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Legal 500 reveals outstanding accolades for SIMION & BACIU in Intellectual Property and TMT: Gambling law in Romania

April 2023

SIMION & BACIU has been once again recognized as a top-tier firm in the fields of Intellectual Property and TMT: Gambling law in Romania by the reputable British publication Legal 500/Legalease in its recently released 2023 EMEA edition.

This is the fourth consecutive year when Legal 500 acknowledges SIMION & BACIU for its deep commitment to exceptional client service, with the market feedback included in the 2023’s edition write-up mentioning that ”the team is very motivated to address the client’s needs in a most appropriate and efficient manner, taking special consideration in maintaining a close and personal contact with the client.

The comprehensive research performed by Legal 500 reconfirms the firm’s market standing, positioning it as a TIER 1 firm (the highest level) for two highly competitive areas of practice: Intellectual Property and TMT: Gambling Law.

In TMT: Gambling Law, SIMION & BACIU holds firmly its position as the only law firm to be included in the highest position of the rankings (TIER 1) covering the Romanian legal market.

The level of dedication of the team to clients’ best interest is intimately reflected by the independent feedback collected during the research: ‘The team at [SIMION & BACIU] are exceptional; the best in the Romanian space. Besides being led by amazing partners, they are extremely well-versed with the industry and gambling operations. This is not common to come by and this helps operators make decisions which are both legal/compliant and also sensible.’

In Intellectual Property, SIMION & BACIU consolidates its position as one of the only two law business law firms active in Romania to be acknowledged as TIER 1.

The authenticity of the client-advisor relationships that the team creates and nurtures in this area of practice is depicted by the independent feedback collected and presented in the editorial: ‘SIMION & BACIU combines private law standards with intellectual property boutique expertise superbly. From this regard, their level of expertise exceeds any other we have come across on the market. They are knowledgeable, highly responsive, quick in their analyses, reliable and thus good value for money.’

At individual level, SIMION & BACIU team members receive similarly remarkable accolades:

In TMT: Gambling law, Cosmina Maria Simion and Ana-Maria Baciu maintain their remarkable status as the only Leading Individuals recognized by the reputable publication in this field in Romania.

In Intellectual property, Ana-Maria Baciu is reconfirmed as Leading Individual, and Cosmina Maria Simion is again a Recommended lawyer. The 2023 edition marks the acknowledgement of Andreea Bende as the only Next Generation Partner for the local market. A special note to Zsófia Judit Halmágyi who debuts the rankings as a Rising Star.

Cosmina Maria Simion is applauded for being “excellent – dedicated, knowledgeable and solutions focused. Her understanding of local gambling regulation is unsurpassed.” (TMT: Gambling Law). Also, the write-up mentions that her historical media background makes the exchanges as smooth as if they were embedded in the business.’ (Intellectual Property)

Ana-Maria Baciu is acknowledged as a terrific advisor on regulatory affairs related to Romania, having “good contacts at the regulator and always have(ing) the answer at hand or can find the answer in a short time.” (TMT: Gambling Law)

Moreover, independent observers note that Ana-Maria Baciu and Cosmina Simion are both exceptional at what they do with complementary skill sets which make them the best. Furthermore, they are assisted by high quality associates, ensuring that the level of advice and input is second to none.”

Andreea Bende is celebrated for her “know-how on trade mark prosecution” with clients mentioning that her “strong handling gives us the confidence to rest assured that our trade mark portfolio is well monitored and protected.” (Intellectual Property)

Zsofia-Judit Halmagyi, Intellectual Property Counsel is single out by clients for praise. (Intellectual Property)


Legal500/Legalease is a leader in the provision of legal market information. According to the editors, the research offers a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months and historically; experience and depth of teams; specialisms and ancillary services; and, importantly, opinions of law firms’ clients, with over 300,000 clients globally contacted to obtain feedback – each year. 

More details about the methodology used by Legal 500 as well as the results of the 2023 research covering the EMEA markets are available HERE.

A details presentation of the impressive testimonials and market reactions received by SIMION & BACIU is available HERE.


More details on our Gaming and Gambling Regulatory practice are available HERE.

More details on our Intellectual Property practice are available HERE.

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