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Ellex

JOGAILOS 9, 01116 VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
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Work +370 5 268 1888
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Fax +370 5 212 5591
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Web:
www.ellex.lt
Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

Lithuania

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Key matters for ‚Äėexceptional market leader‚Äô Ellex¬†include acting for BNP Paribas as arranger on a ‚ā¨300m bonds issue in the international markets, and assisting the Lithuanian Central Credit¬†Union with obtaining a central credit union licence. New partner Ieva Dosinaitńó,¬†who joined from TGS Baltic, co-leads the finance group with Giedrius Stasevicius.¬†Longstanding clients include Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank and Danske Bank. Former practice head Gediminas ReńćiŇęnas¬†and Joana Baublytńó-Kulvietńó¬†have now departed from the firm to create new law firm WALLESS Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

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.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Robertas Ciocys - Ellex

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex's lawyers¬†are¬†'experts in the field' and regularly act in cross-border disputes and arbitration. Co-led by Ramunas Petravicius¬†and Giedrńó AukŇ°tuolien, the team represented East Capital Baltic Fund¬†in claims for ‚ā¨10.5m in damages against one of the largest dairy producers in the Baltics. Vilija Vaitkute Pavan,¬†who also serves as an arbitrator, advised the Ministry of Justice¬†on a matter initiated by¬†Vladimir Antonov¬†of now-insolvent bank Snoras regarding the alleged expropriation of shares. The case was dismissed by the¬†Moscow District Commercial Court. Other highlights included corporate litigation expert¬†Egidijus Baranauskas¬†acting for a major tax institution in bankruptcy proceedings, assisted by senior associate Jovita Gabniene. The practice group saw the addition of new associate¬†Aiste Mikociuniene,¬†who joined from the¬†Ministry of Justice.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Noted for its 'excellent¬†ability to handle large pan-Baltic assignments', Ellex¬†is led by the 'exceptional' Marius Juonys,¬†who is advising OP Financial Group on the competition law aspects of the sale of its insurance business in the Baltic states and representing the client in merger control proceedings before the Lithuanian Competition Council.¬†The team has vast expertise in handling private enforcement¬†disputes, merger clearance and state aid cases.¬†Co-head Jaunius Gumbis¬†is noted for his specialism in the commercial and regulated industries. He has been acting for¬†Orlen Lietuva in a claim for abuse of dominant position against the state railway company.¬†Senior associate¬†Karolis Kańćerauskas¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Marius Juonys - Ellex

Next generation lawyers

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex¬†stands out as being the ‚Äėbest in the Baltic market‚Äô, according to one client, and is active in a range of employment matters, including cross-border transfers, dismissals and litigation. Led by Ramunas Petravicius¬†and¬†Rimantas Stanevicius, the team advised Uber on the employment aspects of its operations in Lithuania and conducted a review of its global incentives programme.¬†Petravicius also assisted longstanding client Sicor Biotech with the implementation of the Labour Code, which included reviewing HR documentation.¬†Audinga Liekyte¬†joined the team from Primus Derling. Clients include H&M and Revolut Technologies.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex¬†advises clients on the full spectrum of IP matters, including the enforcement of trade marks and patents and copyright infringements. Practice head Vytautas Mizaras¬†and Mantas Rimkevińćius¬†successfully acted for football club Kauno¬†ŇĹalgiris¬†in a trade mark dispute relating to the use of the name 'ŇĹalgiris', as well as representing¬†Kauno¬†ŇĹalgiris basketball club in a related dispute.¬†Other key figures in the practice include Jaunius Gumbis.¬†Clients include¬†Coca-Cola and¬†AkzoNobel. Former practice co-head Laura Ziferman¬†left the partnership to co-found Law Firm WALLESS Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex's key strengths are in commercial energy transactions, electricity projects and regulatory work governing heating and natural gas. Dovile Greblikiene heads the energy group and has been providing cross-border advice to Baltpool energy exchange on the expansion of its business. Specialising in infrastructure projects, Ramunas Petravicius is advising on a gas transmission project between Poland and Lithuania. Jaunius Gumbis heads the regulatory industries and trade practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex¬†is the 'clear firm of choice'¬†for international development companies and¬†private equity real estate investors, advising on matters spanning multiple jurisdictions. Associate¬†partner Dovile Stanńćikaitńó¬†advised Danske Bank on the leasing of a 12,000-square-metre office building in Vilnius. Ramunas Petravicius¬†is advising LitGrid on the design and reconstruction of several major transformer stations as part of a state energy project. Other clients include¬†Hollister Incorporated and East Capital. Evaldas Klimas¬†has now left the firm for WALLESS Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners, and¬†former practice head¬†Indrńó Jonaitytńó-Gricńó¬†and¬†Tomas MilaŇ°auskas¬†departed for in-house roles.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Aviation and railway matters remain a specialty for¬†Ellex's¬†transportation practice group, which is led by Dovile Greblikiene.¬†Miroslav 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 Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex¬†acts for international technology giants and telecoms companies¬†in a range of matters pertaining to data protection and cybersecurity. Along with the firm's offices in Latvia and Estonia, the 'skilled' team¬†is advising IBM on a myriad of¬†contentious and non-contentious issues relating to its Baltic¬†subsidiaries. Industry and regulatory head¬†Jaunius Gumbis;¬†IP, media and privacy head¬†Vytautas Mizaras;¬†and Tomas Kamblevińćius¬†are the key names to note.

Leading individuals

Jaunius Gumbis - Ellex

Next generation lawyers

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Ellex

Ellex¬†has an 'outstanding' reputation for advising on international tax planning, transactional tax structuring and conducting tax risk assessments. New practice head¬†Gintaras Balcius¬†is highlighted for his expertise in tax-related¬†litigation and risk, and acts for clients such as Danske Bank and Uber.¬†The team, which includes senior associate Antanas Butrimas, has also assisted with the tax structuring of a number of cross-border and heavily regulated corporate transactions. Former practice head Aistńó Medelienńó¬†left the firm to co-found¬†WALLESS Burgienńó, ReńćiŇęnas and partners.

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