Dispute resolution in Latvia

Cobalt

Cobalt’s ‘devoted and capable’ team is led by the ‘impressiveĢirts Lejiņš, along with managing partner Lauris Liepa, and has particular expertise in financial services and IP disputes, as well as administrative law. Nordea remains a longstanding client; the team recently acted for the bank in a claim against two Latvian companies concerning the repayment of a loan. Clients also include Riga International Airport, Pfizer and Homeland. Senior associate Mārtiņš Aljēns comes recommended along with IP specialist Ingrida Karina-Berzina.

Ellex

The ‘internationally savvy, approachable and responsive team at Ellex acts for a number of local and international clients in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Practice head Daiga Zivtiņa stands out for her ability to find ‘pragmatic solutions to complex multi-jurisdictional problems’, as does Irina Kostina, who has a specialty in employment disputes and commercial arbitration. The firm recently represented household name KMPG in proceedings for the enforcement of a foreign receivership order, which was the first case of its kind in Latvia. Also recommended are Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs and Jevgenijs Salims.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns

Agris Bitāns leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, which has represented clients in numerous high-value litigation cases. Bitans is currently acting for Salaspils Regional Council in a dispute over the proper completion of construction work. Ilze Kramiņa is recommended.

Sorainen

Sorainen's ‘strong’ practice handles a range of complex matters, particularly international investment and commercial arbitration. The ‘dedicated team of professionals’ is led by litigator Agris Repšs, who has expertise in restructuring and insolvency. Repss recently acted for E Energija alongside Vinson & Elkins RLLP's London office in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Latvia concerning investor rights. Counsel Viktorija Jarkina is recommended for her experience in white-collar crime investigations, and counsel Raivo Raudzeps, who leads the public procurement group, is also noted. Clients include the Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic provides a ‘professional and efficient service to its clients, which include the Latvian state and large financial institutions. Led by Agnese Hartpenga, the firm continues to represent Norvik Banka in an ongoing dispute involving the recovery of €61m in debt. Recent work for practice head Ivars Grunte includes representing Luminor in the insolvency proceedings of a debtor. Other clients include the European Central Bank.

Kronbergs Čukste Levin

Led by Vineta Čukste–Jurjeva, Kronbergs Čukste Levin's dispute resolution team regularly handles commercial, competition and regulatory matters, which are often cross-border in nature. It continues to represent a digital consumer lending group in tax litigation, and the European Central Bank is another client. Associate Reinis Papulis joined the firm from the Latvian Competition Council. Associate Madara Smalkā is recommended for her civil litigation experience.

Primus Derling

Mārtiņš MežInskis and Sintija Radionova co-lead the dispute resolution group at Primus Derling. The firm has experience in local employment, public procurement, construction and commercial disputes, and cross-border litigation and arbitration. In a recent highlight, it represented 18 Nordic Group companies in a claim for more than €8.2m in damages. Senior associate Konstantīns Teļakovs assisted on this matter and is recommended for his banking litigation expertise. Luminor is also a client.

VILGERTS

VILGERTS regularly act for clients across various industry sectors, such as insurance, construction, and shipping and transport, and also represents government entities. Head of disputes Jānis Kubilis and Gints Vilgerts are currently acting for Merks in a dispute with Riga International Airport over construction works. Debora Pavila is recommended.

BDO Law

Led by Vita Liberte, the team at BDO Law is handling a number of disputes for financial institution Altum, including representing the client in complex civil litigation with the previous shareholders of Parex Banka (now Citadele Banka). It also has experience in complex investment disputes. Senior associate Anna Mandel, who led the practice group, joined Marcus, Rosenberg & Diamond LLP  in New York.

FORT

FORT has expertise in public law litigation, representing public and private institutions. Practice head Sandis Bertaitis is acting for Estonian asset management company Swedbank Investment Funds in an investment dispute. Senior associate Arturs Caics is also noted.

LEADELL Fogels, Vitols & Paipa

At LEADELL Fogels, Vitols & Paipa, practice co-heads Karlis Vitols and Ilze Jankevica have undertaken various contentious matters, including representing long-term client Swedbank Lizings in debt recovery cases, an area they have expertise in. Other clients include Altum and Balta. Artūrs Rubins is also recommended.

NJORD Law Firm

NJORD Law Firm has a diverse client base, of which foreign companies make up more than half. Sergei Petrov and Dmitri Kolesnikov co-head the practice, which has experience across a number of industry sectors, such as energy, cosmetics and retail. Senior associates Anna Kosinska and Laura Ozola are key figures in the practice group.

Rödl & Partner

At Rödl & Partner, Inese Kalnāja-Zelča, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, leads the dispute resolution practice group, which is currently representing a client from the timber industry in an ongoing civil damages claim concerning defamatory comments made about the client online. Simona Krastina joined from the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia.

Skrastins & Dzenis

The team at Skrastins & Dzenis is led by Verners Skrastins and handles shareholder disputes and insolvency proceedings. Andrejs Gulajevs has experience in property disputes.