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At Cobalt, department head Rimantas Simaitis and managing associate Marius Inta, who leads the insurance disputes group, have been representing Riga International Airport in an appeal against a bankrupt Lithuanian air carrier, which had alleged anti-competitive actions by the airport. The firm is acting for Lithuanian Railways in a dispute with ORLEN Lietuva over freight transportation debts. New clients include Fresh Market and Pramonės energija. Paulius Markovas heads the bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Deividas Soloveičik, who has ‘extensive experience’, joined from Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners as public procurement head, replacing Jolita Rima Puškorienė, who left to found Law Firm Puškoriene, Kroliene, Paltanavicius.

According to clients, Ellex is ‘the best in the country’ for arbitration and cross-border litigation across a variety of disputes. New client Amber Grid instructed the practice to bring two actions against Achema to recover fees for using an LNG terminal. Practice head Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan is ‘a keen tactician’ and Andrius Smaliukas excels in arbitration. Associate partner Miroslav Nosevič and former Supreme Court judge Egidijus Baranauskas are well regarded. Darius Bugailiškis and the ‘talented’ Giedrė Aukštuolienė were promoted to senior associate.

Alongside an international law firm, Motieka & Audzevicius defended Gazprom in SCC arbitration against Lithuania, which alleged that the company did not supply gas at fair prices; Ramūnas Audzevičius, who led the firm’s part in the matter, is ‘a force to be reckoned with’. Jovitas Elzbergas ‘really stands out’ and co-heads the practice with Audzevičius. Rimantas Daujotas was promoted to senior associate, joining the ‘dedicated’ Tomas Samulevičius and the ‘excellent’ Mantas Juozaitis.

Sorainen covers a wide array of cases, including bankruptcy, insurance and customs disputes. Clients include Layher Baltic and Wolf Oil, as well as Kelprojektas, which department head Kęstutis Švirinas is representing in public procurement disputes and related issues of EU funding. Senior associate and experienced litigator Laurynas Lukošiūnas head the public procurement group. Renata Beržanskienė and Žygimantas Pacevičius are well regarded.

TGS Baltic excels in the full range of disputes, including bankruptcy, leasing and cargo matters. Valentinas Mikelėnas, who heads the firm’s arbitration, mediation and ADR team, has been representing Maxima Grupė and FRANMAX against former CEOs, board members and MART INN, regarding the alleged use of Maxima’s trade concepts, which prevented it from entering the Belarusian market. Lina Darulienė leads the litigation practice. Vilius Bernatonis is also well regarded.

Glimstedt Bernotas & PartnersJonas Masiokas handles IP, insurance and white-collar criminal cases. Senior associate Renata Jankutė and practice head Solveiga Palevičienė, who ‘gets to the crux of cases’, recently defended Borjomi Europe against Accuratus in unfair competition litigation. Other clients include Limedika and Timbex. Deividas Soloveičik joined Cobalt.

Under Gintaras Balčiūnas, the team at Leadell Balciunas & Grajauskas has recently handled contract terminations, lease agreements and public procurement matters, among other disputes. Key figures include managing partner Marius Grajauskas and associate partner Rytis Paukštė.

At Magnusson, Vilnius-based Marius Liatukas has been defending Gintaras Marcinkevičius, Eglė Marcinkevičiūtė and MART INN against trade secret and business derailment claims brought by Maxima Grupė and FRANMAX. Other clients include Auto Express and Motorola Solutions. As well as trade mark, insurance and bankruptcy disputes, recent work also includes IT, contract, real estate and public procurement cases. Practice head Evaldas Rapolas is ‘a very good strategist’; he is based in Kaunas, as is Marius Endzinas.

Primus, Attorneys at Law acts in complex disputes, including shareholder, IT and employment matters. Practice head Marius Devyžis and senior associate Martynas Kalvelis successfully represented the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF) in arbitration with a football club and its players, which appealed against the LFF’s disciplinary sanctions on the club for match-fixing. Other clients include Aecom and Eesti Energia. Managing partner Robert Juodka is recommended.

Averus is representing PC Lithuanian Shipping Company in its major bankruptcy case and related disputes centred on ship arrests and creditor claims. Klaipėda-based Regina Derkintytė-Kaupienė is ‘one of the best’ in shipping mandates, and is practice co-head alongside Raimondas Kivylius, who is singled out for tax and credit institution disputes. Laura Čereškaitė-Kinčiuvienė and senior associate Ervinas Rimdeika are the names to note in Vilnius, the latter having joined from Law Office Balticlaw Pranckevicius, Valiulis and partners.

bnt attorneys-at-law’s lawyers handle a range of cases, including shareholder and construction disputes. The team’s insolvency experts defended Commerzbank against the insolvent Ūkio bankas in a case concerning the return of security deposits. Other clients include ERGO Insurance, ALBA Ferrous Trading and Reifen Hinghaus. Frank Heemann has ‘a perfect understanding of his clients’ needs’ and is co-head of the practice with Mindaugas Navickas.

Baranauskas & Partners Hansa Law Offices recently handled litigation variously covering mortgage contract invalidations, contentious debt restructuring and other financial disputes. Vidas Vilkas represented Baltic Clipper in cases concerning EU air transportation and visa issues. Dalius Baranauskas has ‘a good reputation’.

Dominas Derling is acting for Reckitt Benckiser in a cross-border dispute concerning insolvency and arbitration agreements. Managing partner and practice head Gediminas Dominas is an established arbitrator. Other clients include Marks and Spencer plc and Grand Cru Airlines.

Technology and outsourcing companies often instruct the team at Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), which has been active in IP disputes, especially anti-counterfeiting and infringement matters. Managing partner Jonas Saladžius heads the practice and is the key figure along with senior associate Dainius Čičelis.

Law firm J. Judickiene and Partners Jurexexceeds the customer’s expectations’ in resolving all manner of disputes. Marius Tamošiūnas is defending Finance Group against MS Europe in a case pending in the Netherlands concerning allegations of unpaid invoices, contract interpretation and an unfair competition counter-claim. Managing partner Jurgita Judickienė and associate partner Kęstutis Žičkus are recommended.

Triniti has been defending Elektrum Lietuva in a dispute with Norfa involving the assessment of electricity consumption. Other work included settling a trade mark infringement case on behalf of Crocs, which had brought action against Practice head Vilija Viešūnaitė is recommended, as are associate partners Justina Stucka and Aurelija Rutkauskaitė. Deivis Valiulis joined from Law Office Balticlaw Pranckevicius, Valiulis and partners.

Ecovis ProventusLaw represented the Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors in a dispute over removal of a licence and disciplining of a Big Four auditing company. Loreta Andziulytė and Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė are ‘strong in litigation’, and practice head Kęstutis Kvainauskas is also well regarded.

Fort’s Mindaugas Kiškis represented Creditinfo Lietuva against the State Data Protection Inspectorate in litigation pertaining to the creditworthiness of Facebook users. Managing partner Andrius Mamontovas spearheads the practice. Attorney Mantas Meizeraitis joined from VETO.

Law Firm Pavlov & Partners’ recent caseload included trade mark registration, construction and customs disputes. Managing partner Viačeslav Pavlov is the primary contact.

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius’ recent caseload includes cross-border, aviation and competition matters. Practice head Vytautas Šulija ‘thinks of every possible strategy’, Gintautas Šulija is ‘a tenacious litigator’ and senior associate Eduard Plešak is ‘a promising lawyer’.

Managing partner Tomas Talutis and Vytautas Šenavičius are ‘exceptional litigators’ at TVINS. The practice is acting for Grimeda in a dispute with the National Paying Agency concerning rules controlling community support for rural development and the adoption of EU regulations into domestic law.

Vilgerts opened its Lithuanian office in 2015. Department head Raimundas Moisejevas is representing Medicinos Bankas in a debt recovery case.

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