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
Universally acclaimed as the market leader, Gabriel Biriş is saluted by peers for being ‘almost single-handedly responsible for all the standard documentation in the field’. Clients note that his performance matches his formidable reputation. Moreover, he has built a tremendous practice of real depth around his own strong credentials. The firm provides advisory and restructuring advice, and also tackles the incidental tax issues arising from its own transactions, which include the largest real estate deal to date in the local market. The innovative establishment of a separate tax consultancy entity means the team now has the capacity to offer clients, including foreign investment funds and significant Romanian corporations, a comprehensive service unrivalled by any firm outside the top band.
Real Estate, Band 2
Noted for its proficiency in tax-related real estate matters and regulatory issues, this commercial firm has been highly active in the past year. Clients benefit from the lawyers’ understanding of the local market and expertise in complex cross-border structuring. ‘We receive a tailor-made service and are particularly impressed with the group’s international approach’, clients say. Transactional work includes advising on the EUR 340 million sale of Upground, a mixed-use project. The firm also acted as leading Romanian borrower counsel in a multi-jurisdictional facility agreement for Portico Investments, for the EUR 100 million refinancing of Portico’s retail portfolio.
Victor Constantinescu specializes in real estate joint ventures and advising institutional funds. He is frequently engaged in mandates that span the region and is praised for his flexible approach and good negotiation skills. ‘He is accommodating to our needs and we know we will find a solution when we work with him’, clients report.
Raluca Năstase is particularly proficient in complex acquisitions, structuring and title investigations. ‘She has a strong result-oriented approach and a distinct talent for building good client relationships’, note commentators. Clients also praise her breadth of expertise.
Corporate/M&A, Band 4
According to interviewees, this is ‘a very fine firm indeed, with the ability to handle complex problems quickly and without difficulty.’ Its ‘incredibly impressive young lawyers’ are considered ‘ones to watch for the future’. Recent work highlights include assisting Cefin with the EUR 70 million sale of an industrial park to a London-based investment fund. Daniel Vişoiu heads the corporate/M&A practice group, which also houses experienced international arbitrators.
Banking & Finance, Other Notable Practitioners
Christian Mîndru’s practice at Biriş Goran SCA centres on real estate, acquisition and project finance. Commentators praise this ‘talented and capable individual’ for his ‘ability to see problems from the client’s perspective.’
Competition/Antitrust, Other Notable Practitioners
Gelu Goran of Biriş Goran SCA is renowned for his remarkable expertise and experience in this area. ‘He has been doing this since the beginning and remains a very impressive practitioner,’ sources agree. He advises a number of international entities and a plethora of household names.
Legal 500 rankings
Real Estate and Construction, third tier
Victor Constantinescu is the partner responsible for real estate work at Biriş Goran SCA, supported by Raluca Năstase. The practice’s clients include European Future Group and Cefin.
Corporate and M&A, fourth tier
Biriş Goran SCA is a five-partner practice with dual-qualified US corporate and M&A head Daniel Vişoiu and renowned tax expert Gabriel Biriş as its standout partner. The firm has a very strong offering in tax and corporate restructuring, and acts for many clients in the real estate and financial sectors.