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Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 1

A go-to law firm when it comes to dispute resolution’, Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has an excellent reputation for handling the full gamut of contentious matters. The ‘outstanding‘ team regularly represents corporate and financial sector entities in litigation, and is equally strong in acting for private clients and government and state-owned companies. Domestic and international arbitration is another key driver of work for the group. Senior partner and firm founder Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu is a doyen in the dispute resolution space, and Cosmin Vasile is highly regarded for handling international arbitration proceedings. Alina Tugearu is well versed in advising on international arbitration and administrative disputes, and Cosmin Cojocaru brings expertise in construction litigation. Monica Strimbei and Violeta Saranciuc are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu; Stan Tirnoveanu; Cosmin Vasile; Alina Tugearu; Monica Strimbei; Andrei Dumitrescu; Ovidiu Serban; Cosmin Cojocaru

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is business oriented, very hands on, strategic visionaries, results oriented. Comforting to have such excellent team by our side. Plus always available and passionate about their work.’

‘Cosmin Vasile is the strategist and he has such amazing vision and is able to plan the perfect strategy to get the result. Ovidiu Serban is also a good lawyer, knows exactly how to pin point the essential in his pleadings and he does a great job.’

‘The arbitration team is outstanding. Our collaboration has been easy and efficient, because the team is flexible and responsive and the team members at all levels are individually strong performers.’

‘Cosmin Vasile has confirmed his strong reputation in the field of international arbitration, demonstrating pragmatic and commercially sound judgement.’

‘I appreciate Violeta Saranciuc’s full commitment to our case, proactiveness and excellent performance in writing and at the hearings.’

‘Cosmin Cojocaru has excellent abilities of analysis, synthesis and transmission of information, particularly in cases that imply substantial amount of evidence.’

‘Commercially astute, excellent strategy advice, solid knowledge and great advocacy skills. ZRVP team is a go-to law firm when it comes to dispute resolution in Romania. Dedication to the client is a plus.’

‘Cosmin Vasile is an excellent manager who seems to know how to form a great team. His strategy advice makes the difference. Alina Tugearu’s passion and dedication, doubled by solid knowledge and advocacy skill make us choose the firm for complex and sensitive matters.’

Key clients

OMV Petrom




Asigurarea Romaneasca – Asirom Vienna Insurance Group


Raiffeisen Bank

GÜLERMAK Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş.


Aktor Greece

Work highlights

  • Represented Romgaz in contractual litigation relating to the Iernut Thermal Power Plant project.
  • Represented Romprest Service Company in multiple disputes.
  • Represented OMV Aktiengesellschaft in an ICC dispute against the Ministry of Environment for the recovery of environmental costs of circa $60m stemming from the privatisation of SNP Petrom.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has a stellar track record in litigation, and draws on its expertise in this area to advise banks and companies on contentious insolvency matters. Practice head Stan Tirnoveanu has an excellent reputation, with over two decades of experience in the field. Andreea Macasoi is a rising star in insolvency law in the Romanian market, as is Alexandru Iorgulescu, who is well versed in acting for creditors and debtors.

Practice head(s):

Stan Tîrnoveanu

Other key lawyers:

Andreea Macașoi; Alexandru Iorgulescu

Key clients

Pro Meat Fresh SRL

UniCredit Bank S.A.

UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A.

Credit Europe Bank S.A


BRD – Groupe Societe Generale

First Bank SA

AFV Beltrame Group

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Bank S.A. and UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN SA on the insolvency proceedings of Italian builder Tirrena Scavi.
  • Advising Pro Meat Fresh SRL on registering a tax receivable, and on a potential exit of the insolvency procedure as part of a reorganisation plan.
  • Advising AFV Beltrame Group on the acquisition of assets as part of the insolvency proceedings of Cos Targoviste.

Romania > White-collar crime Tier 1

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners fields one of the longest established specialist white-collar crime practices when it comes to Romania’s full-service firms. The firm has a strong reputation across its litigation services and has an impressive client base that includes major banks operating in Romania, as well as some of the leading corporates in a breadth of industry sectors. Calin Andrei Zamfirescu is one of the best known dispute resolution practitioners in the country, in both civil and criminal cases. Senior associate Doru Cosmin Ursu is the standout support to the senior partners. Former practice head Valerian Cioclei departed the firm in October 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Călin Andrei Zamfirescu; Doru Cosmin Ursu; George Avram


Doru Cosmin Ursu makes this practice unique.’

‘Attention to details, deep knowledge of criminal legislation, dedication.’

‘Good team able to manage complex cases, with a smooth collaboration.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Banca Transilvania

Central Securities Depository (Romania)

Compania Romprest Service

Confer Group

ING Bank Romania

Japan Tobacco International


Pirelli Tyres Romania

Pirelli Tyres SpA Italia

Polaris M Holding

Raiffeisen Bank


Unicredit Bank

Unicredit SpA Italia

Vista Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented 45 survivors and persons close to the victims of the Colectiv Club fire in the enforcement of the provisions of the criminal decision and the payment by the state authorities of €8.5m in compensation.
  • Represented the Central Securities Depository in DIICOT investigation regarding an alleged fraud complicity in relation to the Harinvest case.
  • Acting for Alpha Bank, Unicredit Bank, NBG Bank, BRD, and Unicredit SpA Italia in a real estate dispute at the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

Romania > Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP practice at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partnersstands out when it comes to strategy and results‘ and is best known for its contentious work in the area. All major sectors in Romania are represented in the team’s diverse client list and the firm also acts for brand and patent holders in the area of defence and protection matters. Alina Tugearu oversees the department and is a seasoned practitioner with a track record of representation in some of the country’s most notable, precedent-setting patent litigations. She is supported by Cosmin Vasile, another well-regarded litigator who has represented small and large companies across a range of industries in IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alina Tugearu

Other key lawyers:


‘Being one of the best litigator firms in Romania, if not the best, ZRVP stands out when it comes to strategy and results. Our latest patent work together has proved once again that they know how to get the result – after spending years with intricate technical debates, their team had the courage and vision to take a step back and look at the big picture, which led to a final success based on a procedural defense that no-one had spotted before. It is this type of skills which make the difference in IP disputes and they have proven to be the best.’

‘Cosmin Vasile and Alina Tugearu are our IP lawyers. Cosmin is the strategist, the visionary and Alina is the one with the specialized knowledge and executive skills. They form an unbeatable team and they both have excellent advocacy skills.’

‘Professional and dedicated team! High knowledge of law.’

‘Flexible, always available. Straight to the point not losing the time of the customer. Highly skilled!’

‘Deep understanding of the commercial cases as well as intellectual property ones. Great team and high involvement for the client’s benefit.’

‘Cosmin Vasile is one of the most senior lawyers I know – speaking about knowledge, creativity and strategy.’

‘Alina Tugearu is the best lawyer for intellectual property that I know. Senior, reliable and strong knowledge, being able to find the hot spot for various cases.’

Key clients

OMV Petrom

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation


Cabinet M. Oproiu, European Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Atelierele Pegas

Network One Distribution

Propaganda Creative Services


Work highlights

  • Representing Merck in four patent cases pending before the Bucharest Tribunal filed by generic companies Teva, Egis, KrKa and Gedeon Richter to annul one of the Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC).
  • Representing Siraj against another local company that appropriated its commercial name and registered it as a trade mark.
  • Acting for Atelierele Pegas in a claim filed by ZEG Zweirad-Einkaufs-Genossenschaft for the annulment of the brand Pegas.

Romania > PPP and procurement Tier 2

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners is ‘a very well-known firm specialising in public procurement and PPP matters, advising both tenderers and contracting entities in high-profile and complex projects‘. It leverages its combined litigious and consultancy strength to support international clients in sectors including construction, energy, and healthcare through all stages of procurement procedures. Team co-head Monica Strimbei‘s ‘dedication and professionalism‘ along with her particular strength in dispute resolution, including both litigation and arbitration, makes her a popular choice for complex disputes in the area. For advisory and strategic work, head of public procurement Elena Iacob is described as ‘an authority‘.

Practice head(s):

Elena Iacob; Monica Strimbei

Other key lawyers:

Catalin Micu


‘Being some of the best litigators it is easy for ZRVP to be proficient when it comes to public procurement and related matters. ZRVP has successfully represented us in many disputes. Being actively involved in energy sector, including compliance-related disputes, they have a deep understanding of how the system works and what are the paths to follow.’

‘Monica Strimbei and her team are focusing on public procurement matters and related disputes with the same dedication and professionalism which has made us always choose ZRVP for any complex dispute. ’

‘ZRVP has a great team able to cover various areas in a perfect coordination between practices. Its extensive expertise in public procurement was gained by the full commitment of ZRVP lawyers to analyze each case in depth.’

‘Elena Iacob, a partner within the firm, coordinates this practice with great success. Elena is an analytical and problem-solving-oriented lawyer with a great capacity to find innovative solutions.’

‘ZRVP is a very well-known firm specialising in public procurement and PPP matters, advising both tenderers and contracting entities in high-profile and complex projects.’

‘We are confident in the team’s advice and expertise, they are always reliable and innovative in terms of solutions. We rely on their legal input as an intrinsic part of our activity as they understand the needs and particularities of our business. Catalin Micu has been our main legal consultant over the years providing us with tailored guidance and invaluable personal insight.’

‘Elena Iacob is an authority in the public procurement sector.’

‘This is a vrry dynamic and responsive team, one of the best team of lawyers I have worked with.’

Key clients



Alison Hayes Romania


Institutul Clinic Fundeni

Omv Petrom


Siad Romania

Maramures County Council

Vrancea County Council

Water Company Oradea

Tud Consult

Lukoil Romania


Confer Group

Integral Sa


Work highlights

  • Represented Lukoil Romania in contesting a large public tender and cancelling the entire award documentation prepared under the procedure.
  • Advised and represented Alison Hayes Romania before the contracting authorities, providing legal assistance during the entire tender process and during the execution of public procurement contracts.
  • Advised Fritehnic on a review of the award documentation and contracts related to managing a municipality’s public sanitation service.

Romania > Banking and finance Tier 3

Elena Iacob and Ioana Racoti co-head the banking and finance practice at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners, which is highly regarded for its strong track record in representing banks and financial institutions in Romania. Green financing matters have been prominent in the team's recent workload, and the group is also adept at handling banking regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Ioana Racoti; Elena Iacob


‘ZRVP is a team of highly professional lawyers providing a large array of services in Romania and abroad and delivering a high value for the money invested.’

‘Ioana Racoti – a very talented, skilled, hands on partner, with a huge attention to the details of each legal matter.’

‘Elena Iacob – a young partner with special skills in the field of the banking and finance matters and also in the competition matters, highly recommended for complex transactions.’


Key clients

Garanti Bank

DHB Bank

First Bank


UniCredit Bank

Hora Credit IFN

Piraeus Bank

Vimetco Extrusion

Romanian Banks Association

Access Financial Services


Work highlights

  • Advised Alro on a RON470m working capital loan from a syndicate of banks coordinated and arranged by Eximbank.
  • Advised Alum on the extension of a $3m facility.

Romania > Employment Tier 3

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners‘ ‘extremely talented and knowledgeable’ employment team advises a number of large corporate clients across a range of industries. The firm is experienced in both day-to-day advisory work and the organisation of complex disciplinary procedures, alongside immigration and visa assistance for multinational companies operating in Romania. Catalin Micu heads the team and is recommended for her skill in collective bargaining negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Catalin Micu

Other key lawyers:

Marcela Antoniu; Ada Grozea


‘We would warmly recommend Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners to each company who doesn’t need only a lawyer by their side, but also a partner ready to step in whenever needed.’

‘Catalin Micu is a close partner for us. Our type of business needs immediate attention and we always receive it both from Catalin and also from Marcela Antoniu, Ada Grozea and all the associates in the team.

‘Alina Tugearu is the go-to lawyer for employment disputes, manages a great team and is very passionate and result-oriented. Catalin Micu knows the insides and outsides of employment legislation and how to put it in use for the employer.’

‘Everyone at ZRP is extremely talented and knowledgeable. They can handle anything and easily adapt to the specifics of the situation a client is in. W.’

‘Catalin Micu is an excellent lawyer, extremely proactive, can adapt to the exact situation and is efficient in delivering a tailored response on the spot. He keeps deadlines and is a very reliable person.’

‘Zamfirescu, Racoti, Vasile & Partners is one of the best law firms I have ever worked with.’

‘Catalin Micu is a highly experienced consultancy lawyer, with experience in various topics including collective bargaining negotiations, employee benefits and M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Capgemini Services Romania S.R.L.

Menzies Aviation (Romania) S.A.

Nepi Investment Management SRL

Pirelli Tyres Romania S.R.L.

WNS Global Services (Romania) S.R.L.

Project1 General Contracting S.R.L.

Garanti Bank S.A.

AWP P&C Saint-Quen, Bucharest Branch (Member of Allianz Group)

Nuclearelectrica S.A.

Compania de Navigație Fluvială Română Navrom S.A.

Phi Partners International Limited – Bucharest Branch

Takenaka Europe GmbH Germania, Romania Branch

TTS (Transport Trade Services) S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised TTS Group on the acquisition of Decirom S.A., and conducted a significant employment due diligence project as part of the deal.
  • Successfully represented Nuclearelectrica in employment disputes with the labour unions within the company

Romania > EU and competition Tier 3

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners fields a team with 'extensive knowledge of competition and state-aid law'. The group has established strength in handling competition law litigation, merger clearance procedures and foreign direct investment matters, as well as acting as day-to-day competition law counsel. Practice head Elena Iacob is 'very analytical and precise'; she is well supported by Violeta Saranciuc.

Practice head(s):

Elena Iacob

Other key lawyers:


‘As a client who has worked closely with the team for several years now, I can attest to their unparalleled commitment, extensive knowledge of competition and state-aid law, and unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes in every mandate. We are lucky to have this team on our side and we couldn’t have hoped for a better one. What sets ZRVP apart from others in the field is their unique combination of strengths and capabilities: deep industry insight, a team you can rely on in every situation, people you can talk to, who explain, clarify, work with the client on the best legal strategy, expose potential risks and opportunities and steer you in the right direction. This is what makes a legal team an exceptional one.’

‘The team at ZRVP is analytic, knowledgeable, and decisive when it comes to critical matters. I couldn’t be more pleased with Elena Iacob’s commitment to get things done and ability to understand our business needs. She is very analytical and precise as well as very commercially aware.’

‘Very good knowledge about legal domain in Romania and surrounding countries, especially in the aviation sector.’

‘We had a project in connection with RCC as a result of an acquisition. We were extremely satisfied of the dedication and realistic approach in preparing all documentation and participating to all interviews with the authority. Also, extremely fast in preparing documentation and thorough in follow ups.’

‘Individuals participating to our project were intensely dedicated to the project, sharp, realistic, professional, behaving like they were part of our company’s team and not lawyers/consultants.’

Key clients

Transport Trade Services (TTS)


Romanian Association Of Banks


Menzies Aviation Romania

Association Of Business Services Leaders In Romania

Work highlights

  • Advised TTS on the notification to the competition council of an acquisition of a port operation company active in Constanta Port.
  • Advised Amann Romania on implementing a competition compliance procedure.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 4

The real estate team at Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners handles large real estate transactions, title due diligence, investment, development, construction and contract projects. Its cross-practice collaboration with the firm’s dispute resolution team facilitates real estate litigation work related to both transactions and day-to-day portfolio management. Anca Danilescu heads the team, advising both multinational corporates in their commercial real estate ventures and hospitality sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Anca Danilescu

Other key lawyers:

Ioana Racoti


‘ZRVP is a team of highly professional lawyers providing a large array of services in Romania and abroad and delivering a high value for the money invested.’ 

‘Ioana Racoti is a very talented, hands-on partner.’

Key clients

DHB Bank

Conef Gaz

Alum Consulting

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has a strong track record for privatisations and transactional matters. The corporate and M&A team represents domestic and European entities from the energy, oil and gas, aviation, real estate, and construction sectors. Anca Danilescu, who heads up the practice, is 'an excellent corporate lawyer and a brilliant negotiator'. She is ably supported by the 'talented' managing associate Lidia Trandafir.

Practice head(s):

Anca Danilescu

Other key lawyers:


‘The corporate team never ceases to amaze me with its excellent availability and reaction time. I have worked with them on several projects during the years, especially on corporate matters, and the lawyers are always solution-oriented and extremely well prepared for all situations. What I like most about them is the fact they provide a holistic approach to every mandate assigned and adapt quickly to new circumstances.’

‘They are the go-to firm for complex situations when you need lawyers that understand your business, keep an overview and a clear structure of all legal implications and never lose sight of all risks involved.’

‘We work closely with Anca Danilescu and Lidia Trandafir. Of course, depending on the nature of the project, other lawyers from different departments join the team. One of the advantages of working with a business law firm of their size is that no matter the legal problem, your business is covered.’

‘Anca Danilescu is an excellent corporate lawyer and a brilliant negotiator, highly experienced in restructurings and acquisitions. Even when situations get heated or complicated, she spreads calmness and always figures a way out. As in every job, this comes with experience and she clearly trusts her abilities and knowledge. And we do too.’

‘Lidia Trandafir is a young and talented business lawyer and working with her is every time a pleasant experience. Not only she makes a perfect duo with Anca, but she is also committed and hard-working, coming up with realistic solutions to serve our objectives.’

Key clients

Alro S.A. / Vimetco N.V.

Saint Gobain Group

UniCredit Bank

Transport Trade Services

Elpreco – CRH Group

CEECAT Capital

Modulo Decorative Solutions

Lerta Energy

Meta Cellest


Work highlights

  • Advised Saint Gobain Construction Products Romania on the restructuring of its business in Romania.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Modulo Decorative Solutions with transferring shares issued by the company.
  • Advised the shareholders of IT Smart Distribution on the sale of a 100% stake in the company to ELKO Group.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners is a leading Romanian law firm established 29 years ago by a powerful group of business lawyers and litigators. Presently, Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners benefits from the contribution of a total number of 65 attorneys, out of which 17 partners (1 of counsel), highly specialized in various business-related law areas.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners is a law firm which specializes in business law in the broadest sense, covering most major commercial and industrial activities in Romania and connected markets. High quality and effective services in both consultancy and litigation areas are integrated through the knowledge and expertise of cross-practice industry teams.

Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners has been representing international and domestic clients, global corporations, large international financial and investment institutions in many significant Romanian projects, while also serving many small and medium-sized establishments. The firm is very well known for its work in banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, real estate, competition, public procurement, employment, privatization and energy and natural resources.

Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners provides fully integrated advice in litigation; contractual disputes; banking litigation; insolvency / restructuring; public and administrative law; arbitration; mediation; competition; intellectual property; tax litigation; employment disputes, enforcement and debt recovery, and white collar crime. Due to the extensive experience of the lawyers, the firm is able to offer advice on litigation and arbitration matters at both local and international level.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Ioana Racoti +40213110517
Banking and finance Elena Iacob +40213110517
Restructuring & Insolvency Stan Tîrnoveanu +40213110517
Banking Litigation Stan Tîrnoveanu +40213110517
Dispute Resolution Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu +40213110517
Competition law Ioana Racoti +40213110517
Competition law Elena Iacob +40213110517
Dispute Resolution Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu +40213110517
Dispute Resolution Cosmin Vasile +40213110517
International Arbitration Cosmin Vasile +40213110517
Employment law Catalin Micu +40213110517
Energy and natural resources Ioana Racoti +40213110517
Energy and natural resources Catalin Micu +40213110517
General corporate and commercial Ioana Racoti +40213110517
General corporate and commercial Anca Danilescu +40213110517
Intellectual property Alina Tugearu +40213110517
Intellectual property Cosmin Vasile +40213110517
Mergers, acquisitions and privatisations Ioana Racoti +40213110517
Mergers, acquisitions and privatisations Anca Danilescu +40213110517
White-Collar Crime Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu +40213110517
Real estate and property Anca Danilescu +40213110517
Public procurement Elena Iacob +40213110517
Securities and capital markets Ioana Racoti +40213110517
Tax Litigation Ovidiu Serban +40213110517
Tax Advisory Ioana Höckl +40213110517
Capital Markets Litigation Monica Strimbei +40213110517
Construction Litigation & Arbitration Cosmin Cojocaru +40213110517
Corporate Governance Marina Crenguta Florea +40213110517
Family Law Ovidiu Serban +40213110517
Construction Litigation & Arbitration Violeta Saranciuc +40213110517
Competition Disputes Violeta Saranciuc +40213110517
Restructuring & Insolvency Alexandru Iorgulescu +40213110517
Banking Litigation Alexandru Iorgulescu +40213110517
Number of lawyers : 65
Number of support staff : 34
IBA (International Bar Association)
Arbitral Women
ABSL Romania
National Association of Romanian Bars
Romanian Insolvency Professionals' Union
Contact : Cosmin Vasile (managing partner)