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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Andrei Caciurenco - ACI Partners Law Office
    • Octavian Cazac - Turcan Cazac
    • Vitalie Ciofu - Gladei & Partners
    • Roger Gladei - Gladei & Partners
    • Vladimir Iurkovski - Schoenherr Moldova
    • Diana Neagu - Vernon | David
    • Igor Odobescu - ACI Partners Law Office
    • Alexander Turcan - Turcan Cazac

Next generation lawyers

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    • Viorica Bejan - Gladei & Partners (Corporate and commercial, dispute resolution)
    • Sergiu Bivol - Vernon | David (Corporate and commercial, dispute resolution)
    • Anna Cuşnir - Schoenherr Moldova (Corporate and commercial, dispute resolution)
    • Iulia Furtuna - Turcan Cazac (Dispute resolution, employment)
    • Andrian Guzun - Schoenherr Moldova (Corporate and commercial, employment)
    • Aelita Orhei - Gladei & Partners (Corporate and commercial, dispute resolution)
    • Ilona Panurco - Efrim Rosca & Asociatii (Corporate and commercial)
    • Mariana Stratan - Turcan Cazac (Corporate and commercial)

Moldova has shown sustained growth for many years – its GDP is predicted to grow more than 2% in 2016 – with poverty levels declining; agricultural exports form a core part of the economy. Moldova, like its eastern neighbour Ukraine, is hoping to follow western neighbour Romania to European Union membership. Foreign direct investment remains relatively quiet as investors await greater political stability. The legal market is dominated by full-service local firms and a few international competitors.

ACI Partners Law Office’s clients are ‘very pleased with the firm’s standards’. The firm attracts strong work from international financial institutions and foreign investors, such as Igor Odobescu and Carolina Parcalab advising the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on restructuring a $10m loan to local industrial companies. Odobescu and Andrei Caciurenco acted as local counsel alongside international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP for Kroll International in National Bank of Moldova’s investigation into alleged financial irregularities in local bank transactions. Corporate partner Cristina Martin and litigation partner Daniel Martin are also recommended.

The ‘professional and committed team’ at Gladei & Partners has ‘an unrivalled combination of experience and flexibility and a Western approach to legal services’. In particular, Roger Gladei, who ‘always finds a solution when others would bet there is none’; Vitalie Ciofu, who leads a strong litigation team; and ‘versatile and talented’ senior associates Viorica Bejan and Aelita Orhei, who has ‘deep knowledge of business law’. Gladei and Bejan advised ProCredit Bank Moldova on €10m loan from the Council of Europe Development Bank. The firm acted for European retailer Kaufland on its multimillion-euro expansion into Moldova.

Turcan Cazac is a venerable firm that is ‘highly visible in the market with a strong presence’. Octavian Cazac, who is on the board of the local American Chamber of Commerce, and European Business Association board member Alexander Turcan are leading figures: Cazac advised Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev on local aspects of its merger with SABMiller, and with Turcan he acted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on its acquisition of an additional stake in Moldova’s third-largest lender Victoriabank. Associate Iulia Furtuna leads the respected employment and litigation practices.

Newly formed firm Efrim Rosca & Asociatii has ‘very experienced lawyers with longstanding reputations’, including former Minister of Justice Oleg Efrim. It has quickly become ‘one of the country’s leading firms’, with clients saying ‘the service is fantastic and detailed answers are always sent in a very short time’. Vladislav Rosca and senior lawyer Ilona Panurco are ‘very professional and competent specialists who possess the right knowledge and experience to provide high-level service’. Efrim, Rosca and Panurco recently helped a leading local company to oppose Competition Council cartel claims.

Clients ‘trust the knowledge and competency’ of Romanian firm Vernon | David, which ‘always works to give clients the best advice’. The firm is a founding member of the European Business Association. Diana Neagu, who is acting as local counsel for Orange SA on the proposed acquisition of a Moldovan cable company, and senior lawyer Sergiu Bivol, who is advising German company Kaufland on regulatory and corporate matters, stand out in ‘a good, strong team’. Other recent highlights include Neagu acting for Ferring Pharmaceuticals on the acquisition of a local company.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal is known for ‘its integrated approach to legal and taxation issues’. Alexandru Munteanu moved to Romania but still oversees the activities of the Chisinau office. Munteanu and Dumitru Popescu are advising Romanian DIY retailer Dedeman on the purchase of real estate assets. The firm is also helping Hewlett-Packard Central European Holding to liquidate a Moldovan subsidiary.

Schoenherr Moldova provides ‘timely delivery to a Western standard from business-oriented lawyers’. Vladimir Iurkovski and associates Anna Cuşnir and Andrian Guzun are advising on large telecoms M&A deals. The firm is also acting for overseas investors in the refinancing of agribusinesses in Romania and Moldova.

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