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At ‘top-class’ firm Cobalt, managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone and Toms Sulmanis are handling DNB’s merger with Nordea. Indrikis Liepa and Guntars Zile are the M&A practice co-heads and Zile led on Marguerite’s acquisition of shares in Latvijas Gāze from Uniper Ruhrgas International and Latvijas Gāze’s subsequent split from Conexus Baltic Grid. The ‘goal-drivenGatis Flinters leads the corporate and commercial practice. Clients include Acme and BaltCap.

Ellex’s ‘business-oriented’ practice acts for clients such as Whirlpool and Accenture. Zinta Jansons recently assisted Altor with acquiring Realia Group from Sponsor Capital. Practice head Raimonds Slaidiņš led Uniper Ruhrgas International’s sale of shares in Latvijas Gāze to Marguerite. Prior to the merger, the former Glimstedt & Partners team assisted Meridian Capital, with acquiring Rīgas Piensaimnieks and handled Olainfarm’s acquisition of Tonus East. The practice also includes senior counsel Ivars Slokenbergs, who gives ‘first-class’ advice, and managing partner Filips Kļaviņš and Pēteris Dalderis.

Sorainen is ‘a market leader’ in corporate structures and M&A. Managing partner and practice head Eva Berlaus advised new client Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes on his €52m investment in airBaltic and handled Olympic Casino Latvia’s acquisition of Garkalns and its subsidiary Post-Nevada. Baltcom, Nordea and PZU are key clients.

Andra Rubene heads TGS Baltic’s M&A practice and clients regard her as ‘the best choice for cross-border and local transactions’. She acted for Mars and Wrigley on merging their Latvian operations. The team also led Swedbank’s acquisition of Danske Bank’s personal banking business in Latvia and Lithuania. Corporate and commercial practice head Linda Štrause is also recommended, as is ‘excellent’ senior associate Nauris Grigals.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitans’ team is jointly headed by of counsel Baiba Strupiša, who joined from her own firm, and senior partner Māris Vainovskis, who handled Vitol’s investment in Ventspils nafta. Other clients include Lattelecom and Jeld-Wen. Of counsel Vadims Čabans joined from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Vilgerts experienced an uptick in aviation sector mandates and handled M&A in the insurance industry, and various joint ventures and investments. Gints Vilgerts and practice head Vairis Dmitrijevs who was recently promoted to senior associate advised SmartLynx Airlines’ shareholders on selling shares to a Luxembourg-based fund. Along with Jūlija Jerņeva, they advised Balcia Insurance on its sale to Vienna Insurance Group.

BDO Law’s practice head Vita Liberte assisted Amenda Markets with selling a stake to a new investor. Jānis Zelmenis handles due diligence, shareholder disputes, corporate structuring and incorporations.

Fort’s practice head Jānis Līkops advised Sonarworks and its majority shareholders on attracting new investment and buying out a minority shareholder. Rotermann Grupp and Euro Energy Resources are also clients of the practice, which includes associate partners Brigita Tērauda and Ramona Miglāne, Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece and senior associate Roberts Prūsis.

Kronbergs Cukste Derling handles cross-border M&A, demergers, restructuring and corporate advisory support for its clients, which include Microsoft and DHL. Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva assisted Latvijas elektriskie tīkli with restructuring. Practice head Valters Kronbergs has ‘a deep understanding of the local legal landscape and a wide range of contracts’.

Primus, Attorneys at Law has been advising TAV Airports on market entry and other matters. Zane Eglīte-Fogele acted for CCINV005 to perform due diligence on Monetizator and subsequent restructuring and transactions. Kristīne Gaigule-Šāvēja, Sintija Radionova and senior associate Žanete Raize are other names to note.

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