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 | Ruxandra Jianu - Band 1 | Gabriel Biris - Band 1

Basic facts about the department:
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- 4 tax consultants

What the team is known for: Offers high-level tax advice to large domestic and international clients. Well known for expertise in tax legislation, regularly working with the Romanian authorities on amendments to the fiscal code. Highly visible in a variety of matters, from day-to-day issues and complex tax litigations to specific advice relating to acquisitions and restructuring mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"A team of young, but experienced, professionals who are dynamic and client-oriented."

"The standards were high, and the lawyers pleasant and responsive. I was impressed with the speed of response."

What's new?: Recent client wins include Renergy Power Plants, Angelli and Epstein Architecture.

Work highlights: Advised Wirom on a variety of tax issues, such as profit tax, VAT and excise duties, including recently representing the client in a dispute with the tax authorities.

Assisted Doguș Group with a complex tax due diligence for the acquisition of a group of agribusiness companies.

Notable practitioners:  

Gabriel Biris comes highly recommended as a prominent player in the Romanian tax field. Sources describe him as "one of the best in the market" for a wide range of contentious, transactional and advisory matters. Lately, this included assisting Hidroelectrica with a complex tax litigation case.

Tax consultant Ruxandra Jianu is widely respected in the market and praised for her "expertise and timely responses" by impressed clients. Her broad, in-depth experience of Romanian and cross-border tax matters, including VAT recovery issues and restructuring processes. This recently included advising major cosmetics producer Farmec in a complex dispute against the Romanian tax authorities.

Significant clients: Oriflame, Lease Plan, Red Bull, Nestlé, Raiffeisen Bank. 

Real Estate - Band 2 | Victor Constantinescu - Band 1 | Raluca Nastase - Band 3

 
Basic facts about the department:
- 4 partners

- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for: Well known for representing investment funds in real estate tax structuring and asset management matters. Provides advice on compliance, permitting and other regulatory aspects of construction mandates. Assists with title investigations and commercial lease issues, as well as property investments and joint ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"The team is capable of handling complex and sensitive legal matters, and has a strong emphasis on the client's needs." 

"The firm is extremely customer focused, and the lawyers are prepared to go the extra mile."

What's new?: The shareholders of Comfert are amongst the firm's latest client wins.

Work highlights: Represented Raiffeisen Evolution in the sale of Promenada Mall.

Advised Gran Via on the purchase of a land plot for use in a residential development.

Notable practitioners: 

Sources highlight outstanding practitioner Victor Constantinescu for his "commercially-oriented approach" to high-end property cases. He is a prominent figure on complex asset and property management cases, and is known for assisting clients with joint ventures in property development matters. Lately, he assisted Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland AG in the sale of its flagship shopping centre Auchan Titan in August 2015 for EUR 86 million.

Raluca Nastase acts for clients on construction mandates, leases, zoning issues and acquisitions. Recently, this included acting for Benevo on various aspects of a construction project for a shopping centre development in Bucharest. She is also experienced in insolvency and litigation cases relating to the real estate sector. Clients were impressed with "her ability to find creative solutions to complex matters, and understand the need for fast solutions under challenging conditions."

Significant clients: Aberdeen Asset Management, Europa Capital, Liebrecht & Wood, Portico Investments, Adval Asset Management.

Competition/Antitrust - Band 3 | Gelu Goran Band 2

Basic facts about the department:
- 1 partner
- 1 of counsel
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for: Well versed in a variety of competition matters, including noteworthy expertise in merger control litigation and cartel investigations. Assists many clients with compliance programmes and is recognised for its support throughout Competition Council investigations, including during dawn raid proceedings. Stands out for knowledge of cases in the FMCG sector, as well as recent success in energy, agriculture and media-related cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"Excellent competition law knowledge, with a very good grasp of business specifics. The lawyers are available and give clear, concise and pragmatic advice."

"The lawyers are specialised in competition matters, which differentiates them a lot from other lawyers in terms of understanding, knowledge, experience and the capacity to deal with very complex issues."

What's new?: New client wins include Publicis Groupe, Profi and Viessmann.

Work highlights: Acted for Japan Tobacco International on a Competition Council investigation into alleged price fixing.

Advised Wintershall, through its Romanian affiliate Wirom, on the investigation of alleged price fixing, including assistance with the dawn raid and cartel litigation.

Notable practitioners:

Founding partner Gelu Goran draws praise from clients for being "an extremely talented lawyer, capable of understanding business implications and providing solutions within the legal framework." He is appreciated for his advice to a variety of clients across competition issues, particularly cartel investigations and compliance issues. In recent highlights, he continued to advise Ameropa Grains on a long-term cartel investigation for alleged price fixing.

Significant clients: Weatherford, Holcim, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Siemens.

Restructuring and Insolvency - Band 3 

Basic facts about the department:
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for: Experienced in assisting international clients in the banking, energy and real estate markets with insolvency, bankruptcy and financial reorganisation cases. Active on a number of mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers do the thinking for me, and are on top of all the issues, covering business as well as legal."

Work highlights: Assisted Benevo with the auction process and transaction of the bankrupt Aversa, to the value of EUR17.3 million.

Represented Plus Development in an insolvency procedure.

Notable practitioners:  

Raluca Nastase is the main contact point for clients.

Significant clients: Hidroelectrica, San Metal International, CEC Bank, Wirom Gas Romania, Alpha Bank Romania.

Corporate / M&A - Band 4

Basic facts about the department:
- 1 partner 
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for: Widely recognised for advising international clients and law firms on the Romanian aspects of cross-border mandates. Strong track record of transactions in the technology sector, and on the tax aspects of corporate matters. 

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This law firm definitely delivers, thanks to its understanding of local law and international standards." 

What's new?: Coats was added to the team's client list.

Work highlights: Assisted Atos with the Romanian elements of its acquisition of the IT outsourcing operations of Xerox, an international deal worth USD1.05 billion.

Notable practitioners:  

Christian Mindru and Ana Fratian are the primary contacts for this team.

Significant clients: Maravet, Vector Watch, Bongrain, Treetops Capital Partners.

The Legal 500 rankings:

Real Estate, First tier

Biriș Goran SPARL’s real estate practice is led by Victor Constantinescu. He advised Raiffeisen Evolution on the €148m sale of the Promenada mall to New European Property Investment (NEPI). The firm is also advising Europa Capital on three residential projects in Bucharest.

Corporate/M&A, Second Tier

Biriș Goran SPARL advised Atos on the Romanian aspects of its $1bn purchase of Xerox’s IT outsourcing business. The firm also advises on angel investments in technology start-ups, recently acting for Vector Watch, a smartwatch manufacturer, on a venture capital investment. Of counsel Christian Mîndru, who is also a member of the Quebec Bar, and Ana Fraţian lead the team. Name partner Gabriel Biris became Secretary of State for fiscal legislation.

Energy & Natural Resources, Third Tier

Biriș Goran SPARL advises major players in the energy sector on regulation, corporate matters, competition law and energy trading issues. Dana Dunel Stancu advises major hydro electricity player on its electricity export business, and represented Voith Hydro in a €350m dispute regarding a hydroelectric dam restructuring.

Dispute resolution, Fourth Tier

Biriș Goran SPARL acts in tax, commercial and employment cases. Mihai Nușcă leads the practice, which recently represented Hidroelectrica in a €70m tax dispute.