Firm Profile > Ellex > Vilnius, Lithuania


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Key matters for ‘exceptional market leaderEllex include acting for BNP Paribas as arranger on a €300m bonds issue in the international markets, and assisting the Lithuanian Central Credit Union with obtaining a central credit union licence. New partner Ieva Dosinaitė, 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 Rečiūnas and Joana Baublytė-Kulvietė have now departed from the firm to create new law firm WALLESS Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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 Čiočys, 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. Dovilė Burgienė left the partnership to form new firm WALLESS Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ellex's lawyers are 'experts in the field' and regularly act in cross-border disputes and arbitration. Co-led by Ramunas Petravicius and Giedrė Aukštuolien, the team represented East Capital Baltic Fund in claims for €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.

Employment Tier 1

Ellex stands out as being the ‘best in the Baltic market’, 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.

EU and competition Tier 1

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 Kačerauskas is also recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 1

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 Rimkevičius successfully acted for football club Kauno Žalgiris in a trade mark dispute relating to the use of the name 'Žalgiris', as well as representing Kauno Žalgiris 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 Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners.

Projects and energy Tier 1

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.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

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 Stančikaitė 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 Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners, and former practice head Indrė Jonaitytė-Gricė and Tomas Milašauskas departed for in-house roles.

Shipping and transport Tier 1

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.

Tax Tier 1

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 Aistė Medelienė left the firm to co-found WALLESS Burgienė, Rečiūnas and partners.

TMT Tier 1

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 Kamblevičius are the key names to note.

The firm: Ellex Valiunas is a member of Ellex, a circle of three highest ranked law firms in the Baltics. Ellex Valiunas (established in 1992) is the very first and the largest business law firm in Lithuania. Today with over 80 experienced legal professionals, the firm is ideally positioned to provide top expertise and in-depth specialised legal services both domestically and on a cross-border dimension.

As a pioneering law firm, Ellex Valiunas is driven by the challenges of tomorrow’s business while offering today’s solutions. We have become the first law firm to adopt a leading artificial intelligence platform for due dilligence created by Luminance AI in the Baltic region. Ellex Valiunas embraced innovative resources and way of working to provide the very best combination of people, processes and tehcnology solutions, to deliver a service that exceeds evolving client expectations.

We are the exclusive member in Lithuania for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide, and World Services Group (WSG) – a global membership association whose members are among the top providers of professional business services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration, litigation Vilija Vaitkute Pavan +370 52681813
Arbitration, litigation Giedre Aukstuoliene +370 52665960
Arbitration, litigation Ramunas Petravicius +370 52681825
Transport Dovile Greblikiene +370 52681875
Competition, communications Jaunius Gumbis +370 52681830
Competition, communications Marius Juonys +370 52681823
Corporate and M&A Rolandas Valiunas +370 52681832
Corporate and M&A Zilvinas Zinkevicius +370 52681851
Corporate and M&A Paulius Gruodis +370 52681807
Employment and social security Ramunas Petravicius +370 52681825
Employment and social security Rimantas Stanevicius +370 52681810
Energy and natural resources Jaunius Gumbis +370 52681830
Energy and natural resources Dovile Greblikiene +370 52681875
EU and international law Jaunius Gumbis +370 52681830
Infrastructure Ramunas Petravicius +370 52681825
Intellectual property, information technology Vytautas Mizaras +370 52666682
Intellectual property, information technology Tomas Kamblevicius +370 52681811
Tax Gintaras Balcius +370 52681881
Trade Jaunius Gumbis +370 52681830
Trade Tomas Kamblevicius +370 52681811
White-collar crimes Raimundas Lideika +370 52681861
White-collar crimes Miroslav Nosevic +370 52666696
Public Procurement & PPP and State Aid Karolis Kacerauskas +370 52681878
M&A, Private Equity and Corporate Robertas Ciocys +370 52681844
Banking and Finance Ieva Dosinaite +370 52194641
Banking and Finance Giedrius Stasevicius +370 52681847
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ruta Armone  photo Ms Ruta Armone
Ms Giedre Aukstuoliene  photo Ms Giedre Aukstuoliene
Mr Gintaras Balcius  photo Mr Gintaras Balcius
Dr Egidijus Baranauskas  photo Dr Egidijus Baranauskas
Ms Ema Buteniene  photo Ms Ema Buteniene
Dr Robertas Ciocys  photo Dr Robertas Ciocys
Ms Ieva Dosinaite  photo Ms Ieva Dosinaite
Ms Dovile Greblikiene  photo Ms Dovile Greblikiene
Mr Paulius Gruodis  photo Mr Paulius Gruodis
Dr Jaunius Gumbis  photo Dr Jaunius Gumbis
Ms Ilona Janciauskaite  photo Ms Ilona Janciauskaite
Mr Marius Juonys  photo Mr Marius Juonys
Dr Karolis Kacerauskas  photo Dr Karolis Kacerauskas
Mr Tomas Kamblevicius  photo Mr Tomas Kamblevicius
Mr Raimundas Lideika  photo Mr Raimundas Lideika
Ms Jolanta Liukaityte Stoniene  photo Ms Jolanta Liukaityte Stoniene
Dr Vytautas Mizaras  photo Dr Vytautas Mizaras
Ms Julija Nikitaraviciene  photo Ms Julija Nikitaraviciene
Mr Miroslav Nosevic  photo Mr Miroslav Nosevic
Ms Migle Petkeviciene  photo Ms Migle Petkeviciene
Mr Audrius Petkevicius  photo Mr Audrius Petkevicius
Mr Arunas Petrauskas  photo Mr Arunas Petrauskas
Mr Ramunas Petravicius  photo Mr Ramunas Petravicius
Dr Mantas Rimkevicius  photo Dr Mantas Rimkevicius
Dr Andrius Smaliukas  photo Dr Andrius Smaliukas
Ms Dovile Stancikaite  photo Ms Dovile Stancikaite
Mr Rimantas Stanevicius  photo Mr Rimantas Stanevicius
Mr Giedrius Stasevicius  photo Mr Giedrius Stasevicius
Ms Nijole Vaiciunaite  photo Ms Nijole Vaiciunaite
Ms Vilija Vaitkute Pavan  photo Ms Vilija Vaitkute Pavan
Mr Rolandas Valiunas  photo Mr Rolandas Valiunas
Mr Zilvinas Zinkevicius  photo Mr Zilvinas Zinkevicius
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