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Sorainen
KR. VALDEMARA 21
LV-1010 Riga
Latvia

Latvia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

As a leading pan-Baltic firm with the 'capacity to navigate very different interests', Sorainen is highly reputed for its work on major financings and capital markets, and also its regulatory compliance advice. It also handles corporate work in the financial services sector.  Rūdolfs Eņģelis, who heads up the team, counts Luminor Bank as a key client. He also advised Ignitis Group on its landmark IPO, which was the largest public offering to come out of the Baltic States. Eņģelis works with senior associate Inese Heinacka. Associate Agneta Rumpa is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Hands-on mentality, availability, good advice and strong focus on customer needs.’

‘Inese Heinacka and Agneta Rumpa are always ready to help, very good support in finding accurate and practical solutions.’

‘Capacity to navigate very different interests.’

Key clients

Kekava ABT

Luminor

Ignitis Group

Bitė Group

Vienna Insurance Group

Andele Mandele PAY

Nasdaq CSD SE

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Holm Bank

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sorainen is a key player in Latvia and the wider Baltic region, with it often advising on high-profile and landmark deals. Its recent work included assisting private equity house Bregal Sagemount with its latest funding of Printful, which is Latvia’s first unicorn company; country manager Eva Berlaus led on this mandate. She is supported by counsel Renāte Purvinska, who focuses on cross-border M&A and restructurings. The team is skilled in a number of different sectors, particularly in financial services, insurance and TMT. Nauris Grigals, who joined the firm in early 2022 from TGS Baltic, jointly heads the practice with Berlaus.

Practice head(s):

Eva Berlaus; Nauris Grigals

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Key clients

Bregal Sagemount

Benita Danilenko

Fortum

Vienna Insurance Group

Nasdaq CSD SE

Isnaudas Forest Holding

AE Industrial Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Visma

Polhem Infratiny

Build

Cēsu Alus

Lords LB Baltic Fund III

UniCredit

Fenner Dunlop

HexatronicInvalda INVL

YTo ad

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity firm Bregal Sagemount on its investmentin theprint-on-demand company Printful.
  • Advised Fortum on the sale of its district heating business in the Baltics.
  • Advised Vista Equity Partners in their majority investment in Pipedrive

Latvia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Cross-border disputes are a particular strong point at Sorainen, which acts for governments and investors in arbitration matters connected with bilateral investment treaties. Other areas of activity include procurement and public infrastructure projects, general commercial litigation, tax litigation and white-collar crime cases and tax litigation. Valts Nerets co-chairs the practice with Andris Tauriņš, who is focused on IP and TMT matters. Counsel Raivo Raudzeps is a key name for procurement disputes. Nauris Grigals was a new arrival in early 2022 from TGS Baltic.

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Valts Nerets; Andris Tauriņš

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Testimonials

‘One of the biggest teams in the market capable of handling large-scale cases. A mix of skilled professionals with promising rising stars.’

‘Partner Valts Nerets has a hands-on approach and demonstrates strategic thinking.’

‘The team is fun to work with. They are professional yet relaxed and very easy to approach. They seem to have a good mix of experienced lawyers and new talent. They render solid advice in a timely manner. Valts Nerets is knowledgeable practical-minded and very responsive.’

Key clients

Gazprom

E energija

Olympic Casino

Dassault Systemes SE / Dassault Systemes

SolidWorks Corporation

Kaspersky Lab

RB Rail

Aforti Finance

Hesburger

SJSC State Real Estate

Sodrugestvo Holding Company LLC

Dasos Timberland Fund I

Linstow Group Company

Carlsberg Group

Biolars Olaine Chemical Plant

Jysk Linnen’n Furniture

Aforti Factor

Work highlights

  • Advising a multinational bank in a landmark case related to the legality of “veto” rights ofa financial investor’s.
  • Representing an international digital services and software company in court regardingcriminal accusations of bribery and tax evasion.
  • Representing JYSK, the largest Danish retailer operating internationally, in the Constitutional Court of Latvia regarding the fairness of Covid 19 restrictions.

Latvia > EU and competition Tier 1

Sorainen is notably adept at advising on issues concerning major public utilities and services, counting Riga City Council as a key client. Ieva Andersone leads the team, which is instructed in abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and merger control matters. It also advises on state aid, among other areas. The group is notably active in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and TMT. Names to note include Rūdolfs Eņģelis, Eva Berlaus, and senior associate Marika Grunte, who is highlighted for her ‘practical and holistic approach‘.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional team with a very good practical approach.’

‘Marika Grunte is an experienced lawyer who specialises in competition law and has a holistic and practical approach. I highly recommend Mrs. Grunte in issues related to antitrust law and compliance.’

Key clients

Knauf

Cēsu Alus

Odeon Cinemas Group

Novadu ziņas

Bite

Riga City Council

Jelgavas komunālie pakalpojumi (Jelgava Communal Services)

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Riga Municipality to reach a settlement with the Competition Council regarding an infringement case initiated against the municipality and Getliņi EKO regarding alleged abuse of a dominant position in the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union in the Waste Management Sector under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • Assisted Jelgavas komunālie pakalpojumi (Jelgava communal services) in reaching a positive result in proceedings initiated by the Latvian Competition Council on alleged abused of dominant position in the waste management services within Jelgava City by concluding a contract on waste management with the Jelgava City Council.
  • Assisted Knauf with the implementation of a complex regional compliance project, which involved internal audits, interviews with employees and drafting of compliance program documents.

Latvia > IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

Sorainen acts for clients in a wide array of industries, such as TMT, life sciences, industrials, consumer goods and transport. Clients instruct the firm for advice on patents, trade marks, domain names, copyright, IP transfers and trade secrets, among other areas. Team head Ieva Andersone has additional expertise in consumer protection, competition and data protection. Andris Tauriņš is another key individual.

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Testimonials

‘We noticed high business standards, professional communication skills and timing, ready to use remote technologies and use value of international team. The responsible personnel have been very professional, efficient and ready to find the best solutions using their experience.’

‘Sorainen law firm has provided valuable advice and represented us in an important and sensitive IP matter with great expertise and knowledge. The legal help was useful and thorough and their service helped our company reach our initial goals and even more. It was impressive to have replies and assistance immediately upon request and their readiness was very useful and important during our work together.’

‘I would highly recommend the services of Sorainen Law Firm for anyone. They were constantly available for us and ready to provide very specific legal help and also advise us on particular matters and issues that have been relevant to the very territory of Latvia.’

Key clients

Riga Municipality

PayPugs

Atlas Premium

WIN partners

Visma

Google

Astro Music SIA

NTT DATA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, Inc

Apollo Kino

SolidWorks Corporation & Dassault Systemes

Francorp Baltic

Latima

Nano Avionics

Primekss

Luminor

Crossfit

Orkla

Work highlights

  • Assisted Visma Enterprise with opposing a European Union trademark registration before the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
  • Provided legal assistance regarding oppositions filed against EU trademark registrationsof PayPugs , a growing fintech company.
  • Provided legal assistance for a well-known Latvian music band Astro’n’out in handling the intellectual property matters involving the use of their song within the IIHF Ice Hockey WorldChampionship 2021.

Latvia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sorainen has a strong pedigree for handling some of the largest real estate development projects and investments in the region. Led by practice heads Lelde Laviņa and recently promoted partner Jorens Jaunozols, it also advises on leases, environmental issues and property litigation, as well as sale and leaseback transactions. Senior associates Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa and Andris Vilisons are also noteworthy names.

Practice head(s):

Lelde Laviņa; Jorens Jaunozols

Testimonials

‘Highly motivated team that provides excellent support and follow-up to clients. They take pride in knowing the business of their clients and take responsibility for progress in their business. Jorens Jaunozols is our key contact on contract execution. He holds great knowledge and experience and is truly dedicated to helping clients succeed.’

‘Sorainen reacts promptly to its client’s needs. Compared to other firms, Sorainen stands out because of its strong vision about the solution it is offering. This is why the client can be confident and there is no need for the client to contribute much additional time and resources in the solution of the issue.’

‘With Jorens Jaunozols, we have established a near daily contact during a series of complex transactions and contract negotiations during the pandemic (acquisition, development, leasing). The legal expertise and deep personal involvement is invaluable beyond estimation to our project team, in a business environment where we often are working on complex issues under time pressure.’

‘Partner Lelde Lavina – thanks to her unique and most significant experience and her sharing of best practices and initiatives on most suitable directions, even the most complicated deals happen to be possible. Great team work as TGS Baltic always work as a team.’

Key clients

Kekava ABT

Rail Baltica

YIT

Linstow

Lords LB Baltic Fund III

Fortum

Riga Retail Park SIA

Rīgas Cirks VSIA

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium Kekava ABT to sign a 3+20 year DBFM contract with the Latvian state for the 17.5 km Kekava bypass on the Via Baltica route, with financing from the European Investment Bank and the Nordic Investment Bank.
  • Advised Fortum on the sale of its district heating business in the Baltics

Latvia > Shipping and transport Tier 1

Sorainen is instructed in the biggest road and rail infrastructure projects in Latvia and the Baltics, and it has also been very active in the digitalisation of the transport sector. The team is also highly skilled in contentious matters, with practice head Valts Nerets focusing on domestic and international issues concerning trade, transport and maritime issues. Other names to note include Ieva Andersone, who is knowledgeable about regulatory issues, and managing partner Eva Berlaus, who is experienced in handling corporate and commercial matters in the transport sector.

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Testimonials

‘Team of great professionals. Available, business minded, with strategic thinking.’

‘Partner Valts Nerets is a skilled professional, always available, and true team leader.’

Key clients

RB Rail

AirBaltic Corporation

AS Nissan Nordic Europe

AE Industrial Partners

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

Toyota Baltic

Inchcape Motors

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

TUI AG Freight

One Bolt (Taxify)

Fenner Dunlop

Eurovia

Inchcape Motors

Lux Express

Kekava ABT consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising RB Rail AS and working together with the Governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on establishing a European-width fast double-track Rail Baltica railway project.
  • Advised Kekava ABT consortium on its contractual agreements with the government surrounding the Kekavan bypass.
  • Acquired Domenikss, the representative of Mercedes-Benz in Latvia and one of the leading Latvian automotive industry company.

Latvia > Tax Tier 1

Sorainen covers the spectrum of tax advisory services and is notably strong in assisting with transfer pricing and tax due diligence. Jānis Taukačs leads the team and formerly worked for one of the Big Four tax consultancies. The team also draws upon counsel Aija Lasmane, who focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, as well as senior associates Dace Everte (who specialises in indirect tax) and Alisa Leškoviča (who is highly experienced in customs and taxation issues). Nauris Grigals was a new arrival in early 2022 adding further strength on the corporate side of tax matters.

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Vista Equity Partners

Hexatronic

Vienna Insurance Group

MDDP

Byko-Lat

Latvijas Jūras administrācija

LIKTA

LATROSTRANS

Work highlights

  • Prepared transfer pricing documentation for Byko-Lat.
  • Assisted LIKTA with a dispute against the tax authorities, concerning the client’s rights to deduct input VAT.
  • Representing LatRosTrans in a dispute with State Land Service (SLS) and 16 municipalities on correct calculation of the tax base for real estate tax (RET),  and reimbursement of the overpaid RET.

Latvia > Employment Tier 2

Sorainen is regularly instructed by multinational clients and assists with matters such as terminations, restructurings and remote work issues. Managing partner Eva Berlaus, who leads the team, undertakes a mix of both contentious and non-contentious work, counting Adidas and Nokia among its clients. She is supported by counsel Andis Burkevics, who has expertise in data protection issues.

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Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth knowledge and experience in employment law and it’s application in everyday, and unique situations.’

‘Andis Burkevics is is quick to offer different options, and also probable risks associated with these options. All promised work is delivered on time or ahead of schedule.’

Key clients

Adidas Baltics

NVMF Latvia

L’Oreal Baltic

Vitabalans SIA

Storent SIA

Sandoz

Nokia Solutions and Networks SIA

DANFOSS

SAP Latvia SIA

Riga Graduate School of Law

Work highlights

  • Providing advice on Covid-19 employment related restrictions and available state support to Adidas’ Baltic division.
  • Advised Riga Graduate School of Law on a contested termination with a professor.
  • Providing everyday employment law advice to Merck Serono.

Lithuania > Fintech Tier 1

Sorainen is heavily involved in the fintech market, with it advising a number of well-established players, and also assisting emerging entities through its collaboration Startup Wise Guys, an accelerator programme for local start-ups. The team is led by Tomas Kontautas and Augustas Klezys, with Kontautas predominantly focusing on regulatory compliance and Klezys focusing on licensing work. Other key names include counsel Lina Ragainytė-Mezenė, who has expertise in consumer lending. Another name to note is senior associate Auksė Trapnauskaitė, who recently joined from the Bank of Lithuania and specialises in anti-money laundering.

Testimonials

‘We are pleased to be assisted by Sorainen Lithuania. Deep field knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of consumer lending in local market creates great value. Lina Ragainytė-Mezelė has very deep knowledge of the Lithuanian financial market, particularly, consumer lending.’

‘The Sorainen team was responsive and able to use their strong connections with the Lithuanian regulator to push for a great result for the client.’

Key clients

Nuvei Technologies Corporation

Bittiq B.V.

Smile Money Limited

Lightnet Pte Ltd

Verse Payments Lithuania UAB

Square Inc.

Sezzle Lithuania UAB

CBI Money UAB

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuvei Technologies on acquiring Simplex, afintech startup providing fiat infrastructure to the cryptocurrency industry.
  • Advised Bittiq on launching its business across Europe.
  • Advised Verse Payments Lithuania on all issues related to its indirect acquisition by Square.

Lithuania > TMT Tier 1

Sorainen is highly experienced in advising on private equity and venture capital transactions within the technology space. The team is also well versed in transactions concerning the telecoms, media and entertainment sectors. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka specialises in corporate transactions within the TMT sphere. He co-heads the practice with counsels Stasys Drazdauskas, who focuses on IT and data protection, and Jonas Kiauleikis, who specialises in corporate and finance transactions relating to TMT.

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Key clients

Bitė Lietuva

Microsoft

Google

Uber B.V.

Eight Roads Ventures

Storm Ventures

Polhem Infra

Pigu

Deeper

CGTrader

Addnode Group

CoInvest Capital

Seven Entertainment

AMC NoSpotify

Nordcurrent Group

Global PayTech Ventures

10Band LLC

Signicat AS

Rocker Sofware

Barclays

Rocket Software

NanoAvionika

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

Vilnius International Film Festival Kino pavasaris

Work highlights

  • Advised Eight Roads Ventures, Storm Ventures and Notion Capital on the largest Series A round funding in Interactio.
  • Advised ConHostinger (Germany) on acquiring a minority stake in Hostinger.
  • Advised the founders and shareholders of Pigu on the sale of their shares to the private equity fund Mid Europa Partners.

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We are a fully integrated international business law firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.

With 42 partners and more than 240 lawyers and tax specialists, we have the resources to support our clients on all business law and tax issues involving the Baltic States and Belarus. Founded in 1995, the firm has worked on many significant mandates for international and local clients.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and M&A Aku Sorainenaku.sorainen@sorainen.com+372 6 400 910
Corporate and M&A Laimonas Skibarkalaimonas.skibarka@sorainen.com+370 52 685 040
Competition & Regulatory Kaupo Lepaseppkaupo.lepasepp@sorainen.com+372 6 400 939
Corporate and M&A Eva Berlauseva.berlaus@sorainen.com+371 67 365 014
Finance & Insurance Tomas Kontautastomas.kontautas@sorainen.com+370 52 685 040
Finance & Insurance Kiryl Apanasevichkiryl.apanasevich@sorainen.com+375 17 306 2102
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Ms Kristīne Erele  photo Ms Kristīne Erele Senior Associate
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Ms Marika Grunte  photo Ms Marika Grunte Senior Associate
Ms Elza Gusāre photo Ms Elza GusāreAssociate
Ms Inese Heinacka  photo Ms Inese Heinacka Senior Associate
Mr Jorens Jaunozols  photo Mr Jorens Jaunozols Senior Associate
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Ms Lelde Laviņa photo Ms Lelde LaviņaPartner and head of the Real Estate & Construction practice group in…
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Miss Agita Sprūde photo Miss Agita SprūdeSenior Associate
Mr Jānis Taukačs photo Mr Jānis TaukačsPartner, head of the firm’s Tax practice
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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.