Daniela David

Head of Litigation

Dana has significant experience in commercial, fiscal and civil litigation, arbitration and commercial matters. She has developed an important litigation practice assisting multinational companies before the Romanian Courts of Justice.

Dana has worked on some of the largest competition cases in Romanian history as well as on some of Romania’s leading environmental matters.  She also has significant experience in bankruptcy matters and large complex arbitrations.

Recent experience includes:

Fiscal and Public Authorities litigation

  • assisted a Belgian beer company against the Romanian financial authorities in a dispute related to the fiscal obligations of this company, including arguing before the Constitutional Court of Romania.  Amount in dispute was in the 10’s million USD;
  • assisted a Belgian beer company against the local authorities (i.e., City Hall) related to a dispute over a concession agreement
  • advised the largest fixed line telecommunication company in one of the biggest competition cases in Romanian history, including representing the company before the Competition Council and the Romanian courts of law;
  • advised one of the Romania’s mobile phone operators in relation to competition issues arising from claims of “abuse of dominate position” and “concerted practices”;
  • assisted the world’s largest beverage company against the financial authorities in a currency litigation matter;
  • assisted a Belgian company against the Customs Authorities in a matter involving the application of fiscal incentives to the client;

Commercial litigation

  • represented a Uzbekistan mining company in a litigation regarding mining equipment;
  • advise a large steel producer with respect to a dispute over land in central Bucharest.   Amount in dispute was in the 10’s millions of Euros;

Environmental litigation

  • assisted a leading US metal producer in a litigation with the environmental authorities concerning best available technologies.  This is Romania’s leading case on the matter;
  • represented Romania’s leading quarry operator in a variety of litigation and disputes, including a series of disputes and cases involving the environmental and water authorities;
  • advised the second largest Romania steel mill in an environmental case concerning a large and complex cleanup operation for the mills slag heap and waste pit;

Labor litigation

  • advised the large UK oil company in a series of labor cases and matters;
  • represented Romania’s third largest bank in a series of labor cases, including in relation to key senior management of the bank;
  • represented Romania’s leading quarry operator in a series of labor cases, including cases with its administrator and senior employees;


  • assisted the world’s leading oil trader in relation to a large oil delivery matter, including representing the client in an arbitration to collect outstanding amounts as well as in relation to certain bankruptcy issues.   Amount in controversy in the USD 10’s millions;
  • represented a large metal producer in relation to a product liability matter.  Amount in questions was in the USD 10’s millions;

Commercial transactions

  • advised on the acquisition from the State of Romania’s second largest steel mill;
  • advised a metal producer in relation to de-listing from the public markets (one of the largest transactions of its kind in Romania);
  • advised Poland’s largest construction company on all aspects of a takeover of three large construction/construction materials companies. This deal represented the largest ever Polish investment in Romania; and

Speaking & Lectures

  • Lectured at the Chambers of Commerce in Barcelona and Madrid regarding investment opportunities in Romania; and
  • Lectured on recent trends concerning the contestation of tax reports before the local authorities and the courts.


  • LL.B, University of Bucharest, 1994;
  • MA, University Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris (Business Law), 1998;
  • Mediation Courses, Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest, 2004


  • 1996


  • Vernon | David – 2001 to date
  • Ernst & Young -2000 to 2001, Assistant Manger
  • Bertagna Gruia Dufaut, 1996-2000, Senior Lawyer
  • Ostrovschi Eugen, Individual Law Office, September 1994-1996;
  • Fine Arts Union, Legal Adviser, 1994

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