Real Estate

Biriş Goran’s real estate practice has been, since the firm’s founding, at the forefront of commercial real estate advice in Romania.

Do not take our word for granted: ask reputable international legal guides. We have been consistently ranked as one of the leading firms providing legal advice on real estate in Romania, by such guides as Chambers Europe and the Legal 500.

Gabriel Biriș and Raluca Năstase head the practice. Taking a hands-on approach with the firm’s real estate practice, consecutive editions of Chambers Europe since 2010, have ranked the practice among the top practices in the country.  The firm’s practice has won numerous other awards, including “law firm of the year” granted by various publications as well.

The firm provides clients with comprehensive services encompassing the full range of commercial real estate and development issues across all sectors: office, shopping malls, commercial, industrial, hotel, residential and agricultural. Our lawyers listen to the clients’ needs and know how to negotiate accordingly and to structure and coordinate transactions so that deadlines are met on a cost-effective basis.

We serve domestic and international clients, including institutional real estate funds, owners, tenants, residential and commercial developers, construction companies and lenders. But it is not simply the quality of our advice, based on a mix of Western experience and local knowledge, which has already won us loyal clients. Just as important is our ability to create imaginative solutions in a market that can be very daunting. Our experienced team stands out, thanks to the rare blend of commercial and legal expertise and its international perspective it has to offer.

The Firm advises across the entire lifecycle of any real estate development from “A to Z.” This includes title investigations and due diligence, acquisition and dispositions, taxation, joint ventures, construction and development, office leasing, retail leasing, logistics, financing, litigation and fund formation:

Title Investigations and Due Diligence

Firm due diligence exercises are appreciated not just for the clarity with which potential problems are presented, but also for the commercial risk assessment provided. Clients are not left with a laundry list of problems and left scratching their heads as to whether the problems are deal-breakers or if they can be fixed; we attempt to set forth assessments as to chances of loss of title or other risks to development, as well as propose solutions.

Acquisitions and Dispositions

We represent clients in the sale or purchase of raw land for development of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, and logistics centres. We have developed quality template documents in Romanian and English and have the experience to negotiate competently.  We also advise clients on disposals of their properties, including providing tax structuring advice.

Taxation 

Unlike other firms, we are able to advise not only on the legal aspects of a transaction, but on the tax aspects as well. Our expertise in taxation and corporate law allows us to structure transactions - both from a domestic and international perspective - in an efficient manner.

Joint Ventures

We routinely represent clients in forming joint ventures with private parties or governmental bodies in order to achieve their investments.

Construction and Development

We handle all aspects of development projects. We prepare and negotiate design, construction (FIDIC) and development management, construction management and utility agreements, as well as all types of ancillary documentation and related negotiations and advice on regulatory matters.

Office Leasing

We represent a number of office building clients on all of their office lease work, and have developed appropriate templates over the years.

Retail Leasing

We have developed particular expertise in retail leases through our representation of shopping centres.  Long- and short-term leases, as well as long-term hypermarket leases are all routinely negotiated and drafted at the Firm.

Logistics

Logistics leases require special attention; our Firm has handled numerous contracts over the years and is able to draft often taking into account their long-term nature.

Financing

We represent lenders and borrowers in all types of lending arrangements and in the preparation of related collateral.

Litigation

Our litigation department often litigates title issues as well as any contractual matter having a real estate component.

Fund Formation

Our real estate group can advise on the formation of investment funds for various classes of real estate investment.  

Recent major mandates include: 

Represented One United Properties, leading Romanian high end residential developer in (i) the acquisition of a 25,800 sqm piece of land from Telekom in Bucharest’s Floreasca area in an EUR 18 million transaction (ii) the acquisition of North Gate office complex and (iii) with a 20 million euros bonds issuance through private placement; 

Assisted Hagag Development Europe, affiliate of the leading Israeli developer Hagag on various acquisitions in Romania (land, office, residential) and with all Romanian law aspects of a bond issuance on the Israeli capital markets; 

Assisted Swiss investor Philippe Jacobs and Ibitol Group in the sale of its flagship office center Coresi Business Park, via a share deal transaction, to leading European commercial real estate company, Immochan; 

Assisted PineBribdge Investments, a global asset manager, in the financial and corporate structuring of some real estate companies, transaction which involved financing and refinancing coordination and negotiations; 

Assisted Global Vision, leading Romanian real estate company, in the joint venture between one of its companies and an Austrian partner, for the acquisition and development of a commercial warehousing project near Ljubljana’s airport Brnik; 

Assistance to Predeal Investitii, Romanian real estate developer, in the purchase of a 50,000 sqm land in North Bucharest; 

Assisted Austrian real estate developer Soravia, a leading Austrian developer in CEE region, in the sale of its flagship office center “Metropolis” to Czech fund PPF, in one of the largest investment transactions in Romania in 2016; 

Assisted Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland AG in the sale of its flagship shopping centre Auchan Titan to South African fund New Europe Property Investments (NEPI). The transaction value was EUR 86 million and was one of the largest on the Romanian market in 2015; 

Represented AdamAmerica, a major Israeli-American development company, in (i) the purchase of Construdava a 9,400 sqm office building on the Pipera-Tunari road in Voluntari, Ilfov County, and (ii) the acquisition and financing of Phoenix Tower, a 10,000 sqm office building in the Vitan district of Bucharest, from seller Commerzbank AG; 

Assisted Universal Property, the owner of Bucharest Industrial Park, located on the Bucharest-Pitești highway, in a major land sale to leading CEE logistics operator, CTP; 

Assisted the real estate development arm of construction giant Strabag in a land acquisition for development purposes. The piece of land is located in the heart of Bucharest;

Assisted Vastint Romania, member of the Inter IKEA Property Division, in the acquisition of a 48-hectare land plot acquired to develop a mixed-use project, with a focus on residential, in one of the largest transactions in Romania in 2016; 

Assisted the Romanian company of the Rossmann Groupe, leading packaging manufacturer in Europe and Africa, in the acquisition of a 9.5 ha piece of land in Popesti Leordeni, Ilfov County, for the construction of a new factory. Assistance is offered in the subsequent development matters; 

Assisted the shareholder of MT&T Property Management, facility and property management companies in the sale of shareholding in Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia to Atalian, a leading international company in these fields; and

Assisted shareholder of Comfert SRL in a complicated restructuring including bank negotiation and spin-off of real estate assets and sale of agrobusiness to Origin Enterprises PLC.