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  1. Tax
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Rolan Jankelevitsh - Derling
    • Allar Jõks - Sorainen
    • Vahur Kivistik - HansaLaw OÜ
    • Priit Lätt - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, Advokaadibüroo
    • Egon Talur - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

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    • Kärt Anna Maire Kelder - Sorainen
    • Hannes Küün - Tark
    • Villy Lopman - Rask Attorneys-at-Law
    • Tanel Molok - Sorainen
    • Janar Urres - HansaLaw OÜ
    • Tõnis Vahesaar - Ellex

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Cobalt’s ‘professional’ team advised Bridgepoint and Bonnier on the tax aspects of its sale of the Nordic Cinema Group. The ‘strong practice’ is led by the ‘highly recommended and very knowledgeable’ Egon Talur, who also routinely represents clients in tax audit proceedings and in contentious tax matters. Associates Tönu Kolts and Karli Kütt are well-regarded.

Derling’s tax expertise lies in structuring and supporting corporate transactions and advising on complex contentious matters. The group regularly advises CGI Group on the Estonian tax implications of the group’s employee share purchase plan and it was also retained by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to advise on the draft Investment Funds Act. Nortal Group and Tamro Corporation are other active clients.

Rolan Jankelevitsh heads the practice, which includes Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna.

Sven Papp heads the department at Ellex, which is ‘very business-orientated and customer friendly’. The team has a ‘detailed knowledge of tax law and rules’ and provides local and international tax advice. Highlights included representing the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in filing a claim against the Estonian government. Saturn Investments, East Capital and Maag Group are also clients. Tõnis Vahesaar is a name to note.

Glikman Alvin’s tax department remains ‘top of the class’. The ‘reliable’ team represented a high-net-worth individual in a dispute with the Estonian tax authorities. Other key clients include Eesti Loto and 4TIMES CAPITAL. Practice head Priit Raudsepp is an ‘outstanding tax expert’ and ‘excellent litigatorPaul Keres and senior associate Artur Sanglepp are also recommended.

HansaLaw OÜ’s tax team includes the ‘excellent’ Vahur Kivistik, who is known for his work in tax disputes and the defence of white-collar crimes such as tax fraud. Gerly Kask successfully represented clients in a misdemeanour case against the Tax and Customs Board and Janar Urres defended two members of a management board who were accused of submitting false information to the tax authorities.

Leadell Pilv’s tax group is defending Saarek and a member of its board in a major criminal matter regarding the alleged non-payment of taxes. Jaak Siim is ‘vastly experienced’ and provides ‘quick and expert answers’; the ‘knowledgeableAivar Pilv is ‘skilled’ in tax disputes.

Allar Jõks heads the group at Sorainen, which handles the full array of taxation matters and has considerable expertise in transfer pricing. Highlights included advising the Estonian Soft Drinks Association on proceedings before the European Commission over the government’s plan to impose a sweetened beverages tax. It also advised Nordeo on various cross-border matters. Rimi Eesti Food is another key client. Kärt Anna Maire Kelder and Tanel Molok are names to note.

TGS Baltic advised Citypark on the tax aspects of its sale of shares to Modus Group and also assisted TTP AS with its application to get a binding preliminary tax decision from the Tax and Customs Board. Practice head Helmut Pikmets is ‘quick and very competent’.

Tark is adept at advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, and tax litigation matters as well as at providing ongoing support to corporate clients on diverse tax matters. The group regularly advises Fuchs Oil Corporation and its Estonian subsidiary on various tax planning matters such as transfer pricing. Clients include AIG Europe and Rakuten. Allar Aru and Hannes Küün are recommended.

The ‘excellentIvo Vanasaun at Law firm Deloitte Legal OÜ led the advice to the Georgian government on the implementation of the Estonian corporate tax income model in Georgia. Mait Riikjärv heads the team, which also includes Gaily Kuusik and Liisu Lell, both of whom are specialist counsel.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co handles all aspects of local and international tax matters under the leadership of Toomas Pikamäe. Active clients include Tallinn City Government and Baltcap. Of counsels Ain Veide and Aare Kurist are recommended.

Lextal’s ‘efficient’ team is ‘proactive and takes the time to get to know its clients’. Ants Karu provides ‘very detailed advice tailored to each client’s individual circumstances’ and Margus Reiland ‘thinks outside the box’.

Magnusson’s tax department is well versed in advising clients such as the Estonian Ministry of Finance and Silbet on tax compliance, the tax aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings as well as on tax disputes. Elvira Tulvik heads the team.

Rask Attorneys-at-Law fields a ‘professional team’ that ‘works effectively to get good results for its clients’. It regularly advises clients on excise duties and on constitutional tax disputes. The practice head is the ‘very detail-orientated’ Villy Lopman, who is ‘fast, efficient, concise, pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable’. Tarmo Peterson is ‘hardworking’.

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