Sorainen > Riga, Latvia > Firm Profile

LV-1010 Riga

Latvia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Sorainen advises on major project financing matters and capital markets transactions, as well as providing regulatory and compliance advice. Real estate and construction financing is one of the firm’s core strengths. As part of a pan-Baltic firm, the practice is noted for its cross-border capabilities. The team is led by Rūdolfs Eņģelis, who regularly oversees project financing transactions and counts Luminor and Czech bank Česká spořitelna as key clients. Senior associates Inese Heinacka and Agneta Rumpa provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Rūdolfs Eņģelis

Other key lawyers:

Agneta Rumpa; Inese Heinacka

Key clients

Kekava ABT

Nordic Investment bank

Citadele banka






Linstow Baltic

Česká spořitelna

Riga Retail Park

The Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia

Work highlights

  • Advising the Nordic Investment Bank and Citadele banka on their provision of financing to AS PN Project, a company managed by Lords LB Asset Management, for its construction of an office complex in Riga.
  • Acted as Latvian law adviser to the joint lead managers Citigroup, Luminor Bank, Nordea and UniCredit on the issuance by Citadele banka of 200 million EUR in notes, due in 2026.

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sorainen is regularly trusted for advice on acquisitions by foreign firms entering the Latvian market and by domestic companies and SOEs looking to enter new sectors. The high number of M&A deals overseen by the firm each year stands testimony to its lawyers’ expertise and level of activity in this field. The practice is jointly led by Eva Berlaus and Nauris Grigals, experienced corporate lawyers who are also able to advise on other areas such as employment and competition law. They are supported by a large team of lawyers, including counsels Renāte Purvinska and Jānis Bite.

Practice head(s):

Eva Berlaus; Nauris Grigals

Other key lawyers:

Renāte Purvinska; Janis Bite

Key clients



Bregal Sagemount

IK Partners and Renta Group



Ignitis Group

JAS Worldwide



Apollo Global Management


Work highlights

  • Advised the state-owned energy company Ignitis Group on entering the Latvian renewable energy market.
  • Advised Certares, a US-based investment specialist dedicated to the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors, on the acquisition of a stake in Avia Solutions Group (ASG)
  • Advising IK Partners and Renta Group on its acquisition of Uprent Group as local counsel for the Baltics.

Latvia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

With a truly extensive team, Sorainen fields one of the most holistic and comprehensive offerings in the market. Valts Nerets and Andris Tauriņš jointly lead a practice encompassing commercial litigation, international arbitration, tax disputes and public procurement projects. Senior associate Katrīne Pļaviņa-Mika leads a specialist government relations subdivision of the team, helping clients to communicate effectively with government representatives and regulatory bodies. Krista Niklase works on white collar crime, with her practice covering issues of bribery, fraud and money laundering, as well as general antitrust matters. Insolvency and PPP specialist, Raivo Raudzeps, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Valts Nerets; Andris Tauriņš

Other key lawyers:


‘They are proactive, commercial, good lawyers, and thoughtful.’

‘Very good experience with Agita Sprude in dispute resolution.’

‘Sorainen is our trusted advisor, knows our business inside and out and thus sees the big picture when providing advice. The litigation strategy that they have developed for us is practical and efficient.’

‘Sorainen’s dispute resolution practice provides very high quality legal advice. We really appreciate their availability, business mindset and capability to provide team of excellent professionals fit for each task.’

‘Very good at answering questions that are based, as ours do, on experience in a different legal system, as well as on proposing practical solutions to the issues.’

‘The team is resourceful and business minded.’

‘Partner Valts Nerets excellently manages the projects assigned to dispute resolution team.’

‘Incomparable service provided by Sorainen.’

Key clients

E Energia


RB Rail



Olympic Casino



The State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia

Pilna Servisa Līzings

Journalist Inga Spriņģe

Work highlights

  • Advised RB Rail on all legal matters regarding the development of the Rail Baltica railway.
  • Represented Primeteh in obtaining an interim protection regarding infringing the client’s intellectual property rights.
  • Represented JYSK in Latvia’s constitutional court regarding the government-imposed restrictions on commerce related to Covid-19.

Latvia > EU and competition Tier 1

Sorainen‘s EU and competition practice covers merger clearance, industry-wide investigations into abuse of dominance and compliance advice, acting under the leadership of Ieva Andersone. Andersone regularly litigates before the Latvian Competition Council and provides assistance on competition matters, with a particular focus on the construction, retail and financial services sectors. The practice also represents municipal authorities, with one matter for Riga City Municipality notably concerning the whole of the waste management market in the city. Associate Marika Grunte is recommended for her significant experience in helping clients to obtain merger clearances and for her expertise in cartel matters, which has been shaped by her previous role as head of the Latvian Competition Council’s cartel department.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Andersone

Other key lawyers:

Marika Grunte


‘They respond very quickly to a request for legal services, always meet the deadlines, it is very easy and pleasant to communicate with them, there is a knowledgeable specialist found on each legal issue.’

‘We communicate with partner Ieva Andersone and senior associate Marika Grunte. High-level professionals. Very easy and pleasant communication. Responds to questions and requests are very prompt. The work is done accurately, in high quality and in compliance with deadlines. There is always a sense of desire to help and immersion in the topic.’

Key clients


Riga Municipality



Work highlights

  • Advised JYSK in a case related to an unequal treatment arising from the Latvian government’s imposed COVID-19 safety measures that were more beneficial for one part of the traders, while other part were restricted.
  • Assisted the Riga City Municipality to reach a settlement with the Competition Council in the infringement case initiated against the Riga City Municipality and Getliņi EKO regarding alleged abuse of a dominant position under Article 102 of the TFEU in the waste management sector.

Latvia > IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

Sorainen‘s intellectual property and technology and media teams represent clients in an array of sectors including broadcasting, music, e-commerce and pharmaceuticals. Ieva Andersone offers support on intellectual property rights protection and enforcement strategies in case infringements should occur. Senior associate Linda Reneslāce provides telecoms and gaming regulatory advice, as well as assisting with data protection and cybersecurity matters. Her practice also involves legal oversight for M&A in the telecoms sector and IT public procurements. Co-head of the dispute resolution team, Andris Tauriņš leads on many media related disputes and is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Andersone; Andris Tauriņš; Linda Reneslāce

Other key lawyers:

Jūlija Terjuhana; Katrīne Pļaviņa-Mika


‘Efficient, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Simply a great local partner to help guide us in the Baltic markets.’

‘The team was supportive and fully involved in the issue. Paid large attention into details. Knowledgeable in the tech legal sector.’

‘Talented, professional and helpful individuals that together, as a team, provide us with the help we need given our operations across the Baltic markets.’

‘Straight-forward personalities with ability to self-manage. Very friendly communication approach.’


Key clients

Soundreef S.p.A.

TV Play Baltics (TV3 Group company in Latvia)

All Media Latvia (TV3 Group company in Latvia)


Universal Music Group





Biedrība Papardes Zieds (non-governmental-organisation)

Astra Zeneca Latvija

Audubon Bioscience

Given Latvia

Latvijas zāļu verifikācijas organizācija


Francorp Baltic

PayPugs IT

Work highlights

  • Advised an independent management organisation (IME) Soundreef S.p.A. on collective management law requirements with regard to IME operations.
  • Representing Primekss, a concrete technology company, in a composite concrete flooring-related patent dispute where Primekss has sued construction companies for its patent misuse.
  • Represented Universal Music Group, in negotiating a recording agreement with the X Factor Latvia 2021 competition finalists.

Latvia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sorainen has a very strong record in cross border real estate transactions and counts Lords Asset Management and Nordic Investment Bank among its clients. The firm is also very active in the infrastructure space, with RB Rail being another major client. The practice is jointly led by Lelde Laviņa, who has a background in development projects and sale and leaseback transactions, and Jorens Jaunozols, who has first hand experience in the market having previously worked for a real estate portfolio holder. Counsel Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa and senior associate Andris Vilisons are also important pieces of the team.

Practice head(s):

Lelde Laviņa; Jorens Jaunozols

Other key lawyers:

Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa; Andris Vilisons


‘Very experienced and highly competent legal team; attentive to clients’ needs and showing understanding of clients’s business requirements. Accessible on short notice.’

‘We recommend Jorens Jaunozols, Lelde Lavina and Andris Vilisons – a very experienced team with whom we have a close working relationship on an ongoing basis.’

Key clients


Lords LB Baltic Fund III

Titanium Baltic Real Estate fund


Nordic Investment bank

A.C.B., Binders, and TIIC (Portugal)

RB Rail

Rīgas cirks

Brabantia Latvia

Ignitis Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Investment bank, an international financial institution; and Citadele banka, one of the leading banks in Latvia, on providing financing to AS PN Project, a company managed by Lords LB Asset Management, for construction of an office complex certified excellent by BREEAM in Riga.
  • Advised Linstow on all of its large scale acquisitions (Sporta 2; Satekles Business Centre) and sales (hotel “Rīdzene”) during the last year.
  • Advised Stockmann on the sale of its department-store properties in Tallinn and Riga to the investment arm of the Viru Keemia Grupp.

Latvia > Shipping and transport Tier 1

Sorainen acts on some of the largest transport projects in Latvia and the Baltic region more broadly. The firm has been consulted on huge infrastructure projects such as the Kekava bypass construction and the Rail Baltica project and has also represented the Ministry of Transport in an application to the European Commission. The team, led by transport sector dispute resolution expert Valts Nerets, is also engaged by clients for shipping disputes and transport sector insolvency negotiations. Counsel and Public procurement specialist Raivo Raudzeps and senior associate Inese Heinacka, who works on the financing side, are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Valts Nerets

Other key lawyers:

Raivo Raudzeps; Inese Heinacka; Elvis Grinbergs


‘Sorainen shipping and transport practice consists of professionals with unique experience in complex cross-border matters. They are trusted advisers in widest range of shipping and transport matters.’

‘Partner Valts Nerets excellently leads the team. Associate Elvis Grinbergs has shown himself as true professional.’

Key clients

RB Rail N

A.C.B., Binders, and TIIC (Portugal), who formed the Kekava ABT consortium

Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia

Česká spořitelna


JAS Worldwide

Renta Group

Pilna Servisa Līzings

Work highlights

  • Advised on the DBFM contract with the Latvian state for the Kekava bypass on the Via Baltica route.
  • Advising RB Rail AS and working with the Governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on establishing a European-width fast double-track Rail Baltica railway project.
  • Represents Pilna Servisa Līzings, a company offering car hire services, in numerous contractual disputes with the State Police regarding the buy-out of rented vehicles.

Latvia > Tax Tier 1

Sorainen chiefly advises on the tax aspects of major transactions, though also provides a range of tax advisory services, including transfer pricing assistance, support for high net worth individuals and representation in tax litigation. The team is led by Jānis Taukačs, who has first-hand industry experience working in tax consultancy. Further key names include corporate side tax specialist, Nauris Grigals, and counsel Aija Lasmane, a customs expert. Senior associate Dace Everte is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jānis Taukačs

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bolt Operations OU

Deutsche Telecom Latvian branch

Enterpreneurs for Peace Funds

Indexo IPAS

Brabantia Latvia SIA

Titanium Rahastoyhtiö Oy

Byko-Lat SIA

WTS Global

The joint lead managers Citigroup, Luminor Bank, Nordea and UniCredit

Benita Danilenko

Airbus Flight Hour Services Limited

Baltic Wood Trade

Netto Tehnika


Work highlights

  • Advised Veho on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Domenikss, Mercedes-Benz general representative in Latvia.
  • Advised Citadele banka on taxation matters related to issuing 200 EUR million in senior unsecured bonds.
  • Advised Indexo IPAS on development and implementation of share option plan for the management and the employees of the company.

Latvia > Employment Tier 2

Pan-Baltic firm Sorainen represent a range of multinational and regional clients. Eva Berlaus and new addition Nauris Grigals, who joined from TGS in February 2022, combine both corporate and employment law expertise. Andis Burkevics has considerable employment dispute resolution experience, with a particular focus on trade union matters. The team has acted on a number of significant disputes of late, including a dismissal case for the Freeport of Riga.

Practice head(s):

Andis Burkevics; Eva Berlaus

Other key lawyers:


‘I’m very happy with this firm’s services. They were quick and efficient.’

‘The team is very experienced and all its employment law experts are well known already for years. I am turning to Sorainen employment law experts in all cases the matter requires not only local but also EU level expertise.’

Reliable, practical advice.’

‘Sorainen assisted and represented our company well at the Labour Law Inspectorate in different situations.’

‘Andis Burkevics – very quick, precise, cooperative. Always available at short notice.’

‘I have mostly worked with Andis Burkevics. I appreciate his in-depth knowledge of all fields of employment law and his responsiveness to any request.’

‘Andis Burkevics – perfect knowledge of local labor law. Very detailed oriented. Kind, open person. He had never refused consultation if needed in different situation.’

Key clients


Rīgas brīvostas pārvalde (Freeport of Riga)

RIMI Latvia

adidas Baltics

Webhelp Latvia



Tradecube Srl

Sandoz d.d. branch in Latvia


Ogras rajona slimnīca (Ogre regional hospital)

VMF Latvia SIA

Work highlights

  • Represented Freeport of Riga in two employment disputes with an employee (one in relation to dismissal and the other regarding disciplinary penalty).
  • Represented Ogres regional hospital in a court dispute when an employee challenged his suspension from work due to the reason that he as an employee employed by a hospital and required to work on-site refused from vaccination against Covid-19 and from regular testing as an alternative.
  • Advised Sandoz d.d. branch on employee related Covid-19 restrictions.

Lithuania > Fintech Tier 1

Sorainen has a strong reputation for assisting local start-ups, and the firm is regularly involved in licensing work and advising foreign clients on entrance into the Lithuanian market. The practice is jointly led by managing partner Tomas Kontautas, who is experienced in regulatory matters in the fintech field, and Augustas Klezys, an expert in EU licensing. Counsel Lina Ragainytė-Mezenė, who has first-hand in-house banking industry experience, is a key member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Kontautas; Augustas Klezys

Other key lawyers:

Lina Ragainytė-Mezenė; Liutauras Vasiliauskas


‘The team has an exceptional experience in fintech and financial regulatory matters. They have an up-to-date knowledge on this fast changing environment.’

‘The team is well experienced and knows the financial sector and how to operate with the Bank of Lithuania.’

‘Hands on professionals who are willing to work with you to find innovative solutions. Competent and easy to work with.’

‘Strong team with exceptional expertise in fintech sector. Wide offering of finance related advises/consultancy truly helps both young and mature fintech companies navigate regulatory requirements in AML, Compliance, Licensing and other related sectors.’

‘Sorainen has strong team of top-level professionals specializing in banking and finance, including fintech. They are open-minded, client focused, business orientated legal experts of the fintech-related matters able to consult on complex issues.’

‘Sorainen have a lot of energetic lawyers in this space, supported by their extensive knowledge in the financial services sector.’

‘Great access to partners. They have active contacts basically in all relevant authorities which makes processes smooth and efficient.’

‘Liutauras Vasiliauskas is the associate that we have worked with from inception of our business in Lithuania to working towards completing our goals there. He is very hands on and helps to answer questions and provide solutions in an easy to understand format.’

Key clients

BEM Europe UAB (previously provided as Ben Labs Kft)

Sezzle Lithuania UAB

Teslapay UAB

Nuvei Technologies Corporation

Verse Payments Lithuanian UAB

Connectpay UAB

Work highlights

  • Advised BEM Europe UAB, operating under the brand name Benker, on obtaining an electronic money institution license in Lithuania and on daily legal matters related to the launch of business.
  • Advised Sezzle Lithuania on regulatory post-licensing matters, including qualification of payment services, AML, outsourcing and safeguarding issues.
  • Advising Teslapay on regulatory matters related to an electronic money institution licence, as well as change of its management, control and other daily related questions.

Lithuania > TMT Tier 1

Representing major technology giants Google and Microsoft, as well as venture capital funds and local Lithuanian media companies, Sorainen is undisputedly one of the top firms in TMT in the market. The firm is well placed to advise on sanctions compliance and other newer factors which have arisen in the Baltic markets since the invasion of Ukraine. The TMT team is headed by Laimonas Skibarka and Jonas Kiauleikis, who specialise in corporate transactions within this field, and Stasys Drazdauskas, an intellectual property and information technology expert. Associate Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis is also a key part of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Laimonas Skibarka; Stasys Drazdauskas; Jonas Kiauleikis

Other key lawyers:

Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis; Sidas Sokolovas


‘Strong industry knowledge of the telecommunications sector.’

‘Extensive experience in helping with legal issues in venture capital and private equity fields.’

‘Great single point of contact for all legal matters in Lithuania. No need to separately look for lawyers specializing in a certain area of the law – just contact your contact person and you will be introduced to the right person.’

‘Sidas Sokolovas has been assisting us and our clients on a range of telecom-related questions. He answers quickly, to the point and thoroughly. Great pleasure to work with!’

‘Very practical approach in helping us with complex business problems.’

‘Great communication skills, knowledge of their specific area, friendliness and level of professionalism.’

‘Special thanks to Mindaugas Baniulis of Sorainen Lithuania for great support and coordination of the matters.’


Key clients

Bitė Lietuva No



Uber B.V.

TV3 Group

Jonas Software







Global PayTech Ventures

Signicat AS

Rocker Sofware


Vilnius International Film Festival Kino pavasaris

Elephant VC

Vertikali medija



Open Circle Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised venture capital firm Elephant VC on investing in Lithuanian start-up PVcase, a developer of software for solar power plants.
  • Advised Open Circle Capital and Inventure on investing in marketing analytics and reporting start-up Whatagraph.
  • Advising Google on its products and local operations, as well as on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/790 (known as the Copyright Directive) and Directive (EU) 2019/789 (known as the Retransmission Directive) in Lithuania.

Four offices, one team
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Aku Sorainen +372 6 400 910
Corporate and M&A Laimonas Skibarka +370 52 685 040
Competition & Regulatory Kaupo Lepasepp +372 6 400 939
Corporate and M&A Eva Berlaus +371 67 365 014
Finance & Insurance Tomas Kontautas +370 52 685 040
Finance & Insurance Kiryl Apanasevich +375 17 306 2102
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Zane Akermane photo Ms Zane Akermane Associate
Līva Aleksejeva photo Ms Līva Aleksejeva Associate
Ieva Andersone photo Ms Ieva Andersone Partner, head of the firm’s Competition and Regulatory practice in Latvia
Eva Berlaus photo Mrs Eva Berlaus Country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of…
Jānis Bite photo Mr Jānis Bite Senior Associate
Anna Bogdanova photo Ms Anna Bogdanova Associate
Andis Burkevics  photo Mr Andis Burkevics  As a counsel specialising in employment law and personal data protection, I have been…
Edvīns Draba photo Mr Edvīns Draba Senior Associate
Kristīne Erele photo Ms Kristīne Erele Senior Associate
Dace Everte photo Ms Dace Everte Senior Associate
Rūdolfs Eņģelis photo Mr Rūdolfs Eņģelis Partner and head of the firm’s Finance & Insurance practice group in…
Zanda Frišfelde photo Mrs Zanda Frišfelde Senior Associate
Elvis Grinbergs photo Mr Elvis Grinbergs Associate
Marika Grunte photo Ms Marika Grunte Senior Associate
Elza Gusāre photo Ms Elza Gusāre Associate
Inese Heinacka photo Ms Inese Heinacka Senior Associate
Jorens Jaunozols photo Mr Jorens Jaunozols Senior Associate
Aija Lasmane photo Mrs Aija Lasmane Senior Associate
Lelde Laviņa photo Ms Lelde Laviņa Partner and head of the Real Estate & Construction practice group in…
Alisa Leškoviča photo Mrs Alisa Leškoviča Senior Associate
Valts Nerets photo Mr Valts Nerets Partner and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management practice…
Aina Okseņuka photo Mrs Aina Okseņuka Associate
Zane Paeglīte photo Miss Zane Paeglīte .Senior Associate
Arturs Prozuments photo Mr Arturs Prozuments Associate
Renāte Purvinska photo Ms Renāte Purvinska Senior Associate
Raivo Raudzeps photo Mr Raivo Raudzeps Counsel
Linda Reneslāce photo Miss Linda Reneslāce Associate
Santa Rubīna photo Miss Santa Rubīna Senior Associate
Mārtiņš Rudzītis photo Mr Mārtiņš Rudzītis Associate
Agneta Rumpa photo Ms Agneta Rumpa Associate
Natālija Šestakova photo Ms Natālija Šestakova Senior Associate
Māris Simulis photo Mr Māris Simulis Associate
Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa photo Mrs Viktorija Smirnova-Čerkasa Senior Associate
Agita Sprūde photo Miss Agita Sprūde Senior Associate
Jānis Taukačs photo Mr Jānis Taukačs Partner, head of the firm’s Tax practice
Andris Tauriņš photo Mr Andris Tauriņš Partner, head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector group and co-head of…
Jūlija Terjuhana photo Ms Jūlija Terjuhana Associate
Andris Vilisons photo Mr Andris Vilisons Associate
Toms Vilnis photo Mr Toms Vilnis Associate
Partners : 42
Lawyers & tax advisers : 240+
Business services professionals : 100+
IBA (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.

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.