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Cobalt’s Simona Oliškevičiūtė-Cicėnienė is advising the Rail Baltica joint venture on the Rail Baltica project to connect Warsaw to Tallinn via a standard-guage railway. More traditional real estate work includes a number of freehold deals for institutional investors. Aušrys Šliavas is a key managing associate. Deividas Soloveičik is assisting Eika with public procurement issues regarding several new police stations.

Ellex handles a range of heavyweight deals, and is a popular choice for private equity real estate investors and REITs. Indrė Jonaitytė-Gricė advised Baltic Retail Properties on selling 70% of its Latvian and Estonian asset pool to W. P. Carey as part of a sale and leaseback transaction. Practice head Tomas Milašauskas, Jonaitytė-Gricė and Evaldas Klimas advised Lords LB Asset Managent on the sale of a 13,600m² shopping centre in Kaunas. Milašauskas also advised Eastnine on the development of a high-rise office block in Vilnius, the majority of which will be leased to Swedbank.

Sorainen handles a range of property transactions, including contentious planning matters and property disputes. Aušra Mudėnaitė is acting for Promola in a dispute with the Lithuanian government over its lease of the former Žalgiris stadium site to construct a mixed-use development; she also represented Lidl in a dispute pertaining to heritage protection over a site intended for an office development. Transactional highlights include Kęstutis Adamonis advising W. P. Carey on several property acquisitions, including the purchase of 18 stores leased to Kesko Senukai. Laura Nalivaikienė joined the firm in March 2017 from the State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate. Other clients include Taurapolis, which it advised on the purchase of part of the Tauro brewery complex. Artūras Kojala is now at Cobalt.

Averus handles a range of work in the space, with a particular strength in contentious and non-contentious construction. Povlias Karlonas is advising a bidder on a nationally significant construction project, and is assisting Pramones Turtas with the construction of a built-to-suit logistics facility for a tenant and a private equity co-owner. Raimondas Kivylius handles construction disputes. Free zones are also an area of expertise.

Fort advises real estate investors on various transactions, alongside work conscerning construction and real estate finance. Rūta Radzevičiūtė-Meizeraitė and Andrius Mamontovas advised Eften Capital on the purchase of a company that had assets including a warehouse in Kaunas, and a business centre in Vilnius. The pair also advised Elmoris on purchasing a built-to-suit factory. Mindaugas Žolynas is another name to note for heavyweight transactional work.

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners handles a mix of transactional work, including the sale and purchase of lands and buildings. Paulius Gruodis and senior associate Jolanta Liukaitytė-Stonienė advised an Ikea subsidiary on purchasing a 45MW wind farm. On the construction side, Andrius Ivanauskas advised Linstow on expanding the Radisson Blu hotel in Vilnius. In an example of the firm’s cross-border capability, Kęstutis Jaskutėlis advised Business Incentives, an Estonian company, on a €2.3m land acquisition in Vilnius. Senior associate Eivydas Sadauskas is also noted.

At Primus, Attorneys at Law, Robert Juodka advised Rafako on the construction of a power plant in Vilnius, which was subject to the modified form of the Fidic Yellow Book contract. Giedrė Dailidėnaitė, together with the firm’s Latvian offices, advised Lithuanian retailer Berry on leasing a store in Riga. In an example of its contentious work, Juodka and Marius Devyžis are acting for Ergo Lithuania, as insurer of Maxima, in a dispute pertaining to the collapse of a supermarket roof in Latvia in 2013, which resulted in a number of fatalities. Ernesta Žiogienė is also noted.

TGS Baltic advises real estate companies on various transactions, including retail and office developments. Dainius Stasiulis advised East Capital Explorer on purching a 15-floor office building in Vilnius from another real estate investor. The team also advised Prisma LT on the closure of its hypermarkets in Lithuania and Latvia. Balt Development is also a client. Senior associate Sandra Bliuvaitė-Šulcienė is another name to note.

At AJK Consultus, name partner Audrius Kairevičius handles various transactional construction and real estate matters. Kairevičius and Povilas Juzikis advise Tele2 on various matters regarding telecoms towers, including land leases and construction issues. Other clients include Kaunas Free Economic Zone, which the team advised on a number of compulsory purchases, Lidl, and several real estate investment companies.

CEE Attorneys handles transactional work and real estate financing matters. Daina Senapėdienė advised Audėjo Prekybos Centras on purchasing a new shopping centre, and handled subsequent sub-leases to smaller retailers, while Inga Kostogriz-Vaitkienė advised Pro Kapital Group on a construction finance facility provided by DnB Bank for the construction of a residential development in Vilnius. Senior associate Kristina Sabaliauskienė also leads significant mandates.

At Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), Jonas Saladžius and Rimtis Puišys handle work concerning title issues, construction projects and other transactions, such as leases and sale-and-lease-back arrangements.

LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas handles a mix of work, with marine-related infrastructure a particular strength. Gintaras Balčiūnas advised Klaipeda Stevedoring Company on developing a petrochemicals terminal in Klaipeda. Other highlights include advice to PK Invest on developing a residential real estate project.

Motieka & Audzevicius has a particular strength in construction and procurement matters, many of which are contentious. Jovitas Elzbergas represented Axis Industries in a procurement dispute with the Vilnius municipal government concerning the proposed new national stadium. Non-contentious highlights include advising a real estate investor on the construction of 73 apartments in Palanga.

Deloitte Legal Law Firm Davidonis ir partneriai enters the ranking following the recruitment of associate partner Simas Gudynas from Ellex. He advised Grama LT on various agricultural projects. Manager Tomas Mieliauskas has construction expertise.

At Ecovis ProventusLaw, Kęstutis Kvainauskas handles contentious work such as construction and planning disputes; he is representing Vilniaus Parkai in a lease termination dispute regarding land in Bernardinai Park.

Magnusson’s Ligita Ramanauskaitė advised Cetarium on leasing over 5,500m² of office space to Festo. In the construction space, Ramanauskaitė advised Kančo Studija on the development of a new Radisson Blu hotel on the Nida waterfront, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Marius Endzinas assisted Kalstata, as the subcontractor, with the construction of a window and door factory in Marijampolė.

TVINS’ Vytautas Šenavičius handles real estate deals across various sectors, with a particular strength in agricultural matters. Highlights included advising Art21 on legislative changes regarding farmland transactions, and assisting Estate Guru, a peer-to-peer lending platform for real estate finance, with the real estate aspects of its entry into the Lithuanian market.

Triniti’s Deivis Valiulis leads a range of transactional mandates, including advising Auresta on the €1.6m sale of land in Vilnius Old Town, and assisting the owners of company Minija with the sale of the company, which includes land assets.

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