This article was originally published in Edward Fennell’s Legal Diary, 24 September 2021, and can be found here.
The London office of MPR Partners, an award winning, internationally commended Romanian law firm and founding member of the British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting their first Romanian Professionals and Business Owners event in the City of London on Thursday, 8 October.
The event will be a great opportunity to get introduced to fellow entrepreneurs and professionals, exchange shared ties to Romania and discuss and find common business interests.
There are over 1 million Romanians living in the UK and as of 2018, Romania became the second most common non-UK nationality. As of 30 June 2021, approximately 1,067,200 Romanians had applied to the UK government’s post-Brexit European Union Settlement Scheme. Out of these, over 100,000 were registered last year as active business owners in the UK, which places Romanians as second to Ireland in this sphere.
Romanian technology businesses are flourishing, with Romania being considered by many as Europe’s emerging Silicon Valley. Aside from being home to an impressive number of international technology companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, Romania’s capital Bucharest has recently been designated as the home of the EU’s newly established Cybersecurity Competence Centre.
Additionally, the large number of specialists and the quality of Romanian university programmes in the IT sector, along with foreign investors in this area, indicates the country’s success and potential in this sector.
This may be of interest to UK companies as the British IT market itself has generated more multi-billion USD tech companies than France, Germany and the Netherlands combined.
The event will take place from 6-9pm at The Refinery (12 New Square Street), a friendly venue with both outside and indoor seating, sitting in a central, easily accessible yet quiet City location. Registration can be done on the event’s page.
This will be the first of many of these events and we do hope that as many as possible are able to attend.
Hospices of Hope, the only UK charity dedicated to the development of hospice care in South East Europe, has been a British success story abroad.
Thirty years ago, the Romanian Appeal was launched to raise funds for a hospice home care team in Romania, and since 1992 the charity has extended its work in Romania to include the building of three hospice units and then into Serbia (2006), the Republic of Moldova (2008) and Albania (2018). Over the years, Hospices of Hope has successfully lobbied for the introduction of morphine-based medicine and has dramatically improved the quality of life for more than 50,000 patients with terminal diseases in South East Europe.
CEO of Hospices of Hope, Anna Perolls, comments: “Due to the pandemic, these past two years have proven to be a difficult and uncertain time for people who have been affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer. Since our inception, we have helped more than 50,000 patients and their families through our country partners. Donations and fundraising events have helped us achieve reforms in national health legislation and life-changing care, spreading hope for the future.”
The charity has also been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by several international bodies. Additionally, the charity has opened teaching establishments across Romania and Serbia, providing recognised courses for medical professionals and introducing new technologies.
For the past seven years, MPR partners, a leading European law firm based in Bucharest and London, has offered pro bono legal work and has been patrons in specific projects with Hospices of Hope, currently being a sponsor of Hospices of Hope’s landmark 30th anniversary.
Alina Popescu, Founding Partner of MPR Partners, adds: “We are delighted and proud to be part of Hospices of Hope’s 30-year ‘journey of hope’, and providing legal and financial help when needed. At MPR Partners, we also share the belief that everyone has the right to be helped, promoting mutual respect and exercising fairness and equal opportunities.”
Hospices of Hope’s goal is to help all patients suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness to receive specialist hospice care, as we believe that everyone deserves to live and die with dignity and without pain.
Join MPR Partners in celebrating Hospices of Hope’s landmark 30th anniversary on a 170-mile round-trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman, stepping back in time for a journey on the “Transylvanian Express”, on Thursday, 25 November 2021.
The adventure begins from the moment you step aboard at London Victoria station, savouring the magic of Christmas and admiring the surroundings through an unforgettable trip across the British countryside.
The train will be reserved exclusively for Hospices of Hope. Read more regarding the charity’s 30th anniversary event and book your seat here.
Independent EU law firm opens its first UK office in the heart of legal London
We are delighted to announce that MPR Partners, a multidisciplinary and independent EU law firm with a focus on commercial law and a strong presence in Romania, has officially opened an office in the heart of legal London.
The London office is headed by the firm’s co-founder and co-managing partner Alina Popescu. MPR Partners’ main objective is to support clients with operations across the UK and the EU, bridging the geographical gap during the Brexit transition and beyond.
The firm’s main practice areas in London will focus on technology, competition law, data privacy, insolvency and restructuring, employment law, international trade and investment, international arbitration, life sciences, aviation, sports law and financial services.
Alina commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our London office. With Brexit and the ensuing opportunities, the new office is a natural step forward that will meet our existing clients’ demand for law firms with an international presence and hopefully help us to tap into new markets.
“Our international recognition to date and the outstanding feedback from our international clients, many of whom were hoping for us to expand abroad, give us the confidence that the opening of a London arm is the right move at this stage of our firm’s development.”
MPR Partners hopes to start local hires in London soon. In the meantime, the firm has a legal team with substantial experience in a wide range of practice areas and an extensive network of contacts across the globe, which allows the team to successfully and effectively handle any mandate.
Additionally, Gelu Maravela, co-founder and co-managing partner, commented: “We are thrilled to be opening an international office in London, a visionary city that boasts unparalleled legal expertise and a huge potential for businesses. As a result of the pandemic, we have realised the ever-growing importance of innovation and transboundary reach.”
Gelu added: “Though it may seem like an ambitious move at this time, looking back at the numerous achievements of our past years together, MPR Partners has always been a bold firm and we don’t plan this to change anytime soon. We are deeply grateful to all our partners for their support in making this happen.”