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International commercial arbitration

Leaua Damcali Deaconu Paunescu – LDDP has acquired a privileged position in matters of commercial arbitration and enjoys wide national and international recognition for its professionalism in this line of work.

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  • Legal representation in national and international commercial arbitration cases, in ad hoc and institutionalised arbitration proceedings conducted before various international arbitration courts (International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Paris, ICSID – Washington, LCIA – London, VIAC – Vienna, the Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hungary, etc.);

  • Working as arbitrators (some of our lawyers are arbitrators of international commercial arbitration institutions, such as the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO Geneva, the International Arbitration Centre attached to the Federal Economic Chamber VIAC – Vienna);

  • Expert support, by writing and defending testimonies in matter of the Romanian law, in international arbitration files;

  • representation before Romanian courts of law in proceedings for the cancellation of arbitral awards rendered on the Romanian territory;

  • representation before Romanian courts of law during the proceedings for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Romania;

  • representation in alternative dispute resolution proceedings – mediation, conciliation (including in proceedings conducted before the European Commission), neutral assessment of the potential outcome of a dispute, etc.;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a high-profile Romanian company against a Dutch investor in an ICC dispute concerning the termination of the shares assignment agreement whereby the Dutch investor had acquired 50% of the shares in a project company set up for the development of a real estate project, whose value exceeded 50,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in an ICC arbitration file, the object of which consisted of claims raised both by the contractor, and by the contracting authority. The dispute arose from a FIDIC contract concerning the rehabilitation and upgrading of the fresh water supply system and sewerage network in one of Romania’s largest cities, a contract financed from ISPA funds, amounting to approximately 34,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in two successive ICC arbitration files, concerning mutual claims submitted by the contractor and by the contracting authority. The dispute derived from a FIDIC contract for the rehabilitation and upgrade of a Water Treatment Plant in one of Romania’s largest cities, [contract] financed from ISPA funds. The indemnification agreed upon for the parties’ claims in the two disputes amounted to approximately 27,500,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in an ICC arbitration dispute having as its object mutual claims raised by the contractor and by the contracting authority, a dispute arisen from the implementation of a FIDIC contract for building the Water Treatment Plant in a large city of Romania. The project was financed from ISPA funds, and the value of the parties’ claims was in excess of 31,500,000.

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in an ICC arbitration file, in connection with the building of a compost plant, a waste landfill and the closure of a waste landfill, under a FIDIC-type contract financed from ISPA funds. The object of the dispute consisted of the claims raised by the contractor and by the contracting authority, amounting to approximately 14,150,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a leading Romanian company against a Dutch investor, in an ICC dispute concerning the shareholders’ liability for the decrease in the value of the project developed in joint venture, the value of the claims exceeded 20,000,000 and the dispute ended with the parties reaching an amicable agreement;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in an ICC arbitration file in which the object of the dispute consisted of the contractor’s claims, deriving from a FIDIC contract for building a waste water treatment plant in one of Romania’s largest cities, a contract financed from ISPA funds. The value of the main claim amounted to approximately EUR 1,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a public authority in an ICC arbitration dispute concerning mutual claims upheld by the contractor and by the contracting authority. The dispute relied on a FIDIC contract for the rehabilitation and upgrading of a road section in Romania, a contract financed from European Investment Bank funds. The value of the parties’ claims exceeded EUR 4,700,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in an ICC arbitration dispute concerning mutual claims of the contractor and of the contracting authority, a dispute arising from the implementation of a FIDIC contract for upgrading the water adduction system servicing one of the largest cities in Romania. The project was financed from ISPA funds, and the value of the parties’ claims was more than EUR 4,600,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a company in an ICC arbitration dispute arising from the implementation of a FIDIC contract financed from ISPA funds. The object of the contract consisted of upgrading the fresh water distribution system in a large Romanian city. The project was financed from ISPA funds, and the value of the parties’ mutual claims was of approximately EUR 2,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation in favor of a holding company, in a VIAC arbitration dispute arising in connection with a goodwill sale-purchase agreement. The value of the main claim exceeded 900.000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a well-renowned company in an ICC arbitration dispute arising from the implementation of an agreement concerning the building of a hospital in the Middle East. The value of the parties’ mutual claims amounted to approximately EUR 5,500,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a prestigious company in the transportation engineering field, in a dispute with a Romanian authority, pending before the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. The value of the parties’ mutual claims exceeded 2,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a company in an ICC arbitration file where the object of the dispute consisted in the contractor’s claims, amounting to more than EUR 13,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a high-profile company in the field of hydro-technical constructions, in a dispute with one of its consortium’s members, arisen in connection with the implementation of a contract for waterway rehabilitation. The dispute was pending before the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. The value of the main claim amounted to approximately 150,000;

  • Members of the Romanian law expert team appointed by the lawyers representing a Romanian authority in an ICC dispute arising from a FIDIC contract, concerning the rehabilitation of a road section. The value of the main claim exceeded EUR 8,300,000;

  • Members of the Romanian law expert team appointed by the lawyers representing a Romanian authority in an ICC dispute arising from a FIDIC contract, concerning the rehabilitation of a road section. The value of the main claim exceeded EUR 24,000,000;

  • Members of the Romanian law expert team appointed by the lawyers representing a Romanian authority in an ICC dispute arising from a FIDIC contract, concerning the rehabilitation of a road section. The value of the main claim exceeded EUR 2,000,000;

  • Legal assistance and representation of a central public authority in a dispute settled before the Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB), deriving from the parties’ claims based on a FIDIC contract concerning the construction of road inspection platforms, aimed at ensuring efficient traffic monitoring, inspection of motor vehicle safety and weighing heavy duty vehicles for freight transport;

  • Legal assistance and representation in favor of a public utility company (operating in the fresh water supply and waste water sector) in a DAB dispute deriving from a FIDIC contract, financed from ISPA funds and having as its object the rehabilitation of a fresh water treatment plant servicing a large Romanian city. The value of the parties’ mutual claims exceeded EUR 1,200,000;

  • Documenting, analysis, preparing decisions in disputes between trade mark owners and owners of internet domain names, pending before the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization;

  • Representation in favor of the defendant State in several ICSID files, concerning claims submitted by foreign investors, in reliance upon treaties for the mutual protection of investments, concluded between their origin states and the state where the investments were performed. Disputes amounted to values ranging between USD 175,000,000 and USD 375,000,000.

  • Crenguta Leaua is a former Vice-President of the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and is currently Romania’s representative to the International Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Paris;

  • Lawyers within our law firm are featured on the lists of various Arbitration Courts: the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bucharest (Crenguta Leaua, Marius Grigorescu), to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prahova (Alexandru Codescu), to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brasov (Andreea Simulescu), or are members in the lists of arbitrators for intellectual property disputes of the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Crenguta Leaua), or members in the list of arbitrators for the settlement of disputes concerning internet domain names, for the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Mihaela Maravela);

  • Our lawyers are members of various organizations working in the field of arbitration (London Court of International Arbitration – LCIA, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – CIArb, London, Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA, International Bar Association – IBA – Committee Arbitration);

  • Our lawyers are involved in work groups of arbitration institutions in arbitration-related matters – ICC Task Force on Criminal Law in Arbitration, the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and of Bucharest Municipality);

  • Lawyers in our law firm have authored numerous scientific articles and chapters in specialized works (more than 30) and have given various lectures or reports in national or international conferences and symposia (more than 25) in matters relating to arbitration.

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