Ana-Maria Andronic is a Counsel and heads the Intellectual Property Practice of DLA Piper’s Bucharest office. She is an accomplished attorney and former Romanian judge with dual legal qualifications in the United States and Romania. She is licensed to practice in Bucharest, Romania and in New York, USA. Her practice includes both routine and complex IT related transactions, and she covers the entire lifecycle and range of issues confronting IT operators and investors, with an emphasis on angel and venture capital investments, Internet privacy matters, copyright and trademark related matters and all related corporate/ M&A/ labor issues. She has been retained by the World Bank as consultant to a comprehensive assessment of the entire Romanian intellectual property legal framework with emphasis on the technology transfer and options to create spin-offs and technology hubs to foster local and international investments in the relevant market sector. Ana-Maria Andronic is also the founder of Venture Connect, an innovative concept for the Romanian IT/ technology market aimed at fostering potential investors’ direct contact with tech entrepreneurs.