Georgiana Sirbu, Co – Managing Partner, Sirbu&Vornicu
Georgiana Sirbu practiced law at one of the biggest law firms in Bucharest, NNDKP. Following this, she was at the helm of the legal department of international energy giant AstroEnergy, part of the Chint Group with a presence in over 140 countries with more than 30,000 employees. As Head of Legal in Spain, she was in driving seat for the legal management of more than 15 offices in Spain, Romania, Chile, Mexico and Brazil.
Georgiana holds degrees in law and economics and a master’s degree in business law. She has taught at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona – a world-leading university ranked amongst the best universities in Spain where she has been involved in internationally renowned legal research groups.
She is valued for her ability to truly understand and empathize with her clients’ business interests and for her results-driven legal strategies and knowledge of public procurement, real estate and energy.
Roxana Vornicu, Co-Managing Partner, Sirbu&Vornicu
Roxana Vornicu is recognized nationally and internationally for her public procurement and EU law expertise and she combines academic excellence with legal practice for almost a decade. As a practitioner, Roxana specializes in procurement, construction and administrative law. She has worked for one of the biggest law firm in the country (NNDKP) for over 7 years, managing and working in some of the highest profile administrative disputes of Romania. She handles complex strategies for procurement and administrative disputes and holds comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of EU procurement law.
Her academic accomplishments are stellar. She holds a Magna Cum Laudae PhD in procurement remedies and is regularly invited as a speaker to elite universities and conferences in Europe, including for instance, Oxford Business School. Roxana is also a part time researcher at the King´s College London Centre of Construction law and Dispute Resolution in London. While at King´s, Roxana works in the field of emerging construction technologies like Building Information Modelling and their legal consequences throughout the procurement and development of construction projects.
Roxana has an impressive publication record of articles and papers in international and peer reviewed journals, having published with some of the elite publishers in the world, including Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press on topics of EU law, public procurement law, construction law and comparative administrative law.
- R Vornicu, ´Promotion of new technologies to foster SPP – the example of BIM in the construction sector´, published in Andhov, M., Caranta, R., Stoffel, T., Grandia, J., Janssen, W. A., Vornicu, R., … Wiesbrock, A. (2020)- ´Sustainability through public procurement: the way forward – Reform Proposals´. See a copy available here
- R. Vornicu, ´Legea 98/2016 privind achizițiile publice comentata´,
Wolters Kluwer Online, Co-author Dacian Dragos. See more details here
- R. Vornicu ´Concessions and PPP in Romania´, in Piotr Bogdanowicz, Roberto Caranta, Pedro Telles (eds), Public-Private Partnerships and
Concessions in the EU, Edward Elgar 2020, Co-author Dacian Dragos
- Vornicu, R. ´Procurement Damages in the UK and France – Why So Different? journal article Revisiting the Issue in Light of the Fosen-Linjen Saga´, European Procurement and Public Private Partnership review (EPPPL), Special Issue on the Legal Remedies and Implications from the Fosen-Linjen Case. See details here.
- Vornicu, R. ´The Sufficiently Serious Breach Test in Action. Damages in Procurement Law and a Tale of Three Courts: the CJEU, the UK Supreme Court and the EFTA Court. See details here
- Vornicu R. ´Tendencies and Developments in Romanian Administrative Law´, in J.B. Auby, Le futur du Droit Administratif, Sous la direction de Jean-Bernard Auby, avec la collaboration d’Émilie Chevalier et Emmanuel Slautsky, co-authored with D.C. Dragos, LexisNexis, 2019. See details here
- Vornicu, R., ´Protecting the environment in investor state disputes: comparative administrative law as a source for the proportionality test´ in press with Cambridge University Press in a collective volume titled Engaging with domestic law in international adjudication (in press).
- Vornicu, R., ‘The implementation of the Concession Directive in Romania’, published with Munus Rivista giuridica dei servizi pubblici, vol. 3/2018.
- Vornicu, R, ´Administrative liability in Romania´, in a collective volume published with Oxford University Press edited by Giacinto della Cananea & Roberto Caranta (in press).
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Stefan Dudas, Of counsel, Sirbu&Vornicu
Stefan Dudas has over ten years of experience in international dispute settlement and has practiced law in several European jurisdictions, including France, Germany, Austria and Romania while working for world-renowned international law firms, such as Shearman & Sterling LLP and Derains & Gharavi International, and other market leading law firms in Romania, such as NNDKP and Musat & Associates.
He focuses his practice on investor-State disputes, as well as complex commercial arbitrations in the energy, infrastructure, insurance, and oil and gas sectors. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations before ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL under a variety of substantive laws. Recent cases in which Stefan acted include:
- An ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Middle Eastern State and an Asian company in relation to a dispute arising out of a contract for the construction and exploitation of a solid waste management facility valued at over USD 500 million;
- An ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Qatari company and the largest car manufacturers in the world over the termination of a distribution agreement, with an amount in dispute over USD 150 million;
- A dispute under the SCC Arbitration Rules concerning the construction of a power plant in Libya valued at over USD 400 million;
- Two ICC arbitrations seated in Paris between one of the largest Italian power company and a State-owned company in relation to a privatization agreement entailing the modernization of the national power grid in Romania. The total amount in dispute was over EUR 1.5 billion;
- A series of ICC arbitrations seated in Paris between one of the largest French companies specialized in construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure and a State-owned company, valued at over EUR 125 million concerning some of the largest infrastructure projects in Romania;
- An investment treaty dispute initiated by a Dutch investor under the ICSID Convention against Romania in relation to bankruptcy of one of the largest insurance companies in the CEE region valued at EUR 350 million;
- An investment treaty dispute between an Iranian investor and South Korea under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in relation to the privatization of a State-owned company valued at over USD 500 million.
Stefan holds a Master of Laws in international arbitration from Stockholm University and is currently finalizing a Ph.D. in international law at the University of Vienna.
He has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer in international arbitration. Stefan’s recent publications include:
- “Energy Charter Treaty, the Protection of Renewable Energy Investments post Achmea”, in The future of Investment Treaty Arbitration in the EU. Energy Charter Treaty, Intra-EU BITs and Multilateral Investment Court, co-author, Kluwer International, (upcoming in May 2020);
- “Treaty Counterclaims under the ICSID Convention” in ICSID Convention after 50 years: unsettled issues, Kluwer International 2017;
- “A Sovereign’s Broken Promise: the Golden Ticket to a Billion-Dollar Award?”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, June 21, 2016;
- “Annulment of awards in Arbitration in Romania”, C. Leaua and F. A. Baias eds. Kluwer International, 2016;
- “Construction law in Romania”, Co-author in Construction Law in Europe, European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) 2016;
- “A story about broken promises and legitimate expectations: Bilcon of Delaware et al. v. Canada”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 11 September 2015.
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Andreea Filipciuc, Associate, Sirbu&Vornicu
Andreea has been involved in a broad range of urbanism and construction disputes including arbitration proceedings, regarding matters such as the execution of FIDIC and public procurement contracts. Her experience also covers energy market issues, such as the energy market liberalization and reactive energy regulations.
Moreover, Andreea has been directly involved in disputes regarding major infrastructure and construction projects and has assisted clients in all stages of litigation. Her litigation and arbitration practices are completed by her advisory work on procurement contracts with a focus on construction contracts.
In addition to her experience in construction and energy law, Andreea is keenly interested in business law and different commercial matters, being involved in several projects initiated by the Romanian Institute of Commercial Law.
Outside of the courtroom, Andreea has been involved in the organizations of several academic events, including international conferences and mock trials competition for law students.
She is a very hard working and enthusiastic individual whose aspiration is to continuously broaden her theoretical and practical knowledge. Her eagerness to constantly learn new matters along with her devotion to grow on a professional level make her highly valuable.
Andreea has graduated Law School as a valedictorian and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Arbitration at the University of Bucharest
Highlights of her activity include assisting:
- a major producer of electricity in litigation regarding the annulment of the Decisions and Orders issued by the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority;
- a major producer of natural gas and electricity in litigation regarding the day-ahead energy market;
- several public institutions and authorities in national and international arbitrations/disputes regarding the execution and termination of FIDIC contracts;
- a major waste operator in litigations regarding the annulment of environmental permits and the execution of Concession contracts;
- a power market operator in litigations regarding the Green Certificates Energy Market;
- a major national company in litigation regarding highly complex infrastructure projects;
- a major company group specialized in the design and construction of power station and high-voltage lines in litigation regarding the amendment of public procurement contracts.
Andrei Talamba, Partner, Sirbu&Vornicu
Andrei is a highly skilled litigator and experienced business advisor, having represented clients in complex cases before national courts of all jurisdictions, as well as domestic and international investment arbitration proceedings. His areas of expertise include FIDIC contracts, urban planning and construction law, corporate and M&A, with particular focus on insolvency related issues.
Before joining the Sârbu & Vornicu team, Andrei has achieved a wide experience within top tier law firms and led the litigation and insolvency department in a local reputed company. Throughout this practice, he has provided assistance in Romania s major insolvency proceedings, such as the ones related to Hidroelectrica S.A., Interagro S.A., Oltchim S.A., Prospecțiuni S.A. or Astra Asigurare Reasigurare S.A.
His versatile approach in settlement of contract disputes led him to advising clients in complex EPC projects carried out in Western Europe, Africa and Middle East, with a particular focus on overhead transmission lines and wind power parks.
Nicoleta Cherciu, Partner, Sirbu&Vornicu
Nicoleta is a tech-savvy lawyer and researcher. She started her career as a dispute resolution lawyer at NNDKP where she handled IP landmark cases and international arbitration disputes. She then moved on to join UiPath’s legal team for the Americas region and specialized in IT and IP matters. Nicoleta currently combines her practice with academic endeavors as researcher and expert in international and interdisciplinary consortia developing cutting-edge technology.
Whilst at UiPath, Nicoleta was in charge with drafting and negotiating global licensing agreements and partnership agreements with company’s biggest US based customers, both private companies (e.g. Amazon, Bank of America) and governmental ones (e.g. US federal agencies), and global system integrators (e.g. CGI, Deloitte). She also drafted, reviewed and negotiated tech alliance agreements, OEM agreements, IP insurance and source code escrow agreements and other related B2B and B2C agreements. On the product side, she carried out legal impact assessments and worked closely with the Product and Privacy teams during the release management process to identify and mitigate risks early in the product development stage (e.g. by performing code scans and reviewing third party licenses in order to identify and exclude viral OSS).
Thereafter, she started her own private practice and advised Romanian start-ups. She is the go-to person for all law and technology matters, as her experience spans from advising on GDPR requirements for computer vision technologies, trademarks registrations, IP territorial limitations from a competition law standpoint, to drafting and negotiating software licensing contracts, software/professional services contracts, IT procurement agreements, equity stock options plans, shares purchase agreements, NDAs, privacy and cookie policies, online platforms’ terms of service and use, etc.
At the same time, as international researcher she is involved as expert and consultant in many and robotics Horizon2020 projects, such as CONBOTS, INBOTS, and Robocom+++ where she analyses the legal, ethical and social implications related to the development and use of robotics and AI applications by tailoring and implementing risk-assessment tools, such as the ALTAI, DPIAs, and FRIAs and drafting reports on the basis of such analysis. She also acted as external consultant for the European Parliament on the liability of digital platforms and on AI liability models. She is also a Research Member (Law, Healthcare) of the Z-Inspection® Initiative and a member of the IEEE’s Global Initiative on the Ethics of Extended Reality.
CCIpR– Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Romania
BLRMCC– Belgian Luxembourg Romanian Moldovan Chamber of Commerce
PLAN – Procurement Law Academic Network
European Procurement Law Group
Transnational Alliance Group, King´s College London
ASEMER– The Association of Spanish Companies in Romania.
AAI– The Independent Directors Association.
Participant at PWN– Professional Women’s Network Romania.