GRUIA DUFAUT LAW OFFICE

Address: 28, Hristo Botev, 3rd District, Bucharest, Romania
E-mail: bucarest@gruiadufaut.com, paris@gruiadufaut.com
Web: www.gruiadufaut.com
Most senior representative: Dana Gruia Dufaut, Managing Partner and Founder
No. of local partners: 4
No. of lawyers: 13
Offices in Romania: Bucharest
Representative clients include: Orange, Total, Soufflet, Roquette, FM Logistic, Vernicolor, Bouygues Colas, Eurofins, Apa Nova, Intellimind, Abzac, France Air.

Partners and heads of practice

Dana Gruia Dufaut, Managing Partner and Founder

Dana Gruia Dufaut, member of the Paris and Bucharest Bar Associations, has been active on the Romanian market since 1991. She is one of the pioneers of the business legal practice in Romania and, for the last 30 years, she has been assisting many foreign companies in privatization operations, corporate and asset transactions, joint-venture transactions, PPPs, Greenfield investments, proving extensive expertise in legal practice of commercial and corporate law. She is well known and appreciated for providing legal advice and assistance in complex matters and in various fields: infrastructure, agriculture, real-estate, automobile, energy, pharma, industry etc.

Loredana Van de Waart, Partner, Head of the Consultancy Department

Loredana Van de Waart has over 20 years of experience in business law, namely in M&A, commercial and corporate law, real estate, competition law, public procurement and PPPs. She has been coordinating several teams of specialized lawyers in successfully accomplishing complex transactions and assisted and represented many international companies in public procurement procedures and in administrative proceedings relating thereto, in various fields: infrastructure, telecom, milk control, civil constructions, water treatment plants, delivery of various products etc.

Cristina Bojica, Partner, Head of the Litigations Department

Cristina Bojica has over 20 years of experience in the legal profession and she represents the Law Office’s clients before all courts, including the High Court of Cassation and Justice and arbitration courts. Her expertise in this area particularly comprises client representation in civil, commercial, administrative and tax proceedings. She also has an extensive practice in company and real estate acquisitions, particularly in transaction structuring, drafting legal due diligence reports and all types of transactional documents; she was involved in complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Teodora Kolestis, Partner

Teodora Kolestis has over 15 years of expertise in litigations, real-estate law. She represents clients’ interests before all courts, in commercial, civil, administrative and tax proceedings, as well as before arbitration courts and European institutions. She has also provided representation services in complex public procurement procedures and their corresponding administrative procedures, in several economic sectors. Teodora also has a wide experience as a legal advisor, accompanying clients in various commercial transactions, foreign investments in Romania or drafting legal opinions and due diligence reports on legal matters of general interest.

List of the most representative projects

Corporate and M&A

Assisted a worldwide French group acting in the food industry during the reorganization of trade activity and production, through several operations (closing, collective dismissal, sale of assets, reorganization procedures with various authorities, share capital increase).

Advising a French industrial group specialized in the distribution of chemicals in connection with the acquisition of shares in a Romanian company.

Assisting a large international group in the operations of reorganization of its activity in Romania, by carrying out all the legal steps related thereto, both at corporate and social level

Assisted a fully integrated office design & build specialist in Romania in drafting/revising form contracts, as well as complex corporate master service agreements for the first.

Assisted the world leader in the design and manufacturing of process furnaces for the refining, petrochemicals, hydrogen and syngas markets in setting up the legal strategy for the reorganization of its Romanian subsidiary.

Specialist lawyer: Dana Gruia Dufaut, Loredana Van de Waart, Cristina Bojica, Teodora Koletsis, Gabriela Popescu.



Banking

Assisted a large company acting in the insurance sector, also in relation with the financial surveillance authority.

Advised investors in connection with getting funds from a French bank for the development of its business in Romania (assistance during negotiations, proposing guarantee instruments, drafting and negotiating mortgage contracts, mortgage rank assignment, amending existing mortgage contracts).

Specialist lawyers: Dana Gruia Dufaut, Loredana Van de Waart, Cristina Bojica, Teodora Koletsis.



Competition

Advised several multinational companies during several investigations conducted by the Competition Council in their activity field.

Assisted a multinational company acting on the security market for ensuring compliance with the competition regulations within a complex purchase project of several Romanian companies.

Advised an important cosmetics manufacturer in setting-up its distribution network in compliance with the competition laws.

Assisted a French company in litigation on unfair competition before the Romanian courts.

Advised an international leader in digital technologies for industry during an investigation conducted by the Competition Council.

Represented a food producer with respect to issues of unfair competition by sellers.

Specialist lawyers: Loredana Van de Waart, Cristina Bojica, Gabriela Popescu.



Real Estate

Acting on behalf of a French company with respect to drafting and negotiating a lease agreement for office premises in Bucharest.

Assisting one of the largest European malt producers in relation to the acquisition of the necessary land plots for the construction of a factory but also during the entire project of the building of the factory.

Assisting a large logistics company in the development of new warehouses in an existing logistic park as well as the acquisition of various plots of lands.

Advised a spare parts manufacturer in automotive industry in connection with the extension of its production facilities (land purchase, drafting of construction contracts).

Advised a French group operating in the food industry in relation with the sale of its factory and of the land related thereto.

Specialist lawyers: Teodora Koletsis, Cristina Bojica, Dana Gruia Dufaut, Loredana Van de Waart.



Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Advising and representing one of the most important public utility operators in its disputes on the protection of the public service’s supply system.

Court representation of one of the largest companies in railway constructions and installations in its litigations relating to real estate ownership rights.

Representing several companies during litigation within the framework of collective proceedings.

Court representation of one of the main importers of agricultural machinery in its litigations with the tax and customs authorities.

Advising and representing a French company acting in the automotive industry in litigations related to the challenging of some administrative and tax deeds and enforcement procedures amounting to over €1.5 milion.

Specialist lawyers: Cristina Bojica, Loredana Van de Waart, Teodora Koletsis, Raluca Buteres-Fasie.



PPP Public Procurement

Legal assistance and advice for the largest telecommunications operator for the preparation of documentation and offers in public procurement procedures. Also the law firm offered assistance in drawing up requests for clarifications, consultancy and representation in possible appeals before CCSN, assistance in disputes regarding the organization of tenders and the conclusion of public procurement contracts as well as in disputes arising during the execution of the contract, verification of compliance of documents with legal principles and provisions.

Provided legal assistance during judicial proceedings related to transport infrastructure contracts.

Assisted an important player in the health sector in connection with public procurement procedures.

Assisted a large auto spare parts supplier during public procurement proceedings.

Specialist lawyers: Loredana Van de Waart, Teodora Koletsis, Cristina Bojica, Madalina Marineanu.



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