Horea Popescu has been appointed the new Managing Partner of CMS’s Bucharest office.
Popescu, who will take over from Gabriel Sidere — CMS Bucharest’s Managing Partner since 2010 — on November 1, 2020.
Popescu has been a partner at CMS since 2008. In May 2020, following six years as Head of Transactions at CMS Romania, Horea was appointed CEE Head of Corporate and M&A. He has an LL.B. from the Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, an LL.M. from Central European University, and an LL.M. from the College of Europe. Before joining CMS in 2004, he spent three and a half years with KPMG.
“I am honored to be appointed Managing Partner of CMS Bucharest,” Popescu said. “Gabriel has done a superb job managing the Bucharest office over the last ten years, as demonstrated by the firm’s continued growth and excellent reputation as a leading international law firm in Romania. Over the last 12 months, I have worked closely with Gabriel and Dora Petranyi, CMS CEE Managing Director, to prepare myself for this transition and to ensure a smooth handover. The future of CMS Bucharest looks very bright, and I look forward to working with our talented teams to translate our plans into a prosperous reality.”
“Horea has a fantastic track record, built-up over the 16 years that he has been with the firm,” Petranyi commented from Budapest. “He has demonstrated his capabilities as a leader and inspires the confidence of all those around him. Combined with the support of the partners and the team in Bucharest, Horea is well placed to build on the firm’s success in Romania.”
“I have enjoyed an exceptional relationship with CMS and its remarkable people for over 15 years and during this time our office has shown tremendous resilience and strength,” commented Sidere. “I am confident that Horea will continue to expand our business in Bucharest and enhance our culture that puts people at the center of our strategy. My congratulations to Horea on his well-deserved appointment. I know that his skills and character will enable him to build on CMS’s legacy as a collegial firm full of ambitious, motivated, and first-class professionals.”