Biris Goran Founding and Co-Managing Partner Victor Constantinescu has moved to Kinstellar, where he will provide coverage across CEE and will coordinate the firm's real estate teams in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine, working alongside Kinstellar's real estate sector head Klara Stepankova.
According to Kinstellar, "Victor is regarded as one of the top lawyers in Romania when it comes to commercial real estate across all asset classes: he brings a wealth of domestic and cross border real estate and corporate M&A experience to both our Romanian and regional practices. Prior to joining us, he was a founding and co-managing partner at the Romanian firm Biris Goran (as well as the head of its highly regarded real estate department). Victor also worked for Salans (now Dentons) in its Bucharest and Shanghai offices from 2003 to 2006 and in Chicago for Altheimer & Gray from 2001 to 2003.
Kinstellar reports that Constantinescu "focuses on real estate transactions in Romania and other countries in the region for a range of international investment funds and local developers. His particular emphasis is on transactional work: acquisitions and sales of commercial real estate, as well as joint ventures, across all asset classes: retail, office, logistics, and agricultural. His practice includes advising institutional investment funds and, as a result, it extends beyond Romania’s borders. He is actively involved in the business communities: Being vice president of both the Romanian South African Business Association and the newly created Canadian Business Exchange of Romania. Victor will work closely with Partner Razvan Popa and the existing real estate team in Bucharest to continue the development of the Romanian practice."
Born in Canada, Constantinescu is a native English speaker, is fluent in Romanian, and has a working knowledge of French. He began his career practicing in the United States before moving to Romania full-time in 2004. He completed his BA at the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained a Master's of Arts degree in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto, and an LLB (common law) and BCL (civil law) at McGill University in Canada. He is admitted to the New York and Bucharest Bars.
Jason Mogg, Kinstellar's Managing Partner, commented that: “I am delighted that Victor is joining our Bucharest team. He is a highly respected lawyer with a standout reputation in Romania and his expertise will be a tremendous asset to our firm and its clients and an excellent addition to our practice in Romania. I am confident that Victor will make a major contribution to the success and development of the Bucharest office and to the already strong firm-wide real estate practice, including in Turkey, Serbia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. We welcome him to the team and very much look forward to his joining.”
Klara Stepankova, Partner and Prague-based head of Kinstellar's Real Estate practice, added that: ‘‘We are very pleased to welcome Victor. He is one of the leading real estate lawyers in the CEE region, with an impressive track record representing a variety of local and international clients. His expertise and familiarity with the intricacies of the real estate sector will bring a new dimension to our current capabilities. We look forward to working with him!’’
Biris Goran has announced that its Real Estate team will be coordinated going forward by Partners Gabriel Biris and Raluca Nastase, who was co-head of the practice with Constantinescu. According to Biris: "I worked with Victor for more than 12 years and our friendship will continue for many more years to come. While we are sorry to see him leave, we understand and respect his decision and we wish him every success in his future role. We thank him for everything he has done for Biris Goran and for growing a highly ranked real estate practice that shall be further developed by Raluca and our key real estate lawyers Daniela Lazea and Sorin Aungurenci.”
In that statement released by Biris Goran, Constantinescu is quoted as saying: "It has been 11 wonderful years with Biris Goran and I want to thank my partners and friends, lawyers and staff, all of whom remain my close friends, for their hard work and support in growing a top firm and practice. I am proud of our achievements over those years, and I have no doubt that the Biris Goran real estate practice will continue to provide top quality advice to its clients.”