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 Biriș - Band 1 | Ruxandra Jianu - Band 1

What the team is known for: Offers high-level tax advice to large domestic and international clients. Acts on a variety of matters ranging from litigation to tax consultancy in support of acquisitions and restructuring mandates. Also assists with tax inspections and the review of transfer pricing policies as well as with advice during cross-border mergers. Serves an impressive range of clients including cosmetics and healthcare companies, real estate developers and energy providers, providing a comprehensive service which also assists with day-to-day tax advice.

Strengths: Sources highlight the "very motivated, solution-oriented and highly cohesive team."  Another client adds: "They are able to handle the most sensitive issues in an efficient and consistent manner."

Work highlights: Represented Banca Comerciala Romana in a tax dispute following a significant tax audit.

Notable practitioners: Gabriel Biriș is a distinguished tax practitioner who often represents clients in tax disputes. He also advises on VAT and transfer pricing. Clients describe Biriș as being "very knowledgeable, innovative and solution-oriented," and additionally highlight his "poised and determined" delivery. 

The "proactive" Ruxandra Jianu advises domestic and international clients on transactional matters with a particular focus on tax restructuring and VAT issues. Sources appreciate that "she is extremely well prepared, solution-oriented, creative and charismatic."

 

Competition / Antitrust - Band 3 | Gelu Goran - Band 3 | Răzvan Bardicea - associate to watch

What the team is known for: Acts for clients involved in Competition Council investigations into anti-competitive practices. Additionally acts on follow-on damages claims, often in co-operation with international law firms. Also handles competition compliance mandates for domestic and international clients.

Strengths: Clients highlight the client care the firm provides. One cites "the speed of service and promptness of the lawyers' response to our needs. "Another interviewee confirms, explaining: "This is a complex area of law so we need support, the physical presence of key lawyers and practical advice, all of which they provide."

Work highlights: Advised Aon on a Competition Council investigation into alleged bid rigging and price fixing in the aviation insurance market.

Notable practitioners: Gelu Goran is recognised for his handling of behavioural investigations. "He has a lot of experience with the Competition Council and handles cases very calmly," confirms one client. Sources also appreciate his business acumen, explaining: "His knowledge of our business allows him to concentrate on giving hands-on and practical advice." 

Răzvan Bardicea plays a supporting role in diverse matters ranging from behavioural investigations through to competition litigation and compliance mandates. Clients highlight his negotiation skills and note that he "has a sharp mind and a deep business and legal understanding." 

 

Real Estate - Band 3 | Raluca Năstase - Band 4

What the team is known for: Advises on buy and sell-side property transactions with experience in domestic and cross-border deals. Assists international developers and investors on Romanian projects. Also provides advice on permits and other regulatory aspects of construction mandates. Additionally acts on mandates involving title investigations and commercial lease issue.

Strengths: A client praises the team for being "very dedicated and well connected in the industry."  One source notes: "I can rely on their co-operation at any time."

Work highlights: Assisted Philippe Jacobs and Ibitol Group with the sale of the Coresi Business Park to Immochan.

Notable practitioners: Raluca Nastase advises on development projects, acting on contractual, regulatory and financing aspects. She also assists clients with transactions involving real estate assets. A client highlights her "leadership, creativity and knowledge."

 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Band 4

What the team is known for: Assists international clients from the banking, energy and real estate sectors. Regularly handles financial reorganisations, litigation and liquidation proceedings. Often acts as a trustee for insolvent companies.

Work highlights: Assisted ECOPIM with its corporate restructuring to avoid bankruptcy.

Notable practitionersRaluca Năstase heads the department and is a good point of contact.

 

Dispute Resolution - Recognized Practitioner

Notable practitioners: Raluca Năstase heads the department and is a good point of contact.

 

Legal500 Rankings

 

Real estate and construction - Tier 2

Biriș Goran SPARL hosts a 'very professional team', praised for its 'experience in the field of real estate and construction'. Raluca Năstase heads the practice with  Daniela Lazea, who recently assisted One United Properties with its €16.8 m acquisition of the North Gate office complex in Bucharest. Sorin Aungurenci is an 'impressive', 'polite and efficient' professional. 

 

EU and competition - Tier 2

Biriș Goran SPARL is experienced with handling cartel matters, leniency cases, compliance work and antitrust litigation, acting for a client base which includes UniCredit Bank, Siemens and Nestle. Practice head Gelu Goran is acting for Aon UK and affiliate, Aon Romania, in a Competition Council investigation into alleged bid-rigging and price fixing in the aviation insurance market. 

 

Tax - Tier 2

Noted for its 'ability to understand the nature of the business it is analysing', Biriș Goran SPARL's team handles the full spectrum of tax work with particular expertise in tax litigation. Gabriel Biriș heads the practice with Ruxandra Jianu, and acted for Banca Comercială Română in its large tax audit relating to financial transactions. On the transaction front, the team advised ECC Romania on the tax aspects of its cross-border merger with Fire Corporation. Alina Andrei and tax manager Ioana Cârtițe 'are both very good profesionnals'.

 

Commercial, corporate and M&A - Tier 4

Real estate-driven transactions are a core strength for Biriș Goran SPARL with the team acting for clients such as One United Properties and LeasePlan Romania. Recent highlights include acting for Coresi Business Park in the sale of its flagship office centre to real estate company Immochan. The practice acts for both domestic and overseas clients and regularly adivises Greece-based Zeus International on its operations in Romania. Ana Frațian and Christian Mîndru jointly lead the group.

 

Dispute resolution - Tier 4 

Biriș Goran SPARL has a focus on tax litigation but also handles administrative and antitrust matters. Practice head Mihai Nușcă represented Banca Comercială Română in a high-profile audit of its financial transactions, including drafting the tax appeal against the decision of the Romanian tax authorities and acting on the mutual agreement procedure. Industries of expertise include telecoms, energy, transport, oil and gas, gambling and real estate.

 

Restructuring and Insolvency - Tier 3

At Biriș Goran SPARL, practice head Raluca Năstase is acting for Global Vision on its acquisition via public auction of 93 ha of land from three companies in insolvency. Her team is particularly experienced in restructuring options analysis and is active in the construction and real estate, telecoms, energy and transport sectors.