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Ellex

JOGAILOS 9, 01116 VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
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Work +370 5 268 1888
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Fax +370 5 212 5591
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Web:
www.ellex.lt
Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Lithuania

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

Ellex

Led by Gediminas Rečiūnas, Ellex’s practice is divided into specialised teams, including the capital markets and funds group. Joana Baublytė-Kulvietė, who recently made partner, heads the financial markets and regulation practice; she worked with Rečiūnas and senior associate Laurynas Narvydas on Danske Bank’s exit from the retail financial services market, handling the sale of its daily banking products. Other clients include Barclays, BNP Paribas and MetLife. Giedrius Stasevičius is widely respected.

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

Ellex

Ellex acted for Telia Company (formerly TeliaSonera) on its high-profile sale of Omnitel to Teo. New clients include Hubert Burda Media, Cognizant and Unifeeder. Dovilė Burgienė heads the department, which fields specialised teams: Žilvinas Zinkevičius leads the strategic and foreign M&A group, Ramūnas Petravičius leads on infrastructure projects and M&A matters, and associate partner Povilas Žukauskas heads the restructuring and bankruptcy team, and Robertas Čiočys manages private equity and venture capital M&A. Managing partner Rolandas Valiūnas is well regarded.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

According to clients, Ellex is ‘the best in the country’ for arbitration and cross-border litigation across a variety of disputes. New client Amber Grid instructed the practice to bring two actions against Achema to recover fees for using an LNG terminal. Practice head Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan is ‘a keen tactician’ and Andrius Smaliukas excels in arbitration. Associate partner Miroslav Nosevič and former Supreme Court judge Egidijus Baranauskas are well regarded. Darius Bugailiškis and the ‘talented’ Giedrė Aukštuolienė were promoted to senior associate.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex has a ‘high-quality’ practice, which has recently been active in Lithuanian Competition Council (LCC) investigations, state aid cases and private enforcement litigation. Pfizer and JCDecaux are key clients. Practice head Marius Juonys defended Guliverio kelionės and Zigzag Travel in a cartel matter. EU practice head Jaunius Gumbis is well respected, as is recently promoted associate partner Karolis Kačerauskas. Among the senior associates, Paulius Mencas was recently promoted, Giedrė Adomavičiūtė joined from Sorainen and Ilona Jančiauskaitė is an experienced figure.

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Marius Juonys - Ellex

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex has strength across the board, handling everything from the transfer of employees in corporate transactions to cross-border transactions and legislative matters. Ramūnas Petravičius and senior associate Rimantas Stanevičius are advising the Investors' Forum on challenging Lithuania’s new Labour Code on behalf of various companies, and have been representing the employers’ organisations before parliament and the Tripartite Council of the Republic of Lithuania, where the firm negotiated amendments to the Code with trade unions. Handling Barclays’ review of a global agreement for international recruitment services was another highlight for the practice, which acts for large employers such as Michael Kors and Cisco.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex excels in the IP litigation space. Group head Vytautas Mizaras is representing Akzo Nobel Baltics in two multijurisdictional disputes, including defending the client in a landmark trade mark dispute concerning passing off of signs that are similar to registered a trade mark. Jaunius Gumbis continues to represent Exeltis Baltics in patent litigation regarding the revocation of four patents owned by Bayer. Telia Company and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation are also clients.

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Mantas Rimkevičius - Ellex

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex acts for an array of energy companies – including gas, wind and electricity – and heating utilities. Dovilė Greblikienė leads the energy group, which is part of the regulatory industries and trade practice led by Jaunius Gumbis, and is advising Veolia on a heating sector lease agreement; the client is being represented in a regulatory investigation relating to the lease, which ended in 2017. Infrastructure projects practice head Ramūnas Petravičius is representing the Republic of Lithuania in arbitration with Gazprom pertaining to allegations that the respondent failed to supply natural gas at a fair price. Other clients include enerty, Klaipėdos nafta, Nord Pool Spot and Minijos nafta.

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

Ellex

Ellex recently advised new client Laurus Properties on acquiring Geneba’s 42-property portfolio of lettable space, and is leading the client’s disposal of a multimillion-euro portfolio, including the Business Centre Vertas and the BIG Shopping Centre. East Capital and VPH are clients of the practice, which is led by Tomas Milašauskas. Evaldas Klimas, Indrė Jonaitytė-Gricė and Simas Gudynas are recommended.

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Evaldas Klimas - Ellex

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

At Ellex, practice head Ramūnas Petravičius has been advising Rail Baltica and the Ministry of Transport and Communications on EU funding and inter-governmental negotiations for the Rail Baltica project. Aviation guru Gediminas Rečiūnas has been active in aircraft leasing and repossession cases, while Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan is representing ORLEN Lietuva in arbitration and court proceedings against Lithuanian Railways.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Clients such as IBM and Sanofi call on Ellex’s 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 Vinted.com. Tomas Kamblevičius, Julius Zaleskis and Mantas Rimkevičius are up-and-coming senior associates.

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Jaunius Gumbis - Ellex

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex is ‘a clear leader in the market’ 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 Aistė Medelienė is recommended for her client care, senior associate Mindaugas Lukas is ‘very valuable’ and consultant Gintaras Balčius is highly experienced.

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