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  1. Banking, finance and capital markets
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Reimo Hammerberg - Sorainen
    • Kristel Raidla-Talur - Cobalt
    • Andres Siigur - Derling
    • Marina Kotkas - Cobalt
    • Hannes Vallikivi - Derling

Next generation lawyers

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Cobalt’s large and active team recently acted as the local law adviser to the Port of Tallinn on its IPO and also advised Nordea Bank and Pohjola Bank on providing syndicated financing to Trilini Energy for its acquisition of Eesti Gas. Marina Kotkas is ‘immensely experienced and especially strong in aviation financing’; Kristel Raidla-Talur is also ‘excellent’ with considerable experience in debt and equity financings. Kristjan Kotkas is also noted.

Ellex’s ‘professional and visible’ team is frequently involved in the most significant deals on the market and recently advised the Ministry of Finance on the €1bn Treasury Note Programme which was created by the Republic of Estonia. In another complex matter the group assisted Inbank with its IPO on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange. Ermo Kosk, Gerli Kilusk and Anton Sigal, who are all ‘active in the market and do an impressive amount of transactional work’, joined after the firm’s merger with Primus, Attorneys at Law. Raino Paron is another key contact. Gerly Lõhmus and Martin Mäesalu are names to note.

Sorainen’s ‘established’ and ‘excellent’ team is well equipped to advise on a broad spectrum of matters including capital raisings and the reorganisation of regulated entities. It advised Northern Horizon Capital on a secondary public offering as well as on the secondary listing of units of the Baltic Horizon Fund on the Nasdaq stock exchange in Stockholm. Other major clients include Creditstar Estonia. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Reimo Hammerberg is a ‘very strong negotiator’. Jane Eespõld is also noted.

Derling’s banking and finance team includes the ‘very skilled’ Andres Siigur as well as the highly regarded Hannes Vallikivi. The group advised the City of Tallinn on a €100m facility from the European Investment Bank and also frequently assists international banks and law firms with cross-border financings. Other key clients are the Loan Market Association and Swedbank.

Fort has a ‘well-organised practice’ under the leadership of Kirsti Pent who provides a ‘friendly and efficient service’. It has a ‘substantial regulatory offering’ as well as a strong transactional practice. The group advised Finnish telecoms operator Elisa Oyj on the financing aspects of its €208m acquisition of Starman. Crowdestate and Nordea Bank are other major clients.

The ‘excellent’ team at KPMG Lawworks 24/7’ and stands out for its ‘strong cross-border offering’. Notably, the group advised Wallester on its application for a payment institution licence from the Estonian FSA. Risto Agur provides ‘very business-focused advice that you can really use and always aims to meet or exceed clients’ expectations’ and senior associate Veiko-Joel Kokk is ‘organised, very experienced and thorough’.

TGS Baltic is well-known for its solid regulatory work and its niche expertise in areas such as crowdfunding. Marko Kairjak assists Eesti Ühistupank with its application to the EFSA to obtain a banking licence to be the first operating cooperative bank in Estonia. Other major clients include Citadele Finance and Leasing.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co has a ‘significant regulatory offering’ with key expertise in funds and fund management. Led by Maivi Ots, the team advised EstBan (the Estonian Business Angels Network) on the development of a standard set of contracts for syndicated lending. Metro Capital is another key client. Lauri Liivat is a name to note.

Njord Law Firm has the restructuring specialist Veikko Toomere and Anne Veerpalu. Highlights included advising the bitcoin gambling operator on the establishment of a bitcoin gambling operating company. The team was also appointed as the restructuring adviser to construction company Riito Ehituse. Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ’s ‘professional team has a broad range of experience’, is ‘quick, to the point and provides valuable advice across the board’. It is advising Estonian consumer credit provider BB Finance on its application for a mortgage-backed consumer credit provider’s licence. Viljar Kähari heads the team and senior associate Hetti Lump is also recommended.

The ‘hardworking and goal-orientatedTarmo Peterson at Rask Attorneys-at-Law is leading the advice to TF Bank on the registration of a branch in Estonia. Ramon Rask heads the team.

Tark has a ‘very responsive team that understands the needs of its clients well’ and is adept at advising on major cross-border financings and regulatory work. Key clients include real estate developer Pro Kapital Grupp and Svea Finance. Allar Aru is ‘very experienced’ and Tanel Küün is another hame to note.

Triniti Estonia provides ‘excellent levels of service’ and ‘good business insight into the key legal issues’ with niche expertise in the infrastructure and transport sectors. Highlights included representing Transpordi Varahaldus on a bonds issue related to the acquisition of two CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Ergo Blumfeldt is ‘resourceful, professional and commercial’.

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