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Cobaltoffers the highest quality of services, quick response times and is very thorough, often going into the smallest of details to get the right outcome’. The large team handles a broad range of business-related disputes and recently advised on a significant number of contentious public procurement cases. Highlights included representing wind power producer Eesti Elekter in a dispute against the Republic of Estonia. The ‘very experienced’ Jaanus Mody ‘is driven by always doing his best for his clients’ and Liina Naaber-Kivisoo has ‘excellent communication skills and always makes you feel like you are her most important client’. Kadri Michelson is also noted.

Ellex has recently been involved in several landmark disputes and has considerable arbitration expertise. The group represented the Estonian government in a dispute over major administrative reforms and also acted for Telia in a dispute over the acquisition of shares in Eesti Telekom. Toomas Vaher is ‘very experienced and skilled in court and in arbitration and is also a known name for bankruptcy disputes’. Following the firm’s merger with Primus, Attorneys at Law, the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of the ‘very smartAnton Sigal. Arne Ots - Martin-Johannes Raude and Neve Uudelt are other names to note.

Leadell Pilv has a number of ‘excellent specialists’: Aivar Pilvexceeds expectations each time’, Marko Pilv is ‘professional, precise and very helpful’ while both Anneli Aab and Jaak Siim are ‘strong litigators’; Pirkka-Marja Põldvere is ‘fair and reasonable’ and Britta Oltjer is ‘thorough’. In a recent highlight, the team defended Saarek and a member of its management board in criminal proceedings relating to an alleged major tax fraud.

Sorainen’s ‘excellent’ dispute resolution group recently represented a client, as a third party, in the first ever court case in Estonia about producer liability in waste handling. The ‘smart’ Carri Ginter is ‘hugely experienced’, senior associate Kadri Härginen is ‘precise and thorough’ and Allar Jõks is considered a ‘top professional’. In 2017, the team was further strengthened by the arrival of Ants Mailend, who joined from TGS Baltic, and Norman Aas, who previously acted as Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice.

TGS Baltic is ‘up there among the best in Estonia for complex disputes and has some of the best litigators’. The ‘legendary’ Paul Varul is ‘one of the best civil law litigators’ and the ‘exceptional’ Martin Tamme is a ‘confident negotiator who always seeks to find a fast and effective compromise; if that does not work he excels in the court room’. Senior associate Kedli Anvelt has a ‘remarkable eye for detail’. Active clients include Swedbank and the Estonian Center Party.

At Alterna, Siret Siilbek heads a dispute resolution team that ‘stands out for its very good communication skills’ and frequently acts for clients such as Argos Kracht and Eventus Ehitus. The ‘thorough’ Annika Vait ‘stays two steps ahead and settles for nothing less than the best possible outcome for her client’ while the ‘very experienced’ Epp Lumiste, who joined from Leadell Pilv, ‘always seeks to get the best solution’.

Derling has a ‘very experienced team that offers a personalised service to clients’ and successfully represented Forum Cinemas in a damages claim against its former CEO. Other key clients include the City Government of Tartu and Meta Advisory Group. ‘Strategic thinker’ Erki Kergandberg has particular expertise in white-collar crime proceedings and Elmer Muna is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co’s team provides an ‘excellent service, outstanding knowledge’ and is known for its experience in contentious high-profile public procurement cases as well as its expertise in road construction disputes. Major clients include Leonhard Weiss Group companies and Honda Europe. The ‘very analyticalToomas Pikamäe is ‘a very good communicator’ and has considerable experience in waste management disputes; Raiko Lipstok is another key contact.

Fort’s team stands out for its experience in real estate and insolvency disputes in addition to contentious administrative law, public procurement, mediation and major cross-border matters. Highlights included successfully representing Skinest Energia in court proceedings against an insurance company related to the breakdown of a wind turbine. Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff is ‘one of the most effective attorneys around’ and senior associate Andreas Veeret is ‘able to see the bigger picture, is always well prepared and really does his homework’.

Glikman Alvin has considerable contentious experience in white-collar crime and administrative law matters and also exhibits niche expertise in the energy and transport sectors. Recent highlights include acting for Danske Bank in the recovery of loans that had been issued to a bankrupt oil terminal operator. Other significant clients include the Estonian Ministry of Defence. Leon Glikman and Ain Alvin are recommended along with the ‘top class litigatorPaul Keres. Artur Sanglepp is also noted.

LinkLaw’s dispute resolution group fields ‘true professionals who have a keen interest in understanding their clients’ business and show great attention to detail’. The ‘proactive team’ continues to represent Viru Keemia Grupp and its subsidiary in several administrative court disputes against the Ministry of the Environment. Triin Biesinger and Veiko Viisileht are the names to note.

At Tark, Allar Aru and senior associate Tauno Tark are representing Transiidikeskuse in several court cases against the Estonian Seamen’s Independent Union. The group is also defending a former CEO of a leading travel agency against large-scale embezzlement allegations. Aare Tark is also recommended.

Teder Law Firm’s dispute resolution team has particular expertise in procurement disputes and contentious administrative law matters. In a recent highlight, the group represented Edelaraudtee in a dispute with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. The ‘highly experienced’ Marko Pikani is skilled at ‘anticipating the opponent’s next move’, ‘strategic thinker’ Mariana Hagström ‘sees the bigger picture’ and Indrek Teder is another key member of the three-partner practice.

HansaLaw OÜ packs a particular punch in contentious tax matters. In other recent work, Vahur Kivistik defended a former member of the management board of a well-known company against bribery allegations. Gerly Kask and Siiri Malmberg are names to note.

KPMG Law has the ‘very accessible’ Risto Agur who ‘always seeks to get the best outcome for his clients’, and ‘very knowledgeable’ associate Ronald Riistan. Clients include MJ Models.

Lextal’s ‘excellent and quick team’ is experienced in both litigation and arbitration. The ‘thorough’ Olavi-Jüri Luik has ‘deep knowledge of contentious insurance contract matters’ and Urmas Ustav heads the team.

Magnusson’s team ‘finds solutions that perfectly suit its clients’ needs’ and is particularly experienced in contentious insolvency matters and public procurement disputes. Practice head Denis Piskunov is ‘very detail-orientated and thorough’, Elvira Tulvik is ‘well established’ and associate Kati Pino is a ‘rising star’.

Njord Law Firm is led by the experienced Triinu Hiob. It successfully defended the Estonian Maritime Academy of Tallinn in an employment dispute.

NOVE’s dispute resolution group, which is considered a ‘breath of fresh air in the Estonian legal market’ as well as ‘vastly experienced in insurance disputes’, particularly excels at complex business disputes. Urmas Volens offers ‘practical solutions’ and Andrus Kattel is ‘particularly thorough and precise’.

At Pohla & Hallmägi, Asko Pohla and Toivo Viilup are ‘very skilled and experienced’. The team is representing shipbuilder Baltic Workboats in a public procurement dispute against shipbuilder BLRT Grupp.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜtakes very good care of its clients’, which include the City of Tartu. Karin Marosov is ‘passionate about her work’ and practice head Indrek Leppik is ‘thorough’.

Rask Attorneys-at-Law’s ‘very hardworking’ team has been representing Grove Invest in a large case against SEB bank. Ramon Rask and the ‘professional and quickTarmo Peterson are recommended.

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