Firm Profile > Filip & Company > Bucharest, Romania

Filip & Company
EQULIBRIUM BUILDING, 2 GARA HERASTRAU
2ND DISTRICT
020334
Romania

Banking and finance Tier 1

Filip & Company has recently been very active on the borrower side, advising on major acquisition financings and refinancings. The firm is also a top choice for banks seeking corporate and regulatory support on their own M&A. Key names include the highly rated Alina Stancu Birsan and Alexandru Birsan. Up-and-coming counsel Alexandra Manciulea was also promoted to partner. Associate Rebecca Marina is also noted. Carmen Peli left to establish Peli & Company.

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Testimonials

‘The response time of the lawyers is always superb. They are able to handle complex technical topics and make them easily understandable for the client.’

‘The team is very responsive and commercial in its approach, with an understanding of international best practice (including in relation to Loan Market Association documentation) and a high level of attention to detail.’

‘Quick and responsive, with huge experience in all the aspects of a banking transaction.’

‘Alina Stancu Birsan is a stand-out practitioner but she is seamlessly supported by an able team including partner Alexandra Manciulea and dependable associate Rebecca Marina. The team has a strong focus on providing excellent value and building a long term relationship.’

Key clients

Banca Transilvania

Raiffeisen Bank S.A.

Banca Comerciala Romana S.A.

Citibank

ING Bank

Tiriac Group

RCS & RDS S.A.

Alpha Bank Romania S.A.

Novo Banco

Ocazia Management Ltd.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Advance Global Capital Limited

National Bank of Greece

Capital markets Tier 1

Filip & Company fields one of the top capital markets teams in the country, trusted by some of the largest issuers and underwriters operating in the market. The group's work for major issuers such as Digi Communications and the Romanian Ministry of Finance is evidence of its reputation on the debt capital markets side. Alexandru Bîrsan has built a fine reputation. Associate Olga Niţă is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘They have an extensive and excellent knowledge and experience of their fields; in particular for understanding the requirements for debt issuance. They were able to quickly and correctly resolve any problems or questions, they were able to work until late and give us full and comprehensive support whenever we required it.’

Key clients

Digi Communications  and RCS&RDS

Romanian Ministry of Finance

International Investment Bank

Bucharest Stock Exchange

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

Citi

J.P. Morgan

Honeywell

af Jochnick family

Banca Transilvania

OMV Petrom

Elliott Management

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The market-leading corporate team at legacy firm PeliFilip stayed largely intact following the firm's split, the bulk remaining with Filip & Company. The team is led by the extremely well-regarded Alexandru Bîrsan, and includes managing partner Cristina Filip and Ioan Dumitrascu. The team is entrusted with significant roles on many of the country's largest M&A and private equity deals. It has strong relationships with major domestic and international clients across a range of sectors, including heavily regulated areas such as telecoms and energy.

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Testimonials

‘Alex Birsan and his team have a very good understanding of the needs and interests of private equity clients. They were good a navigating difficult negotiations with a counterparty that did not have an experienced transactional lawyer, but rather a litigator with lots of opinions about how things should be done.’

‘They have problem solving abilities which come from their exposure to multiple M&A transactions. They put the client interest before their own ego and know when to take the steer and when to take one step behind.’

‘Alex Birsan is an experienced M&A lawyer who feels the status of a transaction, and relates well with the different people around the table.’

Key clients

Banca Transilvania

Nuclearelectrica

Tiriac Group

Bucharest Stock Exchange

RCS&RDS

Digi Communications

Kingfisher

Kameran Financial Limited (Vladimir Cohn)

Arcelor Mittal

Holcim (Romania)

Continental Automotive

Steag Group

Inform Lykos

National Bank of Greece

Deutsche Beteiligungs

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Filip & Company is a popular choice for complex domestic and cross-border disputes. The firm's experience covers international arbitration, as well as major banking, shareholder, construction, media and sports disputes. The team is led by Catalin Alexandru, who is highly experienced in civil and administrative litigation. Senior associate Liliana Dranca is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a high business understanding of the case as well as local and international (UK) legal expertise, and a fast reply and ownership of the process and coordination of third party lawyers in the UK.’

‘The team is very responsive and gives very practice legal advice and meets the required deadlines. The team offers attractive financial conditions.’

‘Catalin Alexandru made good assessment and provided practical advice, which helped to resolve the issue. ‘

Key clients

Hidroelectrica

Piraeus Bank Romania

Bayer

Coca-Cola HBC

Arcelor Mittal

British American Tobacco

Banca Transilvania

Citibank

Skanska

Nestlé Romania

Employment Tier 1

Filip & Company is a popular choice for some of the country's largest employers, which span the retail, healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing and utilities industries. On the advisory side, the team provides strong support on corporate transactions, restructurings, collective negotiations, employee incentive schemes, GDPR and more general day-to-day matters. Practice head Ioan Dumitrascu has a strong track record for defending contentious employment claims. Senior associate Cristina Tudoran is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘Filip & Company has an extremely approachable, knowledgeable and professional team and they have a skill in applying lateral thinking to finding solutions.’

‘Ioan Dumitrascu has superb skills in guiding businesses through stormy waters and offering solutions which lead to win-win situations’.

‘Cristina Tudoran as a senior associate is very knowledgeable and client-oriented, a safe pair of hands delivering advice with an apparent ease behind which lies a profound understanding of the field.’

Key clients

Pandora

Blue Air

L’Oréal

Artic

Maillis Romania

Real Hyper Magazine

The Versapak Group

Total Soft

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Filip & Company's highly regarded team is praised for its 'broad exposure across both the public and private sectors'. The practice is regularly instructed by domestic and international energy companies and banks on the full range of energy-related regulatory, corporate and infrastructure issues. Alina Stancu Birsan leads the team, which also includes hugely experienced founding partner Cristina Filip.

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Testimonials

Alina Stancu Birsan has vast skills across a variety of situations, including nuclear financing and energy M&A‘.

‘The team is very proactive and competent. They inform clients on ongoing topics that might be of interest for their business.’

The team has broad exposure across both the public and private sectors.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler

RCS & RDS

RWE Supply & Trading

Tiriac Group

Hidroelectrica

Holcim Romania

STEAG Group

Energy Gas Provider

Bioenergy Suceava

WIEE Romania (Gazprom subsidiary)

GTX Group

Portland Trust Developments Two

Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica

Holzindustrie Schweighofer

Energy Trade Activ

EU and competition Tier 1

Filip & Company is 'very focused on competition matters and very innovative'. The practice has been kept busy recently advising on investigations and merger clearances, and has strong expertise in heavily regulated sectors such as telecoms. Practice head Cătălin Suliman 'has a deep knowledge of the sports industry and excellent knowledge of national and European competition law as well as the approach of the Romanian competition authority'. Clients also rate Georgeta Gavriloiu and associate Dragos Iordache.

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Testimonials

‘Very focused on competition matters and very innovative. They take on the challenges positively and with a flexible approach.’

‘The team is relaxed in the interaction with the client without any impact on their professionalism. It is easy to get a hold of them and there is no need to speak only with the head of the department. Connecting with any of the team members will suffice and you will get all information required.’

‘The firm, especially partner, Cătălin Suliman, is the perfect choice. With an excellent understanding of the business needs.’

Cătălin Suliman has a deep knowledge of the sports industry and excellent knowledge of national and European competition law as well as the approach of the Romanian competition authority.

Key clients

Arctic SA

RCS & RDS

National Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies in Romania

Banca Transilvania

Inform Lykos

Nuclearelectrica

Octavian Radu (shareholder of RTC Holding)

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Filip & Company approaches the restructuring and insolvency market from all angles. As well as advising creditors (including major banks and financial institutions) and debtors, the firm has also built up a strong track record representing investors buying up distressed assets. Ioan Dumitrascu and Alina Stancu Birsan are highly experienced on the corporate finance side of major corporate restructurings, while disputes head Catalin Alexandru is a top choice for insolvency litigation. Associate Razvan Ionescu is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘The team is dynamic, competent, adaptive, promising, with a very good understanding of all the things that arise.’

Key clients

Ambient

Balkanstek

TMT Tier 1

Filip & Company acts for some of the largest telecoms and media companies in the country. The cross-departmental team's has been particularly busy handling numerous matters for RCS & RDS, including corporate, financing, regulatory, and copyright issues. The practice also has a strong IT component, acting for leading developers in areas such as robotic automation and e-commerce. Alexandru Birsan leads he team, which also includes litigation head Catalin Alexandru and corporate partner Eliza Baias.

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Testimonials

‘Good availability and customer centricity throughout entire project.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Digi Communications N.V

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

PPP and procurement Tier 3

Filip & Company is notably recommended for its expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, where practice head Alina Stancu Birsan is highly experienced. The firm also has a good track record in waste management, IT and energy concessions, as well as handling the related disputes.

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Testimonials

‘They are very passionate about their work and therefore the deliverable is always excellent.’

‘Cristina Filip is a very clever and innovative lawyer. I always have the feeling she cares about my problems. She and her team delivered on time or even earlier.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank

J.P. Morgan Securities Plc.

RCS & RDS

OMV Petrom

FBR Forestops

Trigranit

Hidroelectrica

E.On

Retim Ecologic Service

Inform Lykos.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Filip & Company's team, which is led by Ioana Roman, is one of two firms to emerge from PeliFilip. The firm acts for a mix of developers, investment funds and corporate occupiers and investors, and has strong experience of major development projects, corporate-structured buyouts and land acquisitions.

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Testimonials

‘The team was very much geared towards making our client’s project possible, they were always looking to find a solution for any problems that came up. This made them very different from the other party’s legal advisor team. Filip’s team helped our client to assess risks and take any risks acceptable.’

‘A very professional team. They have handled complicated real estate transaction in an intensive, thorough and energetic manner.’

‘Ioana Roman is an excellent professional with deep knowledge of the subject combined with a proactive and helpful attitude.’

Key clients

Tiriac Holdings

ProLogis

Portland Trust

Argo Real Estate

J.P. Morgan Securities Plc

Kingfisher

RCS & RDS

UBM Development AG

Terazone

Raiffeisen Property International

Ovidiu Sandor

Mitiska REIM

The firm: Filip & Company is a full-service business law firm, ranked in the first tier of top-quality legal services providers in Romania.

Filip & Company’s team of lawyers exercise commanding professional expertise in their areas of specialisation, blending deep knowledge and the understanding of Romanian law and jurisprudence with the wealth of experience accumulated in mandates covering the majority of innovative, complex and large transactions and projects in the Romanian market over more than 15 years.

Areas of practice: Filip & Company provides a comprehensive range of legal services. Its key practice areas are: mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, real estate, energy, projects, finance (which includes capital markets and banking), EU law and competition, commercial, labour, TMT and dispute resolution.

The M&A and corporate team unites lawyers who have had major roles in the majority of the top M&A transactions of the past ten years. The team’s experience includes: private and public M&A, private equity transactions, privatisations, restructurings, mergers, spin-offs, creating and implementing management structures, financial assistance, corporate governance matters, compliance by public companies with listing rules, disclosure obligations and special approvals, structuring of different classes of shares and specialist advice on other complex matters.

The real estate practice specialises in highly complex projects where multi-sectorial experience, in-depth knowledge of the real estate specificities and the ability to manage multiple legal work-streams simultaneously are essential. The real estate team has the ability and experience to cover all legal services ancillary to real estate business, from land acquisitions, financing of real estate projects, development and project management, construction contracts and lease agreements to the most complex of exit transactions.

The energy team assembles a wealth of experience and a background in both Romanian and international work, which is very difficult to match in Romania, in areas such as: development of new projects, acquisitions of energy companies, privatisations of the major Romanian energy companies and financing schemes for the energy sector.

The competition team has wide-ranging experience in both antitrust and state aid matters, having assisted in some of the landmark competition cases in Romania.

The commercial team regularly advises on complex commercial agreements, concessions and public procurement.

The capital markets team has extensive experience in complex capital markets transactions, both domestic and international, including domestic and international IPOs, high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, structured finance and complex derivatives advice.

The projects team is familiar with complex project financing structures and has been involved in a wide variety of projects from nuclear and renewables to motorways and mining.

The labour practice regularly advises on complex matters from reorganisations and collective lay-offs to management packages and employee incentivisation.

The dispute resolution team is skilled in complex litigation, international arbitration, tax, competition, labour, fraud and regulatory disputes, complex settlements and pre-dispute situations.

The TMT team advises the leading telecommunications, media and IT players on acquisitions and finance projects as well as in relation to interconnection, complex contracted structures and regulatory compliance matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Cristina Filip
Corporate and M&A Alexandru Birsan
Corporate and M&A Ioan Dumitrascu
Banking and finance Alina Stancu Birsan
Banking and finance Alexandru Birsan
EU law and competition Catalin Suliman
Energy and natural resources Cristina Filip
Energy and natural resources Alina Stancu Birsan
Commercial Ioan Dumitrascu
Commercial Cristina Filip
Projects Alina Stancu Birsan
Labour Ioan Dumitrascu
Dispute resolution Catalin Alexandru
TMT Cristina Filip
TMT Alexandru Birsan
Number of lawyers : 71