Filip & Company > Bucharest, Romania > Firm Profile

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

Romania > Banking and finance Tier 1

Filip & Company‘s ‘highly experienced practice‘ fields a team of lawyers who ‘have great negotiating skills and excellent expertise in the field‘. The firm is regularly instructed on some of the country’s largest financings, advising on a range of matters, including acquisition, project and structured finance, and high-end debt capital markets mandates. The team is commended by clients for its fluent handling of cross-border deals. Alina Stancu Birsan leads the team. Other key partners include Alexandru Bîrsan and Alexandra Manciulea, who is noted for her ‘excellence, commitment and flexibility‘. Senior associate Rebecca Marina is likewise singled out as a ‘very talented, hard-working and client-oriented lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Birsan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent coordination with other law firms, especially given the various jurisdictions involved in one transaction.’

‘Alina Stancu Birsan – business oriented, excellent knowledge of the subject, and finds solutions.’

‘I have worked with Alexandra Manciulea and Rebecca Marina and their professionalism in approaching all issues, responsiveness in all matters with high diligence and knowledge of the specifics of the law, made the work joyful and fruitful.’

‘They have a deep understanding of business and put in practice the notion that the legal framework of a deal should be put in place to best embrace the business needs and logic.’

‘Highly experienced practice that provides excellent legal service. They have great negotiating skills and excellent expertise in the field, offering pragmatic advice and efficient solutions. Thinking outside the box, understanding the business and their commitment is what makes them one of the best and most capable teams.’

‘Alexandra Manciulea – her core values are excellence, commitment and flexibility. Together with the team, she has been working proactively to the tiniest detail throughout the transaction. Advising boldly and warmly through every obstacle and negotiating fiercely every step of the way. You can feel that she really cares about every aspect of the transaction as much as you do, so she goes above and beyond in protecting you. Rebecca Marina – a true professional, very insightful and efficient. Attention to detail and great know-how.’

‘The banking and finance team gathers professionals with excellent legal knowledge, who are very detail orientated and client focused. The team is very diligent, timely, flexible and eager to provide the client with the best solution available which most importantly suits its needs.’

‘Out of the banking and finance team, a very rigorous lawyer who stands out is Rebecca Marina, a very talented, hard-working and client-oriented lawyer.’

Key clients

RCS&RDS/ DIGI Communications

One United Properties

Banca Transilvania

Banca Comerciala Romana

Oriflame Investment Holding

Raiffeisen Bank

Raiffeisen Centrobank

Raiffeisen Bank International Holde Agri Invest

UniCredit Bank

Oresa Limited

Magnet Developments

Abris Capital Partners

Electrica

eMAG

Piraeus Bank

ADREM Corporate

ING Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted a syndicate of five banks, comprising BCR, Raiffeisen Bank, ING, Unicredit and OTP, with the €127m financing of the Green Group in Romania, Slovakia and Lithuania.
  • Assisted Banca Transilvania with the acquisition of the Idea Bank group of companies in Romania.
  • Assisted Digi Group with the €260m financing of the Spanish subsidiary of RCS & RDS.

Romania > Capital markets Tier 1

Filip & Company's highly regarded capital markets team ‘shows extraordinary analytical abilities and offers innovative and flexible approaches in the most complex projects‘. The team has a stellar track record for handling a broad range of debt and equity capital markets listings, where it primarily advises private and public sector issuers. Clients also appreciate the team’s ‘great insights with respect to regulatory frameworks and authorities‘. The practice is led by Alexandru Bîrsan, who is singled out as ‘a brilliant, hard-working and very dedicated lawyer'. Olga Nita is noted for her 'great insights and know-how'. Senior associates Roxana Diaconu and Andreea Bănică are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Bîrsan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient, swift execution, great communication. We were very impressed with the quality of service.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan and Olga Nita both provided outstanding quality of service.’

‘The capital markets team shows extraordinary analytical abilities and offers innovative and flexible approaches in the most complex projects.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan is a brilliant, hard-working and very dedicated lawyer, with great experience in the capital markets field who, together with his team of lawyers, brings creative and client-suited solutions to all the projects he is involved in. From his team Olga Nita and Andreea Bănică stand out as exceptional practitioners.’

‘The team has unique expertise, know-how and knowledge of the Romanian capital markets practice. Great insights with respect to regulatory frameworks and authorities. Very practical and commercially oriented approach.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan – very friendly approach, great availability for discussions and practical/business friendly approach. He is a trusted advisor in all related capital markets issues.’

‘Olga Nita – great insights and know-how, as well as very good sector knowledge. Olga is very client oriented and always delivers high quality advice.’

‘Roxana Diaconu – easily one of the best senior associates we ever worked with. She has a great commercial approach, know-how and a very friendly attitude toward clients.’

Key clients

RCS&RDS/ DIGI Communications

Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

One United Properties

Fondul Proprietatea

Roca Investments

Impetum Group

2Performant

Holde Agri Invest

Abris Capital Partners

Electrica

eMAG

Piraeus Bank

ADREM Corporate

Work highlights

  • Assisting Fondul Proprietatea with the envisaged €2.54bn initial public offering of Hidroelectrica’s shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange following a public offering of the company’s shares held by Fondul Proprietatea.
  • Advising the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance on the continuous update of their €41 billion EMTN programme including various trades based on the programme.
  • Assisted One United Properties with its IPO and subsequent listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, as well as its subsequent share capital increase.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘swift and efficient‘ corporate practice at Filip & Company has an ‘excellent level of market knowledge and trends, both local and international‘, making it a top choice for major domestic and cross-border strategic and private equity takeovers. The Romanian telecoms and media giant RCS & RDS remains a longstanding client and source of work, as does Banca Transilvania for financial services-related deals. Strong cross-practice support in ancillary areas such as finance, tax, competition and employment adds further weight. ‘Outstanding Alexandru Bîrsan leads the team, which also includes highly regarded specialists Monica Statescu,  Alina Stancu Birsan, Ioan Dumitrascu and Cristina Filip.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Bîrsan

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Filip; Alina Stancu Birsan; Ioan Dumitrascu; Eliza Baias; Monica Statescu; Olga Nita

Testimonials

‘Highly reliable team, swift and efficient. We were beyond impressed with the work they did.’

‘We worked with Alexandru Bîrsan and Olga Nita, and both of them were highly professional and efficient. Working with them was amazing.’

‘Highly skilled professionals covering all areas, focused on understanding the need and the risk and also the client’s culture and the way it operates, always providing highly qualitative adapted advice and solutions; transparency, trust, efficiency, excellent level of market knowledge and trends, both local and international. They have been constantly and proactively working with us for many years, preventing and mitigating important risks, providing the best approach, very pragmatic, very focused and effective.’

‘Clear visualisation of next steps and potential pitfalls; clear advice on what needs to be done. Extremely good knowledge of the subject. Responsive.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan and his team always provide adequate, precise, rigorous answers and are able to see beyond the problem by mentioning different scenarios with their advantages and risks.’

‘ I am very pleased with the interactions I had with Alina Stancu Birsan. She is a high qualified specialist. I highly appreciate the simplicity and modesty she has in dealing with clients. Always available and very prompt and efficient in deliverables.’

‘Very professional, efficient and differentiated creative advice.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan is an outstanding practitioner, who manages exceptionally the projects he is involved in. He coordinates a team of very bright, flexible and hard working lawyers in a manner that allows for all projects to be carried out and fulfilled in due time and to bring out the best outcome for their client.’

Key clients

Banca Transilvania

eMAG Ventures

Banca Comercială Română

Fondul Proprietatea

Planet First Partners

RCS & RDS

CEE Equity Partners

SoftwareOne Holding

Kameran Financial Limited

One United Properties

TIRIAC Group (Tiriac Holding Ltd, Tiriac Assets Holding Ltd, Tiriac Investment Holding Ltd.)

Zentiva

British American Tobacco (Romania) Trading

Auchan Romania

Total Soft

Farmavet and Pasteur Filiala Filipesti

Roca Investments

Magnet Developments

Amber Games

The Forge Crossfit and The Forge Association

Mozaik Investments

UiPath Foundation

Bristol Logistics

Delfingen Industry

Adrem Group

Synevo Central Lab Clinical Trials Romania

2Performant Network

Synergy Construct

Pandora Jewelry

Kone Corporation

Sterling Cruise

Alpha Bank

National Bank of Greece

Holcim Romania

Gedeon Richter

Medicover Group (ABC Medicover Holdings BV)

Eximprod Group

Teilor Holding

Tiriac International Foundation

Puma Foundation

Campofrío Food Group

Remarkt Magazine

Strauss Romania

Romanian Business Consult

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

Trend Consult

Vicentiu Zorzolan

Educativa

Universum Events

E-power Holding

Octavian Radu (TCE Group)

Anchor Group

Continental Wind Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted Digi Communications and RCS & RDS with the sale of DIGI Távközlési Szolgáltató and its subsidiaries Invitel, I TV and DIGI Infrastructure to 4iG.
  • Advised Super Slam Limited, part of Tiriac Holdings, on the sale of the rights to the Madrid Tournament through a competitive tender procedure to IMG UK.
  • Advised Banca Transilvania on the acquisition of Idea Bank and Idea Leasing from Getin.

Romania > Employment Tier 1

The employment team at Filip & Company 'stands out as one of the best on Romanian market'. The group takes a ‘highly structured approach in sensitive areas‘, and is well versed in advising major employers on collective and individual redundancies, collective bargaining agreements, and internal investigations, as well as representing them in related disputes. Transactional and day-to-day matters also provide a strong flow of work, including M&A-related employment advice, internal training, and data protection issues. Practice head Ioan Dumitrascu is singled out for his 'amazing practice‘, while counsel Cristina Tudoran is praised for her 'unequivocal assessment of the situation'.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitrascu

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Tudoran; Razvan Ionescu

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the market, highly qualified advice, proactivity, empathy, focus, trust and transparency.’

‘Ability to see many steps ahead and position the case accordingly. Fact-driven in a professional yet personal manner. Highly responsive and thought-through.’

‘Highly structured approach in sensitive areas. Cristina Tudoran and her team convey professionalism (in a personal manner) and knowledge of the subject. Highly responsive and well structured.’

‘The employment team stands out as one of the best on Romanian market, for their excellent business oriented spirit, legal training, experience and knowledge, further developed and grown by its devoted members.’

‘We highly appreciate that they are always available and just a phone call away, always ready to come up with a solution or inventive proposals. What I specifically value is that, after in-depth analysis and based on their excellent hard skills and technical knowledge, they are always able to provide us with a legal solution which is not only legally secure, but also tailored and adapted to our commercial and business requirements, explained in a comprehensible manner even for non-legal persons.’

‘Cristina Tudoran – ability to correlate practice with our company realities, unequivocal assessment of the situation, anticipation of new requests. Ioan Dumitrascu – thorough and authentic, very reliable advisor with an amazing practice.’

‘Team fully dedicated to the projects they are engaged in. Their availability, proactivity and commitment distinguish them from other law firms that are not as flexible and pro-client.’

‘Availability, level of skills as well as the ability to adapt to the client as well as the concrete and implementable solutions they come up with each time.’

Key clients

Zentiva

The Versapak Group

British American Tobacco Trading Romania

Bristol Logistics

The Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF)

Hidroelectrica S.A.

British American Shared Services (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Advising British American Shared Services on various employment-related issues, including employee relationships and internal policies, as well as representing the client in labour disputes.
  • Assisting Atos IT Solutions and Services with various employment law matters, including managing its relationship with the relevant trade union.
  • Advising Magnapharm Marketing & Sales on various labour law matters, including employment termination structures.

Romania > EU and competition Tier 1

Filip & Company fields a team of sought-after competition lawyers who stand out for ‘their unmatched experience of working in high-profile cases in this area‘; the firm is regularly involved in some of Romania’s most significant market investigations. The team is well placed to handle contentious and advisory matters for clients across all industries, operating equally comfortably at both the domestic and EU levels. Clients note that the practitioners’ ‘constant involvement in key competition law cases gives them an impressive insight into the present-day investigative and decisional practices of the competition authorities‘. Cătălin Suliman brings a ‘distinctive combination of strategic and analytical thinking‘ to his role as practice head. Silviu Vasile is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Cătălin Suliman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled professionals covering all areas, focused on understanding the need and the risk and also the client’s culture and the way it operates, always providing highly qualitative adapted advice and solutions. Transparency, trust, efficiency, excellent level of market knowledge and trends, both local and international. Important contribution in improving internal processes, raising awareness, helping in very important strategic projects and also in averting very important risks. Excellent work, the competition team is the best team of lawyers with whom I have worked so far.’

‘Filip & Company’s advice plays a critical role in our decision-making process. Their team is highly qualified and very responsive and the billing structure is very fair and transparent. They are excellent professionals and one of our most valued partners.’

‘From all the excellent professionals from Filip & Company we have worked with, Silviu Vasile has proven to be an outstanding lawyer. He is very well prepared, efficient and organised and he always goes above and beyond to make sure the quality of the deliverables is met. He is extremely intelligent and passionate about his job. He is, without a doubt, one of the best professionals we have had the pleasure of working with.’

‘I have been working with the competition team for 10 years and we have an excellent collaboration because they have a great understanding of the industry, of the companies that I am working with as an in-house lawyer for all these years. But what makes the team unique is the proactive approach, with excellent solutions and tactics, which is the trademark of Cătălin Suliman and also of Silviu Vasile.’

‘What makes Filip & Company’s team unique in the competition space is their sharp sense of business, their fast understanding of facts and context, their extremely clear and practical advice and their unmatched experience of working in high-profile cases in this area. They always present you with all available options and their recommendations are strongly supported by both legal and business logic and well connected with the context and overall strategy in each given case.’

‘Their constant involvement in key competition law cases gives them an impressive insight into the present-day investigative and decisional practices of the competition authorities, both in Romania and at EU level.’

‘Cătălin Suliman is the best competition professional we have worked with in Romania. What makes him stand out, beyond his impressive experience, is the distinctive combination of strategic and analytical thinking, complemented by great social intelligence. This extraordinary mix recommends him as the trusted long-term advisor of our company’s top management. The long track record of high-profile cases where he advised as lead competition counsel testifies to his exceptional performance.’

‘Cătălin Suliman is an exceptional lawyer, who displays remarkable analytical skills, clear vision regarding the projects he is involved in, availability and communication skills when it comes to discussing all inherent steps in the development of a certain project. Silviu Vasile is also a remarkable, very hard-working and talented competition law practitioner.’

Key clients

Banca Comercială Română

BT Leasing

VIG Group

RCS & RDS

CIT One

Autonom Services (formerly BT Operational Leasing )

Zentiva (part of Sanofi Aventis Group)

Adidas

Tiriac Leasing

Banca Transilvania

Strauss Romania

One United Properties

Erste Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tiriac Group with selling the rights and operations of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament and the Acciona Open de España golf tournament to IMG UK, part of the Endeavor group.
  • Assisted RCS & RDS with the sale of its Hungarian operations.

Romania > TMT Tier 1

Filip & Company fields an experienced TMT practice which is noted for being ‘highly efficient and swift in execution‘, while doing ‘an exceptional job‘ and always being ‘at the client’s disposal‘. The firm has a longstanding presence in the market, particularly in key areas such as telecoms and broadcasting, where its lead counsel role to the Romanian giant RCS & RDS is demonstrative of the firm’s full-service expertise in the area. This extends to the full range of industry concerns, including corporate and M&A matters, litigation, IP, data protection, regulatory advice and outsourcing. Other major clients include international film studios, and IT hardware, software and e-commerce companies. Clients are quick to praise ‘outstanding‘ practice head Alexandru Bîrsan and corporate specialist Olga Nita. Corporate finance expert Monica Statescu and disputes specialist Catalin Alexandru are also highly active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Alexandru Bîrsan

Other key lawyers:

Olga Nita; Monica Statescu; Catalin Alexandru

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient and swift in execution, great communication. They demonstrated great capabilities and quality of service.’

‘Alexandru Bîrsan and Olga Nita – both of them were outstanding in the service provided.’

‘The team is very professional and is always at the height of the client’s needs. They do an exceptional job, they are always at the client’s disposal, both in terms of consultations and their availability for calls or video conferences. They exceed expectations and have very high quality standards.’

‘The individuals that are part of the team are great lawyers and professionals. Both the partner and the associates always provide precise, rigorous answers and are able to see beyond the problem by mentioning different scenarios with their advantages and risks.’

‘It is about people. they build a connection and provide personalised advice.’

‘They blend legal know-how with a commercial perspective. I also don’t doubt their integrity.’

Key clients

RCS&RDS

Digi Communications

Total Soft

Romanian Business Consult

2Perfomant

Inform Lykos

Octavian Radu

Vicentiu Zorzolan

eMAG

Amber Studio

Work highlights

  • Assisted Digi Communications and RCS & RDS with the sale of DIGI Távközlési Szolgáltató  and its subsidiaries Invitel, I TV and DIGI Infrastructure to 4iG.
  • Advised Romanian Business Consult, a major provider  of IT solutions for the retail and food industry in Romania, on its acquisition of Ropeco.
  • Advising Inform Lykos, a commercial printing and business solutions company, on acquiring full control of Next Docs Expert and Next Docs Confidential.

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Filip & Company fields a ‘highly technical and also creative‘ disputes team; the versatile practice handles a strong mix of cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration cases, including civil and administrative disputes. On the arbitration front, the firm has been defending Romania’s Ministry of Finance against a high-value oil and gas-related claim brought by an Austrian investor. ‘Tenacious‘ practice head Catalin Alexandru is noted for his ‘strong strategic sense‘, while George Trantea always ‘comes up with practical solutions‘. Clients also highlight the team’s ‘very diligent junior members‘, with senior associates Adrian Cristea, Alin Grapă, and Liliana Dranca, and counsels Razvan Ionescu and Cristina Tudoran among those singled out.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Alexandru; George Trantea

Testimonials

‘The lawyers with whom we work are very serious, rigorous and always come up with effective solutions and outstanding strategies in preparing defences in cases. Such lawyers are: Adrian Cristea, Cristina Tudoran and Alin Grapă.’

‘Very skilful team of lawyers, combining expertise from all areas of the law. Very diligent junior members and tactically and business-wise experienced partners.’

‘Engaging and extremely responsive – one gets the impression that they are online 24/7. Response times are very short. Capable in addressing a wite variety of disputes and understanding of peripheral factors and their implication on the legal matter at hand. With this team, you never feel left alone.’

‘George Trantea – extremely engaging, short response times; understands complex issue very well. Comes up with practical solutions.’

‘Catalin Alexandru: strong strategic sense, good team player, excellent knowledge of Romanian law and tenacious.’

‘The dispute resolution team is outstanding in its detail orientation and client focused approach. Highly technical and also creative, the team is uniquely built as very diligent, timely, flexible and eager to provide the client with the best solution available which most importantly suits its needs.’

‘Flexible local team with good communication in English, well experienced in the area of our interest.’

‘Adrian Cristea – experienced lawyer, reacts quickly to the client’s needs and requirements, good communication with client including the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable form.’

Key clients

Super Slam Limited (a Tiriac Group entity)

Hidroelectrica

Electrica

Porsche Romania

Omniasig (part of Vienna Insurance Group)

Asirom

Next Energy Partners

ZENTIVA Group (several entities: ZENTIVA INTERNATIONAL AS HLOHOVEC Sucursala Bucuresti, Zentiva SA, Solacium Pharma)

Medusa Hotel International

RCS & RDS

Work highlights

  • Representing Super Slam, the sanction rights holder of the Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Tennis Tournament, in its claim against the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in relation to contractual breaches and discriminatory behaviour by the ATP concerning the Mutua Madrid Tennis Tournament.
  • Successfully represented Hidroelectrica and obtained a favourable decision in front of the ECJ, thereby securing the client’s right to trade electricity.
  • Representing Electrica in a €18m profit tax dispute, which generated over ten separate lawsuits, including a complaint in front of the European Court of Human Rights.

Romania > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Filip & Company has an ‘excellent team with extensive experience in the energy field‘. Key to the firm’s ability to deliver ‘beyond expectations‘ is its ‘in-depth knowledge of the Romanian legislation and the practical application of the law‘. Clients benefit from the firm’s market-leading transactional practice, where it has particularly strong experience in M&A, public procurement and financings. The team is also active in regulatory and day-to-day issues. Major utility companies and suppliers, project developers, investment funds, and prominent end-users all regularly instruct the practice. Managing partner Cristina Filip oversees the work alongside practice head Alina Stancu Birsan. Recently promoted partner Georgeta Gavriloiu is active on the competition and public procurement side.

Practice head(s):

Alina Stancu Birsan; Cristina Filip

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alina Stancu Birsan – excellent experience and knowledge of the field.’

‘Excellent team with extensive experience in the energy field. The competitive advantage of the team is their in-depth knowledge of the Romanian legislation and the practical application of the law. Throughout our multi-year collaboration their approach towards each project and each deal has always been highly efficient, constructive and result-oriented.’

‘The team delivers beyond expectations.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Electrica

RWE Supply & Trading

Tiriac Group

Hidroelectrica

Next Energy Partners

Energy Gas Provider

E-Power Holding

Lafarge Holcim (Romania)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Continental Wind Partners

Eximprod Group

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

Econergy Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing Next Energy Partners in several disputes against several entities in the energy market in relation to power sale and purchase agreements.
  • Representing Holcim in proceedings against the National Energy Regulatory Authority concerning the obligation to acquire green certificates for electricity generated by a waste heat recovery installation.
  • Successfully represented Energy Gas Provider, a local natural gas supplier, in proceedings against the National Energy Regulatory Authority in connection to the client’s alleged failure to store minimum quantities of natural gas in underground facilities.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Filip & Company has a noted track record for complex refinancings and restructurings, where it advises debtors, creditors and investors into distressed assets. The firm often handles the Romanian aspects of cross-border insolvencies and Chapter 11 proceedings. The advisory side of the practice has been particularly active recently, and has assisted several high-value debt restructurings. Ioan Dumitrascu and Alina Stancu Birsan are the team leads for non-contentious, pre-insolvency issues. Litigator Catalin Alexandru and counsel Razvan Ionescu are the key contacts for contentious proceedings. Since publication, Smaranda Vacaru left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Dumitrascu

Other key lawyers:

Alina Stancu Birsan; Catalin Alexandru; Razvan Ionescu

Key clients

Tiriac Group

Raiffeisen Bank S.A.

ING Bank N.V. Amsterdam, Bucharest Branch

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tiriac Group with a group consolidation at the level of its local insurance and pension business.
  • Assisting Raiffeisen Bank and ING Bank with the €52.5m refinancing of the leveraged buyout of La Fantana.

Romania > PPP and procurement Tier 3

Filip & Company has expertise across a range of key industries, including construction, transport, energy and healthcare. This includes advice to domestic and international participants on every stage of the procurement process, from bid through to any contentious challenges and performance disputes that might occur. The cross-practice team includes projects and real estate team head Ioana Roman; Alina Stancu Birsan, who is noted for her expertise on projects, corporate and finance issues; and disputes co-head George Trantea, who is the main contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Ioana Roman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Synevo Romania

BayWa r.e.

Astaldi

Continental Wind Partners

UiPath

Retim

Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica

Comtel Focus

RWE

WDP Romania

Work highlights

  • Advising companies in the Medicover/Synevo Group, a major provider of medical services and laboratories in Romania, on various public procurement issues.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Filip & Company‘s has 'a deep understanding of the commercial, technical and legal context'. M&A-related real estate work, and development projects in the renewables, healthcare and retail park sectors have all kept the firm busy recently. Clients come from all corners of the market, and include leading investment funds, foreign developers and major corporates such as RCS & RDS and Auchan. Ioana Roman leads the team, ably supported by counsel Mihaela Ispas. Senior associate Oana Mina and associate Alexandru Popa are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ioana Roman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Besides the excellent legal support – always tailored and on time (even at short notice), the profound knowledge of the renewable market and a deep understanding of the commercial, technical and legal context – it is above all the dedication and personal commitment of the team which makes this cooperation go far beyond a usual business relationship. Working with a lot of law firms in various jurisdictions I have rarely experienced such a successful blend of professional excellence and personal connection.’

‘Ioana Roman is an exceptional person, both professionally and personally. Her (and her team’s) support is outstanding.’

‘They are excellent at establishing professional and human relationships which go beyond the traditional and sometimes sterile nature of conventional legal assistance. We are happy for the sustained growth of their practice and can call ourselves proud to be in their stable of clients, not just because we have such a longstanding, fruitful relationship, but mostly because we share their values and corporate culture. Highly recommended.’

‘Ioana Roman – fierce but fair negotiator, excellent coordinator of her team, Ioana is that rare kind of professional operative who never loses sight of the key vectors of the situation or deal. Could not be happier with her being at the helm of this wonderful team. Mihaela Ispas – great attention to detail, very thorough and precise, always thinking ahead. Good under pressure.’

‘Very experienced team, with high level of professionalism. The team has always been following up closely the updates in the legislation and has been providing us very promptly with valuable and practical advice. This has facilitated immensely our company to proceed successfully with our renewable projects and close fruitful deals.’

‘Besides being great professionals with extensive experience, the real estate lawyers’ strengths are being very prompt, hands-on and business-oriented. Also, what I appreciate most is that they are focused on the problem at hand and not losing themselves on details that are not important for the client/project.’

‘I really appreciate working with Ioana Roman and Mihaela Ispas, who both have a very approachable and business-oriented attitude, while making sure things are handled at the highest level of professionalism.’

‘All those with whom I collaborated, on various subjects, were available, treated our requests with priority and provided us with the resolution in time. Communication is very good and thus we can collaborate on the best terms.’

Key clients

RCS & RDS

Anchor Group

LafargeHolcim (Romania)

Alesonor/ Magnet Developments

Auchan Romania

One United Properties

Nestle Romania

PPLI Group/ Veranda Obor

Kingfisher PLC/ Bricostore Romania

Real Hyper Magazine/ Remarkt Magazine

Centrul Medical Unirea/ Regina Maria

Sol Holding

Rueben Brothers Group/ TFB Mortgages

Tiriac Group/ Tiriac Holdings

Prologis

Sof Medica Group / MedCity

Banca Transilvania

UBM Development AG

Total Soft

Comtel Focus S.A. / Vienna House

Electrica S.A.

Alexander Bărbuț, Thomas Bărbuț and Marcel Bărbuț

Kameran Financial Limited (Vladimir Cohn)

Crucea Wind Farm (part of Hidroelectrica)

Forge Crossfit and The Forge Association

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Pandora Jewellery

Total Soft

Work highlights

  • Assisted One United Properties, a major Romanian residential real estate developer, with its IPO and subsequent listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, which included due diligence on over 16 real estate projects that the company was developing.
  • Assisted Anchor Group, a major foreign investor, on its planned acquisition of a cinema operator.
  • Assisting the Tiriac Group with the sale, to Demean, of a 145,000 square metre real estate site in Timisoara.

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 20 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, data protection, 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 cristina.filip@filipandcompany.com
Corporate and M&A Alexandru Birsan alexandru.birsan@filipandcompany.com
Banking and finance Alina Stancu Birsan alina.stancu_birsan@filipandcompany.com
Banking and finance Alexandru Birsan
EU law and competition Catalin Suliman catalin.suliman@filipandcompany.com
Energy and natural resources Cristina Filip cristina.filip@filipandcompany.com
Energy and natural resources Alina Stancu Birsan alina.stancu_birsan@filipandcompany.com
Commercial Ioan Dumitrascu ioan.dumitrascu@filipandcompany.com
Commercial Catalin Suliman catalin.suliman@filipandcompany.com
Projects Alina Stancu Birsan alina.stancu_birsan@filipandcompany.com
Labour Ioan Dumitrascu ioan.dumitrascu@filipandcompany.com
Dispute resolution Catalin Alexandru catalin.alexandru@filipandcompany.com
TMT Olga Nita olga.nita@filipandcompany.com
TMT Alexandru Birsan alexandru.birsan@filipandcompany.com
TMT Monica Statescu monica.statescu@filipandcompany.com
Employment Cristina Tudoran cristina.tudoran@filipandcompany.com
Banking and finance Alexandra Manciulea alexandra.manciulea@filipandcompany.com
Corporate and M&A Monica Statescu monica.statescu@filipandcompany.com
EU law and competition Silviu Vasile silviu.vasile@filipandcompany.com
Real estate Ioana Roman ioana.roman@filipandcompany.com
Dispute resolution George Trantea george.trantea@filipandcompany.com
Real estate Mihaela Ispas mihaela.ispas@filipandcompany.com
Number of lawyers : 75

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.