Firm Profile > Sorainen > Vilnius, Lithuania
44A Gedimino Ave
Sorainen > The Legal 500 Rankings
Sorainen has an 'exceptional' banking and finance practice. In addition to advising on finance transactions, it handles a full range of regulatory issues, and is strong in matters concerning innovative financial services, including e-money and consumer credit. Tomas Kontautas, who is 'ready to go the extra mile', jointly leads the team with the 'professional and pragmatic' Augustas Klezys. Klezys assisted Verse Payments with obtaining an electronic money institution licence. Senior associate Agnė Sovaitė provides clients with regulatory advice and assists clients with the cross-border provision of financial services. Lina Ragainytė is another senior associate to note.
‘I’ve been working with Sorainen Lithuania banking team for a while. During the last 12 months, the team has been able to positively surprise me, demonstrating exceptional performance and delivery while dealing with small daily tasks as well as exceptionally large transactions. It’s been responsive, proactive, super-efficient and delivered quality work (no need for extra rounds of reviews, amendments, etc). It works perfectly, like an automatic Swiss watch.’
‘Deep knowledge, understanding and maintained relationships with Central Bank on regulatory matters, particularly in the consumer lending business.’
‘Augustas Klezys has a professional and pragmatic approach.’
‘Tomas Kontautas and Augustas Klezys are trusted partners, team members, experts, supporters and advisers. They are ready to go the extra mile to make the clients’ and market’s ecosystem balanced and efficient.’
‘Tomas and Dalia are beyond fantastic lawyers to cooperate with – they are both exceptional and drive for results, providing fantastic legal advice.’
The 'very strong team' at Sorainen acts on domestic and cross border M&A transactions as well as private equity investments. The firm is active in the real estate, healthcare and energy sectors. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is notable in the TMT sector in private equity and M&A matters. 'Stand out partner' Sergej Butov handles the firm's cross border work. He advised Inchcape on the acquisition of BMW's distribution business in Lithuania. Algirdas Pekšys has experience advising foreign companies on investments and acquisitions in Lithuania. Mantas Petkevičius, leading the private equity and venture capital team, possesses 'superb professional skills.'
‘Can make impossible things happen, always helpful.’
‘Sergej Butov and Agniete Venckiene are extremely professional and deliver exceptional results.’
‘The stand-out partner is Sergej Butov. Intelligent, experienced, and an easy to work with professional, who can do it all from start to finish. There is no need for oversight from the client. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Mantas Petkevičius offers easy and friendly communication, attention to detail, superb professional skills, insights and know-how.’
Vienna Insurance Group
Dispute resolution Tier 1Sorainen's 'responsive and professional' practice has a 'broad range of expertise' in commercial arbitration and domestic and international litigation. The team is jointly led by Kęstutis Švirinas and Laurynas Lukošiūnas. Švirinas defended Mart Inn Food in a €287m damages action where it had been alleged that confidential information was illegally used. Lukošiūnas is 'creative' and 'customer orientated', and has experience of representing clients in real estate, corporate, and restructuring and insolvency disputes, among many other areas. Žygimantas Pacevičius left the firm in 2020.
‘Wide range of different legal specialisations among the team’s members; focusing on client’s result (always take priority to practical solutions), great case management, the partners strong commitment of being involved in every case – those and others attributes make the Sorainen dispute team in Lithuania unique and distinguishes the team from other law firms.’
‘Very responsive and professional, good command of English, attentive with updates and progress reports. Well-connected in the region, commercially and legally astute with a broad range of expertise.’
‘Ability to think out of the box.’
‘I work with Kestutis Švirinas, who is very responsive. He understands client needs and is a pleasure to work with. He is an excellent lawyer.’
‘Kestutis Svirinas is a tough litigator and has a winning instinct.’
‘Without any doubt, Kestutis Svirinas (the partner heading up the Sorainen dispute team in Lithuania) stands out as the one of the most experienced lawyers in complex litigation and arbitration cases.’
‘Laurynas Lukošiūnas is very customer-oriented, creative, has a perfect knowledge of the dispute resolution area, good communication skills and is a perfect client manager.’
Siemens Mobility Oy
United Parcel Service of America Inc.
Mart Inn Food
Employment Tier 1
Sorainen's employment practice comprises of 'high profile professionals', whose expertise in complex issues ensures that the firm generates a strong flow of work. The team is co-led by Algirdas Pekšys and senior associate Agnietė Venckienė. Pekšys has experience of assisting international businesses with their entry into the Lithuanian market. Venckienė, who has a 'deep knowledge of employment law', handles cross border employment work, such as business exits and organisational restructurings. Senior associate Jurgita Karvelė, who is 'one of the strongest assets at the firm', is a name to note for employment disputes.
‘Dealing with employment law matters or case representation Sorainen is the prime team to reach with. As a team they have a vast experience and acts as subject experts: when it is needed they engage financial consultants or other partners of relevant fields in order to create a holistic view, assess situation and reach the best outcome to the business, including urgent ad-hoc situations. Having said that, team always covers local laws, local court practices and EU directive regulations knowledge and this is exceptionally high level professionalism at single contact point, which might be a challenge to achieve having in-house legal only.’
‘Undoubtedly the team’s strengths are its experts, who are very professional and trustworthy.’
‘We dealt with an employment matter which concerned all Baltic States – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The team provided “one stop” assistance with respect to all these countries.’
‘The team consists of high profile professionals specializing in different fields of employment law. Each of them has valuable experience and the interaction between specialists is very efficient.’
‘I would highly recommend senior associate Agnietė Venckienė for employment-related matters concerning business changes, transfers and transformations.’
‘The Sorainen team is currently representing us in a good deal of employment related disputes. We are mostly in contact with senior associate Jurgita Karvelė and associate Juliana Pavilovska. Jurgita Karvelė is one of the strongest assets at the firm and is skilled in forming arguments which are very useful in court. She is also very client-oriented, easy to communicate with always thinks a few steps ahead. I personally enjoy working with Jurgita very much. We find her creative approach to complicated situations very beneficial.’
‘Juliana Pavilovska is demonstrates the highest qualification in employment law and wonderful communication skills with us and with our opponents.’
‘Agnietė Venckienė is an excellent professional, with deep knowledge of employment law. She knows not only the laws but relevant court practice as well and always able to provide good solutions to the client. Her advice is always professional, detailed, clear and well-structured.’
‘Mr. Algirdas Pekšys, Partner. We were very happy with his approach.’
PKC Group Lithuania
Wizz Air Hungary
Fintech Tier 1
Sorainen's fintech practice advises clients on anti-money laundering, licensing, blockchain and the development of e-money and payment institutions. The team is co-led by Tomas Kontautas and Augustas Klezys. Kontautas advised Google Payment Lithuania on obtaining an e-money institution licence from the Bank of Lithuania. Klezys has assisted a number of fintech clients with licensing their activities in the EU, and continues to provide them with ongoing support.
‘The people are friendly and the team are very generous.’
‘Sorainen law firm has a team of strong professionals who are interested in the client’s affairs, not only with respect to the submitted assignment, but also with other matters. Particularly helpful for me as an in-house lawyer are the business meetings organised at least once per quarter. During such meetings, Sorainen professionals provided clients with news of regulatory and judicial or other competent authorities’ practice in a particular business-critical area, such as competition law, advertising, etc. Compared to those at other law firms, Sorainen lawyers I worked with tend to take an extra step of getting to know their client and the specifics of the client’s business instead of just doing the job they are assigned.’
‘The team is providing and ongoing support and exceeded our expectations. The quick response and straightforward solutions 24/7 are appreciated.’
‘It was our pleasure to work with this firm, the process of document reviews and obtaining guidance was smooth and quick, they were always willing to take the time to discuss our concerns and respond to all questions.’
‘In fintech area I worked with two representatives of Sorainen: Urtė Armonaitė and Augustas Klezys. Both should be commended not only for their professionalism, but also for engagement and interest in our company and its business particularities. Especially important for us is that both lawyers are using our company’s product, which on the one hand enables them to give valuable advice not only from legal, but also from user’s/consumers point of view, on the other hand we do not need to explain our issues or business specifics from scratch.’
‘After researching the market and face to face negotiation the Sorainen was chosen as the best team to support our need.’
Projects and energy Tier 1
Sorainen acts on infrastructure and energy projects throughout Belarus and the wider Baltic region, with the team jointly led by Daivis Švirinas and Aušra Mudėnaitė. Mudėnaitė is representing petrol station chain Alauša in a high-profile planning dispute with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Lithuanian Road Administration in connection with the Via Baltica highway. Counsel Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė has experience of working on various projects, including the development of railways in Lithuania.
‘The Sorainen team includes experienced experts and stands out as excellent project managers. I think the team should be valued by their extensive expertise, which includes not only legal but also business advice. Sorainen could be a one stop shop for us, they provide us services not only Energy law services, but also Competition and Dispute resolution. It is a pleasure to work with Sorainen.’
‘Partner Daivis Svirinas heads the team, he is really professional and has a deep knowledge of the industry. I always value his business sector approach and deep tailored consultations.’
British American Tobacco
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Sorainen's practice provides an 'excellent legal service' to buyers and sellers of commercial real estate. It is also sought out to advise landlords and tenants on lease agreements and is also active in environmental assessments. Aušra Mudėnaitė has 'a hands-on approach' to real estate transactions, regulatory matters and litigation. Mudėnaitė co-heads the team with Kęstutis Adamonis, who is 'the go-to real estate lawyer in Lithuania', according to one client. Adamonis advised Swedish investment company Eastnine on the acquisition of a portfolio of three S7 business centres in Vilnius for €128m.
‘Excellent legal service provided by the real estate team.’
‘Good knowledge of market, strong pipeline of projects allowing Sorainen real estate and construction team to stay on top.’
‘Simonas Skukauskas is always ready to support. Very professional leading in the process. Advices based on his own and his co-workers experience are very valuable. Very good feeling of the situations in negotiations. Simonas Skukauskas and Ausra Mudėnaitė always can be recommended by Rewo to anyone who is searching for legal support in real estate field.’
‘Kęstutis Adamonis is our go-to real estate lawyer in Lithuania. He’s a safe pair of hands and understands our commercial drivers.’
‘Aušra Mudėnaitė – Top person in Lithuanian real estate development. Hands- on approach, has connections with all key stakeholders.’
Tax Tier 1
Sorainen's team has expertise in transfer pricing matters, tax disputes and tax-compliant structuring. It is 'competent, professional and customer orientated.' The group is led by the 'business-minded' Saulė Dagilytė, who has experience of performing tax reviews, representing clients in disputes, and handling direct and indirect taxation issues for both Lithuanian and foreign clients. Senior associate Rasa Mikutienė is a VAT expert and also acts on a wide array of other tax issues.
‘The overall impression is extremely positive. We have been working with the Sorainen tax team for a while and we are very satisfied. The firm has strong and experienced professionals and the client service is on a very high level.’
‘Sorainen combines strong technical knowledge with a detailed understanding of tax authority procedures – and the combination of these two makes the firm stand out in comparison to Big Four accountancy firms.’
‘I think the tax team in Sorainen is one of the best tax teams in the country, at par with the big 4 consultancy firms.’
‘Competent, professional and customer orientated.’
‘Saule Dagility is a very business minded lawyer always providing practical advice.’
‘Rasa Mikutiene provides consistently strong client service – pro-active in moving matters forward, and provides quick and comprehensive responses.’
Lords LB Asset Management
EU and competition Tier 2
Sorainen's team is 'well-equipped with knowledge and business acumen.' The firm covers the full range of competition law matters, including those concerning state aid, anticompetitive agreements, abuses of dominance and merger control. 'Extremely professional' team head Daivis Švirinas is representing the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania in the European Commission’s investigation into allegedly unlawful state aid being granted to state-owned enterprise Keliu prieziura. Senior associate Monika Mališauskaitė-Vaupšienė has particular expertise in prohibited agreements between competitors and non-competing entities. Senior associate Edita Daukšienė, who is 'exceptionally dedicated', advises local and international clients on merger reviews and state aid cases across the Baltic region.
‘The team is well-equipped with knowledge and business acumen. We can always expect a robust and up to the point advice.’
‘l would describe the team as highly qualified, having a knowledge of recent case-law and legislation and who can advise on a variety of issues.’
‘In my opinion, the Sorainen’s competition team is one of the strongest in the market. We have been working with it for many years. We are happy that the services provided not only involve legal advice, but also business consultations as well. It is very important for a business to receive advice which covers the big picture.’
‘Dedication to the client, willingness to help, prepared and thoughtful solutions, quality of service in the first place and constructive communication makes collaboration a pleasure.’
‘Monika Mališauskaitė— and Daivis Svirinas promptly respond to enquiries, are always easily accessible, give full and detailed comments, have very good knowledge of competition.’
‘The team is led by Daivis Svirinas. He is extremely professional and has a deep knowledge of our industry. Monika Mališauskaitė is an experienced competition lawyer who provides the exact solutions we need and is very protective of our matters. He takes care of them as if they are her own.’
‘Daivis Svirinas has a bird’s eye view of every task.’
‘Edita Daukšienė is an exceptionally dedicated senior lawyer with deep knowledge and willingness to provide quality services.’
Intellectual property Tier 2
Sorainen's practice is made up of 'true professionals' advising on cross-border copyright enforcement, IP transfers and patent litigation. Daivis Švirinas, who heads up the team, represented Google before the Radio and Television Commission over cooperation on blocking illegal websites distributing copyright infringing content. Stasys Drazdauskas assists clients with drafting contracts for IP transfers, the registration of trade marks and copyright protection.
‘Sorainen team is truly great to work with! It responds very quickly, goes deep into the matter and details. We are happy to work with it as it has true professionals. We have consulted with Sorainen about the topic of legal film screening platforms (VOD) and we were happy with the service.’
‘Their expertise and attentiveness to the client make them stand out; these are things that we valued in them.’
Shipping and transport Tier 2
Sorainen's team has 'formidable expertise' in the shipping and transport sphere. Its expertise includes the international sale of goods, ship arrests, infrastructure projects and aircraft construction. The team is led by Daivis Švirinas and Vaiva Mašidlauskienė, who advised Wizz Air Hungary on possible limitations for slot transfer in the event of restructuring under Lithuanian law. Vitalija Tamavičiūtė has a notable specialism in railway transport regulation.
‘As compared with other firms from the Baltics that I have had an opportunity to work with, Sorainen definitely stands out from the crowd. Its multidisciplinary team provides high quality legal advice and has formidable expertise. It is extremely committed to its work, and its approach is analytical and comprehensive.’
‘Vitalija Tamavičiūtė, who is a counsel at Sorainen, is very professional, responsive, supportive and flexible. It is a pleasure to work with her.’
Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania
TMT Tier 2
Sorainen provides extensive support on software licensing, e-commerce matters and consumer protection. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is advising Barclays Group Operations on the transfer of Rise Vilnius start-up hub to Swedbank. Stasys Drazdauskas has expertise in IP, IT and data protection. He is often sought out to assist clients with matters concerning cloud services and AI solutions. Drazdauskas co-heads the practice with senior associate Jonas Kiauleikis, who acts for clients on corporate transactions and also provides day-to-day business advice.
‘Sorainen has an exceptional team of professionals of all levels readily available to address our concerns from M&A to facility management to any other commercial or operational matter. Supporting our corporate governance and daily matters they provide support, guidance, advise and solutions, and are trusted advisors respected by local management & group legal team.’
‘Competent and professional.’
All Media Baltics
Sorainen > Firm Profile
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.
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|Corporate and M&A||Toomas Pranglifirstname.lastname@example.org||+372 6 400 966|
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|Finance & Insurance||Tomas Kontautasfirstname.lastname@example.org||+370 52 685 040|
|Finance & Insurance||Kiryl Apanasevichemail@example.com||+375 17 306 2102|
|Ms Indrė Ščeponienė||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Daivis Švirinas||Partner, head of firm’s Competition practice in the Baltic States and Belarus…||View Profile|
|Mr Kęstutis Švirinas||Partner, head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management team in…||View Profile|
|Mr Kęstutis Adamonis||Partner, head of the firm’s Real Estate & Construction team in the…||View Profile|
|Dalia Augaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė||Partner||View Profile|
|Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Aurimas Banys||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Lina Barniškienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Rimantas Bendorius||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Žilvinas Briedis||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Sergej Butov||Partner, head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Mr Evaldas Dūdonis||Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Saulė Dagilytė||Partner, head of firm’s Tax team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Aurelija Daubaraitė||Senior associate||View Profile|
|Ms Edita Daukšienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Goda Drasute||Associate||View Profile|
|Stasys Drazdauskas||Counsel, head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Ms Aušra Gaurytė||Associate||View Profile|
|Vitalija Impolevičienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Almina Ivanauskaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Donatas Jasaitis||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Kazimieras Karpickis||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Jurgita Karvelė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Jonas Kiauleikis||Senior Associate, co-head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector…||View Profile|
|Ms Julija Kirkilienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Irma Kirklytė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Augustas Klezys||Partner, head of Finance & Insurance sector group in the Baltics and…||View Profile|
|Tomas Kontautas||Country Managing Partner, head of Finance & Insurance team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Mr Mantas Kušlys||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Greta Kubiliūnaitė||Associate||View Profile|
|Auridas Litvinas||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Laurynas Lukošiūnas||Partner, head of firm’s Public Procurement & Public Projects practice in the…||View Profile|
|Ms Domantė Lunytė||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Vaiva Mašidlauskienė||Of Counsel, co-head of firm’s Transport & Logistics sector group in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Ms Inga Macijauskaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Monika Mališauskaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Laura Matuizaitė||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Rasa Mikutienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Aušra Mudėnaitė||Partner, co-head of the firm’s Real Estate and Construction team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Paulius Murauskas||Associate||View Profile|
|Ana Novosad||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Algirdas Pekšys||Partner, head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Indrė Pelėdaitė||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Mantas Petkevičius||Partner, head of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital team||View Profile|
|Mr Julius Raškauskas||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Lina Ragainytė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Gabriele Raizyte||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Darius Raulušaitis||Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Ieva Rimavičienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Svetlana Rudaja||Associate||View Profile|
|Laimonas Skibarka||Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Gerda Skirbutienė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Simonas Skukauskas||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Sidas Sokolovas||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Agnė Sovaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Simona Stančiukaitė||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Jurgita Tekorienė||Associate||View Profile|
|Povilas Užkuraitis||Povilas is an associate with the firm‘s Tax team. Having specialized in…||View Profile|
|Mr Lukas Vaišvila||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Simona Vaicekauskaitė||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Simona Vaitkūnienė||Associate||View Profile|
|Liutauras Vasiliauskas||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Agnietė Venckienė||Senior Associate, head of Employment practice in Lithuania||View Profile|
|Neringa Virbickaite||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Erika Zigute||Senior Associate||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPartners : 33 Lawyers & tax advisers : 200+ Business services professionals : 100+
LanguagesEnglish Russian German French Polish Finnish Swedish Estonian Latvian Lithuanian
MembershipsIBA (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.
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.