Firm Profile > Filip & Company > Bucharest, Romania

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Filip & Company comes highly recommended by banking and finance clients, who appreciate the firm's ability to work with international borrowers and lenders. The team fields a strong team of partners, including practice head Alina Stancu Birsan, Alexandru Birsan and Alexandra Manciulea, who is experienced in restructurings, distressed debt, and regulatory matters. The firm regularly advises on complex structured deals, and has been actively assisting fintech companies on their licensing and authorisation needs. Associates Camelia Iantuc and Rebecca Marina are also well regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Birsan

Other key lawyers:

Alexandru Birsan; Alexandru Birsan

Testimonials

‘Fast reaction, reliable, responsible, flexible, good quality of services.  Everything was done on time, the process was very smooth with the full satisfaction of the work done.’

‘Dedicated staff, and friendly approach to fees structuring. the team is fantastic in terms of open communication. They also talk to the companies directly where appropriate to explain things and ensure a smooth process for their clients. Knowledge is good as is the international network.’

‘Rebecca Marina has a strong legal understanding of complex issues.’

‘Camelia Iantuc was splendid.’

Key clients

Banca Transilvania

National Bank of Greece

Raiffeisen Bank S.A.

Banca Comerciala Romana S.A.

Citibank Europe Plc

ING Bank

Tiriac Group

Digi Communications N.V.

RCS & RDS S.A.

International Investment Bank

Societatea Energetica Electrica S.A.

Impact Developer & Contractor S.A.

Alpha Bank Romania S.A.

Unicredit S.p.A

Novo Banco

Honeywell

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Kingfisher PLC

Advance Global Capital

Prodplast Imobiliare

Duet Private Equity Limited

MKB Bank Zrt.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Renomia a.s.

Capital markets Tier 1

Filip & Company has a dynamic and versatile practice that is popular with underwriters, issuers and foreign law firms. The team, which is led by the highly regarded Alexandru Bîrsan, is often found on the largest debt and equity listings the market has to offer, and is a top choice for domestic support on cross-border mandates. The expertise includes major sovereign bond offerings, private placings, and regulatory advice, often working with industry bodies on legislative developments and reforms.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Birsan

Testimonials

‘Alex Birsan is technically very able but also extremely commercial and understands how international clients (particularly banks) operate. His Magic Circle background makes a big difference. He knows his market really well – where the opportunities are but also the practical challenges that may emerge given the parties involved.’

Key clients

Banca Transilvania

Raiffeisen Bank S.A.

Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

Digi Communications N.V.

RCS & RDS S.A.

International Investment Bank

Bucharest Stock Exchange

BT Capital Partners S.A.

Fondul Proprietatea S.A.

Zentiva S.A.

Societatea Energetica Electrica S.A.

af Jochnick family

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Filip & Company is undoubtedly one of the Romanian market's first destinations for high-end corporate and transactional advice. The firm boasts a high quality team that is led by the extremely well regarded Alexandru Birsan, and includes other key players such as Cristina Filip, Alina Stancu Birsan, Ioan Dumitrascu, and Eliza Baias. Clients also rate finance partner Alexandra Manciulea and associate Monica Statescu. The team offers the full range of expertise, from cross-border M&As, divestitures, joint ventures and buyouts, through to business launches and more day-to-day matters. Clients include major banks, multinationals, domestic companies and private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Bîrsan

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Filip; Alexandru Bîrsan; Alina Stancu Bîrsan; Ioan Dumitrașcu; Eliza Baias; Alexandra Manciulea; Monica Statescu

Testimonials

‘Targeted legal advice with great business understanding.’

‘What I most admire about Filip & Company, besides the high quality of legal services delivered, is the openness and availability to discuss with their clients.’

‘Very experienced and competitive team. Very close understanding of the client needs and very efficient team work. Very comprehensive reporting.’

‘Strong legal background, attention to detail, high quality assurance with multi-layer controls, timely delivery of projects, professional explanations of risks involved and solution driven team.’

‘Alexandra Manciulea – good communicator both internally and externally, hard working, passionate, striving for excellence, flexible and friendly approach to fee structuring.’

‘Monica Statescu – I can rely on her to deliver high quality materials and outstanding professional conduct.’

Key clients

Holcim Romania

Nuclearelectrica S.A.

Banca Transilvania S.A.

Banca Comerciala Romana S.A.

Allianz Technology

Total Soft

Bucharest Stock Exchange

Digi Communications N.V.

RCS&RDS S.A.

Kingfisher PLC

Xactly Corporation

Kameran Financial Limited (Vladimir Cohn)

Arcelor Mittal S.A.

Continental Automotive GmbH

Van Leeuwen Buizen Groep B.V.

Steag Group

BC Partners

3i

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Ui Path

UiPath Foundation

Centrul Medical Unirea S.R.L.

Coca-Cola HBC

British American Tobacco (Romania) Trading S.R.L.

Synevo Central Lab Clinical Trials Romania S.R.L.

Kone Corporation

Pandora

Zentiva S.A.

Auchan Romania S.A.

Societatea Energetica Electrica S.A.

Duet Private Equity Limited

Pink Ivory Limited

Magnet Developments

The Forge Crossfit and The Forge Spirits Association

Prologis European Developments B.V.

Maillis Group

Farmavet S.A. and Pasteur Filiala Filipesti S.A.

SoftwareOne Holding AG

Crayon Group

Delfingen Industry S.A.

Adrian

Employment Tier 1

Filip & Company is a popular destination for complex employment issues. The team, which is led by Ioan Dumitrascu and includes Cristina Tudoran, handles a broad mix of day-to-day and compliance issues, as well as more bespoke transactional and litigation advice. Clients come from across a wide range of sectors, including telecoms, manufacturing, consumer goods, life sciences, financial services, and healthcare. Recently, the firm advised on the employment implications of several significant mergers, and also provided strong support on COVID-19 related issues. Associate Razvan Ionescu is also very active on the contentious employment side.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitrascu

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Tudoran; Razvan Ionescu

Testimonials

‘Not only is the team very knowledgeable, they also have extremely good communication skills and are able to advise even on the strategical / tactical approach. Even more, they are able to explain in a simple manner very complex concepts.’

‘A team of intelligent, focused lawyers with smart solutions.’

‘Very professional advice covering all perspectives, always in the agreed timeline. I really appreciate their availability and flexibility in covering our company needs.’

‘Ioan Dumitrascu and Cristina Tudoran come up with solutions in matters that are quite sensitive. They understand the company and constraints we have and they do not produce only the theoretical solution or recite the code, they identify applicable and implementable solutions to our problems.’

Key clients

PANDORA

TOTAL SOFT

L’OREAL

Vodafone S.A.

Zentiva S.A.

ARCTIC

KEYSIGHT (former IXIA)

The Versapak Group

Remarkt Magazine (former Real Hyper Magazine)

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Filip & Company has a multi-faceted energy and natural resources group that comes highly recommended for its comprehensive service. Clients use the firm on high-profile disputes as well as transactional, infrastructure and day-to-day regulatory issues. The firm is noted for its strong expertise in the nuclear sector, as well as hydrocarbons and renewable energy. Clients range from major utility providers, through to developers, energy traders, equipment manufacturers, investment funds and end-users. Highly-rated practice head Alina Stancu Birsan and managing partner Cristina Filip are both very active in this industry.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Bîrsan; Cristina Filip

Testimonials

‘Solid track record in the sector with lots of return clients which is proof of their delivery. Mainly driven by partners but also promising younger generation.’

‘Very experienced in the field of important infrastructure development projects. Well aware about the Romanian nuclear energy sector. Good practice in the field of international civil and particularly commercial law.’

‘They were very dedicated to our project and deeply involved in the negotiations we carried on at that time. And although the negotiations took a very long time, much longer than initially anticipated, the involvement of their team in this process never decreased. Until the end of the negotiation process they remained 100% committed to the project. 

‘Alina Birsan is an exceptional energy lawyer with deep sectoral insight and commercial mindset being able to cut through complex situations.’

‘Cristina Filip and her team have a unique way of putting things forward, narrowing it down to simple, transparent items that can be agreed upon by the parties. Her good knowledge of the market makes her very capable of adapting to new rules of play during discussions, meetings, negotiations. Cristina Filip is for sure the key element to their success. Her experience and implication makes her stand out but you cannot do this if the team does not work.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Electrica S.A.

RWE Supply & Trading

Tiriac Group

Hidroelectrica

Holcim Romania

STEAG Group

Energy Gas Provider

Alesonor group

Tiriac Holding

China CEE Equity Partners Fund

Eximprod

Pandora

Romanian Commodities Exchange

Auchan

Next Energy Partners SRL

EU and competition Tier 1

Filip & Company has  a top reputation for EU, competition, and state aid related issues. Practice head Cătălin Suliman is a leading market figure, and is shepherding through an impressive range of talent at counsel and associate level. Among them, counsel Georgeta Gavriloiu, and associates Silviu Vasile and Dragos Iordache have strong practices dedicated towards this area. The firm's corporate finance team ensures a strong flow of merger clearance work, and the practice as a whole has good expertise in heavily regulated industries such as telecoms and energy. Investigations and unfair competition claims are major areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Suliman

Other key lawyers:

Georgeta Gavriloiu; Silviu Vasile; Dragos Iordache

Testimonials

‘Filip & Company’s competition practice stands out by being highly proactive, responsive and creative, with a remarkable strategic and business-oriented outlook into the legal cases they handle. Greatly engaged in every single project, they give you confidence and a strong sense of risk control that’s invaluable for your business.’

‘Probably the best legal team in Romania, with top lawyers in all the areas. The difference is made by their communication and the capacity to be available all the time, including for short briefs.’

‘The competition practice has the following strengths and capabilities: (1) very good knowledge in this legal domain, both theoretic but also applied to each particular case; (2) the perfect understanding of the business analysed from a competition perspective and the tailor made solutions and opinion; (3) the dedication and support in the required time – an important aspect from operation point of view.’

‘They are bold and innovative in both their approach to the cases as they are in their business strategy as a law firm. Their website is young and fresh, unlike other law firms’, their business events like workshops and webinars are always catchy, engaging and generally very different from the rest. The way they organize their workplace is innovative and friendly with both their lawyers and the clients, it is a pleasure to be inside their Bucharest offices, with so many ergonomic solutions for long hours of work.’

‘Catalin Suliman is a very clever professional, prompt and efficient, focused on results – a problem solver with an impressive track record of cases across virtually all industries. His strong sense of business and sharp strategic thinking make him a brilliant lawyer. Good empathy with the client, logic and well organized speech.’

‘Catalin Suliman and Silviu Vasile as very professional, rigorous, innovative persons. I’m honored to collaborate with them.’

‘Dragos Iordache – I know I can rely on him to deliver high quality materials and outstanding professional conduct.’

‘Silviu Vasile has high attention to detail, innovative solutions and  determination in difficult and complexes cases.’

Key clients

Arctic SA

RCS & RDS (leading regional telecom – 4 play – provider)

VIG Group (Omniasig, Asirom, BCR Asigurari de viata)

Banca Transilvania S.A.

Inform Lykos SA

Strauss

Zentiva (part of Sanofi Aventis Group)

BCR

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Filip & Company has a multi-faceted insolvency and restructuring practice often combining mixed teams of corporate, finance and litigation lawyers. The firm handles creditor and debtor work across a range of industries, and has a good track record advising banks on non-performing loan portfolios. The team works closely with international firms on high profile cross-border restructurings and reorganisations.  Practice head Ioan Dumitrascu and Alina Stancu Birsan  are the lead partners on the non-contentious side. Disputes head Catalin Alexandru leads on the litigious elements. Versatile senior associate Razvan Ionescu is especially well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitrascu

Other key lawyers:

Alina Stancu Birsan; Catalin Alexandru; Razvan Ionescu

Testimonials

‘We had cases together for years now, with excellent results. What makes us very pleased about this cooperation is the fact that always the advice is prompt, to the point, sometimes innovative and always with the right course of action.’

‘Razvan Ionescu is a senior associate with excellent knowledge, great litigation skills, and on the spot advice.’

Key clients

Ambient S.A.

National Bank of Greece S.A.,

Veranda Obor SA

Banca Transilvania

TMT Tier 1

Filip & Company's multi-disciplinary team offers the full range of contentious and non-contentious support to its TMT clients. The team's reputation in telecoms and media, is reflected in its representation of major corporations such as RCS&RDS on matters ranging from copyright claims to multi-million Eurobond issues. Technology and robotics are other areas of expertise, as is advice to entrepreneurs and investors. The corporate side is handled by practice head Alexandru Birsan and partner Eliza Baias, with disputes head Catalin Alexandru leading on contentious matters. Associate Monica Statescu is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Bîrsan

Testimonials

‘As individuals they are open and transparent, giving you the feeling that you are listened. They have a solution focused attitude when looking to understand the case.’

‘Our company only works with selected lawyers in Romania and abroad, so when we need local legal assistance, we can only consider one of the best in the market. We had excellent references in relation to Filip & Company and this was confirmed by their immediate support and involvement. They were exactly what we knew and needed: swift but thorough in their work, very experienced and resourceful in finding the right legal solutions to employ for us, highly professional and, most of all, extremely efficient.’

‘The collaboration with Filip & Company is coordinated by Catalin Suliman. Also, Monica Statescu is part of the team and someone who needs to be mentioned. Both Catalin and Monica have huge know-how in the TMT, Competition and Corporate fields. Catalin was extremely resourceful in finding the right legal avenue for us in everything that we worked. He is fast and extremely effective. He knows how to handle a matter from all perspectives and he is doing it in a flawless manner, reason for which we will continue working with him and his team at Filip & Company.’

Key clients

RCS&RDS S.A.

Digi Communications N.V.

Total Soft

UiPath

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Filip & Company offers a comprehensive disputes service, encompassing most forms of civil and administrative litigation. The firm is also highly experienced in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes, as demonstrated by its role defending the Romanian state against an ICSID claim brought by an Austrian investor. Practice head Catalin Alexandru's strong experience in this area has led to numerous roles working alongside global law firms on international disputes. Ongoing advice to leading local companies, such as RCS & RDS, ensures a regular flow of TMT-related claims. Clients also single out senior associates Adrian Cristea and Liliana Dranca.

Practice head(s):

Cătălin Alexandru

Other key lawyers:

Liliana Dranca; Adrian Cristea

Testimonials

‘Always available and provided constructive solutions. The team is full of energy and with good spirit. Adrian Cristea is a great lawyer to work with. He is calm and has very good listening and public speaking skills.’

‘The dispute resolution team is very diligent, detail-oriented, client-focused and professional. In every instance, their advice is on point,helpful and timely and provides significant value to projects. They have a very good understanding of the needs and interests of their clients and are able to put in place the best court strategies to sustain such needs. The team has an amazing ability to also adapt to any changes that are inherent to the dispute resolution area without compromising the principle of best defending and affirming their clients’ rights and interests, which stands at the core of their work. ‘

‘Liliana Dranca and Catalin Alexandru had a great approach and orientation to client needs. They responded in due time and in a comprehensive and professional way, offering solutions, and had a proactive approach towards business needs.’

‘What I most admire about Filip & Company, besides the high quality of legal services delivered, is the openness and availability to discuss with their clients. We are not a big client from budget perspective but we get the same time and attention like the big ones.’

Key clients

Romania / Ministry of Finance

RCS & RDS

Total Soft

Hidroelectrica

Electrica S.A.

Next Energy Partners SRL

Electrica Serv SA

Astaldi

Vastint Romania

Comtel Focus S.A.

Porsche Romania

First Bank SA (former Piraeus Bank Romania SA)

Alpha Bank

Citibank Plc Dublin

Mr Ilie Năstase and Mr Ioan Țiriac, acting as tennis professionals; Super Slam Ltd

The Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority

Omniasig

Asirom

Bayer

ZENTIVA INTERNATIONAL AS HLOHOVEC SUCURSALA BUCUREȘTI (part of Zentiva Group)

Zentiva S.A.

Auchan Romania S.A.

A&D Pharma

Bricostore Romania (Kingfisher Group)

Inform Lykos S.A.

Prodplast S.A.

PKP Cargo S.A.

LafargeHolcim (Romania)

Țiriac Leasing

Romanian-American Foundation

Arctic

Forte Partners

Strauss Romania

Arcelor Mittal

British American Tobacco Trading Romania

Wild Boar Club S.R.L. (part of the Țiriac Group)

Granit Polus

PKP Cargo

PPP and procurement Tier 3

Filip & Company's strong presence in key sectors such as energy ensures it regularly advises public procurement-related issues. This includes tender bids, infrastructure projects and public challenges to awards. The firm took a step towards a more specialised approach to public procurement and PPP through the recruitment of Oana Voda from Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA. She adds further gravitas to a team that includes infrastructure expert Ioana Roman and highly rated corporate and projects partner Alina Stancu Birsan.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Birsan; Ioana Roman

Testimonials

‘Filip & Company understands the client’s needs and they always anticipate the next step. They are very transparent and they are always willing to innovate using technology.’

‘Adrian Cristea was a key member of the team I worked with. He has an outstanding capacity to understand the client’s needs. He proposed valuable solutions in the context of a settlement deal. He has knowledge in this area and this was particularly important in our complex case.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Retim Ecologic Service

Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A.

WPD Romania

Electrica S.A.

Comtel Focus S.A.

Holcim Romania

RWE

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Filip & Company's well-regarded team is led by Ioana Roman, who has a strong background in real estate, M&A, projects and infrastructure. The firm acts for a mix of investors, funds, and developers on the full range of issues, including land acquisitions, financings, development projects and lease agreements. This includes assisting corporate clients with their portfolio management and due diligence on related M&A matters. The team was well equipped to guide clients through the market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Ioana Roman

Testimonials

‘Very fast analysis, with unique solutions proposed and very good implementation monitoring.’

‘Filip & Co is a dynamic and seasoned team of legal practitioners. It is unique in that it combines the expertise of a well seasoned legal powerhouse with the vibrant atmosphere which is very conducive to out-of-the-box thinking and creative, on-the-fly problem solving.’

‘Ioana Roman is of exceptional value. We hold her in the highest regard. Also of note is the associate Andreea Soare.’

‘Very well organized and kept close watch over the project. They did not just answer questions when asked, but basically adopted the project as their own and proactively strived to bring it along. ’

Very prompt and knowledgeable. The team is commercially oriented. It understands well the clients needs and personality and tries to bridge gaps for making the deals, coming up with commercial proposals helping the client in getting better terms.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Anchor Group

LafargeHolcim (Romania)

Auchan Romania

Portland Trust

PPLI Group/ Veranda Obor

Kingfisher/ Bricostore Romania

Real Hyper Magazine/ Remarkt Magazine

Nestle Romania

Sol Holding

Rueben Brothers Group/ TFB Mortgages

Tiriac Group/ Tiriac Holdings

MSREF Real Estate Advisor, Inc.

Prologis

Sof Medica Group / MedCity

Banca Transilvania

UBM Development AG

Total Soft

Comtel Focus S.A. / Vienna House

Electrica S.A.

Vastint Romania

Arcelor Mittal

Centrul Medical Unirea/ Regina Maria

Kameran Financial Limited (Vladimir Cohn)

Steag Group

Forge Crossfit S.R.L. and The Forge Association

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Alexander Bărbuț, Thomas Bărbuț and Marcel Bărbuț

Alesonor/ Magnet Development

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.

M&A/corporate: 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.

Real estate: 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.

Energy: 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.

Competition: 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.

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

Capital markets: 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.

Projects: 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.

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

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

TMT: 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

ROMANIA

Filip & Company is one of the leading law firms in Romania providing top quality assistance in all relevant areas of law for businesses operating in Romania or considering Romania.

Specialized in complex projects that require an innovative approach, Filip & Company lawyers have a wide experience in several domains, such as infrastructure and concession, mergers and acquisitions, energy, corporate, real estate, competition law, finance and capital markets but also labour law, data protection, consumer protection and environmental law. The law firm also provides legal assistance and representation in disputes and arbitrations with significant implications for the clients’ businesses. Please visit www.filipandcompany.com to find out more about Filip & Company’s expertise and team.