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DLA Piper Dinu SCA

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper Dinu SCA's practice head Monica Georgiadis is praised by clients ‘as the most professional partner ever worked with’. Her team is noted for its ‘good communication skills’ and handles the entire spectrum of employment law matters, placing particular emphasis on litigation work, employment projects and corporate transactions. The group assists Discovery Corporate Services and Ferrero Romania with day-to-day employment issues and recently advised UiPath on the employment implications arising from the opening of its second Romanian office. Sectors of expertise include technology, life sciences, infrastructure, transport, media and entertainment, energy and finance. Counsel Andra Trantea is singled out.

Tax Tier 1

DLA Piper Dinu SCA’s team is ‘knowledgeable, experienced, logical, supportive and customer-oriented’. It covers the full range of tax-related work, handling consultancy and litigation regarding all forms of direct and indirect tax. Recent highlights include representing IAP–ECC, a subcontractor of the US Navy forces in Romania that should benefit from VAT exemption, on the recovery of VAT invoiced by its suppliers. Practice head Tudor Nedelea assisted Orkla with a challenge to a tax assessment decision pertaining to its acquisition of food company Hame. Ionela Florescu has been promoted to tax director.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘client-focused’ team at DLA Piper Dinu SCAcaptures all potential perspectives for solving a specific case’. It acted for Wizz Air in several employment disputes relating to salary rights, alleged discrimination and employee terminations. Hillside (bet365 group) instructed the team in a claim against the National Office for Gambling, seeking reimbursement for payments made to the Romanian state and recovery of its right to operate online gambling activities in Romania. Radu Balas heads the practice.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The ‘creative’ and ‘business-oriented’ team at DLA Piper Dinu SCA possesses ‘vast experience’ in the energy sector. It covers the full spectrum of energy-related work including regulatory advice, financing, procurement, disputes and taxation. Marian Dinu and Paula Corban-Pelin helm the practice, which has a particular focus on the oil and gas sub-sectors. In a recent highlight, Dinu and Corban-Pelin represented Egger Romania in a regulator dispute regarding the number of green certificates issued to the client’s co-generation power plant.

PPP and procurement Tier 2

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is particularly adept at handling public procurement matters in the defence industry and life sciences sector. Paula Corban-Pelin and Livia Zamfiropol (Constantinescu) are recommended and jointly head the practice.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper Dinu SCA's team of 'experts' provides ‘a great client experience’. It handles the full range of real estate work and is particularly strong on transactions. Notable highlights include rendering ongoing advice to Nova Imobiliare, operator of the Colosseum retail park, including lease agreements and tenant notices. On the transaction front, practice head Alin Buftea assisted Rimo with its acquisition of several hundred hectares of agricultural land. Counsel Florin Tineghe is a key member of the team.

TMT Tier 2

Sectors of expertise for DLA Piper Dinu SCA include software and hardware technology, telecoms, media, internet and life sciences. Counsel Ana-Maria Andronic heads the practice and assists UiPath Group on matters including intellectual property and the acquisition of technology from other companies. Her team is adept at handling GDPR issues and is advising a Romanian telecommunications company on embedding the relevant new data privacy rules.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper Dinu SCA has particular expertise in the technology, energy, agribusiness and life sciences sectors. Marian Dinu leads the department, which includes counsel Cristina Bucur, praised for her ability to ‘recommend the best legal option’. She led on a matter for BT Capital Partners pertaining to its investment in Timesafe, the company behind the development of the application Pago. In another highlight, the team advised Webjet on its acquisition of B2B travel wholesaler JacTravel.

EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper Dinu SCA displays ‘great knowledge wrapped in a pro-client attitude’. The team is particularly knowledgeable of the pharmaceutical, telecoms, retail and FMCG industries and has a recent track record of acting for clients in the automotive sector. It notably acted for the Association of Dacia, Renault and Nissan Concessionaires in relation to a Competition Counsel investigation of a potential cartel relationship between its members and insurance companies. Practice head Livia Zamfiropol (Constantinescu) is praised for her ‘high professionalism and outstanding performance’. Alina Lacatus made partner.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Ana-Maria Andronic is the key name at DLA Piper Dinu SCA and heads the firm’s IP practice. Her team is reputed for patents, licensing and trade mark matters.

TMT: gambling law Tier 3

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is well regarded for regulatory advice and litigation matters. Radu Balas and Tudor Nedelea jointly head the practice and are representing Hillside (bet365 group) in litigation with the National Office for Gambling regarding the client's right to operate online gambling in Romania. It also represented WHG (International) in a dispute aiming to recover amounts retrospectively imposed on the client by the authorities.

Banking and finance Tier 4

DLA Piper Dinu SCA is particularly well regarded for real estate financing in addition to restructuring and regulatory matters. Cristian Vlaicu is the name to note and leads the practice jointly with Marian Dinu. The team acted for the owner and operator of an international online car auction platform in respect to its cross-border platform for sales with deferred payment.

The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

Since November 2018, DLA Piper’s office in Burcharest, Romania, supports clients with a strong team of 50 internationally trained Romanian lawyers and tax experts.

Areas of practice

Corporate/M&A and private equity: the firm is a trusted adviser on all types of deals, including private or public share transactions or asset sales; various joint ventures and strategic alliances; private equity; privatisations; reorganisations; and restructurings.

Dispute resolution: the firm’s litigators combine dispute resolution skills with industry and local knowledge to provide seamless representation in administrative and regulatory disputes, antitrust litigation, commercial litigation, environmental, IP, tax and employment disputes.

Employment: the firm is particularly skilled in advising on sensitive issues such as disciplinary dismissals, collective lay-off procedures and strikes, as well as reviewing internal regulations, policies and collective labour bargaining agreements, and providing specialist input in employment litigation.

Energy, oil and gas: the firm’s work includes advising with respect to the acquisition, development and financing of renewable or traditional energy projects and of energy infrastructure; trading of electricity, green certificate or natural gas; power purchase agreements; and disputes arising from transactions with energy. It also specialises in oil and gas along the entire value chain, with particular emphasis on farm-outs and JOAs; environmental issues; and other types of permitting, as well as litigation.

EU and competition: the firm’s lawyers are recognised for their significant experience in representing clients before the Romanian Competition Council in merger control proceedings and antitrust matters. The firm is also devising compliance programmes and advising on pricing policy analysis for companies, as well as assisting clients during state aid procedures.

Finance and projects: the firm has been involved in many of the largest, most high-profile and ‘first of their kind’ financings, acquisitions and disposals, having been involved in large projects in infrastructure, ports, PFI/PPP, transportation, energy, electricity and nuclear, renewables, telecoms and technology, water and rail.

Financial services: the firm’s lawyers are experienced in advising banks, financial groups, insurance companies and global investors on regulatory issues specific to this sector; collective investment scheme arrangements, and data protection, as well as on contentious matters.

Governance and compliance: the firm’s lawyers have the local knowledge and industry experience to guide clients in all aspects of designing, implementing and managing compliance programs, assessing and mitigating risk, remediating compliance issues and running internal investigations.

Intellectual property and technology: the practice covers protection of various IP rights with an emphasis on the technology market sector, as well as advertising law, personal data protection, sports rights and gambling.

Real estate: the firm has built strong competencies covering real estate acquisitions and disposals, construction, financing, land use, planning and development, and leasing and is especially skilled in orchestrating complex, long-term projects.

Tax: the firm advises clients on corporate and personal income tax and value-added tax, as well as international tax matters. The practice includes planning effective holding structures and performing tax reviews aimed at identifying potential tax exposures, as well as implementing various exit strategies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Cristian Vlaicu
Commercial Marian Dinu
Commercial Livia Zamfiropol
Corporate and M&A Marian Dinu
Dispute resolution Radu Balas
Dispute resolution Alexandru Arjoca
Employment Monica Georgiadis
Energy, oil and gas Marian Dinu
Energy, oil and gas Paula Corban-Pelin
EU and competition Livia Zamfiropol
Governance and compliance Marian Dinu
Infrastructure and project finance Alin Buftea
Intellectual property and technology Ana-Maria Andronic
Life sciences Livia Zamfiropol
Life sciences Tudor Nedelea
Public law Marian Dinu
Public law Alin Buftea
Real estate Alin Buftea
Restructuring and insolvency Radu Balas
Tax Tudor Nedelea
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Ana-Maria Andronic  photo Mrs Ana-Maria Andronic
Mr Radu Balas  photo Mr Radu Balas
Mrs Daniela Bistrae  photo Mrs Daniela Bistrae
Ms Cristina Bucur  photo Ms Cristina Bucur
Mrs Lidia Duțu-Cârstea  photo Mrs Lidia Duțu-Cârstea
Mrs Oana Dutu-Buzura  photo Mrs Oana Dutu-Buzura
Mrs Ionela Florescu  photo Mrs Ionela Florescu
Ms Alina Lacatus  photo Ms Alina Lacatus
Mrs Irina Macovei  photo Mrs Irina Macovei
Mr Tudor Nedelea  photo Mr Tudor Nedelea
Mr Alexandru Potlog  photo Mr Alexandru Potlog
Ms Elena Preotescu  photo Ms Elena Preotescu
Mrs Alexandra Radulescu  photo Mrs Alexandra Radulescu
Mr Florin Tineghe  photo Mr Florin Tineghe
Mrs Andra Trantea  photo Mrs Andra Trantea
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 50 (tax consultants included)
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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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