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Cobalt¬†displays a ‚Äėhigh level of intelligence, professionalism and promptness‚Äô, impressing clients with its comprehensive services in the energy, utilities, insurance and financial services sectors. Group head Guntars Zile¬†and¬†Andrejs Lielkalns¬†have been involved in assisting Luminor with its ongoing merger in the Baltics; the high-profile deal combined cross-border work across the firm's three offices. Dace Silava-Tomsone¬†advised Swedish entertainment company Modern Times Group on the sale of its Baltic subsidiaries.¬†Other clients include BaltCap and 4finance.

The lawyers at Ellex¬†are ‚Äėleaders in the field‚Äô¬†and¬†have been involved in a number of complex transactions,¬†with¬†practice¬†head Raimonds SlaidiŇÜŇ°¬†the key name to note. Highlights included handling¬†Blackstone‚Äôs¬†‚ā¨1bn¬†acquisition of¬†a majority stake in¬†Luminor; the firm is providing ongoing advice related to the purchase. Associate¬†partner¬†Maris Brizgo¬†is¬†‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô. Other clients include Accenture, Sony and IBM.

The ‚Äėincredibly capable‚Äô team at Sorainen¬†provides a full-service M&A offering, demonstrated by its advice to long-term client Nordea on all matters related to its merger with Norway‚Äôs DNB; this was completed last year after approval from the European Central Bank. Key contacts include practice head RŇędolfs EŇÜń£elis, who led the advice to Nordea, and managing partner Eva Berlaus.¬†RenńĀte Purvinska¬†is recommended for her expertise in M&A and restructuring projects.¬†Other clients include Luminor, Northern Horizon Capital and RB Rail.

TGS Baltic¬†is ‚Äėthe leading law firm‚Äô in the sector, according to one client, and deals with a wide range of M&A and restructuring matters in an ‚Äėefficient and experienced‚Äô way. Practice head Andra Rubene,¬†who is ‚Äėa phenomenal practitioner‚Äô, and ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô senior associate Nauris Grigals¬†have advised numerous local and international corporations, demonstrating ‚Äėgreat strategic thinking and quality‚Äô. Clients include the Ministry of Economics.

MńĀris Vainovskis¬†and Toms PuriŇÜŇ°¬†lead the team at Eversheds Sutherland BitńĀns,¬†which undertakes a wide range of cross-border acquisition work and restructuring projects. Long-term clients include Samsung Electronics Baltics and Vitol Group.

VILGERTS has expertise in M&A and attracts a wide range of local and international clients. Led by practice head Vairis Dmitrijevs, the firm is assisting Air Baltic Corporation with all aspects of the business transfer of its subsidiary. Gints Vilgerts remains the key contact. New clients include RB Rail and Capital.

Vita Liberte leads the practice at BDO Law, which combines expertise in tax matters with corporate and commercial law. It advised a UK-based real estate developer on the acquisition of another company, including negotiating the shareholders' agreement and other matters. Associate Darta Eglite joined from the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia.

JńĀnis Lńękops¬†heads the practice group at FORT,¬†which has experience in the full range of corporate issues, including cross-border mergers and liquidation. A team¬†led by Sandis Bertaitis¬†¬†continues to advise¬†the Latvian Red Cross on its operations. Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece¬†is recommended.

Kronbergs ńĆukste Levin¬†is¬†skilled in cross-border commercial¬†matters and merger work. In a recent highlight, the firm advised¬†Lielupe Tennis Centre on new governance structures. Valters Kronbergs¬†and Vineta ńĆukste‚ÄďJurjeva¬†are the key names to note.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal¬†offers clients a wide range of legal services related to corporate law and M&A, including assisting with asset acquisitions, joint venture projects, restructuring and more.¬†Led by practice head Janis LagzdinŇ°, the firm advises household names and financial institutions. Janis Gavars,¬†who joined from Ellex,¬†has been promoted to senior associate.

Sintija Radionova¬†leads the team at Primus Derling,¬†which continues to advise longstanding client TAV Airports Holding on its further expansion in Riga International Airport. Igors DambrńĀns¬†joined the firm from R√∂dl & Partner. Zane Eglńęte-Fogele¬†is also a noted practitioner in the group.

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