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1999 was the year I started my career as an attorney, as a young graduate from the law school at Bucharest University, just accepted to the Bucharest Bar. Times then were so much different than today, and as 20 years have gone by, I look at what those years have meant for Romania and for me, and how much things have changed for the country I continue to live in and build my personal and professional life in.

The Romanian Parliament recently passed a piece of legislation in view of transposing Directive 2016/680 on the protection of physical persons with regard to the processing of their personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data (“Directive 2016/680”). The legislation is currently pending entry into force.

Suciu Popa successfully represented Monsson Trading, part of Monsson Group, an international renewable energy player, in significant enforcement proceedings and a real estate mortgage against the ING Bank. The enforcement proceedings were based on a credit facility contract for sale purchase of electricity.

Greenberg Traurig is announcing that it advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the Polish aspects of the sale to Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. of the businesses that prior to its combination with AB InBev were owned by SABMiller plc in Central and Eastern Europe. Similarly, Suciu Popa is announcing that it advised SAB Miller on the sale of its Romanian businesses.

Suciu Popa has successfully represented Enel Investment Holding in an ICC dispute involving claims amounting to over USD 1.2 billion brought by the Romanian government that the firm describes as "the largest arbitration case ever on the Romanian market.” According to Suciu Popa, “this is a clear and strong result for Enel, all of the claims having been fully dismissed.”