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Cătălin Radbâță


+40 21 201 1200

Practice areas


Catalin has over 13 years of professional experience with a substantial expertise in transnational litigation, insolvency proceedings and recognition and enforcement proceedings of foreign judgments or arbitration awards in Romania (including ECJ preliminary applications and representation). Catalin is mostly involved in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings but international arbitration as well, in particular in residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial constructions and installations. In addition, he has coordinated complex projects regarding the acquisition of NPL portfolios by various international investors.

His practice focuses on:

  • cross-border litigation and bankruptcy proceedings
  • international arbitration
  • litigation involving privatization, acquisition of companies and asset and business transfers
  • debt recovery and enforcement

Representative Cases and Transactions

  • parallel arbitration and insolvency proceedings on behalf of an American company operating in the harbor loading/unloading and storage of grains industry against a Romanian buyer
  • debt recovery representation of a major investment fund against a Romanian buyer in insolvency, ensuring protection of the client’s security
  • recognition of British arbitral awards in Romania against Swiss debtors for a major financial institution, with cross-border enforcement and bankruptcy proceedings among Switzerland, Romania and the United States
  • recovery of investments by a Belgian insurance company in Romanian real estate companies, including settlement negotiations and takeover of the debtors’ assets
  • successful challenge by a Spanish real estate investment company against major creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, protecting the client’s majority status
  • representation of a major telecommunications operator in resisting an abusive enforcement of bankruptcy, in a 1.5 million EUR claim
  • negotiations and litigation on behalf of the local subsidiary of an Italian industrial gas company in relation to a local manufacturer of industrial resistances
  • assistance and contractual negotiations for acquisition by a Dutch investment fund of dairy factories in Romania
  • assistance in financial restructuring of local operations and debt-equity swaps by a British telecommunications company
  • defense of a Romanian real estate developer against contractor claims in ICC arbitrations


  • Cluj-Napoca Babes-Bolyai University Law School, Law Degree
  • Pisa Law School, Italy, Law Degree
  • Loyola University, Los Angeles, California, United States, Master Degree in American Law and International Legal Practice
  • Geneva Law School, Switzerland, Transnational Law Certificate

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Brasov County Bar
  • Association of Italian Speaking Lawyers – AIGLI
  • Romanian Justice Department certified interpreter in English, Italian and French

Notable Contributions

  • speaker at the National Conference on Enforcement Proceedings, organized by Universul Juridic and Revista Romana de Executare Silita, in partnership with National Union Counsel of Executors (2018)
  • speaker at the conference “Recovery vs. Liquidation – Saving insolvent companies, a key factor for sustainable growth”, organized by News.ro (2017)
  • “New and old problems in insolvency – the new Romanian reorganization rules” (Capital, 2014)
  • “Emerging Economy Guide for Italian Investors – Romania chapter” (2008)