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Law Firm VARUL

ADMIRAL HOUSE, AHTRI 6A, 10151 TALLINN, ESTONIA
Tel:
Work +372 626 4300
Fax:
Fax +372 626 4306
Email:
Web:
www.varul.com
Vilnius, Tartu, Tallinn, Riga

Estonia

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Varul, Law Firm

At Law Firm Varul, newly promoted partner Marko Kairjak has taken over as practice head from Ants Mailend, and has expertise in investment funds and private equity, among other areas. Highlights included representing Swedbank in bankruptcy proceedings against Alberta Trade and related litigation to recover $19.5m; and advising Timo Houses on refinancing matters, such as obtaining mezzanine investments.

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

Varul, Law Firm

Law Firm Varul recently advised Kevelt on concluding contracts with US and German counterparties, in order to transfer a clinical trial to new service providers. The practice is co-headed by Ants Mailend and senior associate Sander Kärson, who is ‘solution-oriented’. Martin Tamme is highly regarded.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Varul, Law Firm

Department head Paul Varul, Ants Mailend and Helmut Pikmets are the main contacts at Law Firm Varul, with senior associate Kristina Laarmaa also recommended. The firm represented Rimi Eesti Food in Supreme Court proceedings against a former employee related to alleged corrupt practices. Marko Kairjak was promoted to partner, and senior associate Martti Peetsalu joined from Glimstedt.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Varul, Law Firm

Law Firm Varul represented the Estonian Pharmacies Association in European Commission proceedings regarding illegal state aid allegedly given to Yliopiston Apteekki by the Republic of Finland. Vaido Põldoja’s team takes ‘a strong legal position’, with senior associate Triinu Järviste singled out for praise.

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IP, IT and telecoms
IP, IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Varul, Law Firm

Law Firm Varul represented Estonian composer Veljo Tormis in a plagiarism dispute against BBC Worldwide, See-Saw Films and composer Mark Bradshaw, concerning the use of a song in the Top of the Lake soundtrack. Department head Ants Mailend also advised Cybernetica, which is working with the Republic of Estonia on developing software for public e-services.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Varul, Law Firm

Law Firm Varulranks among the best firms’, and covers large-scale development projects, property acquisitions and litigation, among other areas. Martin Tamme heads the practice, which includes senior associate Kristina Laarmaa, who is ‘a real pleasure to work with’. Tamme advised Timo Houses on its entry into the Swedish and Norwegian markets, while Laarmaa represented Pärnu City in public procurement proceedings against bidders regarding the construction of Pärnu Stadium. Leonid Tolstov is the main contact in the Tartu office.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 1

Varul, Law Firm

At Law Firm Varul, practice head Martin Tamme advised on the shipping elements of Tallink’s Supreme Court dispute with Aldar Eesti, which centred on excise duty on packaging and potentially unlawful state aid relating to this. The team was bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Martti Peetsalu from Glimstedt.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Varul, Law Firm

At Law Firm Varul, ‘very experienced’ practice head Helmut Pikmets represented Amalfi in an income tax dispute against the tax authority, and acted for the Estonian branch of Nordea Bank Finland in a dispute over the taxation of transactions between the branch and its parent company.

Leading individuals

Helmut Pikmets - Law Firm Varul

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