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Mares & Mares

Romania > White-collar crime Tier 1

Mares & Mares is often a ‘top choice‘ for major white-collar crime matters due to its reputation as ‘one of the leading specialist firms in Bucharest‘. The firm is noted for its strength in depth, and provides ‘an excellent range of capability from partners through to senior associates and associates‘. Recently, the firm has been involved in multiple antibribery and corruption claims involving issues linked to money laundering, tax evasion and insider dealing. Founding partner Mihai Mares is ‘a star of the Bucharest criminal bar‘ whose ‘strong advocacy skills are combined with excellent technical knowledge‘. Other key individuals include former prosecutor and of counsel Alexandra Sinc, associate Traian Badescu, and Valentina Dorin.

Practice head(s):

Mihai Mares


‘Mares & Mares is our top choice for white-collar crime matters. The team is working very well together under the efficient coordination of the managing partner, Mihai Mares. The practitioners are very dynamic and proactive, having a strong background in corporate and financial criminal matters.’

‘Mihai Mares is a star of the Bucharest criminal bar. His strong advocacy skills are combined with excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Out-of-the-box solutions for various projects.’

‘Mares & Mares provide an excellent range of capability from partners through to senior associates and associates. They are responsive, engaging and provide clarity of advice and are well placed to consider the most complex and technically challenging matters and provide clear and articulate advice. Their speed with which they can assimilate information is commendable and is a further reason for seeking their assured guidance on white-collar crime matters in the region.’

‘Mihai Mares provides thoughtful and assured advice; is patient and carefully listens to your concerns; and provides prompt and reliable strategic advice and guidance on risks within a region in which I previously had no experience. A go-to in times of crisis.’

‘They are able to furnish very good assistance and provide good quality services. They are responsive and easy to communicate with throughout the entire process, offering an excellent client experience. They have a well-deserved reputation in the market for excellence in the white-collar crime field. I could not wish to be assisted by a better team of professionals and people who genuinely care about their clients.’

‘Mihai Mares is very thorough, insightful, and persuasive; he always provides hands-on advice. There are some excellent associates who supplement the seniors very well. Focused on optimising his clients’ interests’; he proved to be highly diligent and technically very strong in his assistance towards us.’

‘One of the leading specialist firms in Bucharest. In Mihai Mares the firm has an outstanding lawyer with frontline experience of practice in a very specialised and challenging area of international law.’

Key clients

Comcereal Vaslui

SIF 5 Oltenia


CBRE Romania (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis)

Corneliu Porumboiu

Jiffy Packaging SA (Pregis Company)

Skylight Residence

CDC Transport Innovation

DacAir SA

Toyota Motors (Romania)

Work highlights

  • Representing Palme d’Or winner and film director Corneliu Porumboiu in a criminal investigation into the Romanian film industry.
  • Representing CDC Transport Innovation in an investigation linked to a major cigarette smuggling case.

Mareș & Mareș is a leading criminal law firm specialized in white-collar crime, with a secondary focus on civil litigation. The firm provides outstanding services to a diverse client portfolio, including multinational and local companies, senior management, high-profile politicians, entrepreneurs, both in Romania and abroad. We cover all areas of criminal law connected with anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, bankruptcy, embezzlement, tax fraud, organized crime groups and investigations, as well as the subsequent related areas of civil litigation and asset recovery.

The lawyers at Mareș & Mareș are highly skilled in a wide range of criminal law matters, especially white-collar crime, including multi-jurisdictional criminal and financial regulatory investigations, fraud, bribery and corruption, cartels and competition law, tax, sanctions, as well as (preventative) arrests and confiscation. Moreover, our unparalleled expertise in related civil litigation matters enables us to advise companies and individuals on the most complex and sensitive cases that arise in an increasingly regulated international business arena.

In order to keep updated with the latest trends in business law and white-collar crime globally and thus add value to our services, we joined several high-profile associations:

  • The ROXIN Alliance (member of the World Bank’s Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development)
  • The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • The American Bar Association
  • The European Criminal Bar Association (European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers)
  • The International Bar Association (Business Crime Committee)

Established in 2006, Mareș & Mareș has evolved constantly, becoming a market leader in the field of white-collar crime and having formed a new generation of talented lawyers in this area.

White-collar crime Mihai 0314 378 324
Mihai Mares photoMr Mihai MaresManaging Partner
Cristian Mareș photoMr Cristian MareșFounding Partner
Number of lawyers : 15