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Horea Popescu

Managing Partner
Head of CEE Corporate M&A

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP S.C.P.
11-15, Tipografilor Street
B3-B4, 4th Floor
District 1
013714 Bucharest
Languages Romanian, English, French

Horea Popescu is the Managing Partner of CMS Bucharest and the Head of the Corporate M&A practice in CEE and Bucharest. 

With over 20 years of experience, he has been involved in some of the largest and most complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate and M&A transactions in Romania and across the CEE region, advising both local and international clients.

Specialised in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and commercial transactions, capital market transactions, competition and privatization, Horea has extensive experience in sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions throughout Eastern Europe, and beyond, covering a broad range of sectors, including energy, technology, media and telecommunications, financial services, consumer products and real estate.

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"Horea Popescu is 'one of the most prominent M&A lawyers locally'. "

Legal 500, 2020

"Horea Popescu 'has a long-standing reputation in the legal market and recognised strengths as a transactional lawyer'."

Chambers, 2020

"Market leader in M&A."

IFLR 1000, 2020

Relevant experience

  • AFI Europe on its acquisition of six companies owning four Class A office projects in Romania from NEPI Rockcastle. This is one of the largest real estate transactions ever concluded in both the Romanian and CEE office markets.
  • Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, on the €1.9 billion acquisition of the Zentiva’s CEE and Swiss business. This was the largest CEE life sciences transaction in 2018.
  • Liberty Global on the Romanian, Czech and Hungarian aspects of the €18.4 billion sale of its European assets to Vodafone. This was the region’s largest telecoms transaction in over a decade.
  • Bitdefender, a global cyber-security technology company founded and based in Romania, on the sale of a significant minority stake to Vitruvian. The transaction valued Bitdefender’s business at over $600 million.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Bucharest Bar Association.
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  • 2000 – Masters in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
  • 1999 – Masters in Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1998 – Degree in Law, West University, Timisoara, Romania 
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