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Tax: Lawyers — Romania


Biriș Goran - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 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, providing a comprehensive service which also assists with day-to-day tax advice.

Strengths Clients praise the team's approach which is "oriented towards finding valid solutions."

Another client notes: "They provide well-researched and compelling briefs, motions and arguments for us, paying extremely close attention to detail."

Work highlights Advised Farmec on the dispute of a tax decision.

Assisted Wirom with various fiscal matters, including VAT and excise duties.

Notable practitioners

Gabriel Biriș is an experienced litigator, representing clients in VAT disputes in particular. He also regularly advises on non-contentious taxation mandates, and is described by clients as "an excellent leader."

Leading tax consultant Ruxandra Jianu acts on tax restructuring and transactional mandates. Clients appreciate her expertise and say she is "very switched on and responsive, with excellent technical knowledge." Another interviewee notes that she "has a very good understanding of our business and of the business environment in general."

About the Team (content provided by Biriș Goran)

Biriş Goran is one of the top tax practices in the country - a unique offering given that few firms are able to offer tax advice at international standards. Thus, when representing our clients, our tax group regularly cooperates on all transactions, and thus we are able to keep everything “under one roof” to ensure standard, business-oriented and cost-effective advice to achieve the client’s goals.

Our tax practice managed by experts Gabriel Biriş and Ruxandra Jianu is geared to assisting our clients in the planning and structuring of tax efficient multi-jurisdictional, cross border transactions, as well as optimally resolving tax-related controversies. We offer integrated tax services, from tax structuring and compliance to transfer pricing services and from assistance during tax inspections to tax litigation. Further, by combining both tax and legal advice enables us to offer concise and practical advice and solutions.

A forte of our practice is tax litigation, where we represent institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals against the tax authorities on litigation related to VAT reimbursements, excise and other fiscal obligations and tax audits, for EUR multi-million amounts.

Our tax practice has been ranked top in the country by Chambers Europe for the last ten years.

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bpv GRIGORESCU ŞTEFĂNICĂ - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Handles both contentious and non-contentious tax matters for domestic and international clients. Regularly advises on tax aspects of sales and acquisitions, with particular experience in real estate. Also acts on litigation, notably in cases relating to VAT. Clients include technology and manufacturing companies. Also experienced in assisting international clients with the tax aspects of their entry into the Romanian market.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's commercial awareness: "We're very happy with their business savvy, pragmatism and solutions-oriented approach."

The team also draws praise for its attentiveness: "They are very diligent and fast. Their responsiveness was excellent; even last-minute we would get answers straight away."

Work highlights Represented AIMS Properties Corp in a challenge of a VAT payment imposed by the Romanian fiscal authority.

Advised TPA Hydraulik und Spezialmontagen on a VAT dispute with the Romanian National Agency of Fiscal Administration.

Notable practitioners

Anca Grigorescu is the key contact at the firm.

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D&B David si Baias - Tax Department

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Basic facts about the Department Specialises in contentious tax matters and 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. Recently worked with clients from the banking, manufacturing and energy sectors.

Strengths Sources enthuse: "They understand our needs and respond fast."

Clients also cite the "remarkable results" the firm achieves, adding that "they are very efficient."

Work highlights Advised Marfin Leasing on a dispute with the tax authority, overturning a EUR4.2 million VAT assessment decision.

Assisted Central International CDG with a claim for the annulment of a EUR3.4 million VAT assessment.

Notable practitioners

Dan Dascălu is acclaimed as "one of the most reputable tax litigators on the market." He advises on all manner of tax disputes and represent clients in front of administrative bodies and the tax authorities, assisting with the annulment of VAT, environmental and corporate income tax.

About the Team (content provided by D&B David si Baias)

D&B David și Baias has an extensive expertise and knowledge in a broad spectrum of tax matters such as VAT, profit tax, transfer pricing, social contributions, excise duty and environmental tax issues.

D&B’s practice is best known for its integrated approach to tax and legal view, due to the fact that our tax lawyers are involved both in consultancy and dispute resolution stages of a project offering extensive legal assistance and representation before not only the tax authorities but also before the courts of law.

Our practice also combines domestic knowledge with international experience to advise foreign clients on the Romanian tax aspects of cross-border transactions. D&B x-territories approach through the membership of the PwC worldwide network of specialized tax litigation that allows us to share and exchange experience and to offer legal support even for most complex legal problems, concerning numerous jurisdictions.

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DOBRINESCU DOBREV SCA - Tax Department

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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. Also assists clients with audits.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "practical approach and efficiency in solving problems."

Another client is "impressed by the promptness and availability with which the team answered our requests."

Notable practitioners

Luisiana Dobrinescu is recognised for her work in VAT litigation and her involvement in legislative changes. Clients say that she is "very honest and forthright," adding: "We are happy with her responses. She is very knowledgeable and gives us important information on what is going on."

About the Team (content provided by DOBRINESCU DOBREV SCA)

Our tax department is mainly formed by lawyers having both legal and economic background. 
We are well known for the quality of our work, for a high rate of success in fiscal litigations and for the in-depth implication into our projects. 

Our services in tax matters begin with day-to-day tax advice, continue with assistance and representation during the fiscal inspection and complete with legal representation in front of the judicial courts (Romanian and European) in fiscal trials.

Due to our constant implication in assistance with the fiscal inspections, we are always aware of the latest practice of the authorities and their particular view on certain fiscal matters.

The members of our tax department are continuous increasing their academic knowledge, through LLM and PhD programmes, writing articles and participating at the most important tax events, both from Romania and other Member States.  
Our practice and academic background put us in best position to analyse the exposure of our clients to potential fiscal risks, and therefore may suggest optimal structures of their activity. 

Our main services include:

  • tax advice
  • legal and fiscal structuring
  • fiscal revisions, identification of fiscal risks
  • assistance while on fiscal inspection
  • fiscal litigation
  • assistance in the management of other administrative and fiscal procedures (e.g. tax incentives and tax exemptions, debt reschedulling procedures etc).

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Mușat & Asociații - Tax Department

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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. Also handles tax inspections and subsequent court appeals on decisions relating to import or environmental taxes. Frequently instructed by clients from the pharmaceutical, energy and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's attentiveness and clarity of advice: "They did a great job. They were very responsive, and their documentation was clear and detailed."

Another client describes the team as "very effective and receptive to our requests."

Work highlights Advised Amazon on options for employee tax programmes.

Represented Sermedic in challenging several tax assessment decisions imposed by the Romanian tax authorities.

Notable practitioners

The key contacts for the team are Răzvan Graure and Angela Mare.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Large practice that co-ordinates tax consultancy and dispute resolution teams to provide a comprehensive tax service. Advises clients operating in the energy, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors on tax issues relating to cross-border corporate restructurings and individual M&A transactions. Recently increased the scope of its transfer pricing offering through its partnership with TPS.

Strengths The team garners praise for its responsiveness: "They are always solution-based, very proactive and always available. They assist me even at short notice."

Another client adds that the lawyers are "prompt and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

Marius Ionescu is praised as a "very good tax consultant," and specialises in investment and transactional advisory services. Working with clients in mining, real estate and insurance, he offers advice on matters such as restructuring, transfer pricing and VAT.

Alina Timofti possesses a wealth of tax advisory experience and is focused on audits and tax structuring. She also provides international tax assistance and due diligence analysis, and works with clients in the consumer goods and real estate industries. Sources note: "She is well positioned in the market and good on consultancy."

About the Team (content provided by Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen)

The integration of tax services into a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the needs of our clients promoted us as the first law firm active in Romania to offer built-in services and placed us among a very selected group of firms to provide this much needed combination of knowledge and resources.

We continuously earn our reputation for excellence by offering a comprehensive range of tax advisory services, focusing on direct and indirect tax. In addition, our team is comprised of recognized experts in the highly specialized area of tax litigation.

Our tax professionals include experienced economists, certified tax advisors, and tax lawyers. They produce a fusion of sophisticated economic and legal expertise and practical know-how focused on the unique needs and expectations of each client.

We team up with the across NNDKP to embed our tax expertise in the comprehensive advice offered to clients.

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Radu si Asociatii - Tax Department

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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. Represents various domestic clients as well as international companies with operations in Romania.

Strengths Clients praise the team's expertise and client service: "They are very knowledgeable and proactive in our tax matters, they have good suggestions and respond quickly to questions we raise."

Work highlights Advised ENKA Construction and Development on tax disputes arising from a series of audits.

Notable practitioners

Emanuel Băncilă is a skilled litigator regularly representing clients in tax disputes. Sources praise his abilities and say he is "very good, very focused on getting results and keen on delivering client expectations." He assisted Prio Biocombustibil with litigation challenging the tax authorities' decision to impose EUR1.4 million additional liabilities.

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Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA - Tax Department

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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, and provides guidance on the tax aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions. Also advises key clients on complex contentious matters, including investigations into alleged tax evasion.

Strengths The department's technical expertise is appreciated by its clients, who say: "They always have solutions," and add that "their technical quality is the most important thing. They have a really strong understanding of tax regulations."

Clients also comment on the team's responsiveness: "They are quick and available any time."

Notable practitioners

Theodor Artenie is a well-reputed tax consultant advising on tax aspects of corporate restructurings, company listings and other transactions. His clients say: "He is clear in presenting arguments while making it simple for us to understand. His technical knowledge is excellent and he is responsive all the time as well."

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Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Full-service tax offering that is most prominent in consultancy mandates. Advises on 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. Also assists with litigation against VAT assessments and tax audits. Additionally acts on inter-company reorganisations and pricing policies.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse: "They are very innovative. I appreciate their knowledge of the fiscal market, the timely responses and flawless communication."

Another client notes the firm's strength in communicating with its clients: "They are very well prepared, and are always keeping up with every legislative and fiscal change, while also keeping me informed about them. They showed great response times and their answers are always on point."

Work highlights Advised Carrefour on the adaptation of its commercial and pricing policies following changes to Romanian retail regulations.

Assisted Green Energy Group with tax matters related to the construction and operation of a wind farm.

Notable practitioners

Alexandru Cristea is a distinguished tax consultant, assisting clients with tax structuring, transfer pricing and advice during transactions. Clients praise his responsiveness and leadership abilities: "He has great knowledge of the industry and is always available to help. Also, he shows great leadership skills and he knows how to delegate in such a way that the tax team works flawlessly."

About the Team (content provided by Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații)

As a firm, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii offer legal assistance on the full range of tax related issues raised in domestic and multi-national mergers, acquisitions, privatizations and joint ventures, international capital markets transaction, restructurings and bankruptcies, project and lease financings, real estate transactions and financings, cross-border direct investments and structured financings. Involved in major privatization projects, our lawyers successfully handled complex negotiations for government tax ruling and participated in the drafting of individual enactments implementing fiscal incentives and other specific solutions.

Also, our lawyers developed a wide and complex practice in advocating tax controversies and litigation before administrative authorities and judicial courts.

In addition, as part of the integrated practice of Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, our affiliated tax consultancy firm combines legal expertise and the experience of certified tax consultants and experienced professionals previously working in management positions with Big Four companies and the Romanian Ministry of Finance.

Scope of Practice

  • Transaction Planning
  • Operational Tax Advice
  • Efficiency Structures
  • Tax Reviews and Due-Diligence
  • Tax Authorities Audits and Dispute Resolution
  • Tax Compliance and Representations
  • Transfer Pricing

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Band 1

Biriș Goran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabriel Biriș is an experienced litigator, representing clients in VAT disputes in particular. He also regularly advises on non-contentious taxation mandates, and is described by clients as "an excellent leader."

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Band 1

D&B David si Baias

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dan Dascălu is acclaimed as "one of the most reputable tax litigators on the market." He advises on all manner of tax disputes and represent clients in front of administrative bodies and the tax authorities, assisting with the annulment of VAT, environmental and corporate income tax.

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Band 2

Luisiana Dobrinescu

DOBRINESCU DOBREV SCA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luisiana Dobrinescu is recognised for her work in VAT litigation and her involvement in legislative changes. Clients say that she is "very honest and forthright," adding: "We are happy with her responses. She is very knowledgeable and gives us important information on what is going on."

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Band 3

Emanuel Băncilă

Radu si Asociatii

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emanuel Băncilă is a skilled litigator regularly representing clients in tax disputes. Sources praise his abilities and say he is "very good, very focused on getting results and keen on delivering client expectations." He assisted Prio Biocombustibil with litigation challenging the tax authorities' decision to impose EUR1.4 million additional liabilities. 

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Band 3

Ionescu Miron

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana-Maria Miron of Ionescu Miron advises on corporate tax law, and disputes with the tax authorities. She works with local and international clients on a range of issues including VAT, implications of EU legislation and corporate income tax.

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