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Dragne & Asociaţii SCA is ‘one of the most professional law firms in the market’, according to a source, and is ‘really involved in its cases’. The firm handles insurance, energy and insolvency litigation, while Andreia Dumitrescu has a strong track record in ICSID arbitration. Ion Dragne is representing Hidroelectrica in a dispute over contracts with energy traders. Managing associate Bogdan Iordachecontributes to successful results in controversial trials’.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has ‘a consolidated and innovative approach to unexplored legal topics’. Radu Damaschin, who is ‘the sort of knowledgeable lawyer clients want’, is representing FCC Construcción in a €150m public procurement dispute. Sorina Olaru is ‘perseverant and an outstanding speaker in the courtroom’. Senior partner Ana Diculescu-Sova is also a name to note.

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Peli Filip

Headed by Catalin Alexandru, Peli Filip’s ‘very dedicated and hardworking’ team has made a name for itself in international arbitration and large-scale commercial litigation. With a fresh approach and can-do attitude, it has earned strong credentials in telecom, anti-trust and corporate disputes, as well as the longstanding trust of clients such as RCS&RDS and E.ON.

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PeliFilip’s ‘professional and efficient’ practice assists with a range of matters, including international arbitration and competition litigation. It represents RCS & RDS in a challenge to Romania’s energy distribution framework, using both European competition law and Romanian constitutional arguments. Cătălin Alexandruhas the ability to analyse complex problems’.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii’s ‘brilliant out-of-the-box thinker’ Ciprian Donțu represented Fondul Proprietatea in litigation to annul decisions made by three of its portfolio companies to approve energy projects. Ilinca Stefanescu-Goanga is defending Polus Transilvania against a restitution-in-kind claim seeking 0.2km² of land near Cluj worth €50m.

Stoica & Asociaţii handles high-profile litigation pertaining to banking, environment, tax and insurance, as well as international arbitration. Valeriu Stoica, is representing Electrica in an ICC Paris arbitration against E.ON regarding the privatisation of an Electrica subsidiary. Cătălina Dicu is also involved in key mandates.

Suciu Popa si Asociații is ‘very experienced and has an impressive flow of work’. ‘Great strategist’ Luminita Popa is hailed by one source as ‘the best in Romania for international arbitration’, and led a team that secured $1.2bn from the Romanian government for Enel in an ICC arbitration pertaining to a privatisation, the nation’s largest arbitral award. ‘Impressive and tough litigator’ Madalina Berechet handles European Court of Human Rights cases and represents Roche in competition litigation.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is ‘knowledgeable, precise, nuanced and rigorous’. The ‘meticulously analyticCornel Popa is representing Atos in two arbitrations regarding IT projects. Robert Roşu (‘quick-thinking and gets to the point’) and Ioana Hrisafi-Josan are representing Astaldi in public procurement litigation. Raluca Vasilache handles competition litigation and is ‘efficient and responsive’.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners is ‘very skilled and oriented towards the needs of clients’. Arbitration is a strong suit; Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu is defending an ICSID claim brought by Alpiq regarding the Hidroelectrica insolvency, and Cosmin Vasile, ‘an excellent professional who deals with the difficult cases’, successfully defended OMV Petrom in a domestic arbitration.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case is strong in the pharmaceutical sector, handing mandates regarding clinical trials and drug funding. Other work included representing Fondul Proprietatea in a dispute concerning late payment of dividends. Viorel Dinu leads the team.

CMS handles strategic-level disputes and has notable strength in ADR. Managing partner Gabriel Sidere represents well-known clients in high-stakes arbitrations. Other mandates relate to tax and white-collar crime.

Clifford Chance Badea handles commercial, tax and administrative cases. Counsel Simona Neagu, who heads the practice, successfully represented Fondul Proprietatea in a share ownership dispute. Other clients include Mondelēz, which the firm represented in a RON10m commercial dispute.

Kinstellar’s Bogdan Bibicu is defending two drug companies in a case brought by a distributor regarding the termination of a distribution agreement, while Răzvan Popa is advising FBR Forest One in a potential dispute regarding losses caused by forestry regulation. Counsel Remus Codreanu is another name to note.

Muşat & Asociaţii has ‘an excellent, experienced team’. Gheorghe Butaalways adds value’; he successfully represented Televiziunea Română in an arbitration regarding film licensing. Octavian Popescu, ‘a star known for his excellent court skills’, represents SIF Transilvania in capital markets litigation.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)’s litigators are ‘very proactive’. Of counsel Lucian Mihai represented Aegon in a cartel case, reducing the fine by over 80%. Valentin Berea represents Electrica Distribuţie Transilvania Nord in RCS & RDS’ challenge to the current legal framework.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA is ‘thorough and creative in the pursuit of solutions’ to tax, competition, and public procurement disputes. Sebastian Gutiu represented an energy company in an investor-state dispute. Adina Jivan is ‘a dedicated professional and a skilled litigator’.

Buzescu Ca’s Adrian Tomescu handles a range of disputes, including commercial litigation and tax matters. He successfully represented Wizz Air in a state aid case, and defended Amromco Energy in litigation brought by Foradex concerning the ownership of a gas well.

D&B David şi Baias SCA provides ‘great service in terms of knowledge, accuracy and experience’ with ‘a client-oriented approach’. In addition to a range of VAT litigation, the firm handles competition and public procurement matters. Dan Dascalu heads the team.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA’s dispute resolution practice, which is led by counsel Radu Bălaș, is representing bet365 in litigation regarding gambling regulation. Senior associate Daniela Bistrae represents AstraZeneca in tax litigation.

Dentons’ experience includes shareholder disputes, arbitral award enforcement and insolvencies. Tiberiu Csaki leads the team, with Bogdan Papandopol also handling complex mandates.

Leroy si Asociatii handles competition, real estate, procurement and negligence litigation, with a clear strength in the energy sector. Iulia Stanciulescu heads the practice, in which Bruno Leroy is another key figure. Diana Condurache joined from Voicu & Filipescu SCA.

Noerr’s Alexandru Ene handles disputes regarding employment, torts, insolvencies, and commercial matters. Senior associate Raluca Botea is another name to note.

VASS Lawyers’ ‘excellent’ team ‘identifies with the client in every case’ and has a key strength in procurement litigation. Iulia Vass, who is ‘a very good team manager’, and senior associate Alexandra Mititelu represent a political figure in a defamation case. Other work relates to professional regulation and civil fraud.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s experience includes employment litigation for employers and procurement disputes. Dumitru Rusu handles insurance litigation. Florin Dutu joined Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law in 2017.

Wolf Theisshas a thorough knowledge of all the relevant procedures, successfully anticipating all developments’. Ligia Popescu, ‘a seasoned lawyer who knows every trick of the trade’, is handling litigation regarding alleged plagiarism of a film script.

bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică’s experience includes insolvency, procurement and tax litigation. Daniel Ştefănică defends Bancpost in consumer litigation concerning allegedly abusive loan contracts.

Biriş Goran SPARL is ‘very good at setting out expectations and timeframes’. The firm handles public law, tax, commercial and insolvency litigation. Mihai Nuşcă represented Cramele Halewood in various disputes against public authorities.

Boanţă Gîdei şi Asociaţii S.C.A is ‘quick to understand clients’ business requirements’. Radu Boanță handles commercial, tax, shareholder and employment disputes. Clients include OMV Petrom.

Bulboaca & Asociatii’s Ioana Motofei-Radu handles consumer litigation, sale and purchase disputes and administrative law matters. Clients include Banca Comerciala Romana and Henkel.

Drakopoulos Law Firm is best known for handling banking and insolvency litigation, but in a recent highlight represented two Liga I clubs before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a dispute pertaining to footballers’ contracts and agents’ fees. Valentin Cocean heads the team.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s Sorin Susnea represented KFP Aphrodite in litigation against Slatina municipality regarding the termination of a land sale and purchase agreement. Other work relates to banking and restitution litigation.

Ionescu si Sava, SCA provides ‘biglaw value at decent rates’. Arguably ‘one of the best firms in the market in terms of pharmaceuticals’, the firm also handles restitution, taxation and IP disputes. Alina Nica and Radu Ionescu are practitioners of note.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii handles high-value construction matters and has an impressive roster of Hungarian clients. The firm successfully represented Nemzetközi Vegyépszer Románia in a €1.5m FIDIC contract dispute. Alin Mihai Laurentiu also handles shareholder and insolvency disputes.

At Mareş, Danilescu & Mareş, Cristian Mares represents well-known businesses in commercial disputes, intellectual property litigation and tax matters. Highlights included representing Adasa Sistemas in a joint venture dispute regarding water management systems.

Mitel & Asociatii’s Magda Dima handles commercial, energy and real estate disputes. Highlights included representing a real estate developer in restitution litigation.

ONV Law handles disputes ranging from environmental litigation to medical negligence defence. Mihai Furtună continues to represent the families of the victims of the 2010 Tuzla air crash, while Mihai Voicu handles competition and insolvency litigation.

Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law’s ‘enthusiastic, available and efficient’ team acts for major banks in a range of litigation. Roxana Mușoi’s other work includes construction disputes and administrative litigation.

Stratula Mocanu & Asociatii handles litigation ranging from debt recovery and EU law matters to defamation. Sorin Stratula represents British American Tobacco in a range of administrative and civil disputes.

Vernon | David’s Daniela David handles employment and insolvency litigation, among other things. Along with Charles Vernon, she advised Sun Communication on an investment dispute with the Moldovan government.

Vilau | Associates’ caseload includes competition and construction disputes. The firm has a track record representing airports, with Dragos Vilau instructed to defend Timișoara International Airport in a multifaceted private cartel damages dispute.

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