White-collar crime in Romania
Şerban & Asociatii represents a client alleged to have committed money laundering and tax evasion; the initial claim of €2bn has since been lowered to approximately €600m. The team also acted on a claim of €135m on the grounds of abuse of office, bribery, money laundering, traffic of influence and criminal association. Adrian Pichler heads the practice, which also includes the recommended Mihai Jiganie-Serban. The group handles corruption crime matters, organised criminality, corporate criminal liability and traffic offences in addition to white-collar crime.
BUDUȘAN, ALBU & ASOCIAȚII
‘Expertise and care come first’ at BUDUȘAN, ALBU & ASOCIAȚII. The team is praised by one client as ‘the best in their practice area’ and has experience in handling embezzlement, fraud, abuse of position, professional misconduct and tax evasion cases. Gabriel Albu ‘impresses with his broad experience and expertise’ and heads the practice jointly with Ovidiu Budusan. The team acted for Carmistin in relation to an alleged tax evasion, VAT fraud and money laundering scheme and assisted Rominserv, part of the Rompetrol Group, in relation to manslaughter charges.
Practice head Mihai Mareş at Mareş / Danilescu / Mareş in association with Dan Lupaşcu CA is ‘the go-to criminal lawyer in Romania for white-collar crime’, according to one client. Mareş is a ‘true professional with very good acumen for both individual and corporate clients’ and has in-depth experience in white-collar criminal defence, criminal compliance, international investigations as well as extradition and transnational crime. He is assisting with the Mineriada criminal case, a matter pertaining to crimes against humanity that recently reopened following a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
At Muşat & Asociaţii, ‘the service is good and professional’. The group predominantly represents multinational corporations and large local companies and handles the full range of white-collar matters. Gheorghe Musat and Liviu Togan jointly head the practice and are representing Rompetrol Rafinare in a case implicating tax evasion and money laundering with an estimated prejudice of €14bn. In another highlight it advised an individual at Credit Suisse in relation to charges of treason, espionage and the organisation of a cross-border criminal group. Octavian Popescu left to establish Popescu & Asociatii.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is notably representing the Romanian Football Federation, a civilly liable party, in a criminal dispute concerning allegations of official misconduct. Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Robert Roşu head the practice, which is reputed for its work on corruption matters, occupational and IP crime, money laundering, tax evasion and financial fraud.
The practice at CMS is headed by the ‘very impressive’ Gabriel Sidere. He is praised for his ability to ‘bring new perspectives to matters’ and, together with Horia Draghici, is particularly experienced in handling corruption, fiscal fraud, compliance and business-critical criminal investigations. The client roster largely consists of multinational business groups.
Kinstellar hosts ‘a top-notch practice’, providing a ‘level of support of international standard’. Bogdan Bibicu is noted for his ‘great attitude, wisdom and practical insights’ and heads the practice together with Remus Codreanu, who is similarly singled out by clients. Work undertaken includes investigations and enforcement proceedings, compliance and strategic risk management as well as white-collar crime defence.
Praised for its ‘excellent command’ of the relevant local laws, Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii delivers an ‘excellent combination of experience and willingness to help’. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Alexandru Ambrozie is particularly well regarded for money laundering and tax evasion cases. The team acts for both domestic and overseas companies and is noted as an ‘excellent’ choice for ‘multinationals with operations in Romania’. Ambrozie represented an Austrian construction company in a case relating to tax evasion, embezzlement, forgery and money laundering.
Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA possesses ‘extensive knowledge of the applicable legislation and can easily understand complex schemes specific to white-collar crimes’. Practice head Sebastian Gutiu is a ‘well-experienced attorney with excellent knowledge on how to organise a defence’. Recent work highlights include tax evasion, bid rigging, cybercrime and counterfeiting matters.
Dănuț-Ioan Bugnariu heads the team at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners following his recent arrival from his own private practice. Among other areas, he has expertise advising on corruption, money laundering, organised crime and fraud matters. Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu and Doru Cosmin Ursu are the other names to note and defended Berg Sistem Gas in a criminal trail arising from an explosion that caused fatalities, severe injuries and destruction to buildings. The Court of Appeal dismissed the criminal charges against the client. Antoniu Obancia departed to join Rubin, Meyer, Doru & Trandafir.
Lucian Bondoc and Viorel Dinu jointly head the team at Bondoc si Asociatii SCA. Bondoc is representing the owner of a mine in western Romania in a criminal complaint of forgery and fraud in relation to the registration of ownership rights on mining facilities. Areas of expertise include compliance and international investigations, tax matters, EU funds handling and civil claims attached to criminal proceedings. Gabriel Voinescu departed for Voinescu Lawyers.
Enache Pirtea & Associates’ ‘reliable, hardworking and thorough’ team has ‘extensive criminal law experience, at the highest levels of cases and clients’. Simona Pirtea and Madalin Enache are praised for their ‘dedication and commitment to clients’ and focus on criminal defence, criminal litigation and criminal consultancy. In a recent highlight, Pirtea represented Romastru Trading in a criminal investigation pertaining to bribes for medical prescriptions.