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Piperea & Asociatii was founded in 2005 by Gheorghe Piperea, Petre Piperea and Catalin Antonache. Since then, the firm has grown continuously to reach 21 lawyers, including six partners. Gheorghe Piperea is a former judge and a renowned professor at the University of Bucharest, teaching commercial and insolvency law, and a highly rated insolvency practitioner. He is, undoubtedly, a prominent law figure and author of numerous law books and studies.
The distinguishing feature of the firm is its academic and legal writing activity. Piperea & Asociatii lawyers have been involved in writing the Commentaries of the Civil Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Insolvency Code and the Company Law. Thus, the legal services provided by Piperea & Asociatii have always had a solid academic background.
Piperea & Asociatii is an acknowledged leading law firm, a landmark of consistency and expertise in the Romanian legal market. The firm is known for its ability to generate new ideas and concepts and offer solutions to complicated legal matters.
Piperea & Asociatii has a large portofolio including major local and international clients and public authorities, but has also made its name in pro bono cases, having handled large class actions with outstanding results.
Areas of practice
Insolvency: Piperea and Associates is undoubtedly one the leaders of the insolvency law market. The firms reputation in this area is based not only on its experience, but also on intensive scientific research. 2017 was marked by the appearance of the commentary on the Insolvency Code, a work co-ordinated by Gheorghe Piperea, and all authors were acting lawyers from Piperea and Associates. Piperea & Asociatii has provided consulting and representation services in court in several important insolvency cases.
Class action: Piperea and Associates is the first law firm in Romania to initiate collective lawsuits. Since 2010, Piperea and Associates has represented in the class action processes several categories of people who have been affected by pension cuts caused by legislative changes at that time. Thus, litigations were initiated and retired soldiers (more than 600 people) gathered in one lawsuit to materialise their rights violated by legislative changes. Additionally, in 2017, Piperea and Associates represented the syndicate GVB Romania (together with 90 employees) against the employer.
Corporate law: Piperea and Associates represents clients in actions concerning: annulment of the GMS, revocation of general manager mandate, annulment of cession of shares, shareholder liability for bad faith, and interventions in the Trade Registry. Additionally, Piperea and Associates offers legal advice in several subjects under the corporate law: non-contentious activities at the Trade Registry, consultancy in holding the general meeting of shareholders , representation of shareholders in the assemblies, consultancy in the field of corporate acquisition contracts etc.
Labour litigation: Piperea and Associates is involved in both the pre-contentious phase and the contentious phase. The firm assists clients in the preliminary proceedings of the actual dissolution of the individual labour contract, prepares the necessary documents and, as the case may be, provides representation services before the courts specialised in litigation work regarding the disciplinary procedure, including appeals against dismissal.
Administrative and tax litigation: attorneys at Piperea and Associates are specialised in several categories of litigation: tax appeals, including suspending the execution of the European Commission’s State Aid recovery decisions and annulment of sanction decisions issued by the Competition Council.
|Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration||Petre Piperea|
|Commercial and corporate/M&A||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Commercial and corporate/M&A||Petre Piperea|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Catalin Antonache|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||Irina Sorescu|
|Administrative litigation||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Administrative litigation||Catalin Antonache|
|PPP and procurement||Petre Piperea|
|PPP and procurement||Mirela Piperea|
|Intellectual property||Petre Piperea|
|Intellectual property||Alexandru-Serban Ratoi-Parvu|
|Transportation law||Gheorghe Piperea|
|Transportation law||Serban Stanescu|
|Real estate||Catalin Antonache|
|Real estate||Petre Piperea|
|Forced execution||Petre Piperea|
|Forced execution||Catalin Antonache|
|Public and private international law||Serban Stanescu|
|Medical malpractice||Petre Piperea|
|Medical malpractice||Alexandru-Paul Dimitriu|
|Data protection||Alexandru Paul Dimitriu|
|Data protection||Catalin Antonache|
|Ramona Andritoiu||Senior lawyer. Member of the Bucharest Bar since 2009. Ramona Andriţoiu has…||View Profile|
|Catalin Antonache||Founding Partner. Cătălin Antonache has been a lawyer in the Bucharest Bar since…||View Profile|
|Ruxandra-Ioana Argăseală||Ruxandra-Ioana is a Senior Associate. She is a high-level specialist in the…||View Profile|
|Răzvan Barac||Senior Associate. The professional experience of lawyer Răzvan Barac consists in representing…||View Profile|
|Brîndușa-Elena Bucur||Junior Lawyer; Brîndușa has the ability to draw up solutions to complex…||View Profile|
|Rebeca Dan||Senior associate specialised in civil, commercial litigation, labour law, administrative law, arbitration…||View Profile|
|Andreea Dascalu||Senior Lawyer. Andreea Dascălu is a lawyer from 2013.He has participated in…||View Profile|
|Dr Alexandru Dimitriu||Partner in SCA “Piperea & Asociatii”, Alexandru Dimitriu is a lawyer in…||View Profile|
|Iulia Golgojan||Senior Associate. Iulia is specialised in corporate law litigation, consumer protection law,…||View Profile|
|Luiza-Maria Hagiu||Senior associate. Luiza-Maria Hagiu is member of the Bucharest Bar since 2012…||View Profile|
|Petre Piperea||Petre Piperea is a founding partner of SCA “Piperea & Asociaţii” and…||View Profile|
|Mirela Piperea||Mirela is a partner in SCA “Piperea & Asociatii” and a lawyer…||View Profile|
|Prof Dr Gheorghe Piperea||Gheorghe Piperea is the founder of SCA “Piperea & Associates”. Gheorghe’s professional…||View Profile|
|Alexandru-Şerban Răţoi-Pârvu||Senior Associate. Alexandru is a member of the Bucharest Bar Association since…||View Profile|
|Irina Sorescu||Irina is a partner at Piperea and Associates and member of the…||View Profile|
|Dr Şerban-Alexandru Stănescu||Şerban-Alexandru Stănescu is a senior lawyer.He is an attorney in the Bucharest…||View Profile|
|Catalina Suhan||Catalina is a Senior Associate. She specializes in civil law, corporate and…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 21
LanguagesEnglish French Romanian Spanish Hungarian Russian
COMPANY: SC ABA TURISM SRL
TESTIMONIAL: We are the company operating the Ramada Hotel in Oradea. Weve been represented by SCA Piperea & Asociatii since the beginning of our insolvency procedure in 2014. SCA Piperea & Asociatii are known to be excellent insolvency lawyers and thanks to them we managed to successfully open our insolvency procedure and have a solid confirmed restructuring plan. Mr. Gheorghe Piperea and Mr. Alexandru Dimitriu are skilled insolvency litigators with a solid background and experience.
COMPANY: Transilvania General Import Export, European Food, Scandic Distilleries
TESTIMONIAL: Our companies are part of an important group operating in the food and beverages market. We have been working with Piperea & Asocia?ii for more than 10 years and they represented us in corporate and tax litigation, enforcement proceedings. Mr. Petre Piperea and Mr. Alexandru Dimitriu are great litigators, whom we firmly recommend.
COMPANY: Europa FM ?i Virgin Radio (Czech Media Invest)
TESTIMONIAL: We operate 2 important Radio Stations in Romania and SCA Piperea & Asociatii has been assisting and representing us since 2013. Their highly qualified support includes day to day assistance and legal counsel, court representation in cases regarding media law, contracts and corporate litigation and labour law. Mr. Catalin Antonache and Mr. Alexandru Ratoi-Parvu have struck us with their litigation skills.
COMPANY: Autovit S.A.
TESTIMONIAL: We operate one of the largest auto markets in the South East of Europe and since 2014 SCA Piperea & Asociatii has been assisting and representing us in various corporate and civil matters. Their litigation skills are arguably one of the best on the market.
COMPANY: FCSB (until 2016 known as Fotbal Club Steaua Bucure?ti),
TESTIMONIAL: Piperea & Asocia?ii granted us legal court representation in matters concerning intellectual property and fiscal litigation. Likewise, Piperea & Asocia?ii granted us legal assistance in the negotiations with the representatives of the Ministry of National Defense regarding our home ground, ownership of the Steaua brand, honours and name.
COMPANY: Mark Twain International School Group
TESTIMONIAL: Since 2014, SCA PIPEREA & ASOCIATII has granted us legal support litigations concerning administrative-tax acts, foreclosure and damage recovery. All legal issues have been treated with professionalism, promptitude, fairness, ensuring the success of the legal actions undertaken, while Miss Irina Sorescu proved great negotiating skills and solid legal knowledge.
COMPANY: SIF Transilvania
TESTIMONIAL: We are an important investment company and SCA Piperea & Asociatii has been assisting and representing us for more than 10 years. Their support includes legal counsel and court representation in matters of capital markets, corporate law and administrative litigation. Apart from the renowned professor Gheorghe Piperea, we do recommend Mr. Catalin Antonache and Alexandru Ratoi-Parvu as excellent lawyers!
COMPANY: Melinda Impex-Instal S.R.L.
TESTIMONIAL: Our company, a solid firm in the plumbing materials market, has been very pleased with the legal services provided by SCA Piperea ?i Asocia?ii. We found utterly professional lawyers who treated our competition and tax issues with right approach, ensuring the best possible result. Great work!
Gheorghe Piperea, Managing PartnerSCA Piperea & Associates was founded in 2005 by Gheorghe Piperea, Petre Piperea and Catalin Antonache. Since then, the firm has grown continuously to reach 20 lawyers, including seven partners. Gheorghe Piperea is a former judge and a renowned professor at the University of Bucharest, teaching commercial and insolvency law, and a highly rated insolvency practitioner.
What do you see as the main points that differentiate SCA Piperea & Associatesfrom your competitors?
I believe that the quality of each member of SCA Piperea & Associates is our key to success and what sets us apart from our competitors. One of the distinguishing features of the firm is its academic and legal writing activity. SCA Piperea & Associates lawyers have been involved in writing the Commentaries on to the Civil Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Insolvency Code and the Company Law, four pieces of legislation which apply most often in business relations. Thus, the legal services provided by SCA Piperea & Associates have always had a solid academic background. Some members of our team teach commercial law, insolvency law and transport law at the University of Bucharest – Law school. Almost all lawyers SCA Piperea & Associates wrote and published specialized articles and some of them were even involved in the legislative process.
We have contributed Pro Bono considerably to the evolution and improvement of the Romanian legal system by elaborating a large number of projects of normative documents regarding business: companies, individual and family companies, abusive clauses in the contracts concluded between professionals and consumers, preventive agreement, insolvency, personal bankruptcy, organization of the profession of insolvency practitioner and mediation.
In the last 14 years, we have created new trends of legal and jurisprudential practice, we have helped to improve the business law both from the perspective of the consultancy services offered to our clients and from the perspective of our academic activity.
Together with my team, I created the concept of a class-action trials in Romania, being the ones who implemented this concept, with remarkable results in the case-law, the standard contract forms used in the banking industry and even in the development of the legislation.
As a result of the collective trials regarding the VAT on the income from the copyright, of the ones related to the special pensions of the military and of the aviators, of the ones related to the allowances for pregnancy or care of the young child and, especially, after the collective trials of the consumers against professionals who abused their economic power, judicial precedents were created, laws and normative acts of the government were modified, –standard contract forms used by professionals – were substantially modified.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
There seems to be an evident increase in the field of business law in financial difficulty, insolvency, prevention of insolvency, individual insolvency, consumer protection. We will witness class action litigation in other areas as well, not just in disputes involving banks. Additionally, I predict a series of disputes with providers of public services, telecommunication, health, insurance, etc.
In fact, I estimate that the economic difficulties will deepen in the next 12 months which will lead to a new economic crises. This will be felt in areas such as unfair competition, taxation/fiscality. The unpredictable changes of tax legislation and the aggressive and sometimes unfair action of the fiscal institutions will generate important disputes and litigation.
Also, I believe that continuous interest of the society, in general, for their rights granted by national and international law, will contribute to the development of those areas. People know they have rights and legal levers to protect them, and they will not stop using them.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
At least once a month we have meetings with the whole team in which we discuss the most pressing and complex cases. We are organized into teams dedicated to areas such as insolvency, corporate law, administrative and tax litigation, real property and rights, capital market, labor law, procurement and infrastructure projects, consumer protection, business criminal law. When this classification was made, we have taken into consideration the interest/affinity of each one of us for a certain domain, as well as the specializations acquired over time. Also, we regularly try to refresh our team by co-opting new lawyers.
Since the beginning of this year, in order to keep ourselves and our clients or potential clients in touch with the legislative and judicial changes, weekly, a member of our team publishes on our official web page a short legal opinion on a topic of interest.
Logistically, at the end of the last year, we completed the redesign of office spaces, so, now, the meetings rooms are separated from our workspace in order to give more intimacy to our meetings with clients, and the activity of lawyers is more productive now because they are not disturbed by the external factors.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
Yes, technology has influenced and continues to influence the legal world.
Often, the connection between businessmen and lawyers is organized on the internet.
As far as we are concerned, the internet helped us promote our ideas and concepts that have led to new doctrinal trends, judicial practice and legislative initiatives.
The legal opinions we publish weekly are meant to inform our clients and potential clients about the rights and leverages they have in order to protect those rights. Of course, we also draw attention to their legal obligations and the consequences to which they are exposed by breaking the law.
The technology helps us inform about legislative, doctrinal and jurisprudential changes through the legislative programs we have acquired, to create a database of national and international jurisprudence and, also, to remain informed, in real time, about the economic and social situation in Romania and abroad.
We do not intend to introduce artificial intelligence in our professional activity and in the relationship with our clients, except for these publications, which rather reflect academic activity than strictly legal activity. We do not believe in the human-machine relationship. We fully believe that success is guaranteed by the human relationship established between lawyer and client, but we will remain connected to technology as it is an important factor for the improvement and efficiency of our work.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
This is what we do, crisis management. We provide legal advice in order to help the client remove the company, or even himself (in the case of individuals) from the crisis and return to the market strongly. The policies and strategies identified by us and implemented by the
customer help him to return to the market with a better economic situation, with a package of prevention rules and a better organization of the activity. Practical examples, there can be many, but the situation of each client is different, and the possibilities of recovery are applied to each case, conditioned by the economic availability of each one. I don’t think there’s a standard. The human relationship we talked about above, guides us in finding the best solutions.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Yes, I think so. We have very long-term clients, who obviously prefer the stability of the relationship built with our team. During these years, an inter-human relationship was created, the client’s trust in the lawyer was strengthened and both the shortcomings and the qualities became transparent. It is comforting for the client to know that his problem will be treated with professionalism and interest by his lawyer and he will no longer have to deal with this anguish. Existing clients come to us time and time again, safe in the knowledge that we will endeavor to resolve their legal issues, especially in difficult and challenging cases.
Where do I see the firm in three years’ time?
Where it should be – at the center of the great changes that will follow in the field of law.
I predict an organic increase in the turnover of the company and a certain increase in the number of lawyers that will insure a balance between the level of competence of each lawyer. We want the number of partners to be proportional to the number of senior lawyers and the number of junior lawyers to be corresponding to the latter. This organizational chart aims to respect the qualification of each member of my team and the interest of the client.