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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 in CEE is one of the leading international business law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, offering legal advice in all core areas of business law.

As a full service law firm, bnt draws on its profound sectoral knowledge to advise on all business law issues. The firm’s lawyers are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience. With 26 partners and 130+ professionals (including both local attorneys and lawyers licensed to practice in foreign jurisdictions) bnt personnel includes native speakers of 21 languages, ensuring clarity of communication.

With bnt, clients enjoy a home advantage. Companies who want to succeed in Central and Eastern Europe need a partner possessing a truly in-depth knowledge and understanding of the region, its culture and its legal systems. Since its formation bnt has operated with international teams of experienced lawyers directly on location. For the firm’s clients this means that they achieve objectives securely and by the quickest route

At bnt people think and act close. straight. forward. That is, bnt is close to the market, providing straight advice to help the client move forward. bnt insists on precision: in its analysis, in communication and through clear recommendations on how to proceed.

bnt’s core practice areas include corporate and M&A, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, dispute resolution, employment, life sciences and pharma. These are fully integrated in the firm’s international practice groups spanning all ten bnt offices. Thanks to the firm’s experienced teams bnt can make expertise swiftly available across national borders.

Based on the expertise of the firm’s lawyers and their practical understanding as to how matters are handled in all ten jurisdictions plus combined with long-term experience practising in Lithuania, bnt Vilnius offers unique consultancy services, especially in cross-border deals. For added value to the client, all legal matters can be handled by just one contact person, regardless of how many offices and countries are involved.

The Vilnius office of bnt attorneys in CEE was founded in 2004. Since 2006, the office has been managed by partner Frank Heemann, a German attorney-at-law. Yvonne Goldammer (also a German attorney-at-law) is responsible for the firm‘s professional activities in the fields of industry and regulatory, life sciences, food, as well as EU and compliance law. Lithuanian attorney-at-law Mindaugas Navickas strengthens the firm in the fields of real estate, dispute resolution, corporate, and transport.

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. The team comprises lawyers admitted to practice not only in Lithuania but also in Germany, France, and Latvia.

Areas of practice

Six core practice groups (corporate and M&A, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, dispute resolution, employment, life sciences and pharma) form the pillars of the firm’s legal services in different areas of law. The firm is aware that legal specialisation and solid knowledge of the client’s business forge the key to delivering competent and creative advice and to assisting clients in meeting their goals. The firm’s 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 achieve a sound and comprehensive solution for the client.

The Vilnius office of bnt attorneys in CEE is a full-service law firm that assists clients in all business-related legal and tax matters. Due to the structure of its teams, consisting of both German and Lithuanian attorneys-at-law, bnt understands both West European and local business culture, is familiar with communication habits in both cultures, is locally and internationally integrated, and possesses wide experience in the application of local and foreign/international law.

  • Other offices
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Minsk
  • Nuremberg
  • Prague
  • Riga
  • Sofia
  • Tallinn
  • Warsaw
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 130+
  • at this office: 12
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Lithuanian
  • Member
  • German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce
  • French Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania
  • Austrian Trade Delegation
  • DIS
  • BRSI
  • Association for International Arbitration
  • Lithuanian Insolvency Law Network
  • Conference bleue

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