Dragne & Asociatii SCA > Bucharest, Romania > Firm Profile

Dragne & Asociatii SCA
6 Matei Millo Street
Millo Offices, 2nd Floor, 1st District
010145 BUCHAREST
Romania

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dragne & Asociatii SCA fields a leading dispute resolution team packed with a deep bench of litigators who ‘master the procedural matters exceptionally’. The group is noted for its interdisciplinary collaboration, both internally and with international lawyers on cross-border disputes. The firm handles the full range of commercial, administrative and criminal matters, and is also well versed in international arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Other areas of strength include IP and public procurement-related claims, as well as dispute avoidance in the form of compliance and risk management. Key individuals include Ion Dragne, who has a notable track record in investment treaty disputes, and fellow managing partner Stelian Garofil, who is highly experienced in insolvency litigation. Delia Bosman, Andreia Dumitrescu, Ioana Oprea and Daniel Cirstea are also recommended, as is senior associate Bogdan Iordache.

Practice head(s):

Ion Dragne; Stelian Garofil

Other key lawyers:

Delia Bosman; Andreia Dumitrescu; Daniel Cirstea; Ioana Oprea; Zoe Lungu; Gabriel Paraschiv; Bogdan Iordache

Testimonials

‘The fact that the team listened to my legal issues and took the time to go into detail to ensure that they understood the full complexity of my situation made me feel more supported than with other lawyers I had worked with in the past. The strong point of this team is the interdisciplinary collaboration and in particular the contact with lawyers in other countries.’

‘The good cohesion of the team is appreciated which allowed me as a client to feel supported.’

‘Their uniqueness comes from the fact that they master the procedural matters exceptionally. Also, they are modest, balanced, fair and attentive. They never do anything before notifying the client and offering various legal alternatives.’

‘Qualities: promptness, fairness, respect, attention, modesty, intellectual education. All the people I work with in this law firm are very good.’

Key clients

Amerocap

Asigurarea Romaneasca Asirom Vienna Insurance Group

Banca Transilvania

First Bank

Iridex Group Import Export

Bnp Paribas Personal Finance

Blue Air Aviation

Fundatia Caritatea

Sind Tour Traiding

Synevo Romania

European Drinks SA

Credit Europe Ipotecar, Credit Europe Bank Romania

Mol Romania Petroleum Product

Deutsche Bahn Cargo Romania

Cosr (Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee)

Spectru 2001

Spar Infotech

Viarom Constructii

BC Victoria Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented Amerocap, a private equity investor focused on the energy and defence sectors, in a €3.2m contract dispute with a Romanian chemicals producer and supplier.
  • Representing Asigurarea Romaneasca Asirom Vienna Insurance Group in a broad range of contractual insurance claims.
  • Representing First Bank in multiple contractual and consumer litigation disputes.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Dragne & Asociatii SCA is a top choice for some of Romania’s largest insolvencies and restructurings. The firm is instructed by a broad range of corporate debtors, creditors, banks and financial institutions, as well as public authorities. Dispute resolution is a core area of expertise for the firm, so clients are well catered for in related court proceedings and contentious debt recovery matters. Daniel Cirstea is regularly involved in major enforcement proceedings and often represents administrators and liquidators. Managing partner Stelian Garofil acts on behalf of domestic and international clients, including shareholders, while Andreia Dumitrescu has strong credentials for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Stelian Garofil; Andreia Dumitrescu; Daniel Cirstea

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Paraschiv

Key clients

Authority for Financial Supervision

Alpha Bank AE London Branch

Sind Tour Trading

Garanti Bank

Patria Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the Financial Supervisory Authority on the financial reorganisation of Astra, and represented the client in the subsequent bankruptcy process.
  • Representing Alpha Bank in multiple insolvencies with creditors.
  • Representing Sind Tour Trading, as creditor, in several insolvency proceedings against other companies.

Romania > Banking and finance Tier 3

Dragne & Asociatii SCA has an excellent reputation for major banking and finance disputes, where it represents some of the country’s largest banks and financial institutions. The firm is praised for its ability to ‘always come up with effective solutions and remarkable strategies'. Away from the contentious side, the firm also offers stellar advice on regulatory and consumer credit matters. Name partner Ion Dragne is singled out by one client as ‘an outstanding figure in the litigation, consumer and banking law fields‘. Other key contacts include practice head Stelian Garofil, and senior practitioners Delia BosmanAndreia Dumitrescu, Daniel Cirstea and Ioana Oprea.

Practice head(s):

Stelian Garofil

Testimonials

‘A serious team of lawyers who demonstrate a high level of professionalism.’

‘The lawyers with whom we collaborate are serious, rigorous and always come up with effective solutions and remarkable strategies.’

‘Dragne & Asociatii understands very well the consumer credit business and this puts the practice in a position to offer tailored advice. The inner understanding makes the team very responsive and creative.’

‘The team is very responsive and dedicated.’

‘Ion Dragne is an outstanding figure in the litigation, consumer and banking law fields. His experience and solid knowledge helped us navigating the changing legal environment.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Personal Finance SA Paris Bucharest Branch

Work highlights

  • Advising BNP Paribas Personal Finance on various matters, including projects linked to its portfolio of receivables.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Dragne & Asociatii SCA is recommended for its ‘in-depth legal analysis, advice and timely support each time‘. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for litigation matters, which cover the full range of real estate, construction and related administrative disputes. It is also active on the advisory and transactional side, assisting major clients – including retailer Lidl – with their Romanian property interests. Deputy managing partner Delia Bosman leads the team, ably supported by senior practitioner Ion Dragne. Disputes expert Ioana Oprea is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Delia Bosman; Ioana Oprea

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Dragne & Asociatii is capable of providing in-depth legal analysis, advice and timely support each time it is needed and they are exceptional at interpreting and translating legal terminology into easy-to-understand explanations and summaries for non-legal teams.’

‘We have mainly worked with Ion Dragne who is a founding member of the firm and he is an outstanding professional providing comprehensive advice and delivering fully integrated solutions to us as clients in every case for which we requested his legal advice. He gets involved in all stages of a project from initial discussions, analysis, drafting, negotiations and implementation, always protecting our interests while keeping his focus to get to the desired solution. We value that he is a highly motivated and hardworking professional with excellent educational background and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

LIDL Romania

LIDL Discount

Work highlights

  • Representing Lidl Romania in multiple disputes linked to its real estate acquisitions in Romania.
  • Advising Lidl Discount on due diligence relating to the potential risks affecting ownership titles of land plots within Bucharest.

Romania > Tax

Dragne & Asociatii SCA fields a team of highly recommended litigators, including Ioana Oprea, who specialise in the tax arena.

The firm: Dragne & Asociații is one of Romania’s leading law firms, providing a broad scope of legal services across a wide range of sectors and recognized for its extensive experience in dispute resolution and arbitration. The law firm’s team of dedicated Lawyers is committed to delivering high quality technical advice on each file and understanding each client’s business.

The law firm’s clients range from multinational developers and entrepreneurs in various key industries, leading banks and other financial institutions or private individuals to state-owned companies and state authorities.

Dragne & Asociații’s core practice areas are litigation and arbitration, restructuring and insolvency, corporate and commercial, M&A and enforcement. The law firm also has excellent practitioners in the fields of tax, banking and finance, real estate and construction, employment, intellectual property, competition and antitrust.

Ion Dragne, managing partner, is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and respected litigators in Romania, his litigation practice covering a wide range of legal areas.

The partners of the law firm have a significant role in resolving the law firm’s cases: Stelian Garofil (managing partner), Delia Boșman (deputy managing partner), Andreia Oana Dumitrescu (partner), Daniel Cîrstea (partner), Ioana Oprea (partner), Zoe Lungu (partner), Gabriel Paraschiv (partner), Ana-Maria Filip (partner), Bogdan Toma (partner).

Areas of practice:  Dragne & Asociații is one of the few law firms in Romania having experience in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration (under the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, VIAC, CCIR and other sets of rules) and cross-border dispute resolution. The law firm has a unique record in successfully handling high stake disputes. Dragne & Asociații’s team has acted for Mr. Viorel Micula and Rieni Drinks SA in the ICSID arbitration that was successfully finalised at the end of 2013, with a 250 million USD ruling as well as in a second ICSID arbitration case in Romania.

The law firm advises on all sort of litigation cases including: commercial and construction disputes, administrative complaints, competition litigation, insurance related claims, enforcement procedures, tax litigation, real estate and property claims, employment disputes, criminal proceedings, consumer protection, intellectual property etc.

The team has experience in handling high-profile restructuring and insolvency projects of multimillion Euros, focusing on the real estate, telecommunication and financing sectors. The team provides advice on matters from creditor claims, reorganization of business and enforcement of security to disposal of assets of bankrupt companies.

Dragne & Asociații also advises on complex transactions and general corporate and commercial issues, in various fields of activity including joint ventures, merger and acquisitions. The team provides assistance on company creation/start-up, public takeovers and various legal issues for non-profit organizations.

Regarding the tax practice area, Dragne & Asociații covers all sorts of tax matters in transactions. The team proficiently advises its clients on tax controversies or disputes with the tax authorities.

The banking and finance department works for many of the commercial financial institutions in Romania and insurance companies. The team advises on real estate finance, project finance, debt restructuring, various regulatory matters, enforcement of securities and negotiation of major financing contracts.

Dragne & Asociații assists multinational companies and private clients investing in Romania in plots of land, energy plants, residential buildings and shopping centers. The work ranges from due diligence to sale purchase contracts, chain of titles checking, land book issues, regulatory matters, negotiation and monitoring lease agreements and FIDIC contracts, to real estate complex litigation.

The team also assists multinational companies on sensitive labour contracts negotiations, drawing up internal policies, termination of executive contracts, restructurings and collective dismissals. The expertise also includes claims for compensation and labour litigation.

Dragne & Asociații advises on the enforcement of IP rights (trademark, design, patent, and copyright), licensing, distribution agreements, franchising deals, unfair competition matters and regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. The team has assisted the Romanian Competition Council in relation to investigations and compliance procedures of various companies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and arbitration Ion Dragne office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Andreia Dumitrescu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Stelian Garofil office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Zoe Lungu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Daniel Cirstea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Delia Boșman office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Gabriel Paraschiv office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Ana-Maria Filip office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Litigation and arbitration Bogdan Toma office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Restructuring and insolvency Gabriel Paraschiv office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Corporate and commercial Stelian Garofil office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Corporate and commercial Andreia Dumitrescu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Corporate and commercial Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Corporate and commercial Zoe Lungu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Corporate and commercial Ana-Maria Filip office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Tax Delia Boșman office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Tax Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Banking and finance Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Banking and finance Andreia Dumitrescu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Real estate and construction Delia Boșman office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Real estate and construction Andreia Dumitrescu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Real estate and construction Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Real estate and construction Bogdan Toma office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Employment Daniel Cirstea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
IP, competition and antitrust Stelian Garofil office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
IP, competition and antitrust Andreia Dumitrescu office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
IP, competition and antitrust Ioana Oprea office@dragne.ro +40 31 432 61 70/71
Photo Name Position Profile
Ioana Avram photo Ms Ioana Avram Ioana is part of the Corporate & Commercial, M&A law firm’s department.…
Delia Boșman photo Mrs Delia Boșman Delia Boșman has developed particular expertise in tax and administrative issues, assisting…
Stefan Burciu photo Mr Stefan Burciu Ștefan Burciu specializes in complex administrative litigation, tax litigation, urban planning law…
Alexandra Maria Busuioc photo Ms Alexandra Maria Busuioc
Daniel Cirstea photo Mr Daniel Cirstea Daniel Cirstea specializes in employment law, in bankruptcy and in a broad…
Stefan Coman photo Mr Stefan Coman Stefan Coman is specialized in complex civil and commercial litigation, administrative litigation,…
Mihai Octavian Costea photo Mr Mihai Octavian Costea Mihai Costea practices general and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on…
Adrian  Cristea photo Mr Adrian Cristea Adrian Cristea focuses his practice on a wide range of business disputes and…
Ion Dragne photo Dr Ion Dragne Ion Dragne is widely regarded as one of most experienced and respected…
Alexandru Dragne photo Mr Alexandru Dragne Alexandru Dragne specializes in commercial and civil law. He assists clients in…
Andreia Oana Dumitrescu photo Mrs Andreia Oana Dumitrescu Andreia Oana Dumitrescu specializes in commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration under…
Lucian Epure photo Mr Lucian Epure Lucian Epure specializes in domestic and international arbitration and commercial litigation. He…
Ana-Maria Filip photo Ms Ana-Maria Filip Ana-Maria Filip specializes in a broad range of commercial litigation and in…
Stelian Garofil photo Mr Stelian Garofil Stelian Garofil is co-head of the firm and he specializes in commercial…
Bogdan Giurca photo Mr Bogdan Giurca
Madalin Grigore photo Mr Madalin Grigore Madalin Grigore specializes in commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on…
Raluca Gune photo Mrs Raluca Gune Raluca Gune focuses on commercial litigation and insolvency matters. She has gained…
Bogdan Iordache photo Mr Bogdan Iordache Bogdan Iordache is a Senior Associate within the law firm’s Litigation &…
Mihai Iorga photo Mr Mihai Iorga Mihai Iorga specializes in employment and commercial law. He also advises clients…
Eveline Joita photo Ms Eveline Joita Eveline Joita is a skilled legal professional with expertise in commercial litigation,…
Zoe Lungu photo Mrs Zoe Lungu Zoe Lungu’s practice focuses on corporate counseling and commercial litigation. She advises…
Ioan Mateescu photo Mr Ioan Mateescu
Alexandru Mitra photo Mr Alexandru Mitra Alexandru Mitra is specialized in civil litigation, commercial litigation, as well as…
Raluca Oprea photo Ms Raluca Oprea Raluca Oprea specializes in civil, commercial and criminal law. She also assists…
Ioana Oprea photo Mrs Ioana Oprea Ioana Oprea’s practice focuses on civil, corporate and commercial litigation. She has…
Gabriel Paraschiv photo Mr Gabriel Paraschiv Gabriel Paraschiv’s practice is focused on insolvency and commercial litigation. He advises…
Mihai Adrian Popa photo Mr Mihai Adrian Popa Mihai Adrian Popa is a lawyer specialized in commercial, civil, and criminal…
David Popescu photo Mr David Popescu David Popescu specializes in civil and commercial law. He advises also on…
Andreea Elena Stoian photo Mrs Andreea Elena Stoian
Ioana Lavinia Tentea photo Ms Ioana Lavinia Tentea
Bogdan Toma photo Mr Bogdan Toma Bogdan Toma’s practice is focused on civil and real estate matters, including…
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CLIENT: LUMINITA TUDOSIE

COMPANY/FIRM: ALPHA BANK ROMANIA

TESTIMONIAL: „Dragne & Asociatii is one of the most professional team lawyers who plays on the Romanian market. The special attention given to its clients is at the heart of their work.  The team understands perfectly the clients’ values and invests heavily to ensure that clients benefit from their formidable knowledge and banking market insights. Our collaboration with Dragne & Asociatii is fundamental to our success.”


CLIENT: >MIRCEA CIUTA
COMPANY/FIRM: BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE SA PARIS

SUCURSALA BUCURESTI
TESTIMONIAL: ”We work with Dragne & Asociatii on a daily basis and we can state that they are a truly-professional partner with an incredibly business-oriented perspective. Its lawyers are truly reliable professionals who are able to  revert to us with the best solutions and answers in a fast and prompt manner.

Moreover, they are not only looking at the legal aspects of any issues, but also do their best to understand and challenge the implications of any advice that we request from them.”


CLIENT: DIANA NEGRU

COMPANY/FIRM: ADEPLAST SA

TESTIMONIAL: “Being the undisputed leader of the Romanian building materials market for finishing and thermal insulation and generating annual sales of over € 92 million, AdePlast SA elected to be legally advised by an exceptional law firm. The theoretical knowledge as well as the experience of Dragne & Asociatii in applying the law have matched our requirements.

In relations with Dragne & Asociatii, the entire team of lawyers – both partners and collaborators – have demonstrated full promptitude and professional dedication in providing advice to us.”


CLIENT: EMANUELA MERER

COMPANY/FIRM: MOL Romania

TESTIMONIAL: “We have selected Dragne si Asociatii to provide Mol Romania with legal advise on criminal matters. Their legal advice on the criminal sensitive matters entrusted is highly appreciated both for the avail of the solutions identified and the prompt response to our company’s needs. Stelian Garofil is an excellent professional with strong knowledge in the criminal field”.


CLIENT: IOANA ARON

COMPANY/FIRM: EUROPEAN DRINKS

TESTIMONIAL: “Dragne & Asociatii SCA provides excellent services and is always available to offer it expert opinion from its extensive experience, in order to serve its clients interest well. For our group of companies Dragne & Asociatii SCA provides legal services in various matters, including dispute and resolution, corporate, taxation and other  domains which are interesting our day to day activity. Also we want to mention the efficient and responsive advice offered by Dragne si Asociatii in and international arbitration with a value of EUR 2 billion. We would like to emphasize Mr. Stelian Garofil’s very wise, deep and comprehensive professional advises in very sensitive matters for our group of companies.”


CLIENT: Mrs. Simona Opris

COMPANY/FIRM: GARANTI BANK

TESTIMONIAL: Dragne & Asociatii’s approach is unique, in our view, due to their capability of identifying the most advantageous legal solutions for our needs. They are fast-thinking, straightforward and they adapt very quickly to any changes of circumstances. Due to their capacity to adapt to changes, the team is very responsive to changing strategies depending on our specific needs at a moment in time.

The lawyers we have worked with were very skilled, efficiently blending the legal solutions provided with the economic and business interests of our companies. Their approach in court is particularly satisfying, since they always carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each and every measure recommended to us.


CLIENT: Mrs. Raluca Visan

COMPANY/FIRM: Asirom Vienna Insurance Group

TESTIMONIAL: Our general view regarding the overall level of service is that the lawyers involved in solving our legal issues displayed a professional, advantageous and cost-effective approach. Also, they responded swiftly and promptly to our requests and addressed every issue arising out of the disputes with great care to preserving our advantages. Based on our experience, this practice is unique due to their ingenuity in court and outside of court. The lawyers we have worked with are very responsive to our requests, excellent in court, being very ingenuous and fast-thinking.


CLIENT: Mrs. Mihaela Nagoda

COMPANY/FIRM: Findrum S.R.L.

TESTIMONIAL: The team who handles our insolvency cases has a well-earned reputation for innovative thinking. All the lawyers that worked with us display a very professional approach and provide innovative solutions to legal issues.