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Lawyers » Partners, Class 2019

Mariana Stratan, Partner | Data Privacy, Corporate

Mariana Stratan is with the firm since 2006. She has been involved in the firm’s leading mandates with a focus on M&A/corporate, financing and secured transactions work. She assists clients from commercial and non-profit sectors on all aspects of their business and activities. Mariana has a wealth of practical experience in advising a significant portfolio of international clients on commercial and regulatory matters and in dealing with public authorities. Mariana dedicates a good portion of her professional time to data protection and intellectual property issues. She is a certified Intellectual Property Counsel.

Mariana earned her Bachelor of Laws (2005) and LL.M. in Economic Law (2006) from Moldova State University, Faculty of Law. She received special training in advocacy teaching (2012) and pro bono legal aid (2014). Mariana lectured on commercial and IP issues to various organized young leaders groups in Moldova.

Fluent in English, Romanian, and Russian.


Iulia Furtuna, Partner | Employment, Litigation

Iulia Furtuna has jointed the firm in 2007 and coordinates the firm's litigation practice, having acted for a variety of parties in a large spectrum of legal disputes. Iulia also specializes in employment, immigration and family law.

The April 2016 edition of Legal500 highly recommends associate Iulia Furtuna, which "leads on litigation and employment matters."

Iulia is a member of the HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in Moldova having contributed to the reform of relaxation of the Moldovan employment laws. During 2007-2011 Iulia has lectured Civil Law at the Moldova State University, Faculty of Law. She has also lectured employment and civil law on numerous occasions to business audiences and legal trainee groups.

Trained in PMI Project Management. Fluent in English, Romanian and Russian.


Ana Galus, Partner | Competition, Corporate

Ana Galus has joined the firm in 2011, following an internship at the Legal Division of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and employment with the Moldovan Ministry of Justice, where she worked as a public officer in court administration. Ana specializes in commercial, corporate and competition law, as well as financings and PPPs. Ana is involved in all competition law matters of the firm, advising on mergers and acquisitions, and providing representation in proceedings before the Competition Council on the subject of abuse of dominant position, anti-competitive behavior and unfair competition. Ana was also an active participant in the Moldovan competition law reform carried out during 2011-2013.

Ana holds an LL.M. degree in European Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Moldova State University, Faculty of Law. Since 2013 Ana holds a mediator license from the Mediation Council of Moldova and is an accredited commercial mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Ana has lectured on legal issues to members of business associations and other organized groups.

Fluent in English, Romanian, and Russian.


Vadim Taigorba, Partner | Finance, Aviation

Vadim Taigorba has joined the firm in 2012 and became Partner on 1 January 2019. He specializes in secured financing, cross-border projects and aviation law, among others.

CHAMBERS GLOBAL (Feb 2019):" Vadim Taigorba moves up the rankings due to strong market feedback and involvement in the firm's key mandates. He is singled out for his "clear focus on customer care," with sources also describing him as "always responsive and commercial." He has experience advising international clients, and he also specialises in aviation law."

Vadim is a permanent member of legal teams assisting international lenders on numerous secured and unsecured financings in various sectors of the Moldovan economy. He is involved in the firm’s mandates on advising global technology leaders on Moldovan electronic communications/IT regulations and leads all of the firm’s advisory projects regarding aircraft leasing. Additionally, Vadim is a significant contributor to various litigation and pro-bono projects in various fields, including intellectual property, commercial contracts, etc. Vadim is involved in the vast majority of mandates awarded to the firm by international financial institutions, including the EBRD and the EIB.

Vadim is recommended by Chambers Europe 2018 Edition (Band “Associates to Watch” of Corporate & Commercial Law). According to this directory, “Associate-to-watch Vadim Taigorba regularly advises on financing matters, including aircraft leasing, and is also involved in the firm's key corporate transactions.” Member of the Moldovan Bar.

He earned his LL.B. degree (2012) and LL.M. degree in International Law (2014) from Moldova State University, Faculty of Law.

Fluent in English, Romanian and Russian.