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  |  Gabriel Biris, Band 1  |  Ruxandra Jianu, Band 2 

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice advising on direct and indirect tax, specifically VAT, and further celebrated for its contentious tax abilities. Also involved in discussions regarding legislation amendments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is very well known on the market and has been involved in the most important transactions."

"It is a very good relationship; the lawyers are prompt and we are satisfied with the quality of their work."

What's new? Cris-Tim, Tinmar and Cramele Halewood are all recent client wins.

Work highlights Representing Wirom in a major dispute with the tax authorities, as well as other tax advisory services.

Assisting Oriflame Romania with all tax matters including a transfer pricing review.

Notable practitioners  

The eminent Gabriel Biris is a household name in the Romanian tax market. He has a well-established practice and sources describe him as "a great tax attorney who is notable and visible." 

Clients feel they can rely on tax consultant Ruxandra Jianu's technical advice. She covers all areas of tax and works with the firm's dispute resolution team on contentious cases.

Significant clients Cramele Halewood, Kika Mobilier, Lease Plan, Monsson Alma, Red Bull.

 

Real Estate, Band 2  |  Victor Constantinescu, Band 1  |  Raluca Năstase, Band 3

What the team is known for Robust team covering all legal aspects of real estate-related transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate contract negotiations. Leasing mandates form a part of the team's practice and it is experienced in commercial property management. Noted for its specialised practice in title investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We recently received a report from the team that was so detailed that we had hardly any questions. The team is friendly, commercial and gives not just legal advice, but also looks at the practical factors." 

"What the team did very well is getting the balance between delivering a service you would expect from an international firm, because it is linked to international associations, and also having that regional knowledge."

Work highlights Assisting Benevo with the relaunching and restructuring of its flagship shopping centre development, Victoria City Lifestyle Retail Center.

Assisting Raiffeisen Property International with the leasing and day-to-day matters relating to the Sky Tower project.

Notable practitioners  

One of the founding partners and department head Victor Constantinescu is a highly recognised real estate specialist. Clients appreciate his international experience and comment: "He is very sharp and shrewd, with a good business mind and very hands-on." 

Clients commend Raluca Nastase's "attention to detail and ability to handle and understand complex matters." She has experience dealing with leases, acquisitions, title investigations and construction matters.

Significant clients Aberdeen Property Investors, Cine Grand, Dinu Patriciu Global Properties, Europa Capital, First Title Insurance.

 

Competition/Antitrust, Band 3  |  Gelu Goran, Band 2  

What the team is known for Notable presence on numerous competition investigations, including cartel arrangements, price fixing and abuse of dominance. Advises clients from a wide range of sectors with many drawn from the fast-moving consumer goods sector. Offers support on compliance, pricing and merger clearance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The advice I receive is business-oriented and easy to understand." 

Work highlights Advising Procter & Gamble on a Competition Council investigation of management of electrical waste.

Assisted JTI with a Competition Council investigation of alleged price fixing in the tobacco sector.

Notable practitioners  Clients praise Gelu Goran as a "seasoned practitioner in competition matters." He recently assisted Weatherford with general antitrust compliance matters and a Competition Council investigation of alleged bid-rigging in the energy sector.

Significant clients Holcim, Nestlé, Policolor, Profi, Siemens.

 

Restructuring & Insolvency, Band 3  | Raluca Năstase, Band 3

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive support for restructuring projects and insolvency proceedings with additional tax capabilities. Typically advises on both the creditor and debtor sides on matters such as the liquidation and restructuring of large to medium-sized corporates. Strong client base in the real estate sector.

Work highlights Instructed by Plus Development SRL in its EUR25 million insolvency procedure.

Acting as the trustee on the insolvency of Mainrom Invest.

Notable practitioners Raluca Năstase is department head and the point of contact.

Significant clients Banca Comercială Română, CEC Bank, Euro Mansarda, S&D Pharma, Simber Industries.

 

IP, IT & Media Band 3  | Ana Maria Andronic, Band Up and Coming

What the team is known for A robust choice for IT, internet and media issues, and recently active in industrial property and copyright matters. Advises on the protection and defence of IP rights. Growing experience in sports law, handling IP rights for event organisers.

Work highlights Assisted Asser Institute with a research study on sports events and sports organisers' IP rights.

Assisting Cine Grand with trade mark registrations and a trade mark dispute with a well-known retail operator.

Notable practitioners Department head Ana Maria Andronic is noted for her expertise in copyright and trade mark matters related to IT, particularly internet privacy. She is described as a "very good adviser who is responsible for the growth of the firm in IP," and is praised for her client service and tailored advice.

Significant clients 3TS Capital Partners, Aukro Romania, CloudBag, Policolor, UberVU.

 

Corporate/M&A, Band 4  

What the team is known for Compact practice with a growing reputation for advising domestic start-ups, investment funds and multinationals on IT and online matters. Recent work includes joint ventures and acquisitions as well as general corporate advice. Other areas of focus include oil and gas, agriculture, retail and media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Highly experienced in the energy sector."

"The cross-border work was handled well. The team understood where we were coming from as a Western firm."

What's new? Treetops Capital and Treetops Capital Agribusiness Fund are recent client wins.

Work highlights Lead counsel advising Romcarbon on its joint venture with the EBRD and the Global Finance investment fund. 

Assisted renewable energy developer Monsson Group with the EUR80 million sale of a wind farm project to German power generation company STEAG.

Notable practitioners  Christian Mîndru is joint head of the M&A department and the point of contact.

Significant clients Publicis Groupe, Bongrain, Ringier Romania, Romcarbon, 3TS Capital Partners.   

 

 

Chambers Global rankings  

 

Restructuring & Insolvency, Band 3

Raluca Năstase is department head and the point of contact. The team provides an integrated service in restructuring projects and insolvency, with additional tax support.

Corporate/M&A, Band 4

Victor Constantinescu is a member of the New York Bar, and as well as his extensive experience in corporate/M&A matters is head of the firm's real estate practice. He is described by clients as "very good; he understands the international mindset of investors."

 

Legal500 rankings

 

Within Real estate and construction, second tier

Biris Goran’s well regarded real estate practice is recommended for its ‘utmost professionalism, expertise and delivery’. The team recently assisted Gran Via with the €4m sale of 6,500sq m of land to Lidl and continues to advise longstanding clients such as Aberdeen Property Investors and Benevo on asset management issues and acquisitions. Other clients include Ciné Grand and Europa Capital. Practice head Victor Constantinescu attracts praise for his ‘international experience and understanding of the local market’.

Within TMT, second tier

Biris Goran is recommended for its excellent network and ‘broad experience in the new media sector’. It has strong niche expertise advising start-ups, but also advises established companies on telecoms, IT and IP. ‘Experienced IP expert’ Ana Maria Andronic heads the team, which advised 3TS Capital on its investment in an internet company.

Within Corporate and M&A, third tier

Christian Mindru heads Biris Goran’s three-partner practice, which combines ‘excellent corporate advice’ with specialist tax knowledge and acts for an international client roster including Simartis, Bongrain and 3TS Capital.

Within Dispute resolution, fourth tier

Biris Goran’s team is led by the ‘smart and meticulous’ Mihai Nușcă. It advises clients such as Holcim, Nestlé Romania and Orange on administrative and commercial disputes.