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.
Tax - Band 1 | Gabriel Biriș - Band 1 | Ruxandra Jianu - Band 1
What the team is known for: Offers high-level tax advice to large domestic and international clients. Acts on a variety of matters, ranging from direct and indirect tax litigation to tax consultancy in support of mergers and restructurings. Assists with tax inspections, income tax reviews and the review of transfer pricing policies. Serves an impressive range of clients, including cosmetics companies and financial institutions, real estate developers and energy providers. Frequently advises on VAT reimbursements and excise duties.
Strengths: The "dynamic, fast and efficient" team wins praise from one client, who opines: "It is the best law firm we have ever worked with."
A client appreciates that the team is "hands on and really knows its customers very well."
Notable practitioners: The "excellent" Gabriel Biriș is a pre-eminent market player who offers a wealth of experience in a broad range of matters from direct and indirect tax litigation to transfer pricing matters. He also has notable experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings.
The "market-leading" Ruxandra Jianu acts on the tax aspects of business restructurings and cross-border and domestic tax disputes, including VAT reimbursement and transfer pricing litigation. One client enthuses: "Ruxandra is an exceptional tax adviser, and an excellent adviser for fiscal optimisations and fiscally efficient investments."
Competition / Antitrust - Band 3 | Gelu Goran - Band 3 | Răzvan Bardicea - Associate to watch
What the team is known for: Acts for clients involved in Competition Council investigations into anti-competitive practices, including price fixing and bid rigging. Represents claimants in private damages litigation, as well as assisting clients with appeals against RCC decisions. Noted for its activity in sectoral inquiries. Also handles competition compliance mandates.
Strengths: A client enthuses that the team's "approach is very much client-oriented and pragmatic, and the legal advice is easy to understand and implement."
Work highlights: Represented Aon in an RCC investigation into allegations of bid rigging and price fixing in the aviation insurance sector.
Notable practitioners: Gelu Goran has a broad contentious competition law practice, representing clients in antitrust investigations, market inquiries and follow-on damages claims. A client highlights his "down-to-earth approach," and adds that Gelu is "very close to the business, so has an excellent understanding of the client."
Răzvan Bardicea acts for clients on price-fixing investigations and appeals against Competition Council decisions. He also has experience in merger clearance mandates and compliance matters. One client particularly appreciates that Răzvan is "very careful to understand the whole business context so that he can give the best advice."
Real Estate - Band 3 | Daniela Lazea - Notable Practitioner
What the team is known for: Advises on the buy and sell sides of property transactions, with substantial experience in the retail and commercial sectors. Assists international developers and investors with Romanian projects in the logistics and manufacturing sectors. Advises on permits, zoning and other aspects of construction mandates. Also handles matters relating to real estate financing and leasing.
Strengths: A client appreciates that the lawyers "have very good communication skills and know how to close transactions quickly."
Another client states that "the team is well organised and very easy to reach."
Work highlights: Advised Indotek on the acquisition of a shopping centre from AEW Capital Management.
Notable practitioners: Daniela Lazea and Sorin Aungurenci are the heads of the department.
Dispute Resolution - Band 4 | Mihai Nușcă - Notable Practitioner
What the team is known for: Works closely alongside the firm's market-leading tax team to advise on contentious tax matters. Additionally acts on administrative disputes and appeals, as well as assisting with competition litigation and environmental law cases. Frequently retained by financial institutions, real estate firms and energy companies. Further strength in white-collar crime files.
Strengths: Clients are impressed by the team's dedication, with one underlining the lawyers' "experience, response time to requests and the way they built a strategy" as distinguishing attributes.
Another client appreciates the practice's willingness to settle a matter out of court, noting that the team's "innovative" approach enabled them to avoid a court litigation.
Work highlights: Assisted Banca Comercială Română with a high-profile appeal against a tax audit decision.
Notable practitioners: Mihai Nuşcă is a key contact within the department.