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Sorainen
44A Gedimino Ave
LT-01110 Vilnius
Lithuania

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Sorainen’s presence across the Baltic region makes it a popular choice for pan-Baltic financings and transactions, as is evidenced by the fact that it acts for major names such as JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. The team has a strong track record acting for clients on bond issuances, and it is also very active in emerging areas, such as fintech and green finance transactions. Managing partner Tomas Kontautas  is a key name for regulatory assistance and transactions that have a nexus to the insurance sector. He jointly leads the team with former banker Augustas Klezys, who is highly experienced in banking transactions and fintech licensing, as well as matters involving international swaps and derivatives.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Kontautas; Augustas Klezys

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Luminor Bank

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)

NEO Finance

Ministry of Finance of Lithuania

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Nordea Bank

DNB Bank

OP Corporate Bank

InMedika

Verse Payments

Bitė Lietuva

Bitė Group

Baltic mill

Citigroup

Erste Group

Ignitis grupė

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sorainen, which is ‘a top law firm in Lithuania’, advises on high-end M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Its practice has a strong emphasis on mandates connected with the energy, financial services and TMT sectors. Team head Sergej Butov has a broad skill set, which includes M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance and reorganisations. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is another key name, and is most notably known for his work in the TMT sector. Algirdas Pekšys authored the first Corporate Governance Code in Lithuania back in 2004. Mantas Petkevičius, who leads the private equity and venture capital team, has expertise in investments and exits. Associate Mindaugas Baniulis joined from Magnusson.

Practice head(s):

Sergej Butov

Other key lawyers:

Laimonas Skibarka; Algirdas Pekšys; Mantas Petkevičius; Mindaugas Baniulis

Key clients

Barclays

Bitė / All Media Baltics

Metso Corporation

Ignitis Group

Vienna Insurance Group

INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund

HeidelbergCement Northern Europe

DHL Lietuva

Nasdaq

Inchcape

Kayak

Modus Group

Olympic Casino

Pepco

Švaros broliai

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sorainen is a prominent player in commercial disputes and criminal investigations, as well as public procurement and TMT-related matters. Kęstutis Švirinas is adept in commercial arbitration cases and white-collar crime investigations. Also recommended is Žygimantas Pacevičius, who is noted for his experience of matters with a nexus to the TMT sector, as well as insurance, financial services, management liability and insolvency. Laurynas Lukošiūnas is knowledgeable about public procurement, public-private partnerships and EU financing.

Practice head(s):

Kęstutis Švirinas; Žygimantas Pacevičius; Laurynas Lukošiūnas

Key clients

Mart Inn Food

Mr. Mindaugas Marcinkevičius

Attexo OU

HeidelbergCement Northern Europe AB

R.M.D. Grains SAL (off-shore)

Algol Chemicals, UAB

Baltijos kredito sprendimai, UAB

BAB bankas Snoras

AIG EUROPE LIMITED

HIDROSTATYBA, UAB

Ekonovus, UAB

Lietuvos geležinkeliai, AB

Alfa Bank

Šiaulių plentas and Žemaitijos keliai

Employment Tier 1

Sorainen's varied workload ranges from day-to-day advice to court litigation before the Supreme Court. Practice head Algirdas Pekšys is an expert in handling employment contracts, as well as advising on HR policies and procedures. Of counsel Agnietė Venckienė, who regularly assists the firm's international client base, is notably adept in handling dismissals and disciplinary issues. Nasdaq and RB Rail are among the key clients.

Practice head(s):

Algirdas Pekšys; Agnietė Venckienė

Key clients

HCL Technologies

PKC Group Lithuania UAB

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

Genus Technologies Ltd

EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL – EASTERN EUROPE UAB

GetJet Airlines UAB

KAYAK Software Corporation

Metsotec Oyj

Nasdaq Vilnius Services UAB

Outokumpu Oyj

Pepco Poland Sp. z o.o.

RB Rail AS

Vienna Insurance Group AG Wiener Versicherung Group

DXC

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

Projects and energy Tier 1

Sorainen is one of the largest firms in the Baltics and has the bandwidth to handle large-scale projects and corporate transactions in the energy, transport and telecoms sectors. Sergej Butov, who leads the energy team, undertakes mandates in areas such as oil and gas, LNG, solar and wind energy. Outside of energy, the team has been advising the leading local telecoms company Bite, as well as assisting with the landmark Rail Baltica project. Aušra Mudėnaitė, who heads up the real estate and construction team, is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Sergej Butov; Aušra Mudėnaitė

Other key lawyers:

Aušra Mudėnaitė

Key clients

Lietuvos geležinkeliai

Rail Baltica

HSC Baltic

Plasta

IKEA Industry Lietuva

Ryterna modul

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Ignitis Group

Tauropolis

Lords LB Asset Management

Hobbyhorse

Lietuvos oro uostai (Lithuanian airports)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sorainen’s multidisciplinary real estate and construction team is notably strong in property portfolio deals, sale-leasebacks and city master plan amendments. Aušra Mudėnaitė is particularly adept at regulatory and transactional work, as well as litigation. Another differentiator for the firm is its strength in pan-Baltic work, with Vilinius-based Kęstutis Adamonis leading the firm’s real estate and construction work for the entire Baltic region. Most of the team's recent work covered commercial property matters, but it also has experience of handling mandates involving residential and infrastructure-related assets. In a significant development, Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Aušra Mudėnaitė; Kęstutis Adamonis

Other key lawyers:

Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė

Key clients

Deka Immobillien Investment

Technopolis

Continental

DB Schenker

Metso Oyj

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways)

E energija

Tesonet

Daltonas (subsidiary of Darnu group UAB)

Orkela (SPV managed by Lords LB Asset Management)

ETEA LT UAB (ETEA Group)

Vakarų medienos grupė (VMG)

Vilniaus autobusų stotis (Vilnius bus station)

Tax Tier 1

Sorainen, which handles the gamut of tax advisory work, acts for clients such as Uber, Barclays and Adidas. Team head Saulė Dagilytė is notably adept at advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Dagilytė is supported by of counsel Indrė Ščeponienė, who is a key name for contentious work. Another key individual is senior associate Rasa Mikutienė, who focuses on restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Saulė Dagilytė

Other key lawyers:

Indrė Ščeponienė; Rasa Mikutienė

Key clients

McKesson Business Services Lithuania UAB (subsidiary of McKesson Europe AG)

Uber B.V.

Decathlon Lietuva UAB

Metso Corporation

KAYAK Software Corporation

Barclays Group Operations Lithuania

Vienna Insurance Group AG Wiener Versicherung Grup

adidas Baltics SIA

Vinted UAB

Clifford Chance (Paris)

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

EU and competition Tier 2

Sorainen's competition work includes merger control, abuse of dominance cases and state aid matters. Daivis Švirinas combines expertise in competition, state aid and EU law with knowledge of the life sciences sector.  Švirinas co-heads the practice with senior associate Monika Mališauskaitė-Vaupšienė, who is well-versed in merger control and anti-competitive agreements.

Practice head(s):

Daivis Švirinas; Monika Mališauskaitė-Vaupšienė

Key clients

Bitė Lietuva

Palink

UniCredit

Forum Cinemas

Sandoz

PGF (Polska Grupa Farmaceutyczna)

Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

INVL Asset Management

Transinesta

BMGS

Intellectual property Tier 2

Sorainen counts household names such as Google and Nascar among its client roster, with notable expertise in soft IP issues such as online piracy, IP transfers, as well as trade mark infringements and oppositions. Daivis Švirinas leads the IP team and is also highly skilled in complementary areas such as competition and life sciences. Stasys Drazdauskas, who heads up the TMT, is another key figure and adept in handling copyright protection.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Sorainen has advised on key instructions in the market, including the historic greenfield railway project Rail Baltica, as well as AirBaltica’s €200m issuance of bonds to JP Morgan. Valts Nerets 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 assistance, most notably assisting with the regulatory implications of driverless vehicles. Daivis Švirinas and senior associate Vaiva Mašidlauskienė are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daivis Švirinas; Vaiva Mašidlauskienė

Other key lawyers:

Valts Nerets; Ieva Andersone

Key clients

Lietuvos geležinkeliai (Lithuanian railways)

RB Rail

Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

Airbnb Ireland UC

Nissan Nordic Europe Oy

Transinesta (Ecolines)

Toyota Baltic

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

Thomas Cooper LLP

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Indrė Ščeponienė  photo Ms Indrė Ščeponienė Counsel
Mr Daivis Švirinas  photo Mr Daivis Švirinas Partner, head of firm’s Competition practice in the Baltic States and Belarus…
Mr Kęstutis Švirinas  photo Mr Kęstutis Švirinas Partner, head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management team in…
Mr Kęstutis Adamonis  photo Mr Kęstutis Adamonis Partner, head of the firm’s Real Estate & Construction team in the…
Ms Dalia Augaitė  photo Ms Dalia Augaitė Senior Associate
Ms Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė  photo Ms Asta Augutytė-Rapkevičienė Partner
Mr Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis  photo Mr Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis Associate
Mr Aurimas Banys  photo Mr Aurimas Banys Senior Associate
Ms Lina Barniškienė  photo Ms Lina Barniškienė Senior Associate
Mr Rimantas Bendorius  photo Mr Rimantas Bendorius Associate
Mr Žilvinas Briedis  photo Mr Žilvinas Briedis Senior Associate
Mr Sergej Butov photo Mr Sergej Butov Partner, head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team in Lithuania
Mr Evaldas Dūdonis  photo Mr Evaldas Dūdonis Counsel
Ms Saulė Dagilytė  photo Ms Saulė Dagilytė Partner, head of firm’s Tax team in Lithuania
Ms Aurelija Daubaraitė  photo Ms Aurelija Daubaraitė Senior associate
Ms Edita Daukšienė  photo Ms Edita Daukšienė Senior Associate
Ms Goda Drasute  photo Ms Goda Drasute Associate
Mr Stasys Drazdauskas photo Mr Stasys Drazdauskas Counsel, head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications team in Lithuania
Ms Aušra Gaurytė  photo Ms Aušra Gaurytė Associate
Ms Vitalija Impolevičienė  photo Ms Vitalija Impolevičienė Senior Associate
Ms Almina Ivanauskaitė  photo Ms Almina Ivanauskaitė Senior Associate
Mr Donatas Jasaitis photo Mr Donatas Jasaitis Senior Associate
Mr Kazimieras Karpickis photo Mr Kazimieras Karpickis Senior Associate
Ms Jurgita Karvelė  photo Ms Jurgita Karvelė Senior Associate
Mr Jonas Kiauleikis  photo Mr Jonas Kiauleikis Senior Associate, co-head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector…
Ms Julija Kirkilienė  photo Ms Julija Kirkilienė Senior Associate
Ms Irma Kirklytė  photo Ms Irma Kirklytė Senior Associate
Mr Augustas Klezys photo Mr Augustas Klezys Partner, head of Finance & Insurance sector group in the Baltics and…
Mr Tomas Kontautas photo Mr Tomas Kontautas Country Managing Partner, head of Finance & Insurance team in Lithuania
Mr Mantas Kušlys  photo Mr Mantas Kušlys Senior Associate
Ms Greta Kubiliūnaitė  photo Ms Greta Kubiliūnaitė Associate
Mr Auridas Litvinas  photo Mr Auridas Litvinas Associate
Mr Laurynas Lukošiūnas  photo Mr Laurynas Lukošiūnas Partner, head of firm’s Public Procurement & Public Projects practice in the…
Ms Domantė Lunytė  photo Ms Domantė Lunytė Associate
Ms Vaiva Mašidlauskienė  photo Ms Vaiva Mašidlauskienė Of Counsel, co-head of firm’s Transport & Logistics sector group in Lithuania
Ms Inga Macijauskaitė  photo Ms Inga Macijauskaitė Senior Associate
Ms Monika Mališauskaitė  photo Ms Monika Mališauskaitė Senior Associate
Ms Laura Matuizaitė  photo Ms Laura Matuizaitė Associate
Ms Rasa Mikutienė  photo Ms Rasa Mikutienė Senior Associate
Ms Aušra Mudėnaitė  photo Ms Aušra Mudėnaitė Partner, co-head of the firm’s Real Estate and Construction team in Lithuania
Mr Paulius Murauskas  photo Mr Paulius Murauskas Associate
Ms Ana Novosad photo Ms Ana Novosad Senior Associate
Mr Algirdas Pekšys  photo Mr Algirdas Pekšys Partner, head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team in Lithuania
Ms Indrė Pelėdaitė  photo Ms Indrė Pelėdaitė Associate
Mr Mantas Petkevičius  photo Mr Mantas Petkevičius Partner, head of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital team
Mr Julius Raškauskas  photo Mr Julius Raškauskas Associate
Ms Lina Ragainytė  photo Ms Lina Ragainytė Senior Associate
Ms Gabriele Raizyte  photo Ms Gabriele Raizyte Associate
Mr Darius Raulušaitis  photo Mr Darius Raulušaitis Counsel
Ms Ieva Rimavičienė  photo Ms Ieva Rimavičienė Senior Associate
Ms Svetlana Rudaja  photo Ms Svetlana Rudaja Associate
Mr Laimonas Skibarka photo Mr Laimonas Skibarka Managing Partner
Ms Gerda Skirbutienė  photo Ms Gerda Skirbutienė Senior Associate
Mr Simonas Skukauskas photo Mr Simonas Skukauskas Counsel
Mr Sidas Sokolovas  photo Mr Sidas Sokolovas Associate
Ms Agnė Sovaitė  photo Ms Agnė Sovaitė Senior Associate
Ms Simona Stančiukaitė  photo Ms Simona Stančiukaitė Senior Associate
Ms Jurgita Tekorienė  photo Ms Jurgita Tekorienė Associate
Mr Povilas Užkuraitis  photo Mr Povilas Užkuraitis Povilas is an associate with the firm‘s Tax team. Having specialized in…
Mr Lukas Vaišvila  photo Mr Lukas Vaišvila Associate
Ms Simona Vaicekauskaitė  photo Ms Simona Vaicekauskaitė Associate
Ms Simona Vaitkūnienė  photo Ms Simona Vaitkūnienė Associate
Mr Liutauras Vasiliauskas  photo Mr Liutauras Vasiliauskas Associate
Ms Agnietė Venckienė  photo Ms Agnietė Venckienė Senior Associate, head of Employment practice in Lithuania
Ms Neringa Virbickaite  photo Ms Neringa Virbickaite Senior Associate
Ms Erika Zigute  photo Ms Erika Zigute Senior 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.