Apart from directing and managing the firm, Igor Popa is always personally involved in transactions of our team. He has more than 18 years of experience dealing with issues that foreign investors face in Moldova and has a profound understanding of the localmarket.

Igor Popa has extensive expertise in litigation, has controlled litigious matters in various areas of practice, has represented officials and multinational corporations, clients in disputes before Moldovan courts, including the Supreme Court of Justice. He specializes in Banking & Finance, Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Mergers & Acquisitions/ Privatisation and in the last 5 years has developed particular knowledge in Capital Market & Securities.

He represented domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries, including Banking, Energy, Healthcare, PPP and  Infrastructure. Igor Popa has legal and Accounting including (IFRS) background, being a team leader in a variety of high-profile projects and transactions in Moldova.


  • Master Degree, LL.M. in Finance Institute for Law and Finance (ILF), J.-W.- Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2013.

  • Law studies / Bachelor (qualification as a lawyer) -  Police Academy "Ştefan cel Mare", Chisinau, 1998

  • Diploma in Accounting - College of Economics and Industry, Chisinau, 1993.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions/ Privatisation

  • Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

  • Capital Markets & Securities

Industry Sectors:

  • Banking & Finance

  • Private Equity / Venture Capital

  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications


  • Romanian

  • English

  • German

  • Russian

  • One of the top Central American investment funds in connection with the acquisitions of two local Moldovan private state companies in two transactions exceeding EUR 42,000,000.

  • One of the largest pharmaceutical distribution companies from Egypt with regard to a complex fiscal litigation having as object the annulment of certain administrative acts for the establishment of financial obligations related to customs duties (customs taxes and VAT) in connection with some types of medicines.

  • Successfully advising The Moldovan Authorities - State Road Administration before the Court of Milano and the Court of Venice, Italy in defending claims deriving from infrastructure development agreements in two arbitrations concerning contractual performance, with claims value in excess of EUR 15,000,000.

  • A major Romanian construction company in the Construction Projects with a leading building material and construction solutions company in Moldova serving the construction industry producing cement, aggregates, and construction solutions used in building projects.

  • One of the major German construction companies in relation to several civil disputes in public procurement matters, as well as in domestic litigations regarding public procurement proceedings in connection with works and services of public interest.  Deals’ value exceeds EUR 12,000,000.

  • A leading Moldovan Construction company in connection with a PPP project with Leova Municipality and The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), regarded as one of the most complex integrated greenfield project developed in Moldova to date. The value in excess of EUR 3,500,000.

  • A leading Dental Practice from Moldova in drafting and implementing the strategy for the restructuring of various companies within the group, assistance in acquisition of finance with Private Equity investors from EU.

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E-residency in Estonia - an affordable service for Moldovan entrepreneurs

Igor Popa, a Senior partner at the Popa & Associates, the associate office of GRATA International in Moldova, spoke in an interview with BizLaw about the opportunities of the E-residency service in Estonia for Moldovan entrepreneurs.

Legal expenses insurance – market opportunities in the Republic of Moldova

The law firm Popa & Associates, GRATA International associate office in Moldova, has organized a discussion panel focusing on legal expenses insurance. The aim of the event was to find out whether there is a chance of a successful offer of legal expenses insurance in Moldova.

GRATA International in Moldova

We are honoured to announce that from February 2019 Popa & Associates (www.popa.md), 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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Senior Partner