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Ioan Baciu graduated from the University of Bucharest, School of Law, in 1999, and was admitted to the Bacau Bar in 2000. Mr. Baciu’s other educational experience includes post-graduate courses from the University of Bucharest (2001 and 2012), in International Finance from the Romanian Banking Institute (2005) and in Money Laundering Prevention and Sanction from the National Office for Prevention and Control of Money Laundering (2012). He has also obtained numerous diplomas and certificates from various international Universities and institutions such as the George Washington University, USA or ERA Academy of European Law from Trier, Germany, etc., attesting his qualification and proficiency in obtaining value in public procurement and the implementation of anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in public procurement, as well as in connection with strategic procurement and SMEs, e-procurement, sustainable procurement, public procurement partnerships and concessions. Mr. Baciu is currently a PhD student of Babes Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, Romania and of the University of Turin, Italy.
Since Mr. Baciu joined our firm in 2005, he has been representing and advising some of the foremost companies in their fields of activity such as global communications, oil and gas, electricity generation and sale, petrochemicals and oilfield service industries, in the dynamically developing market of environmental protection and water and waste treatment, solid waste treatment, renewable energy production and urban environment upgrade, real estate, as well as in banking and capital market, drugs production and distribution or tire manufacturing etc.
Mr. Baciu’s main specialization is public procurement, including concessions and PPPs. He has counseled on a regular basis major foreign investors in connection with the implementation of certain highly important public procurement and/or PPP projects, including the representation thereof during the relevant procedures, as well as the assistance thereof with respect to the negotiation and the performance of the appropriate public procurement agreements, concession contracts, public-private partnerships, etc., some involving certain fairly complex Phare, Schengen, Structural Funds / Community Progammes, USTDA/BERD, World Bank or other public or private funding schemes. He has also represented and advised numerous clients during the negotiation, the conclusion and the delivery of a broad range of offset agreements as required under the relevant public procurement contracts concluded by the same in the field of national defense, public order and national security, some of the proposed solutions resulting in a shift in the customary practice of the Romanian Authority for Offsetting Special Technique Procurements.
Besides public procurement, Mr. Baciu also specializes in vertical settlements and distribution schemes, EU financing, health, real estate, IP & trademarks etc. He has been actively involved in the elaboration and the implementation of several noteworthy projects in the field of European integration, health, environment, culture, media, tourism, IT and local public utilities and public road networks development financed by the ERDF, ESF and/or CF as well as via other specific financing schemes offered under the Youth in Action, Culture, Environment and Health Community Programmes or supported by certain state aid / de minimis schemes. Mr. Baciu has also been involved in a significant number of highly complex transactions and has substantial experience in counselling clients on real estate project development, online commerce and intellectual property rights, patents, trademarks and copyrights – including the realization of national and international films and TV productions, the set-up and the operation of art galleries and auction houses and the works-of-art trade, or the organization of national and international festivals and concerts, etc., as well as in connection with the procurement, processing, testing, storage, distribution and import/export of umbilical cord and cord blood material and the set-up, organization and functioning of several stem-cell banks in Romania. In addition, Mr. Baciu regularly counsels foreign investors in transactions such as consortium agreements, joint ventures, as well as transactions involving Romanian and foreign public authorities or bodies, etc.
Since 2013, Mr. Baciu is a member of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement and, in this capacity, he provides the European Commission with high quality legal, economic, technical and practical insights and expertise with a view to assisting it in shaping the public procurement policy of the Union, but also prepares reports, presentations and memoranda and issues studies, opinions and proposals with the specific purpose to help the European Commission in developing and implementing Union’s policy and legislation on public procurement. He is constantly involved in the preparation of legal and economic analysis and comments on important developments or structural trends of public procurement and their implications for the Union policy framework, and also provides feedback to the Commission on the challenges and developments in specific sectors which may require public procurement response, proposing adequate solutions. Finally, he provides input in the framework of preparatory legislative work of the Commission in the field of public procurement and assists the Commission in analyzing the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Moreover, Mr. Baciu is an associate researcher of the IRSPP – International Research Study of Public Procurement workshops which gather together a carefully selected number of eminent procurement executives and researchers from centres of excellence in procurement around the world, and also of the Center for Good Governance Studies – a prestigious interdisciplinary research unit within the Public Administration Department of the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communications Sciences from Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Owing to his expertise in this field, Mr. Baciu is constantly invited at national and international conferences and seminars to speak/lecture on topical issues to do with public procurement, and is a constant contributor to the legal press and journals. He is a country correspondent for the European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review – EPPPL, Berlin, and has been invited by the World Bank Group and the European Commission to participate in the elaboration of several surveys and reports on public procurement. Mr. Baciu was also involved in the drafting of the last version of Procura+ Manual edited by ICLEI.
Mr. Baciu practices in Romanian, English and French.