Firm Profile > Sorainen > Riga, Latvia
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Sorainen advises clients on the establishment of new companies, corporate restructurings, corporate disputes and M&A transactions. Practice head Eva Berlaus, who is the firm's managing partner for Latvia, is well versed in private equity, venture capital, corporate governance and M&A transactions. Senior associate Renate Purvinska is experienced in M&A transactions and restructuring projects. Senior associate Jānis Bite has advised on shareholder relations, corporate law and M&A transactions for a variety of clients, including start-ups.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Sorainen has a broad dispute resolution practice spanning international commercial arbitration, compliance and corporate crime investigations, commercial litigation and bilateral investment treaty disputes. Newly promoted partner Valts Nerets is active in international arbitration and litigation with cross-border aspects. Andris Tauriņš acts on IP disputes, including in relation to patent violations and trade mark protection. Counsel Raivo Raudzeps has acted for clients in the civil and administrative courts. Former practice head Agris Repšs departed the firm in January 2020.
‘Great understanding of international law and international arbitration practice, as well as Latvian law.’
‘Professional team, can cover a diverse range of issues, team members work together and are always up to date.’
‘Valts Nerets and Linda Reneslace show in-depth knowledge, think outside the box, see the full picture and beyond, and follow up the case even when it is done.’
SJSC State Real Estate
Dasos Timberland Fund I
Biolars Olaine Chemical Plant
Employment Tier 1Sorainen's employment practice advises on terminations, company restructuring and conflict management and handles litigation. Eva Berlaus, who has expertise in employment disputes and collective employment relations, leads the team. Senior associate Andis Burkevics is 'extremely knowledgeable and experienced' in employment law with significant experience dealing with trade unions. Compliance advice is also a key part of Burkevics' practice as he covers personal data protection and safety requirements issues. Senior associate Zane Paeglīte advises on the employment aspects of corporate governance and business restructuring. The practice represents clients in both pre-court negotiations and court proceedings.
‘For complicated issues they are able to create a team of specialists who know how to work together to handle cases.’
‘Andis Burkevics is extremely knowledgable and experienced. I highly valued his experience and suggestions.’
Air Baltic Corporation
Olympic Casino Latvia
EU and competition Tier 1
Sorainen's practice handles both contentious and non-contentious competition matters. The firm advises on trade relations, abuse of dominance cases and merger clearances. Ieva Andersone leads the team; in a recent highlight, she assisted Stena Line with a merger clearance in regard to its acquisition of control over Baltreiss. Rūdolfs Eņģelis has experience representing clients before the Competition Council in matters relating to alleged antitrust violations and merger clearances. Senior associate Marika Grunte advises on cartels and abuse of dominance matters.
IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1
Sorainen's practice is 'confident' and stands out for the 'depth of its advice' on IT, IP and telecoms. Ieva Andersone leads the team. She is particularly noted for her IP work, which includes trade mark disputes, and is representing Sandoz in patent litigation involving the alleged infringement of a pharmaceutical patent and a counter-claim by Sandoz challenging the validity of the patent. New partner Andris Tauriņš, who also heads the technology, media and telecoms group, is a licensed patent attorney and is qualified to appear before the Latvian Patent Office and Industrial Property Board of Appeal in relation to trade mark matters.
‘They are very human and easy to communicate with and at the same time professional. I do not feel any stiffness in communicating with them, is it like with colleagues.’
‘They have a complementary team of experts and I feel their confidence and the depth of the advice they provide. They are truly a one-stop agency for legal matters.’
Peek & Cloppenburg
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Sorainen's practice is 'experienced in all aspects of real estate and construction', advising clients such as real estate developers on the entire life cycle of a project. The 'highly professional' Lelde Laviņa leads the team. She advises both public and private sector clients and recently assisted Deglava Real Estate with a range of matters regarding the expansion of its logistics centre in Riga. Senior associate Jorens Jaunozols is advising the Linstow Group on the €70m extension of the Origo shopping centre in Riga. Senior associate Natālija Šestakova 'thinks outside the box' and is also recommended.
‘Natālija Šestakova and Lelde Lavina are highly professional, quick, have in-depth knowledge, think outside the box and see the full picture and beyond.’
‘The team work together professionally and are able to provide a full service.’
‘An experienced team in all aspects of real estate: M&A, development, construction and leasing. Quick and well-reasoned responses. Attentive to client needs.’
Hili Properties Ltd.
Shipping and transport Tier 1
Sorainen's practice advises on shipbuilding disputes, the transportation of goods and infrastructure projects. Recent highlights include advising RB Rail on drafting the underlying international treaties, infrastructure management agreements and revisions to national laws that are needed for the management of the Rail Baltica cross-border railway infrastructure project. Valts Nerets, who was promoted to partner in January 2020, assists clients with shipbuilding contracts, vessel transactions and disputes. Former practice head Agris Repšs departed in January 2020.
‘The pace is what matters the most in our business, but at the same time the quality of work is of essence. I think Sorainen copes with these two challenges very well.’
‘Linda Reneslace has a professional approach.’
Nissan Nordic Europe Oy
Toyota Baltic AS
Folla Maritime Service
Tax Tier 1
Sorainen's practice acts on customs matters, transfer pricing compliance issues and tax planning. Jānis Taukačs, who is experienced in tax and customs law, heads the team. He has acted on tax matters in multiple sectors, including IT, manufacturing and retail. Senior associate Aija Lasmane has broad tax experience, advising on transfer pricing and tax rulings and assisting with the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Senior associate Alisa Leškoviča is an expert in taxation and customs issues and has represented clients in court. Senior associate Dace Everte acts principally on indirect tax projects.
Sorainen's banking and finance practice advises banks, financial institutions and credit agencies. Rūdolfs Eņģelis heads the team, advising on compliance, legislative initiatives, restructuring and financial transactions. In a recent highlight, Engelis advised Nordea and DNB, as lenders, on changes to the funding provided to Luminor Group following the sale of 60% of the shares of the group to a consortium led by private equity funds managed by Blackstone. Senior associate Santa Rubina is 'very impressive', advising lenders on security interests, loans and regulatory matters. Senior associate Inese Heinacka, who has extensive knowledge of electronic money institutions, is also recommended.
‘The team is exceptionally smart, knowledgeable and client oriented. They react so quickly and provide absolutely fantastic advice. It is real pleasure to work with them.’
‘Santa Rubina is a real driver of projects in the team, focusing on timely delivery and outstanding quality.’
Baltics Credit Solutions Latvia
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Sorainen > Firm Profile
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 1000 M&A transactions to date.
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|Corporate and M&A||Toomas Prangliemail@example.com||+372 6 400 966|
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|Ms Natālija Šestakova||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Zane Akermane||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Līva Aleksejeva||Associate||View Profile|
|Ieva Andersone||Partner, head of the firm’s Competition and Regulatory practice in Latvia||View Profile|
|Eva Berlaus||Country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of…||View Profile|
|Mr Jānis Bite||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Anna Bogdanova||Associate||View Profile|
|Andis Burkevics||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Edvīns Draba||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Rūdolfs Eņģelis||Partner and head of the firm’s Finance & Insurance practice group in…||View Profile|
|Ms Kristīne Erele||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Dace Everte||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mrs Zanda Frišfelde||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Elvis Grinbergs||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Marika Grunte||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Elza Gusāre||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Inese Heinacka||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Viktorija Jarkina||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Jorens Jaunozols||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Aija Lasmane||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Lelde Laviņa||Partner and head of the Real Estate & Construction practice group in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Alisa Leškoviča||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Valts Nerets||Partner and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management practice…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aina Okseņuka||Associate||View Profile|
|Miss Zane Paeglīte||.Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Arturs Prozuments||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Renāte Purvinska||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Raivo Raudzeps||Counsel||View Profile|
|Miss Linda Reneslāce||Associate||View Profile|
|Miss Santa Rubīna||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Mārtiņš Rudzītis||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Agneta Rumpa||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Māris Simulis||Associate||View Profile|
|Mrs Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Miss Agita Sprūde||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Jānis Taukačs||Partner, head of the firm’s Tax practice||View Profile|
|Mr Andris Tauriņš||Partner, head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector group and co-head of…||View Profile|
|Ms Jūlija Terjuhana||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Andris Vilisons||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Toms Vilnis||Associate||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPartners : 33 Lawyers & tax advisers : 200+ Business services professionals : 100+
LanguagesEnglish Russian German French Polish Finnish Swedish Estonian Latvian Lithuanian
MembershipsIBA (International Bar Association) Estonian Bar Association Latvian Bar Association Lithuanian Bar Association
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.
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.