Firm Profile > Biris Goran SPARL > Bucharest, Romania

Biris Goran SPARL

Tax Tier 1

Biris Goran SPARL has achieved huge success for its clients in major tax disputes with the authorities. Gabriel Biriş has considerable experience handling tax-related contentious matters and was previously Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Finance in charge of tax legislation. Ruxandra Jianu is also noted on the advisory side, which is undertaken through the firm's consultancy arm, Biris Goran Consulting.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Biriș; Ruxandra Jianu

Key clients


Banca Comercială Română

Electrica Muntenia Nord


Sema Parc

H&E Reinert



One United Properties

Cloud Treats

EU and competition Tier 2

Biris Goran SPARL's team has 'a very pro-business approach'. It is popular with multinational clients and is also regularly referred work by major international law firms. The practice has considerable expertise in the financial services and the consumer goods sectors, and has a strong pedigree for cartel cases. Gelu Goran leads the highly experienced team, which has strong depth and experience, with Radu Jianu and Dan Jalba among those attracting praise.

Practice head(s):

Gelu Goran


‘In terms of competition, they are able to understand in a holistic manner the internal processes and they are able to set up the client’s strategy with minimum involvement of the clients’ resources.’

‘They have a very pro-business approach, reacting quickly, with a thorough legal analysis behind. The lawyers understand our business and are able to integrate these into their advice.’

‘Gelu Goran is a lawyer with the business understanding of a good CEO. As a client, I am happy when I know that Gelu is involved in a competition matter, as I know he has a clear understanding of the business and has the necessary skills to set up the best strategy.’

‘Dan Jalba has an outstanding power to filter the noise from the business information and flows such as to pin point the competition risks’.

‘Radu Jianu has a fantastic power to filter huge amounts of information and come up with the most appropriate legal competition judgement.’

Key clients

Publicis Groupe Holdings




UniCredit Leasing Corporation


Procter & Gamble


General Leasing

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Biris Goran SPARL provides a comprehensive service, and is a popular choice for international and domestic investors and developers. Recently, the firm has advised on several significant developments in the manufacturing and industrial space, both for funds and corporates. Daniela Lazea leads the team. Sorin Aungurenci is noted for his strong expertise in zoning and related regulatory issues. Raluca Năstase left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Lazea


‘Great team with well prepared people. One of the best teams that I worked with.’

‘Young, reliable, fast to answer, and well prepared.’

Key clients

One United Properties

Hagag Europe Development

Rossmann Groupe

Gran Via

Universal Property


Global Vision

PineBridge Investments


Atrium European Real Estate

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Biris Goran SPARL's team has considerable experience in major restructurings. The firm represents debtors and creditors and has been involved in several high-profile insolvencies in the real estate market. Raluca Năstase left the firm in 2020.

Key clients

Benevo Group

Creativ Invest

Flowtech Crops

Vic City

Bucharest Industrial Park

San Metal International

Leon Trans

Hortim International

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Biris Goran SPARL has an experienced M&A team that acts for a domestic and international client base. Corporate real estate drives a large part of group's work, which also stands out for its tax structuring expertise. Teodora Moțatu and Ana Frațian jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Teodora Moțatu; Ana Frațian


Well experienced with international instructions, excellent English, very friendly service, hard working, responsive even late night and during weekends.

Key clients

Global Vision


Ceminter International

Zeus International

Liebrecht & Wood

One United Properties


Dispute resolution Tier 4

Biris Goran SPARL is best known for its tax litigation expertise but also has strong experience of other forms of administrative disputes, including antitrust matters. Mihai Nușcă leads the team, which also includes founding partner Gabriel Biriş.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Nușcă


‘The firm offers high knowledge, high practical experience, prompt answers, easy understanding of the topics, very good communication, and fast access to all members of the team.’

‘Good understanding of complex cases and excellent communication.’

Key clients

Banca Comercială Română

Publicis Groupe



Impuls Leasing

Electrica Muntenia Nord

Viessmann Romania

Unicredit Leasing Corporation


The firm: Biriş Goran is a Romanian law firm of approximately 45 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, labor, 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.

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.
Contact: Gabriel Biris, Ruxandra Jianu

Antitrust/Competition: the firm’s antitrust/competition practice is lead by Gelu Goran, with over 22 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. This group is lead by Raluca Nastase and 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 (Litigation) and Raluca Nastase (Insolvency)

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: Gabriel Biriş

Energy and natural resources:
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

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax, Corporate/M&A Gabriel Biris +40 21 260 0710
Competition/Antitrust Gelu Goran +40 21 260 0710
Real estate, Insolvency Raluca Nastase +40 21 260 0710
Litigation Mihai Nusca +40 21 260 0710
Data Protection, IP and IT&C Roxana Guiman +40 21 260 0710
Labour Anca Zegrean +40 21 260 0710
Tax Ruxandra Jianu +40 21 260 0710
Finance and restructuring Mariana Signeanu +40 21 260 0710
Energy and Natural Resources Dana Dunel Stancu +40 21 260 0710
Transfer Pricing Alina Andrei +40 21 260 0710
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Andra Șurariu  photo Mrs Andra Șurariu Senior Associate
 Alina Andrei photo Alina Andrei Partner
Mr Sorin Aungurenci  photo Mr Sorin Aungurenci Partner
Mr Răzvan Bardicea  photo Mr Răzvan Bardicea Senior Associate
Mr Sorin Biban  photo Mr Sorin Biban Senior Tax Manager
Mr Gabriel Biriş  photo Mr Gabriel Biriş Gabriel is a founding partner of Biriş Goran and is widely regarded…
 Ioana Cartite photo Ioana Cartite Senior Tax Manager
Mrs Dana Dunel Stancu  photo Mrs Dana Dunel Stancu Head of Energy & Natural Resources
Ms Ana Frațian  photo Ms Ana Frațian Partner
Mr Gelu Goran  photo Mr Gelu Goran Co-managing Partner
Ms Mioara Grecu  photo Ms Mioara Grecu Senior Associate
Mrs Roxana Guiman  photo Mrs Roxana Guiman Senior Associate
Mrs Ruxandra Jianu  photo Mrs Ruxandra Jianu Partner
Ms Daniela Lazea  photo Ms Daniela Lazea Partner
Mrs Teodora Moțatu  photo Mrs Teodora Moțatu Partner
Mrs Raluca Năstase  photo Mrs Raluca Năstase Raluca joined Biriş Goran as a Partner in 2006, and currently heads…
Mr Mihai Nușcă  photo Mr Mihai Nușcă Partner, Head of the Litigation Practice
Mrs Oana Olteanu  photo Mrs Oana Olteanu Senior Associate
Ms Mariana Signeanu  photo Ms Mariana Signeanu Senior Associate
Ms Anca Zegrean  photo Ms Anca Zegrean Senior Associate, Head of Litigation Department
Number of lawyers : 45

Biriș Goran’s priority will always be the needs of its clients. However, the firm also recognizes the need to give back to the wider community that made us what, and helped us reach where we are.

As such, we actively encourage our lawyers to get involved, and dedicate firm resources and time, to a number of initiatives past and present:

  • Gabriel Biriș is actively involved in Ready Nation Ro, a Romanian NGO supported by Ready Nation US, which aims to determine a large number of Romanian business leaders to actively engage in creating public policies impacting the early education; Gabriel is also an active member of AOAR (Asociația Oamenilor de Afaceri din România), an apolitical organization, recognized as a supporter of the most valuable ideas and actions that cause the Romanian economy to develop and integrate more and more into the European and world economy;
  • Ruxandra Jianu headed in 2019 the tax task force of the Coalition for Romania’s Development (Coaliția pentru Dezvoltarea României), a private non-political initiative, gathering the most representative organizations for the business environment in Romania with the purpose to provide a cohesive basis for consultation with the Government and other public institutions on topics that impact the business and economic climate in Romania;
  • supporting with legal advice Fotograful Anului în România (The Photographer of the Year in Romania), a national large-scale competition aiming to recognize Romanian photographic art and photographic artists and to further become a platform for promotion, valorisation and education in the art of photography. The competition’s jury is formed of prestigious photographers from Romania and abroad, editors of international publications as well as cultural managers in the field;
  • providing pro bono assistance with regulatory and litigious issues for identity rights protection to the PACT Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit organization, which helps foster sustainable development of at risk local communities in rural and small-urban areas in the South of Romania;
  • supporting ZP3, a non-governmental and non-profit organization set up by two of our colleagues, Anca Zegrean and Teodora Moțatu, devoted to help orphans and impoverished children with education materials, food and clothing, toys, cleansing products, and in some cases fire-wood. “We take a particular interest in talented and academically gifted children, aiming to achieve both immediate and lasting change in their lives by providing them with educational supplies, and helping them to fulfill their potential” Anca Zegrean.
  • active involvement in various chambers of commerce. For instance, Biriş Goran has been present at AmCham’s task forces on Tax, Competition, Energy or IP / IT matters since its inception in 2006;
  • providing pro bono work to selected charities, such as SOS Satele Copiilor, Ovidiu Ro, Asociatia Vasiliada or Fundatia Scheherazade.