The Legal 500

Moldova

Editorial

Index of tables

  1. Legal market overview
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

    • Octavian Cazac – Turcan Cazac
    • Roger Gladei – Gladei & Partners
    • Alexandru Munteanu – PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal
    • Diana Neagu – Vernon | David
    • Igor Odobescu – ACI Partners Law Office
    • George Teodorescu – Vernon | David
    • Alexander Turcan – Turcan Cazac

Helpful, responsive and very efficient’, Turcan Cazac is ‘the gold standard for Moldova’. The firm has earned a good reputation under managing partner Alexander Turcan and the ‘really smart’ Octavian Cazac. Clients praise the ‘excellent work’ of Mariana Stratan and litigator Iulia Furtuna. Turcan recently assisted F Hoffman-La Roche with establishing a Moldovan subsidiary, and Cazac advised International Finance Corporation on a $50m loan to finance Trans-Oil group companies. Other clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Kraft Foods.

Clients describe Vernon | David as ‘the leading international law firm in Moldova’, and it is noted for commercial contracts, banking and finance deals, employment law, regulatory reform and legislative drafting. The firm is advising Air Moldova on its privatisation. Other clients include Sun Communications and British American Tobacco. ‘Smart, tough negotiator’ Diana Neagu and the ‘responsive and thoughtful’ George Teodorescu are ‘enthusiastic and really focus on solving problems’, say clients; they ‘put themselves in their clients’ shoes and think through the big picture and the details’.

ACI Partners Law Office is ‘an important player in the market’, and has ‘very active, modern-thinking lawyers who serve their clients well’. Igor Odobescu’s team, which includes many lawyers formerly at Ernst & Young, is especially skilful in corporate matters and competition law. Cristina Martin and Carolina Parcalab are highly regarded for M&A deals. Tax expert Serghei Filatov advised Doehler GmbH on the purchase of a Moldovan juice concentrate producer.

Gladei & Partners’ lawyers ‘know how corporations work both locally and on the international market’, and are ‘second to none on quality of service’. Roger Gladei is ‘very well known for finance work and does it well’. He advised the World Bank on legal amendments arising from its Secured Transactions Reform, and represented a US technology company in Moldovan aspects of an $8.5m acquisition. Clients also praise ‘passionate and dedicated litigator’ Vitalie Ciofu.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal has ‘a very good and professional team’ that provides ‘high-quality advice balancing risks and benefits’. Alexandru Munteanu, who shows ‘good communication skills, flexibility and thoroughness’, advised Moldova’s Ministry of Economy on the restructuring of Termocom and its power plants, and represented Chisinau International Airport in a large PPP project. The team, which is described as being ‘the best choice when comprehensive and thorough analysis is needed’, also includes M&A specialist Marin Moraru.

Schoenherr Chisinau is ‘cost-efficient and has an impressive level of knowledge’. It is a growing force in dispute resolution and tax advice. Vladimir Iurkovski is known for ‘integrity and playing by the rules’. He regularly advises the Austrian embassies in Romania and Moldova and the Moldovan Ministry of Economy. He also provides corporate advice to energy companies OMV Group and ICS Petrom-Moldova.

Mihail Buruiana at Buruiana & Partners advises on cross-border corporate and finance deals and acts in disputes. EBRD is a client.

Popa & Associates’ finance and tax expert Igor Popa is ‘very good at winning mandates’, and is good value for money for domestic and international clients.

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