime and the criminal liability of legal entities.

“Alongside the increasing number of civil, tax and administrative litigation disputes, deriving from commercial relationships, we are witnessing an impressive growth in white collar crime cases. Anticipating this trend, over the past years Muºat & Asociaþii has developed a criminal law department, which currently manages a considerable number of criminal files and we estimate that this area of practice will provide, in the medium and long term, an increased volume of work for law firms especially since, under the legislative provisions in force, criminal liability has been extended so as to cover business entities when there is a suspicion that such companies have undertaken illegal activities or have facilitated the perpetrating of certain criminal offences, especially in the economic-fiscal area. From this perspective, the joining of Bogdan and Mãdãlin as Managing Associates of our criminal law practice is welcomed and beneficial” - stated Gheorghe Muºat, Senior Partner of Muºat & Asociaþii.

Bogdan Bãrbat has over 13 years worth of experience in the field of criminal law, having worked with Prof. Gheorghiþã Mateuþ in some of the highest-profile criminal files involving corporations such as Rompetrol SA, Credit Europe Bank, Banca Transilvania, Atalanta Corporation (international food importer), but also well-known Romanian business men, politicians and diplomats, among which Ovidiu Tender, George Copos or Dinu Patriciu. His area of expertise covers complex corruption, economic-fiscal crime, terrorism, undermining the national economy, treason and organized crime files, providing legal assistance and representation both during the criminal investigation proceedings, and throughout the criminal trial, as well as in matters referring to the criminal liability of legal entities.

Mãdãlin Enache, former partner in the criminal law department of “ªerban & Asociaþii, Attorneys at Law”, benefits from an extensive professional expertise as criminal lawyer, having acted in the last 6 years exclusively in “white collar crime” cases and files. Mãdãlin assisted and represented, in various criminal procedures, renowned corporations or business men, his clients consisting primarily of companies or their representatives, in IT, e-commerce, telecommunications, financial-banking, pharmaceutical, capital markets, real-estate, constructions, oil and gas industry, energy, public utilities, services, etc. Mãdãlin was directly involved in criminal files referring to white-collar crime, infringements of sector-specific laws, IT crime or corruption cases, appearing before all criminal prosecution authorities (Police and/or Prosecutor’s Office, including the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT)) or courts of law.

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 april 2013, Muºat & Asociaþii won the „The Law Firm of the Year in Romania” award during the IFLR European Awards ceremony, held in London, in the presence of more than 200 representatives of the leading European law firms. This is the second time in the past three years that Muºat & Asociaþii is granted this prestigious award, after the distinction received in 2011, when Romania was included for the first time on the list of countries nominated for the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) awards.

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 mandates portfolio in the Mergers & Acquisitions area of practice, and to the management strategy adopted.
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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