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  1. Legal market overview
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Octavian Cazac - Turcan Cazac
    • Vitalie Ciofu - Gladei & Partners
    • Roger Gladei - Gladei & Partners
    • Vladimir Iurkovski - Schoenherr Chisinau
    • Alexandru Munteanu - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal
    • Diana Neagu - Vernon | David
    • Igor Odobescu - ACI Partners Law Office
    • George Teodorescu - Vernon | David
    • Alexander Turcan - Turcan Cazac

Gladei & Partners is ‘unparalleled in all respects, anticipating clients’ needs and bringing rich experience and deep expertise’. Roger Gladei, who is ‘very intelligent, well connected and highly experienced, a true leader and best-in-class professional’, advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a €5m loan to Gebauer & Griller Moldova. Gladei, Vitalie Ciofu – who ‘has devoted his life to litigation and is a star in court’ – and ‘rising star’ Viorica Bejan-Diminet represented BCR Chisinau Erste Bank in the first large-scale Moldovan loan assignment deal. Other highlights included advising a foreign investor on a bank acquisition.

One of Moldova’s top firms’, Turcan Cazac provides ‘excellent, precise and quick advice’ and is ‘one of the few firms in Moldova that banks would consider retaining’. Name partners Octavian Cazac and Alexander Turcan maintain ‘a high level of professionalism and the optimal balance between quality and cost’. Cazac recently assisted Immofinanz with the sale of two local subsidiaries and Turcan regularly provides commercial law advice to Carlsberg Group and Phillip Morris. Other highlights included advising a syndicate led by Société Générale on a $155m secured financing extended to Trans Oil Group.

ACI Partners Law Office is ‘one of the leading firms for M&A work and competition law’. Igor Odobescu heads the team, many of whom previously worked at Ernst & Young. Odobescu excels in securities matters, M&A and real estate. Corporate lawyers Cristina Martin and Carolina Parcalab are highly recommended, as is litigator and tax expert Serghei Filatov. Daniel Martin, who joined the firm to lead the litigation team, also has experience in intellectual property matters.

The highly respected Alexandru Munteanu leads PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal’s team in Chisinau. Recent highlights include handling the corporate restructuring of district heating company Termocom and two combined heat and power plants as part of a project funded by the World Bank. Highlights included advising Habau PPS Pipeline Systems on a large natural gas pipeline project.

Schoenherr Chisinau’s ‘swift and proficient’ team provides ‘a very high quality of service’, and Vladimir Iurkovski ‘has a good understanding of commercial principles that enables him to provide tailored advice’. Iurkovski and Markus Piuk advised Vienna Insurance Group on the acquisition of a substantial holding in Moldovan insurer Donaris Group. The firm represented investors in an airport PPP scheme, and frequently acts alongside international law firms such as Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Romanian firm Vernon | David represents clients such as British American Tobacco, Sun Communications and KPMG. Diana Neagu, who is ‘at the top of the game for banking and M&A work’, and George Teodorescu are advising Air Moldova on potential privatisation plans. The team also advised Chemonics on a $9m USAID project to improve the Moldovan business environment.

Mihail Buruiana of Buruiana & Partners advises on corporate, commercial and finance matters as well as international arbitration. He recently represented the Moldovan government in a Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration. The firm also acts for three Moldovan banks.

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