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Cobalt

MARIJAS IELA 13 K-2, RIGA, LV-1050, LATVIA
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Work +371 6720 1800
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Fax +371 6720 1801
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www.cobalt.legal
Minsk, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Latvia

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

Cobalt

Cobalt handles the full range of banking and finance matters, including securities, corporate bonds and acquisition finance. Specialist counsel Andrejs Lielkalns assisted Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank, GE Corporate Finance Bank, Natixis and Nordea with the syndicated financing of European Cinema Holdings II’s acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group, and securitised Target Group’s Latvian assets, while fellow specialist counsel Edgars Lodzins advised 4finance on issuing five-year corporate bonds totalling €100m. Managing partner Lauris Liepa and Girts Lejins head the group, whose new clients include AIG, Expobank and UniCredit Finance.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Edgars Lodzins - Cobalt

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

Cobalt

At ‘top-class’ firm Cobalt, managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone and Toms Sulmanis are handling DNB’s merger with Nordea. Indrikis Liepa and Guntars Zile are the M&A practice co-heads and Zile led on Marguerite’s acquisition of shares in Latvijas Gāze from Uniper Ruhrgas International and Latvijas Gāze’s subsequent split from Conexus Baltic Grid. The ‘goal-drivenGatis Flinters leads the corporate and commercial practice. Clients include Acme and BaltCap.

Leading individuals

Guntars Zile - Cobalt

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

Cobalt has ‘remarkable industry knowledge’ in IP and financial services disputes, where practice co-head Girts Lejins, senior associate Martins Aljens and Ingrida Karina-Berzina are the main contacts. It is also ‘one of the best’ in public law, with fellow co-head and managing partner Lauris Liepa being recommended along with ‘respected’ senior associate Matīss Šķiņķis. Senior associate Linda Bīriņa has been defending Latvijas Televīzija in a copyright dispute with MTG TV Latvia relating to the format of a morning show. Other clients include AstraZeneca and SEB.

Leading individuals

Lauris Liepa - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

Matīss Šķiņķis - Cobalt

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

Cobalt covers cartel and other behavioural cases, as well as other complex matters and merger control mandates. In conjunction with senior associate Ugis Zeltins, managing partner and practice head Dace Silava-Tomsone assisted telephone and internet provider Bite Latvija with approval to acquire a business from a competitor. Clients from industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals and transport retain the group for day-to-day advice on various issues, including pricing and mergers.

Next generation lawyers

Ugis Zeltins - Cobalt

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt handles matters including HR advice, termination cases and immigration law. Practice head Toms Sulmanis and senior associate Kristine Patmalniece defended Coface against a former branch manager over a disputed termination. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories.

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

Cobalt

Cobalt’s practice head Ingrida Karina-Berzina has been acting for Bayer in customs, data protection and regulatory matters, as well as patent infringement proceedings against Gedeon Richter. Senior associate Linda Bīriņa is defending Latvijas Televīzija against a copyright case brought by LNT regarding television show formats. Also recommended are Guntars Zile and senior associate Liga Fjodorova.

Leading individuals

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

Cobalt

Cobalt’s ‘highly qualified experts’ are renowned for construction and real estate disputes. Managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone is a ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ head of department, who has been representing Tineo in a personal injury case following a building collapse and is advising Maskavas NIP on construction permits and regulations pertaining to a retail, entertainment and office centre development. Other names to note are Toms Sulmanis and senior associate Edgars Pastars.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

Under Gatis Flinters’ leadership, Cobalt has a leading practice across shipping, aviation, road and rail. Senior associate Liga Fjodorova and Flinters regularly act for TNT Latvija in a broad range of transport and cargo-related matters. The group defended Riga International Airport (RIA) in the Supreme Court of Latvia against FlyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines, which alleged that RIA abused its dominant position.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

Cobalt provides ‘high-quality advice’ on tax structuring and related litigation. Girts Lejins, together with senior associate and tax consultant Sandija Novicka, represented DNB līzings in three cases against the SRS’ decision to deny DNB the right to deduct input tax. Indrikis Liepa heads the practice, which acts for leading companies such as Abbott Laboratories and Neste Latvija.

Next generation lawyers

Sandija Novicka - Cobalt

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