Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss > Bucharest, Romania
Wolf Theiss Offices
4 VASILE ALECSANDRI STREET
Wolf Theiss > The Legal 500 Rankings
Wolf Theiss has established itself as one of the market's most active domestic and regional corporate practices. The firm helped close over 25 M&A deals in 2019, and was also involved in several significant joint ventures, commercial projects and tenders. The team's lawyers have a good understanding of Romania's key industries, including TMT, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Practice head Ileana Glodeanu has a strong standing with clients, as do more junior lawyers, such as counsel Mircea Ciocîrlea and senior associates Luciana Tache and George Ghitu. Bryan Jardine, the firm's managing partner who is admitted both in Romania and California, is another name of note.
Other key lawyers:
Bryan Jardine; Mircea Ciocîrlea; Luciana Tache; George Ghitu
‘The team is very motivated to address its client’s needs in a most appropriate and efficient manner. They are always running the extra mile for the client and are very commercially and deal oriented which greatly facilitates the transaction and closing process. They are very responsive and well prepared to quickly address complex matters.’
‘What makes this practice unique is the professionalism and quality of the work of the lawyers. Humanity, compassion, solution driven, accessibility, knowledge. I have worked with Ileana Glodeanu and her team for many times and she is definitely on top of my list of lawyers to work with on a transaction.’
‘Friendly, approachable and committed team. A diverse team with strong female leadership.’
‘George Ghitu has been absolutely first rate.’
‘Luciana Tache is an excellent and thorough lawyer, always ready to go the extra mile.’
Also Holding AG
Agrium Europe SA (Nutrien group)
The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
House of HR N.V.
Ingka Investments BV (Ikea group)
Ice Lake Capital Management B.V.
Johnson Controls International
Merck & Co., Inc.
Revetas Capital Advisors LLP
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Wolf Theiss boasts several seasoned litigators, including popular practice head Ligia Popescu, who offer a strong combination of domestic and cross-border expertise. Popescu is backed by an experienced team that includes the up-and-coming Andreea Zvâc. International clients also appreciate the input of Bryan Jardine, particularly when explaining the intricacies of the local market. The firm is regularly involved in significant fiscal and post-privatisation claims, and is also experienced in international arbitration, white collar crime, employment and IP matters.
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Other key lawyers:
Bryan Jardine; Andreea Zvâc
‘We are extremely satisfied with Wolf Theiss’ dispute resolution practice. They are dedicated to client relationships, the lawyers will always make you feel valued and in safe hands, the communication with them being persistently clear and to the point, without any unnecessarily long statements or missing information. The advice we received was tailor-made which always took our individual and specific needs into account. Another key competence of the dispute resolution team is their sector-specific knowledge.’
‘Partner Ligia Cecilia Popescu and Counsel Andreea Zvac have a vast experience and are dedicated to provide valuable results to the client. They are extremely professional and experience in matters like commercial disputes and arbitration. Andreea Zvac is our main point of contact and she is extremely quick in grasping the essential points of any given matter and never loses sight of details.’
‘A very solid team of talented and well-trained lawyers with the local knowledge essential for sensibly managing litigation in Romania but also very user-friendly for US clients, especially as the office is headed by a US lawyer who has lived and Romania for decades.’
‘Ligia Popescu is superb – knowledgeable on arbitration, excellent on strategy.’
‘Bryan Jardine – Dual-qualified US and Romanian lawyer (from Los Angeles) who leads the office and is a valuable resource in translating local issues for easy understanding by a US client.’
Al-Arrab Contracting Company Ltd.
Aberdeen Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft MBH
BIOWORKS Verfahrenstechnik GmbH
Burlington Capital International
Degi Millennium Tower SRL
Energreen Investment Europe S.A.
Fundatia Conservation Carpathia (FCC)
GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG
International Automotive Components (IAC)
Elinoil Hellenic Petroleum Company S.A
Employment Tier 2
Wolf Theiss has a good track record advising on the full spectrum of employment-related legal issues. The team was especially active providing employment support on major cross-border transactions and reorganisations, and the firm's regional presence gives it an edge. COVID-19 related advice featured prominently and the firm also has good experience negotiating with unions and other employee bodies. Counsel Adelina Iftime-Blagean and senior associate Andreea Stan come highly recommended. Ileana Glodeanu leads the team.
Ileana Glodeanu; Adelina Iftime-Blagean
Other key lawyers:
‘It is always a pleasure to collaborate due to their professionalism and the high level of debates we have on various employment topics. They are very knowledgeable of the legal employment matters specific to various industries, therefore they are able to adapt their services to the client’s business context and respond to their specific needs.’
‘The team delivers quality results with lightning speed. In the employment team, Andreea Stan stands out with business oriented solutions, catered to our particular company and shows a deep understanding of the market.’
‘The team at Wolf Theiss is very professional and always resourceful. Their advice is appreciated in our company.’
‘Adelina Iftime-Blagean is a very responsive and knowledgeable lawyer. She guarantees a seamless cooperation and friendly communication, while always focusing on pragmatic and effective solutions for the client.’
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals SRL
International Automotive Components Group (IAC)
ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland Company)
Land Power (Lukoil group)
Centrica Hive Limited
FM Insurance Company Limited
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2Wolf Theiss stands out for its ability to handle a broad range of cross-border and domestic restructurings and insolvencies. The team, led by Ileana Glodeanu, works closely with colleagues in other jurisdictions to provide an integrated regional approach. This includes advice to major debtors and creditors on contentious and non-contentious issues, including distressed asset sales and acquisitions and NPL portfolios. Bryan Jardine is also well regarded.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ileana Glodeanu has a very hands-on, pragmatic approach, and good and fast service.’
Banking and finance Tier 3
Wolf Theiss provides a strong blend of domestic and cross-border banking and finance support. Debt capital markets, syndicated loans, structured finance and non-performing loan transactions feature prominently on the firm's workload, and the firm is especially strong in asset-based, real estate and project finance. The team, led by the highly rated Claudia Chiper, also advises on regulatory and consumer protection issues, as well as payment services and digitalisation matters.
‘Their knowledge of Romanian law matters in combination with a great expertise in international financing makes them a law firm to work with in Romania. Claudia Chiper is a truly professional and committed lawyer. Her availability and dedication is remarkable, and I would highlight her expertise with respect to GDPR implementation in Romania. She is reliable, dedicated and pleasant to work with, and her commitment to find practical solutions is her advantage.’
‘They have a strong team with expertise in the field of bank financing and capital markets and work on a cross-border basis seemingly as one team. We never felt any disruptions or breaks in communication due to the involvement of several offices. Quality of work is high as well as their responsiveness, which makes it for a perfect combination when in need to close an important transaction in a relatively short period of time. This is a team that knows what is doing, does it well and goes above and beyond when servicing their client.’
B2KAPITAL PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT SRL
BANCA COMERCIALA ROMANA
CVI DOM MAKLERSKI SP. Z O.O.
ELINOIL HELLENIC PETROLEUM COMPANY
ERSTE GROUP BANK AG
EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AN DEVELOPMENT
EUROPEAN FUND FOR SOUTHEAST EUROPE SA
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
FEDERAL-MOGUL MOTORPARTS SERVICES
FIRST BANK (FORMER PIRAEUS BANK S.A.)
GEMCORP CAPITAL LLP
INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS GROUP SRL
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK
KREDYT INKASO S.A.
OTP BANK NYRT
RAIFFEISEN BANK SA
REVETAS CAPITAL ADVISORS
Energy and natural resources Tier 3
Wolf Theiss has a versatile energy and natural resources group with a strong regional presence in Central and South Eastern Europe. The practice is especially active on the infrastructure development side, and has a good track record advising on conventional and renewable energy projects. Corporate and regulatory advice also feature high on the agenda, as does energy-related litigation. Bryan Jardine leads the team, which includes counsel Flaviu Nanu.
Other key lawyers:
IKEA group (Ingka Investments)
European Investment Bank
Energreen Investment Europe S.A.
EFET (European Federation of Energy Traders)
GE International Wilmington
EU and competition Tier 3
Wolf Theiss reinvested in this area with the arrival of its highly rated new practice head Anca Jurcovan, formerly a lawyer at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii. The specialised team provides strong transactional support to the firm's M&A practice and also provides standalone litigation and regulatory advice. The firm's domestic and international clients also benefit from the firm's regional presence, providing a seamless service on major cross-border transactions. More recently the firm has secured some impressive panel appointments for clients in heavily regulated sectors such as telecoms and life sciences.
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, understands not only the legal framework, but also the economic environment and the sector in which we are active, which is critical for competition matters. The team guides us on how we can strategically approach competition related matters and the authorities.’
‘Professional lawyers, highly experienced, business oriented and last but very important – professionals with high ethical standards.’
‘Anca Jurcovan has an excellent sense for what matters, for what arguments are relevant and is incredibly well articulated. Any document produced by Anca will be easy to read, is well structured and stands out for its impeccable logic.’
Real estate and construction Tier 3
Wolf Theiss has extensive experience advising local and international investors on major real estate transactions and development issues. This includes support on construction contracts, financings, lease agreements, and related administrative matters and disputes. The cross-sector expertise spans hospitality, residential, office buildings, logistics and also agribusiness and forestry. The firm's regional network also helps the cross-border nature of the its workload. Managing partner Bryan Jardine and counsel Flaviu Nanu are two of the firm's lead lawyers in this area.
Bryan Jardine; Flaviu Nanu
‘The team is very knowledgeable and very responsive also for substantial engagement on short notice. They are very responsive and always add value with their advice on complex matters.’
‘It is always a pleasure to communicate and work with the team. They are always providing valuable advice which is straight to the point and contributes to finding efficient solutions to complex legal matters.’
Aberdeen Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh, Degi Millennium Tower SRL
Revetas Capital Advisors LLP
Liberty Global Transaction Solutions
Erste Group Bank
Banca Comerciala Romana S.A.
OTP Bank Nyrt. OTP Bank Romania S.A.
Beazley Furlonge Limited
TMT Tier 3
Wolf Theiss is extremely popular with clients, and is noted for its strong regional approach for cross-border matters. The team is strong on the corporate front, where practice head Ileana Glodeanu is especially active. The practice has good expertise in several sub-sectors such as fintech, while also offering support on industry-wide issues such as data protection and regulatory law. Senior associate Luciana Tache is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘We came to Wolf Theiss in Romania with an urgent matter relating to an arcane and emerging area of the law. The practice worked together to provide a comprehensive and effective set of advice that was both useful and comprehensive.’
‘Strong support at all level of business development from start ups to large corporate. Hands on and involved partner time irrespective of deal size.’
‘Very responsive and excellent industry knowledge.’
‘Luciana Tache assisted us with regulatory advice. She was highly responsive in a short timeframe and her advice on difficult topics was clear and targeted with good industry knowledge.’
‘Partner Ileana Glodeanu stands out. Her advice was business-focused, comprehensive and timely, even under severe time constraints. It was a pleasure working with her.’
‘Ileana Glodeanu is very business oriented, open minded and willing to find mutually acceptable solutions.’
Wolf Theiss > Firm Profile
The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 340 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.
This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.
Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
*As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.
Areas of practice: Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.
Romania: Before opening its Bucharest office in 2005, Wolf Theiss had already been successfully representing international clients in this local market for many years. The Romania office is one of the firm’s fastest growing with a team comprising 30 lawyers (including six partners). The local lawyers have extensive experience in all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate M&A, dispute resolution, banking & finance, data protection, energy and real estate. The firm has advised clients on sophisticated cross-border transactions in a variety of industry sectors. Wolf Theiss’ Romanian office is led by Bryan Wilson Jardine, who is a member of the California and Bucharest (foreign admitted counsellor) Bars.
|Banking and financial services||Claudia Chiperemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 171|
|Competition/antitrust||Anca Jurcovanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+40 21 3088 107|
|Corporate/M&A||Bryan W Jardineemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 102|
|Corporate/M&A||Ileana Glodeanufirstname.lastname@example.org||+40 21 3088 111|
|Dispute resolution||Ligia Cecilia Popescuemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 108|
|Employment||Ileana Glodeanufirstname.lastname@example.org||+40 21 3088 111|
|Energy and infrastructure||Bryan W Jardineemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 102|
|Intellectual property||Ligia Cecilia Popescufirstname.lastname@example.org||+40 21 3088 108|
|Real estate||Bryan W Jardineemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 102|
|Regulatory and procurement||Ligia Cecilia Popescufirstname.lastname@example.org||+40 21 3088 108|
|TMT (technology, media, telecom)||Ileana Glodeanuemail@example.com||+40 21 3088 111|
|Ms Adina Aurel||Senior Associate.||View Profile|
|Ms Claudia Chiper||Partner, specialised in Banking & Finance, Competition & Antitrust and Capital Markets.||View Profile|
|Mr Mircea Ciocîrlea||Counsel, Wolf Theiss, specialising in corporate law and mergers & acquisitions. Work…||View Profile|
|Mr George Ghitu||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Ileana Glodeanu||Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2014, specialized in Corporate/M&A, particularly corporate transactions, projects,…||View Profile|
|Ms Adelina Iftime-Blagean||Counsel, specialised in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Employment Law, Privatisations.||View Profile|
|JUDr Bryan Jardine||Partner; specialised in Corporate/M&A with a focus on renewable and conventional energy,…||View Profile|
|Ms Anca Jurcovan||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Flaviu Nanu||Counsel.||View Profile|
|Ms Ligia Popescu||Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2013; specialized in Dispute Resolution, Competition, Corporate and…||View Profile|
|Ms Andreea Stan||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Luciana Tache||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Edwina Udrescu||Senior Associate.||View Profile|
|Ms Andreea Zvâc||Counsel, Wolf Theiss, since 2019, specialising in a broad range of civil…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 340 at this office : 30
LanguagesEnglish French German Romanian Spanish
OtherContact : Bryan Wilson Jardine (local managing partner) Other offices : Belgrade Other offices : Bratislava Other offices : Budapest Other offices : Kyiv Other offices : Ljubljana Other offices : Prague Other offices : Sarajevo Other offices : Sofia Other offices : Tirana Other offices : Vienna Other offices : Warsaw Other offices : Zagreb
At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.
For us, uniting people in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.
Our leadership team is comprised of 25% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% of our senior lawyers are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives.
Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014. In 2020, we won in the categories “Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm” and “Best national firm mentorship programme” at the European Women in Business Law Awards.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.
One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole.