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Paul Keres

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Glikman Alvin LEVIN


Partner, sworn advocate


Paul Keres advises clients in complex commercial disputes and focuses mainly on disputes in the financial sector, enforcement and bankruptcy proceedings as well as shareholder relationships in public and private companies.

Paul is valued as an exceptionally strong specialist in settling multi-jurisdictional disputes that have a cross-border impact. He has represented clients in numerous court disputes concerning foreign law. Paul has extensive experience in arbitration and he has represented and advised clients in arbitration courts in Estonia and abroad (International Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Court of Arbitration of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc.). Paul maintains a solid network of local law, management and financial experts.

Legal market reviews Legal500 and Chambers praise Paul in connection with his work in representing Danske Bank A/S and the Bank of Moscow in various cases involving bankruptcy law and shareholder disputes.

A selection of some of the most outstanding cases:

    • representing a leading media group in arbitration proceedings concerning the acquisition of media enterprises (claims exceeded € 8 000 000);
    • representing a minority shareholder in arbitration proceedings in connection with a share option transaction (value of the dispute exceeded € 12 000 000);
    • advising and representing the leading Finnish manufacturer of wind turbines in international arbitration proceedings (total claims exceeded € 20 000 000);
    • representing AS Kredex Krediidikindlustus in a dispute over the annulment of an insurance contract with AS Windoor (claims exceeded € 13 000 000);
    • regularly represents and advises Danske Bank A/S in the recovery of default loans and claims;
    • advising and representing Svenska Handelsbanken A/B (the Swedish headquarters) in the bankruptcy proceedings of Kreenholmi Valduse AS (claims exceeded € 4 000 000);
    • representing the leading Estonian producer of confectionery in a dispute involving excessive pollution charges (claims exceeded € 1 000 000);
    • advising and representing an investor listed on the London alternative stock exchange upon protecting investments made in Estonia, Latvia and Russia and representing the board of directors in the Estonian court in fighting off claims filed against it (claim exceeded € 7 000 000).


Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian


  • Founding member of Mises Institute Estonia
  • Estonian Bar Association (2010)
  • ICC Estonia Transport Committee


  • AIJA International Arbitration Training Program, London, United Kingdom (2016)
  • AIJA Training in Arbitrator Powers, Helsinki, Finland (2013)
  • AIJA International Arbitration Training Program, London, United Kingdom (2013)
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria (2009)
  • University of Tartu, Law School, M.A. (2009)
  • University of Tartu, Law School, B.A. (2007)
  • Rhodes Academy, Centre of Oceans Law and Research, Rhodes, Greece (2005)


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Glikman Alvin LEVIN recently assisted Bauschmidt with the sale of its Lithuanian subsidiary, as well as providing corporate governance advice. Paul Keres and Pille Pettai, the latter a new arrival from TEDER Law Firm in June 2018, head the practice, which also advised KredEx on the highly regulated sale of an electronic car charging network. Other key clients for the firm include G4S Eesti, Danske Bank and FB Asset Management.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Keres - Glikman Alvin LEVIN

Within: Dispute resolution

Leon Glikman heads the dispute practice at Glikman Alvin LEVIN, which is representing Skinest Rail in a cross-border bribery case in Estonia and Latvia. Paul Keres is defending Ain Kaljurand, former chairman of the Port of Tallinn, in a bribery case. Keres also has experience in media law disputes, such as acting for Iraj Zand in a dispute with TV3 over allegedly slanderous remarks made on a news broadcast.  Other key clients include Danske Bank, Merko Ehitus and VTB Group. Artur Sanglepp and Ain Alvin are also noted.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

The 'very business-oriented' practice at Glikman Alvin LEVIN regularly advises Rietumu Banka on its real estate lending activities. Other key clients include Skanska and Merko Ehitus. Ain Alvin heads the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of Pille Pettai, who is 'an expert on anything related to real estate', from TEDER Law Firm in 2018. Litigator Paul Keres is also recommended for contentious work.

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Within: Tax

Glikman Alvin LEVIN's 'flexible and agile' team recently acted for Haljas in a complex tax dispute pertaining to a missing trader fraud case. Practice head  Priit Raudsepp is 'proactive and business minded', and he is supported in litigation and dispute matters by Paul Keres. Other key clients include Eesti Loto and Viru Keemia Grupp.

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