Corneliu Popa is a reputable attorney at law with over 20 years of experience in the Romanian and German legal markets. He is acting Co-Head of Real Estate Practice alongside managing partner Silviu Stratulat.
Corneliu's background includes experience as Senior Lawyer, within the Corporate Department, Banking & Finance Department and Real Estate Department of a large Romanian law firm. He served as Team coordinator of Real Estate projects, performing due diligence exercises and reviewing and fine-tuning due diligence reports. He assisted clients throughout negotiations and post-acquisition/post-sale periods, such as, GTC, Neocity, AFI, Charlemagne Capital, Fabian Capital (later Dinu Patriciu Real Estate Services) and Cascade Group.
During his time as team coordinator at a large international law firm, he handled the acquisition and sale of properties, especially designed for big retail boxes (for clients, like Kaufland, Lidl, bauMax), thus strengthening his Real Estate experience. Beginning with the performance of due diligence exercises, drafting of relevant reports and continuing with the drafting of related sale purchase contracts and all of their supporting documents, until post-acquisition assistance, including licensing for retail operations.
In the past two years, Corneliu has been team coordinator of the Real Estate and M&A Practices within a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. He assisted several multinational companies with their entry, strengthening and/or position restructuring, on the relevant markets, such as, but not limited to, Italian home appliances producers, French and Italian automotive and spare parts manufacturers, UK DIY retailers, German and Austrian food and non-food retail chains, US based Oil & Gas companies, German and Austrian construction companies and construction materials manufacturers, Israeli retail and residential developers.
His practice encompasses a large range of transactions of all types, including Real Estate (portfolio sale or acquisition of companies or assets, development, financing, leasing and operating of large offices, commercial/retail and residential real estate projects), construction & public infrastructure projects, FMCG and mortgage-backed securitizations, automotive, aviation, press distribution and printing houses.
Corneliu is specialised in the Romanian agribusiness environment, previously supporting German, Austrian and French investors during their bid to enter and/or strengthen their positions on the relevant market by acquiring and developing further local ongoing agricultural projects.
He has regularly advised private equity funds, hedge funds, banks and other financial institutions, large international construction companies and European manufacturers in the aviation and automotive industries, leading mass media firms, as well as international retailers and logistics owners. Corneliu is fluent in Romanian, English and German and has a good grasp of the Italian language.
Corneliu has been a member of the Bucharest Bar since 1999.
German - English - Italian
1992 – German School of Bucharest (Goethe College)
German language graduate
1997 – Romanian-American University of Bucharest – School of law
Bachelor of Arts