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Clients such as IBM and Sanofi call on Ellex‚Äôs specialists, including members of its life sciences, entertainment and commercial practice. Department head Jaunius Gumbis acted as local counsel to Hubert Burda Media on making a $27m series C investment in Tomas Kamblevińćius, Julius Zaleskis and Mantas Rimkevińćius are up-and-coming senior associates.

Cobalt‚Äôs department head ŇĹilvinas Kvietkus has ‚Äėvery good knowledge‚Äô of life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and is advising on creating a National Medicines Verification Organisation and data repository for The Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry and Association of Manufacturers of Medicinal Products. New clients include Ergomed plc, Eldes and Minordija. Senior associate Viltńó Kristina Steponńónaitńó now heads the IP, IT and data protection group, having joined from Ellex. Liudas Karnickas left the firm to establish Law firm Venckute&Karnickas.

Sorainen assists clients such as 15min with trade marks, licensing and data issues. Recent corporate work includes the structuring of joint ventures and pharmaceuticals industry M&A. Renata BerŇĺanskienńó leads the commercial contracts team, and the pharmaceuticals and life sciences practice, while specialist counsel Stasys Drazdauskas heads the communications, media and technology sector group. Clients include Teva Europe and Hewlett-Packard.

TGS Baltic assisted BITńĖ Lietuva with implementing the new EU Directive for roaming regulations on mobile networks and is also representing the company in a dispute with the Communications Regulatory Authority concerning behavioural allegations. GlaxoSmithKline is another client. Vidmantas Drizga now heads the practice after Gediminas Lisauskas moved to KPMG Law Firm.

Ecovis ProventusLaw advised Omnitel on an auction for the right to use 900/1800 MHz frequencies. Telecoms, IT and data protection expert Loreta Andziulytńó has ‚Äėexpertise in regulatory affairs‚Äô and the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Inga Karulaitytńó-Kvainauskienńó concentrates on media and advertising work.

Fort handles media and data privacy matters. The team represented Skaitmeninio Sertifikavimo Centras in litigation against the State Data Protection Inspectorate, in a case concerning e-signature data processing on public websites. Mindaugas KiŇ°kis heads the team.

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners routinely assists Schneider Electric‚Äôs Lithuanian subsidiary with data protection, and advised Lietuvos paŇ°tas on developing and implementing an e-delivery system. Associate partner Giedrńó RimkŇęnaitńó-Manke heads the practice.

Triniti is adept at data protection and IP-related matters, with associate partner Aurelija Rutkauskaitńó handling data protection work for Burokńólis ir krapas. Yummi apps and TableAir are other clients. Practice head Vilija VieŇ°Ňęnaitńó is recommended along with senior associate and privacy law expert Edita Ivanauskienńó.

Law firm Venckute&Karnickas was established by former Cobalt attorney, Liudas Karnickas. The firm has been assisting Teo LT with day-to-day data privacy and telecoms matters. Gedeon Richter and Mercell Lithuania are also clients.

Tomas Ivanauskas merged his independent firm with Vilgerts, which opened in Lithuania in 2015. The group advised Ruptela on its European tie-up with Vodafone for mobile data service provision.

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