Restructuring and insolvency in Romania

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has a first-class track record for complex insolvencies and restructurings. The firm stands out for its specialist insolvency division, TZA Insolventa, in which partners Robert Roşu and Ciprian Dragomir, are both certified insolvency practitioners and regularly act as appointed receivers. The firm is also active on the creditor side, representing banks and major multinationals on cross-border matters, including refinancings.

Practice head(s):

Robert Roşu; Ciprian Dragomir

Testimonials

‘Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is active in insolvency proceedings, debt restructurings, also advising on pre-insolvency matters. We work extremely well with them, they are knowledgeable, reactive and clear in their assessments.’

‘Ciprian Dragomir (professional and hands on), Dorin Petcu (business oriented, with a good grounding in the general financial and economics), Victoria Glibiciuc (dedicated, young and talented legal advisor). ‘

‘Robert Rosu and Catalina Mihailescu are efficient, approachable and technically competent.’

Key clients

Société Générale, France

OMV Petrom

Bancpost

Omilos Oradea

BRD Groupe Société Générale

Carpatair and Mr. Nicolae Petrov, the current President and Chief Executive of Carpatair

Raiffeisen Leasing

Y.G. Proprietăți

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)

ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Energiakereskedő

Astaldi SPA Italia Sucursala Romania București

Work highlights

  • Acting as official receiver in the €77m insolvency of Omilos Oradea, a prominent Romanian real estate developer that owns the Era Park Oradea shopping mall.
  • Acting for Société Générale, as creditor with over €28m in receivables, in the insolvency of the state-owned Romanian thermal energy company, Electrocentrale Bucuresti.
  • Acting as official receiver in the longstanding €27m insolvency of real estate developer Raptis Kavouras.

CMS

CMS handles restructuring and insolvency matters for creditors and debtors.  Cristina Reichmann and Ana Radnev focus on the refinancing and NPL side, while Horea Popescu has a good track record in corporate restructurings. Insolvency disputes are the domain of Gabriel Sidere and Horia Draghici. Recently, the firm was involved in several significant insurance sector restructurings, an area where Reichmann has good expertise.

Practice head(s):

Simona Marin; Gabriel Sidere; Horea Popescu

Testimonials

‘They find the best solutions and are creative.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Alpha Bank on the sale of its corporate non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio, worth €350m, as well as its €50m retail NPL porfolio.

Dragne & Asociatii SCA

Dragne & Asociatii SCA has built up an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious insolvency proceedings and restructurings. The firm represents a mix of banks, financial institutions, debtors and creditors, and regularly acts on behalf of administrators in complex liquidations. Recently, the team has been especially active on the litigation front, an area where all of its lead partners, Daniel Cirstea, Andreia Dumitrescu and managing partner Stelian Garofil have strong experience. Other key individuals include managing partner Ion Dragne and managing associate Gabriel Paraschiv.

Practice head(s):

Stelian Garofil; Andreia Dumitrescu; Daniel Cirstea

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique, in our view, due to the lawyers’ capability of identifying the most advantageous legal solutions for our needs. They are fast-thinking, straightforward and they adapt very quickly to any changes of circumstances. The team is very responsive and provide high standard advice.’

‘Daniel Cirstea is a very skilled lawyer, who provides inspired strategies for our legal issues. Andreia Dumitrescu efficiently blends the legal solutions provided with the economic and business interests of our companies. Their approach in court is particularly satisfying, since they always carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each and every measure recommended to us.’

‘Gabriel Paraschiv was very efficient and prompt in giving pertinent advice.’

‘Ion Dragne is particularly impressive in his innovative approach, efficiently blending the legal solutions provided with the economic and business interests of the companies represented.’

Key clients

Relad International

Banca Comercială România (BCR)

Erste Group Immorent Romania IFN SA

Hidroelectrica S.A

K&S Electric Power Point SA (part of part of a large real estate group of companies)

Sind Tour

Association of Employees in SNP Petrom “Petrom”

BNP Paribas Personal Finance SA Paris Bucharest Branch

Veneto Banca Scpa Italia Montebelluna

Alpha Bank Romania SA

Alpha Bank AE London Branch

Authority for the Management of State Assets (AAAS)

Garanti Bank SA

Authority for Financial Supervision (ASF)

Patria Bank SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for an energy company currently in administration in three disputes with various energy traders over long term energy sale-purchase contracts.
  • Acting for the special administrator of a major pharmaceutical company, in several multimillion-euro disputes relating to joint ventures and associated damages claims.
  • Advising Romania’s financial regulator, the Authority for Financial Supervision, on the financial reorganisation and subsequent bankruptcy process of insurance company Astra.

Filip & Company

Filip & Company approaches the restructuring and insolvency market from all angles. As well as advising creditors (including major banks and financial institutions) and debtors, the firm has also built up a strong track record representing investors buying up distressed assets. Ioan Dumitrascu and Alina Stancu Birsan are highly experienced on the corporate finance side of major corporate restructurings, while disputes head Catalin Alexandru is a top choice for insolvency litigation. Associate Razvan Ionescu is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitrascu

Testimonials

‘The team is dynamic, competent, adaptive, promising, with a very good understanding of all the things that arise.’

Key clients

Ambient

Balkanstek

Kinstellar

Kinstellar has earned itself an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring proceedings. Recently, the firm has been very active pursuing the interests of creditors, including financial institutions, in the recovery of assets of several high-profile insolvencies. The team is also regularly referred work by major international firms on cross-border insolvencies. Bogdan Bibicu is highly rated for his non-contentious expertise, while Remus Codreanu handles the litigation side. Senior associate Smaranda Văcaru is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Bibicu

Testimonials

‘A competent team with a friendly, open minded and flexible approach to managing transactions. Excellent professionals.’

‘I had an outstanding collaboration with partner, Bogdan Bibicu, and associate Smaranda Vacaru. Both are highly energetic, have easy-going personalities and excellent knowledge of law, and were always available to discuss possible ways to make the deal go forward while considering the interests of all parties involved.’

Key clients

EFG Bank (Luxembourg)

Agera Pharm

Citibank

BRD Group Societe Generale

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Logistic Contractor

MKB Bank Zrt.

Comdata Spa

Work highlights

  • Acted for EFG Bank in the high-profile insolvency and restructuring of Romanian state-owned energy producer, Hidroelectrica, which involved significant court and arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing Agera Pharma, a Swiss pharmaceuticals company, in a dispute before the courts relating to the recovery of receivables from insolvent Romanian drugs producer and distributor, Casa Farm.
  • Assisting Citibank and BRD Groupe Société Générale with the restructuring of an existing €290m loan to RCS & RDS.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has a strong multidisciplinary team that handles major financial restructurings and insolvencies. The firm approaches the market from two angles, with banking partners Alina Radu and Valentin Voinescu handling the non-contentious side, and disputes partners Emil Bivolaru and Sorina Olaru regularly representing clients before the courts. Up and coming partners such as Marius Ezer are also active on the disputes front. The highly rated team is regularly instructed by creditors, debtors and administrators.

Practice head(s):

Manuela Nestor; Ana Diculescu-Sova

Key clients

BRD

ADM International

Aurea International, Lord Travel, Lord Amsterdam Paris

Sierra Quadrant

Keytrade

Veneto Banca

Private Insurer NV

Cosmo Ventures

Edison Trading

Energheia Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BRD, a local subsidiary of Groupe Societe Generale, on coordinating a complex group insolvency linked to the construction of a major residential complex in Cluj County.
  • Representing agricultural company ADM International in the insolvency of Bioromoil and the recovery of a €4.3m claim following the rejection of a restructuring plan that would give creditors a 38% haircut.
  • Representing Sierra Quadrant as the judicial administrator managing the high-profile €462m insolvency of Electrocentrale Bucuresti.

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii remains a top choice for creditors and debtors for major insolvencies and restructurings. The team handles contentious matters before the courts and is also well equipped to deal with complex financial and corporate group restructurings. Litigation partner Ciprian Donțu leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ciprian Dontu

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has a first-class reputation for representing creditors and debtors, particularly in relation to contentious court proceedings. Stan Tîrnoveanu has a superb reputation as an insolvency litigator. The team is highly experienced representing banks in related cross-border issues, and in the past year was involved in over 150 mandates chasing receivables of over €1.2bn.

Practice head(s):

Stan Tîrnoveanu

Testimonials

‘They are the best litigators in Romania in insolvency; with a very good understanding of commercial restructuring matters combined with excellent litigators skills.’

‘The lawyers work closely with the client to craft proper legal solutions according to our business objectives, in all our complex insolvency cases. They help us with the adoption and implementation of the most effective solutions and sophisticated strategies.’

‘A firm with deep knowledge of the insolvency field, with legal solutions tailored to make the life of their clients easier and with a very competitive price versus value delivered ratio.’

‘Stan Tîrnoveanu is one of the best professionals in the market, combining exquisite ethics, professionalism and flexibility.’

‘Cosmin Cojocaru was relentless in pursuing our interest in the cases entrusted to him.’

Key clients

Alro

Banca Transilvania

Bank of Cyprus

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

Compania de Apa Oradea

County Council Maramureș

Engie Romania S.A.

EKF – Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

First Bank

Marfin Bank Romania

Octagon Contracting & Engineering

OMV Petrom

Patria Bank

Piraeus Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

UniCredit Bank Romania

Work highlights

  • Representing the Romanian state in relation to the insolvency of Hidroelectrica, Romania’s largest energy producer, and the successful defence of a related €400m ICSID claim brought by energy trader Alpiq over the termination of two electricity supply contracts.
  • Advising OMV Petrom and OMV Petrom Gas as creditors on the recovery of €28m in receivables from the insolvent  Interagro Group.
  • Acting for a consortium of banks, including Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece, Bank of Cyprus and Banca Romaneasca, on registering its reorganisation plan for Omilos Oradea against challenges made by the debtor and its shareholder.

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has 'very good knowledge and capability' advising debtors and creditors, often in heavily regulated industries such as the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. The firm's comprehensive expertise covers refinancings, divestments of assets, and related disputes, and clients are able to benefit from the firm's wider international network when it comes to cross-border restructurings. The team is jointly led by Viorel Dinu, who handles the litigation side, and Simona Petrisor, who is the key name for non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Viorel Dinu; Simona Petrisor

Key clients

ENGIE Romania

Sanofi Pasteur

Johnson & Johnson

Oltchim

Delta Commodities & Financial Services

Transoil Group of Companies

Yapi Bank

Procter & Gamble

Cell Mark Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Advising Distrigaz Sud Retele and Engie Romania on the insolvencies of Elcen and Radet, which are impacting Bucharest’s thermal energy supply market.
  • Assisting Johnson & Johnson as a creditor, with the insolvency of major pharmaceutical distributor, Polisano.
  • Advising chemicals manufacturer Oltchim on its insolvency and internal reorganisation, including the sale of over €129m of assets being sold in nine different bundles.

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

bpv Grigorescu Stefanica is highly experienced in this area, particularly on the debtor side where it is often instructed as liquidator, through its specialised insolvency company, Fractal Insolvency. Corporate specialist Alexandru Rusu leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Rusu

Key clients

Trenkwalder

Signify Romania

Shapir Structures

Turbo Tub

Orion Auto Invest

BHL Logistic

Groenland Poultry

Inform Tehnica Medicala

Totto Security

Amfiboswin

Salubriserv

Theming and Animatronics Industries

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trenkwalder in its ongoing insolvency, and acting as judicial liquidator.
  • Representing lighting company Signify in five insolvencies involving the recovery of roughly €150,000 of debt.
  • Acting as liquidator of the Romanian construction company, Shapir Structures, which has over 150 creditors and more than €80m in debt.

Dentons

Dentons is a key name for major cross-border insolvency work, where it regularly represents both debtors and creditors. Tiberiu Csaki leads the team and has strong experience advising on directors' liabilities, while Bogdan Papandopol has over 17 years of experience in insolvency litigation. The team also works closely with colleagues in the banking, corporate and tax groups, as well as offices in the wider international network.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ restructuring and insolvency practice has great and well prepared lawyers and specialists that can interact and find the most effective ways of solving the legal matters and projects in this area. The team works excellently together and all the professionals have great skills, determination and passion for the legal work.’

‘Tiberiu Csaki is an excellent and highly experienced lawyer with great knowledge and deep attachment to the client matter and extensive and remarkable skills in complementary fields.’

Key clients

Consulco

Synthos

Prosegur Alarmas

Unirea Shopping Center

Clearanswer

Poledil Srl

FP Marine Limited

Kerala Expert Srl

KI Debtservice Srl

Work highlights

  • Acted for CHS, as creditor, in the recovery of several multimillion-euros worth of debt from an insolvent Romanian cereal trader.
  • Representing chemicals company Synthos in its ongoing insolvency, including several related claims.
  • Advising the multinational security and cash transit group, Prosegur Alarmas, on the insolvency of its Romanian subsidiaries and handling all related litigation.

KPMG Legal - Toncescu & Partners SPRL

KPMG Legal - Toncescu & Partners SPRL provides a comprehensive insolvency service, including acting as liquidator on several major proceedings. The team is jointly led by litigation partners Nicoleta Mihai and the highly rated Vlad Peligrad, who recently joined from Clifford Chance Badea along with associate Călin Dragoman.

Practice head(s):

Nicoleta Mihai; Vlad Peligrad

Key clients

Iveco Capital

Astra Asigurari

Fata Asigurari

Mediafax Group

Electrocentrale Bucuresti

Romexterra Leasing IFN

CEMS SA Automatica

Intrarom SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for Iveco Capital in over 20 debt recovery disputes in the automotive sector, including three separate procedures against debtors from the same group of companies.
  • Acting as liquidator of Romania’s largest insurance company, Astra Asigurari, which includes a portfolio of over 5,000 claims filed by creditors.
  • Acting for electrical equipment manufacturer Cems in a dispute relating to ownership rights over a plot of land the client acquired in an insolvency proceeding, which a creditor is now challenging.

MPR Partners

MPR Partners | Maravela, Popescu & Roman handles complex, large-scale insolvency and restructuring mandates on behalf of creditors, debtors and investors. In recent work, it represented investors buying distressed assets from two major Romanian insolvencies. Dana Rădulescu and managing partner Gelu Maravela are both highly active in this area, and clients also receive strong support from Felix Tapai on related tax issues. Ioan Roman left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Dana Rădulescu; Gelu Maravela

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, competent, reliable, fast and friendly.’

Key clients

Astra Holding

Chimcomplex

Teamnet

Xannat Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advising the chemicals manufacturer, Chimcomplex, on its €127m purchase of distressed assets from Oltchim, which was going through an insolvency procedure.
  • Advising Astra Holding on its €120m acquisition of Jolidon, a Romanian textiles producer which had entered into insolvency.
  • Acting for IT company Teamnet International in complex insolvency proceedings.

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & Asociatii's team is highly experienced in major insolvency proceedings and related debt recovery claims. The firm is especially strong on the litigation front, though also provides good strategic restructuring advice to debtors. Mihai Popa has developed a strong practice in this area.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Popa

Testimonials

‘Reliable, responsive, detailed, and excellent client communication. The team has assisted us in complex litigation in Romania for several years, and we feel confident in their advice and representation.’

‘Very capable, prompt, good knowledge and oriented to fulfill the customer needs.’

Key clients

PV IPPS Cyprus

Biotest

Sermedic

Europejskie Biuro Ochrony Finansow

Abbot

Kaufland Romania

Trust International Insurance and Reinsurance Company

Mundipharma Medical

Asset Portfolio Servicing Romania

Avantaj Ms

Emon Electric

Work highlights

  • Acting for the liquidator of a Cypriot holding company in a complex insolvency that also involves shareholdings in several Romanian companies.
  • Advising pharmaceutical manufacturer Sermedic, a subsidiary of France’s Servier, on the insolvency of three major Romanian pharmaceutical distributors, ADM Farm, A&G Med Pharma, and Kruger Pharma Distribution.
  • Acting for German life sciences company, Biotest, in its recovery of €2m worth of debt from a Romanian pharmaceutical distributor.

Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm

Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm is a very popular choice with clients, which range from major creditors, debtors, shareholders, trustees and distressed asset investors. Recently, the team has been instructed on several significant mandates in the manufacturing, financial services and real estate sectors. Managing partner Radu Pavel is noted for his diverse expertise.

Practice head(s):

Radu Pavel

Testimonials

‘Excellent and quick service. Close and constructive involvement of senior partner. Good command of legal principles. Good value for money.’

‘Pavel, Margarit & Associates is our law firm for 10 years now and they are very hardworking, timely and diligent insolvency lawyers. We are grateful because thanks to Mr. Pavel and his team of lawyers’ dedication we succeeded in restructuring our business after opening the insolvency proceedings.’

‘Radu Pavel, the managing partner is an outstanding insolvency lawyer with a very entrepreneurial approach, being also an insolvency practitioner. He is also very creative in bankruptcy mandates.’

Key clients

African Consolidated Resources

Sinarom Mining Group

Patria Bank

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA is commended for its strong advisory and contentious insolvency service. The firm has a good track record advising creditors, including major banks, on debt restructurings and recovery procedures. The firm's capacity for debtor work was demonstrated by its assistance to Nortel networks with its ongoing liquidation. Emeric Domokos-Hancu leads the practice, which also includes experienced duo Matei Florea and Adina Jivan.

Practice head(s):

Emeric Domokos-Hancu

Testimonials

‘I appreciate their strategic approach and their ability to provide various practical options. They do a great balancing act between transaction advisory and management, and pragmatic, practice-based legal proceedings advice (enforcement and insolvency). I think their strength comes from how they put together a mixed ‘banking & finance transactions’ and ‘Insolvency/restructuring’ team to handle our projects.’

‘Matei Florea is without a doubt one of the best banking & finance lawyers in Romania, with strong focus on special situations/insolvency projects. He is technically excellent and he is always available and present. In dispute resolution and insolvency/restructuring, Adina Jivan is a true fighter. You want her on your side in court. She is very engaged, very well prepared on procedural aspects and has a good mind for details.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Banca Comerciala Romana SA

Creditreform Wirtschaftsauskunftei Kubicki KG

KT Engcore

KTM Kimyevi Maddeler

Nortel Networks Inc.

Rauch Romania

Tubi SpA

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Advising Banca Comerciala Romana on an €180m debt recovery process from the member companies of the insolvent European Food & Drinks Group.
  • Acting for Vestas CEU Romania in €30m worth of debt recovery procedures against its clients after the renewables market endured cuts to the state’s support schemes for renewable energy.
  • Advising AIG Europe on the debt restructuring of Prospectiuni, a Romanian geophysical services provider.

Voicu & Filipescu SCA

Voicu & Filipescu SCA is a popular choice for liquidations and receiverships, where the firm has an enviable track record. The team also has good experience acting for public and private sector clients in debt recovery proceedings. Mariana Popa has a very good reputation.

Practice head(s):

Mariana Popa

Key clients

Buzau City Hall

ONT Carpati

Institutul Pasteur

UCM Resita

Editura Intact

Industrial Parc Sabaru

Atlantis Proconstruct

GBS Industrie

Auto One

Necc Telecom

Omilos Oradea

Eustis Real Estate

United Prodimpex

Euronautica Motors

Fresco Proiect

Vitra Real Estate

Lemnking Industries

Marsib Service

Platinum Star TV

Interagro Construct

Imperial Trans Fish

Necc Telekom Romania

Work highlights

  • Acted for UCM Resita as the official receiver on ensuring that the company remained operational and returned to profit within its first year of insolvency.
  • Assisting Buzau City Hall with its insolvency issues, in which the Hall is a creditor in over 150 cases.
  • Appointed as liquidator on the bankruptcy of ONT Carpati, Romania’s oldest travel company; the liquidation involved the recovery of €17.5m for creditors and shareholders.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is a popular choice for creditors and debtors for contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency advice. The team, which is led by Bryan Jardine, is noted for its strong regional presence and its ability to handle major cross-border matters. It has a good track record handling distressed M&A and the acquisition of NPLs and is experienced in advising clients in heavily regulated sectors such as energy.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Jardine

Testimonials

‘Extremely competent, solutions oriented, with great expertise in cross-border insolvency.’

‘Byran Jardine is efficient, hard-working and always available.’

Key clients

Agrium Agroport Romania

Banca Comerciala Romana

CBL Insurance Europe

Denizbank Anonim Sirketi

Energreen Investment Europe

GE Jenbacher

Hemipshere

Investcapital

Kayak Europe

Lukoil Europe Holdings

Merck & Co

Work highlights

  • Assisting chemicals company MFC Commodities, which with €37m receivables, was the largest unsecured creditor in the insolvency of state-owned company Oltchim.
  • Advising retailer Hemisphere, a subsidiary of Steinhoff Europe, on the restructuring of its furniture trading affiliates Kika and Leiner, which were ultimately sold to Signa.
  • Acting for powerplant services company GE Jenbacher on the insolvency of a major Romanian energy provider.

Biris Goran SPARL

Biris Goran SPARL's team has considerable experience in major restructurings. The firm represents debtors and creditors and has been involved in several high-profile insolvencies in the real estate market. Raluca Năstase left the firm in 2020.

Key clients

Benevo Group

Creativ Invest

Flowtech Crops

Vic City

Bucharest Industrial Park

San Metal International

Leon Trans

Hortim International

Work highlights

  • Acting for real estate company Creativ Invest on the opening of its insolvency procedure.
  • Assisting Arge Infrastructura with the opening of its insolvency procedure and all related matters.
  • Advising ATV Tournir on the insolvency of Vic City, including obtaining ownership title over a plot of land in Bucharest.

Bulboaca & Asociatii

Andrada Bulgaru leads the team at Bulboaca & Asociatii, which has good experience of acting for banks as well as debtors on major restructurings. Recently, the firm has been instructed on significant mandates in the mining and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrada Bulgaru

Clifford Chance Badea

Clifford Chance Badea's market leading banking client base ensures a strong flow of creditor-led restructuring and refinancing work. Daniel Badea is the main contact within the firm following Vlad Peligrad's departure to become managing partner of KPMG Legal - Toncescu & Partners SPRL.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Badea

Mitel & Asociatii

Mitel & Asociatii has a solid track record for contentious insolvency matters where it regularly represents the debtors and creditors. Recently, the firm has been involved in several significant insolvencies in the construction and retail sectors. Magda Dima leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Magda Dima

Key clients

Rewe Projektentwicklung

Henkel Romania

Conban SA by special administrator Gabriel Popescu

REWE Romania

Armonie Investitii

Paravion Tour

Tripsta.net

ALS Beton

Continental Hotels

Grampet

Work highlights

  • Representing Henkel Romania in complex court procedures and insolvency issues linked to a dispute with a contractor in the construction of a factory.
  • Acting for Conban in several judicial proceedings linked to its insolvency.
  • Representing Rewe Romania in a bankruptcy claim launched against Vortex International.

Noerr

Noerr has a good track record in corporate reorganisations and insolvency claims. The firm regularly represents creditors and has good expertise in insolvency litigation. Clients also benefit from the firm's strong links to the German market. Litigation head Alexandru Ene is highly experienced in insolvency matters

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Ene

Testimonials

‘We receive very fast feedback from all lawyers with whom we have been in contact so far. In our case, we feel that we are competently advised. The lawyers carefully monitor the progress and make constructive suggestions to achieve our goals.’

Popescu & Asociatii

Popescu & Asociatii regularly acts for major local and international companies as debtors and creditors, and also has strong relationships with the banks and public sector clients. Octavian PopescuDana Bivol and Loredana Popescu  have developed especially strong track records in contentious matters. Among the associates, Iuliana Bidalache is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu; Dana Bivol; Loredana Popescu

Testimonials

‘Octavian Popescu seems to succeed every time. He always has a brilliant strategy and also a vast knowledge of European restructuring and insolvency field. He is an outstanding expert in restructuring and insolvency and the practitioner who goes the extra mile.’

Key clients

Electrica Furnizare

Mytilineos Holding

Teamnet International

Mega Image

Atlantic Motors

Gefco

APS Holding

Bank Leumi Romania

IT Performance & Technology

Work highlights

  • Represented Electrica Furnizare as creditor in insolvency proceedings against Oltchim.
  • Acted for Teamnet International and its affiliates in €63m worth of insolvency disputes concerning its contracts with Romanian State Authorities.
  • Represented car dealer Atlantic Motors in a complex €56m bankruptcy procedure and internal reorganisation.

SCA Piperea & Associates

Insolvency law is a key area for SCA Piperea & Associates, which has strong experience representing creditors, including major banks. Gheorghe Piperea has a good reputation.

SCPA FIRON BAR-NIR

SCPA FIRON BAR-NIR stands out for its strong links to the Israeli market, and practice co-head Ron Bar-Nir divides his time between Tel Aviv and Bucharest. Insolvency co-head Catalin Cotorogea is especially strong on the litigation side, and the practice has recently been involved in several significant bankruptcies in the real estate and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Cotorogea; Ron Bar-Nir

STOICA & Asociatii – Attorneys at Law

STOICA & Asociatii – Attorneys at Law has solid expertise representing creditors, including major financial institutions such as Banca Comerciala Romana, in commercial debt recovery claims. Valeriu Stoica heads the team, which is well equipped to handle large portfolios of low-value insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Valeriu Stoica

Key clients

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Banca Comerciala Romana on the case management of a portfolio of over 1,000 insolvencies of micro-enterprises throughout Romania.