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  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Irina Kostina - Ellex
    • JńĀnis Kubilis - VILGERTS
    • MńĀrtiŇÜŇ° MeŇĺinskis - Primus Derling
    • Raivo Raudzeps - Sorainen
    • Matńęss ҆ń∑iŇÜń∑is - ҆ń∑iŇÜń∑is Pńďtersons
    • Madara SmalkńĀ - Kronbergs ńĆukste Levin
    • Konstantńęns Teńľakovs - Primus Derling

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Cobalt‚Äôs ‚Äėdevoted and capable‚Äô¬†team is led by the ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô ńĘirts LejiŇÜŇ°, 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 MńĀrtiŇÜŇ° Aljńďns¬†comes recommended along with IP specialist Ingrida Karina-Berzina.

The ‚Äėinternationally savvy, approachable and responsive‚Äô team at Ellex¬†acts for a number of local and international clients in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Practice head¬†Daiga ZivtiŇÜa¬†stands out for her ability to find ‚Äėpragmatic solutions to complex multi-jurisdictional problems‚Äô, 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.

Agris BitńĀns¬†leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland BitńĀns,¬†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 KramiŇÜa¬†is recommended.

Sorainen's¬†‚Äėstrong‚Äô practice handles a range of complex matters, particularly international investment and commercial arbitration. The ‚Äėdedicated team of professionals‚Äô is led by litigator¬†Agris RepŇ°s,¬†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¬†provides a ‚Äėprofessional and efficient‚Äô 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 ‚ā¨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.

Led by Vineta ńĆukste‚ÄďJurjeva, Kronbergs ńĆukste 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 SmalkńĀ¬†is recommended for her civil litigation experience.

MńĀrtiŇÜŇ° MeŇĺInskis¬†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 ‚ā¨8.2m in damages. Senior associate Konstantńęns Teńľakovs¬†assisted on this matter and is recommended for his banking litigation expertise. Luminor is also a¬†client.

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 JńĀnis Kubilis¬†and Gints Vilgerts¬†are currently acting for Merks in a dispute with Riga International Airport over construction works. Debora Pavila¬†is recommended.

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 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.

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. ArtŇęrs Rubins¬†is also recommended.

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.

At R√∂dl & Partner, Inese KalnńĀja-Zelńća,¬†who joined from Eversheds Sutherland BitńĀns, 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.

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

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