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Index of tables

  1. Real estate and construction
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Piret Blankin - Derling Primus
    • Jaanus Ikla - Ellex
    • Piret Jesse - Sorainen
    • Martin Käerdi - Ellex
    • Liina Linsi - Cobalt
    • Minni-Triin Park - FORT
    • Martin Tamme - TGS Baltic
    • Aivar Taro - Cobalt
    • Risto Vahimets - Ellex

Next Generation Partners

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    • Triin Frosch - Ellex
    • Raul Keba - Cobalt
    • Margus Kõiva  - FORT
    • Tanel KĂĽĂĽn - TARK
    • Kristina Laarmaa - AdvokaadibĂĽroo KPMG Law

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Cobalt recently advised the Baltic Horizon Fund on its €34m acquisition of Postimaja shopping centre. The team is headed by Aivar Taro and Liina Linsi, and senior associate Raul Keba is another name to note. Other key clients for the firm include Porto Franco and Raunistal; the firm is advising the latter on all aspects of the development of a wind farm

Piret Blankin heads the team at Derling Primus, which recently advised Kunda Nordic Tsement on various matters related to the development of the Port of Kunda. The firm also acted for Kohila County in a dispute pertaining to the planning of the Rail Baltica project. Margo Lemetti is also recommended.

Ellex is advising the Ministry of Finance on the upcoming Rail Baltica project. The 'market-leading' practice is headed by Martin Triipan, while Martin Käerdi, Jaanus Ikla, and Risto Vahimets are also highly recommended. Triin Frosch has 'extensive experience in energy and infrastructure work' and advised Enefit Energiatootmine on the construction of the Auvere power plant.

FORT's 'versatile' team is 'well known in the market'. The group recently represented the Estonian Environment Agency in a series of disputes concerning the construction of a hazardous waste management facility. The practice is headed by  Minni-Triin Park, who is 'experienced' and 'easy to work with', and is supported by Jaana Nõgisto for contentious work. Other key clients include Eften Capital, Crowdestate and LNK Group. The 'resourceful' Margus Kõiva is also recommended.

The team at TGS Baltic recently represented Hiiu county government in a series of spatial planning disputes regarding local wind farms. The 'reliable', 'quick and constructive' practice is headed by Martin Tamme. Other key clients include Endover, YIT Ehitus and Astel Modular. Newly promoted associate partner Peeter Viirsalu is 'very professional', and is recommended for his 'dedication'. Kristina Laarmaa is now with Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co advised Eesti Kultuurkapital on the construction of a new concert facility. Headed by Maivi Ots, Tambet Toomela and Toomas Pikamäe, the 'top quality' practice also assisted Skinest Arendus with its 'New Holland' development project. Other key clients include Pro Kapital and the Estonian Road Administration.

LEADELL Pilv successfully represented Võru Maavalitsus in a dispute over the level of compensation owed to the Orthodox Church of Estonia. Other work includes assisting Lindenline with drafting the contracts required for the construction of a new production facility.  Urmas Kõrgesaar, Aivar Pilv and Britta Oltjer are the key names.

At NJORD Law Firm, Veikko Toomere heads the practice, which recently advised People Fitness Eesti on lease agreements as part of its entrance into the Estonian market. Triinu Hiob is a key contact for contentious work. Other key clients include 4Kliinik and Stoneridge Electronics.

Sorainen is assisting Metsä Wood Eesti with its establishment of a new plywood mill in Estonia, and also advised several high-net-worth individuals following the fraudulent disposal of their property portfolio. Paul Künnap heads the practice, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of Piret Jesse from the now-dissolved Jesse & Kalaus Attorneys. 'Excellent' associate Mirjam Vichmann is also noted.

At TARK, 'very business-oriented' practice head Allar Aru represents Rävala Parkla in a complex dispute over the closure of access routes to the client's property. The firm is also advising Kosmopark on its development and construction phase. Newly promoted partner Tanel Küün is another name to note. Other key clients for the firm include Riigi Kinnisvara and Eesti Raudtee.

ALTERNA is representing AR Agentuuri in a dispute with Ragn-Sells. Siret Siilbek heads the practice and attorney-at-law Epp Lumiste is also recommended. Other key clients include Eventus Ehitus and Narva City.

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.

Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law is representing Kekkilä Eesti in a dispute against a local municipality over a mining permit. Risto Agur heads the 'knowledgeable' team, and Ksenia Kravtšenko, a May 2018 arrival from Turnstone Law office, is another name to note. Other key clients include Glamox and Alfons Hakans. Kristina Laarmaa was a new arrival from TGS Baltic.

Loor recently advised Leeson on the acquisition of multiple properties in Tallinn for redevelopment. The practice is run by real estate specialist Kaido Loor, who is supported by recent hire Carry Plaks, who joined from Sorainen in 2017. Other key clients include Hepsor and YIT.

Magnusson's team stands out for its 'great knowledge of the Estonian market'. The group is currently advising Empower on the construction of the Harku-Sindi overhead electricity line. Other key clients for the firm include Põhjala Brewing and UPM-Kymmene Otepää. The practice, which is led by Kaidar Sultson, was bolstered by the addition of Toomas Mälberg from Supremia Attorneys at Law as senior counsel. Senior associate Karin Mölder is also recommended.

NOVE is advising EG Ehitus on the construction of the Baltic Connector gas pipeline, particularly with negotiating the construction contract. The practice is headed by Kristjan Tamm, and highly regarded litigator Urmas Volens is also noted. Other key clients include Porto Franco and Danpower Eesti.

RASK Attorneys-at-Law recently advised Riigi Kinnisvara on the auction process for Patarei Sea Fortress. The firm has also represented clients including Alkranel and AB Arts Terrae in disputing the results of public tender processes. The practice is headed by Ramon Rask, and Märt Rask is noted for his 'hard work' and 'experience'.

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