Competition

Helping our clients go further

Our antitrust practice offers clients unparalleled expertise in EU and Romanian competition law, by combining both the resources of our highly qualified lawyers and a recognised business-oriented approach.

Our competition team offers a high-end integrated platform in competition matters, which successfully meets client’s most demanding and diverse needs:

  • comprehensive assistance during antitrust investigation proceedings; 
  • antitrust litigation and private damages;
  • tailored advice on antitrust compliance in various industries; 
  • implementation of antitrust prudential measures; 
  • one stop shop merger control assistance;
  • state aid matters. 

We pride ourselves on being widely recognised by both corporates and regulators as one of the most experienced and competent practices in Romania.

We are top Tier in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in Competition.

Catalin Suliman is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Europe and is listed as a leading individual by Legal 500.

Georgeta Gavriloiu is ranked in Band 4 by Chambers Europe and is listed as next generation partner by Legal 500.

Silviu Vasile is listed as a rising star by Legal 500.

Recognitions

One client enthuses that the team is “one of the best” in competition matters, and reports that the lawyers are always very prompt, hands-on and adopt a business-oriented approach.”
Chambers Europe, 2021

Another client appreciates that the team has a very down-to-earth approach, in-depth business understanding and provides practical advice.”
Chambers Europe, 2021

A client underlines that the firm “has a very strong and capable competition law team,” adding that the lawyers “are fast and responsive, instantly understanding the client’s needs.”
Chambers Europe, 2021

“The lawyers understand the business very well and are always available, flexible and adaptable.”
Chambers Europe, 2020

“The business acumen and the communication have been excellent. The lawyers understand the case and the feedback is always very accurate.”
Chambers Europe, 2020

“Very focused on competition matters and very innovative. They take on the challenges positively and with a flexible approach.”
Legal 500, 2020

“The team is relaxed in the interaction with the client without any impact on their professionalism. It is easy to get a hold of them and there is no need to speak only with the head of the department. Connecting with any of the team members will suffice and you will get all information required.”
Legal 500, 2020

“approachable, easy to contact and willing to help us at very short notice.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

 

Client successes

  • assisted  a leading cement company in the first investigation of an alleged collective dominance and other acquisitions and investigations;
  • assisted one of the largest banks in Romania in the merger control proceedings involving the acquisition of Bancpost SA and two non-bank financial institutions. The merger has been a very complex one, given that the parties were active on all banking markets and their activities overlapped on most of them;
  • assisted a major player active in the SEE online market in the framework of one of the very first investigations into online segment. The lack of clarity of the competition rules applicable to this area and the scarce case law implied a significant effort to argue before the competition authorities the lack of anticompetitive effects and the existence of actual efficiencies;
  • assisted  the largest cable company on an antitrust complaint submitted to the Competition Council against a large local TV content supplier for refusal to provide its programs on the DTH TV carriage platform; assisting the client with defending against a complaint submitted by a large international content supplier arguing abuse of dominance (the complaint was rejected); assisting the client in a commitment procedure (comments against commitments proposed by a supplier of TV sports rights);
  • assisted  a local company and its shareholder in connection with the first investigation in the pharmaceutical industry (also the first investigation of an alleged abuse of dominant position).

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