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  1. EU and competition
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Ieva Azanda - Skopina & Azanda
    • LÄ«ga Merwin - Ellex

Next Generation Partners

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Cobalt offers expertise in a range of EU and competition matters, particularly vertical restraints and dominance cases, with an emphasis on regulated industries such as banking, energy and pharmaceuticals. Managing partner and practice head Dace Silava-Tomsone has over 25 years’ experience practising EU and competition law, with a focus on cartel and merger control matters. Recent highlights include Silava-Tomsone and senior associate Ugis Zeltins representing the Latvian Copyright Agency in an appeal against a decision by the Competition Council pertaining to allegedly abusive public performance tariffs in stores. The team also acts for local and international clients including Unilever and Roche.

Ellex is ‘simply the best’ and has an extensive focus on competition matters in the pharmaceutical, financial services and construction sectors. The ‘outstanding’ LÄ«ga Merwin, who leads the team, represented JCDecaux in a vertical infringement case. The team also advised NestlĂ© on a competition compliance audit related to its Baltic operations. Merwin and MārtiƆơ Gailis acted for OP Insurance on the sale of its business to the Vienna Insurance Group. Longstanding clients include Swedbank, Japan Tobacco International and IBM.

Sorainen's team consists of ‘experts in the market’ with a broad practice covering all areas of competition law, including cross-border merger clearances. The team is led by RĆ«dolfs EƆģelis. Eva Berlaus’ expertise is concentrated on merger control, and she continues to advise Providence Equity Partners on its acquisition of a Swedish media business based in the Baltics. New partner Ieva Andersone is recommended.

Edijs Poga is head of the practice group at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, which acts for local and international clients on merger control and competition enforcement matters. Clients include Citadele Banka and adidas. Senior associate Gunta Lokastova joined the firm from the Competition Council of Latvia.

At Kronbergs Čukste Levin, Zane Veidemane BērziƆa is the leading figure in the practice and is known for her expertise in complex competition and state aid cases. The Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia and the Latvian Passenger Railway Company are some of the firm's clients. Valter Kronbergs is also noted in this area.

TGS Baltic advises on a variety of matters, including competition and state aid compliance. Co-head Andra Rubene and the team have experience in advising clients from the energy and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Clients include Mastercard.

Practice co-heads Debora Pavila and Julija Jerneva lead the group at VILGERTS, which attracts a wide range of clients including Baltic Insurance. The firm has been involved in updating a competition compliance programme for Air Baltic Corporation.

At BDO Law, senior associate Andis Karklins leads the group; he recently provided competition compliance training to staff at Bosch across the Baltic states. The firm's broad client base includes companies from the retail, telecoms, construction, transport and financial services sectors.

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