Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: White-collar crime

act | Botezatu Estrade Partners, and managing partner Stefan Botezatu, has a strong track record for white-collar crime matters, particularly when representing energy sector clients.
Bradu Neagu & Associates is a young firm with a strong focus on white-collar crime, and founding partner Roman Bradu  is considered ‘an effective communicator, a great team player, and someone very close to the client‘.

White-collar crime in Romania

Albu Legal

Albu Legal‘s highly-rated team of white-collar crime lawyers ‘are the real deal in their market, know what they are doing, they do it at the highest level of quality and inspire trust‘. Founding partner Gabriel Albu is ‘one of the best white-collar crime practitioners in the market - when you have him on your side, you are sure all the process will be solved in the most professional, methodical and efficient way possible'. Testament to the firm’s standing in the market is its relationship with several top Romanian companies, as well as international groups, including professional services and law firms. The team covers all corners of the market, including money laundering, tax fraud, corporate manslaughter, and cross-border investigations. Associates Ana Popescu, Mihai Lemnaru  and Mihai Morar  are also well-regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Albu

Testimonials

‘Albu Law team have a very good working relationship both with the professional environment and with the most reputed specialists in the expert areas relevant to their activity, from the academic environment, as well as the top notch consultancy firms. This approach helps them to deal with complex cases and to achieve excellent results. ‘

‘Working with Albu team in a very specific area of practice, respectively white collar crime practice, we have had significant contact, and we were impressed by their analytical skills and an eye for detail, along with a keen interest in finding the best strategy.’

‘This law firm provides solid criminal advice but with a strong commercial sense. Gabriel worked as a corporate lawyer for many years and therefore understands well the sensitivities and needs of corporate clients.’

‘THE premier white-collar criminal law practice in Romania. Knowledgeable and sophisticated, they understand business and they are great criminal defence lawyers.’

‘Gabriel Albu is the top white-collar criminal defence lawyer in Romania and it’s not at all close. He is extremely skilled and smooth, deep understanding of both law and business.’

‘I have worked closely with Gabriel Albu and he is very responsive and has a great understanding of the legal needs of our business. I appreciate that his approach is also business oriented and not limited to legal aspects, understanding the challenges of the industry we are acting in. Definitely, Gabriel is an expert in his field.’

‘Special praise for Gabriel Albu – an invaluable member of the team. It’s been a long time working with him and Gabriel exceeded our expectations at every step.’

‘Mihai Moraru: although young, he is serious and professional in the communication with clients, giving relevant and precise information.’

‘Ana Popescu. Senior lawyer, good analyses on the cases, identifying the unseen situations and analysing them in our benefit.’

‘Gabi Albu is an outstanding professional. Competent, calm and available. He is the key for a successful case.’

‘Gabriel Albu is highly competent, solution oriented lawyer. Having a broad experience, he is always available to help. Ana Popescu provides valuable assistance, with great knowledge of criminal matters. ‘

Key clients

KazMunayGas/ Rompetrol

RCS & RDS/ Digi

Anchor Group

Intrarom

Work highlights

  • Assisting RCS & RDS/ Digi and its CEO in a pending criminal trial on charges of bribery and money laundering related to the acquisition of football TV rights.
  • Assisting KazMunayGas/ Rompetrol in their criminal law related matters, such as work safety cases, various inquiries from authorities, and criminal law risk related analyses.
  • Defending Intrarom in a pending multimillion Euro tax fraud case.

Budusan & Asociatii SPARL

Budusan & Asociatii SPARL is a highly-rated white-collar crime boutique with a longstanding track record in the market. Founding partner Ovidiu Budusan is a highly experienced litigator whose former life as prosecutor-in-chief of Romania’s Division for the Prosecution of Corruption and Organized Crime, naturally puts him in good stead on a wide range of criminal defence instructions. Clients range from major banks, corporates and senior executives, who use the firm both for litigations and investigations, as well as pre-emptive risk management advice. The firm has a strong team of up-and-coming partners, including Florentina Frumusanu  , George Toniuc  and Liana Iacob  , who is praised for her ‘very good knowledge‘.

Practice head(s):

Ovidiu Budusan

Other key lawyers:

Florentina Frumusanu; Liana Iacob; George Toniuc

Testimonials

‘Liana Iacob – very good knowledge.’

Key clients

Grup Feroviar Roman S.A.

Dedeman S.R.L.

Vista Bank Romania S.A.

Vascar S.A.

Artmark Group

Kastamonu Romania

Credit Europe Romania S.A.

Unicredit Romania S.A.

Murfatlar Group

Somaco Group

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. France

American International School of Bucharest LLC

Autocar Group

Rewe Romania

CAST SRL

Premier Energy SA

DISTRIBUTIE ENERGIE ELECTRICA ROMANIA SA

Work highlights

  • Advising Hecta Viticol/Cronotard on a judicial probe concerning criminal infringements of the client’s intellectual property rights to trademark, through the import and distribution of counterfeit alcoholic beverages, with an estimated loss of approximately €100 million.
  • Successfully defended a private client in a court trial concerning alleged professional offences following the bankruptcy of the insurance company ASTRA.

Mares & Mares

Mares & Mares has a ‘truly formidable white-collar crime team‘ that is praised for ‘understanding not only the criminal law specifics, but the whole corporate picture to which it belongs‘. The firm handles complex cases, including criminal claims involving fintech, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and cyber security. The team is regularly referred work by top international white collar crime and civil fraud firms, and has strong credentials on cross-border cases. The firm’s regional capabilities were strengthened through a strategic alliance with the Moldovan firm, Dolea & Co. Founding partner Mihai Mares  is an outstanding lawyer and brilliantly leads his team in Romaniaand the firm is also commended for its ‘excellent associates who supplement the seniors very well‘. The firm recently strengthened with the recruitment of former prosecutor Alexandra Sinc as Of Counsel.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Mares

Testimonials

‘They work well together and offer excellent services.  Mihai Mares has solid experience, he is very competent in his field, a well-rounded lawyer with an open-minded attitude and an international practice. He is reliable.’

‘Capabilities to tackle very difficult cross-border litigations. Unique brainstorming sessions with client. Innovative billing on subscription and success fee agreement. Professionals, team collaborative style, open minded, ability to move from commercial to criminal law under various jurisdictions.’

‘Excellent team . Very responsive lawyers . They are fluent in English . Very good rate per project or per hour. Mihai Mares is a great tactician and a very well known criminal defense attorney in Romania. His law firm is hired for the most complex and difficult white collar crime cases.’

‘The team brings experience and skills which complement each other and combined, form a truly formidable white-collar crime team that worked to support our company’s interests. In my view they are a great team with strength and depth, with the ability to see issues that others would not.’

‘Mihai Mares is very thorough, insightful, and persuasive, he always provides hands-on advice. There are some excellent associates who supplement the seniors very well.’

‘Mares & Mares has the special skill to approach a criminal case law understanding not only the criminal law specifics, but the whole corporate picture to which it belongs. For a long time, Romanian law-firm environment did not have a law-firm that could do this – understand local criminal law picture, while understanding corporate law, corporate environment and be able to mix the two of them, for a complete and appropriate support.’

‘Excellent understanding of the criminal law and procedure – excellent understanding of the corporate law, how corporations work, what it is needed from a lawyer – being able to respond with high professionalism, corporate like to requests – a “can do” attitude, while respecting all applicable laws and company’s compliance policies.’

‘Dr Mihai Mares is an outstanding lawyer and brilliantly leads his team in Romania. The firm has enormous expertise and is a key player in the Romanian and Central European legal arena.’

‘Clearly structured and well-coordinated team with good competence complements and clear leadership. Mihai Mares is an experienced criminal defence lawyer who steers confidently through the crisis.’

‘Mihai Mares is a star of the Romanian criminal Bar. With great advocacy skills, he is managing a top tier criminal defense team in Romania.’

‘The team has a very good expertise and analytical skills, providing the best tailored-made services we received from legal experts. Mihai Mares is one of the best criminal trial lawyers in Romania, having strong analytical skills and oral court performance.’

Key clients

ADM (international food company)

C-tech

SIF 5 Oltenia

DELTON AG

Abbotswood Holding Sal

SIF1 IMGB

Jiffy Packaging SA (Pregis Company)

Dmitriy Gigoryev

Amsterdam & Partners (US)

Suez Consulting Engineering

DacAir SA

Toyota Motors (Romania)

Work highlights

  • Defending Andrei Petrescu, the former CEO of French computer company Bull SAS in Romania, in a large criminal investigation lead by the National Anticorruption Directorate.
  • Performing a compliance audit for Delton AG, in order to identify whether it faces any compliance risks.
  • Representing an engineering company, C-Tech (partner of Iberdrola Renovables in the development of a  wind energy project in Romania) and its shareholder, Romanian business entrepreneur Corneliu Dica, against Iberdrola Renovables and its president in the ‘Villarejo case’, a major international corruption and economic espionage case in Spain.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has a dedicated team of criminal law specialists led by Valerian Cioclei, who has over 30 years’ experience as a prosecutor, lawyer and academic. Other key individuals within the team include highly-experienced senior associate Doru Cosmin Ursu. The firm’s acknowledged strengths in litigation also gives clients, including major banks and corporates, access to several experienced litigation partners with a strong background in fraud and white collar crime, most notably Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu who regularly handles some of the country’s most high profile cases. The practice has a strong track record on cross-border matters involving European Arrest Warrants, and has been particularly active recently in banking and capital markets-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Valerian Cioclei

Other key lawyers:

Călin-Andrei Zamfirescu; Doru Cosmin Ursu

Key clients

Central Securities Depository (Romania)

Engie Romania S.A.

ING Bank Romania

Japan Tobacco International

Intrasoft International S.A.

Kronospan

National Bank of Greece

Philip Morris

Raiffeisen Bank

Unicredit Bank

Alpha Bank

Banca Transilvania

Cyprus Popular Bank

First Bank

UCO Tesatura SRL

Unicredit SpA Italia

Vista Bank – Vista Leasing IFN

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Phillip Morris Romania before DIICOT, obtaining in March 2021 the cancellation of all precautionary measures taken by prosecutors, in a matter estimated at over €1m.
  • Successfully represented Central Securities Depository (Romania) in a case involving allegations of €3.5m worth of fraudulent share transfers, the case was dismissed in June 2021 by DIICOT.
  • Successfully represented an international online retailer in a case involving allegations of €10m worth of fraudulent cross-border transfers, the case was dismissed by the court in February 2021.

CMS

CMS has made a strong push into white collar crime and is commended for its ‘passion for criminal law and the 24/7 availability‘. The practice is led by senior counsel Mihai Jiganie-Serban, who stands out for ‘his deep technical knowledge, very large practical experience and most of all, very pragmatic and holistic approach to a client‘. Having arrived in early 2020, he is now establishing the firm as one of the rare international practices to have genuine white-collar crime capabilities. In addition to compliance advice and training, risk management, and internal investigations, the team’s expertise extends to criminal litigations and investigations. Cosmin Cretu is considered ‘a really rising star in this field‘. Corporate partner Horia Draghici is also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Jiganie-Serban

Other key lawyers:

Horia Draghici; Cosmin Cretu

Testimonials

 ‘First of all I would underline the passion for criminal law and the 24/7 availability. Also the capacity to manage multidisciplinary tasks e.g. criminal law plus taxation. A strong team full of energy.’

‘I have experience of working with many white-collar crime attorneys over the years. Mihai Jiganie-Serban really stands out as an excellent professional. In particular, I would like to complement his deep technical knowledge, very large practical experience and most of all, very pragmatic and holistic approach to a client such as the company I represent. Any white-collar crime issues are extremely sensitive by their very nature, and having full trust in your attorney is a must. Mihai has earned this trust from the very beginning. I would also mention that on the Romanian market he is one of really few professionals, who understands the way multinational organizations work and easily adapts the approach and solutions to the specifics of the client (which is by the way a rare feature even among top WCC professionals in Romanian market, who frequently do not even speak English). Mihai’s speed of response and 24/7 availability is also something you do not see much in the market. So, I highly recommend him to any client. And this recommendation refers not only to the situation of a problem that already arose, but he is also great in preventive measures, training, educating his clients even when no incidents happen. E.g. We really appreciated a very pragmatic and practical WCC training course Mihai offered (again not something criminal lawyers in Romania are known for). It helped a lot to understand the criminal law system and real-life exposure for a firm like ours (and its staff).’

‘Mihai Jiganie-Serban and Cosmin Cretu are well-known among criminal law practitioners in Romania. Mihai is an astonishing lawyer who knows how to coordinate great teams, always choosing the best strategies, being known for his creative thinking and attention to legal detail. Cosmin is a magnificent young lawyer, who is always innovative, spending the extra effort to understand the particularities of the situation and finding the best legal ways for defending his clients. I worked with Mihai and Cosmin in several high-profile criminal cases and admired their overall approach.’

‘Very professional approach. High level of expertise. Very good networking. A pleasure to work with the team.’

‘Horia Draghici: exceptional analytical skills. Mihai Jiganie-Serban: excellent expertise; very good case communication; constant accessibility.’

‘Jiganie Mihai – very proactive, business oriented, always finding good solutions for his clients.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with, Mihai Jiganie-Serban and Cosmin Cretu are very qualified people, with very good theoretical knowledge of the Romanian law and practical skills. In a nutshell, we can say that we recommend them for their unique expertise regarding complex white-collar cases.’

‘The law firm covers all essential areas of economic law that a company needs and is also active worldwide through its network.’

‘Mihai Jiganie-Serban, Horia Draghici, Cosmin Cretu: as our main contact persons in various company-specific questions they can be described as an excellently well-coordinated team. they are fast, reliable, always well-prepared and available and this on a high level expertise.’

‘Mihai Jiganie Serban, the criminal law partner has a very long experience in criminal law and has managed various complex and renown cases with hundred of millions of euros stakes. he is well known and recognized as a sound specialist in criminal law field both by domestic and foreign partners. Cosmin Cretu is a really rising star in the field. His academic and practical skills are at the highest levels.’

Work highlights

  • Defending a global IT company in court against its links to alleged abuse of office claims in relation to a public tender.
  • Assisting a major US IT company in several criminal investigations concerning cyber crimes against the company.
  • Defending a European construction and infrastructure company against tax fraud and money laundering claims in relation to the implementation of a railway rehabilitation project in Romania.

ENACHE PIRTEA & Associates

ENACHE PIRTEA & Associates has made a strong impression on the market in a relatively short time, having launched in 2018. The highly rated practice has strong credentials across several fronts, including allegations of money laundering, embezzlement of EU funds, cybercrime, abuse of office and environmental crime. On the non-contentious front, it also assists clients with compliance training and related risk management issues. The practice is jointly led by senior partner Madalin Enache and managing partner Simona Pirtea  who have over 30 years’ experience between them. Other key members include recently promoted partner Bogdan Lamatic and managing associate Adrian Rusu  .

Practice head(s):

Simona Pirtea; Madalin Enache

Other key lawyers:

Bogdan Lamatic; Adrian Rusu

Testimonials

‘I work solely with Simona Pirtea for several years now. She is very dedicated to her clients and takes each case very seriously.’

‘Customer oriented, knowledgeable and solutions are the main strengths. They lack the stiffness that lawyers usually have (I don’t know how they do that, but that’s an innovative approach in this market).’

‘Simona Pirtea, Madalin Enache – Personally, I like the way they manage to transmit confidence through their knowledge and personal connection.’

‘Seriousness and professionalism are at maximum … I worked with Simona Pirtea, Madalin Enache, and Adrian Rusu and they were exactly what I needed.’

‘In this team is created a climate in which people want to do their best. It is an environment where everyone is empowered and could do their best and could make good decision based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.’

‘Madalin Pirtea enjoys working hard, is action oriented and full of energy for the things he sees as challenging. He could effectively cope with changes and could comfortably handle risk and uncertainty. He is easy to approach and talk to. Madalin genuinely cares about people and he demonstrated real empathy with the pain situations which impacted me.’

Key clients

ENEL Global Infrastructure & Network

E-DISTRIBUTIE Muntenia

KREDYT INKASO Investments

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

MEDLIFE

UIPATH

ALPHA BANK Romania

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 CLUJ

DABO International

TOURING Rent Auto

HANNER Imobiliare

GREAT ATLANTIC Impex

PROMPT SA

DSC Express Logistic

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing the former CEO’s and CFO’s of a leading global energy company in a criminal file regarding accusations of tax evasion and intellectual forgery.
  • Representing a European financial services company and its Romanian subsidiary in the complex cross-border investigation of an organised criminal group created by the former employees and business partners, at national and international level, which defrauded the companies of assets exceeding €25M.
  • Representing a rail company in relation to a complex criminal investigation of an incident involving civil and criminal responsibility for damages exceeding €7M.

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA

Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA has an ‘excellent white-collar crime team’ that is ‘solutions-oriented and always attentive‘. The team represents clients in criminal defence claims as well as companies affected by fraud. The team has a strong track record in litigation and its regional network makes it a reliable option for cross-border cases. The practice is also coupled with the corporate investigations and crisis management taskforce, and offers advice on risk management and compliance matters. Managing partner Sebastian Gutiu leads the team, which benefits from the expertise of specialist crime attorney Magdalena Roibu who ‘impresses peers and clients alike with her strategic legal thinking and capacity to swiftly react to very difficult, even critical situations in criminal trials’.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Guțiu

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Roibu

Testimonials

‘Schoenherr has a solid white-collar crime practice. They advise us in a complex high-stake criminal law trial and we are extremely happy with their service. What sets them apart in the market is their ability to anticipate how the next steps of the trial can impact our business.’

‘The highly proficient lawyer Magdalena Roibu is someone you want as your defendant in a criminal case. You can definitely rely on her advice and she is also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Magdalena Roibu is well known amongst peers for her passion for criminal law, her creative thinking and attention to legal detail. I have worked with Magdalena Roibu in a high-profile criminal case and her strength comes from the strategic thinking and the healthy knowledge in criminal law.’

‘Strong international capabilities combined with local market knowledge. Good offering in terms of team size, bench depth. Savvy lawyers in several practice areas. An excellent white-collar crime team, solutions-oriented and always attentive. Magdalena Roibu is definitely a forceful lawyer, with excellent argumentation skills and strong legal background.’

‘They strive to provide certainty and comfort to their clients that they are in control of not only the budget and costs, but also the timing. Tailored solutions are rendered fast. The knowledge, technology and training they have in place enable this to happen across the whole business. Giving their clients confidence that the advice they receive will be always of the highest quality. I clearly recommend them. A very competitive white-collar crime team which is top-tiered, alongside their other traditional practices.’

‘As to the white-collar crime practice, Magdalena Roibu impresses peers and clients alike with her strategic legal thinking and capacity to swiftly react to very difficult, even critical situations in criminal trials. I highly recommend her, not only for her lawyering skills, but also for her empathy towards each client’s case.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting a technology company in criminal investigations filed by the client against one of its business partners in Romania for cybercrimes.
  • Assisting a healthcare company in pressing criminal charges against one of its distributors in Romania, and the business’s director, for aggravated fraud.
  • Assisting an international company a in a criminal trial filed by a Romanian private individual against several companies (including the client) for setting up of an organised crime group, fraud, and forgery.

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA

Bondoc si Asociatii SCA has an active practice which regularly assists clients with internal audits and investigations, as well as compliance training. The team also represents clients on administrative and criminal proceedings and related civil claims. Managing partner Lucian Bondoc has strong experience of advising on criminal and administrative investigations. He jointly leads the team with litigation and arbitration partner Viorel Dinu, who regularly advises on white-collar crime proceedings, and represents clients before the relevant courts and criminal investigation bodies.

Practice head(s):

Lucian Bondoc; Viorel Dinu

Kinstellar

Kinstellar has strong experience of white-collar crime matters and also offers a comprehensive service on compliance, risk management and sensitive internal investigations. The growing practice is led by Remus Codreanu who is praised for ‘his extensive experience in investigations and even more complex white-collar crime cases, as well as his commitment, responsiveness, capacity to understand deeply and efficiently our needs‘. The team’s expertise includes cybercrime matters, corruption allegations, money laundering, tax evasion and organised crime. The firm represents several major international clients who also benefit from its strong regional network on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Remus Codreanu

Testimonials

‘We are very pleased with our collaboration. We would like to point the fact that, irrespective of the complexity of the cases, Kinstellar’s team of lawyers know what challenges you face, they always provide a broader view on your problems, they correctly identify all potential issues and risks while at the same time giving practical, clear and commercial advice. Kinstellar has demonstrated its reputation for excellent quality of services; they met our high standards in terms of legal advice, and we also appreciated the firm’s ability to deliver practical, efficient and swift answers in terms of all matters. Our collaboration with Kinstellar’s White-collar crime and Dispute Resolution teams has been smooth, transparent and efficient all along, with strong focus on our needs, objectives, specific timeframe.’

‘In terms of key contacts, we have been working with in Kinstellar, we would like to recognize Remus Codreanu whom we recommend for his extensive experience in investigations and even more complex white-collar crime cases, as well as his commitment, responsiveness, capacity to understand deeply and efficiently our needs, swift and result-oriented legal solutions and availability 24/7.’

‘Remus Codreanu – professional with excellent knowledge of local legal environment.’

‘Experienced and responsive lawyers with agency/prosecutorial experience and contacts.’

Key clients

Nitrogénművek

BH Chemical

CMC Electronics

Air Liquide Vitalaire

Envisan

Dow Europe

Work highlights

  • Advising CMC Electronics Aurora LLC in court proceedings challenging the public procurement procedure organised by Avioane Craiova SA for modernising the IAR 99 airplanes into a Super Soim configuration – a case with significant white-collar crime law angles.
  • Advising Air Liquide Vitalaire Romania on an ongoing white-collar crime case,  as well as administrative, tax evasion and employment law issues.
  • Represented Envisan in a complex white-collar crime case regarding suspected criminal tax evasion offences.

Musat & Asociatii

Musat & Asociatii retails a solid white collar crime practice despite the departure of litigation partner Gheorghe Buta, while criminal law expert Liviu Togan left to establish his own practice and works with the firm on a case-by-case basis. Gheorghe Musat  now leads the team with a strong cadre of associates, including the ‘trustworthy, reliable, experienced, knowledgeable and hard workingȘtefan Diaconescu. Litigation partner Cosmin Libotean  is also active in this area. The firm handles a wide range of cases and represents corporate clients and individuals in investigations and during related court proceedings. Further support is provided on internal investigations and tax, regulatory and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Gheorghe Muşat; Cosmin Libotean

Other key lawyers:

Alexandru Terța; Ștefan Diaconescu

Testimonials

‘They are trustworthy, reliable and experienced. An old company who is always there for you no matter how long is your litigation. I work with Stefan Diaconescu and he is a trustworthy, reliable, experienced, knowledgeable and hard working lawyer.’

‘The white-collar crime team from Musat & Asociatii really stands out due to their quality, their direct approach to problem solving and the level of their commitment. Stefan Diaconescu is one of the most remarkable criminal defense attorneys we have collaborated with, having the ability to achieve amazing results in highly complex criminal cases. His drafting skills and ability to be calm under any circumstances makes him our go-to lawyer in criminal cases.’

Key clients

Tekpad Distribution

Profi Rom Food

Pharmnet Plus

MHS Truck & Bus

Rompetrol Rafinare

Leoni AG

Kaufland Romania

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Rompetrol Rafinare (including the companies within the KMGI group), in its defence in a white-collar related case.
  • Representing Leoni and its Romanian subsidiary, a leading global supplier of wires, cables and wiring systems, in relation to an IT fraud investigation across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Assisting and representing Engie Romania, in several criminal cases and damages claims involving gas explosions and other incidents.

Popescu & Asociatii

Popescu & Asociatii has an active practice with a strong grounding across a range of white collar crime matters. The firm has a strong litigation arm, which regularly represents and defends clients on related criminal, fiscal and administrative litigations and investigations. This includes advice on civil damages claims within criminal law procedures. The practice also offers consultancy and crime prevention services to help clients with risk management and compliance. Founding partner Octavian Popescu  and Adrian Chirvase , who is especially strong on criminal business law and tax fraud matters, are both highly regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Octavian Popescu; Adrian Chirvase

Key clients

BANCA TRANSILVANIA

LEUMI BANK ROMANIA

ENEL

KAUFLAND ROMANIA

MEGA IMAGE

MYTILNEOS HOLDING

ATLANTIC MOTORS

SOMETRA SA

BUCHAREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

ACADEMIA ROMANA

Work highlights

  • Assisting Banca Transilvania on the implementation of anti-money laundering procedures.
  • Advising the electricity distributor ENEL Group in relation to a wide range of intellectual property and white-collar crime disputes arising from the violation of trademark rights.
  • Advising the electricity supplier, Electrica Furnizare, in a criminal investigation relating to the insolvency of Oltchim.

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii‘s white collar crime team is led by the versatile Alexandru Ambrozie  who also co-heads the firm’s banking, capital markets and tax practices. The practice regularly assists its domestic and international clients in defending and mitigating claims on a range of related issues, including tax evasion, money laundering and the embezzlement of EU funds. This includes close work with other departments within the firm on associated financial services, public procurement and tax issues. Litigation associate Alexandru Nicolae and the ‘hard working and always helpful‘ senior associate Ana Stoenescu are also active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Ambrozie

Other key lawyers:

Ana Stoenescu

Testimonials

‘Alexandru Ambrozie is efficient, easy to work with, client friendly and gives straightforward advice. Ana Stoenescu is hard working and always helpful.’

Key clients

Federal Assurance

Fondul Proprietatea

Auchan

DB Schenker

Orange

Philips

Medist

Ductil/Lincoln Electric Group

Ameropa

BLOM Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Medist Group, one of the largest Romanian distributors of MRI and CT equipment, on a criminal investigation started following an incident that occurred at Matei Bals hospital ICU unit that caused the death of three patients suffering from coronavirus.
  • Defending the Belgian insurer, Federale Assurance, in the final appeal of a complex manslaughter case involving significant civil liabilities.

Vernon | David

Vernon | David provides clients with a wide range of compliance and anti-corruption advice, including internal reviews and investigations. The team also has good experience in representing companies and individuals in relation to investigations, often involving tax-related issues. The firm has been involved in several civil and criminal claims linked to major financial services clients. Founding partners Charles Vernon   and litigator Daniela David  are both experienced in this area, while Maria Nica  leads the compliance side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vernon; Daniela David

Work highlights

  • Advising Victoriabank on a complex matter in the U.S. involving the freezing/seizing of over $13 million from a US correspondent account.
  • Advising the Australian winery, Casella Wines, on the seizure of counterfeit wine in the Republic of Moldova and the illegal use of the client’s brand.
  • Representing TMK Group on a complex tax case against the Romanian State.

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii

Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has an experienced team that regularly assists with criminal investigations and internal risk management. Clients, including major international brands, praise the firm for its ‘excellent group of criminal defence lawyers‘. Managing associate Manuela Gornoviceanu is particularly well-regarded and is ‘an amazing attorney to work with, extremely thorough and hands on‘. Founding partner Florentin Tuca  currently heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Florentin Tuca

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Gornoviceanu

Testimonials

‘Outstanding professionalism.’

‘Excellent group of criminal defence lawyers, offering expert legal representation but also advising on preventative measures and compliance programs designed to reduce the risk of civil and criminal penalties. The team is competent and committed, with particular capabilities as regards handling bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, reputation and defamation.’

‘Manuela Gornoviceanu shines due to her in-depth knowledge . She has good instincts, she is smart, capable and direct. Her knowledge of the criminal and criminal procedural law, her practical experience and attention to detail are qualities that show up in her work. She is an amazing attorney to work with, extremely thorough and hands on. Other lawyers in her team are Cristina Brandabur, Constantin Matei, Catalin Curteza.’

‘Excellent knowledge, experience and client service sense. Large specialized team in all legal fields. One of the very few large law firm with very balanced and very strong expertise in white-collar crime practice (which is not frequent in Romania). You really feel like they care, they protect and fight for you.’

‘They have one of the largest if not the largest team in the market. I have worked constantly with Manuela Gornoviceanu (Associate). Very experienced and connected with all incident areas, objectives, focused, prompt and reliable. Fighting for the client. Manuela is very likely the best lawyer in the market in this field. The entire team Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii is very, very good.’

Work highlights

  • Legal assistance to a leading international company active in the FMCG industry on preventing a potential criminal claim.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in a complex criminal case regarding contraband and counterfeiting.