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Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners, Cosmin Vasile, Bucharest, ROMANIA

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Cosmin Vasile

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Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

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Dispute Resolution / Arbitration / Intellectual Property / Private International Law / Public Procurement


Dr. Cosmin Vasile is managing partner of Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners and head of the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group. He has extensive experience of more than 15 years in handling cross-border disputes and boasts already an outstanding track-record of around 100 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and arbitrator conducted under various laws and sets of arbitration rules, including ICC, LCIA, CAM, SCC, VIAC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and CICA.

Cosmin has successfully coordinated an impressive number of significant and mission critical disputes for his clients, often in the glare of media attention. Winning groundbreaking awards for his clients in Romania has brought him international recognition and a well-deserved place among the best arbitration practitioners worldwide, being held in esteem for his work as a counsel. As one of the leading experts in construction, capital markets, privatization and energy arbitrations in Romania, Cosmin is called upon to provide legal counsel to both government institutions and private companies. Outside these areas of specialization, Cosmin has acted in cases concerning a wide range of commercial contracts in various industry sectors. Cosmin regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings. Since 2011, he has joined the group of arbitrators of the Bucharest Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. Since 2015, he is a Member of the Court College in the same institution.

In court, Cosmin has an impressive record, being popular among major domestic and international corporations for advice in high-profile commercial, administrative-contentious, public procurement and capital markets disputes. During the last years, he has focused on cross-border litigations, international private law matters and a wide range of commercial disputes in various industry sectors, such as construction, energy, privatization, M&A. Cosmin also acts for a significant client roster in intellectual property matters, being a highly regarded IP litigator in both patent and trademarks.

As of 2017, Cosmin is the ICC YAF Regional Representative for the Europe and Russia chapter for the 2017–2019 mandate. From this position, he is responsible with the promotion and development of the dynamic global network of young arbitration talent in the regions he oversees. He regularly speaks and publishes on topics related to arbitration, and is newsletter editor for the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), as well as a member of the Dispute Resolution International Board in the same association. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Bucharest, and defended his doctoral thesis on the topic “The Applicable Law in the Ad Hoc Commercial Arbitration” (2011). Cosmin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London (FCIArb) since 2012, and holds a diploma in International Arbitration from this institute. He has been awarded the Certificate of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central and Eastern Europe and the Certificate of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (Paris).


Legal working experience: 18 years 2001 - 2006 Senior Associate of Călin-Andrei Zamfirescu & Associates 2007 - 2013 Partner of Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners Attorneys at Law  2013 - present Managing Partner of Zamfirescu Racoţi Vasile & Partners Attorneys at Law 2015 - present Member of the Court College, The Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania April 2011 – present The Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Arbitrator, 2017 - present Regional Representative, Europe & Russia Chapter, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, 2016 - present Newsletter Editor, International Bar Association - Mediation Committee, 2014 - 2016 Website Officer, International Bar Association - Mediation Committee, 2004 - present Lecturer Civil Procedure Law, National Institute for Professional Training for Lawyers, Bucharest, 2011 - 2018 Lecturer Civil Procedure Law, Dimitrie Cantemir University, Faculty of Law, 2014 - 2015 Visiting Professor, Romanian Arbitration Law, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, 2001 - 2011 Assistant Professor Civil Procedure Law, Hyperion University, Faculty of Law, Bucharest.


English, French


Membership of Professional Associations: • Bucharest Bar (since 2001) • National Association of the Romanian Bars • International Bar Association • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London • Young International Arbitration Group, Court of International Arbitration, London • International Council for Commercial Arbitration • International Arbitration Institute • Dispute Resolution International Board, IBA


ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central and Eastern Europe (2015) • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International arbitrator (2012) • University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, Ph. D. in international commercial arbitration (2011) • University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, post-graduate studies in private law (2004) • University of Bucharest, Psychology School, psychology and pedagogy studies (2003) • National School of Political and Administrative Studies (LL.M. in Public Law, 2002) • University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law (B.A. in Law, 2001).


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Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu, Stan Tirnoveanu and Cosmin Vasile jointly head the practice at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners. Vasile successfully defended the National Agency for Mineral Resources in a claim brought by Chevron relating to the termination of three shale gas concessions. Proceedings also included a counterclaim of $73m, which was successful in favour of the client. It also assisted Uzuc Romania with bringing a successful claim for damages for defect liability against India-based Prakash Steelage. Areas of expertise include corporate and commercial litigation and international arbitration.

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