Practice Areas
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure, PPP & Public Procurement
  • Construction
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Privatization International Trade

Admitted to the bar in 2001


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

King’s College, London, Postgraduate Diploma in European Union Law

Romanian-American University in Bucharest, Law Degree

Professional bodies

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Listed arbitrator of the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania

Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Luminita Popa focuses on international dispute resolution in a variety of business sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, construction and engineering, mergers and acquisitions, partnership & corporate governance. She acts as counsel or arbitrator in numerous proceedings under the rules of the main arbitration institutions and dispute resolution bodies.

Luminita is recognized by Who’s Who Legal - Arbitration and is recommended in Legal 500 EMEA for Dispute Resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, PPP and procurement. She is also ranked for Disputes, Energy & Infrastructure and PPP/PFI in IFLR 1000 and for Dispute Resolution in Chambers Europe.

Luminita Popa is a Court Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Selected relevant experience

Representing one of the largest international energy companies in ICC arbitration concerning claims arising from a privatization agreement (place of arbitration Paris). Value in dispute exceeding USD 1.2 billion.

Assisting one of the largest international energy companies in ICC arbitration (place of arbitration Paris). Value in dispute exceeding USD 600 million.

Representing a leading European utility company in ICC arbitration (place of arbitration Paris). Value in dispute exceeding USD 120 million.

Representing a world leader in the construction field in several ICC arbitrations (place of arbitration Geneva) regarding major infrastructure projects. Aggregate value in dispute exceeding USD 95 million.

Representing a leading European utility company in ICC arbitration (place of arbitration Paris). Value in dispute exceeding USD 59 million.

Representing a rail infrastructure construction company in several ICC arbitration disputes (place of arbitration Bucharest). Aggregate claims in excess of EUR 14 million.

Distinctions and citations

Luminita Popa is “a real force in the profession”, impressing with her “outstanding understanding of commercial and technical matters”. Source: Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018

Clients highlight that Luminita is “extremely involved and hands-on” adding that “her attention to detail and capacity to see the overall picture make her a great strategist.” Source: Chambers Europe, 2018

“Great strategist” Luminita Popa is hailed by clients as “the best in Romania for international arbitration”. Source: Legal 500, 2017

“Luminita Popa proved an extraordinary combination of talent and dedication.” Source: Chambers Global, 2017

Luminita Popa is “an excellent professional and balanced perfectionist.” Source: Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017

Luminita Popa is recommended as “responsive and knowledgeable” and “analytically strong” arbitration expert. Source: Legal 500, 2015

“Luminita Popa is a widely appreciated energy lawyer, with particular knowledge of the oil, gas and electricity sectors”. Source: Chambers Europe, 2015

Luminita Popa has “vast knowledge of the international arbitration field” and is praised for her “innovative approach” and “in-depth understanding of client needs”. Source: Legal 500, 2012

Luminita Popa is “great – although relatively young, she has a lot of experience” adding that “in mineral rights, she is the best”. Source: Chambers Europe, 2012


Investment Treaty Arbitration in light of the European Union’s Competence over foreign direct investments (Romanian Arbitration Journal, July – September 2014)

New Provisions of French Law on International Arbitration (Romanian Arbitration Journal, July – September 2012)

Enforceability of Provisional Measures in International Commercial Arbitration (Legal Force of Arbitral Awards, University Publishing House, Bucharest 2012)

Oil and Gas – A Comparative Guide to the Regulation of Oil and Gas Projects, Romania Chapter, Thomson Reuters, First Edition 2012

Arbitration News: Romania – is arbitration still an option for public contracts – related disputes? (Newsletter of International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, 2011)

International Project Finance and Public–Private Partnerships: A Legal Guide to Key Growth Markets (Kluwer Law International, 2010)

Contributor to yearbooks and weekly newsletters for various directories and law guides.