The Lawyer European Awards 2018: Maravela|Asociaţii winner of the Law Firm of the Year

On Thursday, 15 March, during a special night in London that celebrated success in the European legal world, Maravela|Asociații was designated winner of the Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and The Balkans Award, during The Lawyer European Awards 2018.

Furthermore, Maravela|Asociații has been designated as Highly Commended Firm (runner up) in the European Law Firm of the Year category. An official article of The Lawyer, released after the event, states: ‘Highly commended in the overall law firm of the year category was Romanian firm Maravela, which won Eastern European/Balkans firm prize for the second year running. Despite its small size – it was only set up five years ago – the judges said it had “reaped the rewards of its niche” and praised its focus on talent nurturing.’

It is the fourth year in a row that Maravela|Asociații has been recognised by the judging committee of The Lawyer European Awards and last year the firm was designated Law firm of the year: Romania.

Judges have paid attention to firms able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. They were equally looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

The judging panel was formed by partners of top international business law firms and in-house top management representatives of multinational companies. The list includes big names such as: Airbnb, Barclays, Bare Escentuals (Shiseido Group), Dixons Carphone, Hohan Lovells, Mills & Reeve, Mischcon De Reya, Navigators Insurance, Northrop Grumman, Orwell Group, Osborne Clarke, PayPal, Shoosmiths, Societe Generale, TLT, Travers Smith, TSYS International, Weightmans, Wolseley, Womble Bond Dickinson and WS Atkins.

The Eastern Europe and The Balkans category was only open to independent firms headquartered in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. Danish firm Kromann Reumert was crowned European Law Firm of the Year.

Shortlisted firms had to prove their capability to operate in the global economy, possessing strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu, Managing Partners of Maravela|Asociații, said ‘What a great night in London at The Lawyer European Awards 2018! We are happy, proud and have so many thanks to give to an incredible jury, as well as to our clients, our business partners, our friends and our OUTSTANDING TEAM! Thank you all! We are grateful for your trust and support and remain committed to a continued service of great quality, loyalty and success!’

Currently at their ninth edition and structured in 24 categories (by country, region, types of deals, referral work but also recognising the managing partner of the year and holding a distinct global in-house category), the awards showcase the achievements of firms to the rest of the industry.

Further details about The Lawyer European Awards as well as this edition’s jury can be found on the official website at



Managing Partner Gelu Maravela at the Awards ceremony

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