Mr Horia Draghici > CMS > Bucharest, Romania > Lawyer Profile


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Dispute resolution




Horia Draghici is a Partner in CMS Romania’s Dispute Resolution Team. With over 15 years’ experience, Horia has a great deal of experience in commercial litigation for both multinational clients and significant domestic companies in Romania, including experience with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), ICC and LCIA.

Horia has a natural ability to understand and explain cases in detail and inspire high levels of confidence in clients. His practice deals extensively with commercial litigation and arbitration, insolvency matters, employment disputes, disputes with public authorities, tax litigation and international investments disputes, as well as a solid background on internal compliance investigations.

Horia is qualified to plead before all national courts (including the High Court of Romania) and is a skilled negotiator, familiar with several alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.


Romanian, English


Bucharest Bar Association


2003 – Law School, University of Bucharest, Bucharest

Lawyer Rankings

Romania > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Horia DraghiciCMS

CMS has had a strong presence in the market for some time. The departure of recent managing partner and disputes expert, Gabriel Sidere, has been offset somewhat by arrivals elsewhere, such as senior counsel and white collar crime expert, Mihai Jiganie-Serban from Serban & Asociatii, who provides expertise in areas such as fraud and compliance. The versatile commercial disputes team that is led by Horia Draghici. Clients also rate the firm’s strong team of counsel and associates, including Cristina PopescuAndrei Cristescu  and Tatiana Casapciuc.

Romania > White-collar crime

CMS is one of the few international firms in Romania capable of offering strong support on cases concerning allegations of corruption, economic crimes, securities fraud and money laundering. Clients will miss former managing partner and disputes expert Gabriel Sidere, who recently left the firm, but this was somewhat offset by the arrival of practice head and criminal law specialist Mihai Jiganie-Serban from Serban & Asociatii. The firm has a 24-hour incident response team and also provides strong support on day-to-day compliance issues, as well as training for employees and board members. Disputes partner Horia Draghici is also experienced in bribery and corruption investigations.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency

CMS combines its banking, corporate and disputes teams to support creditors and debtors on their restructuring and insolvency issues. Banking head Ana Radnev and Cristina Reichmann have good experience of refinancings and non-performing loans, while corporate partner Rodica Manea has a strong focus on corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Contentious insolvency issues are the domain of disputes partner Horia Draghici. The firm is also noted for its cross-border expertise, which is particular use on regional mandates for major multinationals. Recently the firm was involved in significant cases in the IT, financial services and life science sectors.

Romania > Intellectual property

CMS has a broad practice with good expertise in IP litigation, trade mark registrations and related strategic advice. The firm’s strong regional presence gives it an edge for major international clients with cross-border IP issues, including many in IP-heavy industries such as TMT, life sciences and consumer goods. The firm was recently involved in several significant enforcement proceedings and is  active on the data protection side. Several of the firm’s top litigators have good experience, including Horia Draghici, and the team includes several specialised senior associates, including Valentina Parvu.

Romania > Employment

CMS represents an impressive mix of global household names and key domestic employers. The group works closely with the M&A team to provide critical employment support on major transactions. The practice also offers bespoke contentious and non-contentious advice across the full range of matters, including pensions and benefits. Multinational clients also gain from the firm’s strong regional presence, where it offers good employment expertise on cross-border and EU issues. Disputes partner Horia Draghici leads the team, with support from senior counsel Cristina Popescu and associate Ruxandra Georgescu.