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Sorainen

KAWE PLAZA, PÄRNU MNT 15, 10141 TALLINN, ESTONIA
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Work +372 640 0900
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Fax +372 640 0901
Email:
Web:
www.sorainen.com
Minsk, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Kaupo Lepasepp

Tel:
Work +372 6 400 939
Email:
Sorainen

Work Department

Energy & Utilities, Competition, Information Technology & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Distribution & Trade, Infrastructure & Regulatory, Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Transport & Maritime, Government Relations & Administrative Law

Position

Kaupo Lepasepp is a partner and head of the Competition & Regulatory Team, which includes the Competition, Energy & Utilities and Infrastructure & Regulatory Practices. He is also head of the Commercial Contracts Team in Estonia, which includes the Distribution & Trade, Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Data Protection, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Telecommunications and Transport & Maritime Practices. Kaupo has been practising law since 2002. He has regionally significantly contributed to building up the specialisation and know-how of our Competition & Regulatory as well as Commercial Contracts Teams.

Career

Kaupo has exceptional experience in advising on a wide range of competition law issues, including prohibited agreements and representing clients in competition law related negotiations and procedures involving both the European Commission and the Estonian Competition Authority. He also has a substantial background in competition law court disputes. In addition, he focuses on dominant position issues arising in infrastructural and regulatory areas, especially in the natural gas, water & sewerage, electricity and district heating (heat and electricity co-production) and railway sectors. For years Kaupo acted as a core member of international team, assisting US and UK investors in a major Estonian railway cargo and infrastructures operator in a spectrum of local and international proceedings against the government which resulted in successful divestment. Foreign investment protection and interaction with regulators has remained his core expertise ever since. Kaupo leads a strong cross-border team assisting energy sector clients which enables SORAINEN to advise on the most demanding assignments involving foreign or international elements (e.g. interconnections, cross-border trade). He is trusted by major energy market participants active in the Baltic Rim, from financial investors to local market leaders and Nordic gas and electricity companies, advising on routine daily matters as well as participating in strategic decision making (e.g. design and implementation of pricing principles and methodologies meeting both the requirements of sector-specific EU directives and local markets, government relations and disputes involving administrative procedures). Kaupo regularly advises on setting up international and local distribution networks, helping with drafting and implementing international agreements, assisting with questions related to trade structures and relevant competition law. In the intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications fields Kaupo focuses on technology and IP transfers, protection of know-how and confidential information, IT and data protection matters and unfair competition issues, especially from the viewpoint of commercial contracts. In 2014 Kaupo was elected by the management board of the Estonian Bar Association to the new State Legal Aid Committee. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Ethics and Methodology Committee of the Estonian Bar Association. Kaupo was a member of the Estonian Competition Authority working group on the new national Block Exemption Regulation. Kaupo has contributed to several international legal studies (e.g. Privacy International's multijurisdictional study "European Privacy and Human Rights 2010" funded by the European Commission, telecoms and an EC study on e-Health). Kaupo has served as a member of the evaluation and examination committee of court bailiffs appointed by the Estonian Minister of Justice.

Languages

Estonian, English

Member

Estonian Bar Association; Member of the Ethics and Methodology Committee, Estonian Bar Association; Member of the State Legal Aid Committee, Estonian Bar Association; International Bar Association

Education

University of Tartu, Estonia (BA in Law / officially equivalent to MA)


Estonia

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen

Within: EU and competition

Sorainen fields ‘a superbly orchestrated competition team’, which delivers ‘holistic and carefully crafted advice’. ‘Constitutional law specialistAllar Jõks advised Mootor Grupp on bus transport related public subsidies issues. The ‘unflappableKaupo Lepasepp, who ‘combines deep knowledge with sound legal judgement’, and senior associate Kaspar Endrikson, who has ‘detailed knowledge of EU state aid and the electricity market’, also worked on this matter. Litigator Carri Ginter is involved in disputing the Estonian Air state aid case.

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IP, IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen

Within: IP, IT and telecoms

Sorainen’s IP practice regularly handles commercial franchise systems, licensing agreements and litigation. Headed by Kaupo Lepasepp, it is representing Roche Eesti in a complex pharmaceuticals patent dispute, which has been referred to the European Court of Justice. The IT law team, led by senior associate Mihkel Miidla, advises on launching new technological services (Elisa Eesti is a recent client in this regard), compliance matters and data protection.

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Shipping and transport

Within: Leading individuals

Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen

Within: Shipping and transport

The ‘practical and hands-onKaupo Lepasepp is the key contact at Sorainen. He and senior associate Kaspar Endrikson are representing Finnair Aircraft Finance in bankruptcy proceedings regarding the recovery of four aircrafts, which had been leased to Estonian Air. Highlights also included advising the Estonian Technical Regulatory Authority on the Rail Baltica project.

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