Bucharest, 13 March 2015 – Muşat & Asociaţii is the recipient of the prestigious “Law Firm of the Year in Romania” award, a distinction handed out annually by the reputed British publisher “The Lawyer” to European law firms with outstanding achievements in the reference year. The trophy was presented to Mona Muşat, Managing Partner Muşat & Asociaţii, during the Awards Ceremony which took place on Thursday evening in London, with more than 250 representatives from more than 250 of the leading law firms in Europe in attendance.
“The Lawyer award arrives at a particularly important moment for the history and evolution of Muşat & Asociaţii in the Romanian business law market – our 25th anniversary – and is the European-level recognition of our law firm’s achievements in 2014, as well as of the quality standards upheld throughout this time. The credit for this <Law Firm of the Year in Romania > award should go to both our team of lawyers and our clients, who constantly trusted us with their complex assignments, and that allowed us to make good use of the expertise and experience acquired through the numerous projects assisted during the 25 years of Muşat & Asociaţii”, said Mona Muşat, Managing Partner, during the ceremony.
This year, a number of 26 awards have been handed out during the Awards Ceremony, the winners being selected by a jury comprising 26 legal experts from international law firms and private companies. The jury’s review was based on criteria such as excellence of the legal services provided, the ability to handle complex projects and files, showing a strategic vision, the existence of a strong partnership culture, financial development and performance as well as the level of client care provided. The Lawyer awards have been, for over 20 years, a landmark for excellence in the European legal services sector.
Muşat & Asociaţii thus joins the most prominent European law firms as recipients of the 2014 The Lawyer award, a list which includes Baker & McKenzie, Latham & Watkins, Noerr (Germany), Schoenherr (Austria), Rutgers & Posch (Benelux), A&L Goodbody (Ireland), etc.
The Muşat & Asociaţii team has recently provided legal assistance in connection to a large number of high-profile projects, including: providing legal assistance to CRH (Ireland) in connection with the acquisition of Lafarge’s assets in Romania, as part of a worldwide transaction amounting to EUR 6.5 billion, assisting Electrica SA and the underwriting syndicate (comprising Raiffeisen Capital & Investment, BRD, Société Générale, Citigroup and Swiss Capital) in conducting the initial public offering (IPO) for the sale ofshares representing 105% of the share capital of DFEE Electrica, in the largest listing performed in Romania to date (EUR 440 million), successfully closed in July 2014, assisting Sterling Resources Ltd. in taking over the 65% interest in thedeep water area of Midia XV sector of the Black Sea, by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania and OMV Petrom SA, providing legal assistance to theIndustrial Bank of Korea for financing 5 photovoltaic projects developed in 3 different regions in Romania, assistingChina Development Bank in relation to financing two photovoltaic plants and providing assistance to a consortium of top Chinese companies in relation to the participation in and development of an important hydro electricity generation project.
About Muşat & Asociaţii
MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII is one of the first law firms established in Romania after January 1, 1990. With 19 partners and over 100 attorneys and advisors, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII provides legal advisory 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 practice in Romania, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII is constantly recommended by the international legal guides and publications (such as Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review, Legal 500, Practical Law Company etc.) as a leading law firm in Romania, many of its attorneys being, in their turn, nominated by these publications among the elite of business law in Romania.
In april 2013, Muşat & Asociaţii won the „The Law Firm of the Year in Romania” award granted by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 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 Muşat & Asociaţii 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, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII 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 MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII 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 MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII forbeing 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 advisory services to many 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, Colas, European Investment Bank, RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), ING Bank, Fortis Bank, KBC 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.