Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Shipping and transport in Estonia


Ellex‘s transport team has operated in a range of areas, including aviation, shipping, railway and road transport. Toomas Vaher heads up the team and is a leading litigation and arbitration expert in the country. Clients instructing the group hail from both the public and the private sector, and the group has dedicated teams broken down into industry sectors in order to provide clients with multidisciplinary advice. Founding partner Jüri Raidla is a key team member when it comes to complex transport projects with an infrastructure angle.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Vaher

Other key lawyers:

Jüri Raidla

Key clients

Lennuliiklusteenindus AS

Operail AS

Tallink Grupp AS

Taali Grupp OÜ

Infortar AS


Sorainen operates internationally on multi-jurisdictional matters, such as a high-value pan-Baltic railway development project. Associate Kaspar Endrikson is praised for his availability and is often called upon by clients for commercial and regulatory matters in the shipping industry. Practice head Kaupo Lepasepp is a veteran when it comes to transport matters, having worked on projects in the railway and port sectors in particular.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp

Other key lawyers:

Kaspar Endrikson; Cathriin Torop; Carri Ginter


‘Very professional. As a team they are able to offer the best possible solution.’

‘They understand needs of the client. They are interested in the best possible solution. Staff are available for the client any time. They are very friendly.’

‘Readily available, fast responses.’

‘Kaspar Endrikson is very helpful, available and polite.’

Key clients

CARIAD Estonia

ELMO rent


Tallinn Airport

Rail Baltic Estonia

Auto 100

Saaremaa Laevakompanii

Lux Express, MK Autobuss, Arilix, and Estonian Lines

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority

Tallinn City Transportation


Škoda Transportation

Eckerö Lineport authority in Estonia

Work highlights

  • Advising Rail Baltic on all legal matters regarding the development of the greenfield European-width double-track pan-Baltic railway project.
  • Advised Škoda on signing a cooperation agreement with Elron, the national railway company, for the construction of 10 electric trains.
  • Represented Lux Express and several other Estonian bus operators in a dispute with the Estonian state.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic assists clients with a range of transport matters, from aviation to shipping, utilising its ‘comprehensive knowledge of maritime law‘ and international contacts to assist foreign transport companies. Practice head Martti Peetsalu is integral to the group’s work and is a well-known litigator with a history of representing clients in the Supreme Court in transport matters. Triin Kaurov‘s multidisciplinary approach is also instrumental to the team’s success in a range of mandates.

Practice head(s):

Martti Peetsalu

Other key lawyers:

Triin Kaurov


‘TGS has a team of lawyers who have unique experience in maritime law. Expertise and passion in this field.’

‘Triin Kaurov and Martti Peetsalu are easy to work with as they are goal oriented and practical in achieving the results. They are capable of mediating different opinions and finding solutions which suits everybody. They have the passion to go in-depth on issues and they don’t stop until they have found a solution, a characteristic which creates trust, and I can rely on the fact that when a problem needs to be solved, it will be solved.’

‘TGS Baltic is excellent in shipping and transport matters, but also in other fields and it gives the right combination for a great law firm. The team is always able to provide high quality legal assistance and we appreciate their quick rational solutions to our matters. TGS Baltic has good contacts abroad and if we urgently need legal advice abroad, we are sure that we are safe in cooperation with TGS Baltic.’

‘Triin Kaurov is a very committed, solution-oriented, and trustworthy partner. She has remarkable experience in a wide range of practice areas (she understands our business shipping and transport, but also dispute resolution, public law, regulatory matters, and employment matters). We appreciate her professionalism. She solves all our matters so pragmatically and simply and at the same time so thoughtfully – it is remarkable.’

‘Martti Peetsalu specialises in shipping and transport matters. Martti has remarkable experience in dispute resolution and is very competent in complicated matters with international elements. We appreciate his considerable experience, responsiveness, and rational and well-considered solutions. His professional attitude is remarkable.’

Key clients

Port of Tallinn


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Mediterranean Shipping Company


TS Laevad and TS Shipping

Swedbank (Estonia)

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication


TaxMal Limited

Alfons Hakans

LHV Pank (fourth largest bank in Estonia)

Shedfish Oy

Eesti Loots

The Association of Estonian International Road Carriers

Eesti Traat OÜ


Hertz International

Inchcape JLR Finland Oy

Estonian Road Administration (ERA)

Work highlights

  • Representing Swedbank in a complex case concerning transport of metal goods and a warranty given to Swedbank to secure its financing of the goods.
  • Representing SOE Port of Tallinn and its former directors in a high-profile criminal case.
  • Represented AS Operail in a high-profile case over the legality of rail infrastructure fees and the competence of the Estonian authorities to determine these fees.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co is able to lean on the firm’s network of global offices to represent a range of Estonian transport clients and large waste management entities. The team is led by Toomas Pikamäe, Maivi Ots and Dmitri Zdobnõh and has experience in contentious and non-contentious matters. Pikamäe counts the Estonian Transport Administration among his varied client base in Estonia.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Pikamäe; Maivi Ots; Dmitri Zdobnõh

Key clients

Estonian Stockpiling Agency (Eesti Varude Keskus AS)

The Estonian Transportation Administration

Eesti Keskkonnateenused OÜ

Eesti Loots AS

Marvic Transport OÜ

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Estonian Stockpiling Agency with the acquisition of a recently constructed liquefied natural gas (LNG) mooring quay with associated infrastructure and port property from Estonian private enterprises.
  • Assisted Estonian state-owned piloting services company Eesti Loots with several restructuring issues.
  • Representing Estonian Transport Administration in a court dispute over the terms of a service agreement with a bus company.

RASK Attorneys-at-Law

RASK Attorneys-at-Law‘s aviation and shipping practice forms part of the ‘solid and very efficient law firm‘ and works for the majority of Estonia’s airlines. Practice head Timo Kullerkupp has a strong track record in both the aviation and shipping sectors. The group acts in a range of transactions and litigation in key industries, including the logistics sector, on infrastructure and employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Timo Kullerkupp

Other key lawyers:

Keidi Kõiv; Karl Erik Esko


‘We’ve had a great experience with RASK Attorneys-at-Law. The communication is great, and they understand our needs well.’

‘The lawyers I communicate with stand out due to their excellent expertise, dedication, and client-focused approach. Also, their qualities of reliability and effective communication have been highly valued in our cooperation.’

‘Timo Kullerkupp and Karl Erik Esko are part of a solid and very efficient law firm.’

Key clients

Air Baltic Corporation AS

SmartLynx Estonia

Magnetic MRO AS

Ridango AS

Rally Estonia / Estonian Autosport Events MTÜ

Kihnu Veeteed AS

Van Ameyde Krogius OÜ

Vok Bikes

UAB “Sensus Aero”

Pärnu Sadam AS

Triniti Estonia

Triniti has a long history of assisting clients in the shipping and aviation sectors. Standout matters from 2023 include infrastructure construction projects throughout the Baltic region. The practice is jointly led by M&A and project finance expert Tõnis Tamme and Ain Kalme, a go-to practitioner for infrastructure-related transport matters. Ergo Blumfeldt is a name to note for transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Tõnis Tamme; Ain Kalme

Other key lawyers:

Ergo Blumfeldt

Key clients

Nordic Aviation Group AS (Nordica)

Ministry of Economy and Communications

Transpordi Varahaldus OÜ (TVH)

AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn)

AS Fort Aero

Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ

Regional Jet OÜ (Xfly)

Auve Tech OÜ


Norton Rose Fulbright

Estonian Air Navigation Services AS

Outer Reef Yachts Ltd

City of Tartu

SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (Latvian State Railways)

Clevon AS

Maersk Line A/S

City of Tartu

Work highlights

  • Advised Transpordi Varahaldus on the sale and purchase of multiple jet engines and engine cores for its Bombardier CRJ900 fleet.
  • Advising the City of Tartu and the European Capital of Culture in 2024 on their cross-border PSO air connectivity procurement.
  • Representing Rail Baltic Estonia in several administrative court proceedings related to the construction of the new Rail Baltica high-speed rail line.