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EUGENIA GUTIUM

Profile:
Position: Managing Partner
Office: Gutium si Asociatii S.C.A.
Nationality: Romanian
Languages: Mother tongue Romanian; fluent in English and conversant in French

Education:
1991: University of Bucharest, LL.B in Law
1979: University of Bucharest, Degree in Administrative Law

Career to date:
July 2002 to date: Partner, Gutium si Asociatii SCA, Attorneys at Law, Bucharest
January 2002 - July 2002: Partner, Badea, Radu & Gutium, Attorneys at Law, Bucharest
January 2000 - January 2002: Senior Associate, Linklaters, Bucharest
May 1994 - January 2000: Head of Legal Department, Legal Department, State Ownership Fund
May 1992 - May 1994: Legal Counsel, Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Bucharest
April 1990 - May 1992: Legal Counsel, Bucur S.A., Bucharest
September 1979 - April 1990: Legal Counsel, Agriculture Department of Dambovita, Targoviste

Professional Offices:
Member of the Romanian Bar Association, Bucharest Bar and of the Union of Bankruptcy Practitioners of Romania.

Law Practice
Eugenia Gutium is a partner of Gutium si Asociatii SCA. She is a qualified lawyer registered with the Romanian Bar Association and the Bucharest Bar. Eugenia is also registered with the Union of Bankruptcy Practitioners of Romania.

Eugenia has extensive experience both in Romania and internationally in corporate/commercial transactions, infrastructure and privatizations.

Eugenia is a recognized specialist in Romania in the fields of Privatisation (Legal 500 - 2003 and 2004 Editions) and Corporate & Finance (European Legal Experts, Legal Business, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Editions). Prior to co-founding her own practice, she was a legal expert with Linklaters, Bucharest (until 2002).

Eugenia has a unique track-record in privatisation, serving as head of the legal department of the State Ownership Fund (at the present A.V.A.S), leading its activity and coordinating key privatisation projects in Romania at the time (1994 - 2000).

Eugenia has been involved in many infrastructure projects in Romania in water and waste water, waste management and transport (i.e. The Setting up the Public Partnership Framework for ISPA projects in Romania, PSP Option Study in Water and Wastewater in Iasi County; Integrated Solid Waste Management in Bacau Municipality and surrounding areas; PSP Waste Options Study in Teleorman; PSP Water and Wastewater in Timisoara and Arad; PSP Waste Options Study, Constanta Concession, Construction of the Deva-Orastie motorway by-pass in Romania, SAMTID, MELF).

She regularly advises on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial matters, privatisation and post privatisation, financing, bankruptcy and liquidation, joint ventures, real estate, infrastructure products and related matters.

Experience:

  • The FWC "The Setting up the Public Partnership Framework for ISPA projects in Romania": legal expert;
  • PSP Option Study in Water and Wastewater in Iasi: legal expert;
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management in Bacau Municipality and surrounding areas: legal expert;
  • PSP Waste Options Study in Teleorman: legal expert;
  • PSP Water and Wastewater in Timisoara and Arad: legal expert;
  • PSP Waste Options Study: legal expert;
  • Constanta Concession: legal expert for EBRD in relation with the setting up of the project company (including the shareholders agreement) and the BOT contract;
  • Romgaz: advisor for the state in relation with a take over process; the assignment included share purchase contract, drafting and negotiating the shareholders agreement;
  • Small and Medium Town Infrastructure Development (SAMTID): legal expert;
  • Construction of the Deva-Orastie motorway by-pass in Romania: legal expert;
  • Banca Agricola: advised the Romanian Government, including assistance on the drafting of relevant documents such as tender and sale documentation and advice in relation to confidential offering memorandum for qualified bidders as a member of the privatisation commission;
  • Bancorex: advised the Romanian Government in the restructuring process of Bancorex;
  • Dacia Felix Bank: dvised the Romanian Government in the restructuring process and assisted on the arrangement of finance during the restructuring project;
  • Otelinox: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale/purchase of state ownership interests, including drafting the sale purchase agreement;
  • I.M.G.B.: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale/purchase of state ownership interests, including drafting the transaction documentation;
  • Romcin overtaken by Lafarge: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale of state ownership interests, including drafting the transaction documentation;
  • Cimentul Turda overtaken by Holderbank: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale of state ownership interests, including drafting the transaction documentation;
  • Romtelecom overtaken by OTE: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale of state ownership interests, including preparation of sell strategy and drafting the transaction documentation;
  • Bucuresti Turism: acted as legal adviser for the majority shareholder in post privatisation process including due diligence, negotiation, drafting of various documentation;
  • SN Tutunul Romanesc: advised one of the bidders on the privatisation process;
  • Titan S.A.: assisted the Board with regard to various post-privatisation issues;
  • Municipal Environmental Loan Facility: Advised European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on negotiations with representatives of Ministry of Public Finance regarding the Co-operation agreement; advised EBRD during the negotiations of Constanta, Iasi and Arad Loan and Guarantee Agreements.

Co-ordinated large and complex projects:

  • Petromidia: acted as head of legal team of the Romanian State Ownership Fund in respect of the sale of state ownership interests, including drafting the transaction documentation;
  • SN Radiocomunicatii: acted as head of Linklaters team assisting the State on the privatisation process;
  • Sidex: senior member of Linklaters legal team advising the Romanian Government on the privatisation of the biggest Romanian enterprise; legal Due Diligence on SIDEX SA;
  • Office of State Ownership in Industry: advised Ministry of Trade and Commerce on negotiations regarding the consultancy agreement related to privatisation of the largest oil company in Romania, PETROM SA, the distribution gas companies DISTRIGAZ SUD and DISTRIGAZ NORD, and the largest thermoelectric power productin sector: Energy Complex Turceni, Energy Complex Craiova and Energy Complex Rovinari;
  • ISPAT: carry out legal due diligence in relation to Industria Sarmei Campia Turzii;
  • Artima: carry out legal due diligence in relation to sale agreement;
  • Lanstraust HF Islanda: carry out legal due diligence in relation to acquiring a Romanian company;
  • Ilfov County Council: ead of the legal team advising the Ilfov Country Council in relation to water infrastructure PPP project: tender procedures, drafting and negotiating PPP contract, shareholders agreement and project company by-laws;
  • Romtelecom's IPO: legal consultant of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in relation with the first large international IPO;
  • Romanian Poste (CNPR): legal consultant of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in relation with the CNPR restructuring and privatization process;
  • Radiocomunicatii (SNR): legal consultant of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in relation with the privatization process;
  • Proiect Bucuresti: legal expert on the take over acting on the buy-side.

Contact:
E-mail: eugenia.gutium@gutium.ro
Telephone: (40-21) 411 96 63
Fax: (40-21) 411 96 67

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