Firm Profile > Sorainen > Riga, Latvia

Sorainen
KR. VALDEMARA 21
LV-1010 Riga
Latvia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Sorainen stands out for its expertise in regulatory work; it counts the Latvian government as a key client and is currently assisting with the country’s efforts to combat any instances of money laundering. Practice head Rūdolfs Eņģelis has been advising on this matter and, alongside his regulatory experience, is highly skilled in banking-related corporate transactions and restructuring matters. Capital markets is another strong point for the practice, with notable clients including Nasdaq CSD and Nasdaq CSD Iceland. Senior associate Inese Heinacka, who assists Eņģelis with most matters, is a promising name at junior level.

Practice head(s):

Rūdolfs Eņģelis

Other key lawyers:

Inese Heinacka; Santa Rubīna

Key clients

Avia Solutions Group

Air Baltic Corporation

OP Corporate Bank

Nasdaq CSD SE and Nasdaq CSD Iceland

ABLV Bank

Nordea Bank Abp

Credit Suisse AG

Mudia

Riga Retail Park

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sorainen is not only a leading firm in the Baltics but, for some, is ‘the best commercial, corporate and M&A law firm in Latvia’. The practice’s recent workload has included a number of complex deals involving heavily regulated sectors such as insurance, financial services, energy and telecoms. The team’s key work highlight of late was assisting Bitė with its network-sharing joint venture with fellow telecoms provider Tele2, which will be used towards the implementation of 5G in Lithuania and Latvia. Managing partner Eva Berlaus leads the practice and is a widely respected name in the market, particularly when it comes to M&A and private equity deals. Senior associate Renāte Purvinska, who focuses on M&A and restructuring, is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Eva Berlaus

Other key lawyers:

Renāte Purvinska; Jānis Bite

Testimonials

‘Sorainen, in my opinion, is by far the best commercial, corporate and M&A law firm in Latvia. Very well versed in Latvian and international law, they bring their unique practical and results-oriented approach to matters and translate it into streamlined and clear solutions for clients. Sorainen’s strength is the ability to create elegant, practical and winning solutions.’

‘Eva Berlaus is an absolutely excellent lawyer, in negotiations as well as in case preparation, and is a very inspirational person, too.’

Key clients

Bite Latvija

Ardian

UniCredit

ABLV bank

Marubeni

Linstow

OP Corporate Bank

Luminor Bank

Isnaudas Forest Holding

CEMEX

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sorainen is a leading name in the market for disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, and is also a prominent player in commercial, public procurement and tax litigation. Sectors where the team is particularly experienced include insurance, TMT and life sciences. Valts Nerets jointly leads the practice, focusing on cross-border cases involving foreign law in Latvian courts and arbitration tribunals. Fellow practice head Andris Tauriņš specialises in IP and IT-related cases. The team's public procurement caseload is mainly handled by counsel Raivo Raudzeps.

Practice head(s):

Valts Nerets; Andris Tauriņš

Other key lawyers:

Raivo Raudzeps

Key clients

Gazprom

E energija

Olympic Casino

Dassault Systemes SE / Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation

Kaspersky Lab

RB Rail

Primeteh

Hesburger

SJSC State Real Estate

Sodrugestvo Holding Company LLC

Dasos Timberland Fund I

Linstow Group

Carlsberg Group

Biolars Olaine Chemical Plant

Latima

Aldaris

Employment Tier 1

Sorainen has been the port of call for employment work for big names such as Adidas, L'Oreal and Nike, among many others. This work has involved drafting documents and dealing with dismissals, as well as advising on major reorganisations and restructurings. The team handles both advisory and contentious issues, with a strong track record in employment litigation. Managing partner Eva Berlaus leads the team and is assisted by of counsel Andis Burkevics.

Practice head(s):

Eva Berlaus

Other key lawyers:

Andis Burkevics; Zane Paeglīte

Key clients

adidas Baltics

BRABANTIA LATVIA

L’Oreal Baltic

Concord Service Group

Storent

Sandoz d.d. branch in Latvia

Nokia Solutions and Networks

DANFOSS

SAP Latvia

Riga Graduate School of Law

EU and competition Tier 1

Sorainen has a strong corporate client base and advises on competition issues concerning heavily regulated markets such as telecoms, financial services, media and pharmaceuticals, among others. Ieva Andersone leads the practice and assists multinational companies with compliance and preventative measures. Rūdolfs Eņģelis is on hand to assist clients in litigation, and has regularly acted in cases before the Latvian Competition Council concerning merger clearance and regulatory violations. At senior associate level, Marika Grunte advises on cartel investigations and abuse of dominance issues.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Andersone

Other key lawyers:

Rūdolfs Eņģelis; Marika Grunte

Key clients

Bite Latvija

Circle K Latvia

Baltcom

HKScan Latvia

L’Oreal Baltic

Balta AAS

Knauf

Norgips SP. Z.O.O.

British American Tobacco Latvia

Tirdzniecības centrs Pleskodāle (Shopping center Spice)

IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

Sorainen has been a player in several high-stakes patent and trade mark disputes, as well as handling additional advisory work covering IP, IT and telecoms. For example, practice co-head Ieva Andersone recently acted for pharmaceutical giant Sandoz in a recent patent infringement case. She is also experienced in complementary areas such as competition law and regulatory compliance. Andersone's fellow practice head Andris Tauriņš has also acted in patent litigation and in domain name disputes. He leads the TMT side of the practice, with data protection being a particular area of interest.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Andersone; Andris Tauriņš

Key clients

Google

NASCAR

Bolt

Francorp

SolidWorks Corporation & Dassault Systemes

CAST AI Baltic UAB

INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION

Atlas Premium (Fish+Fish)

Sandoz

Bergvik Skog

Crossfit

Francorp Baltic

Nõo Lihatööstus

Nano Avionics

Luminor

Red-bull

Orkla

Absolut

Primekss

Apollo Kino

Hypnosis fashion (One Wolf)

Latima

Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP

Real estate and construction Tier 1

With expertise in contentious and non-contentious real estate matters, Sorainen has been active in major construction projects in the area, including the Kekava Bypass, the New Riga Theatre and the Orico Shopping Centre. Lelde Laviņa heads the practice and specialises in real estate and construction, with notable strengths in handling FIDIC contracts, sale and leaseback transactions, and property acquisitions. At senior associate level, Jorens Jaunozols is highly skilled in real estate, construction and constitutional law matters. The firm’s position as a pan-Baltic firm has also increased its capabilities in cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Lelde Laviņa

Other key lawyers:

Jorens Jaunozols; Natālija Šestakova

Key clients

Luminor Bank

Linstow

YIT LATVIJA

VPH

Valsts Nekustamie īpašumi (SJSC State Real Estate)

Latvijas Pārtikas Ražotājs (“LPR”)

United Bankers Omaisuudenhoito Oy

Kekava ABT

Attīstības aģentūra, a Linstow group company

Rigaburger, Hesburger group company

Shipping and transport Tier 1

Sorainen has been instructed on key matters in the transport sector, including the historic Rail Baltica greenfield railway project, as well as airBaltica’s €200m issuance of bonds with JP Morgan as global coordinator. Valts Nerets leads the practice and is an expert in disputes, ship arrests, vessel transactions and registrations, and shipbuilding contracts. Another key name is Ieva Andersone, who has been assisting transport companies with competition and regulatory compliance, most notably advising on the regulatory implications of driverless vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Valts Nerets

Other key lawyers:

Ieva Andersone

Key clients

RB Rail

AirBaltic Corporation AS

Nissan Nordic Europe

City Bee

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

Toyota Baltic

Inchcape Motors

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

TUI AG

Freight One

Bolt (Taxify)

Auto 100

Eurovia

Lux Express

BnB Group UAB

Tax Tier 1

Sorainen’s team is equipped to handle tax and customs disputes at Supreme Court level, combined with a strong tax advisory offering in transactions, structurings and financings. The team is led by Jānis Taukačs, who has defended clients before the Lithuanian courts as well as the European Court of Justice, particularly in customs-related cases. He is supported by senior associates Aija Lasmane, who focuses on M&A and tax planning; indirect tax specialist Dace Everte; and Alisa Leškoviča, who focuses on tax fraud and negligence.

Practice head(s):

Jānis Taukačs

Other key lawyers:

Aija Lasmane; Dace Everte; Alisa Leškoviča

Key clients

VPH

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Bitė Group

airBaltic

Oribalt Rīga

Sodrugestvo Baltija

Byko-Lat

Auto 100

Latvian Ministry of Finance

Linstow

Lithuania > Fintech Tier 1

Pan-Baltic firm Sorainen has a sizeable footprint in the Lithuanian fintech market, as has been evidenced by its work for the Lithuanian government, which recently included advising on its guidelines on tokenised IPOs. Also notable is that the firm is an official partner of the Wise Guys Fintech 3 accelerator programme, which is an initiative set up to encourage startups to set up in Lithuania. Managing partner Tomas Kontautas, who formerly worked for the financial regulator, has been very active in assisting international companies with obtaining e-money licences. He co-heads the practice with ex-banker Augustas Klezys, who is similarly well-placed to handle complex licensing and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Kontautas; Augustas Klezys

Key clients

CBI Money

E4F Money

Verse Payments Lithuania

Flywire Europe

Opal Transfer

Lithuania > TMT Tier 1

Sorainen has very broad capabilities across the media, IT and telecoms spheres. Its team includes Daivis Švirinas, who advised HBO on its filming of hit series Chernobyl in Lithuania. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is a key name in the telecoms market, most recently advising on the roll-out of 5G, as well as on space technology. Stasys Drazdauskas has expertise in commercial issues concerning cloud services, AI and IT business services. Senior associate Jonas Kiauleikis has built up a strong track record in TMT-related corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Laimonas Skibarka; Stasys Drazdauskas; Jonas Kiauleikis

Key clients

Bitė Lietuva

Microsoft

HBO

Google

Uber B.V.

All Media Baltics

CGTrader

Rocket Software

Barclays

Deeper

NanoAvionika

Airbnb Ireland UC

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

Koinvesticinis fondas

Open Circle Capital

Vilnius International Film Festival Kino pavasaris

Lithuanian Film Centre

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 Natālija Šestakova  photo Ms Natālija Šestakova Senior Associate
Ms Zane Akermane  photo Ms Zane Akermane Associate
Ms Līva Aleksejeva  photo Ms Līva Aleksejeva Associate
Ms Ieva Andersone photo Ms Ieva Andersone Partner, head of the firm’s Competition and Regulatory practice in Latvia
Mrs Eva Berlaus photo Mrs Eva Berlaus Country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of…
Mr Jānis Bite  photo Mr Jānis Bite Senior Associate
Ms Anna Bogdanova  photo Ms Anna Bogdanova Associate
Mr Andis Burkevics photo Mr 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
Mr Elvis Grinbergs  photo Mr 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
Ms Viktorija Jarkina photo Ms Viktorija Jarkina Counsel
Mr Jorens Jaunozols  photo Mr Jorens Jaunozols Senior Associate
Mrs Aija Lasmane photo Mrs 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
Mr Valts Nerets photo Mr 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
Mr Raivo Raudzeps photo Mr 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.