Firms To Watch: Employment

Buzescu Ca has a 'responsive' employment team that 'always finds the best solution'. 'Client oriented' practice head Corina Papuzu is 'very good' with international projects.
Băncilă, Diaconu și Asociații SPRL was formerly Radu si Asociatii, and remains the legal arm of Ernst & Young. Managing associate Anca Atanasiu  has a good track record on employment law issues.

Firms in the Spotlight Employment

Mihai, Lucian si Asociatii

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The employment practice is coordinated by Ileana Lucian who has over 16 years of experience in the employment field, being a well-known lawyer in this area. Her professional activity started in 2003 within a Romanian top tier law firm, where she held the position of partner in the employment department for more than 4 years.

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Employment in Romania

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has an experienced team that offers the full suite of employment advice. The firm has good experience of contentious proceedings and handling sensitive issues such as company reorganisations and collective dismissals. Clients also appreciate the quality of the non-contentious side of the practice, which includes merger support, collective agreements, compliance and the provision of workshops. The ‘extremely professional‘ practice head Mihaela Bondoc has over 20 years’ experience advising on employment matters. Strong support is also provided by the highly-rated associate Daniela Gladunea, who is commended for her ‘client orientation and pragmatic approach‘.

Practice head(s):

Mihaela Bondoc

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Gladunea

Testimonials

‘Bondoc si Asociatii’s employment team has excellent capabilities, offering sound, pragmatic and innovative advice on a wide-ranging matters. The lawyers who make up Bondoc si Asociatii’s team are also very hard-working and handle sensitive cases with care.’

‘The extremely professional and well versed partner Mihaela Bondoc leads the team. Daniela Gladunea is efficient, reliable and also instills confidence.’

‘We especially appreciated the thoroughness in their work, the solution-oriented approach, the personalized and warm communication, their immense patience when facing logistical challenges.’

‘I appreciate their professionalism and knowledge. Always there for the client, even during the pandemic, they stayed closed to us and help us with advice on how to different options that we wanted to explore for the employment relationships with our employees. They organized as well workshops on employment matter for their clients, which I personally found very valuable.’

‘I recommend with all confidence the lawyer Daniela Gladunea. She has responsiveness, analytical skills, good research skills, speaking skills, and listening skills. Looks at any situation and analyzes it from all points of view.’

‘I work with Daniela Gladunea, on labour-related topics. I really like her customer orientation and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Profi Rom Food

BORGWARNER ROMANIA

Merck Sharp & Dohme Romania

Nolato Romania

Dynata Romania

Clubul Fermierilor Romani pentru Agricultura Performanta

Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG)

STEAG

EFD INDUCTION

Work highlights

  • Advised the energy producer STEAG GmbH, on the employment aspects of the sale of its participation in two companies, including the strategy and implementation of transaction bonuses and dismissal compensation to employees.
  • Advised the multinational industrial group Nolato Romania on the full range of employment matters including  Covid-19 related issues and related health and safety measures mandatory for employers during the state of alert declared in Romania.
  • Regular advice to Merck Sharp & Dohme Romania on the full range of employment issues.

DLA Piper Dinu SCA

DLA Piper Dinu SCA has firmly established itself as one of Romania’s top firms for contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The lawyers are praised for being ‘extremely professional, very knowledgeable of the local market and industry, but also on practices in other countries’. The firm’s international network is singled out as a major asset for multinational clients. Coupled with this is the on-the-ground and multi-faceted expertise provided by the Bucharest team. Practice head Monica Georgiadisis the best employment lawyer in the market with a remarkable ability to see the big picture‘. The ‘fantastic‘ counsel Andra Trantea brings ‘wonderful interpersonal skills, while counsel Elena Preotescu is ‘quick to respond’ and ‘always available’.

Practice head(s):

Monica Georgiadis

Other key lawyers:

Andra Trantea; Elena Preotescu

Testimonials

‘They are unique due to their quick responsiveness, their human touch on all advice given, personal interaction, their knowledge.’

‘Monica Georgiadis and Elena Preotescu are the most hands on and supportive legal partners I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They are hands-on, always checking for the right information, even suggesting better alternatives within the projects we’ve involved them in. They are quick to respond, always available, they have the personal touch that make the us comfortable we are in the right hands.’

‘The DLA Romania Team is very quick in replying, always being active and providing good help and advice. Attentive to details and good in understanding their client’s internal structure and needs.’

‘My main point of contact is Monica Georgiadis and we have a great relationship for many years so far, having worked on multiple cases and on different occasions. Always focused on the needed requirements and on providing quality results. I see her as a good partner when it comes to needing employment advise/help. Her team (mainly worked with Paula Boteanu and Andra Trantea) is comprised of highly trained professionals.’

‘They are extremely professional, very knowledgeable of the local market and industry, but also on practices in other countries. They answer promptly to our requests and are able to offer constructive solutions, many times with a pragmatic component which helps us making decisions. They show flexibility and are able to offer multiple solutions with calculated risk so you can choose from.’

‘They have a lot of expertise and partner with us in making decisions. They give a lot of insights on the market practice, not only the legislation. They are able to put things into context, have a broader view and involve cross-functional teams to offer complex solutions.’

‘Stands head and shoulders above other firms in the country. DLA’s advice is clear, pragmatic and they are very responsive. Always at the cutting edge of new law and finding solutions that work for a demanding, international audience.’

‘Monica Georgiadis and Andra Trantea are an excellent team. Monica leads the practice and is very easy to work with. Exceptionally responsive.’

‘DLA Piper has a strong commercial focus and they understand that the legal advice they provide is crucial to their clients’ business decisions. The lawyers have in-depth knowledge of international and local legal issues. The firm culture is hard-working, responsive, supportive and highly professional.’

‘Monica Georgiadis and Elena Preotescu – They were both assisting us this year and both of them are very prompt, concise, creative and able to think of reasonable solutions when problems and unique situations arise.’

‘Very professional and highly qualified team, always up-dated on legal changes, able to educate clients, solutions oriented and right and fast answers and opinions. Excellent user experience – friendly, open and highly available to address clients requests. Extremely rigorous in preparing the documents and studying the matter. Very comprehensive in describing the topic and risks mitigation, very structured and clear communication and documents presentation.’

‘Monica Georgiadis, Andra Trantea – very senior experts, extensive experience, excellent leadership abilities, very strong knowledge, inspire the highest professional standards in the client relationships. Daniela Calin, Elena Preotescu, Diana Nacuta – very committed, very prompt in answering, offer a through picture of the matter, invest time to explain and educate the client on the highly professional standards and direction. Very calm, open and alert to clients needs. This team is the best legal team i have worked during my 20 years of HR experience. I fully trust their opinion, and approach and we were very successful’

‘My experience with the Employment team is excellent. We have worked with Monica Georgiadis and Andra Trantea and are both very dedicated and extremely proactive in their advice showing a good understanding our business.’

‘Monica Georgiadis is the best employment lawyer in the market with a remarkable ability to see the big picture and finding the best solution for you. She is full time availability for legal support.’

‘Following elements I experienced as outstanding, while other elements (e.g. technology) where also all on a very good level: To summarize, the team was especially great on very “basic” elements, which are key factors for me as customer to receive the added-value from the engagement:

(1) A great business acumen, i.e. knowing our branch/sector on the geography very well, paired with very strong expertise in the respective practice (i.e. employment law Romania). Key element to act as connector between the two points and enable sound decision making.

(2) The collaborative approach of the team: truly putting first to support or goal as a customer, understanding well the goal we want to reach. A very good balance & right sense as to where alignment or exchange with the customer is required vs. preparing the discussions well to maximize the efficiency for me as customer in the engagement.

(3) Also outstanding was the clear distribution of Roles & Responsibilities. Beyond the Partner, there was an assigned SPOC that felt fully accountable for progressing our case to a successful outcome, who then pulled in required expertise in the background internally from DLA as needed. This basic but very important clarity in the team’s organization led to a very efficient exchange for us as customers and added true value.

(4) Accountability & reliability: even during vacation time and with some very short notice & time critical requests, the team always delivered as promised any work required, without the need for any reminders. Team as a whole seemed to feel very accountable to support reaching our goal as customer.

‘The advice is well structured and exactly what I am expecting from external legal counsel: A strong focus is put on offering the feasible avenues for solutions, together with pros/cons and/or associated risk profile of the option. (vs. spending unnecessary time to review avenues not worth exploring). The team constantly keeps our goal as customer in mind and puts the solution options also in the context of the wider industry / geography or other influencing factors (e.g. politically) where needed. Also very up-to-date on legislation and/or similar cases to support the proposed solutions. (Especially would like to mention here the Partner Monica Georgiadis and Counsel Andra Trantea).’

‘All lawyers I have been in contact with from DLA Piper were very professional, with great knowledge of the employment practice. They were always kind in explaining the general view, highlighting on the particularities relevant for our case and clarifying all questions or matter unclear to us as a client. Very attentive to protecting the client from a legal perspective.

‘Professional knowledge Labour law consultancy Consultancy in English no problem.’

‘Highly customer-oriented contact persons have asked questions beyond the actual order – legal issues considered which could effect other legal areas. Quick response to our inquiries / questions compared to other consultants’

‘Flexible, responsive and subject matter experts.’

‘Monica G, Andra continue to remain valuable partners for us. We treat them as an extended part of our organisation.’

‘The DLA team is the most professional legal team I have worked with. We are collaborating mainly on labor law matters: what has always impressed me is their ability to understand the specifics of our industry & company and customized their advise based on our needs and what can be implemented. During the time I’ve started to see the collaboration with them more like a collaboration with an internal legal department then with a vendor, not only due to their highly knowledge of our way of working, but also due to their openness and interpersonal skills, making me feel like talking to my colleagues.’

‘I have worked a lot with Andra in the last years. She is fantastic:) She always has an answer ready for our concerns, plus her wonderful interpersonal skills. I truly appreciate that every time she comes prepared in a meeting, with clear comments or aspects to clarify. I like that no matter when I am calling her, if not possible to answer, she always reply or call me back. I am always impressed on how well she understands our way of working and manages to provide solutions that can be implemented. Compared with other legal vendors that I worked with, DLA pays attention to our needs and come on time with its input; moreover, I don’t need to correct any documents that I receive from DLA – the accuracy level is perfect.’

Key clients

Adobe Systems

Discovery

Finastra

Honeywell

Marvell Semiconductors

Pfizer

Viavi Solutions

Wipro Technologies

Wizz Air

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Work highlights

  • Adviser to the entire Honeywell group on its Romanian employment challenges and projects, including industrial relations.
  • Advising Marvell on its entry into the Romanian market, following its Inphi acquisition – and advising on all employment aspects of the post-acquisition integration phase.
  • Advising Wizz Air on its Romanian employment issues, including employment related disputes in front of various authorities, especially in the context of the aviation sector being severely affected by the pandemic.

Filip & Company

Filip & Company has a ‘customer oriented, proactive and well trainedemployment team that is noted for its ‘excellent business perspective‘. The dedicated practice handles the full range of contentious and advisory issues. Major domestic and international corporates regularly use the firm on high-end projects, including employment issues linked to M&A and company reorganisations. This includes support on collective agreements, share schemes, as well as, when things go wrong, collective and executive-level dismissals. Practice head Ioan Dumitrascu  is praised for being ‘solution-oriented, open, transparent and spot on‘. He is backed by a team of ‘talented lawyers‘, including the ‘very client oriented‘ senior associate Cristina Tudoran.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitraşcu

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Tudoran; Razvan Ionescu

Testimonials

‘Timely, sensible solutions enabling the right decisions on our side. Adapting schedules and communication channels to the matter in discussion and the environment.’

‘Ioan Dumitrascu and Cristina Tudoran are such reliable partners, always up to date and accurate and, most precious, forward thinking, helping us to tackle future challenges and prepare to respond.’

‘Filip & Company introduced this year a news letter called Employment essentials – a useful guide containing the legal updates. Filip & Company provides high level advice and consultancy, in a timely and proficiency manner.’

‘I am working close with Cristina Tudoran and Ioan Dumitrascu, and beside their professionalism I appreciate the fact that they always react in a timely manner to our needs/ requests.’

‘I find it very easy to interact with the team, they show perfect understanding and promptness. The results I expected have been commensurate.The ratio of quality of service versus fees paid is best.’

‘The team is customer oriented, proactive and well trained’

‘The professionalism and involvement’

‘This firm has some very talented lawyers, and it is always a pleasure working with them and debating topics with them. We sometimes work for common clients, otherwise we resort to their legal advice. They have very good communication skills, are responsive and do their best to understand the entire context of a client so that the legal advice is customized and practical for reaching the intended objectives. They also have an excellent business perspective, which is one of the main differentiators. All in all, Filip & Company team provides a very good combination of value for money, high quality services and responsiveness.’

‘We resort to Ioan Dumitrascu (partner) on commercial law and employment matters. He’s responsive, understands the business, business oriented, solution-oriented, open, transparent and spot on. Alex Birsan (partner) is in charge with coordinating the M&A practice and he is one of the most experienced lawyers in this field. Monica Statescu (partner) has a very good command of matters related to companies’ law and lots of experience in this field, providing practical solutions. Alina Stancu Birsan (partner) and Alexandra Manciulea are an excellent professional on matters related to financing markets and banking industry. They are able to solve intricate issues. Cristina Tudoran (senior associate) has excellent customer skills. She is always responsive and has a friendly approach. She has a very good legal knowledge and can answer questions with clear examples and spot-on law texts.’

‘Very professional, fast in replies and imaginative!’

‘Very client oriented – Cristina Tudoran’

‘Professionalism, availability, trustworthiness, ability to consider the full picture of the business and adapt the legal advice in the best interest of the client.’

‘Being always there when the client needed them and offering the legal advice in an easy to implement manner.’

 

Key clients

PANDORA

L’Oréal

Zentiva S.A.

ARCTIC

KEYSIGHT (former IXIA)

The Versapak Group

Remarkt Magazine (former Real Hyper Magazine)

British American Shared Services

Solacium Pharma SRL

Europe Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd

The Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF)

Bristol Logistics SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted  Zentiva on all employment issues linked to the acquisitions of Solacium Pharma, Alvogen Romania and Labormed.
  • Ongoing advice to British American Shared Services (Europe) on various employment related issues, including employee relationships, reviewing internal policies, and tailored advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Vodafone on the implementation of various HR processes, policies and reorganizations undertaken within various entities of Vodafone Group

Magda Volonciu and Associates

Magda Volonciu and Associates is a top employment boutique that comes highly recommended by clients and peers alike. The firm has a good track record on contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and is regularly instructed by some of Romania’s largest employers. This includes major clients in the energy, transport and food and drinks sectors. Clients commend the ‘seamless cooperation, client oriented attitude and no arrogance in the way they treat each case’. Key team members include managing partner Magda Volonciu and Corina Radu, both ‘outstanding professionals, very prompt, knowledgeable, thorough and adept in grasping the nuances of situations and coming up swiftly with solutions‘. Maria Dobre is also highly active on the litigation side.

Practice head(s):

Magda Volonciu

Other key lawyers:

Maria Dobre; Corina Radu

Testimonials

‘The entire team has in depth business knowledge and understanding which is always helping us to choose the best solution not only looking from the legal perspective. Seamless cooperation, client oriented attitude and no arrogance in the way they treat each case. Billings are always correct most of the time in the favor of the client. It’s always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Magda Volonciu – very strong negotiation skills, huge business exposure, solid industry and market knowledge which always allows her to analyze a case both wearing lawyer’s hat and client’s hat.’

‘This is a very professional practice with huge expertise and very strong technical know-how. They have built a very strong reputation among corporations for their ability to deal with any complex case, from major CLA negotiations and conflicts to individual problematic situations.’

‘I worked with both  Magda Volonciu and Corina Radu and both are outstanding professionals, very prompt, knowledgeable, thorough and adept in grasping the nuances of situations and coming up swiftly with solutions.’

 

Key clients

OMV PETROM GROUP

DAMEN SHIPYARDS

CNTAR TAROM

DP WORLD ROMANIA (CSCT)

EXPERT PETROLEUM

MAZARINE ENERGY ROMANIA

TUBORG BREWERIES ROMANIA

BLUE AIR

CHIMPEX (AMEROPA GROUP)

CONCORDIA ASSOCIATION

Work highlights

  • Advising the OMV Petrom Group on collective negotiations for new Collective Employment Agreements.
  • Representing OMV Petrom in an employment litigation involving overtime claims by the employees working on offshore platforms (both individual and collective claims) with a potential financial risk of over €2 million.
  • Defending a company against a claim brought by a union leader claiming discrimination over his involvement in union activity and a medical condition.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has a ‘very accessible team, always ready and willing to discuss, help and offer a variety of solutions‘. The practice, which covers contentious and non-contentious issues, is praised for its integrated approach, where it ‘truly feels like you’re working with a teammate rather than with an external counsel‘. In addition to day-to-day matters, the firm assisted clients on a variety of sensitive projects, including the integration of an M&A deal in the telecoms sector, a collective redundancy process involving over 400 employees, as well as several high profile disciplinary-related dismissals. The ‘exceptional‘ partner Roxana Abrasu   leads the team with strong support from the highly-rated managing associate Gabriela Dinu.

Practice head(s):

Roxana Abrasu

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Dinu

Testimonials

‘I appreciated their ability to meet all of our demands with great agility and quality. All the lawyers I worked with, from partner to associate, were very knowledgeable and committed to the successful resolution of the matters.’

‘Roxana Abrasu is our primary point of contact for employment matters and it is my impression that she leads a highly functional team. Roxana is a dedicated lawyer, interested in understanding our needs. She impresses by being always available to discuss, not only providing a narration on what is not feasible from a legal point of view. The fact that she is a very pleasant person, also boots our professional relationship.’

‘Very good knowledge not only of the legislation, but also the practice. They provide all possible scenarios, most of the time with examples, for us to make the best choice for us (what we consider or not acceptable risks).’

‘Friendly approach, presenting the situation in logical manner – for non-legal staff to fully understand (the big picture).’

‘The associates which are brought on board to work with us are also pre-trained by the partners and get the job done. What is also important, they are all very open, friendly and great in terms of communication skills.’

‘We appreciate working with the partner of NNDKP (Roxana) and associate (Teodora). I consider them both among the top specialists in Romania. I appreciate that they are always available to me when I need them.’

‘The employment legal team work together in a collaborative way with us, looking at resolutions for the issues which arise in the business and building a partnership with the the in-house lawyers they assist.’

‘Gabriela Dinu does an impressive job in helping us focus on the key aspects to get practical solutions to complex legal matters.’

‘A very accessible team, always ready and willing to discuss, help and offer a variety of solutions. Our collaboration was mostly on employment matters that we faced within our company but also on legislation changes and enforcement guidelines. Our questions have always been answered in a very professional way, in a prompt manner, with the best guidance on the most suitable solution for the company. Besides the individual cases treated with the highest professionalism, what makes this collaboration even more outstanding and remarkable are the ‘free of charge’ webinars where topics of great interest are debated. We can prevent many issues by learning from these webinars.’

‘The whole employment team is excellent but Roxana Abrasu is exceptional and the one we are working on most of our case. She is able to see the wider picture and has the ability to convey complex information in a way that we as clients can understand. Roxana is knowledgeable, very client centered, always insightful and always offering practical solutions to complex problems.’

‘Structured and professional approach.’

‘Knowledgeable and very prompt.’

‘The team is very capable and knowledgeable. I’ve chosen them to work with because of their practical approach and capability to work with the client to find the best option. They easily understood our business context and strategy and tailored their advice based on it. Their availability is a plus. It truly feels like you’re working with a teammate rather than with an external counsel.’

‘I’ve worked with Roxana Abrasu and Marius Ezer on a sensitive confidential litigation that is still ongoing. I really appreciated their efforts to understand how we work, our internal processes and our strategy in order to provide us with the best advice and strategy for the litigation. They are very knowledgeable in their field, client-oriented and it is a pleasure working with them.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a sensitive employee integration project following the acquisition of a well-known market telecom IT department.
  • Advised a client with the implementation of several collective dismissal redundancy proceedings affecting more than 400 employees.
  • Advised a client on the implementation of several disciplinary termination proceedings.

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a dedicated team of lawyers with an impressive track record on strategic and day-to-day employment issues. Partner Serban Pâslaru leads the team and has spent nearly 20 years assisting major domestic companies and multinationals on collective and individual dismissals and bargaining negotiations with unions. The practice regularly assists with business transfers, M&A matters and company reorganisations. In addition to non-contentious advice, clients also have access to the firm’s market-leading litigators, many of which are extremely well-versed in employment disputes. Managing associate Mihai Anghel is also highly experienced.

Practice head(s):

Serban Paslaru

Other key lawyers:

Mihai Anghel

Key clients

Vodafone Romania

Microsoft Romania

Carrefour Romania

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Telekom Romania

Ericsson Telecommunications Romania

Cameron Romania

Alstom Transport Romania

Expur

TenarisSilcotub

McDonalds

Merck Sharp Dohme

Contitech Thermopol Romania, part of Continental AG

Ericsson Antenna Technology Romania

Generali Romania Asigurare-Reasigurare

McDonalds (Premier Restaurants)

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Telekom Romania in connection with a complex series of compliance investigations and remedies.
  • Assistance to Carrefour Romania on various labour issues linked to COVID 19, including its work from home regime, health and safety programs dedicated to vulnerable categories of employees, and remuneration and incentive schemes for exposed employees.
  • Assistance to Contitech Thermopol Romania, part of Continental AG, in relation to a broad range of labour/employment matters concerning a complex restructuring project.

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica offers a diverse range of expertise, from advice on employee-benefit plans, collective bargaining negotiations, and training, through to more contentious issues arising from senior-level dismissals and collective redundancies. The firm’s strong links to the technology sector also gives it an edge on outsourcing mandates, as well as benefits packages for start-ups and related tax structuring for venture capital investments. Clients are quick to praise the ‘dedicated team, which is highly flexible and responsive to clients’ needs‘. Practice head Anca Grigorescu  and highly rated managing associate Cristina Randjakalways offer exceptional service and prompt responses‘.

Practice head(s):

Anca Grigorescu

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Randjak

Testimonials

‘Exceptional knowledge of the labour practice in Romania. Great people. Great team work.’

‘I had a great collaboration with the firm. I would like to highlight the exceptional leadership and negotiation skills for Anca Grigorescu and labour practice and case management skills for Cristina Randjak and Serban Dumitrescu.’

‘bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA was a strategic partner to our company from early days as we were looking to open offices in Romania. They supported the business opening and helped tremendously the legal team in the US understand European and Romanian requirements for different requests. This is what makes bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA an amazing partner: the expertise level they have on all areas of legal implications and the capacity they have to answer any legal challenges. ’

‘What I have appreciated during the entire collaboration with the partners from bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA is the level of expertise each member has together with the promptitude they answer any issue that is raised. ’

‘We are working with them for many years. Dedicated team, which is highly flexible and responsive to clients’ needs. They always explore new avenues, arguments and ideas to achieve the desired result for our issues. They are well prepared, always displaying extensive knowledge, a creative thinking team with great problem-solving skills. Together with them we have prevailed in very hard battles over complex cases.’

‘Anca Grigorescu and Cristina Randjak always offer exceptional service and prompt responses. Anca is a very good coordinator and highly resourceful regardless of the level of complexity. She is quick, sharp and flexible, and that is very important for us. Cristina’s pragmatism is beyond anything we have experienced with other employment lawyers in the country or anywhere else. Working with them gives us the comfort that we have the best legal resources on our side when it matters the most.’

 

Key clients

Draper Espirit

Iamsat Muntenia

Pro Tv

MassMutual

Money Gram

Zedra Group Services Limited

Klingspor

Infineon

Kulzer Dental

Cargus

Euler Hermes

Hornbach

Work highlights

  • Advised the venture capital fund Draper Esprit in connection with its Series B lead investment in FintechOS, including a complex due diligence analysis of the relevant employment matters and the Romanian law agreements in place between the founders and the group.
  • Advised Pfizer regarding the transfer of some Pfizer Romania employees to a new global pharmaceutical company, as a result of a group reorganization and business transfer.
  • Advised ING Bank on various contentious and non-contentious employment-related issues.

CMS

CMS is a good source of domestic and regional support on the full range of contentious and advisory employment matters. The firm represents an impressive group of international clients who highly rate the ‘very personable, trustworthy and credible‘ team. Recent mandates have included employment advice on Romanian business launches, collective bargaining negotiations and the dismissal of senior executives. Key members of the team include highly experienced disputes partner Horia Draghici who has a good track record on contentious matters. On the advisory side, senior counsel Cristina Popescu and her team are of ‘amazing, practical and efficient support on employment legal matters‘.

Practice head(s):

Horia Draghici; Cristina Popescu; Ruxandra Georgescu

Testimonials

‘Hugely knowledgeable about Romanian employment law, outsourcing and previous precedents.’

‘Brilliant pragmatism, thinking of new ways to support the complex situation we found ourselves in. Very personable, trustworthy and credible.’

‘Cristina Popescu (CMS Romania) and her local team have been of amazing, practical and efficient support on employment legal matters. If you are looking for someone to support you in a country that you do not know, Cristina is of a great support’

 

Kinstellar

Kinstellar has a ‘highly competent‘ employment team, ‘covering a wide range of connected topics,’ and ‘always responding in a timely an professional manner’. In addition to providing strong support to the active corporate team, including on M&A, business launches and company reorganisations, the practice is also highly active on the litigation front. Disputes head Remus Codreanu leads the practice with support from senior associate Mădălina Anghenie. The team has recently been involved in several collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of international clients, who benefit from the firm’s integrated network of offices throughout Eastern Europe.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Other key lawyers:

Mădălina Anghenie

Testimonials

‘All team members are good at what really demanded / asked for and replies on time to the point. Whenever a team member is not available, they are coordinating one another in order to support on time.’

‘Detailed know-how sharing and easy communication style which makes us understand the legal language. Also in order to support us on time, their capability to use different communication channels.’

‘Good knowledge of local laws and regulations.’

‘Highly responsive to the matter at hand. Mădălina Anghenie is a highly trained lawyer.’

‘Highly competent team, covering a wide range of connected topics, always responding in a timely and professional manner.’

‘My collaboration was mainly on labour law, the consultant has always provided a full context answer and documents, highlighting any issues that might come up, risks and mitigation actions.’

Key clients

Maersk Romania

Maersk Tankers

Temenos Romania

DURA Automotive Romania

Imerys Aluminates GmbH

Visteon Electronics Romania

MasterCard

HCL Technologies

AECOM Engineers

Global Upside

Global PEO Services

Nexans Romania

Inteva Closures

Inaba-Foods (Europe) GmbH

European Energy A/S

Microsoft

Wayfair

Can-Pack

Gitlab Inc.

Farben

Arista Networks

Insulet Corporation

AMEC Operations

Work highlights

  • Advised a subsidiary of the automotive products company, Inteva Products, on a wide range of employment matters in Romania including the revision of all internal employment policies, negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, and the implementation of a new employment agreement for key employees.
  • Advised HCL Technologies Romania, an Indian multinational IT company, on various day-to-day matters such as staff hiring, dismissal procedures and employment termination, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, internal regulation and other internal policies, and issues generated by the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Representing the Romanian subsidiary of Temenos, a multinational company specialising in enterprise software for banks and financial services, in a dispute with a former employee.

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & AsociatiiComparative Guides promotional icon is a popular destination for several of the country’s largest employers, including Google and Amazon. The lawyers are commended for their ‘in depth knowledge of the legal and social environment in Romania‘. Advice ranges from day-to-day matters through to collective dismissals and bargaining negotiations, as well as support on M&A and company reorganisations. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘customized approach‘ and its lawyers’ ‘availability to support in a lot of tasks in the complicated context of the pandemic’. Key team members include practice head Mihai Popa  and senior associates Simona Anton and Dragoș Lungu.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Popa

Other key lawyers:

Simona Anton; Dragoș Lungu

Testimonials

‘People in this company are very valuable and they act in a professional manner with the clients. I always feel respected, promptly replied to and very satisfied with the result.’

‘Knowledge, customized approach to clients, very good understanding of pharma market’

‘In depth knowledge of the legal and social environment in Romania.’

‘The competence of the overall team is great and the availability to support in a lot of tasks in the complicated context of the pandemic has been really appreciated.’

 

Key clients

Amazon

Google

Micro Focus

Gilead Sciences

Gefco

Electrolux

Magneti Marelli

Wilo

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

CAF Sisteme Feroviare

Ford Motor Company

Europharm Holding

Parexel

Genesis Pharma

Krka

Cerner

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google in connection with all employment matters regarding its acquisition of Fitbit.
  • Assisted Amazon in relation to a complex transfer of employees as well as a variety of labour-related matters, including health and safety and customised solutions for teleworking.
  • Advising Gilead, a pharmaceutical company, in connection with all employment matters regarding the takeover of certain business lines from local companies.

Noerr

Noerr represents major employers from across a broad range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare and IT. The practice is well-versed in contentious and advisory matters and has been involved in several significant collective bargaining negotiations and company reorganisations in the past year. The team is particularly experienced in providing employment support on strategic cross-border mandates, including M&A deals and company exits from Romania. Senior associate Mircea-Catalin Roman is the main point of contact. Litigation partner Alexandru Ene  also has an active practice in this area.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Ene; Mircea-Catalin Roman

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

Samsung Electronics Romania

Pringles International Operations (Kellogg Group)

Stada Group

Accord Healthcare

Grawe Romania Asigurare

Harman International Industries

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction

Kik Textilien and Non-Food

USP Romania

Work highlights

  • Advising Accord Healthcare on various employment matters including the implementation of legal measures regarding social contributions.
  • Advising Bristol-Myers Squibb on collective bargaining negotiations, internal regulations and group policies.
  • Assisting Harman with collective bargaining negotiations, disciplinary procedures, and obtaining work permits for non-EU employees.  

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii provides ‘strong support and commitment‘ on the full spectrum of employment matters. The team handles day-to-day consultancy issues through to related tax, health and safety, data protection and work-related white-collar crime. Recently the team advised on several high profile collective redundancy procedures. The firm’s active corporate team also ensures a regular flow of strategic employment support on M&A deals and company reorganisations. Partner Vlad Neacșu  co-heads the team alongside the ‘very thorough and patient‘ managing associate Ioana Cazacu. Senior partners such as Florian Nițu   also bring their ‘outstanding experienceto larger mandates.

Practice head(s):

Vlad Neacşu; Ioana Cazacu

Testimonials

‘In the pandemic environment of the past year PNS & A provided personal legal advice at the highest standards not only on labour and employment; with most of the employees working from home we were advised also on data protection and data security issues. Their experience expertly applied was the key in our company’s reorganization process. The virtual meeting technology used was flawless, no barrier in communication; we could feel the team’s strong support and commitment. And this was unparalleled.’

‘Our main contact is Florian Nitu. Besides the profound knowledge in all areas and his outstanding experience what makes Florian unique is his special feeling for the client concerns and his strong commitment.’

‘Individual treatment, very thorough investigation of background.’

‘Ioana Cazacu – very thorough and patient.’

 

Key clients

Akzo Nobel

Auchan & Leroy Merlin

Enea

Eurofins

Ferro

Ipsos Interactive Services

Marsh Romania

Medtronic

Orange France

SAP Romania

Schlumberger

SGS Romania

Ubisoft

UPS Romania

voestalpine

Xella

Work highlights

  • Advised Orange Group on all employment issues linked to its acquisition of a 54% controlling stake in Telekom Romania Communication, one of Romania’s leading fixed telecom operators with hundreds of local employees.
  • Assisted Ferro Romania in the implementation of a collective redundancy procedure, providing regulatory and compliance assistance and support in drafting all required documentation.
  • Assisted SAP in the amicable departure of its country manager/executive director, including the documentation required from his leaving the board of directors.

Reff & Associates SCA

Reff & Associates SCA is well positioned to provide strong support on domestic and cross-border employment issues. The ‘proactive‘ lawyers are ‘always coming up with solutions‘ and bring a ‘high standard of professional knowledge and reliability‘. The team is well versed in collective bargaining negotiations with unions, as well as collective and individual redundancy procedures. On the advisory side, it also has good experience assisting with international employment strategies and transactional related integrations and reorganisations. Practice head Florentina Munteanu has over 18 years’ experience in the market. Managing associate Gabriela Ilie is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Florentina Munteanu

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Ilie

Testimonials

‘Personally I find working with Reff Team very easy and productive. What I mean by that is that they manage to translate the laws and regulation into an understandable language for people who are not accustomed with the legal terms. This makes our meetings and calls very efficient. Other aspects of our collaboration are in regards to the close contact that they keep with us, proactive behaviors when it comes to new rules and regulations and very good knowledge of our business. I can’t name a call in which I have felt that the Reff Team was distracted or it wasn’t 100% there to listen to what we are saying. Their advice on different matters was well thought and articulated often bringing us perspectives or impacts that we haven’t foreseen. Finally, collaborating with other legal partners as well, I can say that the prices are lower and often the advice received is more carefully drafted. Not to say that from the legal stand point other companies has advised otherwise but the answers were more easy to follow and broader.’

‘I will name two people with whom I’ve been working closely from Reff. I am referring in here to Ana Maria Vlasceanu and Ilie Anca Gabriela. We’ve looked for advice from their behalf on the following topics: Updating Internal Regulation, disciplinary actions (harassments, discriminations or work conflicts), Covid-19, GDPR, as well as for regulations in regards to external work force. I’ll describe the work relation as very candid with swift replies and elaborated answers. Rarely, if for some reasons they couldn’t answer due to unavailability, they quickly redirect us to another colleague keeping us in the loop. Last but not least I will describe the collaboration with them as being very close, fast and suited to our needs.’

‘Our overall impression is that they are the ones to work it. We are very pleased about how prompt they reply to all our requests, providing us a detailed and well documented answer.’

‘Pro-active, always coming up with solutions and build strategy together with us. Florentina Munteanu and Gabriela Ilie are the lawyers worked together with us.’

‘It is extremely complicated to keep track of the various regulations and changes in every country. Our legal team from Reff & Associates however is the perfect partner in this situation, because with everything they do, they think ahead and consider context. Thus they always approach me proactively if they see any kind of potential problem coming my way. Add that to their high standard of professional knowledge and reliability and you have the perfect legal partner.’

‘I have worked with the entire team and appreciate all of them equally.’

Key clients

IKEA Romania

AVON Cosmetics Romania

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Stanley Black & Decker Romania

Sisecam Automotive Romania

SES Services Romania

Roquet Eastern Europe

Logicom Information Technology Distribution

Team Montage

Betfair Development

Green Tree Marketing

Work highlights

  • Assisted a multinational manufacturer in negotiating a benefits package with the trade union.
  • Assisted a major multinational in a major restructuring process involving mostly white-collar employees.
  • Assisted a major international company with a group restructuring for a particular business stream, including related employee transfers.

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA

RTPR | Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA has a highly-rated employment team that is praised for its ‘strong communication skills,’ and being ‘always easy to get along with, highly adaptable, proactive and focused on results‘. The team is led by the ‘exceptional‘ and ‘very reliableAlina Stăvaru  who divides her time between employment law and the firm’s top tier corporate practice. She is backed by an experienced team, including managing associate Diana Dimitriu  and ‘very determined‘ associate Cezara Urzica, who is commended for her ‘problem solving attitude‘. The firm has strong credentials on complex cross-border labour issues, and has been involved in several high profile senior executive dismissals, collective bargaining negotiations, and large-scale management incentive schemes.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stavaru

Testimonials

‘Alina Stăvaru is a partner in RTPR and head of the employment department. Alina was our contact persons for some projects involving labour law matters, but not only. She is also involved in M&A and various corporate projects. Alina is a very reliable person, always efficient, flexible, who keeps deadlines and a very good negotiator. She is always capable to handle conflicts and to find the optimal and most efficient solutions for her customers. As for employment law matters, Alina is the best person to recommend.’

‘Strong communication skills, always easy to get along with, highly adaptable, proactive and focused on results. Impressive experience in the legal domain that has proven to be extremely valuable and very helpful. I enjoyed working with RTPR employment team and I admire their client orientation mindset, so I highly recommend them.’

‘Alina Stavaru quickly and effectively identifies the client’s needs, proposing pragmatic solutions. She is very precise, reliable, diligent, very responsive and analytical on any matter / assignment we have worked on together. Also, she has outstanding technical legal skills and provides exceptional advice. Cezara Urzica provided us with quick, extremely well documented and sustainable legal advice. She is very determined, with a high sense of responsibility, is focused on details without losing the strategic overview of the projects and has a problem solving attitude. Also, she copes very well with changes and adapts easily to new situations.’

‘The RTPR team, and Alina Stavaru in particular, are incredibly responsive with high quality work. They worked incredibly quickly, and coordinated with our US counsel well. They provided accurate estimates, and took on slight overage charges as a sign of good faith. They worked with our file sharing system, and I have zero complaints.’

‘Alina Stavaru has been exceptional. She has responded immediately to all notes, has been willing to schedule meetings within 24 hours, and during those calls she is incredibly efficient and empathetic. It’s been a pleasure working with her and the whole team.’

Key clients

British American Shared Services (part of British American Tobacco group)

Wienerberger

Innova Capital

123 FormBuilder

Wyelands Capital, part of GFG Alliance (Liberty House Group)

Noriel

Jump International Trading

Ezugi and Evolution Gaming

MIRA (Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Estate Assets)

Ursus Breweries

Work highlights

  • Advised British American Shared Services (part of the British American Tobacco group) on all employment matters, including the management of the COVID-19 related issues
  • Advised Wienerberger in relation to sensitive dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and relationship with the trade unions, including the management of the COVID-19 related issues
  • Advised Innova Capital in relation to a management incentivisation plan in one of its portfolio companies in Romania

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA‘s ‘experienced, proficient and prompt‘ team is ‘a very good option for employment general advisory, termination and litigation‘. Clients include major international employers with a significant Romanian and regional footprint. M&A, business transfers and company reorganisations are a mainstay of the practice, which also has good expertise in international employee postings, and collective negotiations with unions. Recently the firm was also involved in several sensitive collective redundancy procedures. The ‘responsive and efficientpractice head Mara Moga-Paler is commended for her ‘practical solutions, very business oriented approach ‘, and outstanding client service‘.

Practice head(s):

Mara Moga-Paler

Testimonials

‘I’m working with Schoenherr on human resources legal aspects. The team is proactive always informing about legal changes, prompt in answering my questions/issues.’

‘I work closely with Mara Moga several years now. She is always informed about changes, always meets deadlines, her advice is always accurate and complete, solution driven, client oriented. I have a very good collaboration with her’

‘Schoenherr Romania is one of the largest law firms in Romania, part of a leading regional firm in the CEE. They provide full-service advice and their advice is delivered at international level. They have a strong capital markets team, among the best in the local market. They also have a strong employment team.’

‘Mara Moga-Paler in employment. Knowledgeable, excellent legal advice, responsive and efficient. Practical solutions, very business oriented approach. Outstanding client service. I want to mention Cristina Tudoras – rising star in the Schoenherr team.’

‘Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA’s employment team is experienced, proficient and prompt. It is a very good option for employment general advisory, termination and litigation.’

‘Mara Moga-Paler leads the services delivered by Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA to us on employment matters. She also runs the firm’s employment team and is very good at what she does. We trust Mrs. Moga-Paler’s advice and are comfortable with following the solutions she suggests for even the most intricate employment issues.’

‘The employment team at Schoenherr is very good. Experienced lawyers, varied projects, international approach, good value-for-money ratio. Their lawyers have helped us with both sensitive and day-to-day employment matters. And their attention to detail and to the end-solution has always been of the highest level.’

‘We work with Mara Moga-Paler on labour law projects and we feel at ease with her advice. She is a talented employment lawyer. She knows the legislation very well and is experienced in applying it to various practical business scenarios. She is very empathetic and understands where her legal solution fits in the wider business goals of the company that she assists.’

‘The law firm excels in excellent communication with clients. For each request, we always receive a confirmation of its receipt and the date of expected fulfillment. In response to our requests, we always get what we expect. Very important and valued on our part is also a practical element that the law firm does not neglect in our requirements.’

‘As mentioned above, individuals also excel in great communication. They are always very helpful to us as clients and always meet our requirements within the deadline we require. If there is any obstacle in the reaction to our request, we always know about it in advance. From every cooperation I feel their willingness to help us. The professionalism of their work is indisputable.’

‘Schoenherr is a reputed brand in Romania, one of the top law firms in the country. They have a skilled employment team which provides hands-on top-notch legal advice. I find their team to be very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘From my work experience with Mara Moga-Paler, I can describe her as an excellent employment lawyer, with vast expertise. She is very detail-oriented and generally focused on practical solutions.’

Work highlights

  • Advising one of Romania’s major employers on various employment matters connected with the group’s business activity.
  • Advised a financial institution on employment issues linked to the restructuring of one of its business units in Romania.
  • Advised a major professional services company on general employment advice regarding the posting of employees to Romania.

STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit.

STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. has an ‘extremely helpful, thorough and swiftpractice that is particularly popular with German-speaking companies. The  practice covers the full range of employment matters including internal compliance procedures, litigation, collective negotiations and redundancies, and assistance with M&A and company reorganisations. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and service-minded’ managing partner Christian Weident leads the team and is commended for his ‘interdisciplinary, business-oriented approach and a very good overall knowledge‘. The ‘very dedicated and experienced‘ associate Laura Neacsu  is also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Christian Weident

Testimonials

‘For me as a customer, the team of Stalfort works as one. They are all professional and coordinate very well, which helps me as a customer not having to “coordinate” myself, but basically have one clear communication channel with the team coordinating internally.’

‘The lawyers at Stalfort are some of the most easy accessible. They respond quickly and give you the feeling, that they are there for you. They are all highly professional, make a very competent impression, are always friendly and reliable in terms of quality and timeliness of the results.’

‘STALFORT responds your needs by analyzing rather then providing a standard package service. They listen to you and frame the service according to your need. The response time is also excellent. We are very much pleased.’

‘Response time, proper guidance-consultancy, expertise, professionalism.’

‘Stalfort Legal.Tax.Audit has been our partner for any kind of question or problem regarding the rights and duties of our employees. Stalfort Legal.Tax.Audit has been extremely helpful, thorough and swift in answering all our queries. We received very comprehensive answers, that took all of the history of our company into consideration.’

‘Christian Weident is extremely knowledgeable and service-minded. We receive very profoundly researched answers to our queries in a very short time. We are always given the right conclusions and suggestions of the path to follow. Mr. Weident has a very good recollection of the history of cases and always takes this into consideration. He is always available, and if not, sees to it that nonetheless answers are speedily delivered. We thoroughly enjoy employing the services of Mr. Weident.’

‘Professional Team, very dedicated to find unique solutions to each client.’

‘Involved in finding customized solutions for each client.’

‘All STALFORT lawyers we work with have a very good knowledge of the legal aspects they handle. We particularly appreciate their practical approach, which is always oriented towards finding solutions (i.e. not limited to merely detecting problems). As we have been collaborating for many years with an unchanged team, they also have a good knowledge of our industry and our needs. We are especially pleased by the intercultural abilities, the availability of the lawyers and their reaction time.’

‘Christian Weident has an interdisciplinary, business- oriented approach and a very good overall knowledge. He always sees the “big picture”. We appreciate his language skills (German, Romanian, and English) and his straightforward way of explaining issues. Despite being a managing partner, we could always reach him personally on short notice. Laura Neacsu is a very dedicated and experienced lawyer with a profound knowledge of the energy legislation. She is also very well connected and practice- oriented. With her support, we were able to introduce innovative technology in a way which had not been used before, despite unclear legislation.’

‘We worked with the team fully remotely during COVID pandemic and felt all the time safe and confident with our topics. In normal times we’d have met personal but it was impressive that we could manage all our issues even without one meeting live.’

‘We need professional, quick and easy to handle legal support. We got what we needed in this way and didn’t lose time with complicated procedures and explanations. The straight approach and answers supported our working style a lot and made it quite comfortable for us to handle our legal issues.’

‘Excellent language skills, good collaboration.’

‘Very quick and competent staff; regular full information and feedback.’

‘Very friendly and engaged people always helpful; competent and professional.’

‘The law firm works very quickly and reliably. The promised dates and deadlines are met and the work content is always fulfilled in the sense of the client. The dialogue with the law firm works smoothly (also multilingual) and securely.’

‘A clear understanding of the issues of the client, which is grasped quickly and fundamentally. The work order is then worked out both legally compliant and in the best interest of the client.’

‘The team works well and effectively together.’

‘We like the fact that we have a clearly structured team of permanent contact people. All contact people answer our questions quickly  and are extremely polite and patient with us. When it comes to basic things, Mr. Weident explains them to us very engaged and sympathetic in German.’

‘The warm and honest approach, clients feel save, fair and competently treated. This is a practice without ‘show’, without ‘prancing’, but down to earth and rock solid advice.’

‘Christian Weident, lawyer, has German and Romanian as mother tongues, and was part of the team advising the Romanian Government in labour code issues. He is therefore up-to-date with labour code topics and ‘foresees’ eventual changes.’

 

Key clients

Plast Vision SRL

tesa Tape SRL

Saxonia Edelmetalle

JAF Group (J&A Frischeis)

Marquardt GmbH

Seven Arx (Dr. Bock Industries group)

Ready Garment Technologies (Dr. Bock Industries group)

Modelleisenbahn GmbH

HARTING Group

Dürkopp Adler GmbH

Kraftanlagen Group (Kraftanlagen München/ Kraftanlagen Romania)

Hermes Schleifmittel

DALLI Group

Rohrer Group

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Austrian Commercial Counsellor (Economic Department of the Austrian Embassy)

Goethe Institute

MEA Metal Applications

Megmeet GmbH

LACON Electronics

Doduco Contacts

Work highlights

  • Performed the entire collective redundancy procedure for Plast Vision linked to the closure of a Romanian factory.
  • Advised tesa group on contract terminations and modifications required to implement a Europe-wide restructuring.
  • Advised Saxonia Edelmetalle/ Doduco Contacts on all employment issues, including redundancy procedures, linked to the gradual relocation of its Romanian subsidiary to Germany.

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law

Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law has an experienced employment team with ‘extremely well-prepared and very professional lawyers’. The practice is trusted by a wide range of domestic and international employers, including IT, financial services, pharmaceutical and retail companies. Partner and employment head Andrei Albulescu  has ‘great, specialised knowledge about his area’. He receives strong support from managing associate Anca Ulea  , who ‘provides extremely commercial advice and fully understands our needs‘. The team is ‘attentive and always anticipates new employment rules, and was commended for the assistance it provided on Covid-19 related issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrei Albulescu

Other key lawyers:

Anca Ulea

Testimonials

‘Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys is a professional company, their staff are knowledgeable and reliable persons, always available for discussions – communication is efficient and straightforward. All legal advice received so far was well documented. Whenever, we had difficulties understanding the legal terms used in the written documentation, these were clarified using verbal communication.’

‘I know Andrei Albulescu for a couple of years now and I appreciate him and his team, which is comprised of extremely well-prepared and very professional lawyers. I trust this law firm (of nearly 50 people now), their strong expertise in a number of key practice areas – including Employment – and also their deep knowledge of Romanian employment legislation. We also appreciate that Stratulat Albulescu invests in developing long-term relationships with us. They provide us with valuable and practical advice on all Romanian law matters and they also remained closed to us at any moment. They know our business and the Romanian market very well and they have great experience in the Employment area. I can definitely say that they are the best when it comes to understanding of risk.’

‘For employment matters, I strongly recommend Andrei Albulescu and Anca Ulea. Andrei has great, specialised knowledge about his area and always provides advice based on experience and knowledge. Anca provides extremely commercial advice and fully understands our needs.’

‘A responsive team.’

‘A cost efficient and available team.’

‘The main strength of Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law is that they have a wide experience in advising companies in labour law matters, therefore they are able to present different possible solutions and market practices, which makes decision making process easier.’

‘I collaborate with Anca Ulea, who in her advice not only shows legal knowledge for each matter, but also proposes/explains how it should be put into practice in the most efficient way.’

‘Stratulat Albulescu’s employment team usually advises us on day-to-day personnel management issues and also on specific matters (such as various matters generated by lockdown in Romania and all the applicable measures for our employees). The employment team is attentive and always anticipates new employment rules and we appreciate them for their high availability and responsiveness. We have worked for long time with the team and we can highly recommend them.’

‘On all the employment matters, we mostly worked with Andrei Albulescu (who also heads the employment team) and Anca Ulea (Managing Associate). Andrei Albulescu provides excellent advice. He has a precise, calm and reassuring style and communication skills, and the ability to make legal concepts accessible to non-lawyers. Anca Ulea is also an excellent professional with solid expertise in employment law. In short, the team is extremely helpful and perfectly knows our company. Their advice is always relevant and adapted to our company!’

‘They pay attention to legislation changes; overall good understanding of practices.’

‘The collaboration with this team is at the highest level of professionalism.’

‘Quick understanding of customer problems and establishing efficient and immediate solutions.’

Key clients

World Class Romania

AstraZeneca

Hervis Sports & Fashion

SIBS Romania

Pionix Marketing Solutions

Cambridge School

Niro Investment Group

Farmasi Cosmetics

Neusoft Medical Europe

Willis Towers Watson

Brillio

RCS-RDS

GapMinder Venture Partners

P+P Pöllath & Partners on behalf of Avira Holding GmbH & Co. KG

ComplyAdvantage

Work highlights

  • Advised Astra Zeneca’s Romanian subsidiary on various employment matters, including day-to-day and pandemic-related issues.
  • Advised Hervis Sports & Fashion, the local subsidiary of the Austrian sports retailer, with respect to employment issues, including the Romanian lockdown.
  • Advised World Class Romania, a Romanian fitness-centre business, on the full range of employment issues.

Vernon | David

Vernon | David has ‘a very well trained team in the field of employment law, both in the consulting and in the litigation area’. As well as strategic and day-to-day employment issues, the firm has a good grounding in internal investigations and related disciplinary issues. The firm is especially popular within the financial services sector. Diana Neagu leads the highly regarded team, which also benefits from the expertise of founding partner Daniela David  who ‘is a very experienced lawyer in all sorts of employment matters‘. Senior associate Laura Irizea is singled our for her ‘her intelligence and energy‘.

Practice head(s):

Diana Neagu

Other key lawyers:

Daniela David; Laura Irizea

Testimonials

‘I found the law firm to be a very good and easy communication partner, well prepared and flexible, looking for solutions that best fit our needs. They always pick-up the phone, which is refreshing.’

‘I’ve mainly discussed with partner Maria Nica, but also with Laura Popa, Senior Associate. I found their quickness in understanding the problems and providing tailored solutions extraordinary. Always available, they are also very proactive, making sure we are up to date on legal requirements which change so often in the employment area.’

‘A very well trained team in the field of labor law, both in the consulting and in the litigation area.’

‘The two attorneys from Vernon | David law firm that we’ve worked with are professional. We’ve appreciated the detailed explanation, well-structured procedure and prompt answers . They seemed to be very well prepared and had an objective approach to all legal matters. For example, during the negotiations, when the employee’s representative asked them different questions, the answer was clear, citing the law and offering examples and not taking sides, which was a good thing as the employees understood the attorneys ‘role was to assist us draw an overall good agreement for both parties.’

‘Vernon David has a great professional team, with clear and quick solutions for their customers. The collaboration was very good in terms of timeliness, solutions, interpersonal communication and support. I warmly recommend them to other counterparties.’

‘Daniela David is the head of the firm’s litigation department and has significant experience in labour, commercial and civil litigation. Besides being an active arbitrator, she is also a licensed mediator. Dana is one of Romania’s leading labour litigation lawyers and has significant experience in complex employment disputes, including advising on senior management misconduct and termination cases. She has experience in dismissal employees due to a restructuring plan, working with her with one of my previous employers.’

‘We really appreciate our collaboration with Vernon | David and we have a very good opinion about them, they are very prompt and efficient in providing the support we need.’

‘Great communication skills and knowledge of the laws, assertiveness , attention to details, problem solving oriented.’

‘We were very pleased and fully content with the team . Especially Mrs David Daniela and Tiganas Corina who were directly involved in our problems .’

‘I enjoy a lot working with VenronDavid on employment matters, as they are a fantastic team both on professional and on a personal level. They are all very enthusiastic and extremely resourceful (which I think is their biggest competitive advantage) and always ready to help. We all appreciate their input on legal matters as it is always realistic, to the point and very comprehensive . I am always impressed by their solutions and implementation of their strategies.’

‘My main contact is Daniela David , one of the founding partners and we worked with her for more than 18 years. She is coordinating the employment department . I have to say that she is a great lawyer, very impressive when doing her job. I got to see her acting both as a consultant and as a litigator and I must say she is very versatile, knowing when she needs to be pushy and persuasive and when she need to act diplomatically. Needless to say , she is extremely competent and gives trustworthy advice. Laura Popa also impressed me with her intelligence and energy. I see a great future for her and she quickly became a great senior associate in Vernon/David’s team.’

‘Vernon|David is very accurate on a professional level. They give a very reliable and practical advice and their opinion always added value to our decision making process. They also seem to have a great deal of experience on a variety of employment matters (pre-litigation and litigation). What we most appreciate about them is the fact that they are always very keen to understand the matter in detail (even if such thing means exceeding their professional area) and to get to the core of the problem being very resourceful in coming up with a creative solution. They proved to be a very loyal partner and never stepped aside to put to work all their resources in order to help us solving our problem.’

‘We worked very closely with the head of the employment department, Ms. Daniela David, who coordinates the whole process. She is highly regarded as a professional both for her technical skills and for the her practical approach. Clearly she is a very experienced lawyer in all sorts of employment matters having a very good intuition and an excellent sense of reality. She always manages to surprise us with a fresh view coming up with solutions which seem much easier to implement than expected. We also appreciate the fact that her advice is always honest and “to the point”. We also got to see her interact with her team. She is a true leader passing to her colleague the same values which make her such a wonderful lawyer. We also got to work with Laura Popa (Irizea) and Andreea Lupsa, both part of Daniela’s team. They are both very smart and trustworthy, always ready to help. I have to say it was a great pleasure to work with the whole team.’

Key clients

Amring Pharmaceutical

Banca Transilvania

Oracle

Intesa SanPaolo Bank

Raycap Corporation

FIS Romania

Spearhead

Xannat Minerals (former Tarmac Romania, part of Anglo-American Group)

TMK Group

Optaros

Exelia

Brown Forman

Bitron Electronics

Alpha Bank

Agrics group

Ideea Bank

Banca Romaneasca

PayPoint Plc

TechVentures Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Banca Transilvania in a litigation with former employees who had breached GDPR rules as well as advising Banca Transilvania in a sensitive disciplinary investigation of a member of senior management.
  • Advising Spearhead on the drafting and implementation of the company’s anti-harassment policies.
  • Advising TMK Group in a complex and lengthy disciplinary investigation of seven employees regarding the possible theft of high-value company assets.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theissprovides quality advice in a responsive, business friendly and appropriate manner‘. The firm is especially well regarded for cross-border issues and is popular with multinational clients for international projects. This includes employment support on internal restructurings and corporate acquisitions. Coupled with this is the team’s good experience of handling collective bargaining negotiations and redundancy proceedings. Partner Ileana Glodeanu  leads the team which is noted for its ‘responsiveness, solution-oriented, business-friendly and pragmatic advice‘. Counsel Adelina Iftime-Blagean  is singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Ileana Glodeanu

Other key lawyers:

Adelina Iftime-Blagean; Andreea Stan

Testimonials

‘The firm provides quality advice in a responsive, business friendly and appropriate manner in decent English (pretty rare in this area) in many Eastern European jurisdictions, including Romania. They cover all employment-related fields that my clients need, including as regards Covid-19 restrictions, individual dismissals, social security and immigration issues. This is truly what makes them unique in this area.’

‘Responsiveness, solution-oriented, business-friendly and pragmatic advice. I particularly appreciate working with Adelina Iftime Blagean.’

‘The team is clear and practical in its advice and has helped us on a number of international projects. They get straight to the point with their advice and do not pad their advice out with irrelevant ancillary points of law not directly relevant. As such they are very efficient. Ileana Glodeanu has been our main contact in Romania.’

 

Key clients

8×8 Inc

ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland Company)

Advanz Pharma

Aptiv

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd

AT&T

BNP Cardif

Booking

Borealis

Bright Machines

Candu/Lavalin

Covance

Covebo

DB Cargo

Expedia

Federal Mogul Motorparts

FIS Global

Flextronics Romania

Flywire

FM Insurance Europe

Forever 21

Gilbarco

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Glovo

Google

Grundfos

Hilton (Apex Alliance)

IFCO Management

Land Power (Lukoil group)

Lockheed Martin

Metro

Montana Tech Components

Nemo Investment Vehicle (Radisson)

Oracle

Osram

Osram Continental

Pirelli

Rehau

Signicat

TATA communications

Telekom

Trico

Unilever

Vibracoustic

Vienna Consulting Engineers

Visa

VMware

Webasto SE

Western Union

Xpediator

Yazaki

Work highlights

  • Ongoing employment advice to Oracle for both regular day-to-day matters as well as acquisitions and internal restructurings.
  • Advising Yazaki in various consultancy and litigation employment matters, including vaccination concerns, the implementation of contractual telework, and handling contentious situations.
  • Assisting the Nemo Investment Vehicle, the investors behind Radisson Blu hotel, in various corporate and employment matters, including designing  strategies to navigate the pandemic restrictions.

D&B David si Baias SCA

D&B David si Baias SCA has an active employment practice that is ‘vastly knowledgeable and experienced in labor legal matters,‘ and ‘able to provide practical and effective advice‘. The practice was busy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic advising clients on strategies to adapt their businesses. The team also has good experience on restructuring projects, including collective dismissals, and regularly advises on European-wide projects. Practice head Dan Dascălu  has strong experience of contentious and non-contentious issues including negotiations with trade unions and employment related tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Dan Dascalu

Other key lawyers:

Anda Rojanschi

Testimonials

‘The team is vastly knowledgeable and experienced in labor legal matters, able to provide practical and effective advice. We are always using their practice mainly when we are facing complex legal matters due to their expertise, creative solutions and responsiveness.’

‘The individuals we have worked with are client focused, detailed oriented, diligent in identifying risks and very responsive.’

 

Key clients

Shell Romania

Work highlights

  • Assisted Shell Romania SRL with general legal support on Romanian employment law matters, in light of its incorporation in Romania.

Dentons

Dentons handles the full spectrum of employment issues for its domestic and international clients and offers ‘highly reliable and professional support for a diverse range of legal needs and matters‘. The fact that the team is led by litigation head Tiberiu Csaki  , ensures that clients receive good support when employment disputes occur. Collective bargaining agreements, compliance training, employee immigration all feature prominently on the agenda. The firm’s global network also helps provide a seamless offering on cross-border projects, including company reorganisations and M&A. The ‘valuable‘ counsel Argentina Rafail is also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki

Other key lawyers:

Argentina Rafail

Testimonials

‘Highly reliable and professional support for a diverse range of legal needs and matters. Argentina Rafail has been a long time valuable partner for our company’s needs.’

Key clients

JLG Manufacturing Central Europe

Autoliv

Shutterstock

Dr. Reddy’s

ANADIAG Group

KPS

Solera Group

ITC Technology (former Interglobe Technology)

EPAM

AMDOCS

Guardian

JLG Manufacturing Central Europe

Work highlights

  • Advising JLG, an Oshkosh Corporation Company, on all related employment issues.
  • Advising Autoliv, which has roughly 10,000 employees, on the full range of employment issues.
  • Assisting the pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Romania, on employment and compliance training and day-to-day matters.

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii

Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Asociatii is a Cluj-based firm that comes highly recommended. The firm is popular with the many established and emerging technology companies based in the city. In addition to broader contentious and advisory matters, the firm has  a good track record on employment issues relevant to the start-up and tech industry, including employee-share schemes, teleworking obligations and developing employee compliance programs. The team’s lawyers ‘are highly prepared, very knowledgeable in their field and very prompt in offering solutions‘. Practice head Achim-Sorin Razoareknows the law, but he is a master in dealing with people in a gentle but competent manner‘.

Practice head(s):

Achim-Sorin Razoare

Testimonials

‘Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Associates were able to assist us in setting up the appropriate hiring structures and compensation packages for a start-up, especially in a region where these practices are relatively rare.’

‘All partners and associates were extremely helpful, and Sorin Razoare in particular. Like with other topics of our collaboration, Sorin invested time in understanding the details of our business so the solutions recommended were perfectly matched to our business needs.’

‘The team is very consistent and flexible in terms of adapting to client needs.’

‘The individuals are highly educated with a lot of expertise.’

‘Sorin Razoare is pragmatic in the best sense of the word, prompt and responsible, with a great capacity for work and adaptation and, especially, for solving the problem, with an analytical eye and skills for analyzing the implications from various perspectives.’

‘Experienced team having a good business understanding and being able to derive practical solutions.’

‘Alexandra Cohutiu: action oriented with both compliant and practical solution approaches’

‘The team has a very strong collaboration side and is treating it’s clients from coaching perspective – meaning that there is an assessment of the need first, a relationship and then the solutions are designed per customers specific aspects.’

‘The language is easy to follow and understand, the technicalities are explained to the ones who are not proficient in legal area. Heavy legal language is “translated” so the large public can understand and act accordingly.’

‘The team members are highly prepared, very knowledgeable in their field and very prompt in offering solutions. Also, they have highly professional conduct and work/process management within their team, untypical to most of Romanian law firms. They study and share with us, their partners, the relevant laws and regulations in detail and always offer creative solutions, well fitting the questions and problems we came to them with in the first place.’

‘They have excellent communications skills, in both English and Romanian, and amaze us always with their thorough approach to everything.’

‘I used them to renew the contract for the top manager and to have advice on labour issues. They are very prepared and up to date.’

‘It was a great collaboration with Laurentiu, Laurentiu & Associates. They helped us defined all our employment contracts super fast and very efficient. I highly recommend them.’

‘I have worked with Sorin and Alexandra, both of them professionals in the business.’

‘The legal assistance of LLA conducted to a smooth process without conflicts or trials. In the end all parts were pleased. Due to the high competence of LL&A team we closed the transition and restructuring smoothly and successfully.’

‘Partner Achim Sorin Razoare was our first contact. He knows the Law but he is a master in dealing with people in a gentle but competent manner. Mr. Razoare knows how to explain the situation and all the legal implications but the same time he is sensitive to people stress and concerns. It is always a pleasure to meet and work with him.’

‘I especially appreciate their availability to answer under time pressure and counsel us according with the context and business reason. They provide integrated counseling and assess the situation from all perspectives, collaborating employment with tax and fiscal or criminal law, depending on the situation and its implication. All their advice is well structured and we appreciate their way of presenting so that we can understand all the implications. For me is the best legal partner. Very good value for money.’

‘Sorin Razoare: persuasive, very good knowledge, always on time, great follow-ups on all topics.’

‘Very responsive and helpful’

‘I worked with Achim Razoare. Very helpful and responsive’

 

Key clients

Steelcase

Telenav Software

Grab Chronos

E-Cablaje

Nemetos Consulting

OpenFields Foundation

Tora Trading Services

Italian Cable Company

Blugento

Charta

Cake Expert

Motilor

Work highlights

  • Advised Steelcase SRL, the Romanian subsidiary of Steelcase Inc., regarding the implementation of several facilities granted in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Telenav Software SRL, the Romanian subsidiary of Telenav Inc., regarding the implementation of an updated global teleworking system.
  • Advised Grab Chronos, the Romanian subsidiary of Grabtaxi Holdings, regarding the legal implications and obligations for employees teleworking from abroad.

Leroy si Asociatii

Leroy si Asociatii has strong relationships with major employers from across several sectors, including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics. The team regularly assists with individual and collective labour issues, company reorganisations, and employee benefits and social security schemes. The firm’s extensive international clientbase, including several major French companies, also ensures a strong flow of immigration and expatriation matters. Bruno Leroy  leads the team. Senior associate Andreea Bibu is praised for her ‘customer service,‘ and ‘willingness to walk the extra mile when needed‘.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Leroy

Other key lawyers:

Andreea Bibu

Testimonials

‘I have been directly working for three and a half years with Andreea Cojocaru Bibu and I am completely amazed by Andreea’s customer service, willingness to walk the extra mile when needed, capacity to understand the exact business need and the capacity to be very creative when needed.’

 

Key clients

Eti European Food Industries

LVMH (Louis Vuitton)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eti European Food Industries with post reorganization and restructuring issues, as well as broader employment matters.
  • Advised LVMH on various employment related issues, including amendments to internal regulations and drafting mutual termination agreements.

Placintescu Riti & Asociatii

Placintescu Riti & Asociatii is a boutique with a heavy focus on contentious and non-contentious employment law. Clients come from across a wide section of the market, including major retailers, manufacturers, IT, E-commerce and financial services. The team has a good track record on collective and individual dismissals, as well as disciplinary issues, collective bargaining agreements, pensions and benefit schemes, and broader day-to-day matters. Managing partner and practice head Ana-Maria Placintescu  has over 20 years’ experience in the market.

Practice head(s):

Ana-Maria Placintescu

Key clients

MANGO GARMENTS

AMWAY

COMMUNISIS ROMANIA

GENERALI SOCIETATE DE ADMINISTRARE A FONDURILOR DE PENSII PRIVATE

WABAG WATER SERVICES

ASOCIATIA HABITAT

ABSOLUTE EXHIBITS INC

SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

SPOONFULL

PREMIUM TECH

Work highlights

  • Advised the retailer Mango in relation to various employment related measures linked to the coronavirus pandemic, including technical unemployment, suspension of employment contracts, quarantine leave, and consultations with employees’ representatives.
  • Advised Wabag Water Services in connection with various day-to-day employment matters, as well as in litigation initiated by several former employees.
  • Advised Absolute Exhibits in relation to various employment related measures linked to the coronavirus pandemic, and a litigation initiated by former employees.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA

Voicu & Filipescu SCA stands out for its ‘deep analysis combined with clear practical guidance‘ on the full spread of employment issues. The firm has especially good experience representing clients in the technology, services and oil sectors. The team’s expertise includes post-merger integration, company restructurings, compliance training, employee incentive schemes and collective bargaining negotiations. Clients also regularly use the firm for assistance on collective and individual redundancy proceedings. Partners Marta Elena Popa  and Raluca Mihai  are well versed on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Marta Popa; Raluca Mihai

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘Deep analysis combined with clear practical guidance.’

 

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Capgemini

General Electric Medical Systems Romania

Gothaer

Profi Rom Food

Nabors Drilling International

Goodyear Romania

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners is recommended for its ‘very good communication with the clients and regular follow ups on topics‘. Practice head Catalin Micu enjoys a strong reputation, and is ‘always supportive, no matter the time of the day you call him or how busy he is‘. The practice covers the full range of day-to-day and strategic employment matters, including company reorganisations, business transfers and collective bargaining negotiations. Clients also benefit from access to the firm’s top tier disputes practice, giving it a good edge on high profile employment claims.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Micu

Testimonials

‘The team that helped me were fantastic and lead by an outstanding manager. The staff were incredibly cohesive and the business relies on expertise to deliver a fantastic people strategy. The head lawyer was also great, a wonderful leader but also just a genuinely nice guy. Watching the growth and success of SCA ZAMFIRESCU RACOTI VASILE & PARTNERS is so rewarding.’

‘As stated before, the team that helped me were fantastic. They treat their employees fairly, are dedicated to the success of their employees, have great work culture and very responsive management. In my particular case, Catalin Micu (partner) is the one that constantly helped and handled any of my queries quickly; and for that I am grateful.’

‘Strong team made out of people that work very well together, split their tasks and support each other. Very good communication with the clients and regular follow ups on topics not closed.’

‘Special relationship with Catalin Micu – always supportive, no matter the time of the day you call him or how busy he is.’

‘ZRVP very good lawyers – super knowledge , available and problem solvers.’

‘Catalin Micu and his team.’

 

Key clients

Capgemini Services Romania

Menzies Aviation (Romania)

Philip Morris România

Pirelli Tyres Romania

WNS Global Services (Romania)

XXXLutz Mobilier

Pro Fiduciaria

AWP P&C Saint-Quen, Bucharest Branch (Member of Allianz Group)

NEPI Investment Management

Connect 44 Network Services S.R.L.

Maurer Imobiliare Group

Aurachain Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Capgemini Services Romania in connection with various employment issues.
  • Advised Menzies Aviation (Romania) in connection with various employment issues including revising  individual employment contracts and offers.
  • Advising Philip Morris Romania on labour related matters in connection with a collective bargaining agreement adopted at the company level for the 2020-2022 period.