Gheorghe BUTA

A prominent figure of the current legal environment, with over 40 years of experience, both as a magistrate and as an attorney-at-law, Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Buta is specialized in handling disputes and national and international commercial arbitrations, area of practice that he will mainly coordinate within the law firm.

Dr. Gheorghe Buta is one of the most famous attorney-at-law in Romania who, over the years, has assisted the most important local and international players, from a diverse sectors of activity, in the most well-known and complex litigations and arbitrations from Romania, with a special emphasis on commercial, civil and administrative disputes, insolvency and enforcement procedures, public acquisitions claims, debt recovery, large-scale tax litigations initiated against the control authorities in respect of VAT matter, income tax and other taxes, European or Union judicial procedures for regulating or establishing good practices in national law, etc., to list only a few of his areas of expertise.

During his career, as a magistrate, Dr. Buta held first the position of prosecutor, then that of judge, at all levels of jurisdiction, including as a judge at the High Court of Cassation and Justice. He was the President of the Bistrita-Nasaud Tribunal, of the Cluj Court of Appeal, and in the last period of his career as a magistrate he held the position of President of the Commercial Division of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

Prof. Dr. Buta is also an arbitrator at the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and the International Arbitration Courts in Vienna and Paris. Twice a member of the Superior Council of Magistracy, in 2007 he was nominated by the Romanian Government as a candidate of the Romanian State for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr. Buta is a Scientific Researcher I (university professor) at the Institute for Legal Research of the Romanian Academy and the author/co-author of numerous reference books in civil, commercial, and civil procedure matters, as well as over 100 studies, articles and comments published in renowned specialized journals. He is a full member of the Romanian Academy of Legal Sciences and the President of the Law Enforcement Section and the Vice-President of the Romanian Legal Practitioners Union.

“Gheorghe Buta is one of the most well-known and respected experts in commercial, civil and criminal disputes in Romania. An exceptional lawyer with experience, dedicated to the profession.” [Source: Legal 500 EMEA, 2020]

Gheorghe Buta is a highly regarded dispute resolution practitioner, who has „an extraordinary capacity for analysis, as well as a true understanding of how Romanian courts and judges can interpret the law, based on his extensive judicial career.” [Source: Chambers Europe, 2015]

The “exceptional” Gheorghe Buta [Source: Legal 500, 2014] is a “terrific lawyer with extensive technical knowledge”, according to clients. [Source: Chambers Global, 2014] being praised by clients for “always paying attention to sensitive issues”. [Source: Chambers Global, 2013]

Iuliana BIDALACHE

Iuliana BIDALACHE is a lawyer and insolvency practitioner who over the almost 15 years has assisted and represented numerous companies during all stages of reorganization and insolvency, including judicial and voluntary reorganization, pre-insolvency procedures, bankruptcy and liquidation, asset recovery and / or negotiations with debtors and creditors, but also the valuation of the legal feasibility of the reorganization plans, the analysis of the transfers and contracts concluded before the opening of the insolvency proceedings, as well as of the claims related to the termination of the fraudulent acts and the commitment of the liability for the debtor’s insolvency state.

Iuliana manages complex litigation cases in the insolvency field, including debt recovery, foreclosure procedures, commercial and civil litigation and disputes, assignments entrusted by clients in a wide range of sectors, such as energy, pharmaceutical industry, FMCG or the financial field. She is recognized by the prestigious Legal 500 EMEA legal director as next generation partner in restructuring and insolvency, in the last 5 consecutive years.

Anca SIMERIA

Anca SIMERIA has over 10 years of experience, being involved, over the years, in numerous M&A mandates, assisting clients in a wide range of corporate, commercial and employment law matters, being part of teams managing complex financial transactions, mergers and division procedures, transfers of business and assets, followed by restructuring and reorganization of companies from employment perspective, in areas such as insurance, real estate, energy and natural resources, medical and pharmaceutical services, IT&C.

In addition, her legal assistance included advising large multinational companies, private equity funds, key local and international players operating on various markets in Romania, during the legal procedures related to regulation and authorizations, the restructuring of the property portfolio, as well as real estate guarantees, being involved in all stages of transactions, from due diligence to post-closure operations.

Aurelia Loredana POPESCU

Loredana focuses on commercial, civil and administrative matters, including capital markets and share capital issues, shareholder disputes, but also real estate litigation including claims on restitution of nationalized properties and expropriation, incidents related to enforcement procedures.

Having a thorough and solid knowledge of the Romanian civil and commercial law, Loredana regularly advises European companies in agreements negotiation and important business transfers, regularly representing a substantial number of domestic or international corporations and individuals in negotiations related to the prevention or to the termination of disputes. She is also involved in civil lawsuits, advising major domestic and international corporations on various legal issues.

Loredana received Top Lawyer Award in Real Estate and Top Lawyer Award in PPP and Public Procurement at the Top Lawyers Gala, 2020 edition.

“Loredana is one of the best lawyers that I know in PPP and litigation derived from this matter. She understands very well the nature of work, very efficient and pragmatic in the pursuit of solutions.” (Benchmark Litigation). „Her particular skill is the correct understanding of our needs and the potential effects of the legal matters. Fantastic practitioner with a supernatural knowledge of the Romanian law.” (IFLR 1000)

Adrian CHIRVASE

Adrian is focusing his activity on corporate compliance, regulatory, surveillance and corporate investigation, by meanings of establishing a preventive approach aiming the earliest identification of the legal risks with criminal relevance in the companies economic and commercial activity. He has significant experience in criminal business law and tax fraud, representing numerous companies in various criminal proceedings or businessmen in various fields such as IT and telecommunications, banking, pharmaceutical, real estate, construction, energy and public utilities.

Adrian provides specialized assistance both in front of the prosecution bodies and of the relevant courts in Romania, achieving remarkable results in high importance projects that include economic crimes, tax evasion and money laundering, cybercrime and corruption cases, as well as legal assistance to companies who are subject to criminal or administrative investigations.

Adrian received Top Lawyer Award in White-Collar Crime, at the Top Lawyers Gala, 2019 and 2020 editions.

“Partner Adrian Chirvase is a thoughtful, intelligent lawyer who also has an extremely good manner with clients. He can decrease the pressure in the room, and his depth of knowledge about our business and his overall experience handling complex white-collar crime matters is impressive.” (Legal 500 EMEA). Adrian Chirvase is an „extremely talented lawyer, very careful with details and, most importantly, always tremendous when it comes to fast advice”. (IFLR 1000)

Dana BIVOL

Dana is a well regarded lawyer with over 10 years of experience, focusing on commercial and administrative litigation. Her practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation, usually involving corporate and commercial law and shareholder disputes, administrative, employment, taxation, financial/banking, pharma, as well as enforcement procedures.

As part of her experience as a pleading lawyer, Dana has successfully represented clients in complex cases, involving contractual or tort liabilities, corporate law, or in cases on the annulment of certain documents issued by administrative authorities, fiscal or custom authorities. Furthermore, she provides legal assistance in insolvency and forced execution procedures, being unanimously praised by the clients for her proven promptitude and efficiency in handling sensitive files.

Dana is member of the Romanian Insolvency Practitioners Association.

”Her impressive responsiveness and relentless pursuit of our goals make the core of Popescu & Asociatii’s an impossible-to-beat proposition on the Romanian market. Her particular skill is the correct understanding of our needs and the potential effects of the legal matters. Fantastic practitioner with a supernatural knowledge of the Romanian law.” (IFLR 1000). “Dana Bivol is very experienced with a lens on details, she gets the job done every time. What I really like the most about her is the logically strong and creative arguments that she brings to complex issues by studying the case and the opposing party’s arguments deeply, understanding the facts and providing convincing evidence.” (Benchmark Litigation)

Octavian POPESCU

Octavian is one of the most experienced lawyers in Romania, with proven track record and confirmed reputation, both by partners, clients and peers. During almost two decades decades, he handled contentious matters, representing governmental and non-governmental institutions and multinational corporate clients in disputes before the Romanian courts, including the High Court of Justice. He specializes in commercial, corporate, administrative litigation and has developed a particular knowledge in insolvency, foreclosure writs and procedures, as well as bankruptcy matters.

Octavian is also notable for his practice in the field of white-collar crime and financial fraud, being regarded as one of the leading Romanian lawyers with an extensive experience in this area. He is reputed and acknowledged for his comprehensive approach to difficult cases, involving corruption, corporate fraud, as well as economic espionage and provides expert assistance during prosecuting investigations, as well as, in front of the relevant Romanian criminal courts.

Octavian is also Vice-president of the Bucharest Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has been awarded as Lawyer of the Year in Romania by prestigious legal directory Benchmark Litigation, the highest distinction that a Romanian lawyer can receive, at the Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards, being recognized as Leading Individual by Legal 500 EMEA and ranked continuously, since 2011, in Chambers and Partners, Europe edition.

Clients recommend him for experience in the field, an exhaustive approach to files and legal issues, but also for the availability and legal solutions it proposes in some of the most difficult and sensitive mandates.

“Octavian Popescu enjoys a stellar reputation in Romania. He is one of the finest tacticians and strategists in the country and beyond, a tremendous lawyer and client advocate”. (Legal 500 EMEA). One client appreciates that he “thinks of solutions in advance to prevent any problems that may arise” and “knows perfectly all the details of the file.” (Chambers Europe).