Bucharest, 21 June 2018: The litigation team of MUȘAT & ASOCIAȚII law firm won in court, by a final ruling, a case with special cultural resonance after supporting “Vasile Alecsandri” Cultural and Scientific Society from Bacau and the Ministry of Culture and National Identity in maintaining the classification as historical monument for “Vasile Alecsandri” Memorial House.
The panel of three judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice rejected the claim filed by the current owner regarding the annulment of the classification as a historical monument of “Vasile Alecsandri” Memorial House, thus maintaining the property under the protection established under Law no. 422/2001 on the protection of historical monuments.
The “Vasile Alecsandri” building was classified as a historical monument as early as in 1991 under Order no. 2314/2004, which continued to include the list of buildings classified as historical monuments during 1991-1992. For over five years, the local civil society and media representatives have extensively debated the disastrous situation of this building included in the cultural patrimony list and campaigned for the continuity of its classification as a historical monument in order to protect the building and to maintain the pre-emptive right of the Romanian state. Pursuant to the law, the county directorate for culture “initiates, when necessary, or requests the county council to expropriate for public utility purposes certain historical monuments in order to save them from destruction and degradation”.
Professor Ioan Dănilă is one of the most fervent defenders of this cultural patrimony building and the founder of the cultural association bearing the name of the poet: “Vasile Alecsandri” Cultural-Scientific Society. Through an official letter, signed together with the principal of “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, prof. Dr. Carol Schnakovszky, he thanked the team of lawyers who contributed to this success:
“We would like to express our deepest thanks for the manner in which Muşat & Asociaţii law firm chose to involve itself, pro bono, in this dispute. The law firm’s action may be considered, without any exaggeration, as one of those steps aimed at restoring the Romanian patrimonial values”.
The team of lawyers involved in the project was coordinated by Mr. Gheorghe Buta, Managing Partner at MUŞAT & ASSOCIATII. Other lawyers directly involved in the case were Angela Porumb (Partner) and Valeriu Solcanu (Senior Associate).
This success adds to the numerous previous successes achieved by MUȘAT & ASOCIAȚII law firm for the benefit of its clients: public institutions, state-owned companies and multinational corporations as well as personalities activating in various public offices and dignities having been successfully represented by this law firm over the years.
About MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII
MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII is one of the first law firms established in Romania after 1 January 1990. With 20 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, Labor, Tax, Capital Markets, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Litigation & Commercial Arbitration.
Renowned 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 2016, MUŞAT & Asociaţii won the trophy for the biggest transaction in energy for counseling Sterling Resources in the selling process of its business in Romania to Carlyle International Energy Partners and also the award for the largest transaction in HORECA for assisting Premier Capital in acquiring Mc Donald’s Romania.
The trophies were handed out by Ziarul Financiar, the most well-known business newspaper in Romania, at the Lawyers Gala 2016, which awarded the law firms that concluded most transactions in 2015 and first part of 2016.
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” to European law firms with outstanding achievements in the reference year.
In 2013, MUŞAT & ASOCIAŢII won the “The Law Firm of the Year in Romania” award granted by the International Financial Law Review. That was the second time that Muşat & Asociaţii 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, 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 “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.
On a regular basis, MUSAT & ASOCIATII provides the most renowned and valued corporations in Romania – including a third of the Top 100 and a half of the Top 500 largest companies – as well as local public and financial institutions with legal advice 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.