Firm Profile > Sorainen > Riga, Latvia

Sorainen
KR. VALDEMARA 21
LV-1010 Riga
Latvia

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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.

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Key clients

Skinest Rail

Medilink

Mr Green & Co

ABLV Bank

Bergvik Skog

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.

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Testimonials

‘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 Reneslace show in-depth knowledge, think outside the box, see the full picture and beyond, and follow up the case even when it is done.’

Key clients

SJSC State Real Estate

RB Rail

Dasos Timberland Fund I

Primeteh

Biolars Olaine Chemical Plant

Employment Tier 1

Sorainen'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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Rigaburger

East Metal

Air Baltic Corporation

Zentiva Group

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.

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Key clients

Baltcom

HKScan Latvia

L’Oreal Baltic

Balta AAS

Tomega

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Apollo Kino

Francorp

Google

Peek & Cloppenburg

Sandoz

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Apollo Kino

Linstow Group

Hili Properties Ltd.

ICA Group

Carlsberg Group

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Nissan Nordic Europe Oy

Toyota Baltic AS

Inchcape Motors

TUI AG

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.

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Key clients

Autobrava

Global VAT Compliance B.V.

Hansen Protection

Playtech Software Limited

Oribalt Rīga

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Baltics Credit Solutions Latvia

RiskPoint A/S

ABLV Bank

Nasdaq CSD SE

CNA Insurance

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.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Natālija Šestakova  photo Ms Natālija Šestakova Senior Associate
Ms Zane Akermane  photo Ms Zane Akermane Associate
Ms Līva Aleksejeva  photo Ms Līva Aleksejeva Associate
 Ieva Andersone photo Ieva Andersone Partner, head of the firm’s Competition and Regulatory practice in Latvia
 Eva Berlaus photo Eva Berlaus Country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of…
Mr Jānis Bite  photo Mr Jānis Bite Senior Associate
 Anna Bogdanova  photo Anna Bogdanova Associate
 Andis Burkevics photo Andis Burkevics Counsel
Mr Edvīns Draba  photo Mr Edvīns Draba Senior Associate
Mr Rūdolfs Eņģelis  photo Mr Rūdolfs Eņģelis Partner and head of the firm’s Finance & Insurance practice group in…
Ms Kristīne Erele  photo Ms Kristīne Erele Senior Associate
Ms Dace Everte  photo Ms Dace Everte Senior Associate
Mrs Zanda Frišfelde  photo Mrs Zanda Frišfelde Senior Associate
 Elvis Grinbergs  photo Elvis Grinbergs Associate
Ms Marika Grunte  photo Ms Marika Grunte Senior Associate
Ms Elza Gusāre  photo Ms Elza Gusāre Associate
Ms Inese Heinacka  photo Ms Inese Heinacka Senior Associate
 Viktorija Jarkina photo Viktorija Jarkina Counsel
Mr Jorens Jaunozols  photo Mr Jorens Jaunozols Senior Associate
 Aija Lasmane photo Aija Lasmane Senior Associate
Ms Lelde Laviņa  photo Ms Lelde Laviņa Partner and head of the Real Estate & Construction practice group in…
Mrs Alisa Leškoviča  photo Mrs Alisa Leškoviča Senior Associate
 Valts Nerets photo Valts Nerets Partner and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management practice…
Mrs Aina Okseņuka  photo Mrs Aina Okseņuka Associate
Miss Zane Paeglīte  photo Miss Zane Paeglīte .Senior Associate
Mr Arturs Prozuments  photo Mr Arturs Prozuments Associate
Ms Renāte Purvinska  photo Ms Renāte Purvinska Senior Associate
 Raivo Raudzeps photo Raivo Raudzeps Counsel
Miss Linda Reneslāce  photo Miss Linda Reneslāce Associate
Miss Santa Rubīna  photo Miss Santa Rubīna Senior Associate
Mr Mārtiņš Rudzītis  photo Mr Mārtiņš Rudzītis Associate
Ms Agneta Rumpa  photo Ms Agneta Rumpa Associate
Mr Māris Simulis  photo Mr Māris Simulis Associate
Mrs Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa  photo Mrs Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa Senior Associate
Miss Agita Sprūde  photo Miss Agita Sprūde Senior Associate
Mr Jānis Taukačs  photo Mr Jānis Taukačs Partner, head of the firm’s Tax practice
Mr Andris Tauriņš  photo Mr Andris Tauriņš Partner, head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector group and co-head of…
Ms Jūlija Terjuhana  photo Ms Jūlija Terjuhana Associate
Mr Andris Vilisons  photo Mr Andris Vilisons Associate
Mr Toms Vilnis  photo Mr Toms Vilnis Associate
Partners : 33
Lawyers & tax advisers : 200+
Business services professionals : 100+
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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.