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Managing Partner: Charles Vernon
Senior Partner: Dana David
Partners: Diana Neagu, Maria Nica, Corina Tiganas, Sergiu Bivol, Roman Ivanov
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 23
Languages: English, Romanian, Russian, French

Firm Overview:
Vernon | David is a Bucharest-based boutique law firm specialising in complex commercial transactions, regulatory matters and compliance issues. Since 2001, Vernon | David provided high-end bespoke legal advice to a wide array of domestic and international clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies and foreign governments. The firm is known for its implication in very significant tax projects and some of the largest transactions in Romania and Moldova including in areas like steel production, energy, telecoms, mining, retail and real estate development. Its goal is to accomplish the client’s objectives in a succinct and efficient manner. Currently it has offices in Bucharest, Romania and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Main Areas of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:

Representative transactions include:
■ Assisted the local majority owners with selling their interests in Romania’s 2 nd largest hypermarket chain
■ Advised Europe’s largest telecom operator on its acquisition of Moldova’s 2 nd largest cable company
■ Acted for buy-side with the acquisition Romania’s largest brewery by one of the world’s largest beer producers
■ Assisted Swiss pharmaceutical with the acquisition of Moldova’s largest generic drug producer - the largest pharma deal in Moldovan history ■ Acting for Romania’s leading banking group, we advised on the acquisition of a leading Moldovan bank as well as on the acquisition of Moldova’s leading micro-financing institution
■ The firm advised one of the world’s leading port operators on the acquisition of Romania’s largest Ro- Ro port as well as on the post acquisition financing of the expansion of its port operations
Contact: Charles Vernon
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Labour & Employment:
Representative transactions include:
■ Acted for Romania’s largest bank on numerous labor matters including acquisitions, collective labour issues, senior management employment matters and employment litigation
■ Acted for one of Romania’s largest manufactures with its employment issues, including managing their outsourced litigation portfolio, the implementation of new internal rules and regulations, implementation and standardization of labour agreements, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and managing and overseeing several large restructuring projects
■ Assisted the Moldovan government in certain cross-ministry labour reforms, including assisting in negotiations on employment law reforms between unions and the business community; the firm also acts as specialists in drafting the new labour code of the Republic of Moldova (World Bank project)
■ Assisted one of Romania’s largest insurance companies on the collective dismissal of over 20% of the company’s employees Contact: Diana Neagu and Dana David
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Corporate & Commercial Law:
Representative clients and transactions include:
■ Acted for a global pharmaceutical company, advising on a variety of commercial and corporate agreements throughout the EMEA region, including distribution agreements, sale-purchase contracts and product handling and storage
■ Advised the world’s second largest beer producer on a variety of corporate and real estate matters, including on their distribution agreements as well as on IT/IP disputes
■ Advised a leading Spanish developer in relation to Romania’s largest car parking development (a city center construction project), including assisting with the PPP and other agreements with the Romanian State in one of the leading (and fully completed) PPP projects in Romania
■ Represented one of the world’s best known religious charities, advising on its regional reorganisation as well as acting as their on going general counsel in both Romania and Moldova
■ Advised a leading Spanish developer in relation to Romania’s largest car parking development, including assisting with the PPP and other agreements with the Romanian State in one of the leading (and fully completed) PPP projects in Romania
Contact: Maria Nica
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Compliance, Data Privacy, Fraud White Collar Crime:
Representative transactions include:
■ Advised one of the world’s largest oil companies with regard to investigating and reviewing malfeasance in regard to the company’s senior management
■ Assisted a global pharmaceutical company with its internal compliance program, including developing and implementing their internal rules for data privacy and fraud prevention
■ Acted for a world leading IT company with regard to a series of internal compliance reviews and investigations on a variety of issues and matters, including matters concerning the FCPA
■ Represented a UK insurance company with regard to multiple cases of insurance fraud, including performing an internal investigation of the case as well as representing the company in court, in one of Romania’s leading insurance fraud cases Contact: Maria Nica and Charles Vernon
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Dispute Resolution & Commercial Arbitration
Representative transactions include:
■ The firm is one of Romania’s leading labour litigation law firms and has acted for many of the leading banks and financial institutions as well as for mining and heavy industries. This work included several cases which “made law” in Romania
■ Acted for a large contractor with regard to multimillion Euro arbitration cases against the Moldovan State in one of the largest such cases in Moldovan history
■ Represented a world leading brewery in a multimillion Euro case concerning tax issues and fiscal incentives, including advising and assisting them during all stages of the dispute
■ Managed the litigation portfolio of the one Romania’s largest industrial enterprises, which included 100’s of cases from simple labour disputes to industrial accidents and wrongful deaths to multi-million Euro commercial disputes
Contact: Dana David and Sergiu Bivol
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Banking & Finance:
Representative transactions include:
■ Acted for the real estate lending division for one of Romania’s largest banks (deals valued in the 100’s of millions of Euros)
■ Assisted one of the world’s leading banks on a variety of regulatory issues, including data protection, anti-money-laundering, consumer protection and foreign currency rules
■ Advised various Swiss banks on a variety of trade finance transactions (worth 10’s of millions of Euros) against Moldova’s largest commercial group
■ Represented the largest telecommunications company in Romania on a series of financial transactions with deal values in the Euro 100’s millions
Contact: Diana Neagu
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

Real Estate:
■ Acted for Romania’s leading real estate developer with the largest inter-city construction project in Southeast Europe, including assisting on design and construction agreements, litigation issues, bid/public tender challenges and complaints
■ Advised the second largest clothing retailer in the world on all aspects of its entry into the Romanian market and local expansion plans (in all major cities of the country)
■ The firm represented one of the UK’s leading agrobusiness with its entry into the Romanian market (currently a top 5 agro-business), which included advising on all land acquisitions and regulatory matters (like APIA)
■ Assisted Romania’s largest shopping mall operator in the development, implementation and negotiation of its 100’s of commercial leases
Contact: Corina Tiganas
Tel: +40 021 311 5654

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