Raluca Vasilache is the Competition Partner with Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații. She covers a wide array of legal issues primarily in the field of competition law (notably, in all areas of practice antitrust, mergers and state aid). Raluca was involved as coordinator in almost all high-profile antitrust investigations of the Romanian Competition Council.
Raluca is also proving day-to-day advice in competition law compliance, contract and policies structuring, organised numerous client trainings and successfully assisted clients during dawn raid procedures. She has also undertaken numerous procedures of reviewing mergers and acquisitions either with national impact or cross-border projects. Raluca was involved in important local or cross-border projects from antitrust and merger control to a state aid and advised clients before the European Commission, the Romanian Competition Council or other local bodies, as applicable.
Jointly with the litigation team of the firm, Raluca is advising clients before national courts or the Court of Justice of the European Union in litigious cases involving competition law.
Raluca Vasilache's expertise also includes consumer protection, anti-counterfeiting norms, unfair competition, commercial contracts.
Raluca is constantly ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners. She was also awarded the Competition Law Award during Top Lawyers’ Gala (Finmedia, 2017), in recognition of her specialist expertise, innovative approach and business success.
She is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.
- Coordinator of the legal team advising France's leading hypermarket operator on the clearance for the acquisition of Artima chain of supermarkets, following a transaction worth EUR 55,000,000, as well as legal assistance tailored to ensure the company’s compliance with the competition regulations, avoid hardcore restrictions and practices that might be considered as anticompetitive.
- Coordinator of the legal team providing legal assistance to a major insurance company in connection with the investigations initiated by the Romanian Competition Council in connection with (i) suspicion of a practice consisting in transfer of sensitive commercial information between competitors acting on the MTPL insurance market and (ii) suspicion of coordination of market behaviour on the aviation insurance market. The legal services entailed by the projects are highly complex including inter alia a detailed risk assessment and early-on strategy, proposal for commitments in view of attaining the termination of the investigation with no sanctions, a competition law compliance program, including trainings for the personnel, assistance during the dawn raids of the authority, as well as assistance during the whole investigation process.
- Coordinator of the legal team providing legal advice to the leasing company belonging to a French banking group in connection with the investigation opened by the Competition Council on suspicion of exchange of sensitive information at association level. Assistance covered all stages from the dawn raid of the authority, communications during the investigation, strategy for the case, preparing counter arguments to the investigation report and representation during the hearings in front of the authority.