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Dragos Roman | Managing Partner

Main areas of practice:
Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance, M&A, Real Estate & Construction

Contact:
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Dragos is the Founder and the Managing Partner of Roman | Partners practice. He is practicing law for over 15 years.

He is a licensed lawyer and a member of The New York State Bar, The Bucharest Bar, The National Association of Romanian Bars and The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

EDUCATION:

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.), with a Business Law Certificate, 2014

Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies

Master Degree, Business Communication and Marketing, 2004

University of Bucharest, School of Law

Master Degree, Business Law, 2003

University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, School of Law

Master Degree, French and European Union Law, 2002 (language of instruction: French)

University of Bucharest, School of Law

JD equivalent, Legal Sciences, Law, 1999

EXPERIENCE:

Dragos has extensive knowledge of business law and has experienced legal work both in Romania and abroad. He has previously dealt with various complex transactions having undertaken legal work with three top domestic law firms for several years. He has also experienced work in Milan with one of the largest Italian law firms with offices in Rome, Genoa, Milan, London, Tokyo, Zagreb, Sofia and Belgrade.

Dragos acted for major players on the business market in Romania, especially in business law area, with a focus on banking and finance, acquisitions, commercial and corporate, real estate, and has interacted with corporate clients from across entire world. He provided legal services to foreign companies operating on or having interests in Romanian business market, mainly from the US or UK, but also Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Holland, Singapore, India etc. He has advised international clients in various multi-million euro transactions, property acquisitions, development and investment projects and has acted in multiple cross-border M&A operations. He has assisted subsidiaries of major international banks in the financing operations of various projects in transactions exceeding several billion Euros.

SPECIFIC DEALS:

Dragos provided legal advice and assistance to US clients, such as the US Embassy in Romania and the US Department of State, Washington D.C., for which he acted as legal counsel for many years in projects exceeding many million dollars, world's leading company in games industry Electronic Arts which he advised, among others matters, in connection with a US$680 million transaction or leading American private equity fund Warburg Pincus that undertook development projects in Romania of over Euro 300 million, tech companies BlueSpace Software Inc., Digg Inc. and Oracle, US advertising corporation Young & Rubicam, Marriott Hotel, InterTractor America Corporation etc., prestigious US law firms, such as Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates LLP), Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Maupin Taylor - currently Williams Mullen, UK clients and law firms, such as premier international law firm Norton Rose in connection with projects exceeding Euro 100 million, UK law firm Osborne Clarke, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, investment company RED Management Capital, telecom company Orange UK, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine Limited, BP Petroleum etc., German companies Metro Group, Metro Cash & Carry, Real Hypermarket, Praktiker AG, French DIY retailer Bricostore, French Bank BRD Groupe Societe Generale, HVB Tiriac Bank (currently Unicredit Bank), Finnish companies Karelia Corporation and Elcoteq SE, Cypriot ship owner LMZ Transoil Shipping Enterprises, SUEZ Group etc., in projects exceeding several billion euros.

In addition, Dragos's career involves examples of complex and diverse legal work, such as:

    • assisted European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Euro 25 million revolving refund guarantee and working capital facility to the Romania based shipyard Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries
    • assisted a Cypriot company in taking over the majority stake in Libra Bank
    • advised VA Tech Hydro, Switzerland, on the joint venture with state-owned Danube hydropower plant "Portile de Fier II" to finance technological upgrade
    • advised Romanian State Agency for the Recovery of Bank Debts (AVAB) in connection with nonperforming loans granted by state-owned bank Bancorex
    • assisted Romania company Kraft Sac in connection with asset acquisition by Austrian corporation Frantschach Packaging
    • advised Cafer Sadik Abalioglu Holding from Turkey in the joint venture with Finnish company Huhtamaki Oyj for molded fiber packaging business
    • advised automotive companies Porsche Romania, Romcar Ford and Opel Erebus on commercial, contractual and product liability matters
    • advised wine manufacturer Murfatlar on commercial issues; also represented the company in trial proceedings against State Ownership Fund and the Administration of State Patrimony
    • advised national operator Romtelecom, Cosmorom, OTE Hellenic Telecommunications and Intrarom on IT&C, corporate and commercial issues
    • commercial and corporate legal advice to Oracle
    • advised state-owned chemical products company Oltchim SA in privatization process
    • legal advice to national shipping company Navrom on international debt aspects
    • advised German company Willi Betz on contract with Renault for exclusive transport and distribution in Romania
    • assisted Metro Cash & Carry on product liability and regulatory aspects
    • advised BP Sales on exclusive distribution agreements for Romania
    • advised Young & Rubicam on advertising regulatory aspects in connection with prerogatives of National Council for Audiovisual (CNA)
    • supported Orange UK in connection with regulatory aspects in promoting roaming facilities and prize draw - acted together with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP
    • legal advice to Daikin Europe on environmental issues in connection with import and use in Romania of ozone-depleting substances
    • advised Grand Hotel Marriott Bucharest on construction issues and business licensing
    • legal counsel to Romanian Ministry of Finance and US Treasury for program joint development
    • advised coffee maker Tchibo Holding in pre-trial remedies with Romanian Customs Authorities on importation issues
    • assisted UK based Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine Limited in trademark litigation
    • represented German company Max Aicher AG against APAPS (former Romanian State Ownership Fund) in privatization trial
    • represented A.C. Toepfer International GmbH in the Arbitration Court of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in banking dispute in connection with payment of US$ 2.5 million bank guarantee letter
    • assisted tire company Continental in tax litigation against the Ministry of Finance
    • represented packaging company Ecopaper in tax litigation against the Financial Guard on environmental issues
    • advised Romanian Press Association (Clubul Roman de Presa) on various legal issues

    LANGUAGES:

    Dragos is fluent in English and Romanian and is conversational in French and Italian.

    PUBLICATIONS:

    "Doing Business in Romania", Acquisition International, UK Magazine, 2013

    The article includes opinions and comments on the business environment in Romania, the country’s emerging trends and the sectors where the greatest opportunities for investors lie, the implications of the euro crisis for Romania and the region, the issue of the EU funds absorption, as well as predictions and expectations for the future.

    “Romanian Legal Guide”, Chamber of Commerce of Lombardy, Milan, Italy, 2005 Edition

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Roman | Partners advised media and entertainment developer in $20 million agreement with The Walt Disney Company

Roman | Partners undertook legal work for a United Arab Emirates based company in connection with separate cross-border acquisitions from the USA, UK and China of heavy and sensitive equipment for outdoor advertising, including on terms and conditions of shipment and warranty

Roman | Partners advised a Danish transport and logistics company and its insurer on Romanian road transportation law, tort, contractual responsibility and insurance issues, including on aspects related to Geneva CMR Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road. The firm has acted together with Danish law firm Birch Windahl

Roman | Partners advised Singapore ship owner / operator Oscar Shipping Pte Ltd / JSK Singapore Pte Limited on Romanian maritime law aspects. The firm acted together with Singapore office of UK law firm Hill Dickinson LLP

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