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Dr Irmantas Norkus

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Managing Partner


Founder and Managing Partner. Specialises in private and public Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Privatisation, EU & Competition, Banking & Finance law.


2001 to date Managing Partner, COBALT, Lithuania. 1999 – 2010 Lecturer, Vilnius University, Law faculty. 1995 – 2001 Senior Associate Lawyer, Foresta Law firm. 1994 – 1995 Legal expert, Department of International Law, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. 1992 – 1994 Legal expert, Baltic Exchange of Commodities.


Lithuanian, English, Russian.


Since 2004 Member of the International Bar Association. Since 1999 Member of the Lithuanian Bar Association.


2001 Doctor Juris, Vilnius University, Lithuania. 1996 Master's degree in Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania. 1997 Study visit to Business School, Leeds University, UK. 1993 Study visit to John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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 negotiatorElijus Burgis. Eva Suduiko was promoted to managing associate.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Irmantas Norkus - Cobalt

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

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.

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