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Sorainen
Pärnu mnt 15
10141 TALLINN
Estonia

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sorainen is well known for advising on cross-border mergers across the Baltics and Belarus, and for its expertise in the start-up and emerging technology sectors. Toomas Prangli has a strong reputation for private equity and venture capital transactions. He jointly leads the team with Piret Jesse, who has extensive experience in the real estate, agriculture and heavy industry sectors, and with Karin Madisson, whose practice focuses on share and asset deals and corporate reorganisation. Lauri Liivat, who joined from KPMG, focuses on innovative technology start-ups. Senior associate Triin Ploomipuu was a new arrival in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Prangli; Piret Jesse; Karin Madisson

Other key lawyers:

Lauri Liivat; Triin Ploomipuu

Key clients

Bolt

Auth0

Livonia Partners

Xllnc Nordic

Livonia Partners

Milrem

Autolux

Clover Wireless

Lowell

Fincumet Group

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sorainen has an impressive offering in corporate criminal law, corruption cases and constitutional review, and regularly represents public authorities and corporates in the insurance, financial services and manufacturing sectors. The Estonian office is also able to call on the wider firm's pool of experts in Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, and stands out for its international arbitration work. Carri Ginter is particularly recommended for his EU law expertise; he jointly heads the practice with Allar Jõks, who focuses on representing individuals in litigation with the state. Norman Aas heads the embedded risk management and corporate crime team within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carri Ginter; Allar Jõks; Norman Aas

Key clients

The Office of the President

Tenova India Private

myWorld Estonia

Novatours

Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority

M.V.WOOL

Tallinna Linnatranspordi

Polybius Foundation

Windoor

Daxin Group Companies

Tallinna Jäätmete Taaskasutuskeskus

Darment

Employment Tier 1

The team at Sorainen handles a wide range of employment law matters, including collective bargaining, employee terminations, restructuring, management incentives, immigration and privacy. It is particularly recommended for international corporates looking to set up business in Estonia. Sector strengths include retail, IT and life sciences. Karin Madisson heads the practice, and has significant expertise in employment disputes and in corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Karin Madisson

Other key lawyers:

Piret Jesse; Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa

Key clients

PKC Eesti

Bolt (formerly Taxify)

Pepco

Zerotrunaround

Vienna Insurance Group

AGA, the Estonian entity of Linde Group

Teligent

EU and competition Tier 1

The practice at Sorainen has unique experience of infrastructure-related competition disputes, including in rail, gas, renewable energy, trade issues and port fees and water tariffs. Senior associate Piibe Lehtsaar is noted for her expertise in dawn raids and resulting proceedings conducted by the European Commission. Technology and telecoms expert Mihkel Miidla jointly heads the team with litigator Kaupo Lepasepp. The latter is an acknowledged expert in the energy and utilities sector and specialises in tariff regulation. He also handles abuse of dominance issues and misdemeanour proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp; Mihkel Miidla

Other key lawyers:

Piibe Lehtsaar

Key clients

Tallinna Vesi

Bolt

Toyota Baltic

Livonia Partners

Tallinn Airport

Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority

TREV-2, the Estonian subsidiary of Eurovia

Sunly

RB Rail AS

Knauf

IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

Sorainen's practice is highly recommended for both IP and technology matters. Key areas of work include trade marks, domain names, unfair competition, parallel import, counterfeiting and IP disputes. The practice also handles data protection, regulatory and compliance, and telecoms disputes. IT and telecoms specialist Mihkel Miidla jointly heads the team with IP expert Kaupo Lepasepp, who also advises on setting up international distribution networks.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp; Mihkel Miidla

Key clients

Dassault Systèmes and Vero Software

Eesti 200

Google LLC

Allfilm OÜ

Toyota Baltic

MarkIT

Milrem

Shipping and transport Tier 1

Sorainen fields a full-service transport practice that particularly stands out for its road and maritime experience and for its EU law expertise. The team has a prominent interdisciplinary technology and data protection component, with a niche in smart and interconnected vehicles. Practice head Kaupo Lepasepp has a background in public and international trade law, and expertise in the rail sector. Senior associate Cathriin Torop is noted for advising innovative transport companies and technology companies working for transport sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp

Other key lawyers:

Cathriin Torop

Key clients

Bolt (Taxify)

Tallinna Lennujaam

Rail Baltic

Finest Bay Area Development

Auto 100

Toyota Baltic

Eurovia

Novatours

Inchcape Motors

Lux Express

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority

SEBE

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

Tax Tier 1

Sorainen’s tax and customs team has a strong reputation for compliance and advisory work, and handles transfer pricing and due diligence for corporate clients. The practice has advised the Estonian Ministry of Finance and the Estonian Financial Supervision authority. Group lead Paul Künnap regularly deals with tax issues arising from corporate restructuring. Of counsel Kärt Anna Maire Kelder is noted for her experience in international tax structuring, and in regulated sectors including energy and pharmaceuticals. Senior associate Tanel Molok represents clients in both misdemeanour and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Künnap

Other key lawyers:

Kärt Anna Maire Kelder; Tanel Molok

Key clients

Vienna Insurance Group

Boku Inc

Bite Group

MDDP

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Sorainen has a strong presence across the Baltic states and in Belarus, advising domestic and international banks and financial institutions on significant transactions. Other key areas of work include blockchain finance and ICOs, and capital raising through structured notes and bond issues. Practice head Paul Künnap is experienced in venture capital and private equity transactions. Associate Jane Eespõld is noted for her work in financial services and regulations, and the team has handled licensing for credit and payment institutions and the development of new products.

Practice head(s):

Paul Künnap

Other key lawyers:

Jane Eespõld

Key clients

Citibank, Société Générale and Nordea Bank

LHV Varahaldus (LHV asset management)

Estonian Ministry of Finance

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS)

Nexo Capital Inc.

Northern Horizon Capital

OP Corporate Bank

Bolt (formerly Taxify)

Vienna Insurance Group

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Sorainen particularly stands out for its record in retail sector real estate transactions. Other key areas of work include planning, leasing and construction. The practice assists an impressive roster of pan-Baltic investors and developers. Paul Künnap, who advises on real estate transactions, heads the team jointly with Piret Jesse, who is noted for her experience as a mediator in construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Künnap; Piret Jesse

Key clients

FinEst Bay Area Development Oy

AS HKScan Estonia

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

1Tower Group OÜ

Harjumaa Omavalitsuste Liit

Four offices, one team
We are a fully integrated regional business law firm with offices throughout the region, in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.

With more than 200 lawyers and tax specialists, we have the resources to support our clients on all business law and tax issues involving the Baltic States or Belarus. Founded in 1995, the firm has more than 80,000 cases on its track record, along with over 1,000 M&A transactions to date.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Aku Sorainen aku.sorainen@sorainen.com +372 6 400 910
Corporate and M&A Laimonas Skibarka laimonas.skibarka@sorainen.com +370 52 685 040
Corporate and M&A Toomas Prangli toomas.prangli@sorainen.com +372 6 400 966
Corporate and M&A Eva Berlaus eva.berlaus@sorainen.com +371 67 365 014
Finance & Insurance Tomas Kontautas tomas.kontautas@sorainen.com +370 52 685 040
Finance & Insurance Kiryl Apanasevich kiryl.apanasevich@sorainen.com +375 17 306 2102
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Ms Krista Ševerev  photo Ms Krista Ševerev Associate
Mr Norman Aas photo Mr Norman Aas Partner
Ms Jane Eespõld photo Ms Jane Eespõld Senior Associate
Mr Kaspar Endrikson  photo Mr Kaspar Endrikson Senior Associate
Dr Carri Ginter photo Dr Carri Ginter Partner, head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management practice in…
Ms Gerli Helene Gritsenko  photo Ms Gerli Helene Gritsenko Associate
Ms Andra Grunberg  photo Ms Andra Grunberg Associate
Ms Kadri Härginen photo Ms Kadri Härginen Senior Associate
Mrs Mari Haamer  photo Mrs Mari Haamer Associate
Ms Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa  photo Ms Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa Counsel
Mr Allar Jõks  photo Mr Allar Jõks Partner
Ms Piret Jesse photo Ms Piret Jesse Partner and head of our Corporate and M&A practice in Estonia
Mr Paul Künnap photo Mr Paul Künnap Partner, head of Real Estate & Construction and Tax & Customs in…
Dr Kaido Künnapas  photo Dr Kaido Künnapas Senior Associate
Ms Mari Karja  photo Ms Mari Karja Senior Associate
Mr Raul Kartsep  photo Mr Raul Kartsep Associate
Mr Karl Kask  photo Mr Karl Kask Counsel
Ms Kärt Anna Maire Kelder  photo Ms Kärt Anna Maire Kelder Counsel
Ms Kirsi Johanna Koistinen  photo Ms Kirsi Johanna Koistinen Associate
Ms Olivia Kranich  photo Ms Olivia Kranich Senior Associate
Ms Kätlin Krisak  photo Ms Kätlin Krisak Senior Associate
Ms Marit Kukk  photo Ms Marit Kukk Associate
Mr Oliver Kuusk  photo Mr Oliver Kuusk Associate
Ms Liisa Maria Kuuskmaa  photo Ms Liisa Maria Kuuskmaa Associate
Ms Lise-Lotte Lääne  photo Ms Lise-Lotte Lääne Associate
Mrs Piret Lappert  photo Mrs Piret Lappert Senior Associate
Miss Piibe Lehtsaar photo Miss Piibe Lehtsaar Senior Associate
Mr Vladislav Leiri  photo Mr Vladislav Leiri Associate
Mr Kaupo Lepasepp photo Mr Kaupo Lepasepp Country managing partner and head of the firm’s Competition & Regulatory practice…
Mr Lauri Liivat  photo Mr Lauri Liivat Counsel
Ms Albert Linntam  photo Ms Albert Linntam Associate
Ms Karin Madisson photo Ms Karin Madisson Partner, co-heads the Corporate and M&A team of the Estonian
Ms Mirjam Metsik  photo Ms Mirjam Metsik Associate
Mr Mihkel Miidla photo Mr Mihkel Miidla Partner and head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector and Data…
Ms Sandra Mikli  photo Ms Sandra Mikli Senior Associate
Mr Tanel Molok photo Mr Tanel Molok Senior Associate 
Mr Illimar Pärnamägi  photo Mr Illimar Pärnamägi Senior Associate
Ms Juliana Pavilovska  photo Ms Juliana Pavilovska Associate
Ms Maria Pihlak  photo Ms Maria Pihlak Senior Associate
Mr Toomas Prangli photo Mr Toomas Prangli Partner and Co-head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team in Estonia
Ms Mirell Prosa  photo Ms Mirell Prosa Associate
Ms Liisa-Maria Puur  photo Ms Liisa-Maria Puur Associate
Ms Heidi Rand  photo Ms Heidi Rand Associate
Ms Britta Retel  photo Ms Britta Retel Senior Associate
Mr Mario Sõrm  photo Mr Mario Sõrm Associate
Ms Piret Schasmin  photo Ms Piret Schasmin Associate
 Kätlin Helena Sehver  photo Kätlin Helena Sehver Associate
Mr Aku Sorainen  photo Mr Aku Sorainen Senior Partner
Ms Nele Suurmets  photo Ms Nele Suurmets Associate
Mr Robin Teever  photo Mr Robin Teever Associate
Ms Isabella Barbara Tisenhusen  photo Ms Isabella Barbara Tisenhusen Of Counsel
Ms Monika Tomberg  photo Ms Monika Tomberg Senior Associate
Mrs Triin Toom  photo Mrs Triin Toom Senior Associate
Ms Cathriin Torop photo Ms Cathriin Torop Senior Associate
Ms Ieva Tumalavičiūtė  photo Ms Ieva Tumalavičiūtė Associate
Mrs Mirjam Vichmann photo Mrs Mirjam Vichmann Associate
Ms Kamilla Alma Vilderson  photo Ms Kamilla Alma Vilderson Associate
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Supporting diversity by responding to individual needs

At Sorainen we believe that diversity breeds success, so it is essential to respond to the individual needs of our team members. With that in mind we are continuously developing and implementing solutions such as flexible work arrangements and alternative career path options.

Five of our lawyers are currently working remotely from Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris. Several people in recent years decided to take advantage of our temporary time-off arrangements, spending up to a year with their families or on their personal projects. Additionally, we recently introduced an alternative career path option for lawyers wishing to shift their focus from client projects to supporting colleagues with their practical working know-how and in the field of knowledge management.

Topics of work-life balance and flexible working approach are under active discussion and are also implemented in our firm’s procedures. We have a set of activities that support colleagues returning from parental leave – from part-time work arrangements to an environment allowing children being brought to work and family events. That way we can ensure that our clients are advised by happy and enthusiastic lawyers of different genders, nationalities and age groups.

Corporate responsibility

At Sorainen, we are committed to making the world a better place. In order to make a difference, we support initiatives that we believe in.

Sorainen Estonia supports the international educational exchange organisation Youth for Understanding in Estonia, the annual “Let’s Do It” (“Teeme ära”) environmental clean-up campaign, Tartu University Hospital Children’s Foundation and the charity company MTÜ Naerata Ometi in addition to the “Let’s Donate Time“ („Annetame aega“) charity, which seeks to engage more people in charity initiatives. The Estonian office also has a long-standing cooperation with the Art Museum of Estonia, as well as Bethel’s Centre of Pastoral Care, which helps at-risk children and families.

Sorainen Latvia co-operates with and supports the activities of the Latvian Children’s Palliative Care Society. The Latvian office also takes part in the Santa Fun Run in Old Riga to raise funds for the rehabilitation of sick children.

Sorainen Lithuania supports the Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”, and the staff take part in the annual “Let’s Do It” (“Darom”) environmental clean-up campaign.