GDR 100 2022

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații

Professional notice

Other lawyers11
Personal data breaches notified15

Practice profile

Romania’s largest team of data protection and privacy lawyers and offers an exhaustive menu of services to domestic and international companies in telecoms, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, e-commerce, energy and other key sectors. In ticking all the boxes, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is well placed to handle large, complex and important data projects – something client referees particularly recommend it for. Further helpful in this regard is international expertise and a collaborative approach – Țuca Zbârcea’s data experts have no problem slotting into cross-border legal teams whose members come from peer firms around the world. Further worth noting are the firm’s extra-curricular activities in this area of practice, which go beyond just penning articles: the firm is a founding member of the PrivacyRules worldwide alliance and hosts many events in partnership with leading companies such as Oracle Romania.

Leading individuals

Stars in the firm’s constellation include Ciprian Timofte, Ciprian Dragomir and Horia Ispas. Timofte, who earned a well-deserved promotion to partner in January 2020, has a passion for data protection and is an innovative thinker in the practice. Dragomir is the firm’s top IP mind but has a deft touch on data matters, particularly of a transactional nature. Ispas hails from a corporate and commercial background and has a flair for optimising data strategies.

Work highlights

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații helped a major telecommunications firm wrap up many of the legal liabilities stemming from a major 2020 breach. Its team represents numerous other clients for all their Romanian data needs. Along with typical GDPR-related matters, the firm helped companies adjust to the data-sharing issued arising from covid-19. Additionally, other firms without a heavy presence in Romania turn to Tuca for localised services. For instance, Davis Wright Tremaine hired Tuca to analyse all local and GDPR requirements in respect to data hosting by cloud services providers.

Client feedback

A client that works for a major Romanian telecoms company says the firm helped with implementing the company’s GDPR compliance – and “significantly contributed to setting the data privacy standards in light of the entry into force of the new GDPR regulations.” The client said he mostly worked with Ciprian Timofte, calling the partner “meticulous, flexible when needed, excellent negotiator, giving direct and thoughtful advice.”

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is a full-service independent law firm, being currently perceived as one of the largest and best-established in the Romanian legal market. To date, it employs more than 185 cross-disciplinary teams of lawyers, insolvency practitioners, tax consultants, IP counsellors, economists and staff members. It also operates a secondary law office in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and has a “best-friend” agreement with a leading law firm in the Republic of Moldova. In addition, thanks to the firm’s dedicated Foreign Desks, the team is able to provide the full range of services to investors seeking to gain a foothold or expand their existing operations in Romania. Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații advises local and international companies, prominent financial institutions, public authorities and governmental institutions on virtually all types of legal, tax and similar matters affecting their operations locally.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociații has an all-embracing experience in providing legal advice in the area of Data privacy/data protection to top companies in Romania and/or abroad, active in various commercial sectors, such as: telecom, financial services (banking, insurance, pensions, etc.), healthcare, pharmacy, e-commerce, IT, energy, food supply, etc.

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații has a dedicated team totalling 12 lawyers who are dealing almost exclusively with Data privacy/data protection issues. The firm’s Head of Data privacy/data protection is Ciprian Timofte, Partner, with other Partners such as Ciprian Dragomir, Horia Ispas also deploying a significant expertise in this area.

The legal assistance provided covers all aspects of data privacy, from legal assistance before the local regulatory authority (The National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing – ANSPDCP) in relation to various issues (such as notification of personal data breaches, consultation for high risk data protection impact assessments, consultation on sensitive legitimate interest assessments, etc.) to complex legal assistance in the field of data privacy/ GDPR, such as: full GDPR implementation; carrying out data privacy impact assessments (DPIAs) and legitimate interests assessments (LIAs); employee monitoring, geolocation, call history; cookies; cloud computing and cybersecurity solutions; auditing of data processors; personal data sharing and international transfers of data; negotiation of relevant terms of data processing agreements (DPAs); industry codes of conducts; GDPR/ data privacy trainings; handling of data subjects’ complaints, etc. In addition, the group is handling contentious related work pertaining to data privacy and data protection, as well as data-focused disputes and appeals against regulatory actions. In so doing, our lawyers are cooperating with the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. Furthermore, they are also working closely with the firm’s lawyers specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual Property for all data privacy/data protection issues arising from private client/corporate transactions, trade secrets, database rights and other IP litigation used to preserve proprietary information etc.

Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is a founding member of the PrivacyRules alliance – the only worldwide alliance with a holistic tech & legal approach to privacy matters.

Contact details:

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
4-8 Nicolae Titulescu Ave., America House, West Wing, 8th Floor
Sector 1, 011141
Bucharest, Romania

Phone: +40 21 204 88 90
Fax: +40 21 204 88 99
E-mail: [email protected]


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