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At BDO Law, Jānis Zelmenis and managing partner Vita Liberte are highly experienced handlers of corporate and personal tax planning, and act on cross-border matters, audits, indirect taxation and tax disputes. Zelmenis advised Ubiquiti Networks (Latvia) on transfer pricing issues. Gita Avotiņa has left the firm to practise independently.

Cobalt’s Indrikis Liepa heads an impressive team that includes Girts Lejins and well-regarded tax consultant Sandija Novicka. Its expertise covers a range of tax disputes as well as local and cross-border tax structuring, and extends to advising on equity incentive plans, VAT issues and transfer pricing.

Ellex advises local and household name clients on tax issues in the context of M&A, share purchases and foreign investments. Led by Zinta Jansons, the team advised SG Capital Partners on the tax implications of establishing an alternative investment fund and advised Goodyear Dunlop Tires Baltic on various tax issues associated with its cross-border sales.

One of the best in Latvia’ for tax matters, Sorainen’s substantial team of specialists handle VAT, real estate taxation disputes and transfer pricing. It acted for a group of NGOs on retaining EU-wide tax rebates on donations. Jānis Taukačs, who heads the practice, is highlighted for ‘always giving the most relevant information’; senior associate Aija Lasmane is also noted.

TGS Baltic’s ‘top-notch tax team’ is led by Andra Rubene. Key practitioners include ‘extraordinarily bright lawyer and fantastic litigatorNauris Grigals and ‘impressive tax specialist and rising star’ Rūdolfs Vilsons. The team assists Mars with various tax matters, including complex VAT and corporate tax issues.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns is acting for Latvian-Russian JV LatRosTrans on a VAT and excise tax dispute and continues to represent Samsung Electronics Baltics before the State Revenue Service in a number of disputes. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis and Ilze Kramiņa are recommended.

Kronbergs Čukste Derling focuses on pan-European and offshore tax structuring and advises an impressive roster of clients on tax optimisation and disputes. Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva’s workload includes acting for 4finance in major tax disputes involving corporate income tax reliefs on donations. Čukste-Jurjeva is also representing Latgard in a dispute concerning the application of VAT on goods exported within the EU.

Led by Ingūna Ābele, the team at Primus, Attorneys at Law advises on diverse tax issues including various VAT cases, transfer pricing, and taxation applicable to energy markets. The team advised the Latvian Sports Federation Council and the Latvian Olympic Committee on the proposed amendment of the taxation rules on rebates to NGOs.

Rödl & Partner offers expertise in the tax implications of corporate restructures and mergers, including multi-jurisdictional ones. Under the leadership of Elīna Putniņa, the team advises Rettenmeier Baltic Timber on day-to-day tax issues, including transfer pricing and the tax ramifications of a merger.

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