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Jaanus Mody and Liina Linsi head Cobalt’s sizeable dispute resolution team, which includes Margus Mugu and Egon Talur. Mody is representing DNB Bank and Nordea Bank in a dispute over dairy producer Tere’s restructuring proceedings. Alexela Oil and Circle-K are longstanding clients.

Ellex’s recent hires include that of ‘hardworking’ senior associate Martin-Johannes Raude from GLIKMAN ALVIN. Toomas Vaher, noted for his ‘excellent knowledge and accurate advice’, is representing a commercial television channel in an abuse of dominance case and has also been appointed as an arbitrator by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in a shareholder dispute in the energy sector. The ‘deeply experiencedArne Ots and senior associate Marika Kütt are also recommended.

At Leadell Pilv, Aivar Pilv, Marko Pilv, Britta Oltjer and Anneli Aab are ‘professional, reliable and effective communicators’. Highlights included defending Karl Liivapuu against a €2.4m claim brought by Transcom concerning a sale and purchase agreement, and representing Surgitech in a civil dispute with a former employee over the fulfilment of a loan contract.

Alterna’s ‘reliable’ team handles civil and administrative litigation. Siret Siilbek, who delivers ‘excellent work’ and ‘fully thought-through answers’, is representing real estate company Zelluloosi Kinnisvara in several disputes related to bankruptcy proceedings and is acting for KredEx in a case concerning an invalid loan contract.

Advokaadiburoo Derling OU fields ‘true professionals who have the ability to translate complex legal issues into easily understandable terms’. ‘Highly dedicated’ practice head Erki Kergandberg is representing Swedbank Liising and Bole in a dispute concerning industrial equipment. Margo Lemetti, who ‘always acts in the client’s best interest and can highlight any possible risks in advance’, is acting for retail developer PK Arendus in various cases against competitors concerning building rights and planning.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co’s dispute resolution team specialises in public procurement, environmental and road transport disputes. Practice lead Raiko Lipstok successfully defended Leonhard Weiss Energy against a claim brought by a competitor regarding an electricity network public procurement. Verston Ehitus is another recent client.

The ‘enthusiastic’ litigators at Fort focus on real estate, energy and commercial disputes. Rene Frolov – a recent arrival from Law Firm Varul – and Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff are representing Nelja Energia in a claim against an allegedly unjustified connection charge for a power plant collected by network operators Elering and Elektrilevi. Jaana Nõgisto is ‘accurate and comprehensive in administrative court cases’.

At GLIKMAN ALVIN, Leon Glikman, Ain Alvin and Paul Keres, who is ‘excellent at commercial litigation’, form the core dispute resolution team. The practice is increasingly handling white-collar crime and arbitration proceedings, including representing Merko Ehitus in a kick-back corruption case and acting for the former chair of the board at Tallinna Sadam in a bribery case. Danske Bank, Bank of Moscow and KredEx are other clients.

Glimstedt specialises in regulatory, financial, public procurement and insolvency matters. The firm defended creditors Tetra Pak and Tetra Laval Credit against monetary claims resulting from Tere’s reorganisation. Marko Tiiman defended EVR Cargo in a rail transportation dispute that is being decided by the Supreme Court. Senior associate Triin Raudsepp joined Law Firm Varul. Since publication Indrek Leppik joined Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ

At LinkLaw, Triin Biesinger-Jussmann handles administrative court proceedings, while Veiko Viisileht specialises in civil and arbitration cases. Recent clients include Viru Keemia Grupp, Merko Ehitus and the city of Tallinn.

In April 2016, the ‘reliable and cost-efficientPrimus, Attorneys at Law expanded its international reach by forming an alliance with Varul in Lithuania, effectively incorporating the firm. The practice has special expertise in international arbitration as well as sector strengths in construction, finance and energy. ‘Quick, precise and thorough’ practice head Anton Sigal represented Osula Graanul in several administrative proceedings concerning the construction and operation of a wood pellet plant as well as a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. He also acts for the Republic of Estonia, Elering and VGP. Associate Liis Könn is another key contact.

Sorainenprovides a prompt and appropriate service’, displaying ‘unique knowledge of EU law’. Tallinna Vesi and Statoil Fuel are clients. Key contacts include the ‘sharp-mindedCarri Ginter, ‘constitutional law specialistAllar Jõks and senior associate Kadri Härginen. Senior associate Karl Kask joined from Lextal.

Tark specialises in public procurement, public funding, competition, employment and media cases. Allar Aru and senior associate Tauno Tark are representing Transiidikeskuse in several court cases against the Estonian Seamen’s Independent Union regarding the legal status and role of a trade union, while Aare Tark is defending the Ministry of Education and Research against a reimbursement claim from the city governments of Tallinn and Tartu.

Teder Law Firm’s Indrek Teder, Marko Pikani, who jointly head the practice, and Mariana Hagström focus on commercial litigation, procurement disputes and administrative law proceedings. Hagström represented Edelaraudtee in a dispute with the Ministry of Economics regarding the termination of a passenger transportation contract, while Pikani acted for the subsidiaries of Tallinna Sadam in a contentious public procurement matter involving state aid and other issues.

At TGS Baltic, Paul Varul successfully represented Swedbank as a third person in an insolvency dispute heard in Russia, while Marko Kairjak acted for a retail chain in a major criminal cartel case concerning alcoholic beverages. Senior associate Triin Raudsepp joined from Glimstedt and Ants Mailend left for Sorainen.

Hansa Law Offices’ lawyers are noted for their ‘short response times, good knowledge and professionalism’. The firm specialises in tax matters; Gerly Kask and Vahur Kivistik represented a wholesaler of canned goods in its tax interest payment claim against a customer. Siiri Malmberg defended a private person against an Estonian company in a case revolving around debt.

The ‘trustworthy and solution-oriented’ practice at Njord Law Firm is now headed by Triinu Hiob, a recent arrival from Cobalt. She represented Satnam Investments, as well as its UK and Estonian subsidiaries, in five court disputes that revolve around the bankruptcy proceedings of Lõuna Park. ‘Labour law expert’ Katrin Sarap defended the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research against a financial compensation claim due to alleged unlawful termination of an employment contract. Partner Rivo Kaldvee left for Kaarma & Kaldvee Law Firm.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ delivers ‘a very professional and at the same time very personal service’. ‘Very dedicated’ senior associate and practice head Karin Henno defended the CEO of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly against a damage compensation claim brought by Pro Kapital. Other clients include Arsonsisi Tallinn and Fertiilsuse Keskus.

Rask Attorneys-at-Law’s Tarmo Peterson and Ramon Rask are defending Grove Invest against obligation claims by SEB Bank relating to an insolvent production plant developed by Grove Invest’s subsidiary. Peterson is also handling a defamation case.

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