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 Established full-service practice that provides extensive expertise on direct and indirect tax, and is renowned for handling complex tax disputes. Highly active lately advising energy sector clients on their tax concerns.

What's new? Hidroelectrica, Doguș Group and Raiffeisen Bank are amongst several recent client wins.

Work highlights Assisted domestic energy client Wirom with profit tax, VAT, excise duties and other tax matters. Advised Nestlé on numerous complex tax litigation matters.

Notable practitioners  

Gabriel Biris remains a leading figure in Romanian tax, with almost two decades of experience in the field. His expertise spans all manner of tax issues, including onshore and offshore optimum tax structures, compliance, tax controls and litigation. His wide-ranging client list includes prominent names such as Hidroelectrica and Portland Trust.

Ruxandra Jianu offers significant expertise in local tax legislation and international tax and accountancy planning. She works closely with the firm's litigation team on contentious tax cases.

Significant clients Red Bull, Oriflame, Lease Plan, Doguș Group.

 

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

What the team is known for Wide-ranging real estate offering, with particular strength in commercial leasing, joint ventures, asset management and title investigations. Works closely with the firm's other departments to advise on transactional, tax, finance and litigation cases relating to real estate. Noted for extensive activity with international clients, and notably popular with North American investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are very friendly and easy to work with. They have good expertise and are always keen to assist."

"This is a strong player in the real estate sector, able to see the market from a wider perspective."

What's new? Liebrecht & Wood and Raiffeisen Evolution are two recent client wins.

Work highlights Assisted Benevo, and its joint venture partner Autoplast Engineering, with a high-profile real estate transaction, involving the successful auction process for the real estate assets of Aversa.

Acted on Raiffeisen Property International's Sky Tower project, assisting with all leasing and other real estate-related matters.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise prominent real estate practitioner Victor Constantinescu as a"straightforward, accurate, prompt and determined" lawyer who has a "good understanding of international clients." His extensive recent caseload included advising Adval Asset Management on various asset management issues relating to several commercial properties in Romania. Market commentators regard him as a "good communicator, who can analyse a question very quickly, and provide clear supporting information."

Raluca Nastase has strong experience in all real estate matters, including acquisitions, title investigations, industrial and office leases, and zoning. She was recently part of the team which advised Interprime Properties on its Baduc and Timpuri Noi development projects.

Significant clients Aberdeen Property Investors, Adval Asset Management, Europa Capital, First Title Insurance, Interprime Properties. 

 

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

What the team is known for Provides extensive advice on competition compliance and training, with a focus on the consumer goods sector. Experienced in assisting with cartel investigations, and in defending clients in antitrust investigations and merger control litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent level of service. This law firm can be highly recommended."

"We are very satisfied with the high level of expertise and client-oriented approach of this team."

Work highlights Advised Weatherford on the Competition Council's ongoing investigation into alleged bid-rigging arrangements. Assisted Holcim with the competition issues relating to its proposed merger with Lafarge.

Notable practitioners According to interviewees, Gelu Goran has "an impressive record in competition law, and very good experience in the area." He has focused experience of abuse of dominance matters, including advising on pricing for dominant companies, as well as cartel investigations, antitrust audits and compliance programmes.

Significant clients Nestlé, Policolor, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, UniCredit.

 

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

What the team is known for Prominent in real estate bankruptcy cases, as part of a wide-ranging, internationally focused restructuring and insolvency practice. Equally adept at contentious insolvency matters and banking-related financial reorganisation cases.

Work highlights Acted for domestic construction client Plus Development on its EUR25 million insolvency procedure.

Notable practitioners  Raluca Nastase leads this firm's restructuring and insolvency team, and is the primary point of contact for the practice.

Significant clients CEC Bank, Euro Mansarda, San Metal, Simber Industries.

 

Corporate/M&A, Band 4  

What the team is known for Wide-ranging work includes prominent activity on IT and real estate-related mandates involving a variety of domestic and international clients. Full-service approach includes detailed advice on the tax aspects of transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "Hands-on, alert and responsive, and good at cases with international elements."

What's new? Ana Fraţian was recently promoted to partner within the firm.

Work highlights Advised Canadian retail group Benevo, and its joint venture partner Autoplast Engineering, on the EUR17.3 million auction process for the assets of insolvent company Aversa.

Notable practitioners Christian Mîndru is the main contact figure for this team.

Significant clients Bongrain, Publicis Groupe, 3TS Capital Partners, Treetops Capital, Vector Watch.

 

 

Chambers Global rankings  

Restructuring/Insolvency - Romania

Broad restructuring and insolvency offering, best known for cases involving real estate clients. Raluca Nastase is the main contact partner.

Corporate/M&A - Romania

Christian Mîndru is the main contact figure for this team, which handles wide-ranging work including prominent activity on IT and real estate-related mandates, involving a variety of domestic and international clients.

 

Legal500 rankings

Within Real estate and construction, second tier

Biris Goran SPARL gives ‘speedy and thorough’ advice and has deep expertise in financial issues concerning real estate transactions. ‘Amazing’ practice head Victor Constantinescu continued to advise Aberdeen Property Investors, Liebrecht & wooD and Raiffeisen Property International on leasing matters. It also provided comprehensive assistance to Benevo concerning its Victoria City Lifestyle Center. Within TMT, Biris Goran SPARL is a third tier firm,

Within TMT, third tier

Biris Goran SPARL has specialist venture capital experience and often advises software start-ups; another focus is IP including trade mark disputes. Ana Maria Andronic is the key contact.

Within Corporate and M&A,  third tier 

Biris Goran SPARL excels at venture capital work, advising investors such as 3TS Capital Partners and start-ups such as Vector Watch. Other work included assisting Publicis Groupe with the acquisition of communication agency Zenith’s Romanian operations. Christian Mîndru and Ana Fratian are the practice co-heads.

Within Energy and natural resources, fourth tier

Biris Goran SPARL has an extensive roster of energy clients and has been advising Hidroelectrica on electricity export matters. ‘Very experienced’ of counsel Dana Dunel Stancu leads the practice.

Within Dispute resolution, fourth tier

Biris Goran SPARL’s practice head Mihai Nuscă represented Nestlé Romania in tax and IP litigation and acted for Astra Vagoane Călători in European Commission proceedings concerning a public procurement auction.

Within Banking, finance and capital markets, fourth tier

Biris Goran SPARL regularly advises borrowers on loan restructurings, particularly in the real estate sector, while recent lender-side work includes assisting Northstar Trade Finance with an equipment financing; of counsel Christian Mîndru led that matter.