We provide high-end bespoke legal advice to a wide array of domestic and international clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies and foreign governments. Currently, we have offices in Bucharest, Romania and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Our law firm is structured to provide comprehensive, high-quality legal services to serve the domestic and international needs of our clients drawing on the combined resources and diverse expertise of our lawyers. By offering a unique and strategic approach, our goal is to accomplish the client’s objectives in a succinct and efficient manner.
As active members of the local and foreign business community, we have been involved in a variety of business and legislative initiatives, including drafting the leasing laws of Moldova and taking a leading role in the reform of the Moldovan labor code. In addition, members of our firm act on various local boards and charities, including being board members of the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Business Association (EBA).
Vernon│David today has 7 partners and over 25 associates and staff located in both Bucharest and Chisinau.
The law firm has worked on some of the largest deals and transactions in Romanian history, including advising TMK with its acquisition of Resita Steel (currently the largest steel producer in Romania), assisting Iulius Mall with the Palas Mall (one of the Romania’s largest retail centers) as well as representing Xannat (former Anglo-American group company and Romania’s largest aggregates mining company) with its management buy-out.
Our Chisinau-based team of American and Moldovan attorneys works closely with our Bucharest office in advising clients on a range of investment-related matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate issues, labor matters, tax, IP, environmental regulations and general commercial transactions. We also have a dynamic commercial litigation practice.
With over 20 years on the Romanian market, Vernon | David has grown to be become a leading international commercial law firm with offices in Bucharest, Romania and Chisinau, Moldova.
Originally established to be the associated law firm of a Big Four accounting firm, the firm became independent in 2004. Daniela David, a founding partner of the firm in 2001, was joined by Charles Vernon (an American lawyer working in Romania since 1997) in 2008 to form Vernon | David.
Although active in Moldova since 2001, Vernon | David opened a full-fledged office in Chisinau in 2009. Over the years, we have become one of Moldova’s leading commercial law firms and have been recognized in all the major directories. Since 2010, we have been considered a leading firm, with rankings by Legal 500 (1st Tier), IFLR (1st Tier) and Chambers and Partners (both Global and Europe).
Our logo suggests our strong values. With a Scottish legacy by his mother, Charles learned from his childhood the legend of the family’s crest, a lion holding a sword with the words “fide et fortitudine” (Latin for “faith and fortitude”). The story inspired the logo of the company as well as the firm’s ideals: honesty, integrity and hard work.
For over 20 years, Vernon | David and its lawyers in both Bucharest and Chisinau have been mentioned and ranked in all of the major international guides and reference services, including Chambers and Partners Global and Europe, Legal 500, and IFLR 1000.
Chamber and Partners’ rankings appreciated our versatile Bucharest team: “The experts in finance at this firm have excellent relationships with major international banks and have been involved with impressive corporate files in the banking, real estate and energy sectors. A versatile team handles litigations, employment issues, bankruptcy filings and restructurings in addition to M&A. Loyal clients are impressed by a “trustworthy and client-oriented” set of lawyers led by US-qualified Charles Vernon.”
In Moldova, our rankings describe Vernon│David as: “The Moldovan branch of this Romanian firm is praised by clients for its “robust service” and useful working relationships with the Moldovan business community. It often co-operates with international law firms, giving local law advice on cross-border matters”.
Our office in Chisinau, Moldova is highly regarded, and over the years is commonly ranked in the 1st Tier.
We have been ranked over the years in many different categories, including Corporate and M&A, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Project Finance, IT Telecoms and Media, Energy and Natural Resources, PPP and Procurement, and Dispute Resolution.