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    • Giedrius Abromavičius - Cobalt
    • Laura Čereškaitė-Kinčiuvienė - Averus
    • Vaiva Mašidlauskienė - Sorainen
    • Eduard Plešak - Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius

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Averus handles both contentious and transactional work in the shipping and aviation sectors. Highlights in the maritime space included Regina Derkintytė-Kaupienė acting for the bankruptcy administrators of Lithuanian Shipping Company in several disputes with bunker traders and insurers. Wet shipping instructions include Laura Cereskaite-Kinciuviene representing the widow of a seaman lost overboard in the Barents Sea, which included the enforcement of damages awarded by the Lithuanian courts via a vessel arrest in Norway. In the aviation space, Cereskaite-Kinciuviene advised Magnetic MRO on the $9.5m purchase of a Boeing 737 from a Russian bank and subsequent separate sales of the airframe and engines.

Ellex’s transport practice has particular strengths in aviation and rail matters. Recent work in the rail sector includes Vilija Vaitkute Pavan representing AB Orlen in an arbitration with the Lithuanian state rail operator regarding alleged overcharging for transported goods, and Ramaunas Petravicius advising RB Rail on the ongoing Rail Baltica megaproject. Divuke Greblikiene and Laura Ziferman made partner; Ziferman advised the Lithuanian government on a concession process for operating and maintaining Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports. Gediminas Reciunas also handles transactional aviation work. Vaitkute Pavan is a name to note for shipbuilding disputes.

Cobalt has expertise in road, rail and air travel. Contentious highlights include Rimantas Simaitis representing Riga airport in an unfair competition case brought by a Lithuanian airline undergoing insolvency proceedings. Lithuanian Railways is another client, as is Kuehne + Nagel, which the firm has represented, as the claimant, in cargo damage and unpaid debt claims. Legal counsel Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė and Irmantas Norkus have aircraft finance expertise. Senior associate Giedrius Abromavičius is a key contact for regulatory work.

LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas handles a range of work concerning shipping, with a particular strength in oil trading matters. Gintaras Balčiūnas and associate partner Rytis Paukštė acted for bankrupt petroleum trader AG Oil in a dispute over undelivered diesel scheduled to be delivered by Edena Investments, a BVI company. Balčiūnas is also advising Klasco on the planned construction of new port terminals. Aviation-related public procurement is another area of expertise.

Primus, Attorneys at Law’s Robert Juodka continues to advise Trelleborg Group on the construction of a new fender system, and is acting for RGS Group in various claims against a Lithuanian shipbuilder. Marubeni and VR Transpoint are other clients.

Shipping specialist firm Ramanauskas and Partners handles a range of dry and wet shipping litigation and arbitration. The team represented the owner of a vessel in a shipbuilding dispute against a Lithuanian yard, and acted for Gard in a cargo claim. The firm, which also handles transactional work, advised Sung Shipping on its purchase of a vessel from the now-collapsed Lithuanian Shipping Company. Key lawyers include name partner Vytas Ramanauskas, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Algirdas Gervaitis, who has road transport expertise.

At Sorainen, aviation finance is a core strength. Renata Beržanskienė advised Air Partner International on chartering an airline to a Lithuanian carrier, and acted for VTB (Europe) Leasing in a now-settled dispute with an insurer regarding damage to air cargo. Agris Repšs also has aviation finance expertise. Senior associates to note include Irma Kirklytė, who joined from the Ministry of Transport and Communications where she was head of legal, and Vaiva Mašidlauskienė.

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius’ transport practice primarily handles leasing, financing and acquisitions in the aviation sector. Gintautas Šulija advised a subsidiary of AviAM Leasing on the sale of four Airbus 319s to a subsidiary of GTLK. In the maritime space, Šulija continues to represent insurer Lampe & Schwartze in a dispute over the collapse of the purchase of a ship from the Lithuanian Shipping Company. Eduard Plešak is a key senior associate.

TGS Baltic handles aviation and shipping matters, with a strong roster of public sector clients. Vilius Bernatonis and Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė continue to advise Lithuanian Railways on the procurement issues regarding the Rail Baltica project. Vidmantas Drizga is assiting Lithuanian Airports with procurement matters. In the private sector, Lina Darulienė represents CMA CGM in a cross-border dispute over allegedly lost cargo. The firm also handles aircraft leasing work.

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