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Media has been a dynamic sector of the economy since the early 90s and while it stagnated during the downturn, it has maintained consistent growth say lawyers.
Catalin Baiculescu, a partner at Tuca Zbarcea, explained: “TMT is a sector in Romania that is on the growing side.”
He added: “Of course we have the economic down turn and worldwide problems have affected some aspects but TMT has been growing continuously in Romania in all aspects, from media to software and we have a number of important foreign players present in Romania.”
As they converge, the media and telecoms market activity highlight significant areas of development, including the proposed privatisation of
While privatisations are often intended to lead to increased efficiency and performance, practitioners raise concerns over resulting complexities.
Iulian Popescu, a partner at Musat & Associates, noted: “In terms of the privatisation of telecoms, the market will maintain its trend and get more and more complicated. It will require legal input, with all
sorts of issues such as competition, data protection, corporate and contractual issues with media agencies.”
Other significant developments include market growth in the audiovisual sector. According to statistical data from ANCOM, the first half of 2016 ended with 7.2 million pay-television subscribers, representing year-on-year growth.
The report also shows that the audiovisual programme retransmission services penetration rate per 100 households was almost 96 per cent.
Mr Popescu explained that retransmission, by cable operators that lead the market, is impacted by the new forms of distributions, such as IP
He commented: “What we’ve seen developing in the last year is content production in Romania. Lawyers highlight content deals with markets including China and Hong Kong.”
Muşat & Asociaţii is recognised for its transactional and regulatory advice on broadcasting and communications. Under the joint leadership of Anca Buta Musat and Iulian Popescu, the team advises on high profile cases involving television and radio operators, entertainment companies and music record labels. The firm represents private and state-owned entities and is renowned for its diverse sector coverage.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has its expertise in broadcasting, content distribution, publishing and advertising. Clients praise the team for its legal insight and responsiveness. “The firm’s lawyers demonstrate a high standard of advice, with particular knowledge of the Romanian television industry”, said one client. Led by Adina Chilim-Dumitriu, the team advises on complex cases connected with broadcasting agreements, advertising and related regulation, tax and corporate matters.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s leading media and advertising group attracts multiple clients from the broadcast sector. With assistance including legal and regulatory, the firm’s service areas cover a range of matters including television distribution, digital broadcasting and authorisation. Key practitioner has in-depth experience advising on electronic communication and audio-visual law. is also highlighted for his entertainment and publishing specialisations.
Andra Musatescu Law has vast experience advising multinational clients on copyright, enforcement and licensing. In highlighted work the team advised a leading German media company on a case involving copyright for which the team, led by Andra Musatescu, successfully negotiated a settlement. Lawyers also have experience advising on unfair competition and contractual matters.
Bulboaca & Asociatii has notable expertise in the area of film and entertainment. TMT lawyers act for a multitude of local and international clients in cases of acquisitions and spectrum licensing. The team assists with the provision of electronic content in Romania via EU established entities in cases with cross-border components - involving data protection, e-commerce and advertising regulations.
Popovici Nitu & Asociatii covers competition and regulatory aspects of media work with a broader focus on technology and telecoms. The team assists with copyright matters, data protection and privacy. Florian Nitu and Silviu Stoica are among the firm’s key media contacts who have detailed knowledge of distribution and e-commerce regulatory compliance.
Stratula Mocanu & Asociatii has an established position in the legal market and is known among peers and clients for media law expertise. The team is described by clients as “unified, integrated and strong”. Clients have “unlimited trust in their abilities, sharp and fast problem solving approach and professional attitude”. Under the leadership of Cosmin Mocanu, the firm advises on local television operations, channel distribution and contractual matters.
With a communications emphasis, Buzescu Ca’s core focus is on digital media. The team has in-depth knowledge of satellite communications services, local television and electronic media. Team experience includes advice on the sale of assets and subscriber lists to a leading cable television, internet and voice services companies. In other work lawyers assisted a satellite operator, which provides television, radio, data and communications solutions on various operational matters.
With presence spanning two decades, CMS has a strong position locally. Managing partner specialises in business litigation and international arbitration matters. The team also advises producers and operators from the cinema industry on various changes in cinematographic law. Lawyers also advise on the collective management of IP rights, copyright legislation and tax matters.
D&B David and Baias (Associated with PwC) is primarily focussed on copyright, commercial and regulatory work. Lawyers regularly advise on broadcasting, information technology, internet, database and software protection. Other areas of advice include digital content, compliance and license agreements.
With an established media practice Voicu & Filipescu manages a range of cases on behalf of advertisers, broadcasters and content producers. Clients described the team as a composition of “skilful lawyers, with valuable insight of the market and a very good understanding of legal matters”. Marta Popa directs the firm’s media department and advises on copyright shares, the distribution of themed channels and rating of audio-visual content.
Biriş Goran has an impressive scope of media work. Traditionally focussed on IT, the firm is developing broader sector specialisation that includes advertising, gaming and online media. The firm is popular among the entrepreneurial community and noted for its advice to start-up businesses. Lawyers regularly advise on venture capital transactions in the gaming and new media sectors.
With emphasis on antitrust and merger control, bpv Grigorescu Stefánicá, works on multinational competition cases involving compliance, distribution systems and bid rigging. The firm works closely with its Brussels office and assists with a range of corporate transactions. In highlighted work, lawyers acted for a media group on its acquisition of an advertising company and assisted with related cooperation agreements.
Ranking and editorials
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Andra Musatescu Law
Bulboaca & Asociatii
Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii
Stratula Mocanu & Asociatii
RTPR Allen & Overy
Voicu & Filipescu
Clifford Chance Badea
D&B David and Baias (PwC Affiliate)
Eversheds Lina & Guia
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