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Aivar Pilv Law Office

Work +372 619 1630
Fax +372 640 4653
Tartu, Tallinn


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Within Corporate and M&A, Aivar Pilv Law Office is a third tier firm,

Contentious corporate matters dominate Aivar Pilv Law Office’s caseload, although Aivar Pilv and Britta Oltjer also handle non-contentious general commercial, corporate or shareholder assignments, often in a cross-border context. In addition, there has been an increase recently in special audit instructions. Clients include Silvano Fashion Group and Arco Vara. Pirkka-Marja Põldvere is recommended.

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Within Dispute resolution, Aivar Pilv Law Office is a first tier firm,

Aivar Pilv Law Office’s managing partner Aivar Pilv and Jaak Siimquickly are able to provide a wide range of possible solutions’, and the team is regarded as being ‘a superstar regarding white-collar crime cases’ as part of a comprehensive practice. The team successfully represented Olympic medallist Andrus Veerpalu and Estonian Ski Federation in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against doping charges, and the well-regarded Britta Oltjer advised Seve Ehituse and Skanska EMV regarding various cross-border construction disputes.

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Within IP, IT and telecoms, Aivar Pilv Law Office is a second tier firm,

Aivar Pilv Law Office is ‘always concerned about reaching the best solution for its client’. The firm assists Chemi-Pharm with its product registrations and IP rights protection in Asia, and has been advising shipping company Linford on data protection issues as well as a trade mark dispute. Acknowledged IP specialist Britta Oltjer has ‘an eye for detail’, and Ilmar-Erik Aavakivi is recognised as an expert in data protection and telecoms.

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Within Real estate and construction, Aivar Pilv Law Office is a second tier firm,

Aivar Pilv Law Office’s Aivar Pilv and Britta Oltjer provide cross-border contractual advice and handle construction and real estate disputes chiefly for construction companies such as Ferrotek. The team is also representing a listed company in a high-value dispute against multiple parties with public procurement and regulatory aspects, and is representing Tallinn City Government in the ongoing Supreme Court case regarding Hotel Viru. Ilmar-Erik Aavakivi has ‘an exceptional understanding of technical aspects’.

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Within Tax, Aivar Pilv Law Office is a first tier firm,

Aivar Pilv and Jaak Siim at Aivar Pilv Law Office skilfully provide general tax advice and represent clients in tax audits as well as VAT fraud or money laundering cases. The emphasis is on complex disputes and the team is acting for Facio Ehitus in a €1m tax dispute before the Supreme Court. It also represented Signaal in its case against the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB).

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