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  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Jānis Kubilis - Vilgerts
    • Mārtiņš Mežinskis - Primus, Attorneys at Law
    • Raivo Raudzeps - Sorainen
    • Matīss Šķiņķis - Šķiņķis Pētersons
    • Madara Smalkā - Kronbergs Čukste Derling
    • Konstantīns Teļakovs - Primus, Attorneys at Law

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Cobalt’s Girts Lejins is credited with having ‘built and maintained, over a number of years, a stable team of capable individuals’. Managing partner Lauris Liepa is a key member of the group, as is senior associate Ugis Zeltiņš, who ‘impresses with his attention to detail and clarity’. The team’s impressive work spans disputes in financial services, IP, administrative law and arbitration; it represented Tineo in numerous claims arising out of the Zolitude tragedy and is representing Jūrmala City Council in proceedings arising from an agreement worth €8m with waste management company Eco Baltia Vide. Matīss Šķiņķis left to establish Šķiņķis Pētersons.

Ellex takes on arbitration cases together with large-scale civil and commercial disputes ranging from IP and unfair competition to fraud and insolvency, while offering ‘a very high level of service, great response times’, ‘thorough and exact advice and creative ideas’. The deeply experienced Daiga Zivtina is representing a bank in a fraud case and, with Irina Kostina, is handling the enforcement of several substantial foreign arbitral awards. Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs is assisting Latvijas Balzams in a dispute with an architectural design company involving claims and counterclaims concerning non-performance of design work.

Eversheds Sutherland BitānsAgris Bitāns heads a department that takes on high-value commercial, criminal, tax and public law disputes for corporate and government entities. Bitāns is acting for Seesam Insurance in several disputes totalling €500,000, and senior partner Ilze Kramiņa is acting for Euromin Holdings (Cyprus) in a challenging action against the FCMC in which €7.2m is at stake.

Sorainen is considered ‘a top legal adviser in complicated cases’; it handles a range of commercial and criminal cases. Lead partner Agris Repšs is a litigator and arbitrator whose work includes acting for Baltcom in defence of a claim brought by Seesam Insurance. Viktorija Jarkina, who produces ‘excellent work’ and is ‘very good value for money’, has a focus on white-collar crime disputes and asset tracing. Raivo Raudzeps is also recommended.

TGS Baltic counts the Latvian state, financial institutions and corporates among its clients. Agnese Hartpenga and Linda Štrause acted for Norvik Bank in a dispute with a group of debtors involving €61m, and department head Ivars Grunte is part of the team that continues to act for the Ministry of Finance (as the owner of Valsts nekustamie īpašumi) in civil and criminal proceedings relating to the fire at Riga Castle. Other clients include the Public Utilities Commission and Cemex.

Kronbergs Čukste Derling undertakes a range of commercial litigation with a strong focus on tax and cross-border disputes; clients describe it as ‘a perfect partner firm for international disputes involving Latvia’. Madara Smalkā acted for 4finance in significant litigation regarding the application of corporate income tax relief on donations and acted in a class action against BTA Insurance. Valters Kronbergs and Vineta Cukste-Jurjeva are notable practitioners handing insurance and shareholder disputes.

Primus, Attorneys at Law takes on a broad range of commercial disputes for clients including Orkla Confectionery & Snacks, TAV Airports Holdings and Havas Group. Mārtiņš Mežinskis and Sintija Radionova, who co-lead the group, are defending a number of Nordic Partners Group companies on €8.2m-worth of damages claims. Senior associate Konstantīns Teļakovs is part of the team that successfully acted for the newspaper Vesti in a defamation action.

Vilgerts attracts clients from the technology, insurance and construction sectors. It is representing the State Environmental Services on the termination of a contract for EU-funded remediation work as well as other procurement disputes. Head of disputes Jānis Kubilis and Aivars Lošmanis are assisting If P&C Insurance on a marine insurance dispute valued at €1.3m.

BDO Law’s clients include ASK, Baltic Breeders and Combined Heat and Power Plant Association of Latvia. Jānis Zelmenis has a focus on tax disputes, assisting both local and international clients, and Rihards Niedra takes on finance-related cases. It is handling a number of disputes on behalf of Altum and is acting for asset management company Hipo Fondi in proceedings against an insolvent bank.

Fort assists corporate and public clients with disputes in areas such as real estate, construction, energy and financial services, and ‘has the experience needed in complex dispute resolution’. Sandis Bērtaitis is noted as ‘an expert in the field’ and for ‘his business knowledge and remarkable experience’. Bērtaitis acted for the Ministry of Traffic and Autotransport Direction in a €1.4m dispute over compensation to transport companies.

Leadell Fogels, Vitols & Paipa’s team head Kārlis Vītols and senior associate Ilze Jankeviča ‘always provide tailored solutions and are very reliable, caring and passionate about the work they do. Together with Nils Fogels, their work spans high-value debt recovery proceedings, employment, insurance and administrative law. Fogels acted for Swedbank in proceedings in respect of the client’s security rights.

Njord Law Firm provides ‘a high service level, including response times’. Sergei Petrov and Dmitri Kolesnikov assist clients in a diverse range of industries and sectors, including shipping, insurance and fashion.

Rödl & Partner’s Dace Drice acted for the Latvian subsidiary of Rettenmeier Baltic Timber in a defamation case and, together with Inese Lazdupe, represented Ramirent Baltic in complex employment proceedings. Associate partner Kristīne Zvejniece is also recommended.

Led by Verners Skrastins, Skrastins & Dzenis undertakes shareholder disputes, administrative cases and proceedings arising out of insolvencies.

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