Practice areas
  • „STOICA & Asociaţii handles high-profile litigation pertaining to banking, environment, tax and insurance, as well as international arbitration. ”

    Legal 500, 2017 edition

  • „One of the best Romanian law firms generally, STOICA & Asociaţii has a particularly robust patent group. With its versatile capabilities, it can make light work of every mandate under the sun, from the drafting of intricate patent applications to the smooth negotiation of IP-rich deals. Dragoş Bogdan is intimately familiar with both domestic and foreign legal procedures. A former judge, he is an extremely experienced and insightful professional, especially when it comes to litigation. Managing partner Valeriu Stoica has “a fantastic track record in patent contentious cases.”

    IAM Patent 1000, 2017 edition

  • „Experienced and respected litigation team assisting clients from the private and public sectors with cases relating to construction, environment and financial services. Possesses considerable experience in cases involving restructuring and insolvency, IP, tax and competition issues. Diverse client roster contains a range of prominent domestic and international companies from the life sciences, telecoms and metals sectors. Also active in international arbitration.”

    Chambers Europe, 2017 edition

Food & Beverage Industry

Through its multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled lawyers, STOICA & Asociaţii provides to clients – food & beverage manufacturers, national and international companies – legal advice, assistance and representation in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues, in intellectual property law matters, administrative and fiscal law, or competition law issues.

Intellectual Property

STOICA & Asociaţii provides legal assistance and representation to national and international companies operating in the food & beverage industry, in connection with a large array of contentious and non-contentious issues:

  • drafting and amending of various types of intellectual property related agreements: licensing or assignment arrangements;
  • representation during administrative/contentious proceedings before OSIM (Romania’s State Office for Inventions and Trademarks) and the competent courts in cases concerning the registration and protection of intellectual property rights: oppositions, infringements, cancellation or annulment/revocation claims, claims for the suspension of the commercial exploitation of a potentially infringing product, etc.;
  • assistance relating to the protection of intellectual property rights and strategic management of intellectual property right portfolios;
  • preparing long-term strategies in relation to intellectual property litigations and in case of crimes specific to this area of law.

Administrative and Fiscal Law

STOICA & Asociaţii provides legal assistance to companies with regard to market access, but also tax matters, in particular customs duties and the creation of a protection mechanism for the purpose of protecting intellectual property rights against various breaches by unfair competitors.

Unfair Competition

STOICA & Asociaţii provides assistance and representation to companies before competent authorities and courts of law, in unfair competition litigations.

Regulatory

STOICA & Asociaţii provides to clients legal assistance in all regulatory matters, particularly in liaising with the competent authorities: the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Authority for Sanitary, Veterinary and Food Safety and other authorities in the food safety field. As regards food manufacturing, STOICA & Asociaţii provides legal assistance in matters such as labeling and packaging, sanitary and veterinary clearance for intra-community export/trade in compliance with the relevant regulations.

Competition Law

STOICA & Asociaţii provides legal assistance and representation before the competent competition authorities investigating anti-competitive practices. In addition, the lawyers specialized in competition law from STOICA & Asociaţii conduct competition audits and corporate compliance programs for mergers and acquisition projects, joint-ventures, distribution structures, commercial agreements, pricing policies raising competition law issues.

Relevant experience[+]

  • Assisting and representing an important food producer in a litigation having as object the claims deriving from the termination of a contract regarding the construction of a bio gas producing facility;
  • Assisting and representing a top player on the international market of dairy products in a series of litigations regarding the cancellation of the misleading trademark and the industrial design registered by one of its main competitors;
  • Assisting and representing a major Romanian mineral water producer in connection with, inter alia, a claim filed by a competitor regarding alleged misleading and comparative advertising;
  • Assisting and representing a major Romanian bank in the reorganization procedure of two companies part of a company specializing in milk and dairy products;
  • Assisting a major Romanian bank in the reorganization procedure of a major producer of edible oil products;
  • Representing a major Romanian company in connection with the annulment of a concession agreement over an agricultural land;
  • Assistance of certain producers in the food industry in structuring and implementing of promotional campaigns;
  • Advising a major Spanish company in the acquisition of the majority stake from the Romanian State in a state owned company acting in the food industry;
  • Advising a major international food company with regard to the effects of the privatization process of a Romanian target company;
  • Assisting and representing a major chewing gum producer and his distributors in the claim for the cancellation of the Competition Council decision regarding a vertical monopolistic understanding in the chewing gum market.