Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Roger Gladei and Vitalie Ciofu
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Well respected for its expertise in handling cases in the banking sector, and has recently been active in representing banks as creditors in debt collection matters. Also acts for a number of Moldovan corporates. Active in ADR, including mediation and out-of-court settlement. Additionally, assists with labour disputes and IP rights conflicts.
Strengths Sources note the team's flexibility and adaptability, with one source describing it as "a strong and efficient team," adding that advice is based on a "perfect combination of experience and innovation." Another source says the team is "very resourceful yet highly loyal."
Work highlights Represented Victor Turcanu, the chairman of the board of directors of a local bank, in a large-scale dispute over alleged reputational issues with another Moldovan bank.
Successfully defended SADE, which was taken to court by a third party in relation to a contract breach on the part of its subcontractor.
Significant clients BCR Chișinău, ProCredit Bank, MobiasBanca, Credit Rapid, CTI-Capital.
Vitalie Ciofu is the firm's key litigation partner and a "market veteran" who has recently predominantly defended creditors in bankruptcy cases. Sources say his "results speak for themselves. He is modest but tremendously effective." Another source adds that he is "an opponent to be afraid of."
Managing partner Roger Gladei is recommended by clients for his commercial approach. Clients say: "Roger Gladei is terrific, both in court and in negotiations." He is best known for advising banks, including in contentious matters.
Associate to watch Viorica Bejan enters the rankings as a result of positive market feedback and appearance on the firm's significant cases. "She is a real discovery for us, finding the best arguments and building the winning argumentation."