Ilona Nicula has a legal background in Real Estate, Corporate Finance and Commercial Property practice. Ilona acts mainly for top domestic and foreign companies, including in setting up new companies, sale and purchase of shares and commercial agreements. Ilona gained wide expertise in Infrastructure & PPP. She is well known for her ability to project and implement effective legal solutions related to project structuring, development, financing and all other projects operation. Also, she provides legal assistance to major corporate clients on several public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Ilona worked on a significant number of Mergers and Acquisitions transactions for the most outstanding financial institutions and companies. She also has solid experience in representing clients in court and arbitration proceedings. Due to her extensive legal knowledge, Ilona acted in numerous types of litigation cases handled by Popa & Associates. Our clients benefit from her first-rate legal counsel, substantial experience and practice in complex, sensitive and controversial issues.


  • LL.M. in Criminal Law from State University of Moldova

  • Law degree from State University of Moldova


  • Corporate

  • PPP

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Litigation & arbitration

Industry Sectors:

  • Corporate

  • Infrastructure & PPP

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Privatization

  • Litigation & Arbitration

  • Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Authorities

  • Environment & Utilities


  • English

  • French

  • Russian

  • Romanian

  • Representing and assisting the client (a big company from Poland specialized in sugar production) in the process of purchasing the enterprise as a unique patrimony complex;
  • Representation and assistance services to the shareholder (a legal person from England - specialized in TV and media) in SPA transaction for transfer of the shares from a large and famous TV from Moldova;

  • Representing the Client (the biggest electricity supplier from Moldova) in courts of all levels regarding the collection of debts from debtor and other issues.

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GRATA International in Moldova

We are honoured to announce that from February 2019 Popa & Associates (, a full-service law firm, represents GRATA International as an associate office in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova. This is another step in firm’s development which follows the strategy of enhancing the geographical coverage for delivering legal services.  A strong team of professional lawyers will enable clients of GRATA International to receive quality legal advice, now in the Republic of Moldova as well. 

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