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Deloitte Romania and Moldova Leadership Team
Learn more about our partner team providing audit, tax, legal, consulting, financial advisory and enterprise risk services to both public and private clients across Romania and Moldova.
Managing Partner Deloitte Romania and Moldova
Alexandru is a partner at Reff & Associates and heads the firm’s M&A and Real Estate practices. He has coordinated multidisciplinary teams of lawyers and consultants in some of the largest transactions in Romania and a few other countries in the region.
Alexandru assists local entrepreneurs and foreign investors in structuring investment and divestment, executing transactions, implementing restructuring, managing risk and enhancing efficiency. With a solid background in tax and an understanding of business dynamics, he brings a pragmatic, multifaceted approach to legal advice.
George Toma Mucibabici
George Toma Mucibabici supports Deloitte’s strategy in Romania, focusing on increasing market share while maintaining and further improving the high quality of services offered to our clients. George Mucibabici has more than 15 years of experience in finance and banking institutions. He held senior positions at Unicredit Tiriac Bank as Deputy CEO, Chairman and CEO and at the National Bank of Romania as General Director of the Monetary and Foreign Exchange Operations Department, as Member of the Monetary Policy Committee and Member of the NBR - Ministry of Finance Financial Markets Coordination Committee. He also spent two years with the International Monetary Fund, as a Member of the Board and Advisor to the Executive Director. He was also member of the Board of Directors of the Romanian Credit Bureau between 2003-2004.
Audit and Risk Advisory Partner-in-Charge
Steve Openshaw is Partner-in-Charge of the Audit and Risk Advisory Practice in Deloitte Romania. In his time spent working in different environments and geographies, Steve gained excellent knowledge of the issues facing companies in developing markets and a reputation for a “hands on” approach and clear communication with our clients.
Steve has deep experience of IFRS and its application across a range of industries including consumer goods, manufacturing, real estate, energy and construction. He has worked with FTSE 250 companies with projects on major acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings, and related shareholder investment circulars. He has led a range of due diligence assignments and worked with several companies on their IFRS transition projects.
Steve has held a number of senior roles and for three years led the practice review process, which measures the quality of the audits in line with regulatory requirements, international and Deloitte standards. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).
Audit and Risk Advisory Partner
Farrukh Khan is the Partner of the Audit and Risk Advisory Practice in Deloitte Romania. He has extensive audit experience and related technical knowledge with multinationals as well as local companies operating in a broad range of sectors. Farrukh is the Central Europe Leader for Energy & Resources. He serves on the Board of the Foreign Investor’s Council in Romania and heads the Infrastructure Task Force and co-chair the Energy Task Force.
Madeline Alexander is a Certified Public Accountant in the USA, as well as Certified Financial Auditor in Romania and Romanian Chartered Accountant. Madeline Alexander has been in charge of statutory and international audits and financial accounting advice to a wide range of institutions in manufacturing, retail, distribution, trade, public sector and transportation. She takes an active part in the process of transformation of Romanian statutory accounts to International Accounting Standards. She has extensive knowledge of and experience with foreign accounting policies such as US GAAP, International Accounting Standards, and Romanian GAAP as well as outstanding audit experience and related technical knowledge with multinationals and local companies currently adopting Romanian audit requirements.
Alina Mirea is a Partner in the Audit Practice of Deloitte Romania. She joined Deloitte in January 2011 as a director in the audit department and leader of Deloitte office in Timisoara.
She has accumulated a wide experience in the field of financial audit, with over 15 years of work in this field (she was previously an audit partner with a second tier audit company and worked with another big four firm in the period 1997-2003).
Alina is in charge of domestic and international audits and technical advisory for various local and foreign subsidiaries in Romania, mainly from the manufacturing, retail, distribution, constructions, real estate, banking, sectors, pharmaceutical industry and consumer goods.
Tax & Legal Partner-in-Charge
Dan Badin joined Deloitte Romania as Tax Partner, leading the Corporate Tax and Transfer Pricing Teams, in January 2011. Prior to joining Deloitte, Dan was the leader of the financial services tax practice in another Big Four Consultancy Company.
Dan has over 10 years of professional experience in international corporate taxation, his experience including mainly acting as advisor on complex tax issues, restructuring projects, as well as due-diligence and tax review assignments.
Dan holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Banking from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania, and a post-graduate degree in Banking Management. He is a certified tax consultant, member of Romanian Chamber of Tax Consultants and member of International Fiscal Association.
Pieter Wessel first joined Deloitte in 2002, becoming the Indirect Tax team Leader and afterwards the Sub-Service line Leader for Indirect Tax in the Dutch mid-market sector (fast-growing companies with an annual turnover of 50 - 500 million Euro). With deep VAT knowledge and application of VAT legislation in numerous EU countries, his experience also includes acting as advisor on Indirect Tax matters to Energy & Utilities clients and serving a number of important clients in various industries such as banking, energy and resources, private equity funds, medical and IT&C technology.
Business Process Solutions Partner
With more than 12 years of work experience in audit, Sorina took over the lead of the Business Process Outsourcing practice (bookkeeping, payroll, tax compliance and contract personnel type of engagements) for South-Eastern Europe in June 2008. She has a portfolio of over 100 clients operating mainly in Romania and Bulgaria. Acting as an auditor and advisor on complex accounting issues, Sorina has extensive experience regarding statutory and IFRS accounting, as well as financial due-diligence assignments.
She is a certified chartered accountant (member of the Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania), certified auditor (member of the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania) and has ACCA qualifications.
Financial Advisory Partner-in-Charge
Lars Wiechen has extensive experience in business and asset valuations with a complementary background of international accounting, forensic and dispute analysis, financial due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and debt advisory.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Frankfurt am Main/Germany and graduated in bank business management at Deutsche Bank Hannover / Germany.
Lars is a Registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois/USA, Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and designated Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
He is also a member of the Forensic and Valuation Services section (FVS) of the AICPA, an accredited member (MAA) of the National Association of Valuers in Romania (ANEVAR), a Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Recognized European Valuer (REV).
Financial Advisory Partner
Radu Dumitrescu is Partner responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions Transaction and Reorganization Services within the FA function. He has extensive experience in M&A and transactions, gained in investment banking and industry. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a Chartered Certified Accountant and Member of the Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania, and a Financial Auditor and Member of the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania.
Financial Advisory Partner
Ioana Filipescu has over 20 years of experience in financial services and investment banking working for Filipescu, Raiffeisen Investment, KPMG and EBRD. During her career Ioana has contributed to the closing of over 30 transactions. Ioana holds a post graduate degree from École Nationale d’Administration – ENA as well as masters’ degrees in business administration and engineering.
Vlad joined Deloitte in 2004 as a Tax Consultant and saw a rapid climb from Junior Consultant to Partner. He is experienced in VAT planning and has assisted various companies in VAT compliance and optimization.
Vlad has extensive experience in assisting and representing clients during tax audits and tax litigation. He is a certified tax consultant, graduating from the International Business Faculty at the Romanian Economics University. He also holds a Masters in EU Tax Law and followed the courses of an Executive MBA.
Risk Advisory Partner
Andrei Ionescu joined Deloitte as a Manager in 2006. Andrei is an experienced advisor in risk management and information security. Since joining the firm, he has managed numerous risk services engagements in Romania as well as Bulgaria, Albania and the Middle East covering various industries such as public sector, telecommunication and banking.
Andrei holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies and holds a number of IT and related certifications. Prior to joining Deloitte he worked for major telecom companies.
Risk and Regulatory Advisory Partner
Dimitrios Goranitis is Financial Services Industry Risk and Regulatory Advisory Partner in Deloitte Romania. Dimitrios is leading Deloitte’s risk service offering in Central Europe focusing on banking regulatory strategy and supervision and credit risk transformation. Dimitrios is a member of the Banking Union Center in Frankfurt, a multidisciplinary team of financial services senior professionals from Deloitte’s practices across Europe that meets clients’ needs and requirements relative to the Banking Union. He is also a member of Deloitte EMEA Centre for Regulatory Strategy, an initiative that enables Deloitte to monitor regulatory development and maintain a dialogue with supranational regulatory bodies such as EBA, ESMA, EIOPA, ECB etc.
Leader of the tax practice and coordinator of the income tax department, Raluca joined Deloitte as a student 15 years ago. In 2009, Raluca took over the leadership of the Global Employer Services (GES) practice comprised of 20 people and a portfolio of clients that have contributed significantly to the company’s overall business. Raluca has vast experience in serving clients and in coordonating projects on a wide area of direct taxation advisory, including the review and analysis of tax treatment of various types of income obtained by resident or non-resident individuals from Romania and /or paid by local and foreign entities to Romanian resident individuals.
Her main clients include significant retail & consumer multinationals, major players from the pharmaceutical, energy and car manufacturing industries as well as significant telecom players operating in Romania. Raluca has a degree in Management from the University of Bucharest.
Chief Operations Officer and Tax Partner
John Ploem is the Chief Operations Officer and Tax Partner in Deloitte Romania. In his position, John is responsible for developing the support infrastructure for Deloitte Romania and working with the newly developed European regional delivery centers in Romania.
In addition to his COO role, John is a Tax Partner in Deloitte Romania. With over 25 years of experience within the field of international corporate income tax, John has advised several of our clients on a large number of transactions and inbound investment strategies. He serves major clients across a wide range of industries including telecommunication, manufacturers and Asian investors.
John has a Master of Law obtained at the University of Leuven, and a Degree of Taxation Science obtained at the University of Brussels.
With 15 years of experience in tax advisory, Alexandra has coordinated over the time numerous projects both locally and internationally, especially for clients in the financial services industry, but also for companies from the real estate sector. Her professional experience includes a wide array of projects from tax reviews and tax audits, to assistance with mergers and acquisitions and tax controls. Alexandra is a member of the Romanian Chamber of Tax Consultants, a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) from the United Kingdom, a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation from the United Kingdom (ADIT), and a member of the Charted Financial Analyst Institute CFA. Alexandra is also vice-president of CFA Romania, the Romanian association of chartered financial analysts CFA.
Audit and Assurance Partner
Peter MacDonald is Audit and Assurance Partner and Financial Services Industry Audit and Assurance leader with Deloitte Romania. His audit experience covers major commercial bank groups, local branches of international banks and smaller local banks as well as stockbrokers, investment funds and lease financing. His advisory experience including audit and advisory services to a wide range of financial institutions both in South Africa and abroad in banking and treasury related projects covers implementing new accounting standards, investigating bank failures, designing risk-based capital models, and several other risk areas. He has also served as treasurer of a major listed mining house, risk manager of a niche bank, and financial director of a retail supermarket group. Peter held leadership positions within a Big4 in South Africa for seven years and was a partner at Deloitte in the CIS and partner at a Big4 in Ireland. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Financial Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa as well as a Higher Diploma in Banking Law from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Peter enjoys motorcycling, computer programming, reading and traveling.
Partner Financial Advisory
Burcin began his career in 1996 and has 22 years of experience in the forensic field. He previously worked in the financial sector in Turkey and delivered forensic advisory services under another Big 4 company in Istanbul and Bucharest. Burcin has been in Romania since 2011 and led the Fraud Investigation & Dispute practice for clients here, in Bulgaria and elsewhere in the Balkans. His experience includes more than hundred forensic investigations, and forensic due diligences. He supported his clients for compliance with the regulations such as AML (Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing), FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and the UK Bribery Act. Burcin was involved in local and international arbitration cases as expert witness and his reports served to arbitrators in a number of cases. He also supported Romanian energy distribution companies in mitigating the risk of energy theft.
Ciprian is a Partner in tax practice at Deloitte Romania, with an experience over 13 years in Romania tax law. He has assisted various Romanian or International private organizations to identify and manage successfully tax issues, especially the ones regarding transfer pricing. Ciprian is the leader of Transfer Pricing practice in Deloitte Romania. He has participated to numerous projects regarding international taxation. His areas of specialization are Automotive, Manufacturing, Retail, TMT, FSI, Real estate, Life science & Healthcare and E&R. Ciprian is a member of Romanian Chamber of Tax Advisors, member of the Romanian Chamber of the Chartered and Certified Accountants and member of the Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors. He is the author of numerous articles in the field and frequent guest at a lot of events and debates regarding international taxation, especially, transfer pricing. Also, he is directly involved in discussion with Romanian authorities related to change of tax legislation through AmCham and FIC. He is active in the business leaders community as well as in the Romania university enviroment by organizing events for students.
ndreea joined us more than three years ago, with the mission to transform our litigation practice. What she has achieved in a short period of time is truly remarkable: revenues quadrupled, more than a dozen lawyers have been hired generally from the most prestigious law firms, among the many new client wins are some of the leading companies in the country, level of engagement within the team is exemplary. Andreea has a very sharp business focus, is genuinely client centric and keeps every team member close to heart. In the last year, she has taken the lead on financial operations for the entire Legal practice, with excellent results. The only one of the new partners not to have virtually joined upon graduation, Andreea’s success is testimony that Deloitte is an open, accommodating family in which the best professionals in the market can increase their effectiveness and accelerate their careers.
Having joined shortly after graduation, Georgiana has later become one of the founders of our legal practice and a hugely important contributor in an amazing journey from startup to one of the largest, most successful law firms in the country. An outstanding lawyer, truly passionate about law and client service, exemplary in her dedication, a professional mentor for many, Georgiana has been a driver of innovation and expansion of capabilities in the practice. She is widely connected with, and appreciated by, colleagues from other functions, an active contributor in several firm-wide initiatives and a trusted advisor to many. Georgiana currently heads our largest practice in Legal, apart from leading our Talent agenda.