10 Years on the Romanian Legal Market
We’ve grown to be the best boutique firm in Romania, specialised in Public Procurement and PPP.
Over the years, VASS Lawyers won the appreciation of its clients, as well as the recognition of local and international publications. One of the most relevant rankings is the Legal 500 EMEA, which provides annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in Romania, based on a rigorous research that includes interviews with clients, law firms and their competitors.
Iulia Vass’ team at VASS Lawyers displays an "exceptional service quality and proactive attitude". Vass is an "impressive lawyer and consultant" and recently handled a number of projects in industries such as oil and gas, construction and infrastructure, healthcare and education. Clients include a number of foreign investors from Germany, Hungary, Japan and Spain, who praise the team for its "seriousness, professionalism and readiness".
VASS Lawyers has "excellent knowledge of the public procurement field". Iulia Vass is praised for her "capacity to draw scenarios regarding a certain case and anticipate the results"; she assisted the leader of a consortium of companies with a successful challenge against the award procedure of a €282m ambulances supply contract. Senior associate Alexandra Mititelu is recommended.
VASS Lawyers’ team comes up with original solutions to disputes. The group has a strong track record in procurement litigation, and has seen a recent uptick in insolvency matters. Iulia Vass and senior associate Alexandra Mititelu represent a pharmaceutical company in a dispute over the award procedure of a public procurement contract for nuclear magnetic resonance imaging equipment.
VASS Lawyers is "unquestionably in the top tier of law firms for PPP in Romania". Iulia Vass "has built a great team that works like a Swiss watch", handling a range of matters, such as assisting a significant European oil company with a fuel distribution project, and advising an unsuccessful bidder on a 150m euros road project. Bianca Bello is also involved in much of the key work.
VASS Lawyers is a "professional and result-oriented partner in public procurement projects", and is noted for its "excellent professional representation and interdisciplinary approach". The "proactive" team advises on bids and disputes relating to road, IT, healthcare and water projects. Iulia Vass and Bianca Bello are "extremely knowledgeable and well informed", and "their advice is always very well evidenced".
VASS Lawyers specialises in public-private partnership matters and provides "top-quality services" with particular experience in EU-funded projects. Recent work includes transport infrastructure, energy and IT projects and public procurements. Founder and practice head Iulia Vass is "always on the ball". The "professional and thorough" Bianca Bello was recently promoted to the partnership.
VASS Lawyers reputation in the PPP market is certainly growing; the "dynamic and exceptional" team, which is lauded for its "vast knowledge and friendly approach", is fast becoming a major contender on high-profile mandates. It recently advised an international construction company on a tender for a 250m euros project financed by the EBRD and represented Selina Grup in a highway project. The "efficient and highly professional" Iulia Vass heads the team.
VASS Lawyers provided legal opinions on projects implemented within the Green Industry Innovation Programme Romania, part of the Norwegian Grants. The consultancy activity concerned areas such as state aid, public procurement and legal status of the real estate used in projects. As regards the state aid awarded to companies, VASS Lawyers provided legal opinions on the eligible activities and costs reported by the Project Promoters within the state aid category granted for the project. The team analyzed also the procurement procedures relevant for the financing programme, as well as the legal situation of the real estate used in some of the financed projects.
VASS Lawyers team has successfully sustained our position for our arisen dispute under FIDIC Yellow Book 1999 EU funded ISPA Design and Build Project. Despite time constraints, VASS Lawyers provided a supreme level of legal advice on the application of various contractual clauses under Romanian judicial system and appropriate interpretations of civil code before and during the Dispute Adjudication Board Hearings. Our case has simply strengthened with the involvement of VASS Lawyers Team.
ASR Limited had never done business in Romania before working with VASS Lawyers. We were faced with the challenge of submitting a tender for a public procurement project. VASS Lawyers team provided excellent and timely assistance, allowing us to navigate a complex tender process in a foreign language. At every challenge we faced, VASS Lawyers were there by our side, with world-class dedication and professionalism.
We have been working with VASS Lawyers for almost four years and we are extremely grateful to them for the excellent legal advice received in all aspects of our activity. All members of the team exhibit outstanding legal skills and knowledge, are extremely professional, trustworthy and of high integrity. Furthermore, they are all very hard-working, extremely effective in handling our requests, at the same time paying attention to all details, and have always went above and beyond to assist our company with all aspects of its activity. We are excited about a long lasting collaboration and we strongly recommend them to all other prospective clients.
Our collaboration with VASS Lawyers can be characterized through a simple word: professionalism. Hardly have we come across such an efficient, knowledgeable, well informed, inspired and reliable team of lawyers in our 25 years of experience on the market. We clicked from the very start and their work was at all times highly professional and comprehensive, providing us all the necessary information needed in order to make an informed decision regarding a certain course of action, as well as being capable to anticipate the most probable outcomes. The lawyers’ confidence, meticulousness and attentiveness best describe what inspired us to trust that our legal issues are managed most impeccably.
In our 27 years of activity and management of several private companies covering a diverse range of industries, during which we had to face the shortcomings of an unstable and interpretable legislative system, we had the opportunity to work with many law firms on various legal aspects, e.g. commercial, employment, criminal, public, civil, constitutional. Of all these law firms, we strongly consider VASS Lawyers being the best. Their professionalism, promptness, perseverance, coherence, reasoning, analytical ability, communication, creativity and integrity are the reasons for which we highly recommend VASS Lawyers to any company seeking for legal counselling.
The great professionalism of VASS Lawyers is worth being given as an example to many others. Our company has been working with the law firm since 2010, and we have never been disappointed by the legal services provided by the team. They always present us the reality as it is without giving us false hopes on our success chances in the courts of law. In fact, VASS Lawyers functions as "an honorable institution" in a random Romanian justice system in which the lack of predictability and consistency reigns upon us. Because they have always been by our side and have never disappointed us, we are truly grateful to VASS Lawyers.