Mrs Eva Berlaus > Sorainen > Riga, Latvia > Lawyer Profile

Sorainen
KR. VALDEMARA 21
LV-1010 Riga
Latvia

Work Department

Competition & Regulatory, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution & Risk Management, Employment

Position

Country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of our Corporate and M&A practice group in Latvia

Career

Eva Berlaus is the country managing partner of the firm’s office in Latvia and head of Corporate and M&A practice group in Latvia. Passionate about hands-on work in client matters and law firm management, she constantly strives for improvement.

Seasoned M&A and private equity practitioner. Eva is one of the most experienced M&A and private equity practitioners currently active in the Latvian market. The team is constantly involved with M&A and private equity transactions that feature among the largest in the country. Quite a number of those transactions have been historically important for the development of the Latvian legal system, such as the bailout of Parex bank by the government in 2008, or the more recent acquisition of MTG Baltic operations by Providence Equity Partners.

Corporate governance as academic interest. Eva researches and closely follows the development of corporate governance in Latvia. For over 10 years, she has been lecturing on this topic in different forums, organising events, and helping clients in order to build efficient corporate governance structures in their companies and advising on complex corporate disputes.

Private Equity, venture capital, start-ups. It is important to devote at least some of her time and experience to advocating and developing the law in areas where the economic development of the country would otherwise be limited. For years she has considered private equity, venture capital and start-ups as such fields for her, so Eva focuses on them both through actual work on legislative initiatives and advocating for change in her different roles, including as a board member of the Latvian Venture Capital and Private Equity association.

Languages

Latvian, English, Russian

Memberships

  • Latvian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

Education

  • Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia (LLM)
  • University of Latvia, Latvia (LLB, LLM)

Lawyer Rankings

Latvia > Shipping and transport

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.

Latvia > Employment

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.

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Eva BerlausSorainen

Latvia > EU and competition

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‘.