Radu is a member of the Bucharest Bar since 1997 and one of the founding partners of Rizoiu & Poenaru SCA.
Radu has acquired this extensive experience in one of the top 10 law firms in Romania where he worked for almost 16 years reaching the position of Senior Partner.
Radu offers legal advice in various business law areas with a special focus on secured transactions and energy law. He is proficient in structuring complex transactions and drafting project related documentation.
Radu was at the forefront of developing innovative products for structuring secured transactions on the Romanian market since the mid-90s. He advised a syndicate of banks that extended the first significant syndicated loan to the first GSM operator active on the Romanian market.
At the same time he was involved in restructuring the shareholding structure of a major company with a view of protecting the rights of the majority shareholder in a time where corporate governance was finding its way in Romanian law.
Radu contributed to several large privatization projects where he assisted the investor in negotiating the terms of the contracts with the State and in performing the due diligence on the target. He offered legal advice to clients in relation to meeting the terms of the post-privatization covenants.
The turn of the millennium found Radu deeply involved in several significant financing projects where he acted either on the lender’s or the borrower’s side.
Starting from the mid-2000s, Radu was actively involved in the energy projects in various areas, such as: negotiating bankable energy supply agreements for large industrial consumers, structuring project finance for green energy projects, offering legal support for development of small hydro plants and for several wind projects, structuring the legal foundation for high efficiency cogeneration (CHP) facilities.
He assisted either lenders or borrowers in financing projects, in syndicate loans or mortgage loans, or in factoring operations. He assisted clients in share deals and asset deals, in corporate mergers and dissolutions, in initiation and structuring of advertising campaigns or in infrastructure and real estate projects.
Radu has a good understanding of international projects since he was on secondment for several months in the Toronto office of the Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault, where he was involved in international project financing and energy transactions.
Radu has a bachelor degree in law from the Bucharest University and a PhD diploma in Private Law on: “Security interest in personal property. A functional approach” (2010). He is author of an authoritative book on the Romanian legal regime of security interests in personal property, published at Universul Juridic, Bucharest in 2006. He also published (individually or in partnership) books in the securities field (including a series of comments on the Romanian case law in the security interest field) and in the legal entities field, and over 50 studies, articles and notes.
Due to his proficient academic background, Radu was asked to be one of the members of the scholars’ commission in charge of preparing the draft law for the implementation of the New Civil Code. In this capacity, he wrote the sections dealing with commercial contracts (including banking contracts), guarantees and secured transactions.
After contributing to the text of the secured transactions section of the New Civil Code itself, Radu had an extensive work of better shaping the relevant section before full enactment of the Code and adapting all ancillary legislation (including the rules for functioning of the security interests registrar) to give effect of the new regulation. Also, Radu took part in the drafting of the texts on the securities regime in the new Law on the insolvency prevention and insolvency procedures.
Radu is associate professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, teaching civil law and is a trainer with the National Institute for Magistracy of Romania, in the civil law concerning the relations with professionals field.