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Dragne & Asociaţii SCA has a strong track record handling insolvency, insurance and energy disputes. Ion Dragne is assisting Hidroelectrica with a dispute over energy traders’ contracts, and Andreia Dumitrescu represents K&S Electric Power Point in commercial and insolvency litigation against several companies. Dumitrescu is also noted for her expertise in ICSID arbitration. Senior associate Bogdan Iordache is also recommended.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen’s team’s ‘strategic advice is always pragmatic and relevant’. The group handles tax, energy and construction litigation, among other areas. Radu Damaschin is ‘an exceptional litigator and strategist’ and Sorina Olaru is ‘the type of lawyer you would always prefer to have on your side in a court case’. Senior partner Ana Diculescu-Sova is another notable practitioner.

PeliFilip provides ‘a hands-on approach to all problems’. The ‘prudent but daringCătălin Alexandru represents Hidroelectrica in a dispute over a fine applied by ANRE following the client’s direct sale of electric energy on the Hungarian market. Senior associate Alexandru Goşa is ‘good on strategy and the big picture’. Senior associate Mihnea Săraru is also recommended.

Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii’s ‘dedicated and hands-on’ practice has a varied caseload including representing clients in construction, public procurement and tax litigation. Clients include DB Schenker and Kamparo Investment. Ciprian Donțu and Ilinca Stefanescu-Goanga are the key names.

STOICA & Asociaţii – Attorneys at Law’s expertise includes tax, banking, insurance and construction litigation. Valeriu Stoica represents Orange România in a dispute with an intermediary company that filed a damages claim against the client for alleged contractual debts. Cătălina Dicu handles litigation for banks.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s practice houses ‘real fighters for their clients’. Robert Roșu (‘a well-rounded litigator’) represented Raiffeisen Bank in loan restructuring litigation. The ‘assertive yet diplomaticIoana Hrisafi-Josan acts for Swietelsky in a public procurement dispute. Cornel Popa and Levana Zigmund have expertise in arbitration mandates.

Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners stands out for its ‘strategic vision, determination and dedication’. In 2016 Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu successfully defended Irina Cristescu in high-profile litigation pertaining to alleged international child abduction. The ‘very analyticalCosmin Vasile is a notable practitioner. Valentin Cocean joined from Drakopoulos Law Firm.

Viorel Dinu leads Bondoc & Asociatii SCA in alliance with White & Case’s ‘pragmatic’ team. The firm is well known for its strength in handling pharmaceutical sector disputes, with tax, construction, commercial and employment litigation included in the practice offering. Dinu represents the town of Novaci in a dispute with its neighbour Baia de Fier pertaining to the borderline between the two entities.

CMS has ‘the depth to handle any case’. ‘Experienced’ managing partner Gabriel Sidere assists clients with tax, insolvency, white-collar crime and competition disputes, among others. Arbitration is a notable area of expertise for the team.

Counsel Simona Neagu leads the team at Clifford Chance Badea; she successfully represented Convergence Development (Cyprus), a minority shareholder in a real estate company, in a €35m dispute with the majority shareholders.

Kinstellar has ‘great capacity to lead the client by the hand in complex issues’. Bogdan Bibicu and Remus Codreanu, who made partner in June 2017, assisted Siemens with a dispute pertaining to National Railway Company’s public tender of the Corridor IV project.

Gheorghe Buta leads Muşat & Asociaţii’s team; he is assisting the Romanian Academy with a dispute pertaining to copyright matters regarding the translation of a critical edition of a classic text. Octavian Popescu is another key figure.

RTPR Allen & Overy (Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP)’s expertise includes intellectual property, real estate and tax litigation. Valentin Berea has ‘solid knowledge of the topic’; he represents Sky News in litigation pertaining to a news report about alleged arms trafficking in Romania. Of counsel Lucian Mihai and senior associate Răzvan Nănescu are also recommended.

Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA handles public procurement, construction and tax disputes, and has seen a recent uptick in insurance litigation. Sebastian Gutiu is ‘a good strategist and negotiator’. Adina Jivan advises Strabag on litigation pertaining to the ELI-NP construction project.

Suciu Popa’s ‘very efficient’ team has notable strength in litigation and arbitration. Luminita Popa is representing Colas in a dispute against the Romanian National Company of Motorways pertaining to the recognition and enforcement of an ICC arbitral award. Madalina Berechet moved to Berechet Hirit in November 2017.

Wolf Theiss has ‘a very practical, solution-orientated and easy to approach’ team and insolvency, tax, construction and employment litigation feature prominently in its caseload. The ‘clear and confidentLigia Popescu is defending Foundation Conservation Carpathia in litigation pertaining to an alleged defamation claim brought by Nostra Silva. Senior associate Andreea Zvâc is also recommended.

Buzescu Ca’s Adrian Tomescu has ‘good industry knowledge’. He is acting for Wizz Air in state aid litigation and represents Viking Services in a dispute regarding an additional VAT charge to a temporary oil drilling rig import.

VAT, public procurement and competition litigation features prominently in D&B David şi Baias SCA’s caseload. Clients include Nidera Romania and Lear Corporation. Dan Dascalu is the key name.

Radu Bălaș heads the dispute resolution team at DLA Piper Dinu SCA. The group handles gambling, employment, administrative and tax litigation. Daniela Bistrae was promoted to counsel.

Dentons’ recent workload includes insolvency, employment and public procurement disputes, as well as arbitral award enforcement. Tiberiu Csaki and Bogdan Papandopol are the names to note.

Leroy si Asociatii has a strong reputation for handling energy litigation, with real estate, negligence and insurance disputes as other areas of expertise. Managing associate Iulia Stanciulescu heads the practice, in which Bruno Leroy acts on key matters.

Alexandru Ene is the key name at Noerr. The team’s workload includes insolvency, tax, commercial and tort disputes. Senior associate Raluca Botea is also recommended.

Vass Lawyers’ team ‘comes up with original solutions’ to disputes. The group has a strong track record in procurement litigation, and has seen a recent uptick in insolvency matters. Iulia Vass and senior associate Alexandra Mititelu represent a pharmaceutical company in a dispute over the award procedure of a public procurement contract for nuclear magnetic resonance imaging equipment.

Tax, commercial and insolvency litigation are prominent in Biriş Goran SPARL’s caseload. Mihai Nușcă acted for Orange România in litigation over recovering receivables from an insolvent trade partner, and is assisting Hidroelectica with a €60m tax annulment dispute.

Bulboaca & Asociatii has a strong track record handling consumer litigation, administrative matters, and sale and purchase disputes. Ioana Motofei-Radu is the key name.

CEE Attorneys Boanta Gîdei si Asociatii S.C.A’s ‘excellent’ practice handles commercial, tax, real estate and shareholder disputes. Radu Boanță represents Minerva Group in disputes with institutional minority shareholders.

Cunescu, Balaciu & Asociatii’s Beatrice Onika Jarka handles tax, real estate and construction disputes. Clients include Global Capital Investment.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s Adrian Roseti and Laurențiu Gorun are the key names for banking, insolvency, and real estate disputes. Valentin Cocean joined Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners.

Eversheds Lina & Guia (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s Sorin Susnea represents the head of the Polish Consulate in Zurich in land restitution disputes with the national authorities. Other clients include Agrocov.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii’s ‘very well prepared and experienced’ team provides ‘clear, easy to follow, and straightforward’ advice on construction and shareholder disputes. The ‘dynamic’ Alin-Mihai Laurențiu is the key name.

Mitel & Asociatii handles real estate, commercial and energy disputes. Clients include Superlit Romania. Magda Dimaco-ordinates her team so as to achieve the best result for her clients’.

Niculeasa Law Firm’s key strength lies in handling tax litigation. Madalin Niculeasa assists the Royal House of Romania with tax annulment disputes pertaining to VAT on standing wood transactions.

ONV Law’s expertise includes employment, construction, medical negligence and insolvency disputes. Mihai Furtună and Mihai Voicu are notable practitioners.

Rădulescu & Muşoi Attorneys at Law’s team has ‘a proactive attitude’. The group is well known for representing banks in disputes as well as handling construction and administrative litigation. Roxana Mușoi is the key contact.

Sioufas & Colaboratorii has ‘great proficiency’ in handling litigation for banks and construction companies. Co-ordinating attorney Alexandra Ologu, ‘a bright, intuitive and remarkably prepared professional’, represents the Ministry of Public Finance in a tort liability dispute before the CDCA after two US citizens claimed to be the rightful heirs of the first cinematographic laboratory in Romania.

Stalfort Legal. Tax. Audit.’s ‘expertise is profound’. Mihail Macovei assists PCO Group with competition and employment litigation following the sales manager of the Romanian subsidiary enticing away customers in favour of a company owned by his wife. Counsel Daniel Burghelea is also recommended.

Sorin Stratula is the name to note at Stratula & Asociatii, which previously operated as Strătulă Mocanu & Asociaţii, for administrative, commercial and real estate litigation, among other areas.

Vernon | David’s ‘fast, effective and commercial’ team acts for clients in employment, tax and insolvency litigation, to name a few areas. Daniela David is ‘an exceptional lawyer’.

Vilau | Associates is noted for representing airports in construction and competition disputes. Dragos Vilau acts for Cluj International Airport in a dispute over alleged abuse of dominance.

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