Firm Profile > Ellex > Riga, Latvia

Ellex
K. VALDEMARA 62
1013 RIGA
Latvia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Ellex has an excellent reputation for handling corporate transactions in the banking sector, as well as aviation finance and capital markets matters. Outside these core areas, the team has a growing influence in the alternative investment funds and fintech spaces. Zinta Jansons leads the practice and, alongside banking, has expertise in complementary areas such as corporate and tax law. Also leading the team is Valters Diure, a respected name in the areas of aviation finance, restructurings and cross-border financings. The team’s offices in Estonia and Lithuania also mean it is well placed to handle pan-Baltic instructions.

Practice head(s):

Zinta Jansons; Valters Diure

Other key lawyers:

Raivis Leimanis

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and proactive team. They also know the market very well, which helps a lot during transactions.’

‘What makes them different is their professional attitude.’

‘I would say that the team is knowledgeable and available, and that I was satisfied with the work they did in the transaction in which I have been working with them.’

‘I think that the team are available, helpful and, from my experience, great collaborators.’

Key clients

Bloomberg Finance L.P. (USA)

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Providence Capital

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan

International Capital Markets Association

International Finance Corporation

Swiss Re

Generali Europe

Unified Post

Danske Bank

Clearstream Banking S.A.

Livonia Partners Fund I/Livonia Partners AIFP

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Ellex has been instructed on numerous major pan-Baltic transactions, most recently advising Blackstone on its €1bn acquisition of Luminor, the Baltics’ third-largest bank. That particular deal was handled by practice head Zinta Jansons, who is a key name for inbound investment. Alongside her expertise in M&A, she is highly skilled in tax structuring and integration matters. Also leading the team is Raimonds Slaidins, who has a similar focus on assisting foreign investors, with expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Other important names in the team include founding partner Filips Klavins, who is particularly active in the construction and engineering sector, and Peteris Dalderis, whose recent workload has involved the waste management sector.

Practice head(s):

Raimonds Slaidins; Zinta Jansons

Other key lawyers:

Filips Klavins; Peteris Dalderis

Testimonials

‘The team performed extremely well to a very tight schedule. The input provided by the team was always high quality and they were easy to work with.’

Key clients

IAC (Interactive corporation)

Whirlpool

Booking.com

Coca-Cola HBC

Nokia

AT&T

Accenture

Orkla

Intel

Livonia Partners

UnifiedPost

Greengold

Blackstone

Uniper

Eesti Energia

Schwenk Zement

Reganosa

Latour

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘very knowledgeable team’ at Ellex has a broad offering but is distinguished by its particularly strong reputation in white-collar crime cases. Practice head Andris Lazdiņš is one of the few white-collar crime specialists in the market and is notably strong in handling anti-money laundering issues and employee investigations. Fellow practice head Daiga Zivtiņa shares a similar interest in white-collar crime cases, particularly fraud and asset tracing matters, but also focuses on corporate and commercial cases such as shareholder, insurer liability and contractual disputes. The team also includes Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs, an expert in real estate and construction cases, and senior counsel Jevgēnijs Salims, who is adept at commercial contract and corporate liability disputes. Irina Kostina focuses on employment disputes, with additional expertise in real estate, white-collar crime and public procurement cases.

Practice head(s):

Daiga Zivtiņa; Andris Lazdiņš

Other key lawyers:

Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs; Jevgēnijs Salims; Irina Kostina

Testimonials

‘The Ellex lawyers are specialised in their field, but they also think holistically when it comes to solving their clients’ issues.’

‘Andris Lazdiņš is to-the-point, has very good lateral thinking and is very approachable.’

‘Professional and welcoming attitude.’

‘Good communication skills that allow for prompt and appropriate responses.’

‘Professionalism, efficiency and competence.’

‘Jevgēnijs Salims has considerable experience as a judge in civil matters.’

‘Co-operation with Ellex is great. It is a very knowledgeable team and offers solutions taking into account best practice in court.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP (UK)

Finnlines Plc

Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, S.A.U.,

Severstal

Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Group

Bitum Petrochemical Industries Ltd.

S.P.I.

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

SIA B.R.Holdings

Elzas Holding B.V.

BTA Bank

Coca Cola

EFN Nord

Lofbergs Baltic

Signet Bank

Fact Set

Verus Praedum (IKEA)

YIT

Intrum

Employment Tier 1

Ellex’s position as one of the largest law firms in the Baltics has enabled it to provide a full-service offering to its client base, which contains major employers such as Accenture, Booking.com and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Practice head Irina Kostina is an expert in employment disputes, particularly internal investigations and whistleblowing cases. Daiga Zivtiņa also focuses on contentious issues, most recently advising on employer’s liability matters. Both partners also handle day-to-day issues such as employee contracts and regulatory compliance. Disputes are also handled by Andris Lazdiņš, whose forte is in employee investigations, particularly in relation to white-collar crime cases. At a more junior level, senior counsel Iveta Ceple is 'a star' and focuses on the employment elements of major reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Irina Kostina

Other key lawyers:

Daiga Zivtina; Iveta Ceple; Andris Lazdiņš

Testimonials

‘Ellex’s approach to our problems was very professional.’

‘They stand out for their professionalism and good understanding of the client’s problem. Everything is done on time and very carefully.’

‘Iveta Ceple is a star: her calm and well-organised way of working saved the client a lot. Iveta explained the legal landscape and risks in a simple and understandable way but also gave the client firm and clear directions on how to move forward – with great success.’

Key clients

Beam Suntory

Accenture

Oracle

SIA Orkla Care

Booking.com

Coca-Cola HBC Latvia

Radisson

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Cognizant

Developer of IKEA brand in Latvia

Heisterkamp Transport Latvia

Sanofi-Aventis

Eastnine Latvia

Bilesu Serviss

EU and competition Tier 1

Demonstrating ‘a great combination of theoretical knowledge and good market practice’, Ellex has a sizeable pan-Baltic competition practice with an experienced team that can handle day-to-day advice as well as major disputes and merger control cases. Prominent sectors of expertise include financial services, food and beverage, retail and pharmaceuticals. Practice head and managing partner Liga Merwin is a respected litigator in both Latvia and in the rest of the EU, with experience in major merger control and abuse of dominance cases. Martins Gailis is another key name, noted for his expertise in merger clearance and unfair competition issues.

Practice head(s):

Liga Merwin

Other key lawyers:

Martins Gailis; Edvijs Zandars

Testimonials

Fast responses and dedication.’

‘Liga Merwin is extremely dedicated, looks at the bigger picture, and is very personable.’

‘The team has a great combination of theoretical knowledge and good market practice, which is essential.’

‘Managing partner Liga Merwin is confident and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Swedbank

Orkla Confectionary & Snacks

Drogas (owned by A.S. Watson Group)

Japan Tobacco International

Maxima group

Forum Cinemas (Odeon Group)

Association of International Research-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Connexus Baltic Grid

AstraZeneca

The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

UPB Group

Henkel

LG Electronics

SportsDirect

DIO

Lundbeck

IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

With 'very strong legal expertise and strategic thinking', Ellex covers the spectrum of IP and IT work and is especially active in handing trade mark and patent disputes for international clients. The team also has a strong non-contentious offering in IP, and the IT group regularly advises on commercial contracts and regulatory compliance. Clients have singled out 'superb professionalsMārtiņš Gailis, who heads the IP practice, Sarmis Spilbergs, who leads the IT team, and senior associate Edvijs Zandars, who assists Gailis with most matters. Managing partner Liga Merwin is another key name, particularly for IP and telecoms regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Mārtiņš Gailis; Sarmis Spilbergs

Other key lawyers:

Edvijs Zandars; Liga Merwin

Testimonials

‘Ellex’s lawyers have very strong legal expertise and strategic thinking. The IP team have a goal-oriented approach in their advice, and the team have shown a very good understanding of the context of what we have been trying to achieve.’

‘Martins Gailis, Edvijs Zandars and Sarmis Spilbergs are superb professionals with a very good sense of what we require legally and what is the most sensible approach to the issues raised.’

Key clients

Sky International AG

Dan-Foam ApS

Elisa

Depozītu Iepakojuma Operators

Vinted UAB and Vinted Limited

PERI

Amber Beverage Group

Porsche

Lux International AG

Actiw Oy

Maxima Latvija

Worldchess

Lofbergs Baltic

AUDI

AT&T

Cult Beauty

LG Electronics

NATO Stratcom COE

TUI

MSD

ExxonMobil Corporation

Forum Cinemas

Takeda Latvia

Livonia Partners

Amway (Alticor)

LVMH

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Ellex stands out for its work advising the leading real estate investment trusts (REITs) and retailers in Latvia, with expertise in transactional work, construction contracts, leasing arrangements and environmental law. Ivars Pommers leads the practice and has been a key name in the market for assisting REITs with the management of their property portfolios. Inita Jurka has a similar focus and acts alongside Pommers on most mandates. Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs is another key name and is particularly strong in the retail sector, with expertise in complementary areas such as public procurement and arbitration. The firm also benefits from its offices in Lithuania and Estonia for pan-Baltic instructions.

Practice head(s):

Ivars Pommers

Other key lawyers:

Inita Jurka; Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs; Inese Freivalde

Testimonials

‘Strong professionals.’

‘Ivars Pommers is a top-notch real estate specialist.’

‘All lawyers who have provided legal assistance have been very professional and provided excellent service. I give Ellex my very best recommendation.’

‘We were very satisfied with the support and performance of the entire team. ’

‘We enjoyed working with Ivars Pommers and his team. He not only has broad experience in real estate law, but a profound economic knowledge.’

Key clients

Catella Corporate Finance

Ingleby Latvia Agro, SIA

IKEA Latvian franchise holder SIA Paul Mason Properties

Lords LB Asset Management

New Century Holdings

Luminor

Swedbank AS

airBaltic

SPI Group Companies

Pillar

Blackstone

Colliers

Eastnine

KESKO

Hanner

SG Capital

Orkla

Jysk

Capitalica Asset Management

Bonava

YIT

Vienna Insurance Group

Northern Horizon

Tax Tier 1

Ellex’s tax team has attracted major corporate clients such as L'Oréal, Coca-Cola and Accenture, with a diverse workload including advising on the tax structuring of M&A, market entries, tax disputes and related employment issues. Zinta Jansons leads the practice and is a respected name in tax structuring and restructurings. She is supported by Ivars Pommers, who stands out for his expertise in tax issues surrounding real estate and restructuring, and associate Eduards Dzintars, who is experienced in VAT and tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Zinta Jansons

Other key lawyers:

Ivars Pommers; Eduards Dzintars; Irina Kostina

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive. I also appreciate that they propose alternative recommendations. I found them open to listening to client’s concerns.’

‘We appreciate particularly working with Eduards Dzintars. He is accurate, very professional and right to the point.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Whirlpool

Booking.com

Coca-Cola HBC

Nokia

Citibank

Accenture

Intel

Danone

Henkel

Airbnb

L’Oréal

PayRay

Saint Gobain

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Aircraft financing and leasing are standout strengths of Ellex, which has a highly diverse offering across contentious and non-contentious matters. Senior partner Raimonds Slaidins leads the team and is an expert in commercial agreements. Daiga Zivtiņa is a key name for contentious work, particularly in relation to public procurement. Valters Diure handles aviation finance matters, while Maris Brizgo is an expert in public procurement contracts.

Practice head(s):

Raimonds Slaidins

Other key lawyers:

Daiga Zivtiņa; Maris Brizgo; Valters Diure

Testimonials

‘Competence, timely responses, clearly expressed legal opinions and recommendations.’

‘Cooperation was easy and uncomplicated.’

‘Always available and easy to work with. The individuals are competent and could solve all legal and practical issues without delay.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

DVB Bank

Erste Group Bank AG

Chorus Aviation

Nordic Aviation Capital

Finnlines Plc

DFDS

JP Morgan

BNP

Aercap

Porsche

Heisterkamp Transport Latvia

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Lithuania > Fintech Tier 1

Ellex’s sizeable team has been assisting clients with banking licences and e-money licences recently. Its client roster includes big names such as Revolut and Visa Payments. Ieva Dosinaitė has been advising international clients on their entry into the Lithuanian market, as well as undertaking work for domestic clients such as Lithuania Post. Banking and finance head Giedrius Stasevičius is also very active in the fintech arena, and has particular expertise in advising international clients.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Dosinaitė; Giedrius Stasevičius

Testimonials

‘I have worked and still am working with the firm on several items with different team members, so far – everyone is top of the client’s needs, agenda etc. They are the people who love their jobs!’

‘Experienced team with excellent knowledge of the industry, legal requirements, and processes in Lithuania.’

‘We had introductory calls with all of the top legal firms in Lithuania and Ellex was the standout. ’

‘The entire team are very well-coordinated, it is a pleasure to work with them, because they always are ready to help in all kind of problems in no time. They have deep knowledge not only in legal matters related to licensing, but and in IT matters, which are essential for our business. ’

‘Ieva Dosinaitė is a very capable person, we are very lucky to have such a great legal and business advisor as her. During all this time we never had even the smallest doubt in her abilities, because she always makes the best result in all the most difficult problems.’

‘Strong client service ethos, responsive and with genuine expertise to back it up.’

‘Ieva Dosinaitė is a stand out partner.’

Key clients

PayRay UAB

Lithuanian Post, AB

Visa Payments Limited and Visa International

Revolut Payments UAB and Revolut Bank UAB

Nikulipe UAB

Sollo UAB

UAB ConnectPay

Bancibo S.E.

Arival Pte. Ltd.

Bergwand GmbH

Finora Capital AS

Investment Evolution Corporation

General Financing

Lithuania > Intellectual property Tier 1

Ellex's team is noted for its ‘strong theoretical and practical knowledge'. It has a wealth of expertise in contentious issues concerning licensing, infringements, royalty payments and parallel imports. Vytautas Mizaras has a wealth of experience in soft IP disputes and has helped draft copyright law legislation in Lithuania. He co-heads the team with Jaunius Gumbis, who is particularly known for disputes involving trademark law and advertising. Advertising law is another strong point of Mantas Rimkevičius, who is also particularly skilled in matters connected with the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Jaunius Gumbis; Vytautas Mizaras

Other key lawyers:

Mantas Rimkevičius

Testimonials

‘Strong theoretical and practical knowledge.’

‘Vytautas Mizaras has good skills and knowledge in the field.’

‘Outstanding expertise, especially by Vytautas Mizaras who leads the practice and has a business-oriented approach and ability to adapt to demanding needs.’

‘Expertise in the field is what makes the team stand out compared to other firms.’

‘Vytautas Mizaras – second to none expertise

‘Mantas Rimkevičius – pragmatic and business-focused approach.’

Key clients

Laboratoires Bouchara Recordati

Luminati Networks, Ltd

Telia Lietuva, AB (part of the Scandinavian multinational telephone company and network operator Telia Company AB)

Svyturys – Utenos alus, UBA (part of the Carlsberg group)

Amway

Akzo Nobel

Vilniaus Prekyba

LNK

Uzstato sistemos administratorius, VsĮ

Douglas

Basketball and football clubs Kauno Zalgiris

Lithuanian Basketball Federation

Newsec

Vinted

Booking.com

Seduva Jewish Memorial Fund

Kristina Sabaliauskaite (a well-known Lithuanian novelist)

Rivile (one of the biggest accounting software Lithuanian companies)

INTER RAO (a leading player in the electricity market in the Baltic countries)

Modern Art Centre

The firm: Ellex is a circle of pre-eminent Baltic law firms providing fully integrated top legal services in all areas of business law. Ellex brings together the region’s three strongest law firms located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Ellex is among the first law firms founded in Latvia (1992) and throughout its 25-year history has significantly influenced the development of the local legal market. The firm and its experts consistently receive top international rankings, awards and most importantly client recognition. Ellex is committed to investing time, professional knowledge, financial and human resources in a variety of pro bono, sponsorship and charitable activities

Ellex is distinguished by high-quality standards, an outstanding reputation and leading experts. In recent years, the firm has been involved in some of the most innovative domestic and international M&A, commercial real estate and financial transactions in the Baltics and is the first choice of local counsel for many well-known international and local clients for projects in Latvia. Ellex is the exclusive Latvian member of Lex Mundi – the leading international association of independent law firms, and it is also the exclusive Latvian member of the World Services Group, a global membership association whose members are among the top providers of professional business services.

Areas of practice: Ellex provides legal services in nine specialised practice areas: corporate and M&A, banking and finance, commercial and compliance, IP and IT, dispute resolution, employment, tax, EU and competition, real estate and environment. Ellex is unique in the Latvian market in having several practitioners who are trained and have experience in the major financial markets of the world, such as London and New York. For this reason, international financial institutions choose Ellex when doing business in Latvia, and on cross-border transactions. Ellex is a long-standing leading advisor in the finance and M&A sectors in Latvia and across the Baltics with a comprehensive offering and notable experience in advising international and domestic clients. Ellex has proven expertise and a track record in advising on landmark competition cases at the Competition Council and in courts, both national and European. Ellex has the capacity and expertise to handle complex or large-scale dispute resolution matters, and also the ability to provide a broad spectrum of employment services to corporate clients. The firm also has significant expertise and an increasingly visible track record in intellectual property matters, including in major litigation and landmark IP cases. Within real estate, Ellex covers all the main industry sectors and has represented clients in a number of top real estate transactions in Latvia in recent years. In addition, Ellex has an efficient, integrated and innovative tax advisory capability during all transaction processes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Foreign investment in Latvia Filips Klavins
Foreign investment in Latvia Raimonds Slaidins
Mergers and acquisitions Raimonds Slaidins
Mergers and acquisitions Peteris Dalderis
Corporate and commercial Raimonds Slaidins
Corporate and commercial Zinta Jansons
Banking and finance; securities Egons Pikelis
Banking and finance; securities Eriks Blumbergs
Insolvency and restructuring Ivars Pommers
Tax Zinta Jansons
Insurance Egons Pikelis
Insurance Peteris Dalderis
Litigation and arbitration Daiga Zivtina
Litigation and arbitration Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs
Competition Liga Merwin
Competition Martins Gailis
EU and international Maris Brizgo
EU and international Liga Merwin
Energy and natural resources Daiga Zivtina
Energy and natural resources Ivars Pommers
IP, IT and communications Martins Gailis
IP, IT and communications Sarmis Spilbergs
Shipping and transport Maris Brizgo
Real estate and construction Ivars Pommers
Real estate and construction Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs
Infrastructure Ivars Pommers
Infrastructure Inita Jurka
Employment, labour Daiga Zivtina
Employment, labour Peteris Dalderis
Number of lawyers : 42
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