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Wolf Theiss

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Wolf Theiss ‘handles matters very smoothly and produces high-quality deliverables’. Practice head Ileana Glodeanu, an expert in the energy, TMT and pharmaceutical industries, is supported by Bryan Jardine. He is praised for his ‘experience-based assessments’ and, jointly with Glodeanu, advised Bain Capital Private Equity on acquiring Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division, a matter spanning six jurisdictions. General Electric instructed the team in the proposed $2.6bn sale of its industrial solutions business to ABB.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Wolf Theiss has ‘an excellent, experienced team’ led by the ‘competent, proactive and solutions-orientedLigia Popescu. It successfully defended Northern Ireland-based Northstone in a first instance claim alleging the failure to perform management services and moral damages under a joint venture procurement agreement. In another highlight, it defended nonprofit Fundaţia Conservation Carpathia in a claim brought against it for alleged reputational damages. Senior associate Andreea Zvâc provides an ‘excellent service’.

Employment Tier 2

The ‘professional’ team at Wolf Theiss is ‘friendly’, ‘helpful’ and ‘ready to find practical solutions’. It is assisting Luigi Lavazza with an employment termination case and regularly handles the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and transactions. Ileana Glodeanu and Adelina Iftime-Blagean lead the practice.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The practice at Wolf Theiss is jointly lead by Ileana Glodeanu, Bryan Jardine and Ligia Popescu. It handles the full range of insolvency-related issues, namely corporate matters, the enforcement of securities, judicial administrator challenges and related litigation. Jardine and Glodeanu are acting for MFC Commodities, one of the largest unsecured creditors in the insolvency proceedings concerning state-owned chemical producer Oltchim.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Wolf Theiss' expertise lies in the oil & gas, automotive, energy, telecoms, steel and shipping industries. The team also has real estate sector expertise and acted for Revetas Capital in the acquisition of a high-value hotel complex spanning 86,000sqm. The practice, led by Claudia Chiper, had a busy year on the NPL front and recently advised B2Kapital on the purchase of a €271m NPL portfolio. Additional key areas of work include project finance, private placements, regulatory matters and FinTech. Senior associate Ramona Hromei departed to set up her own firm.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Wolf Theiss is ‘highly experienced in the energy sector’ and provides ‘thorough, clear and very helpful’ analysis. Highlights included advising General Electric Power Services Romania on the registration, sale and leaseback of a generator and turbine manufacturing facility in Bucharest. Bryan Jardine leads the practice jointly with Ciprian Glodeanu, who ‘delivers high-quality services’.  The team has expertise across the oil and gas, nuclear power and renewables sectors.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Key areas of work for Wolf Theiss include transactions, construction and development, leasing, asset management, finance and dispute resolution. Practice head Ciprian Glodeanu advised Revetas Capital on its acquisition of a 86,000sqm Bucharest hotel. The group also assisted Peek & Cloppenburg with three lease agreement negotiations for retail space at the Iulius shopping mall in Timișoara.

TMT Tier 3

Wolf Theiss advised the Romanian Payments Association on the development of an IT app for managing tax payments. Additional highlights included a number of GDPR-related instructions, handled by practice head Maria Maxim. Fields of expertise include IT outsourcing, cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and telecoms.

EU and competition Tier 4

Wolf Theiss' practice head Adrian Şter represents SC Diferit in a Competition Council investigation into alleged bid rigging in the road maintenance sector. Ster is assisted by recently promoted partner Claudia Chiper; the pair also provides day-to-day competition advice to Henkel Romania. Industries of expertise include retail, pharmaceuticals, transport and FMCG.

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, North Macedonia and Turkey.

*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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and financial services Claudia Chiper
Competition/antitrust Anca Jurcovan
Corporate/M&A Bryan W Jardine
Corporate/M&A Ileana Glodeanu
Dispute resolution Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Employment Ileana Glodeanu
Energy and infrastructure Bryan W Jardine
Intellectual property Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Real estate Bryan W Jardine
Regulatory and procurement Ligia Cecilia Popescu
TMT (technology, media, telecom) Ileana Glodeanu
Photo Name Position Profile
 Adina Aurel  photo Adina Aurel
 Ligia Berbecar  photo Ligia Berbecar
Ms Claudia Chiper  photo Ms Claudia Chiper
 Mircea Ciocîrlea  photo Mircea Ciocîrlea
Ms Ileana Glodeanu  photo Ms Ileana Glodeanu
Ms Adelina Iftime-Blagean  photo Ms Adelina Iftime-Blagean
JUDr Bryan Jardine  photo JUDr Bryan Jardine
 Flaviu Nanu  photo Flaviu Nanu
Ms Ligia Popescu  photo Ms Ligia Popescu
 Edwina Udrescu  photo Edwina Udrescu
 Andreea Zvâc  photo Andreea Zvâc
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 30
Contact : 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 different 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 and 52% 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.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015&2014.