Leading firms in Moldova

Gladei & Partners

Gladei & Partners continues to enjoy a strong profile in the Moldovan market..  The team excels in large-scale cross-border projects involving areas such as energy, infrastructure and construction. Roger Gladei heads the firm, heads the firm, and has vast experience in banking and finance. Vitalie Ciofu is highly visible in Moldovan courts of all degrees,  handling commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration. Real estate and construction head Iulian Pașatii is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gladei

Other key lawyers:

Vitalie Ciofu; Iulian Pașatii 

Testimonials

‘Gladei & Partners has a mid-sized  but very efficient team of highly regarded professionals both sharp academically and aware of the practical realities of doing business in Moldova.’

‘Roger Gladei is an outstanding professional that has been assisting our institution on investment projects in Moldova for years with unmatched commitment and dedication.’

‘Gladei and Partners is extremely well versed in banking law and regulations. The firm stands out with an impeccable sense of integrity. It is the most professional law firm in Moldova we have worked with.’

‘Roger Gladei is an exceptional lawyer with fantastic understanding of legal principles. He has the ability to analyse both business needs as well as political situation which is indispensable in this market.’

‘Hardworking team, ready to take on tight deadlines. Special appreciation should be given to Iulian Pasatii.’

Key clients

EBRD

Kaufland

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

World Bank

Zurich Insurance, Switzerland

FMO, Netherlands

Horizon Capital, USA

Google

Europcar, UK

Warner Bros

AGCO

SADE

Ludwig Pfeiffer

CEFTA Secretariat

Credit Europe Bank

Moldova-Agroindbank

Moldindconbank

Victoriabank

Mobiasbanca

BCR

ProCredit Bank

ProCredit Holding

Doverie Holding

Invalda

QSI School International

HEIM Partners

Microinvest

Mogo

Vetropack

CG Corp

Gunvor International

INOKS Capital

Easy Credit

Le Bridge Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised EBRD on the acquisition of a 25% holding in Vestmoldtransgaz.
  • Advised CG Cell Technologies on the acquisition of a 100% holding in Moldovan wireless operator Moldcell from Telia.
  • Advised Vetropack on the acquisition of a glassworks in Moldova, which comprises two separate operational units.

Schoenherr Moldova

Supported by a wide network of offices across Central and Eastern Europe, Schoenherr Moldova's team specialises in in M&A, dispute resolution, real estate, regulatory matters, intellectual property and white-collar criminal law. Led by Vladimir Iurkovski, who has advised international clients on a number of key M&A transactions in Romania and Moldova, the firm is noted for its language capabilities and cross-border expertise. Andrian Guzun was recently promoted to senior associate and is a member of the firm's real estate, corporate, regulatory compliance, and criminal defence practice groups.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Iurkovski

Other key lawyers:

Andrian Guzun 

Testimonials

‘Very professional team.’

‘Vladimir Iurkovski was our local adviser on a deal where the target company was Moldovan and highly regulated; he showed remarkable availability, engagement and knowledge of the regulatory context and functioning of regulators. Vladimir has also proven to be very constructive and managed to sort out touchy situations’

‘Schoenherr has thorough knowledge of Moldovan labor laws and legal practices. They provided good advice on some our policy initiatives.’

‘Vladimir Iurkovski is our main contact in the company. He is knowledgeable and responsive to our urgent requests for a legal opinion.’

Key clients

Societe Generale / Mobiasbanca – Groupe Societe Generale

Air Charter

Nemko

MV Petrom

Government of Moldova

Telia Group

I.M. Moldcell

Energy Community / National Agency for Energy Regulation

EBRD

Ministry of Justice

ICS OCN Total Leasing & Finance

Intesa Sanpaolo

IRU

Messer Group

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Mary Kay

John Deere

Covidien AG

Mastercard Inc

Grawe Carat

Work highlights

  • Advised Société Générale on the sale of its majority stake in Mobiasbanca Societe Generale (Moldova) to OTP Bank Nyrt, the leading Hungarian bank.
  • Advised Telia AB on the sale of its entire participation in IM Moldcell SA to CG Cell Technologies DAC.
  • Advised the Republic of Moldova’s Ministry of Justice on a dispute settlement before US courts.

Turcan Cazac

Turcan Cazac is a well-established name for M&A, banking, and dispute resolution matters, acting for major international companies and investors. The firm also specialises in pro bono work and runs a pro bono project that provides a free legal Q&A online, coordinating 250 pro bono lawyers. Alexander Turcan and Octavian Cazac head up the firm, and are well-known for their cross-border transactional expertise in the tech, retail, and financial services sectors. Iulia Furtuna and Mariana Stratan are also key members of the team, focusing on litigation and M&A respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Turcan; Octavian Cazac

Other key lawyers:

Iulia Furtuna; Mariana Stratan 

Key clients

Apple

Microsoft

Citibank

Alibaba Group

Facebook

Tencent Holdings

Siemens

Procter & Gamble

BMW Group

Lukoil

Bayer

Airbnb, Inc.

Booking.com International B.V.

Lear Corporation

Metro AG

OTP Bank

Société Générale

ING Bank

Renaissance Securities

TransGaz

Banca Transilvania

Western NIS Enterprise Fund

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Investment Bank

LinkedIn Corporation

Deloitte

Gemeni SA

Louis Berger

CERI

Chemonics

Scout 7

GovPredict Remote

Work highlights

  • Advised OTP Bank on the €70m acquisition of a controlling stake in B.C. Mobiasbancă – Groupe Société Générale.
  • Advised the joint lead managers, including Renaissance Securities, on the $300m issuance of Eurobonds by TransOil Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of the largest Moldovan glass container manufacturer on its the sale of their business to Vetropack Austria Holding AG.

Vernon | David

Vernon | David works on major domestic financings and M&A transactions, as well as representing clients in complex litigation cases. The firm benefits from its combination of local and foreign-qualified lawyers, and has notable US expertise. Diana Neagu leads the team in Moldova, specialising in financing, M&A, environmental and labour law, acting for major banks in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe. Roman Ivanov was recently promoted to partner, and heads up the banking and finance practice. Recently promoted partner Sergiu Bivol is another key name, with significant experience in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Diana Neagu; Sergiu Bivol; Roman Ivanov

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Vernon | David Law Firm, both in Romania and the Republic of Moldova for more than 5 years. We are using their team for our M&A deals, corporate and regulatory, since we believe that they are one of the best in the region in these areas.’

‘We find Diana Neagu and Roman Ivanov extremely useful, proactive and client oriented.  Roman and Diana are always on top of all the issues, having an answer even before we put them a question.’

‘We usually cooperate with high professional firms and Vernon | David is not an exception. The partners and associates from Vernon | David we are working with make a great imprecision with their accuracy; they always meet project deadlines and very cooperative.’

‘I am really impressed with the work of Sergiu Bivol and Roman Ivanov. Both are exceptional professionals, strongly committed to the projects they lead and always meet deadlines. It is a pleasure working with them.’

‘Strong team, easy to work with.’

‘Readiness to help any time.’

‘Vernon | David enjoys a good reputation on the legal services market in Republic of Moldova, has a broad experience in the banking and commercial field.’

Key clients

Eximbank Intesa San Paolo

Mobiasbanca

Banca Transilvania

Danish Renewables

Iute Credit

Alfa Bank

Syngenta

Kaufland

Victoria Bank

Credit Bureau

Alison Hayes

CSM Uniform

PA&CO International

Best4U Group

SCCF Structured Commodity & Corporate Finance

Euro Finans AB

Siemens

Moor Stephens

Horizon Capital Fund

Moldovan National Olympic Committee

NordWest Capital Asset Management

Pa&Co International

Biroul de Credit

Victoriabank

Energorynok

Syngenta

Freyrom

Moldovan National Olympic Committee

Sun Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised Intesa SanPaolo Group on a cross-border syndicated loan.
  • Advising Danish Renewables on setting up a joint venture with a Moldovan producer and distributor of renewable energy,
  • Advised a major Romanian bank on the acquisition of the largest non-banking financial institution in Moldova.

ACI Partners Law Office

ACI Partners Law Office works across a wide variety of practice areas, handling transactions, competition issues, employment, public law, and regulatory matters. Clients include major domestic and international companies. Igor Odobescu is the key name in the team.

Cobzac & Partners

Led by founding partner Daniel CobzacAna Iovu, and Elena Vintea,the team  at Cobzac & Partners acts for domestic and international clients across a multitude of areas, including banking and finance, debt recovery, insolvency and real estate. The dispute resolution department, led by Victoria Casu, works across a number of industry sectors and specialises in litigation concerning loans and pledges.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Cobzac; Ana Iovu; Elena Vintea

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Casu

Testimonials

‘What I like most of all about them is that they are prepared for the unexpected. They analyze each situation very carefully and check all possible ways of the evolution of the situation, so they manage to help us to avoid any possible unpleasant surprise. They are hard-working and intelligent, is a pleasure to work with them. They are professional and they know very well their job. ’

‘Daniel Cobzac is a true professional not only because he knows his job, but also because he uses his knowledge to find creative and cost-effective solutions and is an excellent negotiator. It is a pleasure to work with people who know what they are doing and how to do it.’

‘I would highly recommend Cobzac & Partners to anyone looking for a lawyer that is caring about his clients. They work hard, are very attentive to their clients.’

‘I am impressed by the work done by all the members of their team. Most of all I deal with Daniel Cobzac and I can say that he is an accomplished leader in his community and in the legal profession. He is passionate about his job and takes the practice of law very seriously. He is a critical thinker and believes in weighing all the options before offering counsel. ’

‘They are professional, reliable, loyal, serious, capable and responsible. They perform their tasks qualitatively and on time and they are very well prepared in the financial and banking field.’

‘Daniel Cobzac is a passionate and tireless lawyer for his clients. I have been collaborating with him for several years and during this time he managed to exceed all my expectations and proved that he is worthy of the reputation he has.’

‘When you work with Cobzac & Partners you deal with a team of professional, talented and intelligent lawyers, dedicated to fighting for the rights of their clients and helping us get the best possible outcome. Among their strengths are thorough preparation, consideration of all risks and finding solutions to problems that at first glance seem impossible to solve.’

Key clients

Moldova-Agroindbank

Moldindconbank

Eximbank

Victoriabank

Glass Container Company

Glass Container Prim

47th Parallel

Abc Gurmandis

Iute Credit”

Proterra Grup

Adenosar

Senerex-s

Galeria De Piatră

Gordagro-plus

Renacom

Interprana

Trioterm

Bluetech Energy

Esmalda

Uropam

Lactalis Alba

Danube Logistics

Design Avenue

Estate Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Eximbank on implementing the automatisation of the decision-making process regarding the granting of loans.
  • Advised MyTravel on negotiating and concluding an agreement with Onur Air.
  • Advised Comalion LCA on negotiating and concluding several transactions with its creditors.

Efrim Rosca & Asociatii

The team at Efrim Rosca & Asociatii acts for a broad range of clients, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Managing partner Oleg Efrim is regularly involved in large, high-profile investment projects and  represents numerous national and international clients in court. Vladislav Rosca is the co-founder of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Efrim; Vladislav Rosca

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Rosca

Testimonials

‘Team is very responsive and quick.’

‘individual approach, quick responses, good knowledge in different areas.’

‘Oleg Efrim, Natalia Rosca – I would underline their commitment, ability to go beyond frames and creative approach.’

Key clients

Philip Morris Moldova

Casa Daca

Cedacri International

Promo Veritas Ltd

Autospace LLC

Victoriabank JSC

Ion Tighineanu

Jan Peter Schneewind Vlad Burac

KPMG Moldova

Dentons Europe (Ukraine)

Work highlights

  • Advised Phillip Morris on a daily basis, conducting in-depth analysis of the client’s structure, strategy and operations.
  • Succesfully defended the president of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, academician Ion Tighineanu in a case involving defence of honour, dignity and professional reputation.
  • Advised Cedacri International on a variety of corporate and labour matters, including during the Covid-19 and emergency state period, in order to structure the relationships with employees, while also in compliance with the local regulations.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal provides a full range of legal services, with particular capabilities in tax, regulatory, and transactional work. Clients include large multinational and local corporations with foreign investments, alongside European organisations and international public bodies. Romania-based Ruxandra Târlescu leads the team alongside tax specialist Anastasia Dereveanchina, who is based in Chisinau.

Practice head(s):

Ruxandra Târlescu; Anastasia Dereveanchina

Key clients

GE Transportation

Huawei

Endava

National Association of ICT Companies

National Bank of Moldova, National Commission for Financial Markets

E-governance Agency Moldova

LC Waikiki

European Investment Bank

JTI International

Extole

Ellation (Crunchyroll)

Stefanini

Work highlights

  • Advising GE Transportation on incorporating a subsidiary in Moldova in order to implement a procurement contract.
  • Advising National Association of ICT Companies on setting up the institutional framework for Startup Moldova – an IT acceleration programme under a project financed by USAID.
  • Advising Moldova’s E-Governance Agency on preparation of a piloting assessment report.