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The ‘very client-orientedCobalt provides a comprehensive service to local and multinational clients, including private equity houses and those in the finance, transport and energy sectors. Group head Guntars Zile and Toms Sulmanis recently acted for the energy and infrastructure fund Marguerite, as a major shareholder in Latvijas Gaze, during a complex demerger and reorganisation. Zile also acted for PAG on a €214m investment in Food Union Group. Managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone takes on all aspects of M&A and merger control; he acted for Modern Times Group on the €115m sale of its Baltic subsidiaries.

Ellexhas an in-depth knowledge of corporate law and also provides extremely practical advice’. This impressive and expanded team offers expertise in all aspects of corporate work and inbound investments. Raimonds Slaidiņš leads the group and with key partners Filips Kļaviņš, Pēteris Dalderis and tax expert Zinta Jansons assists foreign investors, local clients and venture capitalists. It represented Unistars on its acquisition by telecoms company Bite.

The ‘excellentSorainen serves clients such as KPMG Baltics, Wihuri and Nordea Bank. Eva Berlaus has an established track record advising corporates, private equity and venture capital clients. With senior associate Renāte Purvinska, she assisted Eurovia on its acquisition of 68.75% of the shares in infrastructure construction group Saldus ceļinieks.

TGS Baltic is ‘very well connected internationally’, and takes on corporate, M&A and restructuring mandates, providing ‘clear, credible and well substantiated advice’. Andra Rubene, who is ‘a supreme M&A practitioner in Latvia’, and senior associate Nauris Grigals advised the Ministry of Economics on the potential acquisition of shares in Conexus Baltic Grid from Gazprom, Uniper Ruhrgas International and Itera with an initial approximate value of €200m. Grigals is ‘very knowledgeable and has tonnes of real-life experience’, and so is ‘particularly strong in handling complex M&A’.

At Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, Māris Vainovskis and Toms Puriņš jointly head the team, which counts Vitol Group, Norvik Bank and Samsung Electronics Baltics among its clients. It undertakes a range of acquisition and investment work and continues to act for RB Rail on a multibillion-euro joint venture of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian companies on the construction of a high-speed rail line from Tallinn to the Polish border.

Vilgerts attracts a solid mix of local and overseas clients, which it advises on acquisitions, share sales and foreign and local investments. Gints Vilgerts is recognised for the scale of his expertise across corporate, finance and restructuring cases, and, together with senior associate Vairis Dmitrijevs, he advised airBaltic and the Republic of Latvia on a range of matters in connection with a new investor initiative.

Led by Vita Liberte, BDO Law combines a strong tax and finance practice with corporate work. It advised Anderson Investment on the corporate and tax implications related to its acquisition of shares in a real estate company, and Jānis Zelmenis advised clients such as InterMed on corporate structuring matters.

Fort provides ‘a highly professional and business-minded service’ to clients such as Atrium, Sodra mežs and the Latvian Red Cross. Jānis Līkops, who leads the group, advised MD CE Holding, an SPV of Atrium, on the sale of a shopping centre. Sandis Bērtaitis and Roberts Prūsis are ‘proactive and able to come up with the right solutions’.

Kronbergs Čukste Derling takes on a range of corporate, acquisition and restructuring matters, frequently with cross-border elements. Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva advised Lielupe Tennis Centre on the merger of four state-owned companies and the creation of new corporate governance structures, and Valters Kronbergs continues to advise Microsoft on various corporate matters.

The team at Primus, Attorneys at Law, which is co-headed by Zane Eglīte-Fogele and Sintija Radionova, is highlighted for its ‘fantastic performance’ during a transaction. The team’s work included acting for Lauma Fabrics on its acquisition of Felina International, and assisting the minority shareholders of Santa Monica Networks with the sale of their shares to Livonia Partners Fund I.

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