Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

GNP Guia Naghi & Partners is recommended for administrative disputes (including competition litigation) and broader regulatory claims, while the ‘highly skilledOctavian Adam  adds strong civil litigation credentials.
Peli Partners' disputes work goes beyond traditional strengths in contentious real estate, where Francisc Peli is highly recommended, with the firm increasingly active in areas such as insurance, insolvency and competition litigation.

Dispute resolution in Romania

Dragne & Asociatii SCA

Dragne & Asociatii SCA has a first class reputation for administrative and civil litigation, as well as international arbitration. Disputes work is a core focus of the firm as a whole, with its deep squad of litigators regularly involved in high profile cross-border enforcement, IP, public procurement and consumer protection related claims. The ‘client-oriented‘ firm is led by managing partner Ion Dragne , who is currently Dean of the Bucharest Bar and has an excellent track record representing banks, public sector bodies and multinationals in major international disputes. Co-managing partner Stelian Garofil  is noted for his expertise in insolvency related disputes. Other key partners include the versatile Delia Bosman , the ‘dedicatedAndreia Dumitrescu , and the ‘experienced‘ managing associate Bogdan Iordache  .

Practice head(s):

Ion Dragne; Stelian Garofil

Other key lawyers:

Delia Bosman; Andreia Dumitrescu; Daniel Cirstea; Ioana Oprea; Zoe Lungu; Gabriel Paraschiv

Testimonials

‘Dragne & Asociatii is a client-oriented law firm. Dragne & Asociatii managed to obtain favorable solutions in litigation cases where the solution was expected to be unfavorable. But each and every time they have identified a legal strategy likely to overturn the unfavorable prognoses.’

‘Andreia Dumitrescu is a dedicated partner having knowledge of the status of each file entrusted to its associations. Each and every time we needed information regarding an entrusted file, she knew precisely the chosen strategy for the file and the status. Bogdan Iordache is an experienced lawyer, especially in the field of consumer protection, who has been with us throughout this period in which consumer disputes have multiplied, managing to obtain favorable solutions even in the courts of laws whose jurisprudence was favorable to consumers. Raluca Gune is a rising lawyer who has proved to us that she is 100% involved in obtaining favorable solutions. She is the lawyer you want to involve in commercial cases in which the expected solution is not a favorable one, but she manages to identify that element of surprise that changes the fate of the dispute.’

 

Key clients

Adeplast

Alpha Bank

Sind Tour Trading

Deutsche Bahn Cargo Romania

Iridex Group Import Export

Raimondo de Rubeis

Amerocap

Servicii Salubritate Bucuresti

Santierul Naval Orsova

Valeriu Maria Ruxandra

Work highlights

  • Represented Synevo Romania in disputes involving several public procurement procedures.
  • Representing the construction materials manufacturer Adeplast on various contractual and unfair competition claims.
  • Representing Banca Transilvania on various contractual and consumer litigations.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has a first class dispute resolution practice that covers all the bases. The size of the team is matched by its quality, with lawyers available for almost every form of litigation or arbitration. Ana Diculescu-Sova  leads the team which provides ‘exceptional strategy, great legal knowledge, clear and implementable solutions in litigations that involved a high degree of complexity‘. Key team members include the versatile Sorina Olaru  who ‘stands out for her 360 degree approach‘, and, particularly for fiscal disputes,  Emil Bivolaru  (‘an excellent strategist, very diplomatic and a very knowledgeable’). Valeriu Mina  is ‘an upcoming leader in the construction arbitration field, while Marius Ezer  is ‘very approachable, reacts promptly and gets back to you quickly‘.

Practice head(s):

Ana Diculescu-Sova

Other key lawyers:

Sorina Olaru; Emil Bivolaru; Radu Damaschin; Peggy Suica-Neagu; Marius Ezer; Valeriu Mina; Daniela Gramaticescu

Testimonials

‘The team combines great service with deep knowledge of and experience with Romanian law. Legal evaluations are to the point, focused on solutions, rather than over-emphasizing problems.’

‘Sorina Olaru is among the best practitioners I have encountered on the Romanian market. She is highly experienced with the right measure of academic background and knowledge. Her assessments are accurate and efficient, pointing out critical issues but always focusing on solutions. Razvan Banta is a highly knowledgeable associate who, despite his relatively young age, is obviously aware of clients’ needs. He is to the point while at the same time being able to answer any question on details if so required.’

‘The team of attorneys collaborate with each other to offer the best solution. They surprised us with good solutions having a creative approach.’

‘I would like to mention particularly Sorina Olaru and her team who really helped us with several cases. I would like to emphasize passion for the job and sound knowledge of law of this team. Also, good communication and anticipation skills.’

‘Experts, leading the market in dispute resolution, fantastic knowledge and understanding, anticipation, proactivity, openness – the best.’

‘Open, knowledgeable, fantastic negotiators, understanding, true business partners.’

‘They are close to the clients, trying to understand the real needs of their clients and to provide them the best advice/recommendations.’

‘NNDKP is a big law firm, covering all law practices and particularly well organized. The law firm excels at keeping the relationship with the client: prompt answers, detailed knowledge of the files handled, prompt, clear and detailed information after court hearings. One can see a real system working behind. This is particularly helpful when dealing with packages of litigation.’

‘Sorina Olaru is the outstanding partner coordinating the relationship. She is very experienced, passionate about law, very hands on and involved in all important matters. She is exceptionally good when it comes to actively listening the client’s problems and adapting the strategic advice accordingly. Razvan Savin, Mihaela Ceausescu and Cristina Bidiga are part of Sorina’s team. They are all very competent, prompt and knowledgeable about the case-law of courts with a particular focus on restructuring and insolvency cases (Cristina Bidiga).’

‘Exceptional strategy, great legal knowledge, clear and implementable solutions in litigations that involved a high degree of complexity and sensitivity both from the legal and business perspective. One of the best teams I’ve worked with.’

‘Sorina Olaru – Partner: She has brilliant ideas and strategies, she is really agile, powerful and dynamic and she obtains beyond expectations results.’

‘In my opinion, NNDKP’s disputes resolution practice group is a well versed team that has maintained its high standards of quality along the years. They are one of the most versatile teams of lawyers that is able to handle successfully either complex, high risk, sensitive cases or volume-based cases, with no compromise on quality. This is impressive in a very competitive market such as the Romanian one. The team handles disputes with confidence whether within or outside the court and is impressive in the manner in which each lawyer brings its passion for law in every case they are engaged in. I would add that the collaboration is smooth, with clear points of contact and lines of communication.’

‘I would single out Emil Bivolaru and Marius Ezer. Emil Bivolaru is a partner with NNDKP and our main point of contact for dispute resolution cases, having a very diverse practice – from corporate and real estate to fiscal disputes. He is an excellent strategist, very diplomatic and a very knowledgeable negotiator. For each case, he is committed to finding suitable alternatives, always taking into account the business side. I consider him one of the best dispute lawyers I have worked with. He takes his decisions based on a holistic understanding of his client’s business and expectations – he is very focused on his work. Marius Ezer is another Partner in NNDKP’s Disputes Resolution practice. He is very approachable, reacts promptly and gets back to you quickly with constructive advice. He offers pertinent advice and does not complicate things if it is not the case. Also, Marius is a good listener, he summarized quickly an impressive amount of information and he puts everything into perspective.’

‘Excellent understanding of the technical aspects of the cases – the unique experience gained in various areas of arbitration – the in-depth knowledge of the arbitral procedures specific to different courts’

‘Sorina Olaru stands out for her 360° approach of the cases she’s involved in, for her strategic thinking, for the capacity to pick-up from her colleagues the exact profile necessary for a specific case and for her time availability. Valeriu Mina has an outstanding capacity of rapidly and in-depth analyzing the given situations. He has a very good understanding of the construction and infrastructure related cases.’

‘In my opinion, this is one of the most well versed teams of litigators on the Romanian market. They have a strong reputation as a disputes powerhouse that they have maintained along the years. We deal with very sensitive and large projects with significant impact on the Romanian economy and we have entrusted NNDKP with them because of their extensive experience and the quality of the work they deliver. Their vast experience in landmark projects makes NNDKP the natural choice for us in this type of matters. They have an impressive portfolio of successful court pleadings in complex administrative disputes. Their knowledge is very reliable in what concerns litigation related to FIDIC-based contracts as well as regarding public procurement litigation. Also, they have an outstanding expertise in arbitration procedures, too.’

‘Valeriu Mina is the NNDKP Partner who acts as our main point of contact for dispute resolution matters. I recommend him for his experience, depth of knowledge and instincts in this field. He is what you would call an upcoming leader in the construction arbitration field. He is clear in his approach and he always masters the details of a case. Also, I am happy to see young, talented lawyers such as Alexandra Marutoiu, a Senior Associate with NNDKP’s disputes team and working closely with Valeriu, being involved in highly complex and sensitive cases. Alexandra is direct and thorough, and a great asset for the team.’

‘The team in the area with worked with is cohesive ensuring complete and professional answers in real time regardless the case subject and urgency from the legal point of you.’

‘Daniela Gramaticescu is a reliable person, with high proficiency and always interested to provide the best solution for our projects. Her business professional knowledge and personal qualities were helpful in our success on projects such as: clawbacks and tax inspection challenges. Her legal expertise and advice was very important in optimizing short and long term company objectives.’

Key clients

Connectronics

Domus Mex

Smithfield

Schlumberger

FCC

Porr

Strabag

Siemens Mobility

OMV Petrom

Romsilva

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa

Connectronics

Domus Mex

Smithfield

Schlumberger

FCC

Porr

Strabag

Siemens Mobility

OMV Petrom

Romsilva

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented PORR Construct and PORR Bau in a €40 million  arbitration claim against CNAIR concerning a contractual agreement for the design and construction of the Sebeş Turda Highway.
  • Assisting WizzAir against a €99 million state aid claim, launched in 2018 by Carpatair.
  • Representing Schlumberger in a tax, VAT and transfer pricing dispute with the Romanian fiscal authoritiess.

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii offers a comprehensive range of disputes expertise to its domestic and international clients. Florian Nițu  heads the international arbitration practice which has good experience of ICC and ICSID claims, with a particular focus on energy, natural resources and infrastructure-related claims. The versatile Ciprian Donțu  has a great overview‘ of the cases he handles, including major insolvency and restructuring disputes. Ilinca Ștefănescu-Goangă  leads on a broad spread of cases including tax, competition and public procurement. Clients appreciate the ‘determined‘ team’s ‘stamina to sustain long disputes’ and  ‘clear thinking, ability to prepare and stick to complex strategies‘. Raluca Petrescu  and Vlad Neacșu  are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Ciprian Dontu; Ilinca Stefanescu-Goanga; Florian Nitu

Other key lawyers:

Raluca Petrescu; Vlad Neacsu

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the case and client. Determined, with stamina to sustain long disputes. Clear thinking, ability to prepare and stick to complex strategies. Business oriented – can put themselves in customer’s position and propose best possible solution in any given circumstance.’

‘Ciprian Dontu –  has a great overview of all entrusted matters.’

 

Key clients

Fondul Proprietatea/ Franklin Templeton

SAP

Auchan Romania

Ameropa

Rabo Farm (Rabobank Group)

S&T

PORR

DB Schenker

Tereos

Enel

Work highlights

  • Representing the Romanian subsidiaries of Enel Group for energy distribution – Enel Distributie Muntenia, Enel Distributie Banat, Enel Distributie Dobrogea – in three litigations against ANRE concerning the calculation of distribution tariffs.
  • Advising Auchan in a series of disputes related to a supermarket and a restaurant within the Bucur Obor Commercial Centre.
  • Assisting CE Oltenia, as beneficiary, in an ICC arbitration initiated by the general contractor concerning a public procurement contract to develop a flue gas desulphurisation plant for a Romanian power plant.

STOICA & Asociatii – Attorneys at Law

STOICA & Asociatii – Attorneys at Lawcontinues to excel‘ in dispute resolution, which remains the firm’s core focus. The practice stands out for its capacity to handle large portfolios of volume litigation as well as major, individual, bet-the-company claims and high-value international arbitrations. This expertise extends to heavily regulated industries include banking and finance, telecoms, energy and pharmaceuticals. Public procurement claims have featured prominently, as have tax, environmental, construction and shareholder litigations. The firm has a deep bench of highly experienced partners and associates. Practice head Valeriu Stoica is ‘a reputed university professor and a fearsome advocate‘. Dragos Bogdan is ‘a highly intelligent, experienced lawyer with a solid background in the judiciary‘. Clients also single out the ‘young, talented, meticulousassociate Mihai Stănescu.

Practice head(s):

Valeriu Stoica; Cristiana Stoica

Other key lawyers:

Dragos Bogdan; Cătălina Dicu

Testimonials

‘Most probably the best litigation house in Romania.’

‘Valeriu Stoica – a leading practitioner in litigation and civil law, a reputed university professor and a fearsome advocate. Dragos Bogdan – a very talented young partner, with a lot of experience coming from his judicial career. MIhai Stanescu – a young, talented, meticulous litigator.’

‘Stoica si Asociatii is particularly well known for its dispute resolution practice. They continued to excel in this area both when it comes to managing portfolio of litigation and handling individual cases. They cover a wide area of expertise and always propose high profile lawyers with academic background and with law drafting expertise and experience. Excellent understanding of the banking industry.’

‘Dragos Bogdan is an outstanding partner. He is a highly intelligent, experienced lawyer with a solid background in the judiciary, training, EU law, IP and ECHR. He is particularly good at strategic advice and handles brilliantly complex and risky cases. His team is made of Mihai Stanescu, Bogdan Popescu and Cornelia Diaconescu – all competent and involved and responsive.’

 

Key clients

Automecanica Medias

Centrala Electrica de Termoficare

Swietelsky

Suceava District Council

Clinical Trial Center

SIF Muntenia

ALRO, Liberty Galați, CRH Ciment

Biofarm

Natural persons

Roche

Work highlights

  • Representing Automecanica Mediaș, a major defence products service and maintenance company, in a major public procurement dispute.
  • Assisting the thermal energy company, Centrala Electrică de Termoficare CET Iași, in a dispute concerning a thermal power station.
  • Representing the construction and infrastructure company Swietelsky, as part of a joint venture, in a public procurement dispute involving EU funds.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has a first class reputation for commercial litigation and international arbitration. Its comprehensive practice covers all the bases with an impressive bench of seasoned litigators and arbitration lawyers. Senior partner and overall practice head Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu remains a prominent player in the Romanian market, with an extremely good background in litigation and arbitration. Managing partner and arbitration head Cosmin Vasile is ‘an expert in the field of international arbitration‘, while the IP and insolvency litigation teams are led respectively by Alina Tugearu and Stan Tirnoveanu . Recently promoted partner Cosmin Cojocaru is singled out as ‘a well known and reputed litigator with huge experience‘. Clients also praise Monica Strimbei  ‘s ‘deep understanding of the rules and of the business‘. 

Practice head(s):

Calin Andrei Zamfirescu; Stan Tirnoveanu; Cosmin Vasile; Alina Tugearu;

Other key lawyers:

Monica Strimbei; Andrei Dumitrescu; Cosmin Cojocaru

Testimonials

‘Good support in very complex judicial matters and the very effective handling of complex cases.’

‘The high level of communication and the accuracy of the services and advice we receive.’

‘A very experienced, time and cost effective, seasoned legal team’

‘Cosmin Vasile – a leading arbitration and dispute resolution lawyer. Ovidiu Serban – a young, talented litigator. Cosmin Cojocaru – a well known and reputed litigator with huge experience. Monica Strimbei – a young partner with deep understanding of the rules and of the business. Elena Diaconu – a young talented associate with deep knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘The firm’s dispute resolution team confirms its reputation as among the finest in the market. The team is highly efficient in delivering the end-result in effort-intensive projects and has strong international arbitration expertise. The lawyers are dedicated to and focused on the client’s objectives. The firm performs efficiently in teamwork and at individual level, at partner level and at associate level. The ability to foster efficient work at all levels makes this team very dynamic, accessible and free of unnecessary formalism.’

‘Cosmin Vasile: Cosmin is a very experienced arbitrator and counsel. He clearly understands the client’s commercial goals and is an excellent tactical thinker. He is an expert in the field of international arbitration; result-oriented lawyer; has commercially sound judgment. Violeta Saranciuc: Her input has been fundamental at every stage of the dispute. She provided critical advice on local regulations, assisted our technical team in defending and asserting claims, managed the preparations for the arbitration proceedings and is now acting as counsel in the arbitration proceedings. She has demonstrated skill in managing complex matters at the highest level. Cosmin Cojocaru demonstrated a meticulous attention in preparing the case, focused on finding adequate solutions for each and every issue. He is very efficient in developing and implementing effective strategies in the arbitration proceedings and has a thorough understanding of the technical aspects in construction disputes’

‘We have collaborated with two more independent lawyers, very good ones, but as a share of trust, professionalism, seriousness and involvement, ZRV&P is what we need, what we trust more.’

Key clients

OMV Petrom

Alro/Vimetco

National Agency for Mineral Resources

Immofinanz

Asigurarea Romaneasca – Asirom Vienna Insurance Group

Prime Kapital

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Unicredit Bank

Glencore Agriculture Romania (Viterra as of May 2021)

Intralot Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted OMV Petrom in recovering its investments of approximately €100 million into an upgrade of the energy infrastructure and clean technologies at the the Brazi Combined Cycle Power Plant.
  • Assisting National Natural Gas Company Romgaz in a dispute related to development of the Iernut Thermal Power Plant.
  • Advising Vitalia, among others, in several public procurement and contractual disputes related to waste management projects across Romania.

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a ‘second to none‘ commitment to its clients and an interdisciplinary team that stands out for its ‘passion‘. The firm’s range of expertise covers major international arbitrations and investment treaty claims, through to domestic commercial litigations and administrative disputes, including tax, competition and public procurement. Key team members include managing partner Florentin Tuca  and Robert Rosu  , who also have good experience of white collar crime related matters. Ioana Gelepu  and Cornel Popa  are noted for their ‘high professional standards, smart approach to the matters, and prompt support when needed‘. Ioana Hrisafi is one of the main contacts for major domestic disputes, while Levana Zigmund  co-heads the arbitration side of the practice with Popa.

Practice head(s):

Florentin Tuca; Cornel Popa; Robert Rosu; Ioana Hrisafi; Levana Zigmund;

Other key lawyers:

Ionut Serban; Christina Vladescu; Ioana Gelepu; Anca Puscasu; Dan Cristea

Testimonials

‘They put a lot of passion in their work . They consider you not like a client but like a friend . A source of trust  This method is a win-win strategy. The individuals are strong, having a lot of skills, expertise, and differed methods to win. Each individual put passion and spent time to find solutions to win’

‘The team is very high level client-oriented and highly professional for tax litigation, with clear recommendations, position and advice, and a practical approach.’

‘Catalin Baiculescu, Bianca Cercel, Ana Popa: Very client-oriented; understand customer needs from the first word; meet deadlines; communicates news/provide updates/progress timely and in crisp manner. The transparency of invoicing. I use their breakdowns as great examples for others.’

‘Clear, effective communication, organization, openness, respectfulness, interdisciplinary team.’

‘I most value their professional skills but also their human qualities.’

‘The firm’s commitment to their client, to me and to the case was second to none. I was very impressed with their professionalism, dedication and depth of understanding of the complexities of the dispute. I would thoroughly recommend them in any future dispute resolution cases.’

‘The lawyers from Tuca involved in Dispute Resolution are capable to understand very well the business and to address correctly and with professionalism the disputed matter in from of the court. Prompt reaction always.’

‘Ioana Gelepu, Cornel Popa: High professional standards, smart approach to the matters, and prompt support when needed.’

‘ From the very beginning, my colleagues and I were pleasantly impressed by the dedication and diligence of the team of lawyers in identifying feasible solutions, correctly argued, in supporting the evidence and the counterclaim. The organized way of working, logical and intuitive, allowed a quick entry into the hot topics, so that the writing of the supporting materials took place at a fast pace and at an appropriate quality level. As a working tool I want to emphasize the constant mode of communication based on work sessions, structured on major topics, so that the documentation of the materials was operative.’

‘I particularly note the speed with which the team of specialists entered into technical topics, proving a similar experience of scope, in approaching dispute resolution. A special contribution in the management and the process of identifying the solutions came from: Cornel Popa, Cornelia Tabirta,  Ana Popa,  Oana Mares,  Bianca Cercel.’

‘Promptness and working in a team very easily.’

‘Very serious, ambitious and very well prepared.’

‘The people and the collaboration with us is exceptional.’

‘They are perfect professionals with a special involvement in solving clients’ problems.’

 

Key clients

CEZ / MIRA

Gabriel Resources LTD (Canada) and Gabriel Resources (Jersey)

Astaldi

Carrefour Romania

Société Générale

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)/ Erste Bank and BCR – Banca pentru Locuinte (BCR Housing Bank)

Amethyst Radiotherapy

Vodafone Romania

Amromco Energy

Romanian Football Federation (FRF)

Romanian Tennis Federation (RTF)

OMV Petrom

Astra Vagoane Calatori

Energy Financing Team Switzerland

DAF Trucks

REBU

Retim Ecologic Service

Euroins

Vitol Gas and Power

Gedeon Richter Romania

CMP Automotive Antivibration

Frialdis Ro Transport

Marchand

WTE Wassertechnik

Work highlights

  • Advising Gabriel Resources LTD (Canada) and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) Ltd a $4.4 billion ICSID arbitration against the Romanian State regarding their investments in the Rosia Montana mining project.
  • Advising The Romanian Commodities Exchange in challenging a State monopoly on the national licensing of for energy trading platforms.
  • Representing DAF Trucks in a complex case regarding an alleged breach of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement.

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has a ‘very professional and devoted‘ litigation team with expertise across a broad range of specialised areas. In addition to tax and regulatory disputes, the firm also has good experience in public procurement, data protection, medical malpractice, insolvency, construction and energy related disputes. The firm’s collaboration with White & Case LLP also makes it an attractive option for complex cross-border matters. Practice head Viorel Dinu has worked for over 20 years on litigation and arbitration matters, and alongside managing partner Lucian Bondoc, is praised for his ‘clear and outstanding‘ experience. Partner Mihaela Bondoc also represents clients in tax and employment claims.

Practice head(s):

Viorel Dinu

Other key lawyers:

Lucian Bondoc; Mihaela Bondoc; Ioana Katona

Testimonials

‘Very professional and devoted team, working with promptness and always available when needed. I like their ability to deal with specialized areas, such as medical law, in litigation, criminal cases and disciplinary investigations. Also, the team is able to handle very sensitive and extended areas, as I successfully involved them in a variety of legal procedures. The combined expertise of the litigation team and of their colleagues from other firm departments make it a very big plus for the good outcomes.’

‘In litigation, I am working, on a daily basis with Lucian Bondoc, Viorel Dinu and Razvan Agarici. They are all easy to work with people, who deeply understand the intricacies of my legal concerns and always have an answer and an action ready to take. I really like their ability to go through the legal land and their experience is clear and outstanding. Highly recommended team.’

‘Provide deep legal analysis, dedicated, focus on obtaining good results, good understanding of the business impact of the matters analyzed and appropriate adaptation of the legal opinion to respond to business needs and minimize any negative impact.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Tractebel Engineering, part of Engie global group, in a dispute concerning a public works contract with the Romanian national electricity grid operator, Transelectrica.
  • Represented Distrigaz Sud Retele, the gas distribution arm of Engie Romania, in a dispute with the former developer of the gas distribution grid in the city of Constanta.
  • Represented Glaxosmithkline Romania in a dispute with the Romanian tax authorities concerning clawback taxes following an inspection in 2017.

Clifford Chance Badea

Clifford Chance Badea is commended for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in international and domestic construction arbitrations‘. Clients greatly benefit from the firm’s international network, particularly on complex cross-border claims. The domestic side of the practice is  well versed in antitrust, public procurement, real estate, employment and broader commercial disputes. Managing partner Daniel Badea  and senior associate Radu Ropota also offer strong expertise in insolvency related disputes. Versatile practice head Simona Neagu has nearly 30 years’ experience in the market and is ‘an insightful and thorough strategist, that makes things seem clear and easy to understand‘.

Practice head(s):

Simona Neagu

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Badea

Testimonials

‘The team led by counsel Simona Neagu has extensive knowledge and experience in international and domestic construction arbitrations, being a trustworthy and reliable partner in any case involving construction contracts. The team benefits from their network knowledge and coverage, bringing valuable strategic advice and assistance in any dispute, particularly in difficult cases. They are extremely thorough in preparing their case, building it around a rich and diverse international experience in arbitration. We were particularly impressed by their capability to identify viable/helpful solutions. They leave nothing to chance, scrutinize all aspects of the case, anticipating the counterparty main arguments and reactions.’

‘Counsel Simona Neagu is an insightful and thorough strategist, that makes things seem clear and easy to understand. Associate Alexandru Viespe is a talented and disciplined lawyer, whose work gives us confidence and predictability.’

‘Team players, business oriented, high standard of professionalism.’

 

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a major telecoms company in its bid to annul sanctions imposed by the Romanian competition authority in an antitrust investigation, one of the few decisions against the antitrust authority in recent years.
  • Representing a major European construction company in an ICC arbitration concerning a motorway project in Central-Western Romania.
  • Successfully represented a real estate developer in a court claim concerning the expropriation of a land plot for a highway development.

CMS

CMS offers its clients a ‘highly professional‘ blend of international and domestic expertise. The firm’s global network is a major asset in cross-border disputes including international arbitrations. This is coupled with an experienced Bucharest-based team that ‘knows Romanian court practice very well and works very well without needing a lot of guidance‘. The team is also well versed in regulatory and criminal litigation, with senior counsel Mihai Jiganie-Serban particularly experienced on the white-collar crime side. Practice head Horia Draghici is a ‘highly skilled and business oriented lawyer with a human touch’. Clients are also quick to praise the firm’s deep bench of experienced associates.

Practice head(s):

Horia Draghici

Other key lawyers:

Mihai Jiganie-Serban; Cristina Popescu; Andrei Cristescu

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and notable widespread geographic footprint. Down to earth and focused on speaking the client’s language. Attentive at Chinese walls.’

‘Horia Draghici – highly skilled and business oriented lawyer, very good organization and planning of the team focusing on business needs, and overall a lawyer with a human touch. Anna Morogai – very good in meeting client’s expectations. Alexandra Voinia – very good, quick learner of business needs, very promising professional. Tatiana Casapciuc – very good, attentive and focused on client’s needs’

‘The team is perfectly aligned together, they share information as needed during our discussions, calls, meetings. We had never any issue with deadline, everything was perfectly aligned and communicated in advance for final approval. Very flexible team.’

‘They are very committed, flexible, hard working, get full understanding of not only legal but business point of view.’

‘Very efficient handling of a variety of court cases. The team is very experienced in litigation matters, especially knows Romanian court practices very well and works very well without needing a lot of guidance.’

‘Horia Draghici (partner) and Andrei Cristescu (senior associate) are both very experienced litigators. They provide excellent, hands-on advice in litigation matters and handle cases very efficiently.’

‘The team is well organized and provides with focused and practical legal advice, outlining a good degree of collaboration and useful insights into local legal knowledge.’

‘Horia Draghici – CMS Bucharest Dispute Resolution Partner: well organized and very practical attorney, deeply dedicated to client needs.’

‘Very professional and committed team.’

‘Deep knowledge and great engagement from partner Horia Draghici and associate Anna Morogai.’

 

DLA Piper Dinu SCA

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is a popular choice for a variety of civil and administrative disputes. High-value debt recovery and insolvency related claims have featured prominently on the agenda in the past year. The team also flexes its financial services knowledge with cases in the fintech sector. On the administrative law side, the practice is noted for its expertise in heavily regulated sectors such as pharmaceuticals, and it regularly represents clients in fiscal inspections and subsequent claims before the court. Radu Balas  heads the ‘excellent‘ team which has several highly experienced counsel, including Daniela Bistrae  and Alexandru Arjoca , who handles white-collar crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Radu Bălaș

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Bistrae; Alexandru Arjoca

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with perfect knowledge on pharmaceutical matters, especially tax related matters (pricing; reimbursement; clawbacks; etc).’

‘Our main points of contact are Alina Lacatus (competition law; pricing, reimbursement and regulatory matters), Tudor Nedelea (tax matters) and Daniela Bistrae (on litigation matters).’

‘The DLA team is very strong in industry knowledge and legal practices.’

 

Key clients

HYOSUNG CORPORATION

KT ENGCORE

ROMPREST SERVICES SA

CITADELA PROJECT S.A.

HILLSIDE (BET365 GROUP)

WIZZ AIR

ASTRAZENECA UK LIMITED AND ASTRAZENECA AB

WHG (INTERNATIONAL) LIMITED

RECKITT BENCKISER

SOFTTELLIGENCE SRL / FINTECH OS

Work highlights

  • Representing Hyosung (the South Korean industrial conglomerate) in enforcement and insolvency proceedings for the recovery of loans of over €200 million used for the construction of five photovoltaic plants in Romania.
  • Representing KT Engcore in enforcement proceedings for the recovery of approximately €45 million used for the construction and operation of photovoltaic plants in Romania.
  • Representing Romprest Services in multiple corporate challenges initiated by a shareholder involving approximately 100 court proceedings.

Filip & Company

Filip & Company has a ‘highly responsive, smart and genuinely hard working‘ disputes team with ‘excellent legal knowledge and understanding‘ of both domestic and international disputes. The firm handles a variety of administrative and civil litigation claims. Work for Romanian giants such as RCS & RDS demonstrates its capacity to work in heavily regulated sectors such as TMT. Practice head Catalin Alexandru  has almost 20 years’ experience, and is particularly experienced in major ICSID and ICC arbitrations. Versatile counsel George Tranteais there for you 110% and it feels like he is actually part of your team’. Counsel Razvan Ionescu, senior associate Liliana Dranca  and the ‘pragmatic and experiencedAdrian Cristea are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Cătălin Alexandru

Other key lawyers:

George Trantea; Razvan Ionescu; Liliana Dranca; Adrian Cristea

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive, smart and genuinely hard working – they are there when you need them.’

‘George Trantea: George is the most pragmatic lawyer I have ever come across. He is there for you 110% and it feels like he is actually part of your team – almost like an employee. He has great communication skills and is quick in finding suitable solutions for complex issues. Loredana Cristea: similar to George, Loredana is responsive and pragmatic – no nonsense and very smart. She is highly engaged with the client and feels like part of the team. Iulia Dobre: she helps George and Loredana out with a lot of document drafting – no errors and clean work. She is also highly engaged.’

‘Ability to grasp the specific of our business and to factor in the relevant proactive in the advice – priceless. I found the mix of communication channels (newsletter – very innovative, phone, video) really effective and out of the box in terms of covering our needs.’

‘Assertive and accountable, sustainable resolutions achieved in the moment with the individual lawyers contribution (in spite of the fact that the briefing was made at short notice/with wealth of information)’

‘The dispute resolution team is made up of professionals who do not only display excellent legal knowledge and understanding of the legal setting for both local and international disputes, but who are also outstanding in their detail orientation and client focus approach. Both technical and creative, the team is uniquely built as very diligent, timely, flexible and eager to provide the client with the best solution available which most importantly suits its needs.’

‘The mix between technical and creative I believe it to be the innovation in the firm’s dispute resolution practice, and it’s this characteristic which makes it to stand out from all other firms. Also, regarding technological improvements, I believe that the firm is very up to date and interested to keep up with any technological improvements that could enhance the legal work, such as testing a series of innovative software tools which are available for law firms.’

‘The law firm is a real business partner, having flexible lawyers with great business understanding and proactive advice. The law firm differentiate from others through great collaboration with in-house lawyers.’

‘Razvan Ionescu is the partner supporting our Company in litigations. He always adapts his advice to the real needs and the  situation in the organization, understanding always all the details behind the court cases and keeping a continuous and opened communication with the business teams.’

‘Very competent, responsive and well structured team, providing top notch litigation advice in high stakes, complex insolvency cases.’

‘Associate Alin Grapa is brilliant and great to work with, definetely a “watch for” material.  Alex Birsan is experienced and calm lawyer who brings perspective, a must have on your side in Romania.’

‘Relatively small and agile practice. Very flexible and responsive when it comes to admin matters. Proposing fair level of fees and keeping up to the agreed ones.’

‘Adrian Cristea – pragmatic and experienced lawyer with very good knowledge of local environment, processes and rules (both written and non-written). Able to explain available options and give recommendation reflecting client’s circumstances. I have been working with him on 3 tax litigation cases.’

 

Key clients

Romania / Ministry of Finance

RCS & RDS

Total Soft

Hidroelectrica

Societatea Energetica Electrica

Next Energy Partners

FIliala de Întreținere și Servicii Energetice „Electrica Serv”

Astaldi

Comtel Focus

Porsche Romania S

Alpha Bank

Citibank Plc Dublin

The Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority

OMNIASIG (part of Vienna Insurance Group)

ASIROM

Bayer

Zentiva Group

Auchan Romania

Bricostore Romania

Inform Lykos

Prodplast

LafargeHolcim (Romania)

Holcim (Romania)

Romanian-American Foundation

Arctic

Strauss Romania

Arcelor Mittal

British American Tobacco Trading Romania

Wild Boar Club (part of the Țiriac Group)

Medusa Hotel International

VP Brands International .

Crucea Wind Farm  (part of Hidroelectrica Group)

Energy Gas Provider

Bright Communication

Johnson Controls

Work highlights

  • Representing Romania in a recent ICSID arbitration. The claimant in this case is an Austrian investor claiming $835.8 million after planned investments were allegedly frustrated by actions of the Romanian State.
  • Successfully represented RCS & RDS in a dispute before the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, concerning the enforceability of a 2007 US default judgement.
  • Assisted Total Soft, a major Romanian software company, in a dispute concerning breach of representations and warranties under a shares sale purchase agreement.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar is a popular choice with multinational companies who can leverage off the firm’s impressive regional network for cross-border disputes. The Bucharest team is ‘well-equipped to handle complex cases on an extended period of time‘ and offers a ‘wealth of experience and client-friendly, technical advice‘. The firm’s wide-ranging capabilities include contractual, public procurement, tax and employment disputes. White collar crime and civil fraud are also significant areas of focus for the group. The ‘highly responsive‘ practice head Remus Codreanu has a good market profile and is praised for his ‘outstanding experience’.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Other key lawyers:

Vlad Simion

Testimonials

‘Kinstellar in Romania is a very strong player when it comes to litigations. The team has an impressive background in terms of clients they have assisted on similar cases, and a fully dedicated team. Excellent quality of work, always trying to find the right protective solutions for the client, highly responsive and always reliable. Kinstellar in Romania is well equipped to handle complex cases on an extended period of time; they have good matter management system, transparent and flexible financial arrangements and are the partner you need for your matters on the local market.’

‘We appreciated the whole team for its strong commitment to our cases, deep involvement, hard and efficient work and 24/7 availability. They delivered the best solutions always on a timely basis. Our key contact has been Remus Codreanu, a highly professional lawyer with solid and broad experience in the field, deep and efficient understanding of our cases, knowledge of relevant strategies, fully committed to serving our needs and having managed to implement proper strategies for wining our complex and sensitive cases.’

‘Kinstellar’s team was creative, persistent, and always thinking of ways to advance our client’s position.’

‘Remus Codreanu was great to work with. He was highly responsive and took charge of the matter.

‘Wealth of experience and client-friendly, technical advice.’

‘Remus Codreanu has outstanding experience and I particularly like his calm and balanced behavior.’

 

Key clients

Logicor

United Airlines

Inteva Products

Nitrogénművek

BH Chemical

FBR Forest One

APM Terminals Romania

Envisan

Dow Europe

Temenos Romania

Work highlights

  • Advising Inteva Products, a major global automotive supplier, on a cross-border contractual dispute with two suppliers relating to breach of contractual clauses and defective products.
  • Representing Logicor on a complex construction-related dispute involving civil, fiscal, administrative and procedural issues.
  • Representing the chemicals companies, Nitrogénművek and BH Chemical, in ongoing white-collar criminal cases.

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & Asociatii has a multi-faceted disputes practice that is ‘very attentive to all details and plans strategies for all contingencies and possibilities. The firm will miss highly-rated former practice head Gheorghe Buta who departed in late 2021. Nevertheless the team retains several well regarded litigators with strong experience across a range of disciplines. Managing partner Gheorghe Musat  has been involved in several high profile fraud, public procurement and financial services disputes in recent years. Paul George Buta  is noted for his ‘flair for long-term strategies and is the main contact for IP and competition claims. Cosmin Libotean  is praised for his ‘dedication and availability‘. Angela Porumb also has a good reputation.

Practice head(s):

Gheorghe Musat

Other key lawyers:

Paul Buta; Razvan Stoicescu; Angela Porumb; Cosmin Libotean; Andra Mihalache

Testimonials

‘Many experts in many fields and good at making the documentation.’

‘Good professionals and always ready to support’

‘The team is very attentive to all details and plans strategies for all contingencies and possibilities. They think ahead until the end of the process and beyond, always planning for all future possibilities. They can keep in mind a lot of details of fact and handle very complex problems, with a lot of technicalities. They also very realistically evaluate all sides of a problem and can determine which arguments are viable and should be pursued and which should be set aside.’

‘We have worked directly with Paul Buta, who has provided us with very good analysis of the case and has created a very detailed and complete strategy for the whole proceedings. He can bring a lot to the table: academic credentials, a scientific and up-to-date knowledge of the legal arguments and of the particulars of the market, a business-oriented mind, attention to detail and a flair for long-term strategies.’

‘Musat’s dispute resolution team is one of the strongest on the market, both in terms of quality of the advice and in terms of territorial coverage. This was important to us since we have engaged them for our more complex litigations which take place in different cities across the country. We trust them with the most complex matters we are faced with because we have seen them handle all kinds of complicated issues of law (be it Romanian law, European law or matters which needed to also be assessed under international law). They have continually provided excellent advice, have engaged with us to come up with detailed strategies and have delivered good results in a challenging environment. The responsible lawyers can be easily reached anytime either by calls, video calls, e-mails etc. and they have responded fast and to the point. What sets them apart is their approach, unique among the law firms on the market, to look into every detail and from every perspective, which is what you want from your lawyers when the stakes are high.’

‘Cosmin Libotean (Partner), has been involved in almost all our litigation matters and we are very pleased with his dedication and availability but also with his pragmatic analysis helped by his vast experience with courts all over Romania. He is a most reliable and trustworthy companion on our journeys into litigation. We also work with Paul Buta (Partner) who is best suited from highly complex matters. His attention to detail and master chess-like planning allows detailed strategies to be developed from the beginning so nothing can catch him off-guard. Never sweetens the pill but you know from the start what are the realistic expectations and can plan accordingly.’

 

Key clients

Kaz Munay Gas International (KMGI)

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

BCR Banca Pentru Locuințe

Government of Romania and the Ministry Of Finance

RADET Bucuresti

Motorola

SIF Transilvania

Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Europe

Leoni

Romanian Academy (Academia Romana)

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), Banca Transilvania, Alpha Bank, First Bank, Etc.

Transavia

OMNIASIG Vienna Insurance Group

Delta ACM 93

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

Transenergo COM

The Centre for Radio Communication Services

Auto Car Companies

ISS World

Work highlights

  • Representing KMG international NV and its affiliated companies in relation to €1.6 billion civil liabilities and commercial claims following an investigation performed by the Romanian authorities (the Public Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice).
  • Representing Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding before the Romanian Courts in a claim concerning the cancellation of a €1.2 billion military public procurement acquisition of military ships.
  • Representing BCR Banca Pentru Locuințe in a RON 1.4 billion dispute with the Court of Accounts, concerning the implementation of the Bauspar system in Romania.

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA is noted for its ‘high quality and extremely experienced lawyersacross civil and administrative claims, including tax, competition law, intellectual property, insolvency and broader commercial disputes. Highly experienced and versatile practice head Valentin Berea has a good track record in litigation and arbitration. Of counsel Lucian Mihai  is another leading figure in the market with over 40 years’ experience and a former President of the Constitutional Court. The firm fields a good team of specialists including counsel and tax litigation lawyer Alexandru Stanoiu  who ‘stands out for customer experience, care and legal maturity, as well as for team leadership and strategic depth‘.

Practice head(s):

Valentin Berea; Lucian Mihai

Testimonials

‘The RTPR team was flexible and adjusted to our needs – with competence in different legal fields. The team was also extended for specific events. The disputes were smoothly resolved.’

‘We had a very good communication with all the team members. They were very involved and accurate in their advice.’

‘In a few words: each problem, one solution: RTPR.’

‘Good communication skills, analytical skills, research skills, people skills, perseverance, creativity.’

‘RTPR’s dispute resolution team features high quality and extremely experienced lawyers in different areas of civil, commercial, tax, competition and restructuring/insolvency law. The difference they make is stemming from their personal touch, including an outstanding customer care experience and astute technical knowledge. One can safely compare them with a brain surgery team, ready to act in the direst and most complex conditions.’

‘Alexandru Stanoiu, Counsel, stands out for customer experience, care and legal maturity, as well as for team leadership and strategic depth.’

‘RTPR’s tax litigation team is a highly specialized and very prompt one. They have assisted in a very complex and innovative case, where the case-law is practically non-existent, bringing added value and answers to a novel situation. They master both the technical part of the assistance and the client relationship, being customer oriented.’

‘Alexandru Stanoiu, Counsel, head of tax litigation practice, has a wealth of experience in tax procedural law, having a strategic depth and intuition in the battles against tax inspectors and in front of the courts’

Key clients

Michelin

Groupama

Bayer Animal Health GmbH

Zenith (Publicis Group)

Electrica

Lidl

Europe Energy

Silcotub (Tenaris Group)

Ursus Breweries

Maspex Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Groupama Insurance in a series of antitrust litigations against the competition authority concerning the annulment of an €8 million fine for the alleged exchange of information.
  • Representing Zenith (Publicis Group) in a high-profile media industry-related cartel dispute with the competition authority.
  • Representing Maspex Romania on the annulment of a fine imposed by the Competition Council following a high profile investigation into the food retail market.

Suciu Popa

Suciu Popa has an extremely strong reputation for international arbitrations and related enforcement proceedings in the domestic courts. This stems from the firm’s heavy focus on industries such as energy, oil and gas, construction, and infrastructure. As a result, the team also has good expertise in public procurement-related cases. The firm’s experience extends to other industries, as demonstrated by its defence of the taxi hailing app, Bolt, against antitrust and unfair competition claims. Managing partner Luminita Popa  is ‘recognized as one of the most experienced lawyers in international dispute resolution‘. Other key partners include Roxana Fercală and Daciana Popa.

Practice head(s):

Luminița Popa

Other key lawyers:

Daciana Popa; Roxana Fercală

Testimonials

‘Their team pursued claims, always with outstanding results. We are extremely content with the strategies they employ, as well as with the manner in which they manage the relationship with us. We deem them an exceptional team and we intend to maintain our relationship with them on the long run.’

‘Luminita Popa is recognized as one of the most experienced lawyers in international dispute resolution. Therefore, as she acts as counsel and arbitrator in numerous proceedings under the rules of the main arbitration institutions and dispute resolution bodies, she was the lawyer of our choice for most of our extremely complicated disputes. We were never disappointed by her involvement in all our matters. She is a dedicated attorney, who gets involved, in person, in all matters dealt with by her team. We always receive from her balanced assessments of how we stand in various litigations and the results obtained by her in front of the arbitral tribunals have always been outstanding.’

 

Key clients

Rompetrol Rafinare SA

Strabag

Deltabloc

Hidroelectrica SA

KazMunaiGas

Bolt (former Taxify)

GFR – Grup Feroviar Roman

Engie

AZVI

Enel Energie Muntenia

E-Distributie Muntenia; E-Distributie Dobrogea; E-Distributie Banat

Enel Green Power

Bulgargaz EAD

Carlsrom Beverage

Work highlights

  • Representing Rompetrol Rafinare in an €80 million environmental dispute concerning a refinery project.
  • Defending Bolt, one of the leading international ride-sharing services providers, in a dispute with the regular taxi drivers’ associations based on antitrust and unfair competition claims.
  • Successfully representing the construction company Strabag in an €18 million arbitration award, and subsequent enforcement, concerning a complex FIDIC contract.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is regularly instructed by major domestic and international clients on high profile contentious matters. The firm’s regional network makes it especially effective on cross-border disputes and its ‘well organized‘ Bucharest team is praised for how it ‘integrates well with other firms in other countries working on the same matter‘. It is also noted for being ‘very user-friendly for US and Western European clients‘.  Recent work has included international arbitrations involving the Romanian state, and also tax, insolvency and energy-related cases. Practice head Ligia Popescu  is ‘an expert guide to the local legal system‘.

Practice head(s):

Ligia-Cecilia Popescu

Other key lawyers:

Andreea Zvâc

Testimonials

‘I have collaborated with the lawyers from the dispute resolution practice of Wolf Theiss Bucharest for several years cooperating on disputes where tax advice was required in order to support the defence or on other collateral aspects. The collaboration with the lawyers was always efficient and I have admired the professionalism of the lawyers, their level of knowledge and their understanding of the matters and the practical approach for each case managed by the team. I have also noted that the communication with the lawyers in Wolf Theiss Bucharest remained efficient even during the pandemic times, as the law firm implemented all the required systems in order for the lawyers to be able to conduct their usual activity and communication with the clients, even during restrictions and lockdowns.’

‘Specifically I have worked with Ligia Cecilia Popescu, who is the head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Bucharest and with Andreea Zvac, Counsel, who is involved in all the tax disputes managed by this practice but also in other disputes where tax advice was requested. Both of them are highly skilled dispute resolution lawyers and their advice is appreciated by the clients. Our communication is direct and not formalistic which makes it easier to understand the requirements of the clients and provide a practical advice. I have appreciated the way in which they have been able to coordinate a complex and high value matter, involving disputes, enforcement proceedings but also tax issues.’

‘Very responsive and thoughtful litigation management, in a firm very user-friendly for US and Western European clients. Strong associate strength as well. The firm is well organized with lawyers, staff and technology, and integrates well with other firms in other countries working on the same matter.’

‘Strong support from Bryan Jardine, an American lawyer with extensive US big-firm experience before taking over management of Wolf Theiss in Bucharest, and equally strong support from litigation partner Ligia Popescu who is an expert guide to the local legal system.’

 

Key clients

ABERDEEN IMMOBILIEN KAPITALANLAGEGESELLSCHAFT

AL-ARRAB CONTRACTING COMPANY

BIOWORKS VERFAHRENSTECHNIK

CYEB

DEGI MILLENNIUM TOWER

ELINOIL HELLENIC PETROLEUM COMPANY

ENERGREEN INVESTMENT EUROPE.

GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO

INET

INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS (IAC)

NOVOMATIC

REVETAS CAPITAL

ADX LABS

BUNGE ROMANIA

LAND POWER

ORACLE ROMANIA

Work highlights

  • Defending CYEB Energiakereskedo KFT in an arbitration relating to cross border contractual obligations in the energy market.
  • Successfully representing Aberdeen Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft MBH and its local subsidiary, Degi Millenium, in four complex and long-term court cases.
  • Successfully representing the Saudi-Arabian company Al-Arrab Contracting Co. in a €180 million first instance and appeal against the Authority for Managing State Assets.

Berechet Rusu Hirit

Berechet Rusu Hirit is a well regarded disputes boutique making a growing impression on the market. The firm is especially active in administrative litigations including tax and regulatory disputes, and has also been involved in several public procurement-related litigations on behalf of international clients. Another area of focus for the lawyers is medical malpractice, where the firm has represented patients in several high profile claims. Madalina Berechet handles civil and administrative claims, including major international arbitrations. Valentin Hirit  has good experience in administrative, corporate and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mădălina Berechet; Valentin Hiriț

Key clients

MONSSON GROUP

CHINA RAILWAY 14th BUREAU GROUP CO

CHINA CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION

AG STEEL BUILDING & CLADDING

CAMPREDO

CURTEA VECHE PUBLISHING

KAROLY BORBELY

MUTU AYAN VALENTIN

Work highlights

  • Represented China Railway in two public procurement litigations concerning the construction of Craiova – Pitesti fast road, and the construction of the North Belt of Bucharest.
  • Represented AG Steel Building & Cladding in a public procurement litigation concerning the construction of a warehouse on a steel structure owned by a military unit in Bucharest.
  • Representing Monsson Group in a class action involving seven renewable power generation investors against the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) and the Romanian State challenging a 2% contribution to the ANRE which the energy operators were obliged to pay in 2019, following an emergency ordinance from the Government.

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica has a broad ranging disputes department, but is especially active on the administrative litigation side. This includes strong support on competition litigation, public procurement and tax related disputes. The firm’s strong technology focus, where it represents major clients such as Google, ensures a regular flow of related data protection and regulatory matters. Practice head Daniel Stefanica  has over 25 years’ experience, and is also strong on the international arbitration side. Partner Alexandru Rusu  also has a good track record for insolvency related proceedings. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘proactivity, flexibility & customer orientation’.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stefanica; Alexandru Rusu

Testimonials

‘They are very well prepared and give pro active support. Real time, quick and very flexible assistance. Very client oriented, capable to understand the specificity of each case in the context of the business. ’

‘Pro activity, flexibility & customer orientation. Problem solver by delivering clear solutions ’

‘Always available and never afraid to admit they do not know, but will check and revert asap.’

‘The team at bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA continually provides us with expert, tailor-made legal advice. We especially value the high level of professionalism and engagement they show in their work, irregardless of the complexity of the task. They work efficiently as a team and make use of their exceptional local law expertise to support us in a wide variety of legal issues. Over the past 6 years of working with the law firm, we’ve never received anything less than outstanding. ’

‘All members of the bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA team are highly skilled, legal professionals, who are able to work both independently and as part of a team. Each team member has a great knowledge of Romanian and EU law regulations and is ready to provide support even under pressure of tight deadlines. ’

Key clients

Google

Tiriac Imobiliare – Goldale Real Estate

Humangest Group

voestalpine Automotive Components ARAD

Mondialaqua

Iveco Autodefence Vehicle

Work highlights

  • Ongoing contentious support on data protection, consumer protection and IP matters to Google in Romania.
  • Assisted Tiriac Imobiliare before the tax authorities in an audit regarding the right to deduct VAT in connection with a real estate investment in Timişoara, and before the court concerning the suspension of an enforcement.
  • Represented voestalpine Automotive Components ARAD SRL in two disputes against Romanian Tax Authorities, following an audit and assessment.

Buzescu Ca

Buzescu Ca has a versatile disputes practice with several strong areas of specialisation. IP and antitrust/state aid claims feature prominently in the firm’s workload. Coupled with this, the firm stands out for its connection to the aviation industry, where it represents clients such as Wizz Air on state aid and passenger compensation claims. The team also has several leading clients in the pharmaceuticals and beauty products industries, including L’Oreal, Alvogen and Snython. The ‘very knowledgeable’ managing partner Peter Buzescu (‘highly recommended for anyone seeking local advice‘), and Adrian Tomescu are the two main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Tomescu

Other key lawyers:

Peter Buzescu; Alex Cretu

Testimonials

‘The legal team is very experienced, including in commercial and regulatory matters and their application to the aviation industry. They are very professional, with a very good understanding of local laws and business environment and are able to provide commercial solutions in addition to a very detailed, thorough and clear legal advice.’

‘Peter Buzescu leads his team by example, is very knowledgeable, takes initiative to advance matters within the scope of his instructions, performs well under tight deadlines and is always within reach, as expected. This reflects in the high quality of the advice we are then able to deliver to our international clients. For these reasons, he comes highly recommended for anyone seeking local advice.’

‘We haven’t found any law firm as professional as theirs. Our collaboration was beyond perfect, couldn’t ask for more. Anytime we will return to their services, we were very satisfied by their personnel and professionalism.’

‘Very effective for patent and regulatory litigation on pharmaceuticals.’

 

Key clients

WIZZ AIR

L’OREAL

FLYDUBAI

ALVOGEN IPCO

SYNTHON

ARC GROUP

PIERRE CARDIN

VIKING OILFIELD SERVICES

RIEKER ROMANIA

MEDOCHEMIE

PETROL LJUBLJANA

Work highlights

  • Advising the low-cost airline Wizz Air on a claim for damages resulting from alleged state aid and alleged abuse of dominant position.
  • Advising Flydubai on passenger compensation and damages claims.
  • Successfully represented Alvogen IPCO, an international generic drugs company and its Romanian subsidiary, in a patent infringement claim regarding a neurology drug.

D&B David si Baias SCA

D&B David si Baias SCA is ‘perfect‘ for complex cases where ‘they find solutions, simple as that‘. Regulatory, tax and general administrative disputes are a particular sweet spot, with foreign clients regularly using the firm for their interactions with the relevant regulatory and government authorities. Public procurement related disputes also featured prominently in the past year. The international dimension receives further potency through the firm’s membership of the PwC Legal global network. Practice head Dan Dascălu  is commended for combining ‘an extensive expertise in tax practice with the excellency of a great academic background‘.

Practice head(s):

Dan Dascalu

Other key lawyers:

Sorin David; Ana-Maria Iordache; Amelia Teis; Mihail Boian

Testimonials

‘The firm is perfect to be entrusted with complex cases, which require a multidisciplinary approach, as it can bring both integrated and specific solutions, with the highest degree of professionalism.’

‘Dan Dascalu is one of the most prominent litigators, as he combines an extensive expertise in tax practice with the excellency of a great academic background and with the best qualities a good orator may hold.’

‘They are always available and they react quickly; in the telecom business, things happen very fast, so we need someone which is able to keep the pace. And they are.’

‘They find solutions, as simple as that.’

 

Key clients

Transcarpat Sportours International

Medicare Technics

Petapilot

Argo Professional Training SRL-D

Tody Laboratories INT. SRL

Petro Ventures Europe BV – Bucharest branch

Work highlights

  • Assisted Medicare Technics in a public procurement dispute concerning a contract to supply and install hospital equipment.
  • Representing the oil and gas company Petro Ventures Europe in a tax dispute concerning the differentiated taxation of corporate income.

Dentons

Dentons has an active disputes team that works closely with colleagues in related departments and foreign offices. The practice has a good track record for shareholder disputes (with input from the capital markets team), as well as employment and competition claims. Real estate head Bogdan Papandopol   is also highly experienced on contentious issues, including landlord/tenant and related insolvency issues. Tiberiu Csaki  is praised for his ‘hard work and  high professional knowledge‘, and handles both commercial litigation and international arbitration. Senior associate Andrei Orbesteanu is well liked by clients.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki

Other key lawyers:

Bogdan Papandopol

Testimonials

‘Real professionals, good knowledge and adapted to the market.’

‘Proactive attitude.’

‘The practice is unique because they are working like a chain, they linked areas of practice and they are transforming what seems to be hard and difficult in non difficult matters.’

‘Hard work, and high professional knowledge: Tiberiu Csaki and Andrei Orbesteanu.’

 

Key clients

Auchan

Autoliv

Avatar Security

Prosegur

Hidroelectrica

Europipe

CH Robinson

N. Ratiu

EU Commission

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Auchan in obtaining the annulment of a €5 million fine imposed by the Romanian Competition Council on Real Hypermarkets, a company which Auchan had acquired from Metro Group.
  • Represented Autoliv Romania on multiple fiscal disputes and fiscal-administrative procedures, including litigation before the Romanian courts.
  • Representing the entrepreneur Nicolae Ratiu in a shareholder dispute over control of the company Prebet, which is listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

Leroy si Asociatii

Leroy si Asociatii has a busy and varied disputes offering that covers plenty of ground. The firm has invested heavily into the team in the past year with the recruitment of new practice head and managing associate Vincentiu Constantin and experienced of counsel Nela Petrisor from Musat & Asociatii. This is in addition to the expertise of founding partner Bruno Leroy  who handles a broad range of disputes for international clients. The practice is especially experienced in high profile public procurement and projects-related claims, as well as fiscal and tax disputes against the relevant authorities.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Leroy

Other key lawyers:

Nela Petrisor

Key clients

Vitalia Group

Albalact S.A. (Lactalis Group)

Engie Romania

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Universita Degli Studi di Roma ”La Sapienza”, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, alsyom s.a.s, acp systems s.a.s.u., comeb srl, scandinova systems ab (members of the EuroGammas Association)

Naval Group

Engie Romania

Expert Petroleum

Suez International

Automobiles Peugeot

TIAB Romania

GSE Romania

CRH Ciment (Romania)

Expert Petroleum

ETI European Food Industries

Vitalia Servicii Pentru Mediu

AIC Land Development

Safege S.S. Nanterre France

Work highlights

  • Representing Albalact, one of the largest dairy producers in Romania, in a damages claim arising from the proposed sale of a logistics company owned by the Albalact group.

Noerr

Noerr provides litigation and arbitration support to international and domestic clients. The lawyers have good experience of civil and administrative disputes, as well as white collar crime issues and compliance investigations. The last year was dominated by several high profile tax, employment and insolvency-related disputes. The multinational clientbase also benefits from the Bucharest team’s wider integration into the firm’s regional network of offices. Litigation and compliance head Alexandru Ene  has almost 25 years’ experience in the market.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Ene

Key clients

Samsung Electronics

msg systems

Harman International Industries

Zirom

Accord Healthcare

Grawe Romania Asigurare

Kellogg European Services

Work highlights

  • Representing a taxi app services company in litigation contesting certain legal provisions.
  • Representing a leading service provider in over 50 tax and customs disputes, valued at more than  €12 million, against the Romanian fiscal authority.
  • Representing an agricultural machinery manufacturer in a claim aiming to annul a decision by the Romanian Competition Council.

Popescu & Asociatii

Popescu & Asociatii fields a team of highly seasoned litigators who have ‘good legal knowledge’ and ‘handle brilliantly all litigation matters‘. Founding partner Octavian Popescu  has an extremely good track record for heavyweight civil and administrative litigation, particularly in insolvency related disputes. The firm represents clients from across a wide range of industries, including energy, financial services and retail. In addition to broader commercial claims, it is also noted for fraud and white collar crime, where Adrian Chirvase  is active. Other key partners include the versatile Dana Bivol, who has solid experience of banking and capital markets disputes, and Iuliana Bidalache for insolvency matters. Senior counsel Constantin Branzan brings over 40 years’ experience.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu

Other key lawyers:

Dana Bivol; Constantin Branzan; Adrian Chirvase; Loredana Popescu

Testimonials

‘One of the good things about dealing with Popescu & Asociatii is that the team is always available, and all tasks are delivered promptly.’

‘Popescu & Asociatii lawyers have good legal knowledge and they handle brilliantly all litigation matters.’

‘We very much appreciated the performance of Octavian Popescu and Adrian Chirvase.’

‘Popescu & Asociatii has a very experienced practice. It draws on a wealth of experience to provide relevant advice in specific circumstances. What stands out is that they won’t just give you a black letter response. They will understand what you’re trying to achieve and will help you achieve it rather than just telling you what the regulations say. The team comprises vastly experienced lawyers who provide multiple scenarios for issues faced and are able to break down complicated matters into an understandable process for us. They demonstrate solid knowledge and experience in construction-related matters, as well as a comprehensive understanding of construction operations.’

‘Lawyers have a first-rate legal mind, but what sets them apart from other external legal advisers we know is the commercial understanding of the industries in which they practice. Octavian maintains a powerful reputation in the market, and we really appreciate his heavyweights in the industry. He is a reliable person and lawyer, a very experienced counsel in dispute resolution and one of the best in the industry. Loredana Popescu is a very reliable lawyer. If we have any questions, we always go back to her, because she is not afraid of taking on the difficult points of the client. She is balanced in her legal opinions/views, sharp and mindful of the negotiation dynamics and someone we can trust to get the work done. We really appreciate Loredana’s ability to give cutting-edge and value-added insights throughout the process, and we get the comfort that our lawyer is really working for our benefit. Adrian Chirvase has strong technical knowledge. He can see how companies can best use the pieces of the puzzle to get workable solutions for business. He knows what we want legally and commercially, and the turnaround times are quick, and he ensures that our objectives are met and remain protected.

‘Constantin Branzan is one of the longstanding advisors in Romania in terms of intricate dispute resolution cases. He brings a wealth of experience in the field, knowing the right persons to talk to, the regulations and procedures of local authorities and courts, being able to solve every legal or business matter we may have or may arise. He gained our praise for his availability, dedication, and involvement in everything we entrusted him. Dana Bivol is the problem solver partner in dispute resolution at Popescu & Asociatii law firm. She brings over 10 years of experience’ value for the team and has an outstanding ability to find resolutions where others are seeing problems, and closed doors. She is a first-class finder: solutions, precedents, exceptions, everything you need to obtain the good outcome you need for your business. .’

‘Iuliana Bidalache possesses excellent analytical and reasoning skills, is orally articulate, has sound judgement and is creative in resolving insolvency disputes. A smart and committed lawyer with great commercial acumen and advocacy skills.’

Key clients

BANCA TRANSILVANIA

ENEL GROUP

LEUMI BANK ROMANIA

ACADEMIA ROMANA

ELECTRICA FURNIZARE

MYTILNEOS HOLDING

UTI GRUP

ING BANK ROMANIA

KAUFLAND ROMANIA

ROMANIAN STATE

B2HOLDING/B2KAPITAL

TEAMNET INTERNATIONAL

MEGA IMAGE

BUCHAREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY

ASTALDI GRUP

ULTIMO PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT

SOMETRA SA

UTI NETCITY INVESTMENTS

ATLANTIC MOTORS

IT PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY

Work highlights

  • Representing ENEL Group, in relation to a wide range of intellectual property disputes arising from the violation of trademark rights, and aiming to suspend the use of an Internet domain used fraudulently by a third party.
  • Representing the financial services company, Revolut, in relation to regulatory disputes arising from its Personal Terms and Business Terms and Conditions.
  • Representing the electricity company Electrica Furnizare, in connection with multiple commercial, administrative and fiscal litigations stemming from audit reports conducted by the Romanian Court of Auditors.

Reff & Associates SCA

Reff & Associates SCA is noted for its ‘clear multidisciplinary approach‘ and capacity to handle a diverse range of dispute types and disciplines, including international arbitration and administrative litigation. As a member of the Deloitte Legal network, tax litigation for international clients is an obvious sweet spot. The team’s capabilities also include competition litigation and broader commercial claims such as joint venture disagreements and shareholder disputes. Practice head Mihnea Galgoţiu-Săraru‘s ‘input is always focused on the long term strategy and our commercial objectives‘. Together with managing associates Alina Stan and Ana Galgoţiu-Săraru he offers ‘vast experience that brought us the finest results in our high-stake cases‘.

Practice head(s):

Mihnea Galgoțiu-Săraru

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely fully involved when the company’s request is urgent and needs the expertise of this lawyer team. They respect the deadline that is requested and always make the necessary follow-up.’

‘Every member of this team stands out in different scenarios that we request help for. Their best quality is delivering within the deadline, giving advice on how to make the final and best decision.’

‘Reff & Associates (part of Deloitte Legal) has a clear multidisciplinary approach. They have a large and experienced litigation practice, that benefits from the support and close collaboration of other departments from their law firm or Deloitte. Despite their size (that allows for very diverse expertise being dedicated to one project), their approach is very personal – there is a single point of contact for each project – that interacts very closely and swiftly with our team, the partner involvement is considerable and the billing approach flexible (we could always discuss the fees and obtain adjustments). They seemed to be more focused on flexibility and on a commercial approach (they always tried to understand and discuss our business objectives and agree the legal services that are required in view of obtaining them). I would also note that they focus on the bigger picture and long-term strategy, rather than on details that are unlikely to make a difference.’

‘Mihnea Galgotiu-Sararu is the litigation partner in charge with our projects. He is experienced in both litigation aspects and settlement negotiations techniques, and his input is always focused on the long term strategy and our commercial objectives. He always tries to understand our needs and view, in order to select the legal options that helps us get where we want. Alina Stan, Managing Associate, is our main contact for the litigation department. We work with her almost on a daily basis and we trust her advice. She is very well prepared and experienced in litigation, responsive, diligent, hard-working and has a keen eye for details and a client – oriented approach. Andrei Burz-Pinzaru, the partner in charge with the financial department of the law firm, is also involved to design the high level strategy and approach.’

‘Reff & Associates has a strong Dispute Resolution practice. Their lawyers know very well the industries they serve and this is a key ingredient of our successful partnership. We are used to work with them in high-stake cases on which they always find a feasible commercial approach.’

‘Mihnea Glagotiu-Sararu, Alina Stan and Ana Glagotiu-Sararu are key lawyers with vast experience that brought us the finest results in our high-stake cases. Besides that, they are continuously preoccupied to modernize their profession and improve and innovate the relation between business environment and legal professionals.’

‘Young and experienced team, professionally prepared.’

‘Flexible and enthusiastic team.’

‘In-tune with technology, great knowledge of their field, ability to scale the teams as needed.’

Key clients

Ikea Romania

Enel Group

Deutsche Leasing România

Lidl Discount

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Prime Kapital Group

Nepi Rockcastle Group

Caterpillar Financial Services Poland

Gránit Polus

LikeIT Solution

SSIF Tradeville

BT Leasing Transilvania

Banca Transilvania

Transport Urban Sinaia

Roserv Green Energy SRL (former TEF Infrastructura SRL)

B2Kapital Portfolio Management SRL/Ultimo Portfolio Investment

HS Timber Productions

Arcade Group/Estrada Management (Smart Property, Metropolitan Leasing, Estrada Management SRL, Rolast Pitești SA)

Forte Partners

Mulberry Group (Take Project and MTInv Holding)

Kim Johansen Transport

adidas Romania

Frasinul

Banca Comercială Intesa Sanpaolo Romania

Inform Lykos

Viales y Obras Publicas

Transport Urban Sinaia

Work highlights

  • Advising Gránit Polus in a complex dispute, involving dozens of different lawsuits, to recover a multi-million joint venture investment with the Cluj-Napoca local authorities for the construction of a 203 hectare residential project.
  • Advising Like IT Solution in two separate multi-million Euro arbitration proceedings initiated under the rules of Vienna International Arbitral Centre against a Czech IT supplier and its Romanian subsidiary.
  • Assisting BT Leasing (part of the Banca Transilvania financial Group) in relation to a suspension and annulment claim against a cartel sanction issued by the Romanian Competition Council.

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has a good reputation for cross-border and domestic disputes, and has experience taking on the Romanian state in investment treaty claims. Further areas of expertise include tax litigation, and public procurement, competition, insurance, real estate and consumer protection cases. Praised for its ‘persistence, patience and methodical approach‘, the team is jointly led by managing partner Sebastian Gutiu, who brings ‘excellent leadership and lawyering‘. Partner Iustin Armașu is also very active on the disputes front and is noted for his experience in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Guțiu; Iustin Armașu

Testimonials

‘The Schoenherr team has qualified staff that covers the entire range of legal specialties. It is important how they respond quickly to customer requests. I also consider that their professionalism is one of the decisive factors in choosing them as partners for various legal issues.’

‘I have known them for a long time and we have worked over the years on various projects together, so I speak from my own experience. We have always had a very objective and professional collaboration, in which we were advised step by step on various topics (business contracts, insolvencies, labor law, acquisitions, etc.).’

‘Close collaboration with the client.’

‘Attention to detail, persuasive communication, true passion for the job, excellent communication skills.’

‘The Schoenherr team put a lot of effort in our case in a very punctual manner, to assemble the data scattered over lots of years behind, in order to build up the case again. Their persistence, patience and methodical approach, is bringing results eventually.’

‘Damiele Iacona patience and persistence make the project fly further. Sebastian Gutiu’s commitment to the cause.’

‘Professionals with high skills, involving technology in their approach, facilitating the overall performance.’

‘Schoenherr  is one of the largest law firms in Romania. It is the local office of a CEE firm and has been in the market for quite a while. They are strong in transactional work, real estate, and are becoming a growing force in dispute resolution.’

‘I have known Sebastian Gutiu for many years. I respect him for his excellent leadership and lawyering. Sebastian runs Schoenherr’s real estate team and has a strong reputation in this sector. He also runs the firm’s dispute resolution team and is the force that drives it forward.’

Key clients

Covalact

Work highlights

  • Assisting a pool of 40+ investors in the Romanian renewable energy sector in an ICSID arbitration case filed against Romania.
  • Successfully assisted the dairy producer Covalact in a litigation pursuing the annulment of a competition fine.
  • Assisting a major international company in a high-stakes litigation case against the Romanian tax authorities for the annulment of a tax decision.

VASS Lawyers

VASS Lawyers has an excellent reputation for high profile public procurement-related litigations. This covers the full spread of related-issues including employment, debt recovery, contractual and EU funding disputes, and is underpinned by a good understanding of the relevant industries, such as transport, health care and infrastructure. The lawyers are praised for creating a ‘good atmosphere with counterparts, leading to constructive solutions’ and for being ‘highly skilled negotiators’. Practice head Iulia Vass  is one of the best team leaders‘, and receives strong support from Alexandra Mititelu  and Bianca Bello  – all ‘great litigation lawyers‘.

Practice head(s):

Iulia Vass; Alexandra Mititelu

Testimonials

‘Excellent team work.’

‘Very good professional experts.’

‘Everything went well, even though most interactions between us and VASS Lawyers were online or via phone. What I liked most, was the quality of their work and the detailed explanations they were offering. At the end of the day, what mattered most was the quality of their work and legal advice they offered.’

‘What makes individuals stand out is the quality of their work and the legal advice they are offering.’

‘Vass team is very well prepared and has all the time the answer to our questions/problems. They are well trained and all the time very aware of what is going on in the law world. Vass lawyers is unique because they are very compatible whit our thinking and they are very sincere and fair.’

‘They treat us like equals and where we don’t understand the legal terms they explain them to us in a very friendly and professional way.’

‘Experience is the huge of each team member.’

‘Iulia it is one of the best team leaders that I know. She has the capacity to organize all associates at any time of the day.’

‘Very professional team. It seams that they know everything about any situation we had. Great team.’

‘They create a good atmosphere with counterparts, leading to constructive solutions, are able to listen and apply a pragmatic, no-nonsense direct approach, and are highly skilled negotiators.’

‘In the many years I have been working with Vass Lawyers, they have always offered me an excellent legal representation. They distinguish themselves through an outstanding level of professionalism, integrity and expertise. Iulia Vass and her team are extremely efficient, prompt, insightful and have always proven to be an invaluable resource when it came to protecting my rights.’

‘All the members of the Vass Lawyers team are exceptional lawyers, intelligent, talented and extremely dedicated. Their knowledge of laws is unsurpassed, they have always gone the extra mile to help me and gotten results that exceeded my expectations. It was a pleasure to work with each individual and by far the best experience I have had in the dispute resolution area.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail, which helped us counter lots of hidden contract implications and several disputes, which were solved in the pre-litigation stage.’

‘Iulia Vass, Alexandra Mititelu, and Bianca Bello are great litigation lawyers and I trust them 100%. Their business insight and strategic advice helped us avoid costly disputes.’

‘We received quickly clear answers, complete and thorough to our requests in terms of public procurement legislation, being both a bidder and a contracting authority.’

‘Their professionalism, promptness, perseverance, coherence, reasoning, analytical ability, communication, creativity and integrity are the reasons for which we highly recommend VASS Lawyers to any company seeking for legal counselling. Public procurement and litigation is their main strength and we won with them many high profile and high value disputes against national authorities. Even during the lock down the team was always available, as it uses technology which allows real time communication and collaboration. The quality of the services provided was the same, which proved not only the smart use of technology, but also the strength of the team. The billing has been always transparent, as we always receive detailed information regarding the time worked.’

‘On public procurement and dispute resolution, we mostly worked with Iulia Vass, Alexandra Mititelu and Bianca Bello. Iulia is a remarkable strategist and Alexandra is a highly skilled litigator. What are the qualities of the lawyers of VASS Lawyers? Professionalism; Promptness;  Perseverance; Coherence, reasoning and analytical capacity; Communication;  Creativity; Ethics. These criteria should be evaluated by everyone when choosing to work with a law firm.’

 

Work highlights

  • Represented a rolling stock company before the National Council of Solving Complaints and the Bucharest Court of Appeal in a complex litigation concerning a €156 million public procurement supply contract for new trams, awarded by the Bucharest Transport Company.
  • Represented a major Romanian urban landscaping company in a novel case concerning a price adjustment for a public procurement contract following legislative changes to the country’s minimum wage.
  • Represented a consortium of companies in a series of disputes concerning the construction of a private clinic.

Vernon | David

Vernon | David has a small but extremely popular disputes practice. It represents a broad mix of major domestic clients, such as Banca Transilvania, and international companies, including Abengoa and National Bank of Greece. Praised for its ‘high degree of quality and responsiveness‘ , the team is especially noted for its expertise in employment, tax, infrastructure and environmental cases. Practice head Daniela David   has nearly 30 years’ experience and is ‘extraordinary from the point of view of technical skills‘. Her team includes Irina Parvulescu, who brings ‘sharp purpose and ability‘ and the ‘very smart and reliableLaura Irizea.

Practice head(s):

Daniela David

Other key lawyers:

Irina Parvulescu; Laura Irizea

Testimonials

‘Vernon|David is an outstanding professional law firm. We believe that they provide a distinctively high degree of quality and responsiveness that helped us to navigate change, seize opportunities and overcome legal challenges.’

‘The leader of the team was. Daniela David, who has more than 27 years of experience as lawyer. She is extraordinary from the point of view of technical skills. Also, she understands very well our business and her advice had a practical approach. We also got to work with Laura Popa (Irizea). She is very smart and reliable, always ready to assist. I have to say it was a great pleasure to work with the whole team.’

‘This is a very professional team. Mainly our needs are commercial in nature, but from time to time they vary and Vernon & David are able to accommodate.’

‘I appreciate confidentiality. In Romania this is an issue, as everybody discusses everything with somebody. Here I know my business stays private as it should be.’

‘The litigation team of Vernon|David is great. We have a very good communication and they find suitable solutions for our complex and sensitive cases.’

‘Daniela David is the best lawyer. We have a very good collaboration and her experience helps a lot. We have a solid client–attorney relationship with her. She is a great professional, with steady understanding of our business, provides us with quick and complex solutions to our legal issues. We also worked with Laura Irizea – a skilled lawyer.’

‘Reliable and highly professional team. All of them are proactive and pro client, always struggling to find good and convenient solutions for their clients.’

‘A real pleasure to collaborate with this team (Irina, Simona, Alexandra, all of them). There is no complaint I could make since our collaboration has started, more than five years ago. Their assets: professionalism, seriousness, communication, education, punctuality.’

‘After conducting business in Romania for over 15 years, I can clearly stand behind the following statements: 1) Vernon David is a practice with integrity.They never bent under pressure or low standards solutions. 2) Acting in a market like Romania, with corruption and power challenges, takes a solid spine and professionalism to stand tall and face it all. Our business was under tremendous pressure from unfair competitors and previous partners, and I have to admit that I was touched by the courage, endurance, and professionalism that Vernon David showed, in order to protect our rights, represent us until the finish line, and going bold without allowing any intimidation. 3) There are other great lawyers out there but Vernon David has human, empathic lawyers, with strong ethics and always aiming for improvement. 4) Their international expertise, with knowledge in the US market as well, helped me shape a great view and have them by my side all the way.’

‘Laura (Irizea) Popa is a warrior with amazing capabilities, knowledge, power to understand and zoom into the root of any issue. She resolved one of the most challenging litigation cases that big-time lawyers abandoned. I will always be grateful for working with Vernon David practice. They had a great impact on our business, me as a person, and my way of conducting business. Irina Parvulescu is the Iron Lady of the practice, always bold, with sharp purpose and ability to dive deep and get to the bottom of any issue. Charles Vernon is a One of a kind Leader with great expertise, negotiation tactics and bridge between different cultures. They will always respect themselves, the Law, their clients, and will keep themselves accountable. Respect, gratitude and comfort are how I will describe my feelings for Vernon David practice.’

‘The litigation team of Vernon|David is great. We have a very good communication with them and they reply quick to our requests. They are client oriented and provide us with the best legal solution. The law firm is one of our oldest and reliable partners.  Their expertise is impressive.’

‘Daniela David is the best lawyer. We have a long collaboration (more than 18 years) and a great relation client – attorney with her and the law firm. She is very professional, has a great understanding of our business and provides us with quick and complex solutions to our legal issues. We also worked with Irina Parvulescu who is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

TMK (TMK-Artrom and TMK-Resita)

Raycap

Spearhead

Banca Transilvania

SBR (subsidiary of Solentache Bachy)

National Bank of Greece

Intesa San Paolo

Abengoa

Lakeside Food Group

Tectonics

Ideea Bank

Ecosmart

TechVentures

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented TMK in the Supreme Court in a groundbreaking and complex dispute with the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) and the Romanian Government over green certificates.
  • Representing the National Bank of Greece before the Supreme Court in a tax dispute with the Romanian fiscal authorities.
  • Representing Abengoa in several cases concerning a major urban water project.

Beatrice Onica- Jarka & Asociații

Beatrice Onica- Jarka & Asociații was formerly known as Cunescu, Balaciu Asociatii, but has rebranded now that managing partner Beatrice Onica-Jarka has assumed control. She is a highly experienced litigator who also handles major international arbitrations. Her team was boosted by the arrival of Alexandra Ologu from Monolit Legal & Tax, who is especially strong in insolvency related claims. The firm has been involved in several lease related disputes on behalf of retailer clients. A strong client base in the construction industry has meant that public procurement-related litigations also feature prominently on the agenda.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Onica Jarka

 

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Ologu; Cristiana Gheorghe

Testimonials

‘BEATRICE ONICA-JARKA & ASOCIATII under the new brand Joy Legal & Business  has been our most reliable partner over the past 15 years in the dispute resolution matters of our group. We acknowledge that the dispute resolution team led dynamically and multi-disciplinary by the managing partner Beatrice Onica Jarka is very well regarded for cross-border and domestic disputes, and as clients we benefited from the firm’s strong presence and standing in the courts and arbitral tribunals.’

Key clients

IMPRESA PIZZAROTTI & C.S.P.A

DOCURI S.A.

HIDROTEHNICA ROMCONSTRUCT

GETICA OOH

MARINESCU CONSTANTIN COSMIN

LC WAIKIKI RETAIL

ROMANIAN STATE; RADEF ROMANIA FILM

SBR SOLETANCHE BACHY FUNDATII

GRUPPO ADIGE BITUMI

INTEGRISOFT SOLUTIONS

CONCORD HOLDINGS

BITULPETROLIUM SERV

BALTRI BT FOREST

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Impressa Pizzaroti SPA in a litigation concerning the termination of a public procurement contract by the contracting authorities.
  • Represented the retailer LC Waikiki Retail in a series of disputes concerning the execution of lease agreements during the COVID pandemic.

Biris Goran SPARL

Biris Goran SPARL is renowned for its extremely strong tax litigation practice where it represents major domestic and international clients on some of their most high value claims. This feeds into broader strengths in administrative litigation, including antitrust and competition disputes, and appearances before regulatory agencies and tribunals. The team is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge of substantial and procedural laws‘, and ‘very extensive experience with courts and tax authorities‘. Practice head Mihai Nușcă  brings ‘exceptional knowledge of handling cases and an ‘ability to foresee and prevent potential issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Nușcă

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of substantial and procedural laws; Very extensive experience with Courts and Tax Authorities; multidisciplinary approach (legal, tax, transfer pricing, accounting).’

Mihai Nusca, Partner (Head of Litigation): exceptional knowledge of handling cases; proactive/ has the ability to foresee & prevent potential issues; effective communication with client; availability & direct involvement.’

 

Key clients

Banca Comercială Română (BCR – member of Erste Group)

CT Park

Farmec

Stratum Energy

Distribuție Energie Electrică România

SEWS Romania

Low & Bonar

FEPRA International

Publicis Groupe

Viessmann Romania

UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN

Engie Romania

AMV Style

The Family Butchers Romania

Work highlights

  • Assisting Banca Comercială Română in a major tax dispute.
  • Representing the energy distributor, Distribuție Energie Electrică, in a complex tax dispute.
  • Advising Viessmann, a global manufacturer of heating and refrigeration systems, in connection with a Competition Council investigation focused on vertical price fixing on the heating systems market.

Ionescu si Sava, SCA

Ionescu si Sava, SCA is praised for its ‘no-nonsense approach and efficient deliveryand close understanding of the market, enabling ‘high quality legal advice that is straight to the point‘. The firm covers all forms of commercial disputes, and is noted for its strong administrative litigation expertise, where it represents both private companies and public sector bodies. Close links to the automotive sector, including clients such as Daimler, ensures a regular flow of dealership and product liability claims.  Key team members include the ‘comprehensive and precise‘ senior partner George Ionescu, Alina Nica  and Alina Neagu (‘a dedicated lawyer with a rich professional experience).

Practice head(s):

George Ionescu; Alina Nica; Alina Neagu

Testimonials

‘The litigators at Ionescu & Sava represent us in several commercial, administrative and labor disputes and in each case we were impressed with their deep understanding of our business and objectives, their no-nonsense approach and efficient delivery.’

‘We have worked closely with partner Alina Nica, whose expertise in administrative and commercial disputes is truly outstanding. We have also been impressed with the comprehensive and precise advise received from senior partner George Ionescu.’

‘Professional teams with relevant expertise in the field.’

‘They keep a close eye on trends and developments, which enables them to provide high quality legal advice that is straight to the point.’

‘Considering the experience I have accumulated during over years of collaboration with the dispute resolution team of Ionescu & Sava, I can say that its practice is unique in terms of communicating the strategy approached for each case in which it represents our company before the national courts, in the most diverse and complex dispute resolution matters. I have always noticed the solid legal knowledge of the lawyers who are part of the dispute resolution team, as well as their creativity to identify arguments in favor of our company and to prove them before the courts.’

‘In this section I cannot fail to mention the remarkable professional skills of Alina Neagu, a lawyer with a long experience in the field of commercial, civil and employment litigation. My trust in Alina has been strengthened over time, she always manages to provide us with legal assistance and representation in disputes in which our company is involved. The promptness with which Alina responds to our requests and her capacities for analysis, synthesis and legal research always brings my appreciation, as well as of the judges before whom she supports our cases. I can confidently recommend Alina Neagu to anyone who wants to have almost a dedicated lawyer with a rich professional experience. At the same time, Radu Ionescu is a reliable partner for our company, his legal and business knowledge being for many years an important resource for the daily activity of our company, especially in terms of representation in complex cases, both commercial and and labor law.’

‘Working closely for many years with the Ionescu si Sava dispute resolution team, I believe that potential clients should know that the team is very dedicated to its clients and the projects in which it is involved, the level of theoretical and practical expertise of the team being at the highest professional standards. .’

‘Usually, in dispute resolution matters, our company works closely with Alina Neagu, partner of Ionescu si Sava who coordinates the dispute resolution team and the employment team, and with Radu Ionescu, managing partner who coordinates the entire activity of the of Ionescu si Sava and manages the most complex court cases in which our company is involved. In the case of both mentioned lawyers, I appreciate their professional and business knowledge, the seriousness with which they treat the projects in which they are involved and the strategies they approach in order to successfully represent our company before the national courts. At the same time, Ionescu si Sava’s dispute resolution team has several lawyers who, although young, have high legal knowledge and make remarkable efforts to identify strong legal arguments that the courts confirm through the judgments they pronounce. Among these lawyers I can confidently mention the following: Alexandru Tache, lawyer who represents our company in commercial and employment law disputes, Traian Pasca a lawyer dedicated to his work and commercial and employment law litigation, as well as Mihai Rad, a lawyer with a sharp mind that brought value to our company in complex commercial disputes.’

 

 

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz Romania

Mercedes-Benz Leasing IFN

Mercedes-Benz Service Leasing

Torrent Pharma

BCR Leasing IFN

Bucharest Municipality

Mercedes-Benz Trucks & Buses Romania

Compania Nationala de Transporturi Aeriene TAROM

GSP Offshore

Daimler

Institutul pentru Parteneriat Bucovina

Star Transmission

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing a Daimler subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz Trucks & Buses Romania, in a contentious public procurement procedure contested by a company whose tender was rejected by the contracting authority.
  • Representing the General Council of the Municipality of Bucharest in an environmental dispute concerning the approval of an urban planning zone.
  • Represented Star Transmission, a Romanian subsidiary of Daimler in a collective labour dispute with the unions to block a strike action.

KPMG Legal - Toncescu & Partners SPRL

KPMG Legal – Toncescu & Partners SPRL has a strong grounding in domestic litigation and international arbitration. The firm has an edge on tax disputes and is also highly experienced in insolvency-related claims, where well-regarded practice head Vlad Peligrad  also has extremely good credentials. Fellow partner Nicoleta Mihai  has good expertise in civil and administrative claims, including fraud and insolvency proceedings. Associate Oana Caloian  is also singled out by clients for having ‘always been there with practical solutions and great wins‘. Overall the lawyers are praised for the ‘quality of their services, responsiveness and high levels of professionalism’.

Practice head(s):

Vlad Peligrad

Other key lawyers:

Nicoleta Mihai; Oana Caloian

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, customer oriented with deep knowledge of the subjects.’

‘KPMG Legal provides specific, tailored legal advice and representation with respect to all matters regarding disputes. The company is delivering a unique style of assistance, with competitive and strong academic backgrounds for its lawyers, quality of their services, responsiveness and high levels of professionalism. As a firm and team, they are very diligent, their focus in undeniable and we are very pleased with the results they are delivering on every matter we have worked on. Communication with everyone in their team is easy, on point, and they always come up with straight-forward and reliable solutions.’

‘We are working with Vlad Peligrad, Head of Dispute Resolution practice, who is a very good professional, with unparalleled practice knowledge and amazing background. He combines his legal knowledge with business understanding so that every matter reaches the best tailored legal solution. His portfolio includes very diverse and innovative matters, which has resulted in him being the perfect legal advisor for us when it comes to disputes and representation before Court. Also, of great help for us has been Oana Caloian, Senior Managing Associate, a litigation practitioner with impeccable reputation who has always been there for us with practical solutions and great wins. A lot of strong points have convinced us that KPMG Legal is the law firm with the right mix of lawyers for us, and here, I will mention their competitiveness, responsiveness, practical and academic experience, their success rate in finalized and winning important matters have convinced us that they are a clear choice when it comes to all legal aspects. It is very important for any company to have a competent and reliable partner for legal services, I would even say that a great legal firm it will make the difference and it would be noticeable for its client on the market if they are delivering great services and assistance and so, we are very fixated on having the best legal advice possible.’

Key clients

Cerealcom Dolj S.R.L.

Bardeau Holding Romania S.R.L.

NMC Construction Zone

ZES Zollner Electronic SRL

Bartec Safety Engineering S.R.L.

CEMS Tehnologii S.R.L.

Roca Obiecte Sanitare S.R.L.

ED&F Man Sugar Limited

Intrarom S.A.

Heidi Chocolat S.A.

General Mobilier Store S.R.L.

Monster Energy Europe Limited

Roquet Eastern Europe S.R.L.

Azcale Construcţie S.R.L.

Valeo Lightning Injection S.A.

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Cerealcom Doli in several litigation cases against two major railway transporters in relation to damages for non-fulfillment of contractual obligations and in several tax litigation cases.
  • Assisting Intrarom in relation to a claim for the annulment of an arbitration award issued by the Court of International Commercial Arbitration.
  • Advising Azcale Construtie in a €2.6 million tax litigation case against Romanian Tax Authorities.

STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit.

STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. is best known for its advice to German-speaking clients and companies who benefit from ‘a very professional team‘. The firm’s litigators bring ‘good knowledge of the Romanian market‘ and its court system. This includes representation on major employment, shareholder, real estate, insolvency, tax and real estate disputes. The ‘trustworthy and dedicated team‘ is led by Mihail Macovei who has worked for over 11 years as a litigator and is ‘always been able to find the best solutions‘.

Practice head(s):

Mihail Macovei

Testimonials

‘A very professional team with high experience and full vision for the customer prospects, very dedicated to offer best solutions for the customer.’

‘Detailed and broad approach for the cases, acceptance to work openly with the customer for finding the best solutions.’

‘Good knowledge of the Romanian market. Good relations with local authorities. Good coverage of the local issues and enough personnel to cover the extra-problems.’

‘They are very good professionals and our relations with them have developed throughout a vast range of problems and issues related to the local market. Overall, excellent results and a very good co-operation.’

‘Very satisfied with work of  Mihail Macovei.’

‘A well-established team, with specialists in various fields.’

‘Excellent legal training and perseverance.’

‘They know very well our company and our particularities. Can communicate directly in German with our management.’

‘The profound knowledge of Romanian law is a matter of fact for us. Stalfort is our first choice because the firm has several lawyers who speak excellent German and English. They also know our business and our needs and proactively inform us about changes in the legal situation in Romania. Our Romanian team is always happy to turn to Stalfort, because they receive comprehensive and targeted information.’

‘Our main partners at Stalfort – Christian Weident and Mihail Macovei – both speak perfect German and have known us long and well, so they have always been able to find the best solutions for us and give us valuable advice.’

‘STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. has a great team of professionals that always puts their clients best interest above all – a client oriented law firm. This also applies to their “administrative” team. Another fact we really appreciate is their flexibility and knowledge/know how to the cases on a numerous type of situations. A trustworthy and dedicated team.’

‘The lawyers at STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. are great professionals. Both Christian Weident and Mihail Macovei are dedicated professionals.’

 

Key clients

Belmet Handelsgesellschaft

Horst Fries – autoTEC Group

Dr. Oetker

PCO Group Romania

Almos Alfons Mosel Verwaltungs

Continental Automotive Products

Leipa Pack

STEINEL Solutions

ISOVOLTA

REETEC Regenerative Energie- und Elektrotechnik

CG Cargarantie Versicherungs

Finze & Wagner Holding

Dürkopp Adler

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing a Romanian subsidiary of the Continental group in a dispute concerning the ownership of land that had previously been expropriated by the country’s former communist regime.
  • Advising the German agricultural company Almos Group in a shareholder dispute with a Romanian partner company.
  • Successfully represented STEINEL Solutions in a five year case against an unlawful interpretation of the legal status of a “permanent fiscal office” made by the fiscal authorities.

Stratula & Asociatii

Dispute resolution is a core practice for Stratula & Asociatii, which acts for several high-profile domestic and international companies, including Roche and Zentiva. The firm has developed a good niche in EU funding related disputes, where Oana Stratula is especially experienced. Sorin Stratula also has a strong background in media-related litigation. Overall, the team is praised for its ‘friendly and client-focused‘ lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Sorin Stratula; Oana Stratula

Testimonials

‘Very professional and once they accept your file, they stay even at night to understand the problem to offer the best support.’

‘Kindness, always focused on problem solving, listening to all arguments.’

‘The team uses high professional skills. It is innovative in finding legal solutions.’

‘Each lawyer is friendly and client-focused.’

‘What makes this practice unique are the following: the high quality of legal services ; the availability of the team for each request of the client; the professionalism and trustworthiness.’

‘The individuals from this team are highly reliable and great professionals. After the client entrusts them with a litigation, the problem feels covered and efficiently managed. They understand the main issue very fast and well, which is why the drafts received from them don’t require any further revisions.’

 

Key clients

Carmistin Group

FoundOcean

Trameco

National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics – INOE 2000

Selina

Trading Line Group

Zentiva Romania

Roche Romania

Pajo Agriculture

Work highlights

  • Advising several companies from the Carmistin Group in 22 different litigation proceedings against the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDRAPFE), the Agency of Payments and Interventions in Agriculture (APIA) and the Agency of Rural Investments Financing (AFIR), concerning the illegal decrease of subsidies to farms that committed themselves to a five-year period of higher standards of animal care .
  • Advising FoundOcean in a non-payment dispute against a major Romanian company.
  • Advising the infrastructure and construction company Trameco on a series of interconnected cases involving €29 million in claims linked to a national road construction contract.