Laura Estrade

PARTNER

Laura is Partner and founder of Botezatu & Asociatii | TheCounsel, established in 2016 in Bucharest, Romania.
Laura’s expertise encompasses sophisticated M&A transactions in various sectors, as well as business transfers, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
She also has in-depth knowledge in the Energy, Litigation, Regulatory, Employment, having managed complex projects in these areas. She constantly achieves high performances in her practice areas, having as background numerous high-level experiences, which helped her build a strong and thorough understanding of the clients’ needs and processes involved.
Laura is a member of the Bucharest and Paris Bar Associations.

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
French

Mobile: 00 40 745 625 882
Direct Line: 00 40 21 796 37 35
E-mail: laura.estrade@thecounsel.ro

Mihaela Posirca

COUNSEL

Mihaela is Counsel in our Real Estate practice. She is a highly skilled lawyer with special focus on and impressive track record in the retail sector built over the last 15 years working for lead clients in the real estate sector. Mihaela is also recognized as lead advisor in relation to the development of logistic parks, in the area of forestry and agriculture, as well as in relation to the development of residential projects.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws
University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne – Maitrise, European Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
French

Alexandra Ovedenie

OF COUNSEL

Alexandra has more than 19 years of experience in banking and finance, with a focus on financial instruments and services and capital markets related aspects. She worked in the legal departments of the Romanian subsidiaries of 3 major banks, and also in the banking practices of the Romanian correspondent firms of 3 top international law firms. Her unique experience in serving both internal clients – from the position of in-house counsel, and external clients – as independent lawyer, enables her to understand complex client needs, work cross-divisionally and assist with both regulatory and transactional projects in the banking and financial services field.

EDUCATION

Member of Ilfov Bar
University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
German
French

Andrei Muresan

MANAGING ASSOCIATE

Andrei is Managing Associate in our Corporate M&A and Employment practices. He has been involved in high profile M&A transactions and advised clients on a broad range of restructurings and acquisitions. Andrei also focuses on Employment related matters such as individual and collective labor relations, dismissals, settlement of employment disputes, transfer of undertakings as well as employment law compliance.

EDUCATION

“Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca - Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest – LL.M. in Private Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Maxim Dogoter

MANAGING ASSOCIATE

Maxim is Managing Associate in our Litigation & Arbitration practice. He specializes in commercial, civil, insolvency and labor law disputes. Maxim has a broad expertise in advising on public tenders related disputes providing legal assistance in relation to submitting and defending cases in front of the National Council for Solving Complaints. He also advises on intellectual property disputes, providing legal assistance in relation to registration of trademarks, drafting of oppositions, trademark annulment and other similar procedures.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest – Master’s Degree in Business Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
Russian

Andrei Croitoru

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Andrei is Senior Associate in our White Collar Crime department and has advised corporations and top management individuals in matters related to organized crime, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, corruption and work-related crimes (including industrial and workplace accidents). He regularly assists corporations in the implementation of compliance programs and in preparing response plans to safeguard the management against allegations of complicity and prevent triggering the criminal liability of companies.

Andrei is a member of:

European Criminal Bar Association
European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association for Preventing and Combating Fraud

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest – Master of Laws, LL.M. in Criminal Science

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Cristian Radu

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Cristian is Senior Associate in our Litigation and Arbitration practice, with an impressive track record gained in an international environment assisting large multinational companies and investors to resolve disputes through litigation, arbitration or mediation . He has advised on a broad range of litigation related matters, including supply and distribution of power and natural gas against the regulatory authority, crisis management, white collar crime, fraud investigations, regulatory compliance, regulatory investigation and regulatory challenges, restructuring and insolvency, civil and commercial litigation and arbitration.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

PUBLICATIONS

“Review request. Correlations between GEO no. 80/2013 regarding stamp duties and the Civil Procedure Code”, July 2013
(https://www.juridice.ro/269514/cererea-de-reexaminare-corelatii-intre-oug-nr-802013-privind-taxele-judiciare-de-timbru-si-ncpc.html)

“The writing requirement of a bilateral promise to sell in order to be pronounced a decision with the force of a sell agreement”
Curierul Judiciar nr. 2/2015

“Considerations regarding some of the provisions of the Law no. 17/2014”, 8 May 2014
(http://www.bizlawyer.ro/stiri/interviuri-opinii/consideratii-privind-unele-dispozitii-ale-legii-17-2014)

“Law no. 85/2006 revives like a Phoenix…”, November 2013
(https://www.juridice.ro/290281/legea-nr-852006-renaste-ca-pasarea-phoenix.html)

“A few considerations regarding the ephemeral existence of the Insolvency Code” , 29 November 2013
(http://www.curieruljudiciar.ro/2013/11/29/cateva-considerente-despre-existenta-efemera-a-codului-insolventei/)

“What is the positive contribution of the New Civil Code in the business environment” Curierul judiciar, 7 March 2013 / Wall-Street.ro, 6 March 2013
(http://www.curieruljudiciar.ro/2013/03/07/ce-aduce-pozitiv-noul-cod-de-procedura-civila-pentru-mediul-de-afaceri/)

Anca Baluna

ASSOCIATE

Anca is Associate in our Employment and Real Estate practices. She advises in matters such as transnational posting of workers, transfer of undertaking, termination of employment agreements, disciplinary procedures, reorganizations, internal regulations and collective bargaining agreements. In real estate matters Anca advises in relation to due diligence, title investigation and drafting of various real estate agreements.

Anca is a member of Bucharest Bar Association.

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Daniela Goreacii

ASSOCIATE

Daniela is Associate in our Litigation & Arbitration team and her current main practice areas include administrative and energy related litigations. She assisted major electricity and gas suppliers and distribution companies in a wide range of claims challenging administrative acts of the National Energy Regulatory Authority. Daniela has been involved in a significant, multimillion, energy arbitration proceeding taking place at ICC Paris. She also had a leading role in representing a significant retailer in its capacity of obligee, in a complex insolvency proceeding.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest – LL.M. in Public International Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
Russian
English

Andrei Petre

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Andrei is Junior Associate in our Competition and Litigation practices. Andrei has a strong academic background and he is a seminary professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest teaching Contract Law and Intellectual Property Law.

EDUCATION

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – PhD. Candidate, with a doctoral thesis on “La distinction entre le dommage et le préjudice”
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - Master 2 de Droit du patrimoine approfondi
University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws
University of Montpellier – Erasmus exchange (Bachelor of Laws)

LANGUAGES

Romanian
French
English
German

PUBLICATIONS

Considerations in relation to the legal nature of personal data (Revista Dreptul no. 8/2018)

Stefan Botezatu

MANAGING PARTNER

Stefan is Managing Partner and founder of Botezatu & Asociatii | TheCounsel, established in 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. He has strong expertise in energy regulatory matters and we see him as a strategic asset for our team. He is an excellent closer and forward thinker. Stefan is a 'sharp, knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient lawyer', recognised for his work in competition cases concerning the energy sector.
He has extensive experience in Energy, Dispute Resolution, Corporate M&A, Competition and Infrastructure Transactions.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws - 1998
Harvard Law School Executive Education - Leadership in Law Firms - 2014

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
French

Mobile: 00 40 756 049 286
Direct Line: 00 40 21 796 34 56
E-mail: stefan.botezatu@thecounsel.ro

Cristiana Mic-Soare

Counsel

Cristiana is Counsel in our Real Estate and Commercial Law practice. She has gained significant experience handling major real estate and M&A transactions, her business-oriented and innovative approach being extremely valuable to clients. Cristiana also assisted clients in Environment law, Public Procurement and Food law, as well as on Civil and Commercial matters.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws
University College London, United Kingdom – LL.M. in Public International Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
German

Gabriela Olteanu

COUNSEL

Gabriela is Counsel in our Litigation & Arbitration practice. She coordinates high stake litigation matters, with a focus on energy, competition and shareholder disputes. She has gained significant experience in proceedings relating to measures adopted by the National Regulatory Authority for Energy both across the power and natural gas markets. Gabriela has also advised in a series of EUR multi-million international arbitration cases in the banking and finance and energy sectors.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Master’s Degree, International Arbitration

University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne – Master’s Degree, International Commercial Law
University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws

European College of Legal Studies – Master’s Degree International Business Law

European College of Legal Studies – Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English
French

Razvan Neacsu

OF COUNSEL

Razvan is Of Counsel in our Tech+Digital practice and has an extensive knowledge of the IT&C sector. Razvan has been key in providing agile advice in various technology projects including commercial and regulatory advice, sourcing relationships, IT development contracts, data protection and e-privacy compliance, product safety standards compliance, consumer protection regulation. Razvan advised on a growing number of technology projects including DLT-enabled products and financing operations, home automation, IoT, SaaS, blockchain-based technologies and other Web 3.0 related advice.

EDUCATION

Leiden University - LL.M. in Public International Law
University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws
Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies – Bachelor of Economics

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Iustina Sima

MANAGING ASSOCIATE

Iustina is Managing Associate in our Firm’s Real Estate practice, with a special focus on assets acquisitions and disposals, development of complex real estate projects, as well as drafting and negotiating lease agreements and other related transaction documents. Iustina advised on several projects covering a significant part of the real estate market, including retail, office buildings, industrial and residential. She also advised on PPP matters, concession and infrastructure projects, various commercial contracts, as well as specific regulatory and environmental matters.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest - LL.M. in Business Law

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Stefan Buda

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Stefan is Senior Associate in our Competition and Energy practices. He was involved in several multi-jurisdictional competition related-matters and continues to provide agile assistance on the ongoing competition files in matters pertaining to investigations and merger clearances.
Stefan has been involved in complex cross-border transactions and also has a solid background in providing legal and regulatory advice to public companies operating in electricity generation, natural gas and electricity distribution and supply.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Amalia Gogoci

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Amalia is Senior Associate in our White Collar Crime department. She has a broad experience in defending large corporations and banks and other legal entities, as well as individuals and she has successfully handled financial fraud, public and private corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, capital markets crimes and forgery cases. She is an active trainer in the areas of compliance and crime prevention.

Amalia is a member of:

European Criminal Bar Association
European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association for Preventing and Combating Fraud

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws
University of Bucharest – LL.M. in Judicial Career

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

PUBLICATIONS

The Beneficial Ownership Register – when in Romania?
(https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f38fc335-2343-4c37-9036-7d3be7411681)

Draft law regarding the selection of European Prosecutors.
(https://legalmagazin.ro/botezatu-si-asociatii-counsel-proiect-de-lege-privind-selectarea-procurorilor-europeni/)

New Romanian criminal provisions. Or not?
(https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f38fc335-2343-4c37-9036-7d3be7411681)

Your rights and obligations during a police search. What should you do?
(https://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-specialisti_botezatu_asociatii_thecounsel-22981342-drepturi-obligatii-avem-timpul-unei-perchezitii-domiciliare-sau-sediului-social-avem-facut.htm)

Andrei Hancu

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Andrei is Senior Associate in our Corporate M&A and Tech + Digital practices. He was involved in significant M&A transactions (share and asset deals, mergers, spin-offs, corporate reorganizations, business transfers) and has advised national and international clients on various corporate matters. Andrei has also advised start-ups and well-established tech companies in projects related to data privacy, fintech/crypto and compliance & regulatory. Andrei works on Intellectual Property projects as well (with a special focus on due diligence, management of IP assets, infringement of IP rights and counterfeiting).

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

PUBLICATIONS

IFLR 2018 M&A Report: Romania

Ruxandra Liștea

ASSOCIATE

Ruxandra is Associate in our Corporate/ M&A practice. She has been involved in a wide range of projects, including acquisitions corporate restructuring schemes such as mergers, spin-offs and business transfer agreements. She also benefits from background expertise in the commercial and public procurement practice, having advised various international and domestic clients. Ruxandra is also involved in competition matters related to investigations in the energy sector.

EDUCATION

University of Bucharest - Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

Romanian
English

Lorena Samoila

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

EDUCATION

- University of Bucharest – Bachelor of Laws

LANGUAGES

- Romanian
- English