Catalin Suliman has joined the Bucharest office of Schoenherr, one of the leading corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, as head of the firm’s competition practice in Romania. He has been a member of the Bucharest bar since 2006. Prior to joining Schoenherr, Catalin spent more than six years at the connected lawfirm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Romania - D&B David and Baias law firm, where he held the position of a Managing Associate was heavily involved in providing a full range of competition assistance both to national and international clients, various intellectual property assistance and regulatory work in pharmaceutical and retail sectors. He also advised one of the country’s largest telecom operators in its competition investigation, which led to the application of the first commitments procedure in the telecom sector in the EU. The esteemed Romanian business newspaper Ziarul Financiar ranks Schoenherr among the Top 10 law firms in Romania (April 2013). With recognized specialists like Catalin on our team, Schoenherr can offer its clients best in class competition advice throughout the CEE region," adds Franz Urlesberger, the Vienna-based partner who serves as head of Schoenherr’s EU and Competition practice group.
Catalin joining is recognition of Schoenherr aim to boost the local EU and competition practice and ensure outstanding quality assistance to its clients on anti-trust matters.
Proven track record
Catalin Suliman, who joins Schoenherr Bucharest as a local partner, focuses on providing legal advice on competition and intellectual property issues, as well as regulatory matters concerning the pharmaceutical and retail sectors. The most recent edition of the legal directory Chambers Europe highlights Catalin’s work at the D&B David and Baias’ highly-regarded competition practice, quoting clients’ praise for Suliman as a "very talented lawyer with impressive technical skills. "
Catalin has a strong track record of assisting clients on competition, unfair competition, state aid or intellectual property issues, as well as on the various aspects of industry-specific regulations in the pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, and manufacturing sectors. The office’s 50-lawyer team advises mainly foreign investors on the complete range of corporate and commercial legal issues, with an emphasis on sophisticated corporate, finance and real estate transactional work. He is the co-author of a number of academic and legal industry publications, including the Romanian overviews in Kluwer Law’s Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA and in the Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies 2009-2012 published by Law Business Research.
Catalin studied law at the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2005 before earning a Master of Laws degree (LL. M. ) in 2007. Prominent competition-related matters on which Catalin advised include assisting a leading oil and gas group being investigated by Romania’s Competition Council. We are glad to have someone of Catalin’s stature join our team," states Sebastian Gutiu, the managing partner of Schoenherr’s Bucharest office.
"Competition cases are increasingly becoming more international in character. In addition, he has provided the entire spectrum of day-to-day advice on competition and compliance matters, as well as overseen competition-related trainings and mock dawn raids.
Apart from the field of competition law, Catalin also has extensive experience in the Life Sciences sector covering a full range of advice to producers, wholesalers, private medical hospitals, pharmacies, and medical services providers and in Intellectual Property, for which he serves as an IP counselor on various matters involving trademarks, designs, specific know-how and copyright.
Strong academic background
In addition to his practice of law, Catalin has been an external collaborator at the University of Bucharest’s Law Faculty starting with 2009, where he has taught competition seminars during the Business Law LLM at the Bucharest University. With 14 offices located in Belgrade, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Chisinau, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Kyiv, Prague, Sofia, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb, as well as country desks for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, schoenherr provides its clients with comprehensive coverage of the CEE/SEE region. * More than 300 legal professionals work across borders in both a centralized and de-centralized manner, according to the individual client’s needs and requirements. The Bucharest office has built an impressive track record in the oil and gas retail, telecommunication, insurance, banking, pharmaceutical, construction, real estate development and IT industries. Catalin has also been involved in competition proceedings in a range of other industry sectors, including retail of fast moving consumer goods, wholesale of pharmaceutical products, doors manufacturing and distribution, waste of electronic equipment collection, and services rendered by autovehicles repairs. The Bucharest office is active in a large number of renewable energy projects, including those focusing on harnessing wind power.
schoenherr is a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe. Quality, flexibility, innovation and practice-oriented solutions for complex assignments in the field of business law are at the core of the schoenherr philosophy.
* schoenherr is in compliance with the respective local legal standards and conduct rules in all countries; therefore, the local firm name may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A key expert on competition matters, Catalin further strengthens Schoenherr’s standing as a preeminent source of legal advice on competition and antitrust issues both in Romania and across the firm’s additional 13 offices in the CEE region.
"Our clients will benefit from the impressive amount of practical expertise, knowledge and legal skills that Catalin brings to Schoenherr. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Competition taskforce that is addressing all major amendments of Romanian Competition Law and secondary legislation and liaising with the country’s Competition Council.
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