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Cobalt covers cartel and other behavioural cases, as well as other complex matters and merger control mandates. In conjunction with senior associate Ugis Zeltins, managing partner and practice head Dace Silava-Tomsone assisted telephone and internet provider Bite Latvija with approval to acquire a business from a competitor. Clients from industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals and transport retain the group for day-to-day advice on various issues, including pricing and mergers.

Number-one expertLīga Merwin heads the practice at Ellex and has been representing JCDecaux in a case concerning a Latvian Competition Council (LCC) investigation into the company’s allegedly unfair exclusivity agreement for outdoor advertising with Pilsētas Līnijas and Riga City. Other clients include Swedbank, Orkla Confectionery & Snacks and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Senior attorney Mārtiņš Gailis is well regarded. Senior attorneys Kārlis Ronis joined the team as a result of the firm’s merger with Glimstedt & Partners.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitans has an increasing workload handling compliance, state aid and merger clearance. Practice head Edijs Pogaguides clients out of seemingly deadlocked situations’; he acted for MM Grupp to obtain approval of its acquisition of LETA. Proks, Tele2 and Uralchem also feature on the client roster.

At Kronbergs Cukste Derling, recently promoted partner Zane Veidemane Bērziņa defended Electrolux Latvia against the LCC in a matter concerning the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and is acting for a state-owned enterprise in handling state aid matters concerning the reconstruction of Daugava Stadium in Riga. Valters Kronbergs is well regarded.

Sorainen represented its clients before the LCC in abuse of dominant position, leniency applications and bid-rigging cases. With Rūdolfs Eņģelis at its helm, the practice led merger control work, including Bite Latvija’s acquisition of Spaineta Latvija. Olympic Entertainment Group and Armgate are also clients. Associate Marika Grunte gives ‘very structured and detailed’ advice.

The ‘outstandingAndra Rubene heads TGS Baltic’s ‘incredibly professional and knowledgeable’ team. Rubene represented Clear Channel against the Ministry of Finance in a matter concerning alleged illegal state aid. Other clients include Tamro and BENU Aptieka, which have sought advice on matters such as mergers and the Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices.

VilgertsJūlija Jerņeva is acting for Latvijas Pasts in appealing against an LCC fine for abuse of its dominant position. Debora Pāvila is recommended for advising on prohibited agreements, antitrust damages and cross-border litigation. New clients include DataKom and Balcia Insurance.

BDO Law stands out for LCC investigations and preventative advice. Managing partner Vita Liberte heads the practice and, together with associate Andis Kārkliņš, has been defending Rīgas satiksme against the LCC in two cartel cases linked to public transport tariffs and alleged restrictive practices relating to outdoor advertising.

Primus, Attorneys at Law is representing Besecke in contesting the LCC’s finding of bid rigging by public utilities in procurement of building works and installation of electrical fittings. Zane Eglīte-Fogele and senior associate Andis Ozoliņš are key contacts.

Skopina & Azanda’s practice was founded by Ieva Azanda, formerly of Sorainen. Recent contentious work includes cartel, abuse of dominance and unfair competition cases. Clients include various companies in the broadcasting, retail and transport sectors.

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