Rankings

Biriş Goran was ranked from the very beginning by prestigious international publications as one of the top law firms in Romania for the quality of legal work, pragmatic work and solid understanding of the legal environment.

Chambers Europe Rankings

Tax - Band 1 | Ruxandra Jianu - Band 1 | Gabriel Biris - Band 1

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- 4 tax consultants

What the team is known for: Offers high-level tax advice to large domestic and international clients. Well known for expertise in tax legislation, regularly working with the Romanian authorities on amendments to the fiscal code. Attracts praise for work on a variety of matters ranging from complex litigation to tax consultancy in support of acquisitions and restructuring mandates. Also assists with tax inspections and the review of transfer pricing policies. Serves an impressive range of clients including cosmetics companies, real estate developers and energy providers.

Strengths: Interviewees report that the team is "client-oriented, available at all times of the day, responsive and knowledgeable."

"The team is big enough that they have enough capacity to handle matters in a short space of time," notes one client.

Work highlights: Advised Pumac SA on the tax implications of the sale of a large land plot in Bucharest to Skanska.

Assisted Portland Trust with court proceedings to recover VAT paid on its investment in the Floreasca Park project.

Significant clients: Farmec, Hidroelectrica, Wirom, Electrica Distribuție Muntenia Nord, Tinmar.

Notable practitioners : 

Gabriel Biriș is widely considered an outstanding tax litigation expert. Peers describe him as "the most famous tax lawyer in Romania" and note his recent high-profile role working within the Romanian government. Interviewees also highlight his ability to give creative solutions and say that "his clients appreciate him very much because he is very courageous." 

Peers and clients alike praise Ruxandra Jianu for her skill in advisory matters relating to M&A, restructurings and real estate investments. She acts for multinational corporations on tax reviews, due diligence, inspections and disputes. Clients note her availability and say that she is an "excellent tax adviser."

Real Estate - Band 2 |  Raluca Nastase - Band 4


Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong reputation for representing investment funds in real estate tax structuring and asset management matters. Provides advice on compliance, permits and other regulatory aspects of construction mandates. Assists with title investigations and commercial lease issues, as well as cross-border joint ventures. Particularly recognised for experience of acting on the sale-side of property transactions.

Strengths Clients hold the team in high esteem, saying: "They have done excellent work. Their availability is very good; they have a short response time and a very practical approach. Biriș Goran are deal doers who are always looking for solutions."

Work highlights Represented Aberdeen Asset Management in its EUR86 million sale of Auchan Titan shopping centre to NEPI.

Assisted Adamamerica with the high-profile acquisition of Phoenix Tower from Commerzbank, as well as its subsequent financing.

Significant clients Pumac, Vastint, MT&T Property Management, Liebrecht & wooD, Europa Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Raluca Nastase's contentious experience in real estate encompasses title disputes and investigations as well as construction matters. From an advisory standpoint, she is active on acquisitions and lease agreements for offices and industrial properties.

Competition/Antitrust - Band 3 | Gelu Goran Band 3

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: Gelu Goran
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for: Supports clients throughout Competition Council investigations, including during dawn raid proceedings. Has experience in standout contentious mandates relating to merger control gun jumping, leniency applications in cartel cases and the early settlement of investigations. Clients include national and international media companies, energy producers and agricultural traders.

Strengths: Interviewees report highly positive experiences of working with the firm, praising its "seasoned lawyers with very good communication skills."

Work highlights: Advised Publicis Groupe on an investigation led by the Competition Council alleging a failure to notify and seek clearance from the antitrust authority prior to its acquisition of Zenith Media Communications.

Represented Policolor in its challenge to the fine imposed by the Competition Council following the early settlement of a price-fixing investigation.

Significant clients: LafargeHolcimWeatherford, Japan Tobacco International, Procter & Gamble, Ameropa Grains.

Notable practitioners

Gelu Goran often assists with horizontal and vertical price-fixing investigations and compliance audits for a wide range of clients from sectors such as banking, FMCG, construction and energy. Sources admire his "technical knowledge, solution-driven approach, very good understanding of the client's business and flexibility."

Restructuring and Insolvency - Band 4

 Basic facts about the department 

- Head of department: Raluca Nastase
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists international clients from the banking, energy and real estate sectors. Regularly handles financial reorganisations, bankruptcy proceedings and security enforcements. Active on a number of mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Work highlights Acted as trustee on the insolvency proceedings of Leon Trans.

Assisted Hidroelectrica in dispute resolution matters during its insolvency proceedings.

Significant clients Benevo, San Metal International, Sticom Trading, S&D Pharma, Hortim International.

Notable practitioners Raluca Nastase heads the department and is the key contact for clients.

Corporate / M&A - Band 5

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christian Mîndru and Ana Frațian
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises international clients and law firms on the Romanian aspects of cross-border mandates. Frequently advises on transactions in the technology sector and assists with the tax aspects of corporate matters.

Work highlights Assisted IT services provider Atos with its acquisition of Xerox's IT outsourcing operations, valued at USD1.05 billion as a worldwide transaction.

Acted for global textiles producer Coats plc on the sale of its crafts division to Aurelius Group.

Significant clients Maravet, Comfert, Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland.

Notable practitioners Christian Mîndru and Ana Frațian head the practice and are key contacts.

Dispute Resolution Practice - is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Legal500 Rankings

Real Estate & Construction - Band 1

Biriş Goran SPARL is ‘thorough and detailed in its advice’. Ruxandra Jianu and Gabriel Biriş advised Pumac on its sale of a 21,000sqm site near Grozãvești to Skanska. The firm has a strong presence in the title insurance space, with First Title a client. 

Dispute Resolution - Band 4

 Biriş Goran SPARL is ‘very good at setting out expectations and timeframes’. The firm handles public law, tax, commercial and insolvency litigation. Mihai Nuşcă represented Cramele Halewood in various disputes against public authorities.

Corporate / M&A - Band 4

Biriş Goran SPARL’s ‘flexible and proactive’ team provides ‘a good level of service, with clear and concise answers’. Practice head and of counsel Christian Mîndru advised Atos on the post-closing aspects of its purchase of Xerox.