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GAR 100 - 11th Edition

Suciu Popa Attorneys

04 April 2018

A breakaway boutique that regularly pairs with international firms on Romania-related matters

People in Who’s Who Legal 1
Pending cases as counsel 11
Value of pending counsel work US$315 million
Treaty cases 0
Current arbitrator appointments
6 (of which 0 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 1

Suciu Popa was founded in 2016 when two long-standing partners at Romanian firm Mus¸at & Asociat¸ii, head of international arbitration Luminita Popa and M&A and energy specialist Miruna Suciu, broke away to set up their own shop.

Popa played a central role in developing the arbitration practice at Mus¸at over more than a decade, earning that firm a place in previous editions of the GAR 100. She brought a team with her, including partner Madalina Berechet, and the young practice already has a busy portfolio of cases.

Who uses it?

International clients include Enel, SABMiller, Engie, TNT, Müller Dairy, Hochtief, Roche and the Carlyle Group. French engineering group Colas is using the firm on a US$22 million ICC claim against Romania arising out of a road-improvement contract.

Among its other clients are Romania’s state-owned Hidroelectrica, Black Sea Oil & Gas, Kazakhstan’s national gas company KazMunaiGas and SIF Transilvania, one of Romania’s largest investment funds.

Track record

One eye-catching result was for Enel in 2016, in a matter that Popa brought with her from Mus¸at & Asociat¸ii. She helped the Italian energy firm defeat a US$1.2 billion ICC claim by the Romanian government for alleged breaches of a privatisation agreement for the country’s national power company.

In a follow-up case, Suciu Popa teamed with Clifford Chance to act for Enel in an ICC arbitration with a Romanian state entity concerning a put-option clause, which ended in 2017 with an award requiring the Italian group to pay €401 million. Romania had argued the disputed shares were worth more than €522 million.

Recent events

Suciu Popa won a €8.5 million award for clients Colas Rail and ISAF against the Romanian National Railway Company in a dispute over a contract to rehabilitate a portion of the country’s most important railway line.

Valentin Hirit joined Suciu Popa as partner in late 2016 from Clifford Chance. Roxana Fercala was promoted to partner.

Insight

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