Vernon | David > Bucharest, Romania > Firm Profile

Vernon | David
12A Dr. Burghelea Str

Romania > Employment Tier 2

Vernon | David has ‘a very well trained team in the field of employment law, both in the consulting and in the litigation area’. As well as strategic and day-to-day employment issues, the firm has a good grounding in internal investigations and related disciplinary issues. The firm is especially popular within the financial services sector. Diana Neagu leads the highly regarded team, which also benefits from the expertise of founding partner Daniela David  who ‘is a very experienced lawyer in all sorts of employment matters‘. Senior associate Laura Irizea is singled our for her ‘her intelligence and energy‘.

Practice head(s):

Diana Neagu

Other key lawyers:

Daniela David; Laura Irizea


‘I found the law firm to be a very good and easy communication partner, well prepared and flexible, looking for solutions that best fit our needs. They always pick-up the phone, which is refreshing.’

‘I’ve mainly discussed with partner Maria Nica, but also with Laura Popa, Senior Associate. I found their quickness in understanding the problems and providing tailored solutions extraordinary. Always available, they are also very proactive, making sure we are up to date on legal requirements which change so often in the employment area.’

‘A very well trained team in the field of labor law, both in the consulting and in the litigation area.’

‘The two attorneys from Vernon | David law firm that we’ve worked with are professional. We’ve appreciated the detailed explanation, well-structured procedure and prompt answers . They seemed to be very well prepared and had an objective approach to all legal matters. For example, during the negotiations, when the employee’s representative asked them different questions, the answer was clear, citing the law and offering examples and not taking sides, which was a good thing as the employees understood the attorneys ‘role was to assist us draw an overall good agreement for both parties.’

‘Vernon David has a great professional team, with clear and quick solutions for their customers. The collaboration was very good in terms of timeliness, solutions, interpersonal communication and support. I warmly recommend them to other counterparties.’

‘Daniela David is the head of the firm’s litigation department and has significant experience in labour, commercial and civil litigation. Besides being an active arbitrator, she is also a licensed mediator. Dana is one of Romania’s leading labour litigation lawyers and has significant experience in complex employment disputes, including advising on senior management misconduct and termination cases. She has experience in dismissal employees due to a restructuring plan, working with her with one of my previous employers.’

‘We really appreciate our collaboration with Vernon | David and we have a very good opinion about them, they are very prompt and efficient in providing the support we need.’

‘Great communication skills and knowledge of the laws, assertiveness , attention to details, problem solving oriented.’

Key clients

Amring Pharmaceutical

Banca Transilvania


Intesa SanPaolo Bank

Raycap Corporation

FIS Romania


Xannat Minerals (former Tarmac Romania, part of Anglo-American Group)

TMK Group



Brown Forman

Bitron Electronics

Alpha Bank

Agrics group

Ideea Bank

Banca Romaneasca

PayPoint Plc

TechVentures Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Banca Transilvania in a litigation with former employees who had breached GDPR rules as well as advising Banca Transilvania in a sensitive disciplinary investigation of a member of senior management.
  • Advising Spearhead on the drafting and implementation of the company’s anti-harassment policies.
  • Advising TMK Group in a complex and lengthy disciplinary investigation of seven employees regarding the possible theft of high-value company assets.

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Vernon | David has a small but extremely popular disputes practice. It represents a broad mix of major domestic clients, such as Banca Transilvania, and international companies, including Abengoa and National Bank of Greece. Praised for its ‘high degree of quality and responsiveness‘ , the team is especially noted for its expertise in employment, tax, infrastructure and environmental cases. Practice head Daniela David   has nearly 30 years’ experience and is ‘extraordinary from the point of view of technical skills‘. Her team includes Irina Parvulescu, who brings ‘sharp purpose and ability‘ and the ‘very smart and reliableLaura Irizea.

Practice head(s):

Daniela David

Other key lawyers:


‘Vernon|David is an outstanding professional law firm. We believe that they provide a distinctively high degree of quality and responsiveness that helped us to navigate change, seize opportunities and overcome legal challenges.’

‘The leader of the team was. Daniela David, who has more than 27 years of experience as lawyer. She is extraordinary from the point of view of technical skills. Also, she understands very well our business and her advice had a practical approach. We also got to work with Laura Popa (Irizea). She is very smart and reliable, always ready to assist. I have to say it was a great pleasure to work with the whole team.’

‘This is a very professional team. Mainly our needs are commercial in nature, but from time to time they vary and Vernon & David are able to accommodate.’

‘I appreciate confidentiality. In Romania this is an issue, as everybody discusses everything with somebody. Here I know my business stays private as it should be.’

‘The litigation team of Vernon|David is great. We have a very good communication and they find suitable solutions for our complex and sensitive cases.’

‘Daniela David is the best lawyer. We have a very good collaboration and her experience helps a lot. We have a solid client–attorney relationship with her. She is a great professional, with steady understanding of our business, provides us with quick and complex solutions to our legal issues. We also worked with Laura Irizea – a skilled lawyer.’

‘Reliable and highly professional team. All of them are proactive and pro client, always struggling to find good and convenient solutions for their clients.’

‘A real pleasure to collaborate with this team (Irina, Simona, Alexandra, all of them). There is no complaint I could make since our collaboration has started, more than five years ago. Their assets: professionalism, seriousness, communication, education, punctuality.’

Key clients

TMK (TMK-Artrom and TMK-Resita)



Banca Transilvania

SBR (subsidiary of Solentache Bachy)

National Bank of Greece

Intesa San Paolo


Lakeside Food Group


Ideea Bank



Work highlights

  • Successfully represented TMK in the Supreme Court in a groundbreaking and complex dispute with the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) and the Romanian Government over green certificates.
  • Representing the National Bank of Greece before the Supreme Court in a tax dispute with the Romanian fiscal authorities.
  • Representing Abengoa in several cases concerning a major urban water project.

Romania > White-collar crime Tier 3

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.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Vernon | David has strong credentials for representing international clients on their transactional and day-to-day interests. A market-leading office in Moldova also gives it an edge for companies operating between both sides of the Prut. Clients praise a ‘client-oriented‘ team with experience of a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, IT, and mining. The firm has recently been involved in several cross-border company restructurings and divestments. Practice head Maria Nica  is praised for her ‘very in-depth legal knowledge‘. Founding partner Charles Vernon is also heavily involved in this area.

Practice head(s):

Maria Nica

Other key lawyers:


‘Vernon David has significant expertise in various industries. Also, they have good international expertise. They are dealing with various clients: from international corporations to local companies. Its team is focused on objectives.’

‘The partners and managers we worked with are client oriented and have good rate of success in Court cases or find tailored solutions. They are also fast in responding any queries.’

‘They always strive to understand the business and their legal advice is always adapted to commercial realities and to the actual needs. Thinking outside the box and providing legal solutions adapted to reality.’

‘I work with Maria Nica on corporate, compliance, acquisitions and commercial. She has a very in-depth legal knowledge and she makes the client easily navigate and understand the legal aspects of the business. She also has a good sense of business which, combined with her very good knowledge of legal concepts, makes her a very good asset for the team in international and also foreign transactions’

‘Highly receptive to our needs, with almost immediate responses to any request that might arise from our side, followed by crystal clear communication and continuous dedication.’

Vernon | David is a boutique law firm specializing in complex commercial transactions and disputes, regulatory matters and compliance issues. We provide high-end bespoke legal advice to a wide array of domestic and international clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies and foreign governments.  Currently, we have offices in Bucharest, Romania and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Our law firm is structured to provide comprehensive, high-quality legal services to serve the domestic and international needs of our clients drawing on the combined resources and varied expertise of our lawyers.  Our goal is to accomplish the client’s objectives in a succinct and efficient manner.

The law firm has worked on some of the largest deals and transactions in Romanian history, including advising TMK with its acquisition of Resita Steel (currently the largest steel producer in Romania), assisting Iulius Mall with the Palas Mall (one of the Romania’s largest retail centers) as well as representing Xannat (former Anglo-American group company and Romania’s largest aggregates mining company) with its management buy-out.

Our Chisinau-based team of American and Moldovan attorneys works closely with our Bucharest office in advising clients on a range of investment-related matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate issues, labor matters, tax, IP, environmental regulations and general commercial transactions.  We also have a dynamic commercial litigation practice.

As active members of the local and foreign business community, we have been involved in a variety of business and legislative initiatives, including drafting the leasing laws of Moldova and taking a leading role in the reform of the Moldovan labor legislation.  In addition, members of our firm act on various local boards and charities, including being board members of the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Business Association (EBA).

Vernon│David today has seven partners (Charles Vernon, Daniela David, Maria Nica, Corina Tiganas, Diana Neagu Sergiu Bivol and Roman Ivanov) and over 25 associates and staff in both Bucharest and Chisinau.

Practice areas: Since its establishment in 2001, Vernon | David has grown rapidly to become a highly-specialized law firm with a wide variety of experience and skills. Recognized for their legal innovation and pragmatic advice, our team has the knowledge, diligence and ambitious to get the job done.  Practice include:

  • Agriculture
  • Banking and finance
  • Compliance, fraud and white-collar-crime
  • Corporate and commercial Law
  • Data, privacy and cybersecurity
  • Disputes, litigation and arbitration
  • Employment and labor law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Food, beverages and retail
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate and construction
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Tax audits and litigation
Charles Vernon, Managing
Daniela David, Senior
Maria Nica,
Diana Neagu,
Corina Tiganas,
Sergiu Bivol, (0)22-26-09-22
Roman Ivanov, (0)22-26-09-22
English (fluent)
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