On 16.05.2017, Bucharest will host another AUSTRIA SHOWCASE event organized by Advantage Austria/ WKÖ (representing Austria's economy abroad). This edition will be dedicated to the construction and construction supply industry.
Austrian companies from the construction and construction supply sector will visit Romania and explore cooperation opportunities, projects and investments in the areas of building construction and civil engineering. Given Romania's enormous investment requirement, but also the (EU) funds which will be available in the future, infrastructure development and expansion are of particular relevance.
STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit will contribute to this event with speeches on legal and tax issues in order to shed light on the relevant questions for these areas. The main focus will be on public procurement, as this area of law was entirely changed in 2016.
For further details, respectively for the registration, please visit the website of the Austrian foreign trade office here
Since 1994, the "Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot" an international moot court competition, in which law students represent parties to fictive arbitration law suits dealing with the UN sales law ("CISG") in front of legal experts, has been organized.
The "Vis Moot" is acknowledged as the most significant international moot court in the field of civil law, and as the "olympics of international trade law". More details can be found here.
Between April 8th and April 13th, Daniel Burghelea, attorney at law, arbitration expert and member of the STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. Litigation team, will participate in the final round of this important event in Vienna as an arbitrator.
On March 28th 2017, the fifth edition of the conference "Cities of Tomorrow" will take place. The scope of this high- caliber event consists in connecting the business environment with local administration, architects, town planners, and representatives of the civil society. In 2017, its motto is "urban and regional competitiveness" in view of stimulating sustainable development of Romania's cities and regions. The successful promotion of a city or region requires successful cooperation of all stakeholders and is a key factor for efficient development. Top international guests will debate on the topic of competitiveness of cities and regions.
Cristiana Stalfort, managing partner and expert for real estate and construction law with STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit., will host a round table discussion on the Romanian construction legislation. We look forward to this very interesting event.
For registrations, kindly access the following link.
On March 17th / 18th, Cluj-Napoca will host the first "Romanian - German Workshop on the European Information Law", organized by the Oldenburg University and DSRI, the German Foundation for Law and Informatics, in cooperation with the Babes-Bolyai-University in Cluj. Within this scientific event, internationally experienced specialists from Germany and Romania will exchange information on the relevant topics in the fields of media, data protection, telecommunication, and copyright law, as well as liability in the internet and cybercrime.
Dr. Raluca Oprisiu, Avocat (attorney at law RO) and Partner with On behalf of STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit., will contribute with a lecture on "Compliance and Whistleblowing". Please find the program here
The latest edition of the Romanian magazine for public procurement law (revista de achizitii publice) contains an interview with Veronica Visinescu, Avocat (attorney at law RO) and responsible for the procurement practice within STALFORT. With regard to the recently completely re- designed procurement legislation, Veronica informed on several aspects which are of high relevance in practice, such as the efficiency of the new award criteria, the effects of the new legislation on the quality of awarded services and products, the challenges for the persons in charge with bid verifications, as well as new regulations which, in practice, appear particularly difficult to apply.
In Juli 2016, the Compliance Center at the European University Viadrina and Compliance Academy have commonly organized the fourth edition of the "Viadrina Compliance Congress". Dr. Raluca Oprisiu from STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. has actively participated in this event and held a speech regarding current Romanian compliance issues.
Subsequent to this very successful event which aims at stimulating a European dialogue on compliance, an English compendium under the motto "Compliance Across Europe" has been published in a supplement to edition no. 1-2 of the magazine "Compliance- Berater". Dr. Raluca Oprisiu has contributed an article entitled "Romanian Whistleblowing Regulations: From Exemplary to Incomplete" to this publication. You can access the publication in German here
In October 2016, the German publishing house Fritz Knapp published the German handbook "Real Estate Financing and Loan Securities in Selected European Countries", a reference work developed in practice for the use in practice. Created by German speaking lawyers established in 19 different countries, the publication is addressed to German speaking banks and real estate investors which are active in other European real estate markets. The book was realised on the initiative of Cross Border Business Lawyers ("CBBL"), the worldwide network of German speaking law firms. On behalf of STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit., which is the exclusive partner of CBBL in Romania, the lawyers Oana Somesan, Andrada Harangus, Carmen Radulescu and Mihail Macovei have prepared the country report for Romania.
Please find the CBBL press release, containing also a link to the book presentation on the publisher's website, here
You can find further information on CBBL,here
Between November 21st and 24th 2016, "German solutions for the Romanian food industry", a business matchmaking event organized by the German - Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, will take place. On November 22nd, the event will host the symposium "German solutions for the Romanian food industry".
On behalf of STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit., Christian Weident, attorney at law and Manging Partner, will contribute with a speech regarding "Food Industry-a legal review and outlook", in which he will shed light on the current and future developments in the relevant legislation. Please contact the AHK for registrations.
On 27 October 2016, 18:00, the Romanian - German Chamber of Commerce (AHK Romania) is organizing an information and networking event with several presentations in Satu Mare. The welcoming speech to this event will be held by H.E. Werner Hans Lauk, ambassador of Germany.
Peter Schnabl, auditor and tax consultant with STALFORT Legal.Tax.Audit. will report on "Tax news". He will discuss changes occurred in tax legislation during 2016 and give an outlook on 2017. Please contact the AHK for registrations.
The Viadrina Compliance Center (VCC) of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) is dedicated to the critical scientific examination of compliance in Germany, but also beyond its geographic borders.
On the July 6th 7th 2016, the VCC organizes the IVth edition of the annual Viadrina Compliance Congress, in cooperation with the Compliance Academy. With this year,s motto being "Compliance across Europe", the event is dedicated to the European developments in the field of Cross-border Compliance. High level representatives in the field of science and economy will discuss sdubjects like compliance culture, fight against corruption and more. Attorney at Law Dr. Raluca Isabela Oprisiu from STALFORT will participate in the stage discussions related to "Cross Boarder Internal Investigation".
The event will take place in English language in the Europe- University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).You can find the event note of the VCC and the programme of the event (in English) here
The German-Romanian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Romania) is the officially recognized membership organization promoting trade and investment between Romania and Germany; it is the central player of German-Romanian economic relations and is actively working on their enhancements. On the occasion of this year's annual general meeting of members in June 2016, WP/StB Peter Schnabl, Managing Partner Tax and Accounting Services with STALFORT Legal. Tax. Audit. was elected as new member of the censors' committee of AHK Romania.
Between May 30th and June 3rd 2016, IFAT, the world's leading trade fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, will take place in München. Last year, the fair brought together approx. 3.081 exhibitors from 50 different countries, with a total of 135.000 visitors from 70 different countries during the 4 days.
On this occasion, between April 30th and May 2nd, the German- Romanian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) organizes a four day purchase travel from Romania to IFAT within the framework of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi). The program includes the participation to an information session, organized with the support of the network German Water Partnership, visits to several flagship projects in Bavaria (Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München) and to exhibitors from the Water Industry, as well as individual conversations accompanied by German specialists. Within the information session on May 31st, Christian Weident, attorney at law with STALFORT, will deliver a speech regarding "Economic and legal framework conditions in Romania".
You can find the event note of the AHK here and the programme of the event here
Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL, http://www.cbbl-lawyers.de/), the law firm network STALFORT has been a long-term member of, is organizing the annual "Forum for foreign law" on May 19th in Berlin. This year, the motto of the event, which will host top class participants, is "M&A, Taxes and Compliance in Eastern Europe". On behalf of STALFORT, Mag. Peter Schnabl will hold a presentation concerning the taxation of companies in Romania.
CBBL is the only worldwide network of selected German speaking corporate law firms specialized in the assistance of German speaking companies in the international business. It comprises one partner law firm/ cooperation partner for each of 52 different countries. In Romania, CBBL is represented by STALFORT Legal.Tax.Audit.
We would take pleasure in an active participation at the event. Clients and partners may book their participation at the event through STALFORT at preferential conditions. You can find the presentation of the event here and the forms for registering through our law firm here.
The Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO) regularly organizes the "Austrian Business Circle (ABC)", a communication-friendly event in the host country with information and networking elements. Austrian companies and their branches, distribution partners and representatives as well as local opinion leaders are the target audience.
On May 11th 2016, between 15 and 18 o' clock, two lectures by STALFORT will take place within the ABC. Attorney at Law Veronica Visinescu will report on the new features of the procurement law, while Peter Schnabl, tax consultant and auditor, will shed light on the fiscal aspects of project business. The participation at this English- spoken seminar is free of charge; registrations have to be sent until May 9th to Mrs. Christine Stoica from WKO at email@example.com. You can find details regarding the event here.
Moreover, German speakers may discuss the above mentioned subjects within a Live-Webinar in German on May 11th between 10:00 and 10:45. The participation is also free of charge; registrations have to be made here until May 10th. You can find details regarding the event here and the programme here.
On May 10th, 18:30, the Consulate of Germany in Transilvania, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK) are organizing an information and networking event with several lectures in Cluj. Attorney at Law Christian Weident from STALFORT will report on "Doing business in Romania - legal framework and subsidies". He will discuss aspects related to the economic activity in Romania and the current possibilities to claim subsidies. The presentation will be held in German, a simultaneous translation is provided.You can find the event note here and the programme of the event here.
Bayern Handwerk International (BHI) is an undertaking of the Bavarian Chambers of Crafts, which is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and supports industry and crafts businesses from Bavaria in developing markets and executing projects in foreign countries. BHI works with the CBBL network, within which STALFORT is the exclusive partner for Romania.
At the beginning of April, BHI has released the "Country Guide Romania" which has been entirely created by STALFORT.
The guide summarizes the most important rules and useful checklists for foreign industrial and crafts business. In a solution- oriented approach, it provides answers to important questions related to doing business in Romania. Sections are dedicated to construction and assembly works, personnel deployments, public procurement, the fiscal framework, as well as contract drafting and execution. You can download the country guide in PDF here. or request it directly from BHI at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first member meeting of the German Business Club Transilvania (DWS) in 2016 will take place in Sibiu on 20.01.2016. The event includes a lecture on "innovation in the Romanian tax law 2016", held in German by Peter Schnabl, auditor and tax consultant with STALFORT. You can contact Peter Schnabl or the DWS (www.dws.ro) for further details.
Bayern Handwerk International (BHI) is a company of the Bavarian Chamber of Crafts, which is sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economy, Media, Energy, and Technology and offers support for Bavarian craftsmen’s businesses in market development and contract execution abroad. BHI in turn cooperates with the CBBL network, of which STALFORT is the exclusive member for Romania.
At the beginning of April BHI published the “Country Guidelines Romania”, which were written in their entirety by STALFORT.
The guidelines summarise the most important regulations and helpful checklists regarding foreign operations for craftsmen’s businesses. They clarify essential practice-oriented issues relating to doing business in Romania. Separate chapters are dedicated to Construction and Installation Works, Foreign Posting of Employees, Public Procurement, Tax Framework and Contract Design and Execution.
On 3 December 2015, 6 pm, the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK) organises an information event with several presentations. On behalf of STALFORT, Peter Schnabl, auditor and tax consultant, will deliver a presentation entitled “Changes in tax law“. He will address the main changes in the Romanian fiscal legislation which come into force at the turn of the year. The presentation will be held in German, simultaneous translation into Romanian is provided.
On October 1st and 2nd 2015, the conference “Eco-Impuls 2015”, focused on “Large infrastructure projects”, took place in Timisoara before a large Romanian-German audience. It was organized by Aquademica, a German-Romanian foundation which was established by the Munich wastewater management enterprise “Münchner Stadtentwässerung” and its Timişoara counterpart. Aquademica is dedicated to research, education and training in the water management domain and regularly organises conferences.
At this event, Christian Weident delivered a presentation entitled “Infrastructure projects – legal challenges and possible approaches”, looking at existing problems and ideas for improvement in the areas which are important in this field. Focal points of the presentation were the public procurement law, which will change in the near future, and public-private partnerships. Do not hesitate to contact us for details.
On 8 July 2015 Romania will be again – after five years – in the centre of the conference organised by the Environmental Agency of Bavaria.
The event will enable internationally active companies to efficiently exchange information and experiences regarding water management, environment, infrastructure and other fields in Romania.
Christian Weident from STALFORT will deliver a speech entitled “Legal framework for doing business in Romania” halten.
The event will take place in Munich, at the water treatment plant Gut Großlappen, Freisinger Landstraße 187. The participation is free of charge.
For details an questions please contact the department “Technology Transfer Water” of the Environmental Agency of Bavaria by telephone at +49 92 81 1800 4507 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Please find the programme of the conference as well as a a registration form (in German) here.
At the “Demo Metal 2015”, the largest trade fair for metal processing in Romania, STALFORT shall contribute with two presentations in Romanian language on 21.05.2015: Adina Zdru shall present "Tax and accounting news", and Christian Weident shall speak about "Legal update - News, Changes and Tendencies".
The first members meeting of the German Business Club Transylvania (DWS) in 2015 shall take place on 21st of January in Sibiu. During this event STALFORT, represented by Mrs. Adina Zdru, will hold a presentation on the topic of â€žNew year amendments in the fields of accounting and tax lawâ€ś. The subject is of particular interest considering that the Romanian fiscal authorities have adopted, as usual, at the end of last year a series of short notice amendments, all of which shall enter into force in 2015.
LeitnerLeitner, one of the leading tax consultancy and audit firms in the Austrian and Eastern European arena, has launched the international working group â€žCEE Tax Groupâ€ś. The group aims at ensuring international cooperation in tax law matters, improving the cross-border understanding of these issues, expanding the know-how and consequently providing added value for clients. STALFORT, the exclusive partner of LeitnerLeitner in Romania, was represented by Mrs. Adina Zdru at the first successful event organized by this group on 05.12.2014.
The law firm STALFORT offers interested German â€žtrainee lawyersâ€ś the opportunity to perform part of their education (elective practical stage) in the Bucharest office of the company. Together with further members of the international network CBBL, to which STALFORT belongs, the law firm is registered on the list of the foreign training law firms (Anwaltsblatt). For details please see:
Contact person is Mr. Christian Weident, attorney at law DE.
The project "Keep on Track" ordered by the European Commission aims at helping the EU member states to reach their development targets until 2020. It started in 2012 and provides recent market data as well as an analysis of the obstacles for the development of the renewable energies sector with the final goal of recommending suitable approaches in this field. Country reports shall be drafted in order to depict the obstacles for the expansion of renewable energies in each member state. Mrs. Raluca Oprisiu, attorney at law for STALFORT, contributed to putting together the perspective on Romania for 2013/2014 from a legal viewpoint.
The publishing can be accessed here.
â€žunternehmer nrwâ€ś, the Federation of Business Associations from Nordrhein-Westfallen (Landesvereinigung der UnternehmensverbĂ¤nde NRW) is organizing on 24.02.2014 in DĂĽsseldorf a state workshop for Romania. Mr. Christian Weident, attorney at law for STALFORT, will hold an exclusive presentation on legal issues for Romania. His lecture entitled â€žUpdate on Romanian law - general and labour law framework conditionsâ€ś will focus on recent legal developments with practical implications as well as on an overview of the labour law in Romania, as severely amended in 2011.
Dr. Raluca Oprisiu, attorney at law, will hold a presentation on the recent amendments and relevant practical implications of the public procurement law on 15.01.2014 at the German Business Club Transylvania (DWS). Mrs. Andrada Harangus, attorney at law, has already lectured on this important legal field at the DWNT meeting in Cluj-Napoca. The law firm is currently particularly active in this field of law.
The German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics e.V. (BME) is editor of the series "Global purchasing - An overview of the purchasing law". In July 2014, a country report on Romania written by Dr. Raluca-Isabela Oprisiu, attorney at law and head of STALFORTâ€™s Sibiu office, has been published. The paper provides an overview of specific legal issues including legal system, accession to the CISG, enforcement agreements, mandatory law and freedom of contract, general terms and conditions, delivery time (delay, damages), warranty, liability, intellectual property, ownership rights (tools, materials provided), place of fulfilment, Incoterms, jurisdiction and arbitration as well as insolvency law. The full text of the country report in German language can be found here.
As of 01.01.2014 STALFORT. Legal. Tax. Audit. has begun an exclusive cooperation with LeitnerLeitner, one of the most influential tax consulting and auditing companies in Central and Eastern Europe.
We are happy about the collaboration with LeitnerLeitner, which opens up new possibilities for providing our clients with cross-border services involving other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
The law firm STALFORT has recently become a member of the Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL), a worldwide network of German speaking business law firms specialized on advising investors from the German arena in their business abroad. Only one law firm in each country can become a member and such is carefully selected. We are happy to have been accepted as members, which is equally advantageous for the law firm and our clients.
For further information on CBBL and our membership please contact Mr. Christian Weident, or visit www.cbbl-lawyers.de
In the period 20.-22.11.2013 Bucharest hosted the 6th edition of RENEXPO, the International Trade Fair for renewable energy and energy efficiency. STALFORT, which has been very active in this sector, has contributed with the following legal presentations on relevant topics:
On 05.12.2013 the members of the German Business Club North Transylvania (DWNT) will organize their next meeting in Cluj-Napoca. On behalf of STALFORT Mrs. Andrada Harangus, LL.M, attorney at law, will hold a presentation on the topic "Public procurement. News and practical aspects". The law firm has been particularly active in this area, which is currently of major importance.
The article entitled "Administration of group companies by shareholders instruction in de facto groups â€" possibilities and boundaries in Germany and selected EU-states" (coordinator: Prof. Dr. JĂ¶rg Rodewald, Sarah Paulat, LL.M., both Luther attorneys at law) was published in the German magazine GmbH- Rundschau no. 10/2013. The report on Romanian corporate law was put together with the contribution of Mr. Mihail Macovei and Mr. Christian Weident, attorneys at law for STALFORT.
During the members meeting of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 07.05.2013 a podium discussion on the topic "Legislation and funding of SME" was held. The State Secretary competent in this field, Mrs. Anca Laura Ionescu, Mr. Dragos Anastasiu, Mr. Daniel Metz and Mr. Christian Weident, attorney at law for STALFORT, participated in the discussion.
The subject of the discussion was old and new legislative plans for funding small and medium size enterprises ("SME") in Romania.
Mr. Weident presented the so called "Small Business Act", a document of the European Commission regulating the harmonized and efficient funding of SME in the entire European arena, which has not yet been transposed into the local legislation by Romania, and proposed at the same time legal and tax measures for its implementation.
Photo: Valeriu Pana
For the fourth consecutive year the conference "Renewable energies and environmental investments in Romania" organized on April 12th by the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation and with the support of the law firm STALFORT in the German Parliament house in Berlin was a big success. The event was organized under the patronage of the German Ministry for Economy and Technology (BMWi).
Over 130 German and Romanian representatives from the field of politics, law and economy were present at the event, among which Mr. Gunther Krichbaum, MdB and Chairman of the Commission for EU Affairs of the German Parliament, Mr. Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary of the German Ministry for Economy and Technology, Mr. Lazar Comanescu, Romanian Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Maricel Popa, State Secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Mr. Nicolae Havrilet, President of the Romanian regulatory authority ANRE. Three attorneys at law held presentations on legal topics on behalf of the law firm STALFORT.
There is concern on the Romanian market for renewable energies. Following the recent overcompensation report of the regulatory authority ANRE the number of green certificates for certain RES-technologies will most likely be reduced. The date as of which such reduction shall be applied is unknown at present time. The draft of a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO), which foresees among others measures such as deferring the granting of green certificates until 2017 or limiting accreditations, contributes even more to the uncertainty concerning the strength and durability of the Romanian incentive scheme for production of energy from renewable sources.
Dr. Gisbert Stalfort presented the legal framework for renewable energy projects in Romania and explained the effects of the proposed GEO in detail.
Mr. Christian Weident lectured on the photovoltaic business in Romania, detailed the legal background of the current GEO draft and made practical amendment proposals.
Mrs. Andrada Harangus completed the legal presentations with a comprehensive practice report on drafting and concluding EPC agreements for the construction of energy production facilities, which was received very well by the audience.
Further presentations assessed the current amendment proposals not only from the perspective of the German politics, but also from the point of view of the Romanian Ministry of Energy and the regulatory authority. The conference was rounded up with the presentation of financing opportunities for energy projects as well as with examples of energy facilities successfully implemented in practice.
The conference provided also this year the framework for initiating new cooperation and starting specific follow-up projects. The feedback received so far was very positive. We conclude in the end that a medium and long term development strategy is necessary, which should take into account the interests of all participants (producers, suppliers, consumers and investors).
From left to right some of the conference speakers:
Gunther Krichbaum, MdB
Dr. Radu Merica, President of AHK Romania
Maricel Popa, State Secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Economy
Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary in the German Ministry for Economy and Technology
Dr. Lazar Comanescu, Romanian Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. Gisbert Stalfort, attorney at law
Sebastian Metz, administrator of AHK Romania