Energy & Natural Resources

Biris Goran has increasingly been called upon to advise on energy-related matters. We offer advice on all aspects of oil & gas, power, renewable and alternative energy issues.

Biriş Goran lawyers are well aware of the specificity of the electricity market in Romania and the European Union and our team is able to provide an integrated approach to its clients acting in the industry, covering issues regarding taxation, competition, corporate and the organization and functioning of the companies, as well as real estate, litigation and labor related matters.

Dana Dunel-Stancu heads our energy practice. A noted expert in the Romanian market for her energy and oil & gas expertise, Dana has been practicing exclusively in energy field since 2002 and has a thorough and proven command of the regulatory and practical commercial opportunities and constraints in the field. She has been working with leading companies in the energy field, such as the state-owned Hidroelectica and Nuclearelectrica, Opcom, the Romanian Electricity Market Operator, RWE Energie, the Romanian subsidiary of RWE Group, and Wirom, a leading Romanian-German joint venture gas company (Wintershall and GDF Suez), as well as in oil and gas practice area, working for national and international corporations. Dana has been lead attorney on various renewable projects exceeding thousands MW, where her advice spanned the entire lifespan of the project, from acquisition of the land or of the power plant to regulatory and operational concerns. She has also been a member of the working group organized by Ministry of Energy for certain amendment of the renewable legislation.

Dana’s experience on the Romanian market is unique, and as such it builds on the firm’s existing energy practice and can offer a full range of advice to the firm’s clients in the energy sector.

Recent major projects include:

Legal advisor to RWE Energie, the Romanian subsidiary of RWE Group, one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies, on day-to-day energy regulatory matters, labor and corporate aspects.

Legal advisor to Wirom, a leading Romanian-German joint venture gas company (Wintershall and GDF Suez), on its day-to-day matters, including natural gas supply to end consumers, regulatory, antitrust and other commercial aspects.

Legal counsel to Monsson Group, leading renewable energy developer and trader, for aspects regarding regulatory and contractual issues for electricity trading in Romania, as well as for group’s expansion in cogeneration sector.

Legal assistance to Danske Commodities on all regulatory matters regarding electricity cross-border and local trading. Recently, the collaboration was extended in the gas sector.

Legal advisor to Hidroelectrica SA, the main hydro energy producer and trader in Romania, regarding electricity exports and tax.

Assistance offered to HATCH, Canadian company that supplies engineering, project and construction management services, process and business consulting and operational services to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure industries, with regards to their nuclear projects in Romania, from tender procedure to contract execution.

Legal assistance and representation to Campo Verde Energy and Campo Verde Solaris in front of the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority for obtaining the producer licenses and the accreditation as electricity producers from renewable sources.

Assistance offered to real estate affiliates of Raiffeisen Bank, in connection with the regulatory aspects of its potential solar power plant developments.

Fiscal assistance and consultancy to Electrica Muntenia Nord, the main electricity distribution company in Romania, during an extensive tax inspection as well as in the stages subsequent to its completion.

Assisting Tinmar, a major Romanian energy and natural resources concern, in connection with all the tax aspects derived from their day to day business activities, including advisory in relation to business restructuring and assistance with transfer pricing documentation file.

Legal services provided to major jet fuel trading operation company, including all regulatory aspects, and assistance in connection with joint venture on jet fuel into plane supply market.

Legal assistance to a leading Romanian power equipment manufacturer, in various contractual matters.

Assistance offered to a leading developer of renewable energy, mainly in wind power projects in connection with power purchase agreements.

Assistance to wind power company in connection with power purchase agreements.

Assistance to equipment producing company for industrial water treatment in connection with investments in mining projects in Romania.

Assistance to an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in producing and prospective properties in Africa and The Middle East, in connection with their intention to acquire one of the most important oil and gas equipment producers in Romania.

Legal advice to a group of Asian investors, regarding the acquisition of photovoltaic parks in Romania.