Maravela|Asociatii’s competition practice on the rise
With an increasing workload and client portfolio on the rise, GGI member firms Maravela|Asociații’s competition department has developed considerably throughout the past five years, driven by the passion and specialisation of the entire team.
Established and developed by Founding Partner Alina Popescu, the firm’s competition practice has a team of seven lawyers, with practical experience in all competition law segments, including antitrust (economic concentrations, anticompetitive deals and practices, abuse of dominant position, on-site and forensic investigation procedures) as well as state aid and unfair competition.
The activity of the firm's lawyers has been repeatedly acknowledged by its clients, one of the partners of a reputed US-based law firm stating, for instance, that one of the firm’s competition related work products was ‘the most complex and best analysis’ of a distribution agreement, compared to that of other ‘20 firms, throughout the past 15 years’.
Among the firm’s clients in the competition field there are important local companies such as Chimcomplex and Betty Ice, as well as international corporations such as Monsanto, Japan Radio Co., Alphatron Marine, Hertz Autohellas, B. Braun Avitum, Eberspächer, etc.
In addition, the competition department’s team members are active contributors to specialised international publications. Last year alone, they were exclusive contributors to the Romanian jurisdiction for reputed materials of international reach such as Getting the Deal Through: State aid and Lexology Navigator: Cartels, and have also published numerous dedicated materials in the local media.
The rise in workload levels has trig- gered the need for team development, equally at partner levels; thus, Răzvan Pele, reputed competition and IP specialist, joined Maravela|Asociații this June as a partner within the firm’s competition and intellectual property practices.
Răzvan graduated from the University of the West Timișoara Law School and holds an LL.M in International and Community Law from Nicolae Titulescu University. He has notable experience of over 10 years with one of the most important local firms, being furthermore one of the Romanian specialists in competition, regulatory, IP, consumer protection matters and related litigation. Răzvan has advised clients from various industries, including weaponry manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy, postal services, wood processing, spare parts distribution, telecom, audio-visual, etc. Notable projects he coordinated and was involved in include:
- the first assessment by the Romanian Competition Council of a potential dominant position abuse in the pharma market;
- the litigation concluded with the annulment of the fine for one of the members of an alleged cartel on the EEE market;
- representing one of the most important Swiss weaponry producers in challenging a decision passed by the Romanian Competition Council finding a rigging of bids in a public procurement procedure organised by the Romanian Ministry of Defence;
- advising one of the largest Chinese telecom technology companies in the Romanian part of a worldwide dispute generated by a patent troll in connection with the use and extent of Standard-Essential Patents from a competition and IP law perspective.
‘Increased activity of the Competition Council, overall business and economic climate as well as numerous local businesses reaching maturity drove a spike in our competition prac- tice’s activity. This is very good news indeed, especially since it provides the opportunity to extend our team ranks with a high calibre professional who has a wealth of experience in the field. Besides recruiting external talent, we develop internally our team members, thus shaping our own future competition experts.’ Alina Popescu, Founding Partner of Maravela|Asociații.
‘I am thrilled to have joined Maravela| Asociații for several reasons, amongst which the excellent professional relationship that I have had with the firm’s founding partners, the trust I have in their professional and management abilities, the impressive client portfolio, the firm’s international achievements and, naturally, the perspective of a dynamic, high quality legal service. Both competition and IP are two fields of the law very dear to me. I have thus commenced my activity at Maravela|Asociații with the desire and aim to greatly contribute to the development of these two departments alongside the firm’s partners.’ Răzvan Pele, Partner of Maravela|Asociații.
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