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Ellex

K. VALDEMARA 62, 1013 RIGA, LATVIA
Tel:
Work +371 6781 4848
Fax:
Fax +371 6781 4849
Email:
Web:
www.ellex.lv
Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Latvia

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Among the best firms’ in the finance space, Ellex specialises in project financing and alternative investment funds. The ‘reactive and knowledgeable’ group is led by practice head Egons Piķelis; he advised DVB Bank, HSH Nordbank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on a $121m refinancing loan for Latvian Shipping, and alongside Ēriks Blumbergs and Valters Diure he provided assistance to European Investment Bank and Nordic Investment Bank on €195m-worth of parallel loans for an infrastructure project. Other clients include Goldman Sachs and Providence Capital.

Leading individuals

Egons Piķelis - Ellex

Next generation lawyers

Valters Diure - Ellex

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellexhas an in-depth knowledge of corporate law and also provides extremely practical advice’. This impressive and expanded team offers expertise in all aspects of corporate work and inbound investments. Raimonds Slaidiņš leads the group and with key partners Filips Kļaviņš, Pēteris Dalderis and tax expert Zinta Jansons assists foreign investors, local clients and venture capitalists. It represented Unistars on its acquisition by telecoms company Bite.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex takes on arbitration cases together with large-scale civil and commercial disputes ranging from IP and unfair competition to fraud and insolvency, while offering ‘a very high level of service, great response times’, ‘thorough and exact advice and creative ideas’. The deeply experienced Daiga Zivtina is representing a bank in a fraud case and, with Irina Kostina, is handling the enforcement of several substantial foreign arbitral awards. Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs is assisting Latvijas Balzams in a dispute with an architectural design company involving claims and counterclaims concerning non-performance of design work.

Leading individuals

Daiga Zivtina - Ellex

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex is in demand for its ‘high-quality services comprising excellent knowledge of EU law, national law and the practices of the competition authority’. It takes on all aspects of local and EU competition issues, and has a focus on the retail, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. Practice head Līga Merwin, who is well regarded, is acting for Drogas in an abuse of dominance case in which damages for a competition infringement are being claimed and together with Mārtiņš Gailis she successfully assisted a groceries group with a high-profile merger clearance.

Leading individuals

Līga Merwin - Ellex

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex is considered to be ‘one of the best business law firms in Latvia’, with a team whose ‘recommendations are really valuable and precise’. It takes on large-scale contentious and non-contentious employment mandates with cross-border aspects. Irina Kostina and Andris Lazdiņš come highly recommended, as does senior partner Daiga Zivtina. In recent work, it advised EcoLab Group on all aspects of its reorganisation involving terminations and variations to work contracts.

Leading individuals

Irina Kostina - Ellex

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IP, IT and telecoms
IP, IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Clients are ‘impressed’ with Ellex and with IP specialist Mārtiņš Gailis, pointing to his responsiveness. It offers the full range of IP, technology and regulatory expertise to household-name clients, and handles trade mark disputes for Sky International AG. Senior associate Sarmis Spilbergs heads up the media and technology division and Līga Merwin is advising Novartis on various patent issues.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex’s practice, which is led by Ivars Pommers, ‘has very deep knowledge and a strong team in real estate’. The highly respected Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs acted for Z Towers in litigation with the designer of a multi-use tower. Inita Jurka, who is advising on a number of project finance matters, is also recommended. Gudrenika-Krebs is currently on maternity leave.

Leading individuals

Ivars Pommers - Ellex

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

Ellex

At Ellex, a core team comprising head of corporate Raimonds Slaidiņš, senior counsel Ivars Slokenbergs and Māris Brizgo handle aircraft procurements, leasing and related financing as well as road and rail procurements. Its clients include Bombardier, Finnlines and various major banking institutions, and it is advising airBaltic on a number of procurement matters, including the tender for the design and construction of an aircraft hangar at Riga International Airport.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex advises local and household name clients on tax issues in the context of M&A, share purchases and foreign investments. Led by Zinta Jansons, the team advised SG Capital Partners on the tax implications of establishing an alternative investment fund and advised Goodyear Dunlop Tires Baltic on various tax issues associated with its cross-border sales.

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Zinta Jansons - Ellex

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