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Europe Guide

Corporate/Commercial — Moldova

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Market-leading firm present on a number of key deals. Advises on corporate, banking, competition, tax, employment and IP issues. Acts for international and domestic companies on contracts, investment and divestment matters. Also boasts experience of advising on infrastructural projects.

Strengths Sources highly value the firm. "They developed into a good firm that works in the Western style. I can appreciate that and I am delighted to have such colleagues," a source says.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Steinel, Microsoft, EBRD, EIB. 

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Igor Odobescu advises on financing transactions as well as assisting with arbitration cases.

Cristina Martin focuses on regulatory issues and also acts on significant investment projects and acquisitions. Sources describe her as a "very hard-working, excellent corporate lawyer."

Carolina Parcalab specialises in competition and data protection cases as well as international arbitration mandates.

Up-and-coming individual Andrei Caciurenco assists with IP and IT matters as well as M&A.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Roger Gladei and Viorica Bejan
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected for its banking and finance expertise, the firm advises a number of banks on financing, regulatory and litigious matters. Acts for major international financial institutions on their investment projects in Moldova. Advises foreign investors on investing in the country, as well as on general corporate matters. Recently involved in both IT projects financed by international creditors and lending to SMEs.

Strengths Sources highlight Gladei & Partners' communication and work style. One client comments: "They are friendly and straightforward in interaction," adding: "They did not get lost in details and formalities." Another client says: "They are thinking commercially and are solution-driven."

A client notes that Gladei & Partners has "good and versatile knowledge of various commercial law aspects."

Work highlights Advised ProCredit Bank Moldova on a EUR10 million loan facility received from the Central European Bank to finance SMEs in Moldova. 

Assisted EBRD with providing a EUR6.2 million loan to La Triveneta CaviMoldova.

Significant clients Mobiasbanca Groupe Societe Generale, World Bank, FMO, EFSE, Kaufland.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Roger Gladei is mostly recognised for his banking and finance expertise, having previously worked as an in-house lawyer at one of the Moldovan banks. He also assists clients with general commercial matters. "He did a good job. This was not a straightforward matter, you really had to think outside the box," a client reports. "He went an extra mile," another adds.

Aelita Orhei is a senior associate who acts on some of the key corporate and commercial matters. She also acts as a mediator.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexander Turcan and Octavian Cazac
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established and the largest firm in Moldova. Advises on high-stakes M&A and financing deals. Assists local and international banks, private equity funds and foreign corporate clients investing into Moldova. Often acts as local law counsel in multi-jurisdictional transactions, working in co-operation with international law firms. Recently active in deals in the aviation industry.

Strengths Turcan Cazac is valued for their local expertise: "They know the local way of doing things and got us good results."  

Another client praises their "legal know-how and English language skills."

Work highlights Acted for CEFC China Energy on the Moldovan law aspects of its multibillion acquisition of KMG International that included providing a due diligence report on Rompetrol Moldova. 

Advised Aircraft Management on the extension of a lease agreement to Airbus A320-233 aircraft. 

Significant clients IFC, EBRD, Société Générale, GRAWE Group, Ericsson. 

Notable practitioners

Alexander Turcan is one of the most experienced lawyers in Moldova. He is actively involved in advising on new legislative initiatives and assists clients with strategic matters.

Octavian Cazac advises on financing transactions as well as corporate, M&A and banking regulatory issues. A client says: "His responses are always very clear," with another adding: "He is to-the-point, result-oriented and knows the local market and its practice." He advised Société Générale on a significant syndicated loan to Trans-Oil in Moldova.

Associate Vadim Taigorba is a new addition to the ranking. He assists key partners with significant transactions and specialises in aviation law. "He was available for our requests and easily handled a lot of documents," a client says.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vladimir Iurkovski
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises mostly foreign investors on large-scale acquisitions and divestments as well as joint ventures involving Moldova. Assists clients with competition matters and provides regulatory support. Recently, particularly active in TMT and energy. 

Strengths Clients highlight their "ability to grasp the matter at hand and come up with a solution," as well the firm's "business-oriented" attitude and "good communication."

Significant clients Vestas, Amazon, GRAWE Group, Takeda Moldova, OMV Group.

Notable practitioners  

Vladimir Iurkovski advises on transactional, regulatory and employment matters. He also acts on contentious cases. Clients value him for his "fast feedback and proactive approach."

Associate Andrian Guzun is a key member of the team heavily involved in significant local corporate and competition law matters.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Diana Neagu
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm that predominantly advises foreign investors on M&A deals and corporate matters as well as on entry to the Moldovan market. Also assists clients with banking, employment, compliance and real estate issues. Benefits from its close ties with the Romanian office.  

Strengths Clients emphasise the firm's local law expertise and dedication: "They were invaluable in providing local legal advice," adding that the firm delivered "required weekend and night work." Another client appreciates the team's attitude, saying the "results talk."

Significant clients Ferring Pharmaceuticals, The Salvation Army, KPMG, Syngenta, Peace Corps, GRAWE Group.

Notable practitioners  

Romanian-qualified Diana Neagu is the firm's key force and advises on transactions and banking matters. Clients describe her as "able to deal with a large to-do list," adding that she is "very direct, straightforward, very oriented at finding a solution."

Associate Sergiu Bivol is a key member acting on significant mandates, assisting clients with corporate and commercial matters. Clients praise him, saying that he managed to do a "monumental amount of work in a very short period of time," and add that he is "calm and hard working."

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Eminent Practitioner

Turcan Cazac

From the Chambers Europe guide

Octavian Cazac advises on financing transactions as well as corporate, M&A and banking regulatory issues. A client says: "His responses are always very clear," with another adding: "He is to-the-point, result-oriented and knows the local market and its practice." He advised Société Générale on a significant syndicated loan to Trans-Oil in Moldova.

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Band 1

Turcan Cazac

From the Chambers Europe guide

Octavian Cazac advises on financing transactions as well as corporate, M&A and banking regulatory issues. A client says: "His responses are always very clear," with another adding: "He is to-the-point, result-oriented and knows the local market and its practice." He advised Société Générale on a significant syndicated loan to Trans-Oil in Moldova.

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Band 1

Gladei & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Roger Gladei is mostly recognised for his banking and finance expertise, having previously worked as an in-house lawyer at one of the Moldovan banks. He also assists clients with general commercial matters. "He did a good job. This was not a straightforward matter, you really had to think outside the box," a client reports. "He went an extra mile," another adds.

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Band 2

Schoenherr Moldova

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Iurkovski advises on transactional, regulatory and employment matters. He also acts on contentious cases. Clients value him for his "fast feedback and proactive approach."

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Band 2

ACI Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Igor Odobescu advises on financing transactions as well as assisting with arbitration cases.

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Band 3

Law Office of Victor Burac

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor I Burac of Law Office of Victor Burac is a long-established practitioner who is a well-regarded academic, fluent in English and French.

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Band 3

ACI Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cristina Martin focuses on regulatory issues and also acts on significant investment projects and acquisitions. Sources describe her as a "very hard-working, excellent corporate lawyer."

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Band 3

Vernon | David

From the Chambers Europe guide

Romanian-qualified Diana Neagu is the firm's key force and advises on transactions and banking matters. Clients describe her as "able to deal with a large to-do list," adding that she is "very direct, straightforward, very oriented at finding a solution."

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Band 3

Gladei & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aelita Orhei is a senior associate who acts on some of the key corporate and commercial matters. She also acts as a mediator.

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Band 3

ACI Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carolina Parcalab specialises in competition and data protection cases as well as international arbitration mandates.

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Up and Coming

ACI Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming individual Andrei Caciurenco assists with IP and IT matters as well as M&A.

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Associates to watch

Vernon | David

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Sergiu Bivol is a key member acting on significant mandates, assisting clients with corporate and commercial matters. Clients praise him, saying that he managed to do a "monumental amount of work in a very short period of time," and add that he is "calm and hard working."

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Associates to watch

Schoenherr Moldova

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Andrian Guzun is a key member of the team heavily involved in significant local corporate and competition law matters.

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Associates to watch

Turcan Cazac

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Vadim Taigorba is a new addition to the ranking. He assists key partners with significant transactions and specialises in aviation law. "He was available for our requests and easily handled a lot of documents," a client says.

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