Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Founded in 2020 by internationally experienced arbitrator Sorin Dolea, Dolea & Co specialises in litigation and arbitration, with strong capabilities in green energy, ESG investments, banking and finance disputes, construction and real estate.
Having previously carried out its Moldovan activity from its Bucharest office, Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law established a permanent foothold in the market by opening its Chisinau office in September 2022. The firm is well placed to continue its high quality, complex, cross-border work in commercial transactions, corporate law and M&A, with industry specific knowledge in the energy, finance and technology spaces.

Leading firms in Moldova

Schoenherr Moldova

With cutting edge clients such as aerospace innovator SpaceX, Schoenherr Moldova is trusted by multinational corporations on entry into and day-to-day operations within the Moldovan market. Key clients stem from the finance, aerospace, telecoms, IT, manufacturing, energy, mining sectors. With 15 offices in the region, the firm enjoys access to referral mandates from across CEE, while boasting industry leading cross-border transactional support. Vladimir Iurkovski heads up the firm’s corporate/M&A practice group, and is also a respected litigator, active on many of the firm’s headline dispute resolution mandates. Notable work includes the sale Societe Generale on the sale to OTP, and advising Orange on the acquisition of Sun Communications. Andrian Guzun is a member of the firm’s real estate, corporate/M&A, regulatory, compliance & criminal defence practice groups, recently advising Lego in a slew of IP litigation mandates. Denis Lefter is active across the firm’s high stakes cases and is a core member of the team. The firm offers services in German, English, Russian and Romanian.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Iurkovski

Other key lawyers:

Andrian Guzun; Denis Lefter


‘Very quick responses. Were able to do what no other law firm in the region was able to do.’

‘A team of open-minded professionals.’

‘Knowledgeable, customer oriented.’

‘Thorough legal understanding and communication capabilities.’

Key clients

Software Mind


Endava Group

Lego Group

Otokar Group

Medtronic group

Pinto Mold

Vetropack Holding AG


Petrom-Moldova SRL

Takeda Moldova

Schembera Consulting

Aileron, Inc.


Stork International GmbH

Erste Bank

Air Charter Service Ltd

Republic of Kazakhstan

Reif and Reif Law Offices (Israeli IP firm)

Worldpay Limited

SC Deniauto SRL

Rodina Europe

Vinaria Purcari

Work highlights

  • Advised BC Moldova Agroindbank SA on implementation of the incentive plan for its employees.
  • Advising Lego on various important intellectual property cases in Moldova.
  • Assisted Software Mind in purchasing local IT businesses in Romania and Moldova.

Turcan Cazac

After two decades at the forefront of Moldova’s legal market, Turcan Cazac counts over 500 foreign companies within its client list and some of the country’s most respected lawyers amongst its ranks. The team is well versed in corporate governance, M&A, banking and finance, complex project financing and logistics, as well as market defining dispute resolution. The firm is also proud of its pro-bono efforts, coordinating a wide network of lawyers serving almost 1 million users across the country. Alexander Turcan is broadly experienced in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, real estate, tax and non-profit law, and dispute resolution. Octavian Cazac‘s expertise lies in project finance and syndicated finance, cross-border M&A and PPPs; he also regularly serves as legislative advisor to the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court. Partners Vadim Taigorba, Ana Galus, Mariana Stratan, Vladimir Palamarciuc and Iulia Furtuna are all key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Turcan; Octavian Cazac

Other key lawyers:

Vadim Taigorba; Ana Galus; Mariana Stratan; Vladimir Palamarciuc; Iulia Furtuna


‘Good understanding of the needs of international clients.’

‘Very professional and approachable.’

Key clients




Alibaba Group


Tencent Holdings


Procter & Gamble

BMW Group



Airbnb, Inc. International B.V.

Lear Corporation

Metro AG

OTP Bank Nyrt.

Société Générale S.A.

ING Bank N.V.

Renaissance Securities (Cyprus) Limited

TransGaz S.A.

Banca Transilvania S.A.

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

Gedeon Richter Nyrt

UnifiedPost Group S.A. (UPG)

Grid Dynamics Holdings Inc.

LinkedIn Corporation


Eurotransgaz SRL / Vestmoldtransgaz SRL

Gemeni SA (Rogob Group)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Renaissance Securities (Cyprus) Limited with the issuance by Trans-Oil Group of $500 million worth of Eurobonds traded on the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted Gedeon Richer Nyrt. with the sale of its Moldovan subsidiaries to Felicia Group.
  • Assisting the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in defending its interests in the Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

Vernon | David

Vernon | David is a key contact for high-stakes arbitration cases and litigation, especially those which involve the state of Moldova. The firm offers a wide range of dispute resolution services in areas including banking, gas distribution, telecommunications, and construction. Moreover, its lawyers have a strong record of success in handling large-scale M&A and finance transactions in Moldova. Clients also seek the firm’s advice on regulatory issues, real estate transactions, and commercial contracts. Diana Neagu  is an expert in regulatory and employment issues such as dismissals, collective bargaining, work permits, and visas. Roman Ivanov  and Sergiu Bivol  has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration, while Ion Capatina is well regarded at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vernon

Other key lawyers:

Daniela David; Diana Neagu; Maria Nica; Corina Tiganas


‘They are very active on Moldovan market, receptive regarding client’s needs and extremely efficient in terms of collaboration and work speed.’

‘Roman Ivanov is one of the most pragmatic lawyers that I’ve worked with. Roman is highly qualified in Moldovan Law matters and, in the same time, has deep knowledge regarding international transactions.’

Key clients

Eximbank, a bank of Intesa San Paolo

Mobiasbanca – OTP Group

Banca Transilvania SA

Danish Renewables

Iute Credit

Alfa Bank

Syngenta AG


Victoria Bank


Casella Wines Pty Limited


Credit Suisse AG

Alison Hayes

Best4U Group

Wallace Corporate Counsel LLP

Pa&Co International




Moldovan National Olympic Committee

Sun Communications

ProCredit Bank

Continent (Toyota & Lexus)

Casella Wines Pty

Peace Corp

Purcari Winery



Work highlights

  • Represented Moldovagaz (Moldova’s national gas distributor) in a series of multi-million Euro court cases against the state, one involving the determination and calculation of certain fees and taxes to be paid on the distribution of gas.
  • Assisting IuteCredit, a large EU non-banking financial institution, in relation to the acquisition of a local bank.
  • Led Victoria Bank’s legal team on a major US litigation, including managing and overseeing US legal counsel.

Cobzac & Partners

Cobzac & Partners caters to a diverse range of international and domestic corporates, assisting them on a broad cross-section of contentious and non-contentious issues. The firm has recently enjoyed a growing number of mandates in the fintech sector. Founding partner Daniel Cobzac brings 17 years of broad experience in privatisation and M&A transactions, banking and finance, restructuring and corporate projects, dispute resolution, arbitration, insolvency, debt recovery, IP and construction mandates. Managing associate Ana Iovu heads up the firm’s corporate commercial department, specialising in FinTech mandates among others. Elena Vintea focuses on M&A, corporate law and intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Cobzac; Ana Iovu; Elena Vintea


‘The lawyers from Cobzac & Partners are diligent, dedicated, responsible and perseverant. They know how to deal with complex issues ant they work effectively even under pressure and in short terms.’

‘Daniel Cobzac is a very intelligent lawyer, ambitious and tenacious, very responsible, and very dedicated to his clients and his work. He has a great reputation which is totally founded. Daniel is intelligent, well organized, he is a very good lawyer and has excellent writing and communication skills. He is dedicated to his job and his clients and is always accessible to his clients, even when he goes on vacation.’

‘Daniel Cobzac is one of the best lawyers I have ever met. He is great at negotiating due to his communication and persuasive skills. He understands very well the specifics of our business and always manage to find the best solutions for the problems we deal with. Although he is young, he has a very good reputation and after about 8 years of working with him, I can say that his reputation is well-deserved.’

‘Daniel Cobzac is truly gifted. His character, knowledge of law and business and abilities make him a great lawyer. He takes good care of his clients’ interests.’

‘Daniel is very professional, extremely organized, understanding, and has strong strategic approaches. He is passionate about what he does and always puts maximum effort for his clients.’

‘Cobzac & Partners’ lawyers are intelligent, trustworthy, creative and innovative. They find the suitable solutions for problems, conventional or unconventional, as best suits the client and its interests. They are up to date with changes both in the legal and in banking field and this makes them easy to work with. They have a fair billing policy, providing quality work at reasonable prices.’

‘Cobzac & Partners’ lawyers are smart, reliable, hardworking and are very good at working under pressure and in tight deadlines. They are attentive to each detail and provide quick, concise and accurate replies and solutions.’

‘Daniel Cobzac is an amazing strategist, ingenious, intelligent, and pragmatic. He is very creative and has an original and efficient way to approach problems and find solutions to them. He has built a great team of professionals and it is a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

National Association of Tourism Legal Agents of Moldova

Sebo Credit LLC

Central Group LLC

Mikro Kapital Company LLC

Daybegin LLC

Ecofinance Technologies LLC

Axioma Factoring LLC


ICS Danube Logistics LLC


CB Moldova-AgroIndBank JSC

MyTravel LLC

Vetropack Chisinau JSC

CB Victoriabank JSC

AS Mintos Marketplace

Rodals LLC

Asconi LLC

47th Parallel LLC

ABC Gurmandis LLC

Master Auto LLC

Glass Container Prim JSC

Aldeco-Prim LLC

Anvecomex LLC

Digricom LLC

Vivercon LLC

Smack Commodities

Flormin-Com LLC

Calivas Agro LLC

Nova Nut LLC

Investment ADH Int. LLC

Uropam LLC

Acorex LLC

Valdactual LLC

Ampelos Plus LLC

Proterra Grup LLC

KAyazak-Vin JSC

Bluetech Energy LLC

Esmalda LLC

Senerex-S LLC

Marecllo Consulting LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Sebo Credit LLC on a new business project and its conformity with the Moldovan civil code.
  • Advising and representing Central House in insolvency proceedings.
  • Advised and represented CB Eximbank JSC in a debt collection lawsuit against Avicomagro LCC.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal

With access to PwC’s global advisory and legal network, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal offers clients extensive cross-border capabilities on corporate and commercial law, M&A, real estate, banking and financing, competition, employment, immigration, regulatory compliance and IP. The firm’s client base consists mainly of large multinationals, domestic SMEs and foreign investors, as well as international public bodies such as the World Bank, USAID, the European Investment Bank. Tax experts Ruxandra Târlescu and Anastasia Dereveanchina lead the firm from its Bucharest and Chisinau offices respectively. Ludmilla Cjubaciuc is experienced in corporate, competition and contract law, while Olesea Chirica focuses on banking, employment and data protection and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Ruxandra Târlescu; Anastasia Dereveanchina

Other key lawyers:

Ludmilla Cjubaciuc; Olesea Chirica


‘Very good team of lawyers with an excellent understanding of the local legislation. Practical advice. Fast response. Ludmila Ciubaciuc is highly recommended.’

‘Ludmila Ciubaciuc is an excellent senior attorney with vast local legal knowledge, being also praised for her fast and practical legal advice provided.’