Dispute resolution in Estonia


Jaanus Mody heads the practice at Cobalt, which specialises in business-related disputes in areas such as public procurement, energy, and banking. The team is also instructed on a number of public-sector mandates. Kadri Michelson is praised for her expertise in civil and administrative disputes. Clients include Luminor, Port of Tallinn and the European Commission. Mody is defending Olympic Entertainment Group against a €24m claim initiated by its former minority shareholders following its de-listing from Nasdaq, Tallinn.

Practice head(s):

Jaanus Mody

Key clients

Alexela Group

Circle K

City of Tallinn

European Commission


Nordic Aviation Group

Olympic Entertainment Group

Port of Tallinn


Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Defending Olympic Entertainment Group against a claim brought by its former minority shareholders.
  • Successfully represented Port of Tallinn in a dispute with Vesta Terminal Tallinn OÜ.
  • Acted for UEFA in a dispute between Eesti Meedia (now Postimees Grupp) and the Estonian Competition Authority.


Arne Ots leads the experienced practice at Ellex, which works across a variety of disputes in several fields. The group has a notable strength in arbitration, a less common procedure in Estonia. Clients include governmental bodies, businesses, and private individuals, with the team representing in shareholder disputes, construction claims, and criminal defence cases. Anton Sigal and Toomas Vaher are acting for the Estonian government in an investment arbitration over a €150m claim by ELA USA concerning the use of the historic Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn. Senior associate Martin-Johannes Raude is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Arne Ots


Very professionable, knowledgeable and pays utmost attention to details. They are also exceptionally thorough, efficient and always available.’

Key clients

Farmi Piimatööstus AS

MiniCredit AS

Nordecon AS

Telia Eesti AS

Eesti Energia AS

Enefit Green AS


Maag Grupp AS


Inseneriehituse AS


Probus AS

Elering AS


Pärnu Haigla SA

Orkla Eesti AS

Seesam Insurance AS

Work highlights

  • Representing the Estonian government in an investment arbitration claim brought by ELA USA Inc., a company controlled by Mr. Alexander Rotko, under the bilateral investment treaty between Estonia and the US
  • Acting 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.
  • Defending one of the defendants in the prominent corruption case regarding former managers of AS Tallinna Sadam, the biggest state-owned port operator in Estonia.

Glikman Alvin LEVIN

Leon Glikman leads the dispute resolution practice at Glikman Alvin LEVIN, which handles a varied caseload, ranging from media and banking, to technology and transportation disputes, including defamation, asset recovery, and fraud. 'Exceptional advocate' Paul Keres and the 'dependable' Ain Alvin are noted for their expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration cases, while senior associate Artur Sanglepp specialises in written advocacy. Keres is active for the Estonian branch of Danske Bank in recovering over €10m of loans issued to the bankrupt oil terminal operator Scantrans, acting in several enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Leon Glikman


A team of sharp minds that contrast with each other well, with an outstanding all round performance.’ 

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Merko Ehitus


Metro Baltic Horizons

Kredex Krediidikindlustuse AS

AS Saarte Liinid

Maxima Eesti AS

Bauschmidt OÜ

Work highlights

  • Acting for Danske Bank in recovering loans issued to the bankrupt oil terminal operator Scantrans. The quantum of claims exceeds €10m and includes acting for the bank in several enforcement and court proceedings.
  • Acting for Mr. Iraj Zand in pursuing claims against a leading Estonian TV broadcaster regarding alleged slanderous claims made against his character.
  • Representing Merko Ehitus and its largest owner Toomas Annus in a corruption case relating to bribery and release of insider market information.


The team at Sorainen is led by the 'excellent and proactive' Carri Ginter and former Estonian Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks, a specialist in governmental and constitutional law. Former secretary general of the Ministry of Justice Norman Aas has joined the firm, further expanding the team's expertise in corporate criminal law and corruption cases. The group acts for corporate clients active in the insurance, financial, and manufacturing industries, while the firm also represents public authorities. Ginter is representing the Daxin group in a $37m dispute regarding abuse of position by the previous managing board.

Practice head(s):

Carri Ginter; Allar Jõks

Key clients

Kuusakoski AS

Polybius Foundation

AS Svarmil

Lääne-Viru Waste Centre


Windoor AS

Elisa Eesti

Neste Eesti AS

Work highlights

  • Representing Krässik OÜ and other fuel trading sector companies of Daxin group in complex legal proceedings related to the abuse of position by the previous management board.
  • Representing Windoor AS in a €23m dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Successfully represented Neste Eesti in a debt claim dispute with GT Kaubandus and a member of the management board who gave personally security to the debt.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic provides 'priceless strategic and legal advice' on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, aided by the experience of practice head Paul Varul. The firm has a particular strength in white-collar crime proceedings, having represented clients in several recent high-profile cases, including the Port of Tallinn and Edgar Sarvisaar corruption trials. Other key names include construction and real estate specialist Martin Tamme, who is 'an exceptional lawyer who sees solutions in the most difficult situations', and 'uniquely talented' senior associate Kedli Anvelt. Clients include Credit Suisse, Operall and Swedbank Estonia.

Practice head(s):

Paul Varul


In our longstanding relationship they have given priceless strategic and legal advice on multiple legal matters.

‘A standout litigation and insolvency firm. The lawyers are able to find innovative solutions.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte Ltd.


Port of Tallinn



First Telecom Trading

Mr. Marcel Vichmann

Royal Estate

North Estonia Medical Centre

Swedbank (Estonia)

Citadele Group

Eesti Traat

TTS Marine AB


Kidy Tour

Work highlights

  • Representing Credit Suisse in a high-profile shipping dispute with one of the biggest shippers in the Caspian region, the Palmali group of companies.
  • Representing Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte Ltd. against the Estonian branch of Danske bank regarding alleged money laundering.
  • Representing Operail in negotiations over rail infrastructure fees with SOE Estonian Railways.


Boutique firm ALTERNA represents a range of corporate clients in disputes, particularly in the fields of construction and public procurement. The practice is led by the 'fast and efficient' Siret Siilbek, a specialist in construction, planning, and restructuring, among other areas of dispute resolution. Siilbek represented Eventus Ehitus in a dispute with subcontractors over the condition of Pärnu beach stadium. Other clients include the City of Narva and Baltic Restaurants.

Practice head(s):

Siret Siilbek


Excellent knowledge and quick solutions.’

Their work is always of high quality, even in tight time frames.

Expansive knowledge and experience. They are very accessible and a real pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Eventus Ehitus OÜ

Narva city

Incproit OÜ

Baltic Restaurants Estonia AS

Eesti Kinnisvara Korrashoiu Liit MTÜ

KRM Advisor OÜ

AR Agentuuri AS

Uuesalu Arendus OÜ

CityHaldus OÜ


Bisvet OÜ

Sportlab OÜ

Paenurme Arendus OÜ

Giraldo OÜ

RF Invest OÜ

Hõbekeskus OÜ

HansaHolding OÜ

Deco House OÜ

DK Konsultatsioonid OÜ

E-Riigi Akadeemia Sihtasutus

AS Agrovaru

Work highlights

  • Representing Eventus Ehitus OÜ in a dispute with Pärnu City regarding the deficiencies of Pärnu beach stadium, built by the client’s subcontractors.
  • Advising Eesti E-Riigi Akadeemia on 25 public procurement procedures in the IT sector.
  • Representing Baltic Restaurants in a public procurement dispute.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co has particular strength in construction disputes and public procurement cases, thanks to the expertise of practice heads Raiko Lipstok and 'legal expert' Toomas Pikamäe. Recent work includes representing clients in cases relating to contracting disputes, misappropriation of funds. and fraud. Clients include the City of Tallinn and the Estonian Aviation Academy; the firm is acting for the latter in a dispute relating to fraud committed by a contractor.

Practice head(s):

Raiko Lipstok; Toomas Pikamäe

Key clients

Conex OÜ

Estonian Aviation Academy

TREV-2 Group AS

Environmental Investment Centre

AS Eesti Keskkonnateenused

Taavi Aas

Tallinn City

Work highlights

  • Representing Conex in a dispute regarding the termination of a construction contract worth €700,000.
  • Representing the Estonian Aviation Authority in fraud proceedings against a contractor.
  • Representing the Environmental Investment Centre in a dispute regarding misappropriation of a grant award by the client to AS Ragn-Sells.


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. While the firm has a corporate focus, it is also instructed on work involving the public sector, including representing Samat in a dispute with Harju County Public Transport regarding the legality of the Estonian Department of Transport's introduction of free public transport.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Veeret; Jaana Nõgisto

Key clients

Phoenix Group Estonian companies

LNK Group

Loading Systems International BV

Ministry of Environment of Estonia and Estonian Environment Agency

Kaspersky Lab


SA KredEx

EfTEN Capital

Skinest Energia

Viru Keskus

Estonian Renewable Energy Association


Capital Mill

ISKU Baltics

Eesti Euroinfo Ühing

Work highlights

  • Representing Crowdestate in disputes against  borrowers, including insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing Estonian Environment Agency in a series of complex disputes against several contractors regarding the design and build of Estonia’s only hazardous waste management facility.
  • Representing Samat in a dispute with Harju County Public Transport Centre resulting from the free public transport system enacted by regulations of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Road Administration.


LEADELL Pilv has a strong track record handling white-collar criminal defence cases, where it is sought out by several high-profile clients of significant public interest. Practice co-head Aivar Pilv is recognised as one of Estonia's top disputes lawyers, and is 'an outstanding performer in court' who is active in civil, administrative, and criminal law cases. Fellow co-head Pirkka-Marja Põldvere is also well-regarded across the disputes field. The firm has defended multiple individuals accused of corruption, most notably Alexander Kofkin, implicated in the bribery allegations against former Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar.


The team is professional, with great experience in the legal and court system.’ 

Key clients

Mr Karl Liivapuu

AS Saarek

Mr Allan Kiil

Mr Alexander Kofkin

Enefit Kaevandused AS

AS Saaremaa Laevakompanii and Mr Vjatšeslav Leedo

Randomer OÜ

Newco Safety Technologies GmbH

Mr Artjom Suvorov

Mr Leonid Dulub

Work highlights

  • Defending AS Saarek and a member of its management board in a criminal case concerning alleged tax fraud.
  • Defending Mr Allan Kiil against allegations of bribery.
  • Defending Mr Alexander Kofkin against allegations of offering a bribe to former Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar.


NOVE's business litigation-focused practice represents industrial clients in a range of high-value disputes against public authorities. It has core experience in disputes related to construction, competition, and public procurement. Clients include financial service providers, entertainment services organisations, and construction companies. The practice is led by Arsi Pavelts and Veikko Puolakainen; the latter represented Sebe in a public procurement case valued at €21m, followed by a €1.5m claim against the Republic of Estonia.

Key clients

Nasdaq Tallinn AS


OÜ Europark Estonia

Reparo Ehitus OÜ

PKM Grupp OÜ

Lewis Machine & Tool Company

GE Grid Solutions (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Nasdaq Tallinn AS in its dispute with Olympic Entertainment Group AS.
  • Successfully represented bus company Sebe AS in a public procurement litigation case related to the procurement organised by MTÜ Harjumaa Ühistranspordikeskus, and in an ensuing financial claim against the Republic of Estonia.
  • Successfully acted for Europark Estonia OÜ in a dispute with the Republic of Estonia.

WALLESS (former Derling Primus)

WALLESS (former Derling Primus) has a broad and strong disputes offering, representing clients in corporate, tax, public procurement, and environmental disputes, which is a notable strength of the firm. The team is led by Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna, who focus on white-collar disputes and commercial litigation, respectively, while Piret Blankin has expertise in construction and environmental matters. In high-profile work, the group is representing Danske Bank in the ongoing money-laundering investigation, liaising with local and international authorities alongside creating impact assessments for existing evidence. Swedbank and the Estonian Centre Party are also among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Erki Kergandberg; Elmer Muna

Key clients

Danske Bank


Keskerakond (Estonian Centre Party)

Remontowa Shipbuilding

Luminor Leasing


Estonia Ohvrite ja Nende

Sugulaste Ühing

Stiftelsen Estoniaoffren och Anhöriga

Raisner/ Adepte Group

Iraj Zand

Oliver Kruuda

Police and Border Guard Board

Work highlights

  • Representing Danske Bank in an ongoing investigation into money laundering, including liaising with local authorities and conducting impact assessments.
  • Defending Estonian Centre Party against allegations of illegal donations.
  • Represented Swedbank in two different disputes with investors regarding the bankruptcy of the issuer of bonds.

KPMG Law in Estonia

The team at Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law acts across a variety of disputes, with a particular strength in construction and public procurement work, Ksenia Kravtšenko is the key name. Testament to its strength in public procurement, it is acting for four out nine of Estonia's regional public transport centres in public procurement proceedings. Other clients include forestry and construction companies. Since publication, Risto Agur left to establish LUMILEX and Kristina Laarmaa left to found Laarmaa Attorneys-at-Law.

Practice head(s):

Risto Agur

Key clients

OÜ Kekkilä Eesti

Aktsiaselts MV Kaubad

Akko Wood OÜ

North Estonia Public Transportation Centre

Pärnumaa Public Transportation Centre

Valgamaa Public Transportation Centre

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

Kirde Projekt OÜ

Kirde Ehitus OÜ

Narva-Jõesuu City Government

Mole OÜ

SuperCom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for North Estonia Public Transportation Centre in conducting the entire public procurement procedure for bus transportation in the region, with a total procurement value of €20m, successfully representing the client in four separate disputes with carriers that were finally resolved by the Supreme Court.
  • Representing Kirde Ehitus in public procurement proceedings for the construction of a childcare facility with a total value of €490,000.


Magnus Braun and insurance specialist Olavi-Jüri Luik lead the practice at LEXTAL, which focuses on white-collar crime and bankruptcy matters, as well as disputes in a variety of industries, particularly construction. The team represented Zurvanic Futures in a European Union-first ICO-related litigation case with significant cross-border elements, in a claim valued at €6m.

Practice head(s):

Magnus Braun; Olavi-Jüri Luik


Highly-skilled performers.’

Key clients

Compensa Vienna Insurance Group, ADB Eesti filiaal



Split Logistic

Logitrans Consult OU


Metropoli Ehitus OÜ

OÜ Polven Foods

Nelgeron OÜ

OÜ Bauschmidt

AAS BTA Baltic

O.M.A. Spa

Metropoli Ehitus OÜ

OÜ Johnny H.W.

Work highlights

  • Represented Zurvanic Futures in a European Union-first ICO-related litigation case.
  • Representing OÜ Bauschmid in a court dispute with AS Baumost  regarding the exclusion of an immovable from its bankruptcy estate.
  • Representing Edgar Savisaar in criminal proceedings; the client was acquitted due to health reasons.


LINKLaw acts for clients in disputes across a range of industries, with a particular specialism in energy, construction, public procurement, and competition disputes, notably representing Baltics-wide bakery company Eesti Pagar in a state aid dispute with Enterprise Estonia and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Construction and planning specialist Veiko Viisileht leads the practice alongside Triin Biesinger, who focuses on administrative court procedures, especially environmental law matters.

Key clients

VKG Kaevandused OÜ

Eesti Raudtee AS (Estonian Railway)


Reyktal AS


Arkaadia Halduse AS

Skanska AS

OÜ Järve Biopuhastus

Articard OÜ

Kohila Vineer OÜ

Eesti Pagar AS

Coop Eesti Keskühistu

Kaitseministeerium (Ministry of Defence)

Tomra Service OÜ

SA Tuletorn Fond

Work highlights

  • Representing Eesti Pagar in an administrative case against Enterprise Estonia and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication in a state aid matter.


Magnusson brings its cross-border capabilities to bear in a range of multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration matters, with cases in the transport, technology, and construction industries, alongside insolvency and public procurement disputes. The 'proactive' and 'creative' Denis Piskunov and 'great tactician' Kaidar Sultson lead the team, which is praised for its 'synergy' and ability to 'handle complex issues with ease'. Sultson represented Petramark in a dispute regarding the invalidation of the disposal of a luxury hotel in Tallinn Old Town valued at €7.2m, securing a favourable judgement from the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Denis Piskunov; Kaidar Sultson


Magnusson’s dispute resolution team excels at cases that have an international scope. Their presence in all the countries around the Baltic Sea enhances the team’s capacity to solve problems that require assessment of multiple jurisdictions. Therefore, they have an extensive peer network to access the required skills when necessary. This makes Magnusson stand out from other law firms in Estonia.’ 

The team in Magnusson is very experienced and deals with issues efficiently. They can communicate complex issues effectively and provide effective down-to-earth solutions.

Experienced, tactical, proactive and sensible, whilst also being tough when necessary.’ 

Key clients


Volvo Estonia

Avotini Estonia


Jetoil AS


Magma AS


Ferroline Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Petramark OÜ in a dispute regarding invalidation of the disposal of a luxury hotel in Tallinn Old Town valued at €7.2m.
  • Acted for business consulting firm GreenStone Advisory in a multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute with CMS Russia that is worth €250,000.
  • Successfully represented private individuals in a highly publicised matter regarding the breach of European Convention of Human Rights provisions in a prison in Tallinn against the Republic of Estonia.


Tauno Tark heads the practice at TARK, which has a focus on white-collar criminal defence, bankruptcy proceedings and public procurement litigation, primarily representing corporate clients in the financial, entertainment and retail industries. In stand-out work, Tark is representing Olympic Entertainment Group in proceedings against its former minority shareholders, claiming damages of around €17m. Other clients include Nordic Aviation, ABB, and Rakuten. Managing partner Aare Tark is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tauno Tark

Key clients

Olympic Entertainment Group

AS Tallinna Lennujaam


Riigi Kinnisvara AS

Ministry of Education and Research (Republic of Estonia)

HHLA TK Estonia AS

AIG (Finland)

Albrecht & Dill Trading GbmH

Rakuten (Fits.me)

Nordic Aviation Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Olympic Entertainment Group AS in a €17m dispute with its former minority shareholders.
  • Representing Albrecht & Dill Trading GmbH in the bankruptcy case of Nord Cocoa OÜ.
  • Representing Tatari-Pärnu OÜ in a fundamental dispute regarding constitutional rights of businesses.

Triniti Estonia

Triniti Estonia is best known for its work in TMT-related, public procurement, and corporate disputes, with a focus on alternative dispute resolution methods such as adjudication, mediation, and arbitration, thanks to the experience of practice head Erik Vabamets. The team represents clients in civil, administrative, misdemeanour, and criminal proceedings, as well as at the European level. Its recent workload includes cases relating to online torts, damages relating to political speech reporting, e-commerce, and intermediary liability.

Practice head(s):

Erki Vabamets

Key clients

Transpordi Varahaldus

Bolagsupplysningen OÜ

Sig Sauer Inc

Ekspress Meedia AS




BENU Apteek Eesti OÜ

Work highlights

  • Represented Bolagsupplysningen and Ingrid Ilsjan in a dispute concerning clarification with regards to the Brussels I Regulation on online torts.
  • Represented Ekspress Meedia AS in a landmark case related to political speeches.
  • Represented React before the ECJ in an important case concerning a preliminary ruling on e-commerce directives and intermediary liability.

HansaLaw OÜ

HansaLaw OÜ fields a focused team that is active in a range of civil and criminal disputes. Clients include First Capital and Martin Paide; the team is representing the latter the Port of Tallinn bribery case. Other work includes corporate disputes, including shareholder disputes and bankruptcy proceedings. Managing partner Vahur Kivistik and civil disputes specialist Andres Past are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Vahur Kivistik; Andres Past

Key clients

First Capital OÜ

Martin Paide

Work highlights

  • Representing First Capital as a shareholder in B2 Consulting International OÜ bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing Martin Paide in the criminal case concerning bribes made to the management of the Port of Tallinn.

NJORD Law Firm

The practice at NJORD Law Firm is led by Triinu Hiob and Katrin Sarap, who act across a range of disputes, representing corporate clients in the technology, insurance and real estate industries. Hiob is well-regarded as an international arbitrator and litigator in insurance matters, being appointed to the Estonian Court of Arbitration in 2018. Sarap is praised for her work in contentious matters, representing clients of Ergo Insurance in 15 court disputes either as claimants or respondents, winning several Supreme Court victories in this time.

Practice head(s):

Triinu Hiob

Key clients

ERGO Insurance SE (previously DAS Legal Expenses Insurance)

mBet Solutions NV

Pärnu Instituut

Work highlights

  • Representing the clients of Ergo Insurance (DAS Legal Expenses Insurance) in court disputes either as claimant or respondents, as well as in out-of-court disputes.
  • Representing mBet Solutions NV in connection with defamatory remarks on a website.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ

Indrek Leppik and Priit Lätt lead the practice at Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, which specialises in transport and construction-based disputes involving municipalities and state institutions, including the cities of Tartu and Tallinn, alongside Estonian Railways. The team represented the Tartu City government against the Republic of Estonia in a dispute regarding the construction of a bio-refinery in the city, concerning an investment of around €1bn.

Practice head(s):

Indrek Leppik; Priit Lätt

Key clients

Gemalto AG

Bank Saint Petersburg

Tartu City Government

Estonian Railways


MTÜ Eesti Roheline Liikumine

Väinamere Liinid OÜ

MDBA France



Companhia Brasileira De Cartuchos

Estonian Authors’ Society

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Tartu City government in an administrative dispute against the Republic of Estonia, related to the national spatial planning of a cellulose bio refinery project in Tartu county.
  • Represented Eesti Roheline Liikumine in a dispute against the city of Tallinn regarding the environmental impact of the construction of a highway.
  • Successfully represented Estonian Railways in a large-scale public procurement dispute.

RASK Attorneys-at-Law

RASK Attorneys-at-Law represents clients in civil and corporate disputes, with clients including the Republic of Estonia, Reval-Oil and Transcomm Grupp. Matters include monetary claims, criminal defence and tax work. Experienced litigator Tarmo Peterson leads the practice, which also includes key practitioner Ramon Rask. In one notable case, the firm is defending Mr Toivo Promm against allegations of bribery and money laundering in the Port of Tallinn criminal case.

Practice head(s):

Tarmo Peterson

Key clients

Jõhvi Apteek OÜ

Tamsalu Apteek OÜ

Artes Terrae OÜ

Alkranel OÜ

Transcom Grupp OÜ

Esma Vara AS

Bambona OÜ

Pärnu Sadam AS

Transcom AS

Nordlin Ehitus OÜ

Kihnu Veeteed AS

Geoplast OÜ

Toivo Promm, Bone Invest OÜ

Republic of Estonia

Apteek OÜ

MTÜ Kalatex and MTÜ

Hiiu Ravikeskus SA

Amplius Invest OÜ

Ridango AS

Sokkel Holding

Work highlights

  • Representing Mr Toivo Promm in the Port of Tallinn criminal case. Mr Promm is accused of multiple counts of bribery and facilitating money laundering.
  • Preparing a legal analysis for the Estonian state in an ICSID dispute over Tallinn water tariffs.