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TGS Baltic

QUADRUM BUSINESS CITY, EAST BUILDING 8TH FLOOR, KONSTITUCIJOS AVE. 21A, 08130 VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Tel:
Work +370 5 251 4444
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Fax +370 5 251 4455
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Web:
www.tgsbaltic.com
Riga, Tallinn, Tartu, Vilnius

Lithuania

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic’s impressive range of clients includes new client wins Imlitex, EstateGuru and IBS Lithuania. It has sector-specific expertise in energy, infrastructure and aviation; team head Vilius Bernatonis acted for Lietuvos Energija and its subsidiary Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė on securing €190m from the EIB for the greenfield construction of power plants. Vidmantas Drizga heads the capital markets and corporate departments and acted for listed company INVL Technology on its conversion to a special closed-ended investment company. Jūratė Kūgytė left the firm.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

TGS Baltic

At TGS Baltic, Marius Matonis heads the M&A practice while Vidmantas Drizga leads on the corporate side. Dalia Tamašauskaitė-Žilienė was part of the team that acted for Swedbank on its acquisition of Dankse Capital Investicijų Valdymas and fellow associate partner Aurimas Pauliukevičius was part of the team acting for Storebrand on the sale of its stake in its Lithuanian operations to the US IT company Cognizant. Odeta Tručinskaitė-Šiušienė and Deimantė Korsakaitė have both moved to in-house positions.

Leading individuals

Marius Matonis - TGS Baltic

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

TGS Baltic

The team at TGS Baltic handles a strong mix of banking, shipping and investment disputes. Alongside an international law firm, Vilius Bernatonis is representing the Vilnius city municipality in an investor-state arbitration with Veolia Environnement; the case has been brought in parallel with a claim against the Republic of Lithuania by Veolia Environnement where the firm is also representing the defendant. Bernatonis also acts for Snoras in its claim against Meinl Bank over breached AML requirements. The ‘vastly experienced’ Valentinas Mikelėnas and Lina Darulienė, respective heads of the arbitration and litigation practices, are well regarded. Albertas Šekštelo, formerly a senior associate with the firm, joined Motieka & Audzevicius in October 2018.

Leading individuals

Valentinas Mikelėnas - TGS Baltic

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic is defending Klaipėdos Nafta in a private enforcement case with Krovinių Terminalas concerning claims the operator abused its dominant position in the petroleum product storage market. Other work includes handling collusive bidding and compliance matters, including for Lithuanian Railways. Gintautas Bartkus heads the EU law practice and ‘distinguished litigator’ Lina Darulienė leads on competition cases. Of Counsel Lauras Butkevicius was a key addition in 2017, while associate partner Aurimas Pauliukevičius and Darius Miniotas are also recommended. Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė joined Cobalt.

Next generation lawyers

Darius Miniotas - TGS Baltic

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TGS Baltic

Mindaugas Civilka heads the department at TGS Baltic, while Lina Darulienė is the key name for IP litigation; she recently represented Virtuvės Mitų Griovėjai in a trade mark dispute and acted for Identa Dental Material in trade mark litigation. Other clients include Viasat, BBC Worldwide Productions and Philip Morris Baltic. Vidmantas Drizga and senior associate Indrė Barauskienė are also names to note.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic has a track record of involvement in landmark power and infrastructure projects, covering initial project financing to potential disputes. Vilius Bernatonis is representing the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania in a multijurisdictional contract dispute with Veolia Environnement. The team, which includes Eugenija Sutikenė, has been involved in the rejuvenation of the heating infrastructure of Vilnius and Kaunas, and also acted as counsel to the private partners in a PPP project for the comprehensive renovation of Vilnius’ street lighting. Paulius Zapolskis is recommended.

Leading individuals

Vilius Bernatonis - TGS Baltic

Next generation lawyers

Paulius Zapolskis - TGS Baltic

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic advises real estate companies on various transactions, including retail and office developments. Dainius Stasiulis advised East Capital Explorer on purching a 15-floor office building in Vilnius from another real estate investor. The team also advised Prisma LT on the closure of its hypermarkets in Lithuania and Latvia. Balt Development is also a client. Senior associate Sandra Bliuvaitė-Šulcienė is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Sandra Bliuvaitė-Šulcienė - TGS Baltic

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic handles aviation and shipping matters, with a strong roster of public sector clients. Vilius Bernatonis and Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė continue to advise Lithuanian Railways on the procurement issues regarding the Rail Baltica project. Vidmantas Drizga is assiting Lithuanian Airports with procurement matters. In the private sector, Lina Darulienė represents CMA CGM in a cross-border dispute over allegedly lost cargo. The firm also handles aircraft leasing work.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

TGS Baltic

The TMT department at TGS Baltic is instructed by domestic and international corporates to assist with regulatory issues and data protection. Headed by Vidmantas Drizga, the department handles data protection for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and Microsoft. Senior associate Darius Miniotas advised Lithuanian Radio and Television on cyber-security issues following a suspected cyber attack. Eugenija Sutikenė heads the life sciences group and Mindaugas Civilka specialises in data protection.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

TGS Baltic

The tax group at TGS Baltic has advised domestic and regional corporates on VAT disputes and corporate tax structures on a stand-alone basis and as part of larger transactions. Headed by Robertas Degesys, the team has unique expertise in venture capital taxation and provided tax advice regarding the establishment of an investment fund in the Baltic States. Loreta Antanaitienė and Dainius Daugirda are experienced tax consultants.

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