Nicholas hammond
Name: Nicholas S. Hammond
Firm Name: Hammond-Partnership
Jurisdiction: Romania
Practice Area: Commercial Law


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Professional Biography:

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.

 

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