Co-Managing Partners: Gabriel Biriş, Gelu Goran
Number of partners: 7 Number of lawyers: 45
Languages: English, French and Romanian
Biriş Goran is a Romanian law firm of approximately 45 lawyers and tax consultants. With one partner licensed to practice in the US and most of the senior associates educated, trained or licensed in various European countries, the firm offers business advice to Western standards to its wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, investment funds and local high-net-worth entrepreneurs. The firm focuses primarily on transactional work, including tax, corporate/M&A, real estate, competition, litigation, labour, energy, GDPR, intellectual property, as well as insolvency and public acquisitions. The firm is also widely recognised as having the top tax practice in Romania.
Main Areas of Practice:
Energy & Natural Resources
IP, ITC, Privacy & Data Protection
Finance & Restructuring
The firm’s real estate practice group represents clients in all aspects of real estate investments, from sales or purchases of shopping centres, hotels, office buildings, hypermarkets and raw land, commercial and hotel leasing, retail or warehouse roll-out programmes, to joint ventures as well as the representation of lenders and developers in all types of lending and re-financing arrangements. The firm has strong expertise in advising on real estate financing and taxation and tax efficient investment structures, providing a cutting edge ‘one-stop shop’ for real estate investments in Romania, as it continues to advise on ‘headline’ transactions in the country. This group is lead by Raluca Nātase and Daniela Lazea who are regarded as some of the leading Romanian real estate attorneys.
Contacts: Raluca Nātase, Daniela Lazea
The firm’s antitrust/competition practice is lead by Gelu Goran and Dan Jalbă, who both have over 20 years of experience in competition matters, including regulatory authority experience as former attorneys with the Romanian Competition Council. Among others, the firm offers merger control assistance, and regularly advises clients on price fixing and collusion investigations, as well as exclusive dealing arrangements and antitrust compliance and audits. LafargeHolcim, JT International, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and UniCredit Bank are among the most important companies advised by the firm.
Contact: Gelu Goran
The firm’s tax team has extensive experience in tax planning, structuring cross border transactions and tax disputes. In addition, the tax group advises on the full range of tax matters from profit tax, VAT, excise duties, transfer pricing, to local taxes, withholding taxes and individual taxes. The firm’s services also include assistance during tax audits and tax disputes. A forte of the firm’s practice is tax litigation, where they currently represent institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals against the tax authorities on litigation related to VAT reimbursements, excise and other fiscal obligations and tax audits, for EUR multi-million amounts. As particular detail to support the “innovative” attribute of the firm’s litigation practice, in some administrative and tax disputes their arguments found successful in court determined the Romanian state to amend the legislation in the energy and tax sectors. Biriş Goran regularly advises a wide range of companies, from emerging to mid-size to multinationals across a variety of industry sectors, including fast moving consumer goods, banking and finance, private equity funds, retail, pharmaceuticals, energy or construction materials.
Contacts: Gabriel Biriş, Ruxandra Jianu
Attorneys comprising the firm’s corporate/M&A practice group have been involved in privatisation/M&A transactions in the Central and East European area and Romania since 1997. They have advised well-known multinational and local clients active in industries ranging from fast moving consumer goods, construction and real estate development, manufacturing and financial services, to banking, media, internet and defence industry investors.
Contact: Gabriel Biriş
Litigation & Insolvency:
The firm provides its clients with comprehensive advice at every stage of a controversy; whether it is proactive problem avoidance, effective negotiation and settlement, or vigorous advocacy both in court and before governmental agencies and tribunals. Tax litigation is a particular specialty of the firm, and the tax practice’s deep knowledge of litigation and the practice of the authorities leads to unparalled service. The firm also has an active insolvency practice licensed with the Romanian National Union of Insolvency Practitioners, advising both insolvent companies and creditors on all stages of workout, insolvency and bankruptcy procedure.
Contact: Mihai Nuşcă (Litigation), Raluca Nastase (Insolvency)
Energy & Natural Resources:
Biriş Goran lawyers are well aware of the specificity of the electricity market in Romania and the European Union and the firm’s team is able to provide an integrated approach to its clients acting in the industry, covering issues regarding taxation, competition, corporate and the organization and functioning of the companies, as well as real estate, litigation and labor related matters. Dana Dunel-Stancu heads the firm’s energy practice. A noted expert in the Romanian market for her energy and oil and gas expertise, Dana has been practicing exclusively in energy field since 2002 and has a thorough and proven command of the regulatory and practical commercial opportunities and constraints in the field.
Contact: Dana Dunel-Stancu
Aberdeen Property Investors, AdamAmerica, Adval Asset Management, Ameropa Grains, Atalian, Aversa Manufacturing, Banca Comerciala Romana, Baum, Benevo Group, Chimopar, Comfert, CTP, Curitiba, Dacris, Danske Commodities, Dedeman, Delaco, Donalam (AFV Beltrame Group), ECC Romania, Electrica Muntenia Nord S.A., Energy Quote, Europa Capital, Farmec, Fildas/Catena Group, First Title Insurance, General Turbo, Global Vision, Gran Via, Groupe Bongrain, Grup Servicii Petroliere, member of UPETROM Group, Hatch Ltd., Hagag Development Europe, HootSuite, Hoshem Holdings, Honda Trading Europe, Immofinanz, Impuls Leasing, JP Coats, JT International, Kika, Lease Plan, Liebrecht&Wood, Maravet, MHS Trucks, Nestle, One United Properties, Orange Romania, Oriflame Romania, OTP Bank, Pinebridge investments, Policolor, Portico Investments, Procter&Gamble, Publicis Groupe, Raiffeisen Property International, Romaqua Group, Rossmann Romania, RedBull, Remat Holding, Romcarbon, RWE Energie, Siemens, Strabag, Soravia Real Estate Development GmbH, Tiger Global Management, Tinmar, Unicredit Bank, Unicredit Leasing Corporation, Universal Property, Vastint, Viessmann Romania, Voxpro Ltd., Wirom, member of Gazprom, Weatherford, Wintershall, Zeus International