Emilian Ijdelea

In memoriam
  • 1951-2020


With over 40 years of experience in the Romanian oil and gas industry and 27 years promoting inward investment, Emilian was one of top advisers on complex Romanian energy and natural resources matters.

Emilian contributed to several major privatizations and energy projects, successfully closing deals for major corporations and private investors. He participated in the specialist team drafting the first major Romanian law regulating foreign investment, investments in petroleum exploration and production, and private-sector development in the country.

He was also involved in the promotion of significant amendments to the initial draft of the Petroleum Law prepared by the Romanian Government designed to align Romanian law with international standards. Emilian was the drafter of the Model Petroleum Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement in Romania, a significant part of which is still used today by Romania’s National Agency for Mineral Resources.

He is sorely missed.