“You did really a great job. The organization, the structure and the speed was perfect.”

Source: Administrator of a major German transport company (2019)

“I congratulate you for your professionalism.”

Source: Managing Partner of a major Insolvency House (2019)

I was very impressed with you and your team

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

My thanks to everyone for a job most excellently done

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

I look forward to working with you all again very soon

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

“Impressive use of technology, and a solid international client base”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“Well presented strategy”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“They are all excellent lawyers”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They provide quality and business friendly input”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Their knowledge and services are excellent”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They live up to the expectations”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They have an excellent reputation in the healthcare field”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Highly attuned to the complex local legislative framework”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are cost efficient and very professional”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“I could not be more pleased with the manner in which you have handled the matter”

Source: CFO of a specialized equipment supplier

“A trustful, reliable and very competent law firm”

Source: GC of a global automotive supplier

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

The Lawyer European Awards 2018

Source: European Law Firm of the Year – Highly Commended

“Good financial performance and growth, focus on the core market”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Source: Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

“Takes part in noteworthy CSR initiatives”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Recognised internationally for the great quality of its services”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A true Romanian success story”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“I had made the same request from over 20 law firms in the past 15 years and your law firm made the most comprehensive and best analysis, in a timely fashion and very well written.”

Source: Partner of a U.S. based law firm

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Professionals of high standards.”

Source: Director of an important oil & gas company

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This team is pragmatic and dedicated, and successfully represents our interests.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A reliable team providing a high standard of work.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“They are quick, thorough and pro-business, very determined, innovative and friendly.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This is a go-to firm for M&A deals.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

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Ioan Roman

Founding Partner

Ioan Roman is currently Partner and Co-Head of the Dispute resolution department of Maravela|Asociații. He is a skilled and seasoned business lawyer with a broad experience and remarkable successes in dispute resolution matters, being constantly acknowledged for implementation and designing of impeccable strategies in his clients’ best interests. Ioan`s expertise equally spans white collar crime matters and he has previously acted as a prime litigator in reputed international and Romanian law firms. Throughout his career, Ioan has successfully provided representation in complex commercial litigation cases including high profile bankruptcy proceedings, administrative disputes, employment disputes, enforcement procedures and litigation matters related to public procurement. In addition to his court experience, Ioan holds an extensive arbitration expertise. He also provides valuable advice on pre-trial strategy and during complex settlement negotiations. Ioan’s practice commonly addresses a large area of industries such as public administration, IT, real estate and construction, hydropower, transportation, medical technology, car manufacturing, financial services, etc. Knowledge, partnership and trust are core values to his customary performance.

Language fluency

  • Romanian, English, Italian, French

Education

  • LL.B, Bucharest University Law School (2007).

Accolades

  • “Thank you for your work in this matter. The documents sent and your approach are perfect and we have no other comment or addition to make.” - Source: Representative of two major European airlines (2019);
  • "Maravela|Asociații's team is 'highly devoted to solving its clients' legal issues with dedication and excellence'. Ioan Roman [...] jointly heads the practice with Gelu Titus Maravela [...]. The team covers the full spectrum of disputes including commercial and investment arbitration, insolvency proceedings, tax litigation and fraud." - Dispute resolution - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (2019);
  • Shortlisted for Dispute resolution Lawyer of the year 2019 in Romania by Benchmark Litigation 2019;
  • Ranked as Dispute resolution Star in Benchmark Litigation Europe 2019;
  • [...] Ioan Roman, who has experience in major arbitrations, is 'very organised and professional' - Source: Clients quoted by The Legal 500 (2016);
  • Ioan Roman is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 for his Dispute resolution expertise.

Memberships

  • Bucharest Bar Association (Admitted 2008)

Publications

  • Romanian Litigation Navigator – co-author, Lexology 2018;
  • Dispute resolution sections of the Romania chapter of Doing Business in Europe guide, published by Thomson Reuters, 2015;
  • Various issues of Emergency Legal Kit for Business and Legal Prompts, specialized business law publications and legal update bulletins, edited by Maravela|Asociații;
  • Romanian Employment Navigator – co-author, Lexology 2017.

Highlights of Ioan’s credentials throughout his practice include legal advice and representation to:

  • An important public financial authority in a very high-profile investment arbitration;
  • A major insurance and financial services provider, regarding several insurance policies related disputes;
  • A local public authority, concerning several disputes in connection with high-valued PPP contracts;
  • A major Austrian construction company, regarding a high-value VAT reimbursement claim with the Romanian Tax Authorities;
  • One of the largest project management Romanian companies, in connection with several disputes concerning a highly complex public acquisition contract;
  • An important European sports equipment manufacturer, in connection with a case regarding counterfeit products involving IP aspects and criminal proceedings;
  • An important business and financial advisory firm, in connection with two separate files involving the Romanian Taxation Office;
  • A major Spanish construction company in a public procurement litigation regarding the acquisition of two water treatment stations in front of the National Council for the Settlement of Complaints and in a case concerning the annulment of an act in front of the Romanian Taxation Office;
  • A global automotive financial services company in complex litigation portfolios, in connection with numerous debt recovery litigations (currently over 80 files of a value roughly around EUR 10 million) concerning its financial services subsidiaries in Romania;
  • The European discount supermarket network based in Germany, in order to provide advice and representation with regard to numerous debt recovery and other litigation files, for its Romanian subsidiary;
  • A major medical services provider, regarding several employment disputes involving client service teleunit and files with collaborating specialised doctors working in its healthcare services units;
  • A major Romanian pharmacy chain, successfully represented before the Supreme Court in a very rare case where the the Client’s creditor was demanding the payment of a receivable which has been previously rejected in the insolvency procedure of the Client;
  • The leading European car rental services group, in a large portfolio of litigations with corporate customers for debt recovery;
  • The central Romanian authority in charge with the management and privatisation of State participations, in connection with an intricate dispute concerning one of the largest Romanian traders with metallurgical products;
  • The major shareholder of an important Romanian company regarding three separate files: debt recovery from a loan, reimbursement of dividends claims towards different shareholders and exit from an unlisted company prior to its Stock Exchange listing;
  • A leading global provider of sustainable infrastructure development projects in developing countries worldwide regarding settlement negotiations with the contracting authority for the purpose of recovering the due payments and penalties resulting from an agreement;
  • The second largest bank in Israel, regarding the debt recovery of roughly 1 million EUR from a Romanian clients, following the lease agreement over a hotel;
  • Private clients, shareholders of a deregistered company, with regard to the annulment of property over a land plot caused by deregistration of their company during their absence from Romania for a period longer than a year;
  • A leading company active in the sale, lease and servicing of seismic equipment, regarding a debt recovery dispute against a Romanian company;
  • The developer of a large industrial park, in order to advise regarding several complex disputes including the annulment of various decisions issued by the Court of Accounts, by the fiscal authorities concerning the obligation for various tax payments;
  • The director of a Romanian agricultural company, in order to provide advice and representation with regard to disputes concerning inter alia tax evasion and money laundering charges;
  • A leading local producer of PVC products, in order to provide advice and representation in a dispute during the insolvency request procedures initiated by one of the company’s debtors;
  • A leading supplier of products and systems for construction and underground mining, in connection with disputes concerning design and execution of a EUR multimillion solid waste processing system as well as the annulment of a decision issued by the Ministry of Finance – Central Finance and Contracts Unit;
  • A regional water operator company, in connection with disputes and tendering procedures pertaining to an over EUR 120,000,000 project consisting in the rehabilitation and extension of the local water supply systems and infrastructure;
  • An important group of foreign investors, during complex litigations initiated against the tax authorities, following infringement of their VAT reimbursement rights;
  • Various Romanian businesses and real estate investors, in connection with litigations initiated against tax authorities, for recovery of the VAT paid on the acquisition of property as well as the annulment of tax decisions establishing retroactive VAT payment obligations and excessive penalties and interests;
  • A major central authority, with regard to a highly complex dispute resolution case encompassing over 17 separate court files pertaining a privatized company undergoing insolvency proceedings;
  • A global sports equipment manufacturing company, with respect to multimillion EUR claims pertaining to fraudulent agreements;
  • A large project management and consulting company, in connection with a multimillion claim for the alleged faulty execution of a consultancy role in a FIDIC contract;
  • A major IT group, with respect to a multimillion arbitration claim against a public authority concerning the execution of an IT software contract regarding the installation of a business management software in public institutions;
  • A leading Spanish construction company, with reference to several arbitration claims related to the construction of highways; mandate included advice on complex insolvency matters;
  • One of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers in the market of hydraulic power generation, with respect to the insolvency procedure of a major State owned company, insolvency claims, contentions and administrative disputes filed in front the superior Romanian Courts; mandate also included assistance during the negotiations regarding status of rehabilitation of works at one of Romania’s biggest power plants;
  • A leading European company in the agricultural sector, in connection with real estate disputes and partition of property;
  • A reputed European corporation in the renewable energy market, with respect disputes connected to ongoing wind farming projects in Romania; mandate included defining a complex strategy for suspending and annulling public concession procedures related to the projects;
  • A top Romanian construction group, in connection with debt recovery procedures, related to the development of retail parks; mandate also extended to ensuring garnishment measures and enforcing the ruling on the merits of the case;
  • A major Swiss bank, in successfully settling a number of court cases initiated in relation to the enforcement of letters of credit issued by the bank;
  • A leading manufacturer in the paint and counting sector, with reference to several employment disputes; the mandate also included legal assistance during the implementation of a restructuring process;
  • A major player in the telecom market, in connection with several public procurement disputes in front of the National Council for Solving Complaints and the Appeal Courts;
  • A regional public authority, with respect to various administrative disputes arising from eminent domain acts, public permits violations, retrocessions, infringement of urban planning, etc.

 

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