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Europe Guide

Tax: Lawyers — Romania

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ruxandra Jianu
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- 4 tax consultants

What the team is known for Offers high-level tax advice to large domestic and international clients. Well known for expertise in tax legislation, regularly working with the Romanian authorities on amendments to the fiscal code. Attracts praise for work on a variety of matters ranging from complex litigation to tax consultancy in support of acquisitions and restructuring mandates. Also assists with tax inspections and the review of transfer pricing policies. Serves an impressive range of clients including cosmetics companies, real estate developers and energy providers.

Strengths Interviewees report that the team is "client-oriented, available at all times of the day, responsive and knowledgeable."

"The team is big enough that they have enough capacity to handle matters in a short space of time," notes one client.

Work highlights Advised Pumac SA on the tax implications of the sale of a large land plot in Bucharest to Skanska.

Assisted Portland Trust with court proceedings to recover VAT paid on its investment in the Floreasca Park project.

Significant clients Farmec, Hidroelectrica, Wirom, Electrica Distribuție Muntenia Nord, Tinmar.

Notable practitioners  

Gabriel Biriș is widely considered an outstanding tax litigation expert. Peers describe him as "the most famous tax lawyer in Romania" and note his recent high-profile role working within the Romanian government. Interviewees also highlight his ability to give creative solutions and say that "his clients appreciate him very much because he is very courageous." 

Peers and clients alike praise Ruxandra Jianu for her skill in advisory matters relating to M&A, restructurings and real estate investments. She acts for multinational corporations on tax reviews, due diligence, inspections and disputes. Clients note her availability and say that she is an "excellent tax adviser."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anca Grigorescu
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles contentious appeals against decisions by the Romanian tax authorities relating to employee benefits, VAT deductions and individuals' national insurance contributions. Advises on tax concerns arising from acquisitions, reorganisations and outsourcings. Notably active in the IT sector.

Strengths An interviewee reports that the lawyers are "quick, reliable and I can call them whenever I want," adding: "Their knowledge of the market is very useful."

Another source appreciates the team's "deep business understanding, extensive technical knowledge and very good negotiation skills."

Work highlights Advised Otto Broker on the tax considerations of a EUR4 million investment by private equity fund TheFoundations.

Acted for Forty Management and Investments on the acquisition of land with a view to constructing residential properties. The firm advised on the potential VAT costs of pre-agreements and eventual sale agreements.

Significant clients Wienerberger, Gano Excel International, Techem, Etherlabs Srl, Lucian Sânmărtean.

Notable practitioners  

Anca Grigorescu's main area of expertise is the tax structuring of transactions. Matter highlights include advice to Dent Estet on the tax aspects of its acquisition by MedLife. Interviewees appreciate that she gives clear and practical advice. 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dan Dascălu and Anda Rojanschi
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from the superb reputations of key individuals who are highly specialised in contentious tax matters. Has proven expertise in proceedings before Romanian and EU courts to challenge adverse tax assessments. Handles cases relating to VAT, corporate income and environmental tax law. Offers tax advisory services through its strong connection to PwC.

Strengths One source says that the team's "availability stands out; I really appreciate that if I have additional questions all of the lawyers from junior to partner level are available."

Market commentators note that the firm "has a good success rate in winning tax disputes." 

Work highlights Represented Cargill Agricultură in proceedings to recover interest on the late reimbursement of VAT.

Assisted Romania Hypermarche with its appeal against the tax authority's decision not to pay EUR1.9 million in interest on the late reimbursement of VAT. The firm also handled a separate case relating to an alleged breach of environmental tax obligations.

Significant clients BCR Leasing, Nidera, Lear Corporation, Marfin Leasing, Deutsche Bahn Cargo Romania.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Dascălu is recognised among peers as a leading figure in the market. He is known both for his academic contributions to the field of tax litigation and for his active role in major cases. Sources describe him as a "very technical expert" and highlight his "knowledge and reputation." He assists with all stages of tax disputes, from pre-litigation tax inspections through to appeals and representation in contentious cases.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luisiana Dobrinescu and Ionuț Dobrinescu
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in contentious VAT and corporate tax cases, including those that involve the Romanian anti-fraud authorities. Handles tax inspections and day-to-day tax matters for key clients in areas such as real estate, IT and agriculture.

Strengths "It is easy to talk to them and they are extremely detail-oriented," notes one client, adding: "They don't leave a meeting without making sure that everything has been understood."

Sources also appreciate that the lawyers "are able to deliver each project on time and accurately. They never fail to meet deadlines."

Work highlights Represented Swoboda Hartmann Romania in its challenge to a tax assessment that demanded an additional EUR1.5 million in taxes.

Supported Romegafood in court proceedings to prevent anti-fraud authorities from seizing EUR3 million in fines.

Significant clients Tiara Holding Sal, Vivre Deco, T-Me Studios, Tawil Group, AD Auto Total.

Notable practitioners  

Sources admire Luisiana Dobrinescu's "creativity in problem solving" and that "she is so passionate in her work; she loves undertaking challenging projects." Clients also appreciate her calming style, saying: "Even when we have an important problem she will give a solution that is helpful and reassuring." Dobrinescu leads the firm's contentious VAT, tax investigations and advisory mandates.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Răzvan Graure and Angela Mare
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified tax practitioners and lawyers

What the team is known for Has broad experience spanning contentious, advisory and transactional tax issues. Advises on the tax aspects of corporate and finance mandates. Assists significant international clients with the design of compliant and tax-efficient employment structures and remuneration schemes. Also handles tax inspections and subsequent court appeals on decisions relating to import or environmental taxes. 

Strengths One client says: "They're informative, knowledgeable, respond quickly to our requests for information and take on board our guidance."

Another source highlights the department's comprehensive service, saying: "They really are a one-stop shop for legal services."

Work highlights Obtained an advance tax ruling for Sermedic. The firm also assisted with a challenge to a tax decision made by the Romanian authority.

Assisted Veolia with the implementation of its employee share plan.

Significant clients Amazon, Nokia, Enel, VINCI, SABMiller.

Notable practitioners

Răzvan Graure is main point of contact for clients.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large practice that co-ordinates tax consultancy and dispute resolution teams to provide a comprehensive tax service. Advises important clients operating in the energy, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors on tax issues relating to cross-border corporate restructurings and individual M&A transactions. Also assists with audits and tax inspections that have criminal law implications.

Strengths Sources recommend the department for its "complete approach," noting: "They deal with the legal side but also the commercial aspects."

Interviewees highlight the firm's deep bench of experienced lawyers and its "long-standing presence in the market."

Notable practitioners  

Peers note Marius Ionescu's significant experience in the structuring of investments and transactions. He also plays a prominent role in the firm's major tax investigation mandates. Sources appreciate that "he has a good understanding of the client's needs," going on to explain: "He's willing to accept that sometimes you have to push the limits and take on some risk."

Alina Timofti is well known among market commentators for her experience in tax advisory mandates. She regularly assists with VAT and international tax matters linked to corporate restructurings in addition to some litigation topics.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexandru Ambrozie and Mihaela Pohaci
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a fully integrated service covering all areas of contentious and non-contentious tax, with particular strength in substantial corporate transactions. Advises on direct and indirect tax issues in planned real estate transactions. Supports changes to corporate structures through requests for binding tax rulings. Has additional experience in income and capital gains tax aspects of changes to employee remuneration schemes. 

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's "deep knowledge of the law and regulatory environment, especially in terms of the procedures that central and local tax authorities follow."

"The lawyers are up to date both with the latest changes to Romanian and international legislation and with changes in the approach that the authorities take," note clients.

Work highlights Advised Rabo Farm on the corporate income tax and VAT implications of various operations including land acquisitions and intra-group financing.

Advised Orange France on the tax treatment in Romania of its employee share offering.

Significant clients Fondul Proprietatea, Innova Capital, Enea, IMPULS-Leasing, HOCHTIEF.

Notable practitioners  

Clients note Mihaela Pohaci's focus on direct tax matters and describe her as "experienced and creative." She leads many of the firm's regional and international transactional mandates, including advice to Ameropa Grains on its acquisition of three Romanian agri-storage and distribution businesses.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Emanuel Băncilă
- 1 partner
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Strong litigation-focused team that represents clients in investigations carried out by Romanian tax authorities and in appeals heard before national courts. Highly experienced in administrative procedures and the assessment and reimbursement of VAT. Closely linked to the EY network.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers "address the issues properly using powerful reasoning and links to previous similar situations."

Work highlights Assisted Bunge with contentious proceedings against a tax assessment that demanded an extra EUR17 million in unpaid taxes.

Defended LUKOIL in an investigation into alleged tax evasion and money laundering. The firm also assisted with the suspension of separate tax decisions demanding an extra EUR20 million in unpaid excise duties and the temporary closure of LUKOIL's Romanian oil refinery.

Significant clients Prio Biocombustibil, ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi, Baker Hughes, Schaeffler, Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari.

Notable practitioners

Emanuel Băncilă is the principal contact for the department.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Theodor Artenie and Mihaela Popescu-Ichim
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Well-rounded tax offering, with expertise covering VAT, income tax and corporate tax. Assists foreign corporates with the structuring of Romanian subsidiaries or joint ventures. Also advises key clients on complex contentious matters, including investigations into alleged tax evasion. 

Strengths "The team is made up of skilled and experienced lawyers who give us good solutions and suggestions," reports one impressed client.

"They explain in depth what is needed from us and how they will present our case in court," says another interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Theodor Artenie is the main contact for the department.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa, Alexandru Cristea and Alin Chitu
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service tax offering that is most prominent in consultancy mandates. Supports corporate, finance and insolvency teams in the structuring of major transactions and handles standalone advisory mandates that help to define the tax treatment of employee share plans or transfer pricing policies. Has played a key role in the development of new tax regulations for the online gaming sector. Also assists with litigation against VAT assessments and tax audits. Popular choice for international energy and finance companies.

Strengths "They promptly address all of our tax questions and potential issues and provide us with in-depth knowledge on the commercial aspects," says one impressed client.

"The overall experience is that we are working with a business partner rather than a mere service provider," adds another interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for ČEZ Romania on various matters including the tax structuring of its divestment strategy. The firm also advised on a potential advance pricing agreement with tax authorities in support of its group transfer pricing policy.

Advised PokerStars on compliance with tax regulations for the online gaming market.

Significant clients Carrefour, Electronic Arts, Terra Romania, GlaxoSmithKline, Axpo Holding.

Notable practitioners  

Peers note Alexandru Cristea's particular focus on VAT issues as part of his broader tax planning, international taxation and employee benefits practice. Clients say that he has "profound expertise not only in national and EU taxation but also in tax procedural aspects," noting: "He is receptive to our needs and is reliable."

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Biriș Goran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabriel Biriș is widely considered an outstanding tax litigation expert. Peers describe him as "the most famous tax lawyer in Romania" and note his recent high-profile role working within the Romanian government. Interviewees also highlight his ability to give creative solutions and say that "his clients appreciate him very much because he is very courageous." 

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D&B David si Baias

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dan Dascălu is recognised among peers as a leading figure in the market. He is known both for his academic contributions to the field of tax litigation and for his active role in major cases. Sources describe him as a "very technical expert" and highlight his "knowledge and reputation." He assists with all stages of tax disputes, from pre-litigation tax inspections through to appeals and representation in contentious cases.

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DOBRINESCU DOBREV SCA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources admire Luisiana Dobrinescu's "creativity in problem solving" and that "she is so passionate in her work; she loves undertaking challenging projects." Clients also appreciate her calming style, saying: "Even when we have an important problem she will give a solution that is helpful and reassuring." Dobrinescu leads the firm's contentious VAT, tax investigations and advisory mandates.

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Ionescu Miron

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana-Maria Miron is one of the co-founders of Ionescu Miron. Peers note her long-standing presence in the market and her experience in both tax litigation and consultancy matters.

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bpv GRIGORESCU ŞTEFĂNICĂ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anca Grigorescu's main area of expertise is the tax structuring of transactions. Matter highlights include advice to Dent Estet on the tax aspects of its acquisition by MedLife. Interviewees appreciate that she gives clear and practical advice. 

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