MUȘAT & ASOCIAȚII shall promote two new Partners within Litigation department, namely Mrs. Elena Cîrlig and Mrs. Paula Neculae, each with an extensive experience in litigation, both as (former) magistrate, and also as attorneys.

Mrs. Elena Cîrlig career begun as attorney with Brașov Bar, and afterwards as judge with Făgăraș Court of Law, with Alba-Iulia Court of Appeal and then with Brașov Court of Appeal. Her magistrate career reached the highest point when she was appointed to the prestigious position of Judge Inspector with the Superior Council of Magistracy, and in 2010 she returned to the Bar and joined Mușat & Asociații team of attorneys.

As litigation attorney, Mrs. Elena Cîrlig assists and represents both local, as well as international clients, in the firm’s portfolio, in the following areas of practice: Civil & Commercial Law, Administrative Law, Corporate Law, Insolvency and Arbitration.

Mrs. Cîrlig also coordinates the activity of Mușat & Asociații office in Cluj Napoca as back as 2011.

Mrs. Paula Neculae has a remarkable professional career, with more than 25 years of legal activity. Throughout this time she gained an extensive experience, both as a judge with the Judicial Inspection – Superior Council of Magistracy, Bucharest Court of Appeal and Court of Law of District, Bucharest, and also as an attorney, starting with 2011, when she joined MUȘAT & ASOCIAȚII team of attorneys.

As barrister, Mrs. Neculae assists and represents various local and international clients operating in the Automotive Field, Banks, Financial Services, Food Industry, Healthcare, Education, Insurances, Media and Pharma, and her experience as litigation attorney includes Civil & Commercial Law, Tax Law, Labour Law, Family Law, Enforcements.

Together with the two new Partners, other four attorneys have been promoted as Managing Associates and five attorneys as Senior Associates.

The following attorneys were promoted as Managing Associates (in alphabetical order): Simona Anton (Labour & Corporate Law), George Chiocaru (Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Corporate & Commercial Law), Adrian Chirvase (Criminal and Business Law) and Luiza Padiu (Civil Litigation & Arbitration, Administrative & Corporate Law).

The following attorneys were promoted as Senior Associates (in alphabetical order): Ioana Cojocaru, Dragoș Lungu, Evelina Mieișor-Grecu, Alexandru Pădurean and Doru Schipor. These promotions aim at the departments of Litigation & Arbitration, Labour Law, Corporate & Commercial Law, Insolvency and Criminal Law.

We are happy with the promotions of this year, especially those aiming at both consulting, as well as litigation, at all levels of seniority, thus proving, once again, if there was any need to, that Mușat & Asociații is a vast source of attorney talent. I want to thank our colleagues for their effort so far and wish them best of luck from now on, in their new roles” said Mr. Gheorghe Mușat, Founder and Managing Partner of the Firm.



MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII ( is one of the first law firms established in Romania, immediately after the fall of the communist regime in December 1989. Currently, with 18 partners and over 100 attorneys and advisors, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII provides consulting services in all business law areas, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Privatization, Banking, Energy & Natural Resources, Competition, Corporate, Telecommunications & IT, Labour, Tax, Capital Markets, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Litigation & Commercial Arbitration, Criminal Law.

On a regular basis, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII provides the most renowned and valued corporations in Romania and abroad, including a third of Top 100 and a half of Top 500 largest companies in Romania, as well as public and financial institutions with legal assistance on intricate corporate and  financial transactions and complex  dispute resolution procedures. The law  firm’s portfolio includes over 2.500 clients, most of which are foreign investors.

Recognized as one of the pillars of Romania’s business law practice, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII is constantly recommended by international specialized publications (Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review, Legal 500 etc.) as a leading law firm in Romania. Besides, many of its attorneys have been nominated by such publications among the elite of business law in Romania.

In 2018, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII won the award for the largest M&A Pharma transaction in Romania, for assistance granted to Dr. Max in the acquisition of A&D Pharma group, and in 2016 the award for the largest transaction in the energy field, for assistance granted to Sterling Resources in the process  of sale of operations in Romania  to Carlyle International Energy Partners, as well as the award for the largest HORECA transaction for assisting Premier Capital in purchasing McDonald’s in Romania (awards granted by Ziarul Financiar, during the Attorney Gala).

In 2015, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII won the “Law Firm of the Year in Romania” award, a distinction handed out annually by the reputed British publisher “The Lawyer”, and in 2013, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII was appointed “Law Firm of the Year in Romania” by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), and this was the second time when the firm was 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).

Moreover,  in 2012 MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII won the Gold Award for the “Best Law Firm in Central and Eastern Europe”, an accolade awarded by the 2012 International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, and in 2011, the renowned publication Chambers Europe awarded the “Romanian Law Firm of the Year” trophy to MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII, the law firm with the best performance in Romania, during the “Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2011” gala.

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