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  1. EU and competition
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Rene Frolov - Fort
    • Mariana Hagström - Teder Law Firm
    • Carri Ginter - Sorainen
    • Tanel Kalaus - Triniti
    • Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen
    • Raino Paron - Ellex
    • Elo Tamm - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

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    • Piibe Lehtsaar - Sorainen
    • Rauno Ligi - Cobalt
    • Mari Matjus - NOVE
    • Katri Paas-Mohando - TGS Baltic

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Cobalt has a strong competition practice that consists of six dedicated lawyers with Elo Tamm at the helm. In a very large transaction in the Baltic banking market, the team advised DNB on the creation of Luminor, where the team had a lead role in applying for merger clearance from the European Commission and obtaining a new banking licence from the European Central Bank. In another major matter the practice advised DAVA Agravis Machinery Holding on the competition aspects of its acquisition of 45% of the shares in Konekesko. Rauno Ligi is a name to note.

Ellex has a ‘team of excellent professionals, which always ensures that it can provide a high-quality service in a timely manner’. In recent highlights, the group represented Prisma Peremarke in a major case of alleged price fixing under the Competition Act. Active clients include Nestlé, Sports Direct and the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. Raino Paron heads the ‘proactive team’ and senior associate Martin Mäesalu has ‘deep knowledge of competition matters’.

Sorainen has considerable experience in advising clients on dawn raids by the European competition authorities. The group continues to represent Tallinna Vesi in a dispute over the regulation of water tariffs in the City of Tallinn. Kaupo Lepasepp ‘quickly gets to the root of the problem and calmly advises on strategy’ and another member of the ‘seasoned team’ is the ‘superb’Carri Ginter, who is ‘vastly experienced in EU law’. Piibe Lehtsaar is also noted.

Derling’s team includes Elmer Muna, Erki Kergandberg, Rolan Jankelevitsh and Margo Lemetti. Piibe Lehtsaar is also noted. The group continues to defend Liviko in a high-profile case over cartel charges and also defended Selver against criminal charges related to alleged price fixing.

At Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co the ‘responsive and active’ team has an excellent track record in criminal cartel investigations and on merger control. The ‘knowledgeableRisto Rüütel who was recently promoted to partner, heads the department. Clients include Kaupmees, Pharma Group and Leonhard Weiss Energy.

Fort’s team ‘shines because of its client-centric approach’, including the ‘very knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Rene Frolov, who is ‘always pleasant to work with no matter how pressurised the situation and produces pragmatic solutions’. Major clients include Nelja Energia and Modern Times Group. Senior associates Liina Käis and Kätlin Kiudsoo are recommended.

Tanel Kalaus at Jesse & Kalaus Attorneys is ‘one of the foremost specialists in Estonia. He is also vastly experienced in judicial proceedings.’ The ‘thorough’ Mari Matjus has a ‘deep knowledge of competition law’. Highlights included advising Uber in its communications with politicians and the public on various competition matters. Since publication, the firm has closed down and Tanel Kalaus is now with Triniti and Mari Matjus is with NOVE.

Katri Paas-Mohando at TGS Baltic has an ‘excellent knowledge of competition theory and practice and comes up with workable business solutions’. Marko Kairjak is ‘quick thinking’. The firm advised Swedbank on state-aid rules for borrowers and lenders under state-guaranteed loan schemes.

Tark is praised for its ‘fast and accurate response times’ and for ‘its good all-round domestic and EU experience’. The ‘hardworking’ Tanel Tark and senior associate Tauno Tark are ‘excellent for both M&A and competition law and have a good overview of the energy market and market specific regulations’. The firm advised COOP Eesti Keskühistu on a large renewable energy project in Estonia.

Mariana Hagström at Teder Law Firm has ‘handled many high-profile cases’. Key clients include Skanska, Global Capital Management, Mootor Grupp and Eesti Post.

Merit Lind at Law firm Deloitte Legal OÜ advised Enterprise Estonia on state aid matters. Other recent work includes assistance with abuse of dominance matters and compliance issues as well as competition mandates in the transport sector.

Triniti Estonia represented a client in a dispute over whether it received unlawful state aid. The ‘excellent’ Villu Otsmann is recommended. Tanel Kalausjoined in 2018 from Jesse & Kalaus Attorneys.

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