Dispute resolution in Estonia
At Cobalt, the dispute resolution practice, which is recommended for its 'excellent team with great quality at every level' and understanding of client's needs, is headed by Liina Linsi and Jaanus Mody. Elo Tamm successfully represented Ragn-Sells in its procurement dispute against the city of Tallinn, while the firm is also representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a patent litigation against generics manufacturer Alvogen. Other key clients include Rafako, the Port of Tallinn and the European Commission. Kadri Michelson and Rauno Ligi are also noted.
Ellex is defending businessman Hillar Teder in connection with allegations of bribery and the illegal financing of the Estonian Centre Party. Anton Sigal, who joined the practice following its merger with Derling Primus's Estonian office, led the team acting for Elering in two precedent-setting subsidy disputes relating to hydroelectric power. Arne Ots is the head of the practice, which is noted for its 'quality and expertise'. Other key clients include Telia, Swedbank and Eesti Energia. The 'very skilled' Toomas Vaher, and senior associate Martin-Johannes Raude are also recommended.
Prominent in defending white-collar crime cases, LEADELL Pilv's 'exceptional team' and 'strong performance in court' helped it successfully defend Randomer in a civil dispute arising from a criminal case against a third party. Managing partner Aivar Pilv is highly regarded, and the 'analytical approach' of senior associate Anneli Aab makes her a name to note. Other clients include Saarek, businessman Alexander Kofkin and Allan Kiil, a former board member of the Port of Tallinn accused of taking bribes. Britta Oltjer, Marko Pilv and Pirkka-Marja Põldvere are also recommended.
Sorainen successfully acted for the city of Tallinn in appealing Ragn-Sells' victory in a procurement dispute, in which the team was led by Carri Ginter. Ginter, Allar Jõks, and Ants Mailend head the practice. Jõks represented Lux Express and Eesti Buss in two administrative cases lodged against the Estonian Road Administration. The firm has again expanded its disputes practice, with new hires at the associate level. Counsel Norman Aas' long history as a prosecutor make him an asset in white-collar crime cases, such as the firm's representation of Daxin in relation to a former board member's alleged abuse of position. Other key clients include Tallinna Vesi and Nelja Energia.
Headed by the 'widely known' Paul Varul, the team at TGS Baltic continues to be involved in high-profile disputes. Recent work includes advising several municipalities on the recent free public transport measures, including acting in disputes by commercial bus operators. Senior associate Kedli Anvelt has been active in many of the firm's major disputes, and her 'remarkable' knowledge of bankruptcy law makes her a name to note. Other key clients include the Port of Tallinn, which the group is representing in criminal and civil cases against its former directors, and state railway company Eesti Raudtee. Managing partner Martin Tamme is also recommended. Kristina Laarmaa is now with Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law.
ALTERNA's 'professional and supportive' practice is led by the 'very committed' Siret Siilbek, who 'always looks for the best outcome'. The group recently handled a precedent-setting case involving the use of dogs in therapy, where the team successfully represented the Estonian Association of Assistance and Therapy Dogs. Other key clients include Baltic Restaurants Estonia, Eventus Ehitus and KredEx.
Led by Erki Kergandberg, the dispute resolution practice at Derling Primus stands out for its 'in-depth knowledge of the judicial system'. The team recently defended the Estonian Centre Party in a case involving alleged illegal donations. The 'very precise' Elmer Muna leads the firm's representation of Control Process in procurement disputes. Other key clients include Forum Cinemas and Swedbank.
Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co recently represented the Environmental Investments Centre in a precedential dispute with Ragn-Sells over the misuse of grant money, and currently represents Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas in disputing the political party funding supervision committee's demand for the return of allegedly illegal donations. The practice is jointly headed by Raiko Lipstok and Toomas Pikamäe, who have a strong history of public procurement work. Other key clients include Tallinna Vesi and G4S Estonia.
FORT's 'pragmatic' team represents the Estonian Environment Agency in several disputes with contractors, often with little to no precedential case law. Newly promoted partner and 'excellent' practice co-head Andreas Veeret defended the Ministry of the Environment in a civil dispute concerning property damage arising from a construction project. Other key clients include Eften Capital and Hansabuss. Also recommended are Jaana Nõgisto and senior associate Margus Kõiva.
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.
LINKLaw is acting for the Estonian subsidiary of Skanska in three civil cases, as well as representing Viru Keemia Grupp in administrative cases against the Estonian Ministry of the Environment. Other key clients include Reyktal, Eesti Raudtee and Merko Ehitus. Triin Biesinger and Veiko Viisileht are the names to note.
The 'excellent team' at Magnusson successfully represented Adeona in a precedent-setting dispute with the Estonian Authors Society, and is acting for the Estonian Ministry for Education and Research in a series of construction disputes. The practice is jointly headed by Denis Piskunov, who 'easily exceeds clients' expectations,' and Kaidar Sultson. Other key clients include UPM–Kymmene Otepää and Ecostock.
NOVE's 'really experienced' dispute team represented Netica in a precedent-setting dispute pertaining to the definitions of collateral instruments. Practice co-head Andrus Kattel represents several clients in insurance-related disputes, a field where he is 'one of the best'. Co-head Urmas Volens has 'deep knowledge of legal theory', and acted for Hotell Pärnu in a shareholder dispute, which was settled at Supreme Court level. Veikko Puolakainen and senior associate Marika Oksaar are also recommended.
TARK's team, which is led by practice head Tauno Tark, is 'helpful' and 'prompt' to respond. The group is representing Riigi Kinnisvara in a series of construction disputes with Facio Ehitus. Allar Aru is leading the team acting for Rävala Parkla in a precedent-setting dispute over the restriction of business-critical access routes. Other clients include Eesti Raudtee, Avis and Transiidikeskuse. Aare Tark is also noted.
The dispute resolution practice at HansaLaw OÜ is recommended for its 'very professional service and wide and flexible knowledge'. It recently represented a client in a dispute with local and national authorities pertaining to the refusal of a water permit. Vahur Kivistik heads the practice, and is noted for his 'experience in the field'.
Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law
At Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law, Ksenia Kravtšenko, who arrived from Turnstone Law in March 2018, heads the practice, which has been involved in all disputes pertaining to the liquidation of Versobank. Other key clients include Sberbank, Glamox and Kekkilä. Ronald Riistan departed to establish Syndicate Legal. Kristina Laarmaa was a new arrival from TGS Baltic in January 2019.
NJORD Law Firm
The 'very dedicated' team at NJORD Law Firm represented spatial planning services provider Pärnu Instituut in a dispute with Luunja municipality, a case led by 'excellent' practice head Triinu Hiob. The firm also acted for bitcoin gambling company mBet Solutions in a multi-jurisdictional defamation dispute.
Pohla & Hallmägi
Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ
Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ is representing Tieto Estonia in a contract dispute with the Ministry of Social Affairs over government information system SKAIS2. The practice, which is headed by Indrek Leppik, also handles public procurement disputes for clients such as Tartu City Government and Eesti Raudtee. Senior associate Karin Marosov is another name to note.
RASK Attorneys-at-Law's 'extraordinary' team is representing two clients in disputing the results of a public procurement connected with Est-For Invest's planned biorefinery. Practice head Tarmo Peterson is 'incredibly persistent' in securing positive outcomes for his clients, such as defending Transcom against a monetary claim following a failed share issue. Ramon Rask and Villy Lopman are also recommended.