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Noted for its ‘exceptional level of knowledge and expertise in the field’, Ellex’s team has been active in private enforcement disputes, state aid cases and Lithuanian Competition Council (LCC) investigations. Practice head Marius Juonys is assisting Rimi with a merger control case before the LCC following its acquisition of a competing network of retail stores. Jaunius Gumbis and associate Karolis Kačerauskas are highly respected practitioners; the former is representing the Lithuanian Basketball Federation in a case against two clubs arising from its decision (following a FIBA Europe ruling) to suspend teams that play in the EuroLeague competition. Senior associates Paulius Mencas and Ilona Jančiauskaitė are also recommended.

Cobalt has advised its clients (which include Lithuanian Railways and Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva) on a broad range of competition law matters. Managing partner Irmantas Norkus represented AMIC Lietuva following the imposition of a fine by the Lithuanian Competition Council for the alleged implementation of non-notified mergers, while Elijus Burgis is handling several price-fixing mandates. Managing associate Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė, who was a new arrival from TGS Baltic in 2017, heads the competition group. Former managing associate Ieva Sodeikaitė left for an in-house position at Danske Bank.

Motieka & Audzevicius provides ‘competition advice that is based on industry knowledge but rooted in business reality’. Giedrius Kolesnikovas assisted Publicum Media with obtaining clearance for the purchase of shares in Arena Media. ‘Experienced strategist and splendid litigant’ Ramūnas Audzevičius is representing FlyLal in a claim against Air Baltic Corporation and Riga International Airport; the airline alleges that anti-competitive agreements led to its bankruptcy. Associate Henrikas Stelmokaitis supports Audzevičius in antitrust disputes; he ‘identifies the essence of any matter to find smart solutions’.

Sorainen has been heavily involved in merger clearances and cartel cases; practice head Daivis Švirinas, who is ‘a valuable expert in competition law and always sees "the full picture"’, is leading an appeal for Forum Cinemas following a fine imposed by the LCC for price-fixing agreements. Senior associate Monika Mališauskaitė, who provides ‘constructive and detailed’ advice, supports Švirinas on the firm’s key mandates (for Rewe Group and Bitė Lietuva) and specialist counsel Paulius Koverovas is also well regarded.

TGS Baltic is defending Klaipėdos Nafta in a private enforcement case with Krovinių Terminalas concerning claims the operator abused its dominant position in the petroleum product storage market. Other work includes handling collusive bidding and compliance matters, including for Lithuanian Railways. Gintautas Bartkus heads the EU law practice and ‘distinguished litigator’ Lina Darulienė leads on competition cases. Of Counsel Lauras Butkevicius was a key addition in 2017, while associate partner Aurimas Pauliukevičius and Darius Miniotas are also recommended. Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė joined Cobalt.

Known for its expertise in complex, non-conventional merger control mandates, Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners is acting for Compensa in its sale of an insurance portfolio to Balcia Insurance SE and the subsequent clearance process. The group, led by the ‘strongAndrius Ivanauskas and including associate Jonas Šalna (who is singled out for his understanding of economics), ‘is uniquely adept at understanding supply chains’ and also handles antitrust damages cases, where senior associate Feliksas Miliutis excels.

At Vilgerts, new clients include Vienna Insurance Group and Infes; department head Raimundas Moisejevas is acting for the latter in a cartel investigation. Moisejevas is also representing Rovaltra and Žagarės inžinerija in a dispute with the LCC over an alleged anticompetitive agreement. Tomas Ivanauskas is the key contact for EU and regulatory matters.

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