Muşat & Asociaţii received the “Gold Award” for “Best Central and Eastern Europe Law Firm 2012”, an accolade awarded during the 5
International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards 2012, organized on June 14, in Paris. The award acknowledged the excellent results obtained on the Romanian market by Muşat & Asociaţii team, both with regard to the high profile of the projects assisted during 2011 in the mergers & acquisitions area of expertise, and with regard to the management strategy adopted.

“This new international award confirms once again the success of Muşat & Asociaţii in 2011 and 2012. It is an acknowledgement of the quality of the legal services rendered by our lawyers and of a business law model based on leadership in all areas of expertise, whose value is constantly materializing in the number and quality of the clients in its portfolio. The “Gold Award” accolade granted by the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards comes after two other accolades recently awarded by the British publications Chambers Europe and International Financial Review (IFLR), acknowledging once again our standing on a more and more competitive legal market. This unanimous international acknowledgement gives us great joy, but also compels us to always meet high expectations”, Mona Muşat, Managing Partner with Muşat & Asociaţii, stated.

The International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards is an important annual event bringing together in Paris over 600 law professionals, partners and general counsels of the legal departments of major international corporations, in 50 countries in Europe, The United States of America, South America, The Middle East and Asia. This year’s jury was formed of over 145 heads of legal departments, organized in 26 different teams. Among the companies having their representatives in the jury, there were reputed names, such as BNP Paribas, Dexia, EADS, Oracle, Nokia Siemens, HP, T-Mobile, HSBC, Coca Coca, McDonald’s, British American Tobacco, L’Oreal or Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. The winners in each category are chosen based on the information provided by the clients, but also on the knowledge which the jury members have with regard to the evolution of the respective markets.

Among the reference projects assisted by Muşat & Asociaţii last year: assisting HKD Global Industry Ventures Limited investment fund for the acquisition of INTEGRA (an important meat processor in Romania), assisting Mediterranean Car for the acquisition of Autoitalia, representing Oz Minerals Limited (a leading mining company in Australia, specializing in copper extraction) with regard to the offer amounting to EUR 200.000.000 for the purchase of Cuprumin S.A., but also representing The Office for State Participation in Privatization and Industry (OPSPI) during the privatization of Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea mixed facilities, or advising company Enel during the acquisition of Salbatica 2 windfarm, with an installed capacity of 72 MW.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Muşat & Asociaţii lawyer team is currently involved in most of the important projects conducted on the capital market, such as the secondary sale of a 15% package of the Transgaz shares, the launching of the initial public offering of the sale of 20% of Tarom, but also during the primary public offering of 10% of the share capital of Hidroelectrica. Additionally, Muşat & Asociaţii also advised OPSPI in the secondary public offering for the sale of 15% of Transelectrica, successfully concluded at the end of March 2012.

The over 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions is constantly acknowledged by the reputed international guides – Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, IFLR 1000 and Chambers & Partners, which also recommend the specialized lawyers as leaders in the field.

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