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Leading individuals

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    • Rolan Jankelevitsh - Derling Primus
    • Allar Jõks - Sorainen
    • Vahur Kivistik - HansaLaw OĂś
    • Priit Lätt - AdvokaadibĂĽroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OĂś
    • Egon Talur - Cobalt

Next generation lawyers

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Cobalt recently advised Helmes on the structuring of an employee share option plan. Egon Talur heads the 'highly engaged' practice. Other key clients include Luminor Bank and Gildhall. Senior associates Karli Kütt and Tõnu Kolts are also recommended.

Headed by Rolan Jankelevitsh, the tax team at Derling Primus recently advised Upteam Group on the VAT efficient structuring of their supply chains. Other key clients include Fort Aero and Eleks.

Ellex recently represented the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in disputing the Estonian government's decision to cancel planned changes to the social tax rate. Sven Papp heads the practice, which also acts for Tere and East Capital. Tõnis Vahesaar moved to an in-house position.

GLIKMAN ALVIN's 'flexible and agile' team recently acted for Haljas in a complex tax dispute pertaining to a missing trader fraud case. Practice head  Priit Raudsepp is 'proactive and business minded', and he is supported in litigation and dispute matters by Paul Keres. Other key clients include Eesti Loto and Viru Keemia Grupp.

HansaLaw OÜ successfully represented a construction company in a VAT dispute with the Estonian Tax Authority.  Vahur Kivistik, known for his 'experience and knowledge', heads the 'competent and flexible' practice. Newly promoted partner Janar Urres is also recommended.

LEADELL Pilv is highly active in tax litigation, such as its recent representation of Esveko Wood in a dispute pertaining to the amount of income tax owed by the client. The firm also defended Saarek, and board member Raul Kets, in a major tax fraud case. Jaak Siim and Aivar Pilv is also recommended.

Sorainen's tax team is now led by Pekka Puolakka following his appointment as practice head in 2018. The firm recently advised UEFA on the taxation aspects of Tallinn hosting the UEFA Super Cup, particularly issues pertaining to non-resident employees. Former practice head Allar Jõks and counsel Kärt Anna Marie Kelder are also recommended. Other key clients include Nordea Bank and Orlen Eesti.

The tax practice at TGS Baltic is headed by Helmut Pikmets, whose 'quick responses' and 'creative approach to problems' make the practice one of the most notable in Estonia. The firm recently acted for Poweron in disputing the Tax authority's decision to increase the tax bond on Poweron’s fuel sales.

The team at Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co recently represented the City of Tallinn in a dispute against Viking Motors over the legality of additional sales taxes beyond VAT. Toomas Pikamäe heads the team, which also advises clients including BaltCap and Samsung Electronics Baltics.

LEXTAL's tax department recently advised Best Building in a case involving alleged tax fraud.  Ants Karu heads the practice, while Margus Reiland is noted for his specialism in VAT related matters. Other key clients include Ahlström Capital, Astro Vara, and Dashbird, who Lextal recently advised on its international restructuring.

Elvira Tulvik heads the tax practice at Magnusson, which covers all areas of tax work. The firm recently defended the bankrupt Avotini Estonia against allegations of tax fraud. Other key clients include FinnFleet Tankers and Volvo Estonia.

RASK Attorneys-at-Law's 'very professional and highly motivated' group is led by Villy Lopman, who has 'extensive experience' in this area. The team recently filed a group action challenging the constitutionality of Estonia's land tax, and is representing the successful claimant in Estonia's Supreme Court.  Other key clients include Pärnu Sadam and Estonian Autosport Events.

TARK's tax team recently advised Rakuten on the Estonian aspects of its employment restructuring. Allar Aru and Hannes Küün head the practice, which also acts for Nordica and AIG Europe.

ATTELA Advokaadibüroo recently advised Agrello on the tax aspects of its ICO and represented USL Invest before the Supreme Court in a tax dispute. Marko Saag heads the practice and Marek Herm is another name to note.

KPMG Estonia recently advised cryptocurrency business Polybius Foundation on the tax structure of its operations, and tax-efficient employee incentive schemes. Joel Zernask heads the 'very business-minded' practice, and is noted for his 'depth of knowledge'.

Priit Lätt heads the practice at Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, which recently advised a client on the tax structuring of an ICO. The group also represents clients in tax litigation.

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