Mr. Nicholas Simon Hammond is an English Solicitor who has been practicing law in Bucharest, Romania since January 1990. He came to Romania in 1990 and moved there as a resident in 1994 to run the office of Taylor Joynson Garret when they decided to open an office in Bucharest. Prior to that, he was the managing partner of a well-known Solicitors Practice in central London. Following the move to Bucharest, Mr. Nicholas Hammond developed the practice of law in Bucharest working with teams of Romanian lawyers advising and assisting international clients who wished to do business in and also to open an office in Romania. He acquired a wide-ranging knowledge of Romanian business practice and is able to apply this to his legal and business knowledge acquired in England. He was aware that many English-speaking clients who came to Romania were particularly unaware of Romanian business practices, which could lead to funny although sometimes worrying incidences.
He also worked on a number of European Union Funded projects in respect of Romania’s adhesion to the Acquis Communitare prior to Romania joining the European Union. As the lead lawyer in Romania, he was responsible for the privatization from the legal perspective of seventy-five Romain companies under the amended privatization program. He also assisted a number of foreign investors in respect of the acquisition of Romanian companies and the consolidation of businesses in the field of milk and dirty produce.
In 1990 he became a founder member of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce serving as the local chairman and subsequently as a director of the Board. From his position in the Chamber, he was able to pass on insights to new members who joined particularly regarding what to do rather than not what to do.
He has seen the foreign Romanian community expand from a few members who formed a small club to what is now one of the largest business communities in Bucharest. Through his first-hand knowledge and experience, he is able to advise on setting Romanian companies in their various formats; business and commercial agreements as well as financing and banking arrangements. He has advised small startup companies as well as public quoted companies. He has been involved in a number of M&A transactions in Romania over his time in Bucharest.