Andreea Suciu

Andreea Suciu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Suciu I The Employment Law Firm. Before setting up the Law Firm, Andreea worked for one of Germany’s leading independent law firms managing its Bucharest Employment, Pensions and Data Protection team and its CEE Employment Law Practice, where ‘The Legal 500’ recommended her for her work advising on sensitive litigation and senior level departures.

Andreea, recently featured in Romania’s leading legal guide ‘Who’s Who – Expert Lawyers’, is valued for the passion she puts into her work and especially for her capability of bringing innovative solutions.

Andreea is member of the editorial board of the Magazine „European Employment Law Cases” (EELC) and member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA). She is a native German speaker and has full professional proficiency in English.

Eager to support and empower young Romanian entrepreneurs, Andreea also acts as Mentor for the Founder Institute and for #WER19 – Women In Entrepreneurship.

Simona Pirtea

Simona Pirtea is a highly appreciated business criminal law practitioner, with more than a decade of intensive professional activity in the legal (mainly Criminal Law) and the security fields, having proven her strong technical knowledge and consistent business-oriented approach throughout a wide array of cases involving corporate and private clients alike.

Her expertise covers areas such as public and private corruption, economic criminality, money laundering and organised criminality, being also highly experienced in working with governmental and European institutions on matters regarding national security, economic strategies, strategic planning and risk management.

Simona provided expert opinion and legal advice in complex yet sensitive compliance and regulatory matters for many national and international corporations, becoming a reputed counsellor for companies confronted with internal disorders or mismanagement situations.

Simona is also notable for being a lecturer with the Superior Institute of Law and Economics Barcelona (Spain) and for having won numerous awards for her business-oriented approach in criminal law cases.

Significant Clients:

  • A real estate company, part of a multinational industrial group – representation in a criminal trial to avoid the loss of approximately EUR 2.5 million caused by the purchase of a large plot of land from entities who created the appearance that they were the actual owners, while the asset was part of a large corruption and money laundering scheme.
  • A Romanian company – representation in front of the judicial bodies in a complex criminal file involving tax evasion and money laundering attributed to more than 10 companies and their directors, with an alleged prejudice of EUR 2 million.
  • An international financial company – legal assistance in matters of restructuring sizable loans (EUR millions) made to a major Romanian company acting in the telecom sector in the context of alleged fraudulent actions of a former shareholder of the company, including lifting seizure measures ordered by the Prosecutors’ Office.
  • A Romanian business man – representation in a large criminal investigation regarding tax evasion and money laundering committed by more than 20 defendants. The total alleged damages brought to the national budget amounted to over EUR 4.5 million.
  • A top pharma distributor – representation in front of the National Anticorruption Directorate in an investigation involving alleged crimes of active corruption of over 80 defendants and proceeds of the crime exceeding EUR 1 million.
  • A UK-based holding group – representation in front of the investigation authorities regarding activities reserved for financial institutions, in the context of ambiguous transposing of the European legislation in national laws.
  • The Romanian subsidiary of an international agricultural group – representation on front of the investigative bodies in relation to accusations of embezzlement, prejudice of over EUR 1 million.
  • A real estate company – representation in a complex criminal investigation involving crimes against the European Union budget, corruption, money laundering and abuse of power.
  • The top national administrators for private pensions – representation of the company and its management in proving that all legal and ethical duties were fulfilled and that any negative outcome (prejudice of EUR 500,000) caused by the employees could not be imputed to the company.
  • A top pharma distributor (multinational company) – complete redoing of the antibribery internal regulations and policies: full analysis of the procedures and practices in place, complete redesign of the business model (processes and regulations), multiple training and follow-up sessions with the representatives and employees (>150 persons).

Madalin Enache

From 2006, Madalin Enache extensively and exclusively practised in high-level white-collar criminal cases, acquiring first-class professional expertise in some of the most difficult and media-scrutinised criminal investigations and trials, being known in the field as one of the highest skilled practitioners, building a solid reputation as a leading criminal law attorney, acknowledged and recognised by clients and global legal publications (Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, etc.).

Mădălin counselled, assisted and represented renowned international and Romanian corporate clients, key figure businessmen and executives and high-profile politicians involved in a wide range of cases in front of the criminal investigation authorities or courts of law, at the highest level of jurisdictions, having as object mainly corruption cases, financial and fiscal frauds, embezzlements of public/EU funds, money laundering, abuse of office, etc.

Due to his practical and business-focused approach, Mădălin is a valued lecturer on criminal law topics, having also published several specialised articles, in national and international publications, on different relevant topics in the criminal domain, especially in the areas of anti-bribery and money laundering.

Significant Clients:

  • A top global mineral resources holding company (UK-based) – a corruption investigation in relation to Romania’s biggest copper mining operation, involving politicians, judges and executives, as well as international links and procedures, the illegal benefits avoided being evaluated at EUR 1 billion.
  • World’s e-Commerce leader (USA-based) – an international investigation and national court trial of the biggest security breach of its internal systems and usage of employee credentials by a Romanian national, the claimed prejudice exceeding USD 7.5 million.
  • The two European leaders of the cement industry – various criminal investigation files, out of which stand out the international criminal investigation of the biggest theft of EUA (GES) certificates, amounting to EUR 24 million, and the illegal misappropriation by a local community of its production facilities and quarry, with a prejudice of over EUR 3 million.
  • A global leader in high-tech rolling stock and rail solutions (based in Spain) – corruption charges against public authority officials and corporate representatives regarding public acquisition procedures in excess of over EUR 300 million.
  • An influential business man – one of the most complex real estate corruption cases investigated by DNA, with an estimated prejudice exceeding EUR 300 million, involving Senators, State and local officials, businessmen and other persons, accused of organising a complex network of influence peddling and bribery for illegally obtaining (and laundering) financial benefits from the restitution of a large forest plot.
  • A former Minister of the Romanian Government – charges of receiving bribe, traffic of influence, abuse of power, money laundering, etc. in his capacity of public official (Mayor and Senator), with prejudice and illegal benefits exceeding EUR 2 million.
  • A Romanian MEP (member of the European Parliament) – charges of conflict of interests, dismissed by the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
  • A former personal Counsellor to a Minister of the Romanian Government – high profile corruption investigation and trial regarding important amounts of money used for elections financing (EUR millions), involving former State ministers, senators, other State officials and businessmen.
  • An important bank and financial services provider in south-east Europe (Greece-based) – compliance and regulatory activities in antibribery and anti-money laundering matters, following a series of criminal files from which resulted several business exposures for the Client (preparing internal assessment report, drafting proposals for modification of internal regulations and procedures, training sessions with main responsible persons – top and middle level management).

Julia Watkins

Julia Watkins has been a member of the Bucharest Bar Association since 2006, having graduated from the University of Bucharest Law School, as well as from the University Paris-Panthéon Assas, Paris Nanterre and Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne, in partnership with Paris Sud.

Julia has relevant experience in drafting, review and negotiation of contracts, with a particular focus on IT and SaaS contacts.

Julia also has extensive knowledge and experience in personal data and privacy issues, including GDPR compliance.

Julia is fluent in English and French.

Firm Overview:

We are a team of experienced lawyers always striving to meet and exceed our client’s expectations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, combining the Firm’s standards and values with in-depth sectorial expertise.

Our practice is focused on our client’s needs. We combine teamwork, effectiveness, and value added, tailor–made legal services. We invest in having a complete knowledge of our client’s business and organisation, their activity sector and the numerous challenges they confront with.

Our approach is professional, open and business oriented, always handling efficiently the matters submitted by our clients.

Daniel Badea

Daniel Badea has experience in Romanian and international finance transactions including securities, derivatives, secured lending and project finance. He also advises on bond issues, corporate M&A in the real estate sector.

Daniel is a founding member of the Romanian Education Trust, a non-profit organisation designed to support the further education of Romanian graduates in the top MBA schools in the world.

Relevant Experience:

Clifford Chance Badea advised US-based private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co. on the acquisition of Piraeus Bank Romania
22 December 2017
Client Work

Career & Qualifications:

– University of Bucharest LL.B 1998
– Admitted as a lawyer in Romania 1999
– Associate at Burns Schwartz, Bucharest
– Head of Banking practice, Linklaters in Romania 2000-02
– Office Managing Partner, Badea & Asociatii 2004
– Associated with Clifford Chance 2006

Professional Bodies:

Member of the Romanian Union of Lawyers; the Bucharest Bar; and the International Bar Association.

Law Firm:

We’ve shaped important Romanian legislation, have created best market practices in many fields and have worked on ground-breaking domestic and international transactions. Our close-knit team knows the domestic and regional markets well and are used to complex cross-border deals.

Local expertise and global reach.

In 2006, we merged with a leading local firm to form Clifford Chance Badea and today 45 lawyers work in our Bucharest office. We’re a leading firm in the domestic market and regularly work on complex domestic and cross-border mandates, often in extended teams that include colleagues from our international network. Our full-service offering covers banking & finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, real estate and litigation, and our practice areas are regularly ranked in Tier One in the legal directories.

An experienced team that delivers demanding transactions.

Our senior lawyers have worked together for over 10 years and this close-knit team has seen, and has often been closely involved in, many changes in Romania’s legal and business landscape. We have worked together on a wide range of high-profile transactions and helped write national laws and regulations that govern capital markets, securitisations, insolvency, covered bonds, global depository receipts and the structuring of PPP projects.

Clients rely on this range and depth of experience when they turn to us for advice on demanding, often first-of-a-kind, deals. Two innovative examples from 2013 include the USD$517 million dual-listing IPO of Romgaz shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and GDRs on the London Stock Exchange – the first time shares in a state-owned company have been sold on an international exchange, and the EUR€122 million bond-issue by UniCredit Țiriac, a Romanian retail bank, the largest ever in the Romanian market.

Recent high profile regional and international deals include Aviva’s sale of its Romanian operations to US insurance giant MetLife in 2013 and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s USD$2.2 billion sale of its Central European operations to CVC Capital Partners in 2009.

We have also worked on every Romanian sovereign-debt issue in the last 15 years, including the establishment of the EUR€7 billion MTN Programme.

Crina Vasile

Crina Vasile is Partner and one of the two founders of Lexington Corporate Services.

Crina specializes in company incorporation, corporate compliance and governance services. She is currently assisting Romanian and foreign private clients, corporations and institutional investors and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board in various companies. Crina is part of the steering committee for the IR Tax group.

Crina is an Affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, she has legal and corporate secretarial studies and expertise and is currently specializing in international taxation. She has a Master’s degree in Specialized Terminology in French and English, also qualifying as a sworn translator.

Practice:

Lexington Corporate Services is a leading professional service firm providing a comprehensive range of corporate services, which has expanded steadily in recent years and established a valued reputation of a trusted service provider for a large and complex international clientele.

We can assist with a full range of services from incorporating new holding or trading companies, with complete management and administration, to serving as discussion partner in strategic issues concerning market access or general business development in Romania or internationally.

Our team has a unique understanding of the markets and of clients’ needs providing full range of corporate support services for simple to sophisticated offshore and onshore structures, our extensive capabilities enable us to step-up service quality and flexibility, and to increase customer satisfaction at an agreed cost.

We are awarded the ISO 9001 being certified by Lloyd’s Register. As a licensed service provider, we apply strict standards of service quality and personnel competence.

We provide combined and consolidated enterprise wide needed support services, based on specialized knowledge and best practices:

– Company incorporation
– Corporate fillings
– Bank account management
– Administrative & management services
– Domiciliation Services & Directorship Services
– Accounting Statutory reporting & Tax compliance
– International Structuring Advice
– Escrow Services
– Shelf Companies

Our professional trustees and experts provide safe solutions and responsive services:

– Trusts & Foundations creation and administration
– Estate Planning
– Family Office

We have a variety of clients across many industries, however we are specialized in:

– High net worth individuals
– Oil & Gas
– ITC
– Retail

Lexington Corporate Services is part of a larger group of companies which is a leading firm in tax, legal, accounting, immigration, payroll, personnel leasing and translation services. Therefore, we closely collaborate with highly experienced accountants, lawyers and tax advisors and wealth managers with a broad knowledge of asset protection structures, trust and fiduciary services and international tax planning.

The diversity of expertise we offer across our group is a feature that sets us apart.