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.
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
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.
"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."
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.