Mr Gatis Flinters > Cobalt > Riga, Latvia > Lawyer Profile

Cobalt
MARIJAS IELA 13 K-2
RIGA, LV-1050
Latvia

Work Department

M&A and Corporate, Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Restructuring and Insolvency

Position

Gatis Flinters heads the Corporate & Commercial Law practice group at COBALT Latvia, advises on M&A transactions and is recognized for his particular expertise in energy and insolvency law. He brings over 15 years of field experience and has a proven record of success in large-scale investment and reconstruction projects while advising local and also foreign companies. 

Career

Partner at COBALT Latvia (since 2009); Member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of Ministry of Justice; Honorary adviser to the British Ambassador in Latvia on legal issues; Corporate Law guest lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law

Languages

Latvian, English, Russian and German

Memberships

Latvian Bar Association (since 2005); INSOL Europe; Nordic-Baltic insolvency network

Education

Master’s degree in international law, University of Exeter, United Kingdom (2007); Lawyer’s qualification, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Latvia > Shipping and transport

(Leading individuals)

Gatis FlintersCobalt

Cobalt is the leading Latvian firm in the aviation sector, counting airBaltic and Riga International Airport as clients. The team is also skilled in road, rail and sea transport matters, primarily focusing on cargo-related disputes, vehicle acquisitions and transport infrastructure projects. Practice head Gatis Flinters is an expert in corporate, commercial, financing and restructuring issues in the transport sector. Ģirts Lejiņš handles the disputes side of the practice and is also an expert in financing matters.

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Gatis FlintersCobalt

Cobalt is a leading corporate law firm in the Baltics, with standout strengths in handling public M&A and listings. A recent example of this work was advising airBaltic on its sale of €250m-worth of share capital to the Latvian government in order to assist the airline during the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice co-head Gatis Flinters advised on that particular matter and is noted for his expertise in corporate transactions involving distressed assets. He is also skilled in corporate governance and reorganisations. Private equity and venture capital transactions are another key strength of the practice, largely owing to the work of Flinters’ fellow practice head, Guntars Zīle. Managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone is another key name with expertise in M&A, corporate and competition law. At junior level, Diāna Zepa is an expert in corporate, commercial and real estate matters.

Latvia > Real estate and construction

Fielding a sizeable team, Cobalt is distinguished through the breadth of work it handles across real estate and construction. Managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone leads the practice and has been assisting inbound investors on the development of retail, office and hospitality properties. Guntars Zīle is another key name in the practice and is highly active in large residential projects. Other notable team members include Toms Šulmanis, who similarly focuses on residential property work but also handles commercial property matters, as well as Gatis Flinters, who is an expert in energy and infrastructure developments. Additionally, thanks to the firm’s offices in Estonia and Lithuania, it its well placed to handle pan-Baltic instructions.

Lithuania > Shipping and transport

Cobalt is the leading firm in the Lithuanian aviation sector, counting AirBaltic and Riga International Airport as clients. The team is also skilled in matters concerning road, rail and sea transport, primarily focusing on cargo-related disputes, vehicle acquisitions and transport infrastructure projects. Practice head Gatis Flinters is an expert in corporate, commercial, financing and restructuring issues. Ģirts Lejiņš handles the dispute resolution side of the practice and is also an expert in financing work. Senior associate Mārtiņš Aljēns is another key name for contentious work.