Horea Popescu

Horea Popescu



Horea Popescu is the Managing Partner of CMS Bucharest and the Head of the Corporate M&A practice in CEE and Bucharest.

With over 20 years of experience, he has been involved in some of the largest and most complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate and M&A transactions in Romania and across the CEE region, advising both local and international clients.

Specialised in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and commercial transactions, capital market transactions, competition and privatization, Horea has extensive experience in sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions throughout Eastern Europe, and beyond, covering a broad range of sectors, including energy, technology, media and telecommunications, financial services, consumer products and real estate.

Relevant experience
– AFI Europe on its acquisition of six companies owning four Class A office projects in Romania from NEPI Rockcastle. This is one of the largest real estate transactions ever concluded in both the Romanian and CEE office markets.
– Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, on the €1.9 billion acquisition of the Zentiva’s CEE and Swiss business. This was the largest CEE life sciences transaction in 2018.
– Liberty Global on the Romanian, Czech and Hungarian aspects of the €18.4 billion sale of its European assets to Vodafone. This was the region’s largest telecoms transaction in over a decade.
– Bitdefender, a global cyber-security technology company founded and based in Romania, on the sale of a significant minority stake to Vitruvian. The transaction valued Bitdefender’s business at over $600 million.

Memberships & Roles
Member, Bucharest Bar Association.

Education
2000 – Masters in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
1999 – Masters in Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
1998 – Degree in Law, West University, Timisoara, Romania