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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Motieka & Audzevicius

At Motieka & Audzevicius, practice head Giedrius Kolesnikovas ‘stands in a class of his own’. Senior associate Michail Parchimovič supported Kolesnikovas on advising Brolis Semiconductors on a management buyout.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Motieka & Audzevicius

Jovitas Elzbergas and the ‘highly dedicated and talented’ Ramūnas Audzevičius head Motieka & Audzevicius’ team of ‘business-orientated lawyers’. Audzevičius represented Gazprom in several cases, including a dispute with the Lithuanian Competition Council regarding its decision to fine the company €35.7m for allegedly breaching a merger clearance condition related to obstructing an alternative gas supply. The firm maintained its strong position in arbitration, EU and international law, but also developed its tax, white-collar defence and competition abilities.

Leading individuals

Ramūnas Audzevičius - Motieka & Audzevicius

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Motieka & Audzevicius

Merger-related matters at Motieka & Audzevicius are handled by Giedrius Kolesnikovas, while Ramūnas Audzevičius manages contentious work; Audzevičius recently represented a real estate administrative services provider against the LCC in Administrative Court proceedings regarding a concentration investigation notice. Kolesnikovas advised Zia Valda on merger clearance relating to its acquisition of a stake in Puntukas.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Motieka & Audzevicius

At Motieka & Audzevicius, Jovitas Elzbergas is a ‘true leader’ for public construction law. He represented a community in a dispute with Lietuvos Energija, Fortum and Kaunas District Municipality that involved alleged planning law infringements.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Motieka & Audzevicius

Motieka & Audzevicius’ Giedrius Kolesnikovas is recommended for tax structuring, and senior associate Mantas Juozaitis is a ‘tax dispute expert’. The group represented a private investor in a dispute concerning the exchange of shares and the tax authority’s decision to decline the full exemption of capital gains tax. Kolesnikovas and Ramūnas Audzevičius head the practice.

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