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Cristina Man

Managing Associate

Cristina specialises in corporate, commercial, M&A and real estate law.  She advises foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of issues related to the development of their business in Romania. Cristina has a creative approach and has assisted clients in various industries such as technology, fintech, natural resources, agriculture, IT & C, health care and property development. 

Cristina acts for both public and private companies, national and international, and has advised on mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of commercial activities. Cristina has extensive experience of structuring transactions, carrying out and coordinating due diligence exercises and in structuring, drafting and negotiating transaction documents pertaining to company takeovers and dissolutions, business transfer deals and in dealing with day to day company business.

Additionally, she has experience in advising local and international clients on complex real estate transactions. She has been involved in various projects advising on due diligence, including title research, drafting and negotiating transaction documents and in implementing the deal.  She has experience in both residential and office projects, advising on sale and purchase, but also on deals involving leases and business takeovers.

Cristina has particular expertise in the fintech sector, acting as the main adviser in venture capital finance deals for start-ups (both seed and accelerator finance deals), where she has dealt with all stages of the transaction, from its innovative structuring to drafting, negotiating and effectively implementing the transaction.

Cristina has also gained considerable experience in the capital markets sector when working as part of the team that represented the Romanian national gas company in relation to its dual listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange (GDRs), the largest listing on the public market in Romania to date.

 

LANGUAGES

Romanian - English - Hungarian - French - Spanish

 

EDUCATION

2010 - Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

Latest deals

GapMinder (M&A) (CC)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising GapMinder, a VC Fund financed via Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014 – 2020 and co-financed by The European Fund for Regional Development, in relation to the incorporation and structuring of the management company.

GapMinder - FintechOS (M&A) (TMT)
Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising GapMinder, the first venture fund created as a result of the selection process started by the European Investment Fund Gapminder, in connection with its investment of EUR 600k in FintechOS. The latter is a company specialized in digital transformation of financial institutions and the investment will finance the expansion of operations globally and to accelerate the development of AI technologies. SAA’s team, which included Managing Partner Silviu Stratulat, Managing Associate Cristina Man and Head of IP Ana Kusak, provided assistance from due diligence on the company to the closing of the documents and implementation of the investment.

GapMinder - SmartDreamers (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising GapMinder the first venture fund created as a result of the selection process started by the European Investment Fund, in relation to the accelerator investment with SmartDreamers, a company specialized in Recruitment Marketing Automation software solution.

The team of experts was led by Managing Partner Silviu Stratulat in close cooperation with Managing Associate Cristina Man.

Cordia companies (CC)
Corporate & Commercial

Advising Cordia companies on day-to-day legal assistance in connection with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters regarding the business activities of the companies in Romania. Our legal advice covers issues from corporate approvals of various real estate acquisitions, trade agreements, general trade register assistance, corporate changes such as equity capital increases by debt to equity swaps, to planned start-ups structuring etc.

World Class - Titan (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania, the leader in the fitness industry in Romania, with the acquisition of a new fitness club within the Titan Shopping Gallery in Bucharest. The new fitness club covers almost 3,000 sq. m. of aerobics, fitness and cycling studios, as well as functional training areas. The dedicated team from Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law advising on this transaction included Partners Silviu Stratulat and Ramona Iancu and Associates Catalina Oancea and Silvana Zecheru.

Wirecard - Provus (M&A)
Mergers & Acquisitions

Stratulat Albulescu along with with a team of lawyers from Fieldfisher in Düsseldorf and London advised the German Group Wirecard on the acquisition of Romania's leading payment processor and technology service provider, Provus, from the Polish private equity investor Innova Capital. The acquisition was completed on February 2016 and also involved the acquisition of Romcard and Supercard Solutions & Services, the two Romanian subsidiaries of Provus.

Provus customer base includes major Romanian banks in addition to significant telecommunications and retail players. In addition, it has worked with the Romanian government in the digitization of health and payment cardsA cash purchase price of EUR 32mil has been agreed.

Froala (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising the seller at the shareholders' exit of the Romanian tech start-up Froala, whose 6000 clients in 110 countries worldwide include giants such as Apple, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon and Reuters. Froala is best known in the tech world thanks to their web editor WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). The Idera, Inc., US based software company, has an annual revenue of around USD 120 million.

Stratulat Albulescu advised Froala's shareholders throughout the transaction, including assisting with negotiating and executing the share purchase agreement, as well as assisting with completion formalities.

First Property - Maestro (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising First Property Group PLC, an award winning property fund manager and investor with operations in the UK, Poland and Romania, on all legal matters, including in conjunction with a club of investors, on the acquisition of the MAESTRO BUSINESS CENTER Office Building located in Cluj - Napoca, Romania.

EDS Romania (M&A) (CC)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising EDS Romania, a member of the Euro-Druckservice Group, a leading printing service provider in Central and Eastern Europe, with the acquisition of the heat-set printing business as "a going concern" by Mega Press Holdings SA and Aramis Publishing SRL. As the parties involved in the transaction acted as two of the top market players in the heat-set printing industry in Romania, our Firm has been actively involved in structuring the transaction and got involved in obtaining the merger clearance.

Froala Editor (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising the founders of Froala Labs, a company active in the IT &C industry, on an estimated USD multi-million sale of all the shares held by the founders in the target company. Our legal assistance services covered various structured matters of the intended transaction from the purchase price adjustments criteria to Intellectual Property aspects and potential employment issues.

Froala has an impresive client portfolio that includes giants such as Apple, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon and Reuters. 

World Class Romania - Expo Business Park (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania, one of the leading fitness service providers in Romania, with the lease of a space of approximately 1,500 sq.m. located within Expo Business Park, and 70,586 sq.m. mixed use development by Portland Trust located in an upcoming (booming) area in North Bucharest.

World Class Romania - Veranda Mall (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class, one of the leading fitness service providers in Romania, in the rental of a space of approximately 1,500 sq.m. within Veranda Mall Bucharest, one of the most modern shopping centers to open in recent years in Romania.

GapMinder Venture Capital (M&A) (CC)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising GapMinder, a VC Fund financed via Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014 – 2020 and co-financed by The European Fund for Regional Development, in relation to financing start-ups fulfilling the Venture Capital’s and European Programme conditions.

Mega Company Import Export SRL (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising Mega Company Import Export SRL, a company that owns one of the largest outlet centers in Romania, with the restructuring of its business. Our assistance consists in the evaluation of the best restructuring options and advising on all legal aspects of the planned restructuring.

Natura Quattuor Energia Holdings SA (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising Natura Quattuor Energia Holdings SA, a company listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, on a group restructuring in view of the development of its investments and in relation to bond issues for financing its business, addressed to qualified investors only. Our legal assistance consisted of assessment of the available options (spin-off or sale and purchase) and of all other related implications.

World Class Romania - AFI Business Park (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania, one of the leading fitness service providers in Romania, with the lease of a space of approximately 1,400 sq. meters, within AFI Business Park I - the first of five newest ultra-modern business towers in Bucharest.

World Class Romania - Cluj (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania with the lease of standalone premises of over 2,100 sq.m. to be built in a large mixed use real estate development in the city of Cluj-Romania (second largest city in Romania) and known as Record (residential buildings, A-class offices, retail and co- working / restoration spaces).

World Class Romania - Bucuresti Mall (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania, one of the leading fitness service providers in Romania, with the lease of a space of approximately 1,300 sq. meters, within Bucharest, Mall Bucharest - the first shopping mall in Romania, opened in September 1999.

World Class Romania - MV SRL (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising World Class Romania, the leading fitness services provider in Romania with a network of 19 fitness centers in Romania and registering a revenue of EUR 9.6 million in 2014, in acquiring one of its competitors, Club Sport Fitness Center MV SRL.

The acquisition was completed on March 24th, 2016 and in this process, SAA were involved in all the aspects of the transaction.

European Retail Park - Targu Mures (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising European Retail Park - Targu Mures on all the legal issues related to the ERP owned Promenada Shopping Center in Targu Mures - Romania. The property is managed by BNP Paribas Property Management Division with Costin Nistor in charge of day to day operations and Ewa Parys of AEW Europe - Central and Eastern Europe heading the business.

ERP Targu Mures is a long standing client of the company dating back to early 2010.

World Class Romania - Atlantis (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising World Class Romania, one of the leading fitness service providers in Romania, with the lease of the Atlantis Fitness Center - an existing prestigious SPA and health center with a total area of ​​over 9,000 sq.m. located in the residential district of Pipera Bucharest. Our assistance also included drafting, negotiating and advising on matters such as transfer of existing members database.

Teads Brainient (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising Teads, the outstream video advertising company that partnered with over 500 of the world's leading publishers, including Forbes, CNN, Time and National Geographic, on the acquisition of Brainient. The latter is a successful UK-based ad-tech company with offices in London, Paris and Moscow that runs campaigns in more than 20 countries.

A team of lawyers from Mishcon de Reya LLP coordinated the transaction and led the negotiations while Stratulat Albulescu conducted the legal due diligence regarding the Romanian subsidiary of Brainient, advising on the implications of the transaction in relation to Romanian law.

Renault/ Dacia (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising Automobile Dacia SA, part of the French Automotive Group Renault, the only car manufacturer in Romania that has the capacity to design, develop and manufacture motor cars in Romania, in connection with the lease of a property development in Bucharest, including a 39,000 sq.m. Class A build-to-suit building. 

Our firm has provided legal advice on all Romanian law matters and worked closely with the Paris office of Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés.

Futureal (RE)
Property (Real Estate)

Advising Futureal, a Hungarian real estate investment company and one of the leading developers and investors in Central Eastern Europe, with the acquisition of over 15,000 sq. m. of land, a transaction of 3.7 million Euros and that was completed on June 14. Our team of experts assisted on all matters of the transaction from the negotiation of terms to the conclusion.

World Class Romania - AFI Cotroceni (M&A)
Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising World Class Romania, the leader in the fitness industry in Romania, on all legal aspects, including with the acquisition of a new fitness location in the western part of Bucharest, within AFI Palace Cotroceni.

The fitness club, formerly called "Pure Jatomi," is now owned by World Class Romania under the name "Pure Health & Fitness Club" and has over 1,818 sq.m.

Vinarte (CC) (M&A)
Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising Vinarte S.A., a top Romanian wine producer, on the sale of its business and assets while managing the transfer of employees and providing ongoing consultancy during insolvency proceedings. Our work involved our experts in Corporate / M & A and Insolvency and Restructuring.

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