Nicholas S. Hammond

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.

He 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.

He has spoken on a number of webinars. Currently he writes a blog on Romanian law as well as doing business in Romania.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Philosophy

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.

Experience

The Firm is a full service commercial firm as well as supplying legal advice to individuals as required. Our lawyers have experience in M&A and all types of commercial transactions and law.  We advise on restructuring of major investments in the exploration field and construction industry. Our lawyers also advise on joint ventures both local and those with international partners.

We deal with all types of general commercial agreements ranging from purchase agreements and franchise documentation to complex corporate restructuring.  We are experienced in dealing with copyright and IP issues as well technological matters.

Our expertise in financial matters allows us to advise clients on banking and financial structuring including financial leasing. We are experienced in dealing with bank negotiations in respect of loans and their restructuring. We advise insurance companies on the requirements and compliance with Romanian and EU law.

Our litigation team is particularly experienced in dealing not only with internal litigation but in deals with cross border litigation as well as arbitration matters both Romania and international arbitration. We advise on employment issues including individual employment contracts as well as in respect of hiring as well as advising when it is necessary for a client to reduce its work force.

Real estate of all levels dealing from purchase or sale of apartments to sale and purchase of large tracts of land including licensing is also a strong point for our teams.  We have also dealt with cases in the oil and gas industry as well as transportation and aviation matters.

The Firm also provides taxation advice in respect of structuring transactions.as well as the impact EU legislation.

International

The Firm deals both with local and international matters. Most of the clients who consult with us have an international connection or element to their business.

We are aware of this and through our network of contacts built up over many years including our membership as exclusive member of Globalaw in Romania; we can assist our clients in resolving problems in other jurisdictions. When a client contacts with an issue that needs foreign expertise, we refer the client to the lawyer or law firm that we feel is most suited to their needs and requirements.

As we have no formal arrangements with any law firm in any jurisdiction this means that we can find the right law firm for the client both in terms of expertise but also, financially. This is important for not only is success important but also a satisfied client is important to us.

Clients who we have assisted by referring them to other law firms have been more than happy with the referral.

 

Alexandru Badet

Alexandru Badet has extensive knowledge and legal skills in the area of corporate and commercial law and mergers and acquisitions. He has a broad experience in drafting and reviewing corporate bylaws, shareholders agreements, sale and purchase agreements, services agreements, distribution agreements, lease agreements, employment agreements and escrow agreements.

Alexandru Badet advises clients on regulatory issues, bid and tender preparation, negotiation of transaction documentation and sale-purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions finance, post-acquisition transition and integration.

Specialties: corporate law, real estate, project finance and tendering, commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, aviation and shipping, EU funding, internet & computers, EU and international law.

Badet Alexandru Attorneys at Law:

Badet Law is a Romanian business law firm based in Bucharest, founded in 2013 by Alexandru Badet, a leading lawyer with a solid track record as Senior Associate and Partner with international and local law firms.

We deliver expert legal advice in a pragmatic, responsive and cost-effective way via our dedicated practice areas. Our main areas of expertise are Corporate and Commercial, M&A, Employment, Banking and Finance, Litigation & Arbitration and Real Estate and Construction. We also provide valuable legal advice and assistance to clients operating in the aviation and shipping sectors and the energy and renewables industry.

Our clients are Romanian companies of all sizes, foreign companies and their subsidiaries located in Romania, as well as Romanian and foreign individuals.

We build our practice on a strong set of values that guide us in all that we do and that enable us to achieve the highest standards in all our actions: an excellent quality of service, a passionate and fresh approach to any matter and  client happiness.

Our firm’s  focus is on our clients and their businesses and we apply our expertise to help achieve their objectives.  We invest time in building lasting relationships and a good understanding of our clients’ affairs in order to know what matters and our advice can be relevant, effective and appropriate.

Our clients tell us that our professionalism, ability to tackle complex problems and strong emphasis on communication are the reasons why they work with us. We are proud of our creative and fresh approach and aim to continue investing in improving our service.

 

Simona Chirică

education

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, Bucharest/Romania (Ph.D. 2009)
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich/Germany (Summer Training in German and European Law 2005)
Nicolae Titulescu University, Faculty of Law, Bucharest/Romania (Master’s degree in Business Law 2005, Lic. iur. 2004)
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz/Germany (Summer Training in International Private Law 2003)

teaching positions

Academy of Economic Studies, Assistant, Bucharest/Romania (since 2004)
Several seminars and lectures on Romanian Private Law (ARS, WIFI Vienna, Business Circle)

working experience

National Law Firm, Attorney at Law, Bucharest/Romania (2004-07)

memberships

Bucharest Bar

languages

Romanian, German, English

Schoenherr:

Our main ambition is your commercial success and satisfaction as our client. We know that ready-made answers or legal nitpicking are not an option for our clients. We provide flexible, creative, and personally-tailored solutions – always on the highest level of corporate law on both the national and international level.

Legal issues are often very complex. At schoenherr, we ensure that they don’t become perplexing as well. Clear and effective communication is a hallmark of our dialogue with clients. Also within schoenherr, it is one of the highest priorities of our corporate culture.

Schoenherr was one of the first international law firms to move into the dynamically developing CEE market. Today, schoenherr is among the largest law firms in this region and has an outstanding reputation.