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Ellex is ‚Äėa clear leader in the market‚Äô and has been attracting mandates concerning customs, international taxation and tax due diligence. The firm defended AviaBaltika against Lithuanian customs authorities in a case concerning alleged breaches of customs clearance procedures. It also handled transfer pricing work for Telia Company in its sale of Omnitel to Teo LT. Other clients include Danske Bank, Pfizer and a number of high-net-worth individuals. Recently promoted partner and practice head Aistńó Medelienńó is recommended for her client care, senior associate Mindaugas Lukas is ‚Äėvery valuable‚Äô and consultant Gintaras Balńćius is highly experienced.

Sorainen successfully represented Fauga, Viking Industrier and Byggleverand√łrene in appealing against a binding ruling made by the State Tax Inspectorate (STI) concerning the transfer of losses in a cross-border matter. New clients include Corit Advisory, and Reyktal Services. Managing partner Tomas Kontautas is well regarded, practice head Saulńó Dagilytńó was elevated to the partnership and Rasa Mikutienńó was promoted to senior associate. Specialist counsel Darius RauluŇ°aitis, who joined from the Prosecutor General‚Äôs Office of the Republic of Lithuania, expanded the firm‚Äôs capabilities in criminal tax work.

TGS Baltic has been advising the European Investment Bank on changes that were introduced to VAT in the construction sector, and worked with the STI and Lithuanian Ministry of Environment in drafting legislative amendments. Robertas Degesys heads the practice, which has also recently worked on transfer pricing and corporate income tax matters. Tax consultants Dainius Daugirda and Loreta Antanaitienńó handle investigations and disputes.

Cobalt is renowned for multijurisdictional tax structuring, transactional taxation and disputes. Recently promoted managing associate Rokas Daugńóla heads the team, which assisted new client Woodline with advice on tax optimisation and cross-border taxation. Senior associate Nerijus Jurkus is recommended for VAT matters. Deutsche Bank, Vitamed and Baltic Transline are key clients.

At Motieka & Audzevicius, senior associate Mantas Juozaitis ‚Äėhandles really big cases with an international element‚Äô, and represented Bosca in a transfer pricing dispute with the tax authority over a real estate acquisition. Giedrius Kolesnikovas ‚Äėsolves issues quickly‚Äô and heads the practice along with RamŇęnas Audzevińćius.

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners‚Äô recent workload includes VAT, corporate tax and transfer pricing work. Practice head ArtŇęras BakŇ°ys and senior associate Edvard Gasperskij are the main contacts.

Leadell Balciunas & Grajauskas handled inspections conducted by the STI and also led on customs, VAT and cross-border matters. Managing partner Marius Grajauskas heads the practice and is recommended along with senior associate Konradas Pabijanskas.

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