The Firm

Ijdelea Mihăilescu is an independent law firm, focusing on Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory and Compliance, Real Estate and Construction.

Our firm was established in 2017 by bringing together the expertise of Oana Ijdelea as a solo practitioner and Anca Mihăilescu’s experience gathered while working for major international and local law firms. Throughout their careers, spanning over 15 years, the two partners were involved in virtually all major and ground-breaking energy and natural resources projects carried out in Romania over the last decade.

We routinely work with local and central authorities at all levels of administrative hierarchy for the execution of the assignments entrusted by our clients.

A particular strength of our team is the expertise in relation to the drafting and enactment process of the primary and secondary legislation in unregulated areas (e.g., the Offshore Law, the BRUA Law, the Open Season Regulation), transposition of EU Directives in national legislation (e.g., the Offshore Safety Directive, the new EIA Directive) as well as amending and updating existing legislation (e.g., the Electricity and Gas Law, the Petroleum Law, the Construction Law, the Urban Planning Law).

Why Choose Us

Our team provides far more than plain legal assistance. Clients rely on us for both execution and advice. We take pride in first-class implementation and project management.

With each engagement, we commit to provide superior and value-adding client service and be perfectly fit for purpose.  Therefore, to ensure that our contribution is rolled out as efficiently as possible, a core team is proposed for each assignment. The firm is substantially equipped to dedicate additional specialized resources as it may be required by the projects we are involved in. 

International Reach

We constantly strive to innovate and become increasingly more effective counsel for our clients.

Consistent with these philosophies, we have connected with peers who share our vision and values and established work relationships with top law firms across the globe.

As an acknowledgement of our reputation and standing on the Romanian legal market, since January 2019 Ijdelea Mihăilescu is the exclusive member of TAG Law, one of the largest and most respectable law alliances in the world. TAG Law has received the “Elite” designation from Chambers Global 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Awards and Recognitions

Starting with 2018, the firm obtained local and international recognition, such as:

  • Ranked by Legal500, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • 2018 Deal of the Year Award for Romania at the CEE Legal Matters Regional Award Gala.

The finalists were selected by a panel of highly regarded private practitioners all over Europe, with winners determined by a second group of prominent legal experts from across Central and Eastern Europe.

  • 2018 Rising Star Award from The Times Legal Innovation.
  • 2019 Energy Law Firm of the Year from the Times Legal Innovation.

2020 Award for legal innovation in the energy sector at Gala Juridice.

Partner Profiles and Recognition

Oana Ijdelea is unanimously recognized for successfully handling landmark and first-to-market projects in the energy sector, assisting foreign and local investors from planning throughout the entire operational chain and undertaking complex issues related to business development and investment in Romania.  Drawing on a 15-year career as a business lawyer, she routinely advises clients on the most challenging and strategic matters involving C-Suite decision making related to their investments, projects and operations in Romania. She is acknowledged by clients and peers for the successful execution and implementation of the provided advice and is acknowledged as a substantial contributor to the drafting of legislation regulating a broad range of industries and areas.

“‘Oana Ijdelea is exceptionally smart and gives impeccable advice’” Legal500, 2021

“Ijdelea is ‘unique, she understands the technicalities and translates them in legal language’ and ‘her advice can be applied and renders the expected results’” Legal500, 2020

“Ijdelea is recommended for her ‘great industry knowledge’ and ability to find ‘practical and proactive solutions’” Legal 500, 2019

Anca Mihăilescu assisted clients in relation to some of the most important and ground-breaking energy projects implemented in Romania over the past decade. Throughout her 13 years of experience, she managed numerous cross-border M&A deals with a cumulated value in excess of EUR 3 billion, joint ventures and minority investments, restructuring and reorganization projects, as well as various complex real estate/construction deals. Her extensive experience covers international law (including ICSID) and European law. She currently holds the position of Secretary-Treasurer with the Oil and Gas Committee, International Bar Association.

Anca Mihăilescu is well-read and very hard working.” Legal500, 2021

Anca Mihăilescu is strikingly sharp and focused and her legal knowledge is impressive. She always seems to figure the right solution to the questions not yet asked.” Legal500, 2020

Mihăilescu is ‘brilliant’ and ‘understands the technicalities’” Legal500, 2019

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