Corneliu is a highly regarded lawyer with over 20 years experience in the Romanian and German legal markets. He is acting Co-head of our real estate practice alongside Managing Partner, Silviu Stratulat.
Corneliu's background is as a senior lawyer in the corporate, banking and finance and real estate departments of a large Romanian law firm. He served as the team coordinator of real estate projects, carrying out due diligence exercises and reviewing and fine-tuning due diligence reports. He assisted clients such as GTC, Neocity, AFI, Charlemagne Capital, Fabian Capital (later Dinu Patriciu Real Estate Services) and the Cascade Group throughout negotiations and post-acquisition/post-sale periods.
During his time as the team coordinator at a large international law firm, he handled the acquisition and sale of properties especially designed for big retail boxes, acting for clients such as Kaufland, Lidl and bauMax, and strengthening his real estate experience in the process. He has extensive experience in carrying out due diligence exercises, drafting relevant reports and related sale/purchase contracts and all the necessary supporting documentation, up to and including post-acquisition assistance, including licensing for retail operations.
For the 2 years prior to joining us, Corneliu was the team coordinator of the real estate and M&A practices of a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. He has assisted several multi-national companies with their entry, strengthening and/or positional restructuring on the relevant markets, such as Italian home appliance producers, French and Italian automotive and spare parts manufacturers, UK DIY retailers, German and Austrian food and non-food retail chains, US based oil and gas companies, German and Austrian construction companies and construction material manufacturers and Israeli retail and residential developers.
He has underaken a wide range of transactions over a number of different industries, including real estate (portfolio sale and acquisition of companies or assets, development, financing, the leasing and operating of large offices and commercial/retail and residential real estate projects), construction and public infrastructure, FMCG and mortgage-backed securitisation, automotive, aviation, press distribution and printing houses.
Corneliu is specialised in the Romanian agri-business sector and has previously supported German, Austrian and French investors during their bid to enter and/or strengthen their positions in the relevant markets by acquiring and developing 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 also 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
Advising London Partners, a real estate investment platform, with the acquisition of a plot with an approximate area of 29,000 sq.m., located in the Expozitiei Area, one of the most fast developing areas in Bucharest.
Advising World Class Romania, the leader in the fitness industry in Romania, with the acquisition of a new fitness club that covers almost 1,300 sq. m. of aerobic, fitness and cycling studios, as well as functional training areas. Our experts managed to give best advise from the outset of this project, and throughout the entire process. The successeful team was led by Partner Ramona Iancu and involved Associates such as Cătălina Oancea, Silvana Zecheru and Daiana Assoum, Managing Partner Silviu Stratulat, Partners like Corneliu Popa and Costin Teodorovici, and Senior Associate Andrei Băluș.