Cobalt focuses on business-related disputes, with strong offerings in competition, employment and banking and finance litigation. Particular sector strengths include energy, healthcare and public sector mandates. Practice head Jaanus Mody is an authority on reorganisation and insolvency proceedings. Senior associate Kadri Michelson is noted for her expertise in administrative proceedings, with a strong track record in contract and property law.
Dispute resolution in Estonia
Other key lawyers:
‘Our experience with Cobalt has thus far been excellent. Cobalt’s team is highly professional, yet approachable. ’
‘The team manages to consistently deliver favourable results, while keeping the client involved at all stages. Cobalt’s team has a wonderful ability to explain complex legal issues to their client without coming off as patronising. ’
‘They are very thorough, and come up with innovative points of view on how to protect their client’s best interests’
‘The dispute resolution practice is one of the strongest on the market, with a dedicated team and substantial experience in the field.’
Nordic Aviation Group
Olympic Entertainment Group
Port of Tallinn
Tallinna Moekombinaat (part of Pro Kapital group)
- Advised the owner and operator of a large Tallinn shopping centre on reorganisation proceedings.
- Advised Baltika, a publicly listed fashion brand, on reorganisation proceedings.
- Defended Olympic Entertainment Group in court against a civil claim filed with Harju County Court by former minority shareholders.
Ellex represents private individuals, corporates and government bodies in a wide variety of litigation, including commercial disputes and economic crimes. The practice's arbitration experience is a distinguishing feature; Toomas Vaher is widely recognised as an expert arbitrator, particularly in international arbitration. The team acts for clients in the banking and finance, shipping, energy, construction, telecoms and technology sectors. Practice head Arne Ots focuses on high-value corporate law disputes, and has remarkable experience in constitutional disputes. Senior associate Martin-Johannes Raude is noted for his track record in public procurement and construction litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Toomas Vaher; Anton Sigal; Martin-Johannes Raude
‘I have worked together with a number of different legal advisors but the experts at Ellex Raidla are my preferred lawyers for disputes. I appreciate their experience, professional skills, dedication and also the way they communicate and are always available. The cases are are carefully handled – legal positions are always explained and and discussed with the client, the deadlines are comfortably met.’
‘Main contact is partner Arne Ots. He is one of the best dispute resolution lawyers in Estonia but what I value the most is his ability to handle cases and reach the results efficiently and discretely. His attention to the client, ability to explain the complexities of the case and his advice on strategies is in a league of his own.’
‘In disputes I also work with Arne’s team member Martin-Johannes Raude. Martin is a sharp and clever young lawyer with pragmatic and result-oriented approach. With his outstanding analytical skills and legal knowledge is an expert you can truly trust. ’
Estonian Bar Association
Telia Company AB
AS Tallink Grupp
Eesti Energia AS
Enefit Green AS
BLRT Grupp AS
Marrone Bio Innovations
3i Group plc
- Representing the Estonian government in an investment arbitration claim brought by ELA USA Inc., under the bilateral investment protection treaty between Estonia and the United States (PCA).
- Acted for Enefit Green AS and Nelja Energia AS in an administrative case where the Competition Authority’s authorisation for the client’s merger has been challenged.
- Acted for Eesti Energia Kaevandused AS in a complex dispute regarding its alleged dominant market position.
Glikman Alvin LEVIN
Sorainen has an impressive offering in corporate criminal law, corruption cases and constitutional review, and regularly represents public authorities and corporates in the insurance, financial services and manufacturing sectors. The Estonian office is also able to call on the wider firm's pool of experts in Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, and stands out for its international arbitration work. Carri Ginter is particularly recommended for his EU law expertise; he jointly heads the practice with Allar Jõks, who focuses on representing individuals in litigation with the state. Norman Aas heads the embedded risk management and corporate crime team within the practice.
Carri Ginter; Allar Jõks; Norman Aas
The Office of the President
Tenova India Private
Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority
Daxin Group Companies
Tallinna Jäätmete Taaskasutuskeskus
- Represented M.V.WOOL, a major Estonian fish producer, in a food safety dispute with the Veterinary and Food Board.
- Represented Tallinna Linnatranspordi Aktsiaselts, a transport company owned by the City of Tallinn, in a procurement dispute over compressed gas.
- Represented Darment, an HFCs producer and importer, in submitting a data rectification claim to the EU Court of Justice.
TGS Baltic is known for its track record in white-collar crime and corruption cases. The team handles a broad variety of disputes, including tax, real estate, competition and insolvency matters, and is particularly active in the financial services, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. Martin Tamme is well-known as an authority on real estate and transport litigation. Chirag Mody and Martti Peetsalu jointly lead the group with contract law and insolvency expert Paul Varul. Senior associate Kedli Anvelt is also noted.
Paul Varul; Martti Peetsalu; Chirag Mody
Other key lawyers:
Martin Tamme; Kedli Anvelt
‘The are exceptionally professional. They also have a very wide outlook on legal problems. ’
‘Kedli Anvelt is smart and very analytical and experienced. She is also one of those exceptional lawyers who can see another perspective and see solutions where some might see only the problem. She often comes up with very clever, and not that obvious, answers to seemingly dead-lock situations.’
‘What makes this practice unique is their accuracy and cognition. The key capabilities involve as well strong mentoring capabilities, organised team work etc. ’
‘I would like to emphasize the accuracy and cognition as well as the level of strategical thinking of the individuals working for this company. I would specifically like to highlight and mark such top notch level professionals as Paul Varul and Kedli Anvelt.’
‘Senior associate Kedli Anvelt is a very good specialist litigator.’
Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte Ltd
Port of Tallinn
First Telecom Trading (Marcel Vihmann)
Rimi Eesti Food
Tartu Ülikool (University of Tartu)
Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS
Operail (formerly EVR Cargo)
- Acted for Credit Suisse AG in mortgage enforcement proceedings over a shipping vessel.
- Represented SOE Port of Tallinnin in criminal cases against its former directors.
- Representing the University of Tartu in a labour dispute concerning the unilateral termination of the employment contract of the library director, due to the allegations of sexual harassment and misbehaviour.
Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co particularly stands out for the team's experience in construction disputes and public procurement cases. Raiko Lipstok is an expert in road construction disputes; he jointly leads the team with Toomas Pikamäe, who is an authority on waste management litigation.
Raiko Lipstok; Toomas Pikamäe
Estonian Aviation Academy
AS TREV-2 Group
Estonian Road Administration
AS Eesti Keskkonnateenused
AS Tallinna Vesi
OÜ Verston Ehitus
OÜ Haart Ehitus
Leonhard Weiss group companies
- Representing OÜ Midfield in the civil court by claiming the compensation for costs borne for the benefit of a political party and reasonable profit for acting for the benefit of the political party.
- Defended the Estonian Aviation Academy in a court case on intellectual property rights.
- Acted for Conex OÜ, a major construction company, in contract disputes relating to a large development in Tallinn.
FORT has a core focus on commercial real estate, bankruptcy and environmental disputes, and acts for clients including Phoenix Group, AB Group and Nordea Bank. The practice is led by commercial litigation and arbitration specialist Andreas Veeret, alongside administrative lawyer Jaana Nõgisto and Merit Lind, who moved from Deloitte Legal.
Merit Lind; Jaana Nõgisto; Andreas Veeret
‘Recent inclusion of Merit Lind to its practice makes Fort now a force to be reckoned with in Fintech, regulated industries and litigation. Merit’s exceptional work ethics, extensive experience and knowledge in public procurement and IT matters show in her cases and subsequent results for her clients. She is definitely a valued advisor for public authorities and private enterprises alike. ’
‘We have had a long-term cooperation with the team Merit Lind / Katrin Alliksaar. In particular, they are characterized by the fact that they are the team whose strength is based on the ability to dig into and to understand the very last detail of the topic in hand.’
‘They are 100% behind you. If engaged with other issues they call back/send email asap. Ready to work outside office hours. Willingness to dig into every detail that can possibly matter in court. Billing accordingly.’
‘Merit Lind is there when you need her, ready to deal with legal issues with extreme concentration.’
‘Personal approach, sincere interest and willingness to resolve the case. A personal approach as if they were part of a client team’
‘Fort legal (Merit Lind, Katrin Alliksaar) – Humanity, open minded, with good knowledge. It seems like long-time good acquaintances. You can fully trust that the interests of the client are best protected. Best team ever!’
‘Young, but already experienced team that clearly enjoys their work – absolutely top class.’
‘While Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff remains involved in disputes as a clever experienced strategist, Andreas Veeret has grown over the course of 10 years we have worked with their team into new star litigator. Concentration level of Andreas is similar to an Olympic athlete, intently focused, always prepared and never missing a detail. After Merit Lind, who is the most energetic attorney I have seen, joined their team, they are second to none in the market.’
‘The different viewpoints, practices and experiences that they are able to combine together and use for the benefit of the client. ’
‘Their ability to go into the tiniest details and to see the big picture at the same time. Also their ability to learn to understand the complicated technical details of a complex IT system. ’
‘Most important strength is that we can call any time and we have a personal approach with lawyers in Fort.’
LEADELL Pilv is particularly recommended for handling white-collar criminal defence cases. In addition to corporates, the practice represents prominent individuals such as athletes, businessmen and politicians. Aivar Pilv jointly heads the team with Pirkka-Marja Põldvere; both are accomplished arbitrators. The team regularly handles civil, criminal and administrative cases. Senior associates Marko Pilv and Anneli Aab are also noted.
Aivar Pilv; Pirkka-Marja Põldvere
Other key lawyers:
Marko Pilv; Anneli Aab
‘Over the last 5 years I have worked mostly with Aivar Pilv (managing patner) and also with Marko Pilv who was a lawyer when we started working together and is now partner. Aivar Pilv is a very dedicated and skilful lawyer especially on solving disputes. He is very good performer in court and has extensive practice in the area. In my opinion Marko Pilv is also very good at what he does. He drafts very good documents and is also a solid performer in court when necessary. I think that the 2 of them make a great team.’
‘The quality of work in Leadell Pilv Law Office is beyond compare.’
‘They were unique in that they are experts in negotiating corporate disputes.’
‘The individuals translated local law texts into English for our company partners to fully understand.’
‘Leadell Pilv provide superb value for money and also shine in terms of their client oriented approach. Their response times are quick, and Leadell Pilv also employ legal experts with immense legal acumen and industry knowledge.’
‘Based on our cooperation with Leadell Pilv, we would definitely single out Aivar Pilv. Aivar has a long and outstanding record as both a dependable partner in any manner of legal proceeding as well as expertise and knowledge about the Estonian legal system, which is undebatable.’
‘Super professional team, they are able to hear and understand a client.’
Mr Karl Liivapuu
Mr Allan Kiil
Mr Alexander Kofkin
Enefit Kaevandused AS
AS Saaremaa Laevakompanii and Mr Vjatšeslav Leedo
Mr Artjom Suvorov
Mr Leonid Dulub
LM Keskus OÜ
Aleksi Äri OÜ
- Representing AS Saaremaa Laevakompanii in approx. 15 different civil disputes (some cases have ended during the past 12 months and some new have started).
- Defended AS Enefit Kaevandused, a mining company, in a criminal case where the company and two of it’s employees were accused of causing the death of two former employees.
- Defended AS Saarek and its member of the management board (Mr Raul Kets) in a criminal proceeding where the company and Mr Raul Kets were accused in a major tax fraud.
NOVE, which started out as a business litigation boutique, counts commercial litigation as a core pillar of its services. Public procurement and construction disputes are key strengths, and the firm has extensive experience representing financial services and entertainment sector clients. Veikko Puolakainen is an expert on bankruptcy proceedings; he jointly heads the team with specialist litigator Arsi Pavelts.
Veikko Puolakainen; Arsi Pavelts
‘NOVE’s team is highly appreciated and consists of well known Estonian lawyers. Their academic background and previous work experience make them a great choice for dispute resolution. They always respond fast to client’s requests and propose effective solutions. Depending on the nature of the task, lawyers with different areas of specialisation are involved ensuring a successful case. ’
‘They have only strong experts, who themselves do the work – no delegation to low level lawyers.’
‘Veikko Puolakainen as the main partner on our dispute exhibited astoundingly good skills of negotiation and his pleasant demeanour helped us to reach a better solution than we would have hoped for. All this was based on among other things on his experiences, but also on his people skills which are also notably important for successful negotiations.’
SIA Unicredit Leasing
Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee
Merko Ehitus Eesti AS
Kinnisvarahalduse AS (Rimi Food Estonia)
Värska Vesi AS
- Represented the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee in the Supreme Court in a dispute regarding the validity of the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee.
- Represented SEBE AS in a public procurement dispute.
- Represented Merko Ehitus Eesti AS and GRK Infra AS in a public procurement dispute.
WALLESS (former Derling Primus)
WALLESS (former Derling Primus) handles a good deal of commercial litigation and corporate disputes. Other core areas of strength for the practice include tax, public procurement, competition and environmental disputes. The team has significant experience acting for clients in the IT and pharmaceuticals sectors. Practice heads Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna are well-regarded as white-collar criminal defence specialists.
Erki Kergandberg; Elmer Muna
Cryotech Nordic AS
Piiratud Vastutusega SCE E-Piim
KRM Advisor OÜ and KRM Holding Plus OÜ
Liwathon E.O.S AS
Salva Kindlustus AS
Redeem UK Ltd and Redeem Nordics
Ignitis Grupe UAB (Ignitis Group)
Keskerakond (Estonian Centre Party)
AS Cresco and AS Cresco Väärtpaberid
MTÜ ARB (NGO ARB (Publicly about Rail Baltic)
Estonia Ohvrite ja Nende Sugulaste Ühing Stiftelsen Estoniaoffren och Anhöriga
Saare Wind Energy
Boutique firm ALTERNA is particularly recommended for construction and public procurement disputes. The team handles a wide variety of administrative, civil and criminal matters. 'Excellent litigator and negotiator' Siret Siilbek heads the team; she has extensive knowledge of construction, insolvency and restructuring disputes.
‘They are fast in their work. The team is pleasant to work with and they have good communication skills.’
‘ALTERNA offers high quality legal service from experienced lawyers. Trustworthy and pleasant cooperation, personal approach and quick service.’
‘Siret Siilbek is an excellent litigation lawyer who has handled our public procurement disputes. She keeps the client updated in every step, shares her honest opinion and always thinks her plans through.’
‘They are professional and offer a client-oriented service. Their extensive knowledge and capacity to handle different fields of law makes it easy to order services from one place. Their team is dedicated, highly responsive and they work fast. Only the best professionals handling the matters.’
‘Siret Siilbek has high competence and can handle even the most complex disputes. Her extensive knowledge in construction law makes her outstanding in the market. She is an excellent litigation attorney that I can highly recommend.’
‘I highly recommend attorney-at-law Siret Siilbek. She is reliable, hard-working and always ready to help. I appreciate her for using strong strategies and always having back-up plans. Siret is an excellent litigator and negotiator, and a strategic thinker. Thoroughly prepared and always backed with well-considered tactics. ’
Stokker Finance OÜ
Eventus Ehitus OÜ
Tallinn, Kirsi tn 6, Kirsi tn 8 korteriühistu (apartment association)
Uuesalu Arendus OÜ
KRM Advisor OÜ
AR Agentuuri AS
Eesti Kinnisvara Korrashoiu Liit MTÜ (Estonian Association for Property Management)
RF Invest OÜ
Deco House OÜ
DK Konsultatsioonid OÜ
- Represented Eventus Ehitus OÜ in court disputes regarding deficiencies in the building works of Pärnu beach stadium constructed by subcontractors.
- Represented Narva City in a court dispute with AS Vant regarding construction works.
- Representing Eerik Kirs in a dispute with real estate developer Björkhagen Invest OÜ, concerning the right to access documentation.
Magnusson has a strong offering for clients in the transport, construction and technology industries. The team handles a range of public procurement, insolvency, and breach of contract disputes. Denis Piskunov focuses on commercial disputes and arbitration. He jointly heads the practice with Kaidar Sultson, who is particularly recommended for construction companies, real estate developers and investors and municipalities needing representation.
Denis Piskunov; Kaidar Sultson
Other key lawyers:
‘Magnusson has been our legal adviser in the most significant litigation matters for many years now. We trust them because they are experienced, efficient and provide down-to-earth solutions that save us time and money. Magnusson attorneys stand out for excellent project management and communication skills. They are responsive and easy to talk to, well capable of communicating complex issues in an easy and understandable manner.’
‘We are very happy with the Magnusson team; they work efficiently as one team and the get the job done on time. Our contacts at Magnusson are partner Denis Piskunov and associate Marek Keiman. Denis Piskunov is our go-to lawyer in dispute resolution. We find him to be a highly capable lawyer with impressive project management and communication skills. Denis takes the time to analyse your situation and you can be sure that any legal advice he gives is clear, pragmatic and business-oriented. Associate Marek Keiman is often the contact point in our daily co-operation. Marek is reliable, detailed and focused. Again, impressive response rate. ’
‘Great working culture, based on dedication and transparency, which is shared by both associates and partners.’
‘Denis Piskunov: extensive experience, ability to strategize best options for the client, total availability and flexibility, good communication skills towards clients without legal background’
‘Magnusson is our long-term legal advisor and in recent years we have used them mainly in dispute resolution and tax related matters. Legal questions dealt with are always regarded in the business perspective and in line with our long-term business strategies which I find extremely important. ’
‘Our contacts have been: Partner Denis Piskunov whom I consider to be an expert in dispute resolution. Denis is strategic, pragmatic and proactive. He definitely sees our sector and business beyond a single legal question currently at hand. Excellent litigation lawyer. Associate Marek Keiman stands out with very good response rate, professional and detailed responses. ’
‘I have valued, communication by e-mail, telephone and other message services. Furthermore, their transparency, consulting in legal matters (to someone that does not have any experience in any legal battle) and cost effectivity, I have been pleased with. (Easy to understand what the invoice is covering).’
- Representing over 2,500 local and international investors in the biggest crowdfunding fraud in the Baltics with claims reaching up to €14m.
- Representing Empower in numerous disputes regarding a public procurement in the fields of energy and wind turbines worth in total circa €21.4m.
- Representing the biggest Estonian plywood manufacturer UPM-Kymmene Otepää in an administrative court in a dispute regarding the planned construction activities in the neighbourhood.
NJORD Law Firm
NJORD Law Firm represents corporate clients in a broad range of industries, with strength in the insurance, technology and real estate sectors. The team is notably strong in employment litigation. Practice head Triinu Hiob is well-regarded as an international arbitrator and litigator, and is particularly recommended for insurance matters.
‘Although based at one of the Nordic region’s most well-reputed law firms, this dispute resolution practice is unique for its international dimension. It is lead by an internationally recognized arbitration practitioner Triinu Hiob who holds various international positions including member of the Court at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. ’
‘The leader of the practice, Triinu Hiob, stands out for her ability to efficiently get the job done. She is also a pleasure to work with. Although a ferocious advocate, Triinu is an open and honest person who one can trust.
‘Triinu Hiob – very balanced and stable and exceptional understanding about legal environment. Very straight forward and has a good understanding and ability to understand the mind of a court judge.’
Alandia Real Estate
- Represented Alandia, a commercial real estate development company, in two sets of Supreme Court proceedings.
- Represented a group company of the Estonian Business School in the Supreme Court in a dispute regarding an alleged work accident.
RASK focuses on high-value corporate disputes, with a notably strong record in criminal cases including bribery and money laundering. The team was recently involved in litigation relating to pharmacy reform. Practice head Tarmo Peterson is an expert in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘RASK is a reliable law firm with a strong focus. They dig deep and know how to put forward strong arguments in complex disputes. The team has genuine will-power and a good inner instinct for the field and resolving disputes.’
‘Strong, experienced and thorough attorneys.’
Nordlin Ehitus OÜ
Põltsamaa Uus Apteek OÜ
Air Baltic Corporation AS
Hiiu Ravikeskus SA
Paide Vee Tänava Apteek OÜ
MTÜ Kalatex and MTÜ Rannakalad
Magnetic MRO AS
Kihnu Veeteed AS
Pärnu Sadam AS
Eesti Proviisorite Koda
Pühima Päästja Püha Birgitta Ordu Klooster Pirital
- Represented a defendant against allegations of bribing board members at the Port of Tallinn.
- Defended clients in insolvency litigation, with potential implications for the legality of transferring assets to subsidiaries.
- Acted for Põltsamaa Uus Apteek OÜ and Paide Vee Tänava Apteek OÜ, two pharmacies run by pharmacists, in administrative litigations against the State Agency of Medicine.
TARK most notably handles disputes relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, public procurement, local government funding and white-collar criminal defence. Key sector strengths lie in entertainment, financial services and retail. Corporate and commercial litigator Tauno Tark heads the team.
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
Estonian Railways Ltd
Olympic Entertainment Group AS
Riigi Kinnisvara AS
Republic of Estonia / Ministry of Education and Research
Albrecht & Dill Trading GmbH
Advanced Sports Installations Europe AS
Ramirent Baltic AS
- Represented Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. in court proceedings regarding the largest bus purchase procurement in Tallinn’s history.
- Represented Estonian Railways Ltd in court proceedings regarding alleged damages.
- Represented Olympic Entertainment Group in a dispute with a former minority shareholder over damages during the delisting process.
Boutique law firm HansaLaw OÜ handles a range of civil and criminal litigation, particularly corporate disputes. The team is active in shareholder disputes and insolvency proceedings. Founding partner Vahur Kivistik jointly heads the practice with Andres Past, who specialises in civil disputes.
Vahur Kivistik; Andres Past
First Capital OÜ
- Represented Wooluvabrik OÜ in a case concerning the potential shutdown of a hydroelectric energy plant designated a heritage site.
- Represented First Capital OÜ as a shareholder in B2 Consulting International OÜ’s bankruptcy proceedings.
Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ
Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ represents clients in litigation, arbitration and out-of-court disputes, with particular strength in transport and construction matters. Commercial and administrative litigator Indrek Leppik heads the practice jointly with Priit Lätt, who is a key contact for tax, IT and public procurement disputes.