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    • Irmantas Norkus - Cobalt

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Cobalt¬†displays a 'high level of intelligence, professionalism and promptness' in the wide range of services it provides for corporate and private clients. Practice co-head¬†Elijus Burgis¬†and managing partner¬†Irmantas Norkus¬†led the advice to DNB on combining its operations with Nordea in the Baltics states, which included all aspects of the planning of the transaction¬†and regulatory and merger control matters.¬†It continues to advise the newly combined bank Luminor. Associate Justinas Kondratas¬†joined from NJORD Law Firm¬†and the team also saw the promotion of Julija TimoŇ°ńćenko¬†to associate. Juozas Rimas¬†co-leads the M&A practice group and counts Johnson & Johnson as a client.

Ellex¬†is 'the most exceptional player in the Baltic market', according to one client, and continues to win the biggest share of the country's¬†largest commercial transactions and M&A deals. Practice co-heads¬†Zilvinas Zinkevicius¬†and Paulius Gruodis¬†recently advised Estonia's biggest renewable energy company on its merger across the Baltic states. Industry and regulatory team head¬†Jaunius Gumbis¬†and¬†Marius Juonys¬†are also noted practitioners, and Robertas ńĆiońćys, who heads the private equity and venture capital subgroup,¬†is recommended for his specialty in liquidation matters. Associates¬†Mantas Juska¬†and Arvydas Gruseckas¬†joined from Cobalt¬†and TGS Baltic¬†respectively.¬†Dovilńó Burgienńó¬†left the partnership to form new firm WALLESS Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners.

Big-ticket matters for Sorainen's¬†'excellent' corporate¬†practice include Tomas Kontautas¬†advising Nordea on combining its operations with DNB in the Baltic regions to create Luminor, with the assistance of¬†RŇędolfs EŇÜń£elis¬†from the Latvia office. Clients are impressed by Algirdas PekŇ°ys' 'professional insight' and his ability to find the 'best possible legal solutions'. Sergej Butov¬†leads the regional corporate and M&A team and is known for his 'creative and goal-orientated approach'.¬†The team has been strengthened by two new joiners and promotions within the practice group. Laimonas Skibarka¬†is recommended for his expertise on private equity, as is Mantas Petkevińćius,¬†who made partner in February 2018.

Marius Matonis¬†and Vidmantas Drizga¬†co-lead the team at TGS Baltic, which caters to a wide range of corporate and private clients including¬†Medicinos¬†Bankas and BaltCap. In recent work, the firm acted for¬†Apex Alliance on an investment and development project which spanned multiple jurisdictions, including¬†Romania.¬†Aurimas Pauliukevińćius¬†advised an investment company on the acquisition of a stake in a sportswear company and on obtaining merger clearance from the Lithuanian Competition Council.

GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners¬†impresses clients with its 'professional and pragmatic approach' and expertise in M&A transactions and private equity and venture capital investments‚ÄĮ. Led by Andrius Ivanauskas, the firm recently advised private equity leader LitCapital on all aspects of its investment into a public company.¬†Longstanding clients include the¬†Open Society Institute and the Business Angels Fund. Associate Simona Butkutńó¬†joined from Magnusson.

Motieka & Audzevicius' practice¬†has 'extensive experience and knowledge' and is led by the highly rated Giedrius Kolesnikovas. The firm recently handled large-scale cross-border acquisitions for three companies, including agricultural group Linas Agro. Other key team members include senior associate Michail Parchimoviń欆and associate Rokas Jankus. New clients include¬†SmartLynx Airlines.

At bnt attorneys in CEE, Frank Heemann¬†leads the practice group, which counts the¬†German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce and Stengel among its clients. The team has expertise in insolvency, including distressed M&A, and corporate restructuring matters. Other key team members include Mindaugas Navickas¬†and ‚ÄĮYvonne Goldammer. Arnas Stonys¬†joined from AAA Law.

The 'responsible and attentive' team at Dominas LEVIN has expertise in international M&A transactions and has a broad client base ranging from financial institutions to energy companies. Managing partner Gediminas Dominas has been involved in advising a group of private investors.

At Eversheds SaladŇĺius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), practice head¬†Jonas SaladŇĺius¬†and Rimtis PuiŇ°ys¬†are advising Sports Direct¬†on the acquisition of commercial facilities in Lithuania. The firm also counts Fortum Heat Lietuva as one of its clients.

At Primus Derling,¬†managing partner Robert Juodka¬†and Giedrńó Dailidńónaitńó¬†co-lead the practice group, which has the¬†National Defence Foundation and Bunge as its clients. It assisted a manufacturing company with securing a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to facilitate¬†its expansion in Belarus. The team was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Ieva Strunkienńó¬†from Triniti.

At FORT, Mindaugas ŇĹolynas¬†and Andrius Mamontovas¬†lead the practice group, which has experience in the issuing of bonds, joint ventures and restructuring projects. Highlights included advising on three separate mergers. New clients include¬†DPD Lithuania.

At¬†LEADELL BalńćiŇęnas & Grajauskas, Gintaras BalńćiŇęnas¬†leads the team, which is currently advising pharmaceutical company¬†Roche on the operation of its distribution network in Lithuania. Senior associate Vaidas Radvila¬†is also a name to note.

Ligita Ramanauskaitńó¬†leads the group at Magnusson,¬†which has been advising on a ‚ā¨3m merger involving 31 companies in the agricultural sector. Tomas Ivanauskas¬†joined from VILGERTS;¬†his client portfolio includes sector-leading companies such as Baltic Orbis.

At PwC Legal, the team draws on its traditional¬†tax background to offer clients an integrated approach to corporate matters.¬†The team has been strengthened by the addition of two senior associates: Jolita Paulauskaitńó¬†joined from Eversheds SaladŇĺius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)¬†and Simona ToluŇ°ytńó¬†joined from Ellex. Rokas Bukauskas¬†is the main contact.

Managing partner Tomas Talutis¬†is the key figure at¬†TVINS. Recent work includes advising¬†Fjord Bank on the issuing of new shares worth¬†‚ā¨3m. Associates¬†Miroslava KryŇ°tul, Gediminas Odminis¬†and Michal Petkeviń欆all joined the firm from TGS Baltic.

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