Shipping and transport in Estonia

Ellex

Ellex advises on a wide range of matters in the shipping space, including high-value transactions, financing, regulatory compliance, insurance, and public procurement matters, and is also active in disputes disputes. Clients are drawn from the shipping, aviation, rail, and road industries, and are in the public and private sectors. The firm's Baltic reach enables it to act on cross-border issues, including acting for the Estonian Ministry of Finance and RailBaltic, two parties involved in the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project. The practice is led by experienced litigator and arbitrator Toomas Vaher.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Vaher

Key clients

Daimler Group

Graanul Invest AS

Nordecon AS

Tallink Grupp AS

Operail AS

Sportland International Group AS

Eesti Gaas AS

Rail Baltic Eesti OÜ

Magnetic MRO AS

auto24 AS

Work highlights

  • Advising the Port of Sillamäe on the construction of its terminal area.
  • Advised AS LHV Varahaldus and AS LHV Pank on the €10m financing of  the lease of an aircraft by national airline Nordica.
  • Advising Rail Baltic Eesti OÜ on the construction of the Tallinn terminal for the Rail Baltic project.

Sorainen

Sorainen handles a varied workload, including financing, regulatory compliance, and governmental work. The team is also active in disputes and trouble asset proceedings, acting for clients from the aviation and rail industries. Other work includes innovative transport-related matters, including advising ride-hailing app Bolt, as well as several other clients seeking to innovate within the transport industry. The practice is led by Kaupo Lepasepp, an expert in administrative and competition law with a specific focus on the rail sector. Senior associate Cathriin Torop is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp

Key clients

Lux Express AS

SEBE AS

Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy

Toyota Baltic AS

Airo Catering Services OÜ

Eurovia SAS

Itella Estonia

Novatours

Inchcape Motors

Auto 100 AS

Bolt (Taxify)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy on the recovery of four Embraer E170 aircraft from the bankruptcy estate of Estonian Air.
  • Advising FinEst Bay Area Development on the planning phase of the Helsinki-Tallinn railway tunnel.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic acts for clients in all relevant sectors, including rail, aviation, road, shipping, fishing, and public transportation. Matters include administrative and criminal disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, transactions, and regulatory advice. The practice is led by 'outstanding' senior associate Martti Peetsalu, a specialist in litigation, restructuring, and insolvency within the shipping and transportation industries. The team advised Royal Vopak N.V and Global Ports Investments PLC on the sale of oil terminal operator Vopak to Abu Dhabi-based Liwathon, a complex deal with Baltic-wide implications. Kristina Laarmaa is now with Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law.

Practice head(s):

Martti Peetsalu

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Port of Tallinn

Operail (formerly EVR Cargo)

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Kevelt

Tallink Group

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

Morobell Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising TTS Marine AB on the bankruptcy procedure of E-Profiil.
  • Advised Royal Vopak N.V and Global Ports Investments PLC on the sale of shares in Vopak E.O.S, the largest independent oil terminal operator in the Baltics, to Abu Dhabi-based Liwathon.

Derling Primus

Toomas Taube leads the practice at Derling Primus, which acts for a wide range of clients on wet and dry shipping matters, transport and infrastructure projects, and transactions in the shipping and aviation industries. A standout matter was the sale of the Port of Kunda to BMLG, in which the team advised selling party HeidelbergCement on the first sale of an entire port in Estonia. The team's transactional capability is evident in Rolan Jankelevitsh's work, while other matters include financing, contractual, and logistical advice, particularly related to shipping and maritime clients.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Taube

Key clients

HeidelbergCement

DSV

Via 3L

Gazpromneft Marine Bunker

NT Bunkering

Paldiski Sadamate AS

Fort Aero

AS Liviko

TrVh Collateral Agent

Jungent Estonia

MTÜ ARB

Remontowa Ship Repair Yard

Viru-Nigula municipality

Work highlights

  • Advised Kunda Nordic Tsement (part of HeidelbergCement group) on the sale of the Port of Kunda to BMLG.
  • Advising OÜ Adepte on the reconstruction and expansion of Varese Port.
  • Advising TrVh Collateral Agent on financing the acquisition of two Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft for the state-owned Estonian flag carrier Nordica.

FORT

Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff leads the team at FORT, which has a core focus advising clients in the aviation and logistics industries on planning and restructuring issues alongside handling disputes in the transport space. Highlights included acting for Samat in challenging the Estonian government's introduction of free public transport.

Practice head(s):

Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff

Key clients

Hansabuss

Tallinna Sadam

Balti Bussi Grupp

ALFONS HAKANS

Loading Systems International BV

Ecolines

Europcar Estonia

IVECO Czech Republic AS

Skinest Rail

Teede Tehnokeskus AS

Work highlights

  • Representing Samat in a dispute with Harju County Public Transport Centre relating to the Estonian government’s introduction of free public transport.
  • Advising Hansabuss Group on its restructuring.
  • Successfully defended Alfons Hakans in an investigation by the Estonian Competition Authority into alleged excessive pricing of Alfons Hakans’ harbour towage services in Estonian ports.

TARK

TARK advises a range of clients from the rail, aviation, maritime, and motor industries. Clients include Nordic Aviation Group and state-owned company Estonian Railways. Tanel Küün leads the practice, which advises on M&A, distribution agreements and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tanel Küün

Key clients

Nordic Aviation Group

HHLA TK ESTONIA AS

DSV Transport AS

CRH Group

AS Eesti Raudtee

AS Tallinna Lennujaam

Via 3L

Autospirit

Work highlights

  • Advised Autospirit on the acquisition of Ascar.
  • Advised Nordica on the purchase of aircraft from Falko Group.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co represents numerous clients within the waste transportation, aviation, rail, and public transport industries in litigation. Recent work includes challenging environmental regulations for waste transportation clients, and representing bus company Atko in a public procurement dispute. The practice is led by Toomas Pikamäe, who specialises in drafting transport agreements and representing in transportation-based disputes.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Pikamäe

Key clients

AS Eesti Keskkonnateenused

Volvo

Boeing

Atko Bussiliinid AS

Estonian Waste Management Association

Baltic Group International

Ekogaisma

Work highlights

  • Drafted the agreement between Ekogaisma and a transport company for the transport of lamp waste from Estonia to a waste treatment facility in Finland.

KPMG Law in Estonia

Kristina Laarmaa joined Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law from TGS Baltic, bringing her impressive expertise in public procurement to the firm's shipping and transport practice. Laarmaa represents four out of nine Estonian public transportation centres, comprising over half of Estonia's population, in public procurement proceedings, primarily concerning regional bus services.

Practice head(s):

Kristina Laarmaa

Testimonials

Strong understanding and knowledge about procurement. Fast and responsive, they’re like part of your own team.

Key clients

North Estonia Public Transportation Centre

Pärnumaa Public Transportation Centre

Valgamaa Public Transportation Centre

Ida- Virumaa Public Transportation Centre

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

Work highlights

  • Representing four out of nine regional public transportation centres in public procurement proceedings.

LEXTAL

The practice at LEXTAL works primarily on cross-border shipping and transport disputes, alongside public sector tendering work for several municipalities. Olavi-Jüri Luik and Alar Urm are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Olavi-Jüri Luik; Alar Urm

Key clients

Nelgeron

Ferroline

Split Logistic

Logitrans Consult OU

Eurostauto

RentEst

Atko Grupp

Eesti Mereagentuur

Contrailer

Alliku Grupp OÜ

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

RASK Attorneys-at-Law

RASK Attorneys-at-Law specialises in aviation work, advising and representing several notable airlines and suppliers including British Airways and Magnetic MRO. The firm also acts for clients in other transport disciplines, with work including procurement disputes, general advice, and financing. In recent work, the group successfully represented Kihnu Veeteed in a multimillion-euro procurement case. The practice is led by transaction specialist Timo Kullerkupp, who specialises in advisory and financing work.

Practice head(s):

Timo Kullerkupp

Testimonials

Very experienced and motivated team.’

Key clients

British Airways PLC

Magnetic MRO AS

Smartlynx Airlines Estonia OÜ

Kihnu Veeteed AS

Ridango AS Air Baltic Corporation AS

Pärnu Sadam AS

Work highlights

  • Representing  British Airways plc in consumer-related disputes in the Republic of Estonia.
  • Advising Magnetic MRO on changes to the Aviation Act.
  • Representing Kihnu Veeteed in a large public procurement dispute.