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Cobalt’s sizeable team acts for clients such as Nordea Bank, which practice co-head Marina Tolmatshova and senior associate Kristjan Kotkas advised on a close to €340m financing of a cross-border property portfolio acquisition. On the borrower side, Tolmatshova acted for Skinest Grupp regarding a refinancing arrangement with Swedbank.

The banking and finance team at Ellex conducts ‘efficient background research’ and ‘provides alternative approaches in a timely manner’. It hired Risto Vahimets from Law Firm Varul and senior associate Helen Metsar from Sorainen. Practice head Raino Paron is advising Nasdaq Tallinn on establishing a blockchain-based e-voting system for the shareholders active on its stock exchange. Nordea Bank, Eesti Energia and Tallink Grupp are other recent clients.

Sorainen’s ‘experienced’ banking and finance group, headed by the ‘excellentReimo Hammerberg, hired senior associate Gerd Laub from SEB Bank and associate Kristina Promet from Law Firm Varul. The team advised Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nordea Bank and Swedbank on a Eurobond refinancing transaction by Eesti Energia, and assisted Northern Horizon Capital with a public offering by its recently established real estate fund. Specialist counsel Paul Künnap is recommended.

Advokaadiburoo Derling OU’s practice head Andres Siigur and Hannes Vallikivi are ‘hands-on and business-savvy’. Their clients include the EBRD (which they advised on Estonia’s new investment fund legislation), Eesti Pank and software developer Nortal (which they assisted with the financing of a share buyout transaction).

Sharp and business-savvy’ managing partner Risto Agur and senior associate Veiko-Joel Kokk, ‘an experienced legal professional’, are the key contacts at KPMG Legal Estonia, providing ‘a holistic business solution on a cross-border basis’. Recent work includes giving regulatory advice to Elisa Eesti, LHV Bank and PayPal.

TGS Baltic’s recent regulatory work stands out. Team head Marko Kairjak is advising Eesti Ühistupank on its bid to become the first co-operative credit institution in Estonia. He also assisted food exporter Uvic with a €1.5m bond issuance.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co handles financing transactions, regulatory issues, due diligence projects and restructurings, including in relation to insolvencies. Sole partner Maivi Ots is supported by six other lawyers. She provides ongoing advice to KIT Finance Europe and assisted Metro Capital with several tranches of bond issuances. Associate Kristina Zorin joined from Citadele banka.

Fort’s banking and finance practice is headed by the ‘dedicated and responsive’ Kirsti Pent. Together with partners Minni-Triin Park and Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff, she acts for a varied client base of banks, insurance providers, asset managers and real estate investors. The team is assisting real estate crowdfunding platform Crowdestate with regulatory matters and with its corporate structure for raising capital and making investments.

Glimstedt’s banking and finance team is headed by recently promoted partner Leho Pihkva. Its core expertise lies in transferring financial portfolios, regulatory matters and litigation, with fintech a key sector specialisation. The practice is advising LHV Bank on developing and activating its mobile payments platform Cuber, while SEB Pank and Bank Saint Petersburg are recent litigation clients. Indrek Leppik and Priit Lätt joined Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ in 2017.

Njord Law Firm’s banking and finance team consists of restructuring specialist Veikko Toomere and recent arrival Anne Veerpalu, who joined from Attela Advokaadibüroo and is especially active in Estonia’s start-up and technology sector. Toomere handled several refinancing and cross-border buyout transactions. Timo Kullerkupp left for Rask Attorneys-at-Law.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ exhibits ‘a high level of competence’ and ‘valuable know-how within the international PwC group’. Viljar Kähari has ‘a strong understanding of financial services regulation’ and associate Maris Alt is ‘careful in attending to clients’ interests’. They advised consumer credit and payment providers on regulatory matters and established financial platforms for start-up companies. Senior associate Hetti Lump joined from Cobalt.

Primus, Attorneys at Law’s practice head Ermo Kosk assisted Skeleton Technologies with a capital raising transaction. The ‘experienced’ Gerli Kilusk advised LHV Group on a public offering of bonds; Anton Sigal is also recommended.

Tark’s banking and finance team advises financial institutions on regulatory matters and restructurings. Key contact Lada Riisna is advising the Good Finance Company on several cross-border financing and regulatory issues. The Estonian Guarantee Fund is another client.

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