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Advokaadiburoo Derling OU’s practice handles cross-border tax matters, including advising foreign businesses on entering Estonia, and also acts in tax disputes. Practice head Rolan Jankelevitsh is a key adviser to Nortal Group; recent work includes assisting with the establishment of employee stock option plans and acting on the VAT taxation of international services. Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna advised the Estonian Tax and Customs Board on conducting a public procurement.

A top firm when it comes to advice on tax issues in the financial sector’, Ellex expanded its practice considerably in 2016 by hiring counsel Tõnis Vahesaar from Ernst & Young in Finland and Risto Vahimets from Law Firm Varul. Vahesaar, who has ‘excellent communication skills and very good understanding of complex financing structures and related tax aspects’, advised Swedbank, alongside practice head Sven Papp, on potential risks connected to debt push-down techniques in share deals. Another highlight was representing Ambient Sound Investment in a dispute with the tax authorities related to profit distribution among partners following investments.

GLIKMAN ALVIN’ ‘outstanding’ practice head Priit Raudsepp provided a tax analysis to a vehicle seller, covering multiple jurisdictions, while litigator Paul Keres acted for an individual in a case related to the capital gains of real estate properties. Rubla is a client.

The small team at Hansa Law Offices focuses entirely on tax law and dispute resolution, providing ‘a very personal approach’. ‘Smart and creative’ managing partner Vahur Kivistik is recommended for his strategic skills. Together with associate Janar Urres, he represented an Estonian transport company in a dispute with the Tax and Customs Board regarding the impact of tax payments on restricting the number of registrations for imported used vehicles.

Aivar Pilv, who has ‘excellent tax knowledge and lots of experience in litigation’, and Jaak Siim are the key contacts at Leadell Pilv. They ‘work day and night for the best results’. Siim advised a former company board member asked to repay the company’s debt, while Pilv is representing Donleon Trading in an extensive tax fraud case.

At Sorainen, ‘perfect negotiator’ and practice head Allar Jõks is ‘one of the best specialists in constitutional law’. With ‘flexible and experienced’ senior associate Tanel Molok, he advised If P&C Insurance on issues related to the taxation of non-resident board members of Estonian businesses. They also act for various clients, including Statoil Fuel and Retail, and Rimi Eesti, in sales tax refund claims.

Tark’s tax practice consists of team head Allar Aru and partner Hannes Küün, who together advised EQT Infrastructure on the sale of Adven Eesti to AMP Capital and Infracapital. They also acted on the sale of Flora’s shares.

Recent highlights for TGS Baltic’s Helmut Pikmets include advising SLD Invest on a tax audit regarding a cross-border transaction, and assisting Östervall International Transport with the income and social taxation of long-distance truck drivers. Imatra Elekter is another client.

Cobalt has capabilities in corporate and international taxation as well as business restructuring and litigation. Practice head Egon Talur is advising a Fortune 500 company in its tax structuring and the potential consequences of a subsidiary joining a cross-border merger. Circle K Eesti and fintech company Pocopay are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co’s key contacts include Toomas Pikamäe and counsels Ain Veide, who recently joined from Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, and Aare Kurist. Pikamäe advised BaltCap and Leonhard Weiss RTE on potentially establishing operations in Latvia.

The tax practice at Rask Attorneys-at-Law comprises partners Villy Lopman and Tarmo Peterson. Lopman filed a group action for 17 clients, including Transcom Vara, against the constitutionality of the land tax, and represented Tallinn city government in a court case in which five companies questioned the legality of its sales tax.

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