Municipality of Bucharest prevails in zoning dispute with support from bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica represented the Municipality of Bucharest and won a dispute with two private companies, owners of a plot land located in Obor area. The amount claimed by the two owners was of approx. EUR 5,000,000. The amount was determined based on a judicial appraisal and represented the alleged income not earned due to the impossibility to build on the owned plot land in absence of a Zonal Urban Plan which was issued by GCBM only in 2015.

Bucharest Mayoralty was represented by Daniel Stefanica, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice together with his team of lawyers from which Raluca Marcu (Managing Associate) and Serban Dumitrescu (Senior Associate) were part.

“The case was challenging in terms of both the time length of the dispute (it was initiated in 2012) and the required evidence. Thus, the expert opinions issued in this case had, mainly, the aim, to determine the constructions that the owners could have built, on the plot land, in 2011, as well as their most sensible business use. Finally, the calculation of the unearned income was made in relation to the income that the owners could have derived if they could have erected the buildings and use them at the best since 2011, and the income that they actually earned by exploiting the plot land. From another point of view, the court decision is relevant because it validates a line of thought in the administrative law: the public authority has the right to assess the opportunity of issuing an normative administrative act” declared Daniel Stefanica.

Iveco Defence Vehicles secures EUR 700 million contract with support from bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica advised Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV), part of the CNH Industrial group of companies, during the public procurement procedure of the Romanian Ministry of National Defence for the acquisition of more than 2.900 high mobility trucks for a total contract value over EUR 700 Million. The procedure was finalized with the awarding of the framework agreement to IDV in December 2019, the first batch of 942 vehicles to be delivered over four years, starting 2020.

During the past 12 months, the procedure was challenged several times by IDV’s closest competitor, but the Romanian courts dismissed all claims.

IDV was advised by a joint team of public procurement and litigation experts led by Anca Albulescu, Partner and Head of the Public Procurement Practice, and Daniel Stefanica, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice of bpv Grigorescu Stefanica, assisted by Raluca Marcu, Managing Associate, and Serban Dumitrescu, Senior Associate.

RE: INFRA – Infrastructure, Utilities & Environment magazine, no. 5 | Winter Edition 2020 – Infrastructure beyond

*A material coordinated by Anca Albulescu, Partner

In our previous INFRA brochure, we asked ourselves what makes us better than robots. Our answer was: human interconnectivity.

The topic is vast and brings new challenges as days go by. Talking about human interconnectivity, Romania is most likely to be one of the first EU countries to implement the 5G technology. This is the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity, which promises to grant a much faster upload and download speeds, much broader coverage and more stable connections. 5G technology is mainly about more efficient use of the radio spectrum and allowing more devices to access the same mobile internet at the same time. Just imagine a swarm of drones cooperating to carry out a search and rescue mission, which can fire warning fires and monitor traffic, all communicating wirelessly with one another and the base through 5G networks.

Moreover, we face a new concept: Infrastructure as a Service. Intriguing that only now infrastructure has started to be conceived as a service. It may be a service model that delivers computer infrastructure on an outsourced basis in the form of hardware, networking, and storage services to support business operations. Finally, we understand that it’s not only about the hardware, but also, again, about interconnectivity.

You can get a glimpse of all the above, but also read about hard facts of our day-to-day reality, such as de land book registration of construction erected without building permit and amendments of public procurement contracts… just turn the page and have a good reading!

The magazine can be downloaded in PDF format from this link.