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SIMION & BACIU awarded Best Law Firm active in Gaming Law in Romania

December 2023

The Casino Inside Gala Awards, an annual event organized by Casino Inside magazine, is dedicated to celebrating companies and professionals active in the gaming and gambling field and their achievements throughout the year, now at its 9th edition.

During the 2023 edition of the Gala, SIMION & BACIU was awarded the distinction “Best Law Firm active in Gaming Law in Romania” in recognition of the combination of outstanding legal expertise, exceptional client success and highest ethical standards promoted in the gaming & gambling community by the firm. It is for the 4th time when this honoring distinction is awarded to SIMION & BACIU.

We are committed to fostering knowledge exchange and sharing best practices with our clients and industry peers. We meticulously analyze each legal concept, extracting valuable insights for internal and wider audience designed debates. Our collaborative efforts focus on achieving collective goals. We consider that independent recognitions serve as a testament to our dedication to this strategic approach. In 2023, SIMION & BACIU continued its activity in the gaming and gambling regulatory field by:

  • managing mandates with strong regulatory and commercial content for the most diverse portfolio of clients, focusing on compliance, anti-money laundering, advertising, consumer protection and personal data protection, and many more.
  • being actively involved, together with clients or third-party professional associations, in discussions with the relevant authorities in Romania to clarify regulatory and compliance aspects that may arise from the application of the relevant legislation in force.

This award adds to the string of accolades that SIMION & BACIU and its team members have received during 2023, which include:

At firm level, SIMION & BACIU is:

  • the only Romanian law firm currently included in TIER 1 (the highest distinction) for TMT: Gambling Law by Legal 500
  • shortlisted at the EGR B2B Awards Gala 2023 for the Corporate services supplier category, as the only Romanian firm participating in this awards programme
  • shortlisted at the VIXIO Gambling Compliance Regulatory Awards 2023 for the Best Regulatory Firm of the Year, as the first Romanian firm to be considered for this much-coveted distinction

At individual level,

Managing Partners Cosmina Simion and Ana-Maria Baciu are:

  • the first and only Romanian lawyers included in the Global Market Leaders in Gaming and Gambling Law by Chambers and Partners
  • acknowledged as Leading Individuals by the Legal 500 rankings, and are currently the only Romanian lawyers to be given such a recognition
  • the only Romanian lawyers acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal in the gaming law area, and included for the third consecutive year in its Leading Practitioners (EMEA) list

Also, highly notable is that Cosmina has been shortlisted for the second time in a row as a finalist for the category Best Regulatory Lawyer of the Year at the VIXIO Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2023. She is the first Romanian lawyer to achieve such an exceptional performance and is one of the only few professionals in the world selected as finalists for both the 2022 and 2023 awards.

Managing Partners Cosmina Simion and Ana-Maria Baciu, Managing Associate Alina Tace and Chief Marketing & BD Officer Anca Stefanescu Toma attended the Casino Inside Gala Awards 2023. Acceptance of the awards ceremony has been captured by the organizers and is available HERE.

SIMION & BACIU has an award-winning Gaming & Gambling Regulatory practice that is focused on being ahead of the game, including by joining international reputed gambling professional associations and providing an outstanding level of service to its clients, also by teaming up with international law firms specialized in betting and gambling.

Our varied portfolio of clients enjoys the benefits of teaming up with the most awarded and largest unit active on the Romanian market, dedicated to providing legal assistance to this industry and that:

  • is highly specialized in dealing with the entire spectrum of licensing, compliance, enforcement and interpretation of the gaming legislation, business operations or dealings with regulators – as we have been among a selected group of lawyers constantly interacting with the Romanian National Gambling Office and have significantly contributed to not only drafting the relevant legislation, but also to finding solutions that respond to the objectives of all parties involved.
  • combines the skills and expertise of lawyers and consultants highly experienced in the gaming & gambling industry, with capabilities across the business law spectrum which are instrumental to this market segment, such as technology, media & telecom, e-commerce, personal data processing & privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate M&A, dispute resolution. In a nutshell, as a distinctive mark, SIMION & BACIU’s expertise has a particular regulatory edge.
  • undertakes the role of authorized representative in front of the Romanian regulator as well as other public authorities, a legal requirement imposed by the Romanian legislation for the remote gambling operators who operate in Romania via a non-Romanian entity.

To read more about our Gaming & Gambling regulatory practice, please click HERE.


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