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Corporate and Commercial

We combine commercial acumen with technical expertise to offer creative and practical solutions which facilitate our clients' objectives. Our lawyers have experience in handling the widest range of transactions from start-ups to large and complex corporate deals.

Eversheds' client base includes private equity funds and strategic investors in relation to acquisitions in Romania, as well as prominent international and local companies in relation to corporate and commercial advice.

The Corporate and Commercial practice is focused on:

Mergers and Aquisitions

Our lawyers have substantial experience advising on mergers and acquisitions. Our M & A work ranges from cross-border acquisitions and divestments, complex re-organizations and restructuring to the sale of closely-owned companies. Lawyers of Eversheds have been involved in some of the most prominent transactions on the Romanian market, having acted for institutional and strategic buyers, private equity entities, as well as for portfolio investors or entrepreneurs selling their businesses or participations. Our lawyers have also been involved in some of the largest privatizations in Romania.

Our lawyers have been involved in countless high-profile transactions throughout their respective careers, acting for:

  • One of the largest telecom operators in Romania in connection with its acquisition of a Romanian mobile telecoms operator and subsequently in the acquisition of an electronics and GSM retail chain;
  • One of the largest telecom operators in Romania in the acquisition of another leading telecom operators (one of the most prominent transaction in the telecoms sector in Romania resulting in the combination of two of the five GSM operators on the market);
  • A French retail group in their attempt to acquire a Romanian chain of supermarkets;
  • A Romanian public authority with regard to the privatization strategy in the energy sector, as part of a consortium led by a US based law firm;
  • A Romanian publishing house in connection with its acquisition by a Germany based leading media groups;
  • One of the largest oilfield services companies in connection with their attempted acquisition of a Romanian oil and gas company;
  • International financial institutions in connection with their portfolio investments and divestments in a large number of companies in Romania in a variety of industries (banks and financial services, insurance companies, construction materials, oil and gas - more than 15 transactions);
  • A leading Polish oil and petrol refiner in its attempt to acquire the largest Romanian national oil and gas company;
  • A leading, Hungary based, integrated CEE oil and gas corporation in connection with its acquisition of the Romanian subsidiary of one of the largest, US based, energy and petrochemicals companies group;
  • The largest industrial and financial conglomerate in Turkey in its attempted acquisition of a Romanian electronic products retailer;
  • A leading, Hungary based, integrated CEE oil and gas corporation in connection with a divestment of a network of gas stations and certain assets to the largest Romanian oil and gas company and acquisition of assets and businesses from the latter;
  • A German multinational engineering and electronics company in connection with the acquisition of a Romanian company producing electronic systems;
  • A Fortune 200 power company in connection with the privatization of a large company in the energy sector;
  • A German financial services company in its acquisition of the largest Romanian consumer credit company;
  • A Romanian private equity fund and an international private equity group in relation to various debt and equity investments in more than 10 Romanian companies;
  • A Cyprus holding in relation to the acquisition of a Romanian company active in the railroad construction sector;
  • A US based private equity fund in connection with the merger of companies held in Romania;
  • A leading distribution and logistics group in the acquisition of a number of companies active in the FCMG distribution sector;
  • A local real estate developer in the demerger of its operations in five separate companies;
  • An international HVAC company in the acquisition of a heating equipment business;
  • A Private equity investment fund in their 4.4 bln. EUR acquisition of the worldwide leader in the computerized reservation industry;
  • the world's largest pump manufacturer, a Danish company in connection with the acquisition of a Romanian companyosmote in connection with its acquisition of a Romanian mobile telecoms operator and subsequently in the acquisition of the Germanos electronics and GSM retail chain;

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Our services extend from incorporation of companies, domiciliation and secretarial services to advising companies and managers on multifaceted corporate matters. We appreciate that confidence is the key to legal advice for businesses - the assurance that your lawyer understands the issues that your organization is faced with and will suggest effective solutions. As such, we are constantly looking to build lasting relationships with our clients, developing knowledge of their organization, their personnel and their business, and we help them handle accurately and efficiently both day to day issues and complex strategic matters.

Our lawyers also advise on a broad range of compliance and regulatory matters, ranging from data protection and anti money-laundering to industry-related permitting, licensing and authorizations.

Contracting

Advising clients in the large spectrum of contracts required by today's dynamic business environment demands commercial focus, dedication to understanding clients' objective and interest and availability to gain in-depth knowledge of various industries. We value practical experience as much as legal know-how and our advice is always supported by commercial sense. Clients like our hands-on, innovative approach and we cherish our ability to work alongside them to make their business goals happen.

Our client base is diverse, ranging from international companies with interests in Romania to large local companies and entrepreneurs.

For a more detailed presentation of our experience in this practice area please contact our Managing Partner, Mr. Mihai Guia.

Franchising

We are committed to offering our clients the best possible legal services, tailored to their business and constantly focusing on their best interest. In this ever-changing economic environment, non-traditional approaches to new markets might prove to be more efficient on the long run. We have developed a strong franchising practice, having the best qualified team and capabilities to assist our clients from set up to more complex issues they face during their daily operations.

Our experience in this practice area includes:

  • Compliance and enforceability review of franchising agreements;
  • Competition law compliance of franchising agreements;
  • Drafting and reviewing transaction documents;
  • Franchising related trademark issues;
  • Structuring franchising agreements; 
  • Franchising litigation.

Also, we have recently contributed to the first edition of Alternative corporate re-engineering, a global non-corporate expansion guide, coordinated by Field Fisher Waterhouse - a reputed law firm specialized on franchising.

Mr. Mihai Guia, the Managing Partner of Eversheds and the coordinator of the firm's Competition and Antitrust practice, is also the head of our Franchising practice. Mr. Mihai Guia has an extensive expertise on franchising agreement, focusing on competition law compliance of franchises.

Our client portfolio includes a worldwide renowned Swedish furniture retailer, a leading US based distributor of bedding and upholstery materials, a UK based clothing retailer, a UK chain of toy shops, a multinational office accommodation services provider, a leading Romanian footwear producer and distributor.