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  1. Shipping and transport
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen
    • Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff - Fort

Next generation lawyers

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    • Kätlin Kiudsoo - Fort
    • Martti Peetsalu - TGS Baltic

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Considered as ‘one of the market leaders’, Ellexcan take good care of even the most demanding cases and projects’. Led by the ‘very reliableToomas Vaher, the team handles the full array of complex shipping and transport matters and recently advised Sillamäe Sadam on the development of the port of Sillamäe. In another key matter the group assisted Vopak with the construction of three terminals. Jüri Raidla is recommended.

Sorainen’s well-versed team advises major clients such as SEBE, LUX Ekspress and Posti Group on the full spectrum of maritime, transportation and aviation matters, with a particular strength in assisting with disputes and commercial contracts in the shipping and transport sectors. ‘Clear and focused’ practice head Kaupo Lepasepp and senior associate Kaspar Endrikson represented Finnair Aircraft Finance in proceedings over the recovery of four aircraft which had been leased to Estonian Air. New clients include Jaguar Land Rover. Carri Ginter is ‘very intelligent and focused’.

TGS Baltic’s senior associate Martti Peetsalu heads the team, which routinely advises local and international companies, financial institutions and insurance companies on a myriad of issues in the transport and logistics sector. Recent highlights include representing Mediterranean Shipping Company in a cross-border dispute and advising Baltic Ground Services on obtaining an excise warehouse activity licence for the sale of Jet-A1 fuel in Tallinn Airport.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co has a strong international reach and considerable expertise in advising on complex regulatory matters in the shipping and transportation sector. Key clients are Volvo Estonia, Estonian Waste Management Association and Baltic Group International. Managing partner Maivi Ots heads the department, which also includes Toomas Pikamäe, Risto Rüütel and Rando Maisvee.

Fort has a proven track record in advising on public procurement matters in the transport sector, but is also well equipped to assist with the full spectrum of issues in the shipping sector. Team headKuldar-Jaan Torokoff handles both contractual matters and contentious issues. Key clients include Hansabuss, Estonian Air Navigation Services, Estonian Road Authority and Skinest Rail. Kätlin Kiudsoo is a name to note.

Tark recently advised Nordica on the purchase of an entire new fleet of CRJ900 Bombardier aircrafts. Other major clients include Transidikeskuse and Estonian Railways. Aare Tark and Tanel Küün are recommended members of the team, which is skilled at advising on all aspects of maritime and aviation matters and related insurance issues.

Derling kept busy in 2017 and advised DSV on the sale of a logistics centre. In other work, Rolan Jankelevitsh assisted Mentum with a wide range of issues relating to the distribution of oil products and lubricants in the Baltic States. Other major clients include Fort Aero. Toomas Taube heads the team.

Malsco Law Office’s primary focus is on the shipping sector but it also advises on more general transport matters and related insurance issues. Managing partner Indrek Nuut is the main contact.

Rask Attorneys-at-Law has a ‘fast and effective team’. The ‘professionalTarmo Peterson led advice to Pärnu Sadam (Port of Pärnu) and Vlaamse Baggermaatchappij in a dispute with the Estonian Tax Board about whether marine fuel consumed in dredging operations is taxable or not. Ramon Rask and his team regularly assist aircraft maintenance provider MRO Magnetic.

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