Mr Laimonas Skibarka > Sorainen > Vilnius, Lithuania > Lawyer Profile
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Mr Laimonas Skibarka
Corporate and M&A, TMT
As managing partner of Sorainen, Laimonas Skibarka is passionate about our firm’s core purpose – growing prosperity in our region by helping our clients succeed in business. Laimonas enjoys working closely with clients and learning about their businesses and industries. Specialising in the fields of M&A, private equity and foreign investments, Laimonas focuses on the TMT sector.
Strategic projects in the Baltic region. During his legal career (which also included working at the London office of international law firm Allen & Overy in 2005-2006), Laimonas has been privileged to lead our teams in various strategic projects in the Baltic region. These included creation of shared service centres by Barclays and Western Union (the first “flagship investors” in this sector in Lithuania), strategic acquisitions by Providence Equity Partners (who acquired Bitė, a major mobile operator in Lithuania and Latvia, and All Media Baltics, the largest media group in the Baltics), REWE (who acquired IKI, a major retail chain in Lithuania and Latvia) and many others.
Amongst market leaders in transactions. International M&A database Mergermarket ranks Laimonas as the leading individual lawyer by number of M&A transactions advised in Lithuania (first place with 35 deals for a total disclosed value of EUR 3.078 billion, during 2000-2019) and also among the Top 3 in the Baltic States and Belarus.
Helping businesses grow. Laimonas also enjoys contributing to venture capital transactions which help to expand startups and other growing companies. Fast growth and innovations was also among the reasons for choosing TMT as his key focus sector back in 2014.
Value based approach in daily work. Promoting a client-centred and service-minded culture, sector focus and collaboration within the firm, Laimonas also applies these values while working with clients and other advisers. He strongly believes in the saying “collaboration is spreading wealth”.
Recognised by legal directories. Laimonas is recognised by legal directories: Chambers Europe notes that “Market observers applaud [his] expert legal knowledge and strategic thinking, saying ‘he is more than a lawyer; he has that rare skill of not only pointing out risks but also offering solutions’.” The Legal 500 notes that “He has ‘excellent local knowledge that he is able to convey to multinational clients’.”
Lithuanian, English, Russian
- Lithuanian Bar Association
- International Bar Association
- YPO Lithuania
- Member of the Board of Lithuanian Business Confederation | ICC Lithuania (2013-2018, honorary award in 2012)
- Vilnius University, Lithuania (MA in Law)
- Central European University, Hungary (LLM in International Business Law with distinction)
- Studies at Toronto University, Canada (student exchange programme)
- Harvard Law School (Leadership in Law Firms course)
Sorainen is highly experienced in advising on private equity and venture capital transactions within the technology space. The team is also well versed in transactions concerning the telecoms, media and entertainment sectors. Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka specialises in corporate transactions within the TMT sphere. He co-heads the practice with counsels Stasys Drazdauskas, who focuses on IT and data protection, and Jonas Kiauleikis, who specialises in corporate and finance transactions relating to TMT.
Sorainen’s forte is in handling large cross-border transactions, with a recent workload including pan-Batlic instructions as well as matters also involving the US and other EU countries. M&A specialist Sergej Butov oversees the team and has a particular interest in the energy and life sciences sectors. Fellow M&A expert and managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is another key name and focuses predominantly on the TMT sector. As well as M&A transactions, the team is also notably adept in private equity and venture capital, where Mantas Petkevičius is a key name of note. The team is also highly skilled in corporate governance work, largely owing to the expertise of Algirdas Pekšys. Senior associate Mindaugas Dominykas Baniulis, who has a particular interest in the TMT sector, is another key figure. Evaldas Dūdonis was promoted to the partnership in January 2022.
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