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Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii
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Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration; Insolvency.


Ioana Hrisafi-Josan is a Partner at Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii and co-heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group, the largest department within the firm. She has successfully covered a wide range of commercial cases, including complex bankruptcy proceedings, competition law related litigations, labour disputes, contentious and administrative disputes, including tax disputes. She has also dealt with a variety of real estate litigation including claims on restitution of nationalized properties and expropriation.

A former President Judge of a Bucharest district court, Ioana Hrisafi-Josan is a pleading lawyer before Romanian courts of all levels, including in front of the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the Constitutional Court. In addition, she has been involved in complex domestic and international arbitration files. She is a Certified Expert in Public Procurement.

Ioana Hrisafi-Josan is a frequent lecturer at various local and international conferences and author of numerous articles in leading publications on litigation, restructuring and insolvency matters.


Partner, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii (from 2008 to present), Senior Associate, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii (from 2005 to 2007), Senior Associate, Muşat & Asociaţii (from 2002 to 2005), Judge, vice-president and president of the 5th District Court in Bucharest (from 1995 to 2002).




Bucharest Bar Association


University of Bucharest (LL.B., 1995)

Lawyer Rankings

Romania > Dispute resolution

The nine-partner practice at Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii is well regarded for both domestic and international arbitration. It represents Gabriel Resources (Canada) and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) in proceedings initiated against the Romanian state regarding a proposed breach by the Romanian government of the Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments made with Canada, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The team also represents Alstom Transport in a dispute with CFR in relation to public acquisition contracts totalling €290m. Robert Roşu, Cornel Popa, Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Levana Zigmund are the names to note.

Romania > Intellectual property

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii represented Philip Morris in seeking damages from individuals and companies who had introduced counterfeit goods into the market. It also assisted Overseas Group Impex with the sale of a business line as well as the brands attached to it. Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Ciprian Dragomir jointly head the practice and are adept at handling counterfeiting issues, IP-related disputes and advisory work. Managing associate Bogdan Halcu is also singled out.

Romania > White-collar crime

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.