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bnt attorneys in CEE

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Bratislava, Budapest, Minsk, Nuremberg, Prague, Riga and 3 more

The firm

bnt attorneys-at-law, an international law firm based in ten central and eastern European countries, offers legal advice in all core areas of business law.

bnt | attorneys-at-law being established in 2003, may in this sense be seen as a young firm; in fact its lawyers are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience from previous stations on their career path. With 26 partners and over 140 professionals (including both local attorneys and lawyers licensed to practise in foreign jurisdictions), bnt offices are usually considered a mid-sized firm in their individual locations.

bnt core practice areas are fully integrated in bnt | attorneys-at-law’s international practice groups spanning all 10 bnt offices, thus making bnt a truly Central and Eastern European (CEE) specialist firm.

Based on our lawyers’ expertise and practical understanding as to how matters are handled in all our 10 jurisdictions combined with long-term experience practising in Lithuania, bnt Vilnius offers its clients unique consultancy services especially in cross-border deals. For added benefit to the client, all legal matters can be handled by just one contact person, regardless of the number of offices involved.

The Vilnius office of bnt attorneys-at-law was founded in 2004 by its partners Theis Klauberg, a German attorney-at-law, and Arturs Krauklis, a Latvian attorney-at-law. Since 2006, the office has been managed by partner Frank Heemann, a German attorney-at-law. Yvonne Goldammer (German attorney-at-law) is responsible for industry and regulatory, life sciences & food, as well as EU law. Lithuanian attorney-at-law Mindaugas Navickas strengthens the firm’s practice groups in the fields of dispute resolution, transport, maritime and shipping.

Due to the special expertise of Frank Heemann, bnt Vilnius enjoys a very strong reputation in the field of insolvency and restructuring.

Since 2011 bnt Vilnius has continuously developed and strengthened its competences in the life sciences, pharma and food sectors under the lead of Yvonne Goldammer.Our team is formed of lawyers admitted to practice not only in Lithuania but also in Germany, France, Latvia and Sweden.

In 2009, bnt Vilnius implemented the ISO 9001 quality management system: since then the office has been successfully audited and certified by Det Norske Veritas.

In the ten years since 2004, bnt Vilnius has assisted international corporate clients, especially from German-speaking countries, as a full-service law firm in business-relevant legal and tax matters.

Due to the consistent, focused and successful development of the bnt Vilnius practice, the team has steadily grown.

Areas of practice

Five core practice groups (corporate and M&A, finance and tax, industry and regulatory, real estate and dispute resolution) form the pillars of the firm’s legal services in different areas of law. bnt is aware that legal specialisation and solid knowledge of clients’ businesses forge the key to delivering competent and creative advice and assists clients in meeting their goals. bnt practice groups ensure that each matter is handled by specialists in their field for each jurisdiction and for cross-border assignments. For complex matters, bnt forms teams of legal experts from different areas of law and jurisdictions to find a sound and comprehensive solution for the client.

bnt attorneys-at-law Vilnius office is a full-service law firm that assists clients in all business-relevant legal and tax matters. Due to the structure of the teams, consisting of both German and Lithuanian attorneys-at-law, bnt understands both Western European and local business culture, is familiar with communication habits in both cultures, is locally and internationally integrated, and has wide experience in the application of local and foreign/international law. The firm’s main clientele are internationally active corporate clients that incorporate their own business in Lithuania, are engaged in projects in Lithuania, or seek legal and tax advice on business-related questions in Lithuania.


Other officesBratislava

International groupingsGerman Baltic Chamber of Commerce
Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania
French Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania
Austrian Trade Delegation
INSOL Europe
Association for International Arbitration
Lithuanian Insolvency Law Network
International League of Competition Law (LIDC)
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