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 mergers 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 financial institutions, real estate developers and energy providers, offering a comprehensive service. Also assists with day-to-day tax advice. Frequently advises on VAT reimbursements and excise duties.

Strengths: "We were impressed by the work of the team in general, the seriousness, the promptitude, the proactive attitude and of course the quality of the delivered services,"  enthuses a client. Another client comments on the lawyers' performance, saying: "They manage to provide creative and innovative solutions in such a stictly regulated field," and further praising the lawyers for their "unparalleled understanding of the business, the law and tax environment in Romania and their ability to successfully deal with the tax authorities."

Work highlights: Acted as a legal adviser to Farmec on a dispute with the Romanian authorities, concerning the annulment of a tax decision.

Notable practitioners: Gabriel Biriș is a well-reputed market figure who is highlighted by clients for representing them against the tax authorities in court trials. Regularly advises on complex tax disputes, concerning transfer pricing and income tax matters. He has considerable experience representingboth domestic and international clients in contentious tax matters. 

The "tax expert" Ruxandra Jianu wins praise for being "very knowledgeable, projecting security to the person sitting opposite to her and giving you direct answers so you feel like you are in secure hands." Her expertise covers the full scope of tax and financial-related mandates including appeals against authorities, income tax and transfer pricing issues.

 

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. Represents multinational banks, financial services providers and advertisers in disputes against local and European authorities, often challenging Council decisions and seeking damages. Noted for its activity in cross-border merger control proceedings. Also handles competition compliance mandates for domestic and international clients.

Strengths: Clients report that the firm's lawyers"understand the business and are very prompt and flexible," and also highlight the team's"extensive experience in antitrust aspects."

Another affirms: "The lawyers understand our business and are able to integrate that into their advice."

Work highlights: Represented Publicis Groupe in litigation against the Romanian Competition Council regarding an alleged failure to seek merger control clearance from the authority.

Notable practitioners: Clients praise Gelu Goran's"extensive experience," lauding hin for being "always very prompt, flexible and reliable.He is often involved in cross-border competition mandates in collaboration with international law firms.

Răzvan Bardicea is experienced in handling price fixing investigations, as well as competition-related disputes. Clients laud his"solid knowledge of competition law, communication skills, open-mindedness and focus on solutions." 

 

Real Estate - Band 3 | Raluca Năstase - Band 4

What the team is known for: Advises on the buy and sell-side of property transactions with substantial experience in the retail, logistics and manufacturing sectors. Assists international developers and investors with Romanian projects. Advises on permits and other regulatory aspects of construction mandates, with additional experience in litigious files relating to construction projects.

Strengths: "The lawyers respond very quickly,"  sais one client, adding: "They know the legislation and have experience from previous cases, which means they can resolve problems."

"The lawyers have a global vision and don't need long explanations," states another source, going on to say: "They help deals to conclude easily." 

Work highlights: Advised One United Properties on the aquisition of land in Bucharest from Telekom.

Notable practitioners: Sources praise Raluca Nastase's skill in"coordinating her team in order to satisfy client's needs," noting: "She is good at resource allocation." She heads the firm's real estate team and assists with a full range of matters. She has experience in the aquisition of real estate assets from insolvent sellers. 

 

Dispute Resolution - Recognized Practitioner

 

Legal500 Rankings

 

Real estate and construction - Tier 2

Biriș Goran SPARL provides a comprehensive service, and is a popular choice for international and domestic investors and developers. Recently, the firm has advised on several significant developments in the manufacturing and industrial space, both for funds and corporates. Raluca Năstase and  Daniela Lazea jointly lead the team. Sorin Aungurenci is noted for his strong expertise in zoning and related regulatory issues.

Testimonials:

"Great team with well prepared people. One of the best teams that I've worked with."

"Young, realiable, fast to answer, and well prepared."

 

EU and competition - Tier 2

Biriș Goran SPARL's team has "a very pro-business approach". It is popular with multinational clients and is also regularly referred work by major international law firms. The practice has considerable expertise in the financial services and the consumer goods sectors, and has a strong pedigree for cartel cases. Gelu Goran leads the highly experienced team, which has strong depth and experience, with Radu Jianu and Dan Jalbă among those attracting praise. 

Testimonials:

"In terms of competition, they are able to understand in a holistic manner the internal processes and they are able to set up the client's strategy with minimum involvement of the client's resources."

"They have a very pro-business approach, reacting quickly, with a thorough legal analysis behind. The lawyers understand our business and are able to integrate these into their advice."

"Gelu Goran is a lawyer with the business understanding of a good CEO. As a client, I am happy when I know that Gelu is involved in a competition matter, as I know he has a clear understanding of the business and has the necessary skills to set up the best strategy."

"Dan Jalbă has an outstanding power to filter the noise from the business information and flows such as to pin point the competition risks."

"Radu Jianu has a fantastic power to filter huge amounts of information and come up with the most appropriate legal competition judgement."

 

Tax - Tier 1

Biriș Goran SPARL has achieved huge success for its clients in major tax disputes with the authorities. Gabriel Biriș has considerable experience handling tax-related contentious matters and was previously Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Finance in charge of tax legislation. Ruxandra Jianu is also noted on the advisory side, which is undertaken through the firm's consultancy arm, Biriș Goran Consulting.

Leading Individuals:

Gabriel Biriș - Biriș Goran SPARL

 

Commercial, corporate and M&A - Tier 4

Biriș Goran SPARL has an experienced M&A team that acts for a domestic and international client base. Corporate real estate drives a large part of group's work, which also stands out for its tax structuring expertise. Teodora Moțatu and Ana Frațian jointly lead the team.

 

Dispute resolution - Tier 4 

Biriș Goran SPARL is best known for its tax litigation expertise but also has strong experience of other forms of administrative disputes, including antitrust matters. Mihai Nușcă leads the team, which also includes founding partner Gabriel Biriș.

Testimonials:

"The firm offers high knowledge, high practical experience, prompt answers, easy understanding of the topics, very good communication, and fast access to all members of the team."

"Good understanding of complex cases and excellent communication."

 

Restructuring and Insolvency - Tier 3

Biriș Goran SPARL's team has considerable experience in major restructurings. The firm represents debtors and creditors and has been involved in several high-profile insolvencies in the real estate market. Practice head Raluca Năstase is a licensed insolvency practitioner.