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Cobalt

LVOVO 25, 09320 VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
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Work +370 5 250 0800
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Fax +370 5 250 0802
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www.cobalt.legal
Minsk, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Lithuania

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

Cobalt

Cobalt’s pan-Baltic team covers all aspects of banking and finance, and also ‘demonstrates constant high quality’ in the private equity and venture capital sectors. Notably, it is also handling DNB’s merger with Nordea. Practice head Akvilė Bosaitė and managing partner Irmantas Norkus acted for Deutsche Bank, which formed part of a consortium of international institutional investors, on financing the acquisition of a loan portfolio from Bank SNORAS. Bosaitė has ‘deep knowledge’ and is recommended along with ‘strong negotiator’ Elijus Burgis. Eva Suduiko was promoted to managing associate.

Leading individuals

Elijus Burgis - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

Akvilė Bosaitė - Cobalt

Eva Suduiko - Cobalt

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

Cobalt

Elijus Burgis heads Cobalt’s corporate transactions team, while recently promoted partner Juozas Rimas leads the M&A group. Recent highlights include advising Nets on acquiring Nordea Merchant Acquiring, and assisting Mid Europa Partners with selling BITĖ to Providence Equity Partners. New clients include AMIC Energy Management and Falck. Managing associate Maksimas Saveljevas leads the corporate and regulatory practice and is recommended along with managing partner Irmantas Norkus.

Leading individuals

Elijus Burgis - Cobalt

Irmantas Norkus - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

Juozas Rimas - Cobalt

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

At Cobalt, department head Rimantas Simaitis and managing associate Marius Inta, who leads the insurance disputes group, have been representing Riga International Airport in an appeal against a bankrupt Lithuanian air carrier, which had alleged anti-competitive actions by the airport. The firm is acting for Lithuanian Railways in a dispute with ORLEN Lietuva over freight transportation debts. New clients include Fresh Market and Pramonės energija. Paulius Markovas heads the bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Deividas Soloveičik, who has ‘extensive experience’, joined from Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners as public procurement head, replacing Jolita Rima Puškorienė, who left to found Law Firm Puškoriene, Kroliene, Paltanavicius.

Next generation lawyers

Marius Inta - Cobalt

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Cobalt

At Cobalt, managing partner Irmantas Norkus and recently promoted managing associate Ieva Sodeikaitė are working as local counsel alongside an international law firm to represent Lithuanian Railways in a European Commission investigation relating to the company’s alleged abuse of its dominant position. Elijus Burgis heads the practice, which acts for clients such as Cgates, Deutsche Bank and Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva.

Next generation lawyers

Ieva Sodeikaitė - Cobalt

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt’s team is often retained by international clients such as Marks and Spencer plc, Citco and Eli Lilly. Žilvinas Kvietkus and managing associate Maksimas Saveljevas routinely advise Western Union on labour issues and dismissals, among other matters. Legal counsel Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė is ‘very experienced’ and heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences expert Žilvinas Kvietkus heads the overall department at Cobalt, which hired senior associate Viltė Kristina Steponėnaitė as head of the IP, IT and data protection team; she joined from Ellex and was hired following Liudas Karnickas’ decision to leave to found Law firm Venckute&Karnickas. Kvietkus has been working alongside Steponėnaitė to handle patent infringement litigation for Abbvie. Paris Elysees, Bayer Cropscience and Allergan are also clients. Julija Beldeninovienė was promoted to senior associate.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt is acting for Rail Baltica Statyba, Lithuanian Railways and the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the development of Rail Baltica. Other clients include Vilniaus energija, Amberwind and Höegh LNG. Practice head Simona Oliškevičiūtė-Cicėnienė has been working on various projects covering green and conventional energy as well as other infrastructure.

Next generation lawyers

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt is best known for transactional work and infrastructure projects, such as Rail Baltica. The team also advised DAO AM on buying a shopping centre and handled Geneba’s sale of its portfolio to Laurus Properties. Other clients include Agus Capital Management and Eurovia. Recently promoted partner Simona Oliškevičiūtė-Cicėnienė heads the practice, which includes highly experienced managing associate Aušrys Šliavas.

Next generation lawyers: partners

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt added a number of new clients, including Sonora Ekspedīcija, Harmonic International and Jupiter Shipping and Trading. Practice head Vaidas Mackonis acted for Jupiter in a dispute with shipowners concerning bunker services and ship arrest. Legal counsel Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė has experience of aircraft mortgage work and senior associate Giedrius Abromavičius is an expert in customs laws.

Next generation lawyers

Giedrius Abromavičius - Cobalt

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Cobalt

Cobalt’s department head Žilvinas Kvietkus has ‘very good knowledge’ of life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and is advising on creating a National Medicines Verification Organisation and data repository for The Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry and Association of Manufacturers of Medicinal Products. New clients include Ergomed plc, Eldes and Minordija. Senior associate Viltė Kristina Steponėnaitė now heads the IP, IT and data protection group, having joined from Ellex. Liudas Karnickas left the firm to establish Law firm Venckute&Karnickas.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Cobalt

Cobalt is renowned for multijurisdictional tax structuring, transactional taxation and disputes. Recently promoted managing associate Rokas Daugėla heads the team, which assisted new client Woodline with advice on tax optimisation and cross-border taxation. Senior associate Nerijus Jurkus is recommended for VAT matters. Deutsche Bank, Vitamed and Baltic Transline are key clients.

Next generation lawyers

Rokas Daugėla - Cobalt

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