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Budusan, Albu si Asociatii has a strong reputation as a criminal defence practice, and is regularly referred trial advocacy work by major corporate firms. Ovidiu Budusan is a key contact.

Mareş, Danilescu & Mareş handles criminal defence cases and extradition matters. Mihai Mares is ‘one of the top white-collar defence lawyers in Romania’; he is representing a former vice-president of International Railway Systems in a cross-border case instigated by the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) concerning tax fraud and money laundering.

Musat & Asociatii has ‘very good business-oriented professionals with a high-level of expertise’. Gheorghe Buta, Mădălin Enache and Octavian Popescu are names to note. The three represent SIF Transilvania as a victim or embezzlement and money laundering.

Şerban & Asociatii has a strong reputation in the market for trial advocacy in financial crime cases, as well as health and safety offences. Adrian Pichler heads the practice; he represented a director of an energy company who was acquitted of bribery charges. Mihai Jiganie-Serban is also involved in key mandates.

CMS’ managing partner Gabriel Sidere handles internal investigations, as well as prosecutions brought by DIICOT and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) concerning bribery and money laundering.

Kinstellar has ‘deep knowledge of the region’s anti-corruption laws and culture’. Bogdan Bibicu defends and handles pre-charge advisory matters concerning alleged corruption, tax evasion and public procurement fraud. Clients include Dow Europe, which the firm is representing as a victim of mandate fraud.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii is ‘a firm you can rely on’ for defending tax, health and safety, and fraud cases. Alexandru Ambrozie acted for Fondul Proprietatea as a shareholder of Lukoil Romania – and thus a victim – in Lukoil’s tax evasion case.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA handles matters regarding asset freezing, internal investigations and anti-corruption matters. Managing partner Sebastian Gutiu is a key contact, while Adina Jivan represented an insurance company in a case regarding alleged complicity in tax evasion by its directors.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii represents defendants and claimants in capital markets fraud, alleged embezzlement and tax offence cases. Work for victims of crime includes representing Philip Morris in anti-smuggling cases. Robert Roșu and Ioana Hrisafi-Josan are key practitioners.

Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case handles a range of white-collar defence and prosecution matters, with a particular strength in the pharmaceutical sector. Lucian Bondoc advises drug manufacturers on complying with anti-bribery laws pertaining to drug marketing.

Clifford Chance Badea provides strategic advice to national and international corporates accused of money laundering, tax evasion and bribery offences, as well as environmental crime. Daniel Badea and senior associate Bianca Alecu advise a natural resources company on a DNA investigation, with counsels Vlad Peligrad and Simona Neagu also handling key work.

ONV Law’s Mihai Furtună advised on health and safety matters, for both defendants and victims. He continues to represent the families of those killed in the 2010 Tuzla military air crash.

Vernon | David is ‘particularly good at seeing the larger picture and understanding the commercial issues’. Charles Vernon, who ‘gets things done’, is representing two employees of Black Cube accused of hacking the emails of the head of the DNA. Practice head Daniela David ‘manages her team effectively with great skill’.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners’s Antoniu Obancia ‘goes the extra mile’ representing corporates in money laundering cases and industrial safety matters, plus individuals accused of corruption and embezzlement.

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