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 2
THE FIRM Biris Goran is widely recognised as a firm which is synonymous with tax, and has one of the strongest practices in the market. The compact yet formidable team offers a combination of tax and legal services to clients such as Red Bull, Danske Commodities and Oriflame. It covers fiscal matters related to restructuring, transfer of assets and complex transactions. Recent highlights include representing leading natural gas distributor Wirom in proceedings related to a major dispute with the tax authorities, and acting as lead tax counsel to Romcarbon on a tax restructuring mandate for a EUR23.5 million transaction.
Sources say: "From a technical point of view, the firm is excellent." "Its lawyers have the best reputation as tax experts."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice Gabriel Biris receives praise from clients for his "excellent tax advice" and is recognised by peers as one of the expert practitioners in this area.
Ruxandra Jianu is a key partner at this practice and is praised by clients for her "impressive breadth of knowledge and passion for tax."
Real Estate, Band 2 | Victor Constantinescu, Band 1 | Raluca Nastase, Band 4
THE FIRM This prestigious eight-strong team handles all matters pertaining to real estate for an impressive client list, which includes Aberdeen Property Investors, Benevo and Dinu Patriciu Global Property. In a recent standout mandate, the lawyers assisted Europa Capital with the potential acquisition of numerous development projects, as well as providing ongoing advice on its EUR200 million industrial park in Turda.
Sources say: "A local firm with internationally experienced lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Victor Constantinescu comes highly recommended for his commercial and precise advice. Sources also highlight his flexibility and international experience.
Clients praise Raluca Nastase as a "witty and hard-working" real estate practitioner. Her litigation and restructuring work earns client accolades.
Competition/Antitrust, Band 3 | Gelu Goran, Band 2
THE FIRM The compact competition and antitrust team at this local firm has specific expertise in compliance, cartel investigations, vertical restraints and merger control. It is well known for its expertise in matters related to the consumer goods sector, where it has advised a number of high-profile clients on matters such as price fixing and abuse of dominance. The firm is instructed by companies from a range of other sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals and construction, making up a client portfolio that features the likes of Siemens Romania, UniCredit Bank, Publicis Group and Procter & Gamble.
Sources say: "It offers a combination of strong knowledge of competition legislation and case law with practical advice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Gelu Goran is described by one client as "an excellent lawyer and a skilled professional with an excellent command of case law and legislation."
Corporate/M&A, Band 3
THE FIRM Despite its compact size, this team remains busy with corporate instructions. Ringier Romania, Appnor, BAC Investment and Monsson Group are just some of the group's clients. It is highly active in the IT sectors, and also draws on the stellar reputation of the firm's tax practice. The team recently advised Romcarbon on a joint venture with EBRD and the Global Finance investment fund. In addition it assisted the private investors and management with the buyout of News Outdoor Romania.
Sources say: “We felt in very good hands with the team.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Daniel Visoiu draws praise for his international outlook, commercial approach and client service. In a recent highlight he advised Romcarbon on a joint venture with EBRD and the Global Finance investment fund.
Intellectual Property, Band 3 | Ana Maria Andronic, Band U
THE FIRM This eight-lawyer team continues to expand its presence in IP. Its main focus is on non-contentious IP matters, where it is regularly instructed in connection with IP matters related to corporate restructuring, registration rights agreements, licensing and service agreements. Recent highlights include acting as lead counsel to Allegro Group, part of the Naspers Group, on a number of matters including employment structure and employee-generated IP. Other noteworthy clients are ITNT, Sparrowhawk International Channels, uberVU and Simartis Telecom.
Sources say: "It has a solid and up-to-date understanding of issues affecting foreign companies in Romania."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former judge and head of department Ana Maria Andronic receives praise for her international experience and understanding of the domestic legal market. She is applauded by one client for her ability to "understand how to get things done and to meet clients' needs."
Restructuring/Insolvency, Band 3
THE FIRM Biris Goran is recognised for its restructuring and insolvency capabilities. The team benefits from the support and broad knowledge of the firm's tax and real estate practices, and is recommended for its solid litigation experience. Notable recent highlights include acting as a trustee in property developer Mainrom Invest's EUR32 million insolvency proceedings.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Group head Raluca Nastase is the key point of contact for clients in this practice area.
Legal 500 rankings
Real Estate and Construction, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a strong balance of local expertise, an international approach and reasonable fees’. In 2012, the group advised Benevo on its €20m acquisition of a 78,000sq m industrial platform. It is also acting for Raiffeisen Property International on the Sky Tower development. Co-heads Victor Constantinescu and Raluca Nastase are recommended.
IT, Telecoms and Media, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA has significant IP expertise. Highlights included acting for Inspire Multiplex Private on the registration of its trade mark portfolio, and advising Red Bull Romania on IP matters and sponsorship agreements relating to advertising and promotional campaigns. Ana Maria Andronic heads the team.
Public Private Partnership and Procurement, second tier
Biris Goran SCPA advised Wirom Gas on its tender before the Romanian Ministry of Economics and Commerce for the 49-year concession contract for natural gas distribution in southern Romania. Other clients include VAMED AG and Tecsa Meccanismi. Paula Dicu is recommended.
Corporate and M&A, third tier
Biris Goran SCPA advised Romcarbon on a €23.5m joint venture agreement with the EBRD and Global Finance investment firm. It was co-counsel alongside Salans in advising Monsson Group on the €80m sale of a wind farm to Steag. Dan Visoiu and his team are ‘very responsive’ and have ‘a can-do attitude’.
Dispute Resolution, fourth tier
Biris Goran SCPA represented RoGrup in a €15m tax case against the Romanian Customs Office and the Ministry of Finance, and acted for Monsson Alma in a RON71m contractual dispute relating to wind farms. Raluca Năstase is the key contact.