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 | Gabriel Biris, Band 1 | Ruxandra Jianu, Band "Up and coming"
Biris Goran is undoubtedly one of the leading names for tax in Romania. Its five-member team has been focusing on tax restructuring mandates of late, handling projects for both companies and high net worth individuals. It advises several energy and gas companies on issues ranging from profit tax to VAT, transactions and structuring. Highlights include providing tax inspection assistance to Mediaş, a local subsidiary of global gas company Wintershall Holding, and representing one of the leading domestic players in the Romanian natural gas distribution field, Wirom, in various matters.
Sources say: "Very well known for its tax expertise."
Practice head Gabriel Biris is a high-profile figure in the field and an accomplished relationship manager, who is recognised as one of the few specialists in tax law in the Romanian market. "He's one of the best, and extremely creative," sources say.
Peers speak highly of Ruxandra Jianu's in-depth knowledge of tax matters.
Real Estate, Band 2 | Victor Constantinescu, Band 2
This 12-lawyer team has been busy assisting the Timisoara Airport Park with various mandates, and advising Raiffeisen Property Holdings on the management of non-performing assets. Restructuring is a recent growth area, where the firm's deep tax knowledge is an asset. Other highlights include providing leasing and insolvency advice to Aberdeen Property Investors, owner of the Iris Shopping Mall and PGV Tower in Bucharest.
Sources say: "Biris Goran helped us to grow our business, with a lot of solid advice. It goes beyond the mere legal counsel to get really involved in its cases."
Founding partner Victor Constantinescu leads the real estate practice. According to clients, he is distinguished by his experience in the field and his "international perspective."
Competition, Band 3 | Gelu Goran, Band 2
The six-strong competition team at this firm is best known for its expertise in cartel investigations before the Competition Council. In this field the group continues to advise UniCredit on the ongoing investigation of an alleged cartel arrangement. It is also commended for the strength of its compliance and regulatory work, representing clients such as Holcim, Procter & Gamble and Siemens.
Sources say: "A very thorough and practical firm." "The team knows the local environment but has a global view."
"Flexible and pragmatic" practice leader Gelu Goran is a respected practitioner whose practice centres on merger control, anti-cartel proceedings and antitrust proceedings.
Corporate/M&A, Band 3 | Daniel Visoiu, Band 4
This team combines Western experience with a practical grasp of the Romanian business environment and comprehensive Romanian legal expertise. Highlights of the firm's recent M&A practice include working for Bongrain on its acquisition of a majority stake in Delaco, which was amongst the largest deals in the dairy products sector. The firm is also very active in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, with clients such as Infopress and Publicis Groupe, which it recently assisted with the acquisition of various media companies. It also represents Trilulilu, an emerging online content provider, with corporate matters.
Sources say: “I find the firm very professional, thorough and knowledgeable. I have no trouble recommending it to others.” “It has a diverse experience base that means we can call on any lawyer whatever the matter. The firm covers all the key bases with a broad range of expertise, and does it well.”
Daniel Visoiu is a founding partner, and is qualified at the Bar of Florida. He brings with him experience gained in a major French corporate firm, and in the investment banking sector. A client describes him as “very dedicated, and there whenever you need him.”
Restructuring & Insolvency, Band 3
This local firm has a strong reputation in all areas of financial law, and offers a total of nine lawyers working on restructuring and insolvency projects. The team advises the government of Romania on potential insolvency law reform and implementation of legislation from the European Union. A recent highlight was advising the Bank of Cyprus on a EUR15 million real estate insolvency that involved some innovative banking and litigation solutions. The firm has also represented the Romanian Property Fund in the recovery of USD68.41 million.
Sources say: “It's good to have a firm that bends to your needs and is there when you need it. I'm very grateful to have someone who knows their way around.”
Intellectual Property, Band 3 | Ana-Maria Andronic, Band "Up and coming"
This firm has a rapidly growing reputation in the IP sector, with a six-lawyer department that focuses on an IT and software licensing clientele. The practice recently advised major client Publicis Groupe on a range of IP issues including a transfer of IP assets.
Sources say: "The team was fast in its responses and always provided accurate and sophisticated responses to any questions."
Senior associate Ana Maria Andronic leads the practice and is described as "very flexible and knowledgeable." Clients also highlight her international perspective.
Energy and Natural Resources, Band 4
Solar energy is a particularly strong area for this local firm. In addition, the team provides full support to gas companies, wind farms and energy equipment manufacturers. Recent highlights include assisting Romenergo with its corporate restructuring, and advising Wintershall Holding on a joint venture agreement with Romgaz to operate two natural gas wells in western Romania.
Sources say: "It covers all the key bases with a broad range of expertise, and does it well."
Legal 500 rankings
Real Estate, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA’s well-regarded group advised Astoria Business Center on the €10m sale of the Astoria office building to Bluehouse Capital. It is advising the Romanian subsidiary of Dachser Logistics on the ongoing greenfield development of a warehouse facility. Clients include Aberdeen Property Investors, Raiffeisen Property Holdings International, First Title Insurance and Timisoara Airport Park. Victor Constantinescu and Raluca Nastase head the team.
IT, Telecoms and Media, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA’s IT, telecoms and media team advised Publicis Groupe on its acquisition of Romanian operations of a leading global media planner and communications services provider. It also advised Appnor MSP regarding its partnership with Revevol. Ana Maria Andronic has ‘strong knowledge on IP matters’ and Dan Visoiu is also ‘very knowledgeable’.
Public Private Partnership and Procurement, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA’s ‘excellent’ team has advised Wirom Gas on numerous public private partnerships and procurement projects involving gas distribution and supply concessions obtained from the Romanian Ministry of Economics and Commerce. Other clients include VAMED Standortentwicklung und Engineering, Tecsa Meccanismi and Administratia Strazilor Bucuresti. Daniel Visoiu and Paula Dicu are recommended.
Corporate and M&A, third tier
Biris Goran SCPA’s has ‘a very strong team in terms of industry knowledge’, and it advised Publicis on its acquisition of Publicis Romania. It acted for AppScend.com relating to an investment in a Romania-based mobile apps company and advised the shareholders of Travel House on the sale of a majority stake to GED. Daniel Visoiu, who is ‘excellent on M&A transactions’, and Ana Fratian are recommended.
Dispute resolution, fourth tier
Biris Goran SCPA has a ‘first-class’ contentious tax and insolvency practice. It advised Realitatea Media in a Romanian Supreme Court tax recovery case against the Romanian state, and acted as judicial administrator and liquidator of Sigma Proiect Development.
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, fourth tier
Biris Goran SCPA is recommended for its ‘strong tax expertise’. It recently advised Portico Investments on the second refinancing of a retail portfolio with ING Lease and assisted Asmita Gardens with the restructuring of a €45m loan. Christian Mîndru heads the practice.
Energy and Natural Resources, fourth tier
Biris Goran SCPA advised Wirom, a Romanian-German joint venture gas company, during a Romanian Competition Council investigation. It also advised Romenergo on corporate restructuring. Christian Mîndru heads the practice.