Lavinia Ioniță Rasmussen

Partner

lavinia.ionita-rasmussen@nndkp.ro
+40 21 201 1200

Practice areas

Expertise

With a professional experience of over 12 years in the legal area, Lavinia’s expertise covers all the specific matters related to real estate industry. She has successfully negotiated and closed complex projects and business structures, provided assistance in transaction arrangements, development issues or constructions and urbanism and applied integrated exit solutions. Lavinia is also specialized in FIDIC contracts.

Her practice focuses on:

  • due diligence, development, transaction structuring and negotiation for all asset classes
  • joint ventures in real estate area
  • permitting and related real estate matters for large scale infrastructure projects
  • drafting, negotiation of FIDIC based contracts
  • FIDIC claims management and FIDIC-related arbitration

Representative Cases and Transactions

Real Estate

  • due diligence investigations and assistance with the development of the business strategy for a major telecommunications operator in connection with the real estate holdings of more than 1,500 properties throughout Romania
  • successful assistance to a large real estate investment company in relation to the 46 million EUR acquisition of a modern office building strategically located in Bucharest’s new central business district
  • entrance on the Romanian market of an American private equity firm making investments in middle-market companies through the acquisition of two Romanian agricultural companies owning and operating more than 7,000 hectares of agricultural land
  • assistance to a global farming company in the due diligence process and acquisition of more than 500 lots in western Romania, totaling almost 20 million sq.m
  • due diligence, on behalf of a major American wealth management division, in support of the acquisition of the largest retail park in the outskirts of Ploiesti
  • assistance to a global investment firm in relation to the forward-purchases of office and residential buildings in the north area of Bucharest, of a value of 341 million EUR, the largest transaction concluded so far in Romania in this field, including related leasing
  • successful assistance to a major investment fund in relation to the capital injection granted to a Belgian based investment fund which administers and owns two commercial centers in Sibiu

FIDIC Contracts

  • representation of the largest American construction and civil engineering company in the claims settlement process and termination of the motorway construction contract concluded with the Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads
  • assessment of claims, on behalf of the largest Romanian oil&gas player, arising from an FIDIC agreement for the construction of a landfill and bio-remediation plant; ongoing assistance in the claims litigation process
  • advice to a United States based logistic park developer in relation to the construction and development of a modern industrial building located near Bucharest
  • successful advice to a large real estate investment company in relation to drafting and negotiation of the FIDIC based contract for an office building project located in Bucharest’s new central business district and envisaged to be a Platinum LEED certified building with a value of 60 million EUR
  • assistance provided to a major British investment fund in successfully settling with an Austrian construction company the claims resulting from the performance of construction agreements having as subject matter a large scale residential project in Bucharest; the value of the parties’ claims exceeded 46 million EUR (59.8 million USD)
  • drafting and negotiation, on behalf of a Greek investment fund, of the contract conditions for office buildings and commercial projects in Bucharest and in Zagreb, Croatia

Accolades

  • Ranked by Chambers and Partners as a “Star Associate” in Real Estate

Clients describe her as “thorough and highly commercial, with a great ability to get the deal over the line – a great person to work with”.
(Chambers and Partners, 2018)

Education

  • University of Bucharest Law School, Law Degree
  • Making, Defending and Resolving Claims under FIDIC 1999 Contracts; A Practical Guide to Using and Understanding the International Conditions of Contracts, organized by Cornerstone Seminars, a fully accredited FIDIC training supplier
  • American Institute for Legal Educations, Negotiation program

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Bucharest Bar

Notable Contributions

  • “When is a zonal urban necessary?” (Ziarul Financiar, 2013)
  • “The reception of the construction works in the light of the New Civil Code” (Wall-Street, 2012)