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Cobalt offers comprehensive expertise, especially in vertical restraint and dominance cases, with expertise in regulated industries such as energy, banking and pharmaceuticals. Dace Silava-Tomsone has 25 years of experience, including in cartel and dominance matters. He acted for AKKA/LAA (the authors’ rights society) in an appeal against the Latvian Competition Council (LCC) decision regarding allegedly unlawful public performance tariffs in stores. Ugis Zeltiņš gives ‘concise advice’ and advised Michelin on compliance and pricing matters.

Ellex is in demand for its ‘high-quality services comprising excellent knowledge of EU law, national law and the practices of the competition authority’. It takes on all aspects of local and EU competition issues, and has a focus on the retail, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. Practice head Līga Merwin, who is well regarded, is acting for Drogas in an abuse of dominance case in which damages for a competition infringement are being claimed and together with Mārtiņš Gailis she successfully assisted a groceries group with a high-profile merger clearance.

Edijs Poga heads a team at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns that handles all aspects of EU law, taking in compliance and merger control cases, and assisting clients with investigations before the LCC. It advises Samsung Electronics Baltics on ongoing competition matters, including compliance, and counts Bank Citadele, Adidas, Reverta and Lattelecom among its clients.

At Kronbergs Čukste Derling, Zane Veidemane Bērziņa is sought out for her broad expertise including in state aid cases and European Commission abuse of dominance investigations. Reckitt Benckiser, Latvian Passenger Railway, Bridgestone and DHL are some of her clients. Valters Kronbergs is also noted in this area.

Sorainen’s practice spans all aspects of competition law including merger clearance, leniency applications and less contentious day-to-day matters. Rūdolfs Eņģelis is the head of department whose work included assisting Circle K with a merger clearance before the LCC. Eva Berlaus advises on merger control and assisted Providence Equity Partners with a merger clearance following its acquisition of Modern Times Group’s business in the Baltics. Clients benefit from associate Marika Grunte’s many years’ experience at the LCC before she joined the firm.

TGS Baltic takes on the full range of competition matters from merger clearance to price fixing, abuse of dominance and state aid cases. Senior associate Māra Stabulniece, who recently became co-head of the team, is handling a number of notable cases involving cartel and price-fixing matters. Co-head Andra Rubene was part of the team advising Boehringer Ingelheim on numerous competition issues, including addressing questions raised by the LCC during pharmaceuticals sector inquiries.

Vilgerts’ antitrust practice attracts clients such as Latvijas Pasts, airBaltic and BTA Baltic Insurance. Key partners Debora Pāvila and Jūlija Jerņeva undertake wide-ranging mandates, including advising BelTechExport on a sanctions listing imposed by the EU General Court.

At BDO Law, Andis Kārkliņš and Vita Liberte advised the Latvian Authorized Automobile Dealers Association on issues surrounding a potential cartel case and represented the Association before the LCC and the Riga Regional Court.

Primus, Attorneys at Law provides general competition law advice including on cartel issues and various EU regulations and legislation. Andis Ozoliņš is acting for Solavi before the LCC in connection with a cartel infringement allegation. Zane Eglīte-Fogele heads the practice.

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