Ioana Salajanu

Arbitration/Mediation/Litigation: Ioana has first chaired litigation, arbitration and or mediation in multi-million-dollar matters involving mid sized companies and government:

  • Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (“FSIA”); State Aid matters, European Union laws, directives, orders,  opinions, injunctions, involving litigation at the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes,(“ICSID”), ICSID arbitration award matters, Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States,  Bilateral Investment Treaties (“IBTs”), Treaty on the European Union (“TEU”), Treaty on the Functioning of The European Union (“TFEU”), United Nations The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”),  United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (New York, 2014) (the “Mauritius Convention on Transparency”);  Hague Convention; assessment of negotiations of default of sovereign state on investment loans; defense of governments based personal and subject jurisdiction, immunity defenses, imposition of sanctions against sovereign state, permissible attachment of foreign assets; viability and enforceability of ex parte judgment and default judgments against sovereign states;
  • Intellectual Property misappropriation, prosecution and defense;
  • Transportation non compliance and regulatory matters, financial detriment arising from cargo loss and damage, fines incurred for the failure to comply with the application government regulations and shipping laws; liability disputes during the transportation process; financial losses as a result of shipment delays;
  • Commercial disputes between members or shareholders, breach of security and collateralization agreement disputes, contract claims;
  • City, government and municipal regulatory and compliance actions.


Corporate/Transactional: Counsel and draft documentation in favor of midsize companies in daily corporate matters and transactions in order to effectively avoid litigation and ensure compliance:

  • Advise, negotiate and draft all relevant documents for international and national mergers and acquisitions, stock sales and purchases, sale of assets;
  • Counsel, negotiate and draft all relevant documents in reverse triangular mergers; 
  • Draft, advise and negotiate on software development, licensing and maintenance, e-commerce transactions; sale of businesses with significant intellectual property assets; software licensing; hosting; maintenance and support; software as a service (SaaS); hosted services; colocation; software development; master software licenses and related statements of work; integrated hardware and software purchases and licenses; source code escrow; website development; website terms and conditions and privacy policies;
  • Blockchain technology, working in collaboration with a team of advisors to counsel private cryptocurrency entities on all fund formation, regulatory compliance and market terms; preparing offering documents for new private cryptocurrency funds, including private placement memoranda, limited partnership agreements and subscription agreements; 
  • Counsel, guide and draft legal opinions on international trade agreements NAFTA, GATT, GATS, TRIPS, Doha Declaration, TRIMS, WTO Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement, Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property;
  • Draft and negotiate supply, distribution and licensing agreements, non-circumvention, non compete, non solicitation, franchise agreements, acquisitions and sales, and secured financing agreements, OEM agreements, distributor /reseller agreements, commercial triple net leases; condominium declarations, operating agreements, bylaws; 
  • Draft loan agreements, collateralization agreements, mortgages, notes, guaranties;
  • Counsel and guide the formation, operations, modification, division and dissolution of all types of corporations, partnerships, liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, joint ventures or contractual arrangements; structure of entities with focus on tax implications;
  • Advise on fiduciary duty, executive compensation programs, ownership issues, control disputes, related-party transactions; dissolution of entities and separation of structures;
  • Guide and devise debtor work out in insolvent circumstances, structuring debtor release of personal deficiency and restructuring debt; negotiate and document revolvers, distressed assets, acquisition finance, leasing and credit documents, and drafting all relevant documents;
  • Advise on trademarks, provide clearance opinions for trademark filings, preparing copyright and trademark applications and prosecuting matters in the United States Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Advise on licensing matter for companies including federal and state licenses and maintain compliance with regulations and offers representation in dealing with non-compliance issues with government regulatory agencies such as Department of Revenue, Illinois Commerce Commission (Leasing, Licensing & Permits), US DOT/FMCSA (Leasing, Licensing & Permits), Secretary of State, Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Propound and respond to due diligence and legal opinions on asset purchases and stock purchases and sales.



Juris Doctor, May 2000

Passed Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) for UK
August 2021

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 1996


English (Fluent), Romanian (Fluent), French (Intermediary), Spanish (Basic)


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for District of Columbia            
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York  (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (pro hac vice)
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Second Circuit ( New York)
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit (Illinois)
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Second Circuit (Illinois)
  • Circuit Court of Illinois