“The Court of Arbitration attached to the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania) is undergoing permanent development, enjoying an ever-higher degree of recognition among the international business community in Romania. This evolution is explainable given the reputation that this institution enjoys. Against the backdrop of positive economic developments in recent years and thanks to Romania’s continuously growing international economic relations, an ever-growing number of economic actors are seeking information on this alternative form of solving litigations, which offers obvious advantages in international business relations over litigation-solving options offered by state courts,” Sebastian Metz (photo) , AHK Romania CEO and member of the Board of Directors, considers.
In March 2017, the Arbitration Court’s Presidium was expanded following the co-opting of Mr Ion Dragne, founding-partner of the Dragne & Associates law firm. After co-opting Ms Cristiana Stoica in December 2016, by co-opting Mr Dragne the Court of Arbitration attached to AHK Romania gained another expert highly experienced particularly in arbitration in Romania. Mr Dragne has been Dean of the Bucharest Bar since 2016, and is Lector at the ‘Nicolae Titulescu’ Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest, where he has been teaching Civil Litigation since 2002.
Moreover, other experienced lawyers, active internationally too, have been added to the list of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration attached to AHK Romania. That is the case of Atty. Ph.D. Cristina E. Alexe, Atty. Csaba Kovacs, Atty. Dumitru Dobrev and Atty. Alexandru Suciu. Ms Alexe, Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ICC arbitrator, has her own independent legal practice in Bucharest. Mr Kovacs is Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP in London and started his activity in the field of international arbitration in 2006. Mr Dobrev is founding-partner of the Dobrinescu Dobrev law firm in Bucharest and has vast experience in what concerns international litigation and arbitration. Mr Suciu, founding-partner of the Suciu law firm in Sibiu, heads the litigation and arbitration department.
To make the Court of Arbitration attached to AHK Romania – formed five years ago – better known, but also to offer easy access to the legal provisions most relevant for arbitration that Romanian legislation contains and that mandatorily or subsidiarily complements the Regulations, we have authored and published a brochure which is available in both Romanian and German. “This publication will significantly contribute to complementing the existing information on arbitration in Romania. We are happy this publication is now available in German too and its English-language variant will soon be published,” AHK Romania CEO Sebastian Metz said.
On the Court of Arbitration attached to the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Court of Arbitration attached to the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been offering the international business sector in Romania for over 5 years an attractive alternative to lengthy legal procedures that require the involvement of several state courts. The Court of Arbitration is at the disposal not only of German or Romanian companies but of all international and multinational companies represented within the Romanian business sector. For this reason, all relevant documents are offered in German, Romanian and English languages.
The Court of Arbitration’s Regulations proved their efficiency at international level and are based on good practice examples from various international institutions with arbitration experience, observing the Regulations of the German Institute for Arbitration (DIS).
Prof. Dr. Claus Kohler (Meister Rechtsanwalte, Munich) is Chairman of the Court of Arbitration attached to AHK Romania. Its Deputy Chairmen are: Cristina I. Stoica (Stoica & Associates, Bucharest), Cristina Daianu (Dentons, Bucharest), Ion Dragne (Dragne & Associates) and Dr. Gisbert Stalfort (Dr. Stalfort, Osnabruck).