In 1998, in the aftermath of the most famous class action in history, Philip Morris and three other tobacco companies had to pay a $ 206,000,000,000 settlement covering medical costs for smoking-related illnesses.
On November 21, 2023, corporate/M&A and private equity experts from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkiye, and Ukraine sat down for a virtual round table moderated by CEE Legal Matters Managing Editor Radu Cotarcea to discuss the key developments in the field over the past decade.
On 20 October 2023, the National Agency for Administration and Regulation in Communications (“ANCOM”) and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization submitted for public consultation the draft law establishing the national legislative measures necessary to implement the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market for Digital Services and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (“DSA Regulation”) in Romania.
Did you know that 10 of the 18 law firms in Romania that have reported four or more client matters so far in 2023 are independent law firms, unaffiliated with international or regional law firms? According to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, that group of domestic Romanian law firms is led by Filip & Company and RTPR, both of which have reported working on 12 client matters so far in 2023.
On August 3, 2023, Musat & Asociatii and Firon Bar-Nir both announced that the sale of Adesgo’s seamless apparel business to Tefron Europe (reported by CEE Legal Matters on April 18, 2023) had closed.
Jones Day and Musat & Asociatii have advised the Geely Holding Group and Geely Automobile Holdings on their binding 50/50 joint venture agreement with the Renault Group to launch a new powertrain technology company. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Renault on the JV and the carve-out of its internal combustion and hybrid engines business.
The Romanian legal market seems to indicate a substantial downturn in law firm spin-offs, of late. Musat & Asociatii Managing Partner Paul Buta, Popescu & Asociatii Senior Partner Gheorghe Buta, and Simion & Baciu Managing Partner Cosmina Maria Simion share their thoughts on this trend, the reasons behind it, and the likelihood of it continuing.