Shipping and transport in Lithuania

Averus

Averus is a 'sound adviser in transport law' and handles a wide range of contentious and transactional work in the shipping and aviation sectors. In recent work, Klaipėda-based practice head Regina Derkintyte-Kaupiene assisted Rail Baltica with a cross-border transaction that required specialist public procurement documentation. Aviation matters included Laura Čereškaitė-Kinčiuvienė advising Heston Aviation on the acquisition of an Airbus A321 aircraft. The team has seen new associate Edita Antanauskienė, also based in Klaipėda, join from Law Office of R. Noreika. Povilas Karlonas is also recommended for his expertise in free economic zones.

Ellex

Aviation and railway matters remain a specialty for Ellex's transportation practice group, which is led by Dovile GreblikieneMiroslav Nosevic successfully represented Skinest Baltija in a claim for damages against Lithuanian Railways relating to a replacement contract. Ramunas Petravicius is advising RB Rail on the ongoing Rail Baltica megaproject and has also advised the Ministry of Transport on Lithuania's airport services. Laura Ziferman has left the practice to found WALLESS Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners.

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius' transport practice has expertise in handling acquisition, financing and leasing matters related to aviation. The firm has a strong roster of clients including foreign companies and international private investors. Gintautas Šulija advised a Lithuanian airline on the purchase of two aircraft engines, and in the maritime space, he continues to represent insurer Lampe & Schwartze in a dispute over the collapse of the purchase of a ship from Lithuanian Shipping Company. Senior associate Eduard Plesak is a key contact. Dovilė Vaičaitytė joined the firm from a private company.

Cobalt

Cobalt has expertise in road, rail, air and transport infrastructure matters. Contentious highlights included Rimantas Simaitis representing Riga International Airport in an unfair competition case brought by a Lithuanian airline undergoing insolvency proceedings. Practice head Vaidas Mackonis represented Kuehne + Nagel in cargo damage and unpaid debt claims. Lithuanian Railways is another client, as is the Lithuanian National Road Carriers Association. Irmantas Norkus is recommended for his aircraft finance expertise and senior associate Giedrius Abromavičius is a key contact for regulatory work and maritime matters.

LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas

 regularly acts on shipping and aviation matters, recently providing assistance to a state enterprise on the construction of the regional air traffic control building. Gintaras Balčiūnas and senior associate Vaidas Radvila are leading the advice to Fitek on the automation of its postal transportation services across Lithuania. Aviation-related public procurement is another area of expertise.

Primus Derling

Managing partner Robert Juodka leads the team at Primus Derling, which has particular experience in aviation law. The broad client base includes a number of Polish companies, such as PKP Energetyka and construction company Warbud. Associate partner Artūras Gutauskas regularly advises clients in disputes related to the breach of transit procedures.

Ramanauskas and Partners

Klaipeda-based firm Ramanauskas and Partners has expertise in wet shipping litigation and arbitration. The firm, which also handles transactional work, advised Sung Shipping on its purchase of a vessel from the now-collapsed Lithuanian Shipping Company. Key practitioners include managing partner Vytas Ramanauskas, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Algirdas Gervaitis, who has road transport expertise.

Sorainen

Sorainen's team has particular strength in aviation finance and is led by Daivis Švirinas. Recent highlights include Tomas Kontautas  and senior associate Irma Kirklytė assisting Uber with regulatory matters regarding its operations in Lithuania, which included licensing work. RB Rail is also a client. Senior associate Vaiva Mašidlauskienė is recommended for her expertise in maritime matters, and counsel Vitalija Tamavičiūtė joined the team from Lithuanian Railways.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic handles a wide range of aviation and shipping matters for domestic and international clients such as Lithuanian Railways. Practice head Vidmantas Drizga and Eglė Lauraitytė acted for Lithuanian Airports (the state enterprise operating Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports) on the transformation of its legal form to a public company. Vilius Bernatonis and Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė are also key practitioners in the group.

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

The shipping and transportation team at Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) handles a wide range of matters pertaining to aviation, rail and ports. Rimtis Puišys is a key practitioner and has expertise in cross-border disputes. Managing partner Jonas Saladžius is also recommended. Rail Baltica is a client.

Law firm J. Judickiene and Partners Jurex

Managing partner Jurgita Judickienė and Jelena Cvirko co-lead the shipping and transport practice at Law firm J. Judickiene and Partners Jurex. The team handles a significant amount of cross-border projects related to the carriage of goods via rail and air. Marius Tamošiūnas advises liquid oil products terminal Mockava Terminal on transport and shipping law isssues.