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Biriş Goran SPARL is ‘thorough and detailed in its advice’. Ruxandra Jianu and Gabriel Biris advised Pumac on its sale of a 21,000sqm site near Grozãvești to Skanska. The firm has a strong presence in the title insurance space, with First Title a client. Victor Constantinescu recently joined Kinstellar.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersenhas very good knowledge of the law and an understanding of clients’ needs’. Ioana Niculeasa advised Globalworth on purchasing Green Court Building B from Skanska. Managing associate Vlad Tănase is advising BCR on a lease for a new headquarters.

PeliFilip’s ‘highly professional, business-oriented and innovative’ team handles buy and sell side mandates regarding offices, retail space, logistics parks and land plots. Oana Bădărău and the ‘prudent and commercially smartFrancisc Peli advised Skanska on its €47m sale of an office building to Globalworth.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii handles sales, developments and leases. Florian Nițu is ‘very clever and passionate – he always finds solutions’; his work includes advising Immofinanz on a €6m contract with Bauelemente to create a logistics park, while Valentin Creața is assisting the same client with the ongoing sale of its logistics portfolio across CEE. Cristian Popescu is ‘experienced in farmland due diligence’.

Reff & Associates SCAhas an experienced team – clients appreciate its expertise, pragmatism and deal-oriented approach’. Alexandru Reff, who ‘has the ability to understand the implications beyond the usual legal input’, advised NEPI on acquiring shopping centres in Bucharest and Sibiu worth €90m and €100m respectively. Robert Ionita ‘is great at flagging up issues in advance’; he advises Ikea Romania on FIDIC-based construction projects.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has ‘a vast business knowledge and offers the right advice’. Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa, who has ‘strong business acumen and industry knowledge’, advised key client Carrefour on the real estate aspects of its purchase of the Billa supermarket chain from Rewe, while Dan Borbely’s work includes office acquisitions. The pair head the practice jointly.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case is ‘extremely proficient and professional, with rapid response times’. Şerban Patriciu, who is ‘very sound on all areas of real estate advice from construction contracts to closing procedures’, advised Global Finance on the sale of a €25m residential plot, while Mihaela Bondoc advised two buyers on purchasing three industrial parks from an Aviva fund.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA provides ‘responsive and accurate’ advice on agricultural, logistics, industrial and retail transactions. Alin Buftea advised Rimo Holding on a proposed purchase of a company owning 20km² of farmland, and assisted Blackstone Group with acquiring €70m of logistics parks in Romania.

Dentons Europe is ‘responsive and autonomous, not hesitating to emphasise topics that the client hasn’t sufficiently considered’. Bogdan Papandopol and Perry Zizzi advised GLL Real Estate partners on its purchases of Floreasca Park and Victoria Center from Portland Trust and Bluehouse respectively.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) provides an ‘excellent service level with a very good mix between legal and business acumen’. ‘Experienced and thoughtful practitioner and resourceful problem-solverCristian Guia advised Marks & Spencer on leases, and assisted an investor with a significant residential development. Other work includes FIDIC dispute resolution.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA handles construction and has a roster of impressive clients from German-speaking Europe. Simona Chirica advised on a €24m warehouse project, and on a €19m combined office and retail development. Silvia Opriș and attorney Eva Hegedüs-Brown handle major transactions.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA’s team is ‘very efficient, with excellent knowledge of the industry’ and ‘clearly understands the challenges of real estate development’. Roxana Negutu, ‘a sharp real estate lawyer with a clear view of the market’, advised a Bel Rom Group subsidiary on the sale of 12ha of land to NEPI. Other clients include the National Romanian Company for Motorways and National Roads.

Albota Law Firm handles construction matters and significant transactions. Leasing highlights included advising Atenor Group on letting office space to Mondelēz and other tenants. The firm also advised Kiz and Heitman on the sale of €11m of retail space. Oana Albota heads the team.

Bulboaca & Asociatii’s Cosmin Stavaru advises investors on exits and entries, and handles industrial and residential projects for developers. Highlights included advising Nutre Farming on negotiating a joint venture for a farming business with a Danish investor.

CMS’ Roxana Fratila advised Aberdeen Asset Management on selling the Phoenix Tower to Israeli investors, and assisted Honeywell Garrett with an extension to its turbocharger factory in Romania. Other clients include Alpha Real Estate.

Clifford Chance Badea’s Nadia Badea and recently promoted partner Ioana Talnaru handle matters including pre-purchase due diligence, rural land sales and property litigation. Clients include GLL Real Estate Partners, which the firm advised on the leasing of Victoria Center. Counsel Mihai Macelaru joined from Noerr.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s work includes real estate transactions, land use and expropriation matters. Laurenţiu Gorun advised Bluehouse on the €27m sale of an office building in Bucharest to GLL via a cross-border structure.

Kinstellar’s team is ‘a group of talented and knowledgeable people who provide unparalleled advice’. The ‘sharp, knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient’ Răzvan Popa advised Logicor on the operation of the logistics portfolio it acquired from Immofinanz. Other clients include FirstFarms. The practice was signficantly enhanced by the May 2017 hire of Victor Constantinescu formerly a key figure at Biriş Goran SPARL.

Muşat & Asociaţii’s team is ‘responsive, available and keen to provide assistance’. Monia Dobrescu, who has ‘a practical and pragmatic approach’, and Mona Muşat advised Kaufland on real estate acquisitions in Romania and Moldova.

Noerr’s real estate work includes leases, construction projects and retail and office transactions. Rusandra Sandu advised Sonaca on a €12m greenfield investment in a factory. Roxana Dudau advises sophisticated international investors on acquisitions.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)provides tailor-made solutions that add value to the deal’. Counsel Adrian Cazan’s ‘practical advice always anticipates a client’s needs’; he advised Regina Maria on the lease of a 7,000sqm built-to-suit hospital. The firm assisted Electrica with an ownership title review of the company’s entire real estate portfolio.

Wolf Theiss’ real estate practice is ‘very knowledgeable and always keen to improve’. Ciprian Glodeanu advised CTP Group on the development of several logistics parks, while Ligia Popescu represented Aberdeen Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft in a construction dispute pertaining to a fire at the Millennium Business Center project.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partnersknows the market very well and is consistently strong in terms of knowledge’. The ‘reliable and creative’ Elena Iacob advised Piraeus Bank on the purchase and sale of office and industrial buildings and undeveloped plots. Senior associate Larisa Popoviciu is involved in many of the key mandates.

bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică handles land acquisitions and construction mandates. Anca Albulescu advised Hornbach on the opening of a new DIY store, while Cătălin Grigorescu assisted Forty Management and Investments with acquiring land for a residential development.

Boanţă Gîdei şi Asociaţii S.C.A provides ‘a very good service; responsive and with good knowledge’. Radu Boanță ‘cares about clients’ problems as if they were his own’; he advises Olympian Parks on leasing matters.

Dragne & Asociaţii SCA is ‘a local law firm with the same approach as the international ones’. It handles property litigation and construction disputes, as well as transactional matters including leasing and due diligence. Delia Boşman advises Romconsulting Office Concept, while Ion Dragne represents well-known construction companies in litigation.

Firon Bar-Nir & Co (Europe) Ltd provides ‘prompt and very clear advice’ on construction matters and acquisitions. It is a popular choice for Israeli investors and developers. The ‘very professional’ Ana Lavan advised Plaza Centers on the sale of several plots.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii’s highlights in 2016 included assisting Hungarian investor Arex FM with the sale of Gilău Castle. Practice head Ioana Romana Laurentiu ‘finds ways out of impossible situations’. Other work included construction permitting and leasing matters.

Leroy si Asociatii’s work includes transactions, lease agreements and construction projects governed by FIDIC contracts. Andreea Toma advised Essilor Romania on a lease agreement for office space. Bruno Leroy advises several other prestigious French clients.

Mitel & Asociatii’s name partner Sorin Mitel and counsel Ioana Negrea advise Rewe on land acquisitions for new supermarkets. In the leasing space, the firm advises UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions on its lease of 7,000sqm of space in Iași.

Pavel, Margarit & Associates is ‘very knowledgeable in real estate and construction’. Radu-Catalin Pavel, who has ‘extensive experience’, advised a developer on a 90-property residential development near Henri Coandă International Airport.

At Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law, Roxana Mușoi and Mihai Rădulescu handle land and property acquisitions and disposals in the office, logistics, industrial, residential and recreational space.

Stoica & Asociaţii handles property and construction litigation. Valeriu Stoica is representing ArcelorMittal in a dispute against the state following its eviction from a 45,000sqm site for which it received a property certificate.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Lawdeploys a great understanding of local market conditions’. Silviu Stratulat, who advises office lessees and land buyers, stands out ‘for his transaction management skills’.

VASS Lawyers’ team is a group of ‘walking encyclopaedias when it comes to legal matters in construction’. Iulia Vassunderstands clients’ businesses’; she advises on contentious and non-contentious matters.

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