Nicholas S. Hammond

Nicholas Hammond is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nicholas directly using the contact details listed above.

Nicholas is a highly experienced English speaking commercial lawyer based in Romania having practised both in the City of London and Romania. He was the first English solicitor to come to Romania in 1990. His practise covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law including company formations and corporate restructuring, joint ventures and inward investment.

He has advised clients in such fields as aviation, insurance, banking, retail, agriculture, project finance as well as venture capital investments. He advises on real estate matters as well as leasing and Romanian intellectual property matters.

Nicholas has experience in many areas of law including aviation, natural resources, finance and insurance, intellectual property and employment as well as counselling companies entering the Romanian market.

Firm Overview:

Hammond Partnership is a Romanian full service commercial law firm based in Bucharest: with a team of lawyers with decades of experience, making sure you get the Romanian legal advice you need.

Although the Firm can trace its history from 1990 when Nicholas Hammond opened the first law firm in Romania after the Revolution of 1989 the legal scene had changed very much from those early days.  The partner therefore looked for something that was different. They wanted a new type of law firm that would answer the needs of their clients in the new evolving business and social world of Romanian and the CEE.

Having discussed the position with existing and potential clients it became clear that the clients were looking for a new type of law firm.  One where the partners and the lawyers took an actual interest not only in legal problems of the clients but also understood the client’s business and the client’s requirements. We would go that little bit further and understand the client’s business.  If the clients do not feel you are interested in them then they will soon find another legal advisor.

It was felt that the words “knowledge, expertise, reliability” were a start to express the type of new law firm that was being created.  As our clients tend to be foreign investors who are investing in Romania or companies that have a large foreign investment element the it was important that the local knowledge tailored to their requirements be made available.  With partners who focus on Romania from both the common law and civil law background, we are uniquely placed to provide the legal advice necessary.

Roman Bradu

Dr. Roman Bradu is our exclusively recommended Business Crime Law expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Roman directly using the contact details listed above.

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With over 10 years of expertise in the legal business, Bradu, Neagu  & Associates have come to the strong belief that every problem has more than one solution and the secret to finding that particular solution which is best suited to our client’s specific case is the capacity of having a fresh perspective and a dedicated mindset.

Roman, member of the Bucharest Bar is a white-collar litigator whose experience provides his individual and corporate clients with valuable insights into the most high-stakes criminal enforcement issues, both before and after an enforcement case begins, from compliance counselling to internal investigations to criminal defence before the courts of law.

His clients are both international and Romanian companies, acting mainly on behalf of the management of the companies and he was involved within some of the most prestigious criminal cases related to money laundering and tax evasion.

White-collar crime litigator Dr. Roman Bradu is a business crime expert with over a decade of experience in the field. Since the founding day of his firm, Roman has been leading and inspiring his team at Bradu, Neagu & Associates.

Managing partner and business crime expert Roman Bradu holds an impressive record of high-stakes and widely publicized criminal cases involving senior executives and corporate giants among which a money laundering and misuse of company credit case, with allegations of approximately €1.6 billion.

He keeps close communication with his clients, focusing on building long-term and worthwhile relations. As main partner, he is involved actively and thoroughly in the management of every case, ensuring that adversity is led to best resolve.

Giovanni Di Folco

Giovanni Di Folco is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Giovanni directly using the contact details listed above.

Giovanni is the co-owner, President and Senior Partner of Techno Engineering & Associates Group, an international ‘Techno-Legal’ consulting engineering firm specialising in contracts management, construction law, claims and dispute resolution internationally, with offices in Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar and Kuwait. He is also the President & CEO of GDF ADR Solutions, a company specialising in dispute avoidance and resolution. Since May 2021 he is also the President-Elect of the DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors and since July 2020 a Director of the Board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Romania. He is also the Vice-President of the Romanian Association of Consulting Engineers and a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico of Milano University. He is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience of managing multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects around the world, including Italy, Iran, Libya, South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Bulgaria, Armenia, Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Albania, Tajikistan, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Moldova, India, Philippines, Turkey, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Romania.

Giovanni Di Folco is an international arbitrator, expert witness in delay and quantum, a FIDIC Certified Dispute Adjudicator and is listed on the prestigious FIDIC President List of Certified Adjudicators, a FIDIC Accredited Trainer, FIDIC Affiliate Member, Counsel, and an expert in project and contract management, contract administration, claims preparation and defense and dispute resolution through international arbitration. He has gained extensive experience in both international arbitration and adjudication work whilst acting as adjudicator, arbitrator, expert witness and Counsel for a wide variety of clients. In particular, he has acted in more than one hundred international dispute adjudication procedures and in more than 50 international arbitrations conducted under the ICC and UNCITRAL Rules relating to disputes under the FIDIC Red, Pink, Yellow and Silver Books.


  • Highway Engineering
  • Forensic Delay and Quantum Analysis
  • Claims preparation
  • Dispute Adjudication
  • International Arbitration
  • Civil Engineering Disputes’ Resolution
  • FIDIC Contract’s Interpretation and advice
  • Pavement Engineering
  • FIDIC Training

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Firm Overview:

About us:

Techno Engineering & Associates is a well-established International Consulting firm, operating in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, specialised in providing expert commercial advice on all aspects related to construction contracts, construction law and including the preparation, substantiation and defence of complex Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution through international adjudication, arbitration and other available means.

We operate as one consulting firm, consistently maintaining high standards of personnel and services to enable us to provide to our clientele the best and most appropriate response and advice to any challenge presented to us.

Our multi-jurisdictional capabilities are second to none in our fields of expertise, while also assisting our clients to enter new markets or develop their business in their current markets.

With more than 130 highly skilled and dedicated personnel, Techno Engineering & Associates is able to offer diligent support to its clients by sharing a common view problem solving approach, where different opinions are considered and analysed before any advice is given.

Our Mission:

The construction and energy sectors internationally face increasingly complex legislation, a highly competitive market and growing environmental constraints, both at home and abroad.

At Techno Engineering & Associates, we understand these challenges. We deliver clear, commercial contractual, technical and legal advice to help our clients resolve their problems and achieve their business objectives.

  • We aim for simple, transparent allocation of risks in contract negotiations.
  • We provide strategic advice to anticipate and prevent potential problems during the course of a project.
  • When disputes arise, we act decisively. Arbitration and Litigation are a last resort, but when necessary we will vigorously defend the interests of our clients in adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

Our mission is to balance incisive legal analysis with practical, multi-disciplinary project and claim management advice, tailored to the specific circumstances.

Our Vision:

“Change is inevitable – respond with precision and speed, but maintain balance.”

These principles are embedded in the operations of our business as well as our underlying culture – they are at the heart of what we are about, at the core of who and what we are and the origin of our inception.

As we hold on to this vision, we focus on understanding the needs of our clientele in order to go beyond our common goals and enjoy together the results of our accomplishments.

As pioneers in the fields of our activities, we are always ready to tackle new challenges alongside our clients.

We preserve calm in difficult business environments and rely on the proven trust in our multi-jurisdictional team of professionals to explore efficient and appropriate solutions to their problems, sometimes defying the odds.

Our history of success mirrors our vision for the future.

Octavian Popescu

Octavian Popescu is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Octavian directly using the contact details listed above.

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country’s capital and commercial centre. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III once ruled.

Octavian is one of the most experienced lawyers in Romania, with proven track record and confirmed reputation, both by partners, clients and peers. Over the last 15 years, he handled contentious matters, representing governmental and non-governmental institutions and multinational corporate clients in disputes before the Romanian courts, including the High Court of Justice. He specialises in commercial and corporate litigations, administrative and civil litigations and has developed a particular knowledge in insolvency, foreclosure writs and procedures, as well as bankruptcy matters.

Octavian is also notable for his practice in the field of white-collar crime and financial fraud, being regarded as one of the leading Romanian lawyers with an extensive experience in this area. He is reputed and acknowledged for his comprehensive approach to difficult cases, involving corruption, corporate fraud, as well as economic espionage and provides expert assistance during prosecuting investigations, as well as, in front of the relevant Romanian criminal courts.

Octavian Popescu is also Vice-president of the Bucharest Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Counsellor at Bucharest Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

Established as a full-service law firm, Popescu & Asociatii genuinely combines the expertise and exposure in the consultancy field with high level of strategic capabilities and experience in trials and court rooms, to provide state-of-art advice and representation both in local and cross border deals and files.

Our mission is to deliver strategic, excellent and innovative legal and business solutions. Excellence, collaboration and innovation are at the core of the way we work, with each other and with our clients. We focus on building long-term relationships and we do this by staying true to our founding principles: to provide client service and the highest standards, always keeping in mind work ethics, integrity and the responsibility towards our clients businesses, deals and cases that they entrusting us.

We don’t believe in following our competitors; we want to be the ones setting the path and leading the way, by seeking opportunities to foster and support innovation, new solutions, and to seeing things differently, working together with our clients to bring ideas to life, ideas that address the challenges and opportunities they face.

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).

Julia Watkins

Julia Watkins is our exclusively recommended Contract Law expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Julia directly using the contact details above.

Julia  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.

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country’s capital and commercial centre. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III once ruled.

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 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.