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Biris Goran SPARL

Romania > Tax Tier 1

Biris Goran SPARL‘s offering is ‘one of the best, if not the best, tax advice teams in Romania’, offering tax and legal advice for clients across the cosmetics, energy, pharma, banking, real estate and betting sectors. The team's particular focus is tax litigation, regularly representing multinationals and institutional clients in sensitive claims including obtaining penalty payments from state authorities for late reimbursement of VAT. Founding partner and team head Gabriel Biriş has longstanding experience of the market, and serves as a member of the European Commission VAT Expert Group. Ruxandra Jianu is a key contact for the firm’s tax consultancy wing, recommended for her ability to ‘think top-down through sophisticated matters’.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Biriș; Ruxandra Jianu

Other key lawyers:

Mihai Nușcă


‘Highly knowledgeable, professional, great connections within the Romanian market’

‘Very fast answers, all the time updated. Great cooperation.’

‘Biris Goran is one of the best, if not the best, tax advice teams in Romania. They are always available, fast on their feet, with deep local and regional tax knowledge, capable of thinking sophisticated tax-legal matters. ’

‘Ruxandra Jianu is our go-to expert. She has deep knowledge of how the tax and legal systems work, and can think top-down through sophisticated matters. ’

‘BIRIȘ GORAN SPARL’s tax consultants are an extremely bright and capable team, very flexible in providing high value tax advice’

‘I would highly recommend Ms. Ruxandra Jianu. She is an experienced, dedicated, and successful consultant who has made great achievements with her commendable legal tax expertise. Ruxandra is very well-informed with amazing problem-solving skills. She is quick to come up with successful solutions for legal tax issues. She is honest and genuine, very approachable and best of all very knowledgeable!’

Key clients

BCR (Banca Comercială Română)

Lidl Romania


Distribuție Energie Electrică

eMAG (Dante International)

The Family Butchers

Hagag Development Europe

Forte Partners

Supernova Group

Impuls Leasing Romania

Red Bull, Farmec SA

Cramele Recaș

Oriflame Romania

Impuls Leasing Romania

Farmacia Tei

Bebe Tei

Angelli Spumante & Aperitive

Global Vision


Titan Mar

Mall Retail Rom


Thales Romania

Thales Systems|LeasePlan Romania

LeasePlan Service Center|One United Properties

Work highlights

  • Assisting Banca Comercială Română in the largest tax dispute pending on the Romanian market.
  • Advising the largest Romanian energy distributor, Distribuție Energie Electrică, in a complex tax dispute currently corresponding to several court files.
  • Acting as main tax consultant for successful retailer Lidl, for all their day-to-day activities, covering all tax matters.

Romania > EU and competition Tier 2

At Biris Goran SPARL, the team garners praise for its 'profound knowledge of competition law, enabling them to offer comprehensive advice on a wide range of antitrust issues', and has 'long-term experience with the competition authority'. The practice has an excellent track record in handling a broad range of contentious matters, particularly cartel cases and investigations. The client base includes major international companies, particularly in the financial sector. Practice head Gelu Goran is 'a problem-solver'; Răzvan Bardicea is 'exceptionally thorough'.

Practice head(s):

Gelu Goran

Other key lawyers:

Răzvan Bardicea; Radu Jianu


‘We were required to find local Romanian counsel at short notice for a competition investigation and were very impressed with the availability of the partners and their ability to understand our business model and engage with the local team quickly to provide the confidence needed and deliver training at short notice.’

‘We worked with Gelu Goran, who delivered exactly what we asked for, prompted us to ask questions outside the box and was able to work with both the local team and HQ , great skills and very easy to work with.’

‘Deep expertise and procedural insights.’

‘Gelu Goran has top-notch credentials, a real instinct for what the regulator might be thinking and good access to case teams.’

‘The Biris Goran team is composed of exceptional lawyers, with in-depth knowledge of the law, as well as long-term experience with the competition authority. The team is extremely reactive, and responsive. They are also very client-oriented. It is a pleasure to work with them because I know that I can rely on them and that they will go the extra-mile for the client. Also, the communication is very good with them, whether by email or phone, so I am never in the dark regarding a case.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work with partner Gelu Goran and senior associate Razvan Bardicea on several merger control filings in Romania. Gelu, in addition to his in-depth knowledge of the law, has an imaginative mind and comes with alternative solutions in case an issue presents itself in the course of a deal. It is a pleasure to work with him as I know that whatever lies ahead, he will help us come through. Razvan is exceptionally thorough, with a great attention to detail. It is a pleasure to work with him as I know that I can fully rely on him.’

‘Gelu Goran is always available and a problem solver. Great to work with him.’

‘The Biris Goran SPARL team possess a profound knowledge of competition law, enabling them to offer comprehensive advice on a wide range of antitrust issues. They are client oriented, consistently putting the client’s needs first and adapting their advice and solutions to the client’s specific situation. Their responsiveness and accessibility make them a trusted partner in addressing even the moist complex legal challenges.’

Key clients

First Brands Group

Cramele Recas


UniCredit Bank



Aon UK Limited

Timac Agro

Procter & Gamble


UniCredit Consumer Financing

Work highlights

  • Representing UniCredit in an industry-wide information exchange investigation.
  • Acting for Procter & Gamble on compliance matters relating to its dominant and non-dominant products.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Biris Goran SPARL‘s ‘flexible and client-oriented‘ real estate team is able to handle matters across the industrial, commercial, residential and office sectors for clients spanning institutional real estate investors and developers. As the founder of the NGL Symbio network, the firm has a reach across the CEE region. Daniela Lazea and Sorin Aungurenci co-lead the team: the former focuses on acquisitions while the latter is noted for his experience in zoning and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Lazea; Sorin Aungurenci


‘Biris Goran has left me with a great impression of professionalism and promptitude, they have a young and dynamic team.’

‘Biris Goran does not have the complex hierarchy in other law firms which can delay the fast feedback the client needs.’

‘I recommend Sorin Aungurenci for his real estate and construction knowledge. He is very efficient and is a great help in complex negotiations owing to his calm and smart approach.’

Key clients

Monsson Group

Renergy Power Plants

Rossmann Groupe

Hagag Development Europe

Global Vision

SES Holding – Maria Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Monsson Group in the sale of a 1,044-megawatt solar plant in Arad County to Rezolv Energy.
  • Assisting Renergy Power Plants with several large-scale acquisitions of land for the development of photovoltaic projects across Romania.
  • Assisted Rossmann Groupe in the sale of a part of its industrial property to a leading Romanian retailer, Iulius Mall.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Under the leadership of transactional expert Teodora Moțatu, the corporate and M&A department at Biris Goran SPARL has seen an uptick in seller-side mandates, and continues to advise on shareholder disputes. Energy, agribusiness and food are among the firm's key sectors of strength .Daniela Lazea is well versed in advising on real estate transactions, and Ruxandra Jianu is particularly strong in tax matters. Senior associate Kira Bujduveanu provides standout support, with experience in advising on joint ventures and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Teodora Moțatu

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Lazea; Ruxandra Jianu; Kira Bujduveanu; Bogdan Nițulescu; Iulia Matei


‘Teodora Motatu is brilliant.’

‘They have a winning spirit and are constantly looking for solutions to a problem.’

‘They treat you as a customer. The customer has priority. They make time for you and listen to your problems.’

‘Good collaboration amongst the team members.’

‘Teodora Motatu – good negotiation skills and capability to handle complex corporate matters.’

‘The transaction we worked on had extremely short deadlines for the complexity and size of the transaction. Biris Goran provided a very dedicated team which did an outstanding job in being available and delivering comprehensive legal advice and documents on short notice. Biris Goran also ensured that the Romanian leg of the transaction is closed smoothly with the Romanian counterparts.’

‘Teodora Motatu and Kira Bujduveanu were both very dedicated to the transaction, assisting us with heart and hand. The success of the transaction truly mattered to them.’

Key clients

Monsson Group

Renergy Power Plants

Norwegian Refugee Council|Danish Refugee Council

Inditex Group

Global Vision

Romania > Energy and natural resources Tier 4

The energy and sustainability team at Biris Goran SPARL is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of energy laws and regulation‘, and places particular emphasis on industrial consumers and their regulatory needs. The team is also noted for its crossover tax and oil & gas expertise. Practice head Dana Dunel Stancu focuses on electricity matters and renewable sources, alongside expertise in dispute resolution and particular experience in arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Dana Dunel-Stancu

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Biriș


‘Very serious and professional approach for all subjects needed. Nice to work with all of them and I warmly recommend them. ’

‘Very friendly and professional team and with a very deep knowledge of the law. Gabriel Biris is a very good lawyer. I highly recommend that law firm.’

‘ The team has deep knowledge of energy laws and regulations. Top fiscal advisers.’

‘I commend the practice for its flexibility in thinking and client-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Monsson Group


Monsson Alma SRL

Andritz Hydro

Rimon Group

Bioenergy Suceava

CT Park

RAPAC Energy

Electraplan Solar


Work highlights

  • Assisted Monsson Group in the sale of a 1,044-megawatt solar plant in Arad County to Rezolv Energy, on the transaction side of this unique project due to its magnitude.
  • Assisting Donalam, a Romanian steel processing company belonging to an important steel products manufacturing group based in Europe.
  • Acting as main consultant for Monsson Alma, in matters concerning the development of three photovoltaic projects and six wind farm projects, located throughout Romania, owned by ENEL Green Power Romania SRL.

The firm: Biriş Goran is a Romanian law firm of approximately 40 lawyers and tax consultants. With one partner licensed to practice in the US and most of the senior associates educated, trained or licensed in various European countries, the firm offers business advice to Western standards to its wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, investment funds and local high-net-worth entrepreneurs. The firm focuses primarily on transactional work, including tax, corporate/M&A, real estate, competition, litigation, labour, energy, data protection, IP, IT&C,  as well as insolvency and public acquisitions. The firm is also widely recognized as having the top tax practice in Romania.

Biriș Goran is a member of NGL Symbio, a new international alliance built by partnering strong law firms in the CEE region: Biriș Goran in Romania, Rowan Legal in the Czech Republic, NGL Legal in Poland, Erdős Katona in Hungary, and HKV in Slovakia. As a solid regional player in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) with strong ties to the Baltics, Balkans & Adriatics (BBA), NGL Symbio offers fast and easy access to diversified regions with consistent practice and quality support and represents a new option on the market for clients looking for well-organised, integrated service originating from the CEE region.

Areas of practice
Taxation: the firm has extensive experience in tax planning, structuring cross-border transactions and tax litigation. In addition, the tax group advises on a wide array of taxation matters, such as direct and indirect taxation, customs and leasing, transfer pricing, thin-capitalisation issues, personal income taxation and tax litigation. The tax group is lead by Gabriel Biris and Ruxandra Jianu, leading tax law experts, heavily involved in the consultations regarding the drafting of amendments to the Romanian Fiscal Code and its implementation legislation.

A forte of the firm’s practice is tax litigation, where we currently represent institutional clients against the tax authorities on litigation related to VAT reimbursements, excise and other fiscal obligations and tax audits, for EUR
multi-million amounts. As particular detail to support the “innovative” attribute of the firm’s litigation practice, in some administrative and tax disputes our
arguments found successful in court determined the Romanian state to amend the legislation in the energy and tax sectors.
Contacts: Gabriel Biris and Ruxandra Jianu

Antitrust/competition: the firm’s antitrust/competition practice is lead by Gelu Goran, with over 26 years of experience in competition matters, including regulatory authority experience as former attorney with the Romanian Competition Council. Among others, the firm offers merger control assistance, and regularly advises clients on price fixing and collusion investigations, as well as exclusive dealing arrangements and antitrust compliance and audits. LafarageHolcim, JT International, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and UniCredit Bank are among the most important companies advised by the firm.
Contact: Gelu Goran

Real estate: the firm’s real estate practice group represents clients in all aspects of real estate investments, from sales or purchases of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, hypermarkets and raw land, commercial and hotel leasing, retail or warehouse roll-out programmes, to joint ventures with private parties or governmental bodies (PPPs), as well as the representation of lenders and developers in all types of lending and re-financing arrangements. The firm has strong expertise in advising on real estate financing and taxation and tax efficient investment structures, providing a cutting edge ‘one-stop’ shop for real estate investments in Romania, as it continues to advise on ‘headline’ transactions in the country.
Contacts: Daniela Lazea and Sorin Aungurenci

Finance and restructuring: Real estate finance is a leading practice area of the finance team, and lawyers within the finance team have advised on many high profile real estate finance transactions in Romania. Working closely with the real estate and tax teams, team members have acquired substantial experience in structuring complex financings for the acquisition of real estate assets and portfolios as well as for construction of residential, offices and shopping malls projects. In the last year the firm’s team specialized also in financing through bonds issuance, an alternative method of financing which is rather undeveloped in Romania as compared to other jurisdictions.

Lawyers within the finance team also have an established record of advising on a broad range of acquisition finance transactions and related aspects, including LBOs, compliance with the prohibition of financial assistance and structuring of security packages and have drafted and negotiated project documentation as well as financing documentation and have advised banks, international financial institutions and sponsors in public infrastructure and manufacturing facilities in Romania.
Contact: Daniela Lazea

Litigation and insolvency: the firm provides its clients with comprehensive advice at every stage of a controversy, whether it is proactive problem avoidance, effective negotiation and settlement, or vigorous advocacy both in court and before governmental agencies and tribunals. Tax litigation is a particular specialty of the firm and the tax practice’s deep knowledge of the litigation and the practice of the authorities leads to unparalleled service. The firm also has an active insolvency practice licensed with the Romanian National Union of Insolvency Practitioners, advising both insolvent companies and creditors on all stages of workout, insolvency and bankruptcy procedure.
Contact: Mihai Nusca

Corporate/M&A: Attorneys comprising the firm’s corporate/M&A practice group have been involved in privatization/M&A transactions in the Central and East European area and Romania since 1997. They have advised well-known multinational and local clients active in industries ranging from fast moving consumer goods, construction and real estate development, manufacturing and financial services, to banking, media, internet and defense industry investors.
Contact: Teodora Motatu

Energy and sustainability: Biriş Goran lawyers are well aware of the specificity of the electricity market in Romania and the European Union and the firm’s team is able to provide an integrated approach to its clients acting in the industry, covering issues regarding taxation, competition, corporate and the organization and functioning of the companies, as well as real estate, litigation and labor related matters. Dana Dunel-Stancu heads the firm’s energy practice. A noted expert on the Romanian market for her energy and oil and gas expertise, Dana has been practicing exclusively in energy field since 2002 and has a thorough and proven command of the regulatory and practical commercial opportunities and constraints in the field.
Contact: Dana Dunel-Stancu

Labour/employment: The firm’s experience covers representation in contentious cases such as unfair dismissal, disciplinary action and breach of contract, but also advises on non-litigious matters such as negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, executive service agreements, fiscal employment optimization (including secondment arrangements), and internal regulations. Biriș Goran routinely advises on employment-related matters in the context of M&A transactions, including requirements regarding personnel and trade unions. The firm’s labour practice has expanded to include white collar crime elements. Biriș Goran has been engaged on several occasions by the foreign headquarters of multinational companies to pursue actions and protect company interests against rogue employees, as well as conduct investigations as to potential breaches of applicable anti-bribery legislation.

The firm advises a large number of clients on routine employment matters, such as reviewing and revising standard labour agreements, internal labour regulations, compliance with labour code matters and health and safety requirements, etc. Considering the new regulations addressing the equal treatment and harassment at work, Biriș Goran assists employers to adapt their internal regulation and working environment to the new legal requirements and constraints in the field.
Contact: Anca Iulia Zegrean

Data protection, IP and IT&C: Early 2018 Biriş Goran and PrivacyON, a boutique law firm specialized in legal advice on personal data protection, joined forces to provide consolidated advisory services in the field of personal data protection. The expertise of PrivacyON – currently focusing on the alignment to the new Personal Data Protection Regulation – comes to complete the portfolio of services offered by Biriş Goran with thorough GDPR knowledge.

The firm’s support includes assisting clients with the full range of legal services from gap analyses, implementation plans, training programs, drafting of internal policies, privacy notices and data protection agreements, drafting the records of processing operations, preparing data protection impact assessments, devising cookie consent mechanisms for websites, as well as assisting with the compliance of transfers of personal data outside of the European Union. With considerable experience on structuring, drafting and reviewing general corporate group and HR policies, the firm also provides support with employee privacy compliance, telephone, Internet and email use and customer data.
Contacts: Roxana Guiman and Dana Ududec

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Gabriel Biris +40 21 260 0710
Competition/Antitrust Gelu Goran +40 21 260 0710
Litigation/Insolvency Mihai Nusca +40 21 260 0710
Real Estate & Construction Daniela Lazea +40 21 260 0710
Real Estate & Construction Sorin Aungurenci +40 21 260 0710
Data Protection, IP and IT&C Roxana Guiman +40 21 260 0710
Labour Anca Iulia Zegrean +40 21 260 0710
Tax Ruxandra Jianu +40 21 260 0710
Energy and Natural Resources Dana Dunel Stancu +40 21 260 0710
Transfer Pricing Alina Andrei +40 21 260 0710
Corporate/M&A Teodora Motatu +40 21 260 0710
Insolvency Oana Olteanu +40 21 260 0710
Public Procurement & Projects and State Aid Paula Dicu +40 21 260 0710
Tax Sorin Biban +40 21 260 0710
Photo Name Position Profile
Alina Andrei photo Ms Alina Andrei Partner
Sorin Aungurenci photo Mr Sorin Aungurenci Partner
Răzvan Bardicea photo Mr Răzvan Bardicea Senior Associate
Sorin Biban photo Mr Sorin Biban Tax Partner
Gabriel Biriş photo Mr Gabriel Biriş Co-managing Partner
Ioana Cartite photo Ms Ioana Cartite Senior Tax Manager
Dana Dunel Stancu photo Mrs Dana Dunel Stancu Head of Energy & Sustainability Practice
Gelu Goran photo Mr Gelu Goran Co-managing Partner
Mioara Grecu photo Ms Mioara Grecu Senior Associate
Ruxandra Jianu photo Mrs Ruxandra Jianu Tax Partner
Daniela Lazea photo Ms Daniela Lazea Partner
Teodora Moțatu photo Ms Teodora Moțatu Partner
Mihai Nușcă photo Mr Mihai Nușcă Partner, Head of the Litigation Practice
Anca Zegrean photo Ms Anca Zegrean Partner, Head of Employment/Labour Department
Number of lawyers : 40
NGL Symbio
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