February 2018 Newsletter

Introduction

Welcome to this edition of our newsletter. In this edition, we cover a wide range of topics from gambling, to remote work, to alternative penalties for misdemeanors to (in “Beyond the Law”) film. The dynamic qualities of the law—often fueled by our clients who are helping drive economic development in Romania—is one of our constant concerns. Thus, this newsletter. However, we all need some down time, and the latest in film awards, especially involving films directed and produced by our fellow countrymen, is also worth noting. We hope that you enjoy it all. 

 
 

Silviu Stratulat
Managing Partner
Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law
TALKING SAA

 

Our Data Protection Team Victory at The First Global Legal Hackathon Organized in Romania 

 

Stratulat Albulescu is proud to announce that our Data Protection team won the Product Focus special award, within the Global Legal Hackathon, that took place for the first time in Romania, over the last weekend of February,

Global Legal Hackathon is a high-level event, engaging software developers, legal industry professionals, entrepreneurs and students, programmers and legal professionals, in a collaborative way, to create solutions that would drive the future of law through innovative legal technology. The main purpose of the event was for the programmers and lawyers to succeed in building technical solutions to legal issues.

The competition was attended by Cristiana Fernbach, Counsel within Stratulat Albulescu team as a mentor, as well as by the Data Protection team comprised of Elena Stan, Madalina Spataru and Catalina Finaru all associates with our firm. Our team members have been able to win the Product Focus special award, outlining an application idea that focuses on the new Data Protection Regulation – GDPR.

 
Team Stratulat Albulescu just got stronger!
 
 

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law is pleased to announce that effective February 1, Irina Petre joined us as a Partner and Head of our Energy and Projects practice. Irina comes to Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law with a resume that reveals an impressive depth of experience in the fields of energy, projects, and construction law (EPC).

From her earliest years in the fields of energy, projects, and construction law to her most recent work as a solo practioner, Irina has developed a formidable reputation in her chosen practice areas. Serving as counsel to the likes of E.ON Group Companies, GAZPROM Group Companies (Gazprom Export, WIEE AG, WIEE Romania and WIROM) and also various clients regarding European railway infrastructure, Irina also served the Romanian holding company, E.ON Romania for five years as head of the business, legal and compliance department. Afterwards, Irina served E.ON Regenerabile Romania as a General Director, Member of the Board, and Head of the Legal Department. Therefore, for the past 11 years, Irina has counseled the E. ON Group Companies.

Also, starting with 2014, for about two years, Irina worked for Hidroelectrica as the Head of their Legal Department. Previously, as an EPC partner in the Bucharest office of CMS Cameron McKenna, she advised clients such as Strabag, Linde Gas, Wintershall, Bouygues, AGIP, Ruhrgas, Erste Bank, Fresenius Kabi and Fresenius Medical Care. Most recently, as an individual EU expert, she has advised the Serbian Government on drafting and implementing the Comprehensive Railway Reform Project in Serbia.

She received a certification of German law qualification from the University of Trier, and the German Lawyers’ Association, practiced law in various German law offices in 1996-1997 and was on a secondment in the Vienna office of the prestigious law firm Schönherr Barfuss Torggler. She is certified as a German language translator by the Goethe Institute and has translated several legal and psychology books, a skill that will strengthen our German Desk. Along with her native German language, Irina speaks English, French, and Italian, as well as some basic Russian.

Stratulat Albulescu welcomes Irina to our team. Her arrival allows us to provide an even greater array of extensive and in-depth services to our clients from Romania and around the world.

LEGAL UPDATES
TMT, CONSUMER PROTECTION AND ADVERTISING 
Romanian National Office for Gambling (NOG) issues a Code of Ethics on Responsible Advertising 

 
The Code of Ethics on Responsible Advertising sets out certain “soft-law” recommendations to gambling operators about responsible advertising. The Code has no normative or mandatory effect at present. Nevertheless, NOG expects gambling operators 
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EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR

Supreme Court clarifies the provisions regarding the exemption of the stamp duty

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Justice provides an interpretation regarding the exemption of the stamp duty payment. Article 28 of GEO no. 80/2013 regarding the stamp duties, the subject matter of the interpretation, provides that…
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Government Emergency Ordinance no. 82/2017 for amending and completing some legislative acts

On 16 November 2017 the Romanian Official Gazette published Government Emergency Ordinance no. 82/2017 (”GEO 82/2017”) for amending and completing some legislative acts. This provision requires employers to enter into collective…
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CRIMINAL LAW
Decision addresses access to a criminal defendant’s right to classified information 

 

In a recent decision, the Constitutional Court ruled on a constitutional challenge to art. 352 par. (11) and (12) of the Criminal Procedure Code. These provisions govern situations where classified information is deemed indispensable for…
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CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL LAW 

The High Court of Cassation and Justice has recently judged a referral in the interests of the Companies Law 

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (HCCJ) has recently judged a referral in the interests of the law on the application of articles 72 and 15312 of the Companies’ Law no. 31/1990 (Companies’ Law) in relation to the provisions…
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BEYOND THE LAW

Romania gets the Golden Bear at Berlin film festival 

Romania participated in the main section at Berlin’s competition and won the Golden Bear for the second time. Romanian director Adina Pintilie, who wrote and co-produced a film about sexual intimacy, received the Golden Bear for the film..

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The firm

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law is a young and dynamic Romanian law firm that provides legal advice to businesses in all sectors and all areas of business law. We also provide representation in dispute resolution proceedings. Our team is comprised of lawyers who are leaders in their disciplines.

Our firm works closely with highly-respected law firms throughout Europe and elsewhere and has significant experience in cross-border transactions. Our lawyers provide legal advice in English, French, German and Spanish as well as in our native Romanian. We serve clients throughout Romania and from abroad.

Disclaimer:
This is a newsletter from Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law. This document provides a general summary only and is not intended to be comprehensive nor legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought in relation to the particular facts of a given situation.

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