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TGS Baltic
1050 RIGA

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

TGS Baltic's Latvian team is well-equipped to handle M&A and private equity transactions, as well as commercial agreements and regulatory compliance. The group’s recent workload included cross-border mandates spanning the Baltic region and wider Europe, as well as the USA. It is notably active in sectors such as energy, retail and technology. Andra Rubene, who leads the team, has broad expertise in corporate and commercial law and also focuses on EU and competition law. Nauris Grigals left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):


‘Wide sector coverage, Deep industry knowledge, full set of covered legal areas. Professional, attentive, diligent!’

‘Dedication to your problem.’

Key clients

AB Ignitis grupė

Lagercrantz Group AB (publ)

AB Svenska Spel

Olympic Entertainment Group / OlyBet

Mailigen SIA

Sberbank Investments – Ultramar

AS “Rīgas Dzirnavnieks”

Overkill Ventures


Mars Inc., Royal Canin

Hepsor Latvia Investments OU

Utenos Trikotažas

Inchcape Motors Latvia SIA

Mighty Buildings

HAVI Logistics, SIA; HAVI Supply Chain SIA

Tet, SIA

Work highlights

  • Provided legal support to joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners with respect to the initial public offering of AB Ignitis grupė.
  • Assisted AKROPOLIS GROUP with a 300 million Eurobond issue.
  • Assisted limited partnership Overkill Ventures Fund I AIF with the Latvian law issues related to its investments into and exit from US company AXDRAFT Inc.

Latvia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Procurement disputes are a notable strength at TGS Baltic, which also excels in energy, tax, public, corporate and construction law cases. Managing partner Ivars Grunte, who leads the team, has a strong track record in corporate and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration cases. The team also features public law specialist Linda Štrause  and Sandis Petrovičs, who is a key name for procurement and construction disputes. Agnese Hartpenga has carved a particular niche in the sports sector, having recently advised on an anti-doping dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Practice head(s):


‘The team at TGS Baltic is managed and trained to ensure availability and quick turnaround at all times. TGS Baltic is also very fast growing and expanding its business. To service on boarding of new clients and to meet increased workflow the firm has grown immensely during the last year, incl. according to the number of qualified specialists. If compared with other firms TGS Baltic stand out as more agile, convincing, practical and efficient.’

‘TGS Baltic has a winning team that has proved itself fighting disputes in courts. TGS Baltic leads by example demonstrating real steps taken to maximize sustainability and minimize negative impact on the environment, and ensure diversity of the team (including among partners).’

Key clients

AS Latvijas dzelzceļš

Latvian Anti-Doping Bureau

Graanul Invest group

Daugavpils siltumtīkli

AS Enerģijas publiskais tirgotājs, (EPT)


CCC Riga Digital Services

Latvijas Balzāms AS

Mapri Būve

Public Utilities Commission


Work highlights

  • Representing AS Latvijas Dzelzceļš in court proceedings against the Latvian Competition Council.
  • Represented AS Enerģijas Publiskais Tirgotājs in 17 court cases in all court instances in disputes where companies producing electricity from wind energy sought to obtain higher purchase fees.
  • Represented the Anti-Doping Bureau of Latvia in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Latvia > EU and competition Tier 1

TGS Baltic, which acts for a significant number of international clients, is mostly known for its expertise in prohibited agreements, abuse of dominance cases, merger control and unfair trade practices. Andra Rubene is highly skilled in the competition aspects of corporate transactions. She co-heads the practice with senior associate Māra Stabulniece-Veldruma, who has expertise in public procurement and public-private-partnerships.


‘The team is very well-versed in all aspects of competition law. It provides top-notch professional services in all conceivable respects and will provide you with both valuable strategic insights and a meticulous, timely and efficient execution of your goals.’

‘Strong pan-Baltic practice.’

‘Andra Rubene – strong communication skills and business insight.’

Key clients

Tele2 AB and Tele2 SIA

Facebook Pay

Inchcape Motors


Graanul Pellets Energy/Graanul Invest Group / Graanul Invest / Latgran

Bausch Health

Latvijas Dzelzceļš

LDZ Apsardze


Philip Morris

INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund



MCI. PrivateVentures Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamknięty


Work highlights

  • Assisted Tele2 with clearance of the competition law and telecommunications regulatory issues related to RAN network and spectrum sharing with Bite in Latvia and Lithuania.
  • Advised Facebook Inc. on competition law issues and payment regulatory matters regarding the potential rollout of Facebook Pay product in Latvia.
  • Advised Inchcape Motors Estonia on several competition law issues, including restrictions to sale of original spare parts to resellers and potential merger.

Latvia > IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

TGS Baltic acts for clients on matters such as the negotiation and execution of R&D agreements, the establishment of R&D valleys and the long-term enforcement of IP protection. Its team has expertise in trade marks, patents, copyright and industrial designs. Illustrative of the firm's strong profile among high-profile clients, it acts for Philip Morris Latvia. Elsewhere, it generates mandates from clients in industries such as sport, technology, biotechnology and broadcasting. Trade mark work is a key area of focus, particularly in relation to infringement and opposition cases. Andra Rubene and Sandis Petrovičs co-head the group, which also includes associates Zane Skļamina and Alīna Lepere.

Other key lawyers:


‘TGS Baltic’s team has delivered fast and excellent solutions in order to help our business needs. We have partnered with them for quite a few projects and in different fields, their experts are very intelligent.’

Key clients


Philip Morris Latvia SIA

Inchape Motors Latvia SIA

Nordic Entertainment Group

Galio Development SIA

Bulkestate OU

Cosmoway UAB

Rawood export SIA

Work highlights

  • Provided SmartLynx with actual information regarding number of SmartLynx trademarks for creation of SmartLynx brand portfolio.
  • Advised Koldaria Commercial Ltd on opposition procedures initiated by Orange in relation to the BlueOrange trade mark.
  • Advised Philip Morris on interim measures in patent cases.

Latvia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

TGS Baltic’s multidisciplinary practice, which is led by Linda Štrause, covers transactional work, public procurement, construction agreements and regulatory compliance. Sandis Petrovičs assists with public procurement issues, as well as transactions involving the purchase and sales of major land plots. Another key individual is Agnese Hartpenga, who has experience of infrastructure projects. Associate Aija Kreicberga is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):


‘Great team work as TGS Baltic always work as a team.’

‘Linda Štrause is always responsive, proactively provides information on the development and progress of the legal case, provides experience-based recommendations.’

Key clients

Moller Real Estate Baltic AS

University of Latvia


Hepsor Group

Granul Invest

Ministry of Finance, State Real Estate

Schwenk Latvia

Inchape Motors Latvia

AS Retail Mežaparks

AB Kauno Tiltai

Work highlights

  • Advised Moller Real Estate Baltic AS on the acquisition of a land plot of 2.311 ha in Riga near the Riga International Airport and a former British American Tobacco Latvia office-warehouse building.
  • Advised Daugavpils siltumtīki on the construction of a new boiler house on wood chips on the territory of CHP-3.
  • Assisted real estate company AS Retail Mežaparks with the sale of a large land plot in Mežaparks.

Latvia > Tax Tier 1

TGS Baltic is highly skilled in tax due diligence and structuring of corporate transactions, with additional expertise in customs and trade, transfer pricing and VAT issues. The team is also skilled in private equity and venture capital fund structuring, alongside advising on the tax aspects of property transactions. The team is led by corporate partners Andra Rubene and certified tax adviser Rūdolfs Vilsons, who is praised as ‘a brilliant tax structuring specialist’. Nauris Grigals left the firm in early 2022.

Practice head(s):


‘We have trusted TGS Baltic to resolve our clients’ tax affairs on several occasions and would be pleased to recommend the firm again. The team of lawyers is highly professional, gives clear advice and is able to quickly resolve both unusual and standard situations.’

‘Rudolfs Vilsons is a brilliant tax structuring specialist.’

Key clients

GLD Company

AB “Ignitis grupė”

SIA Saules Aptieka

Sberbank Investments – Ultramar

Swedbank AS

Inchcape Motors Latvia SIA

Skinest Rail / SIA Eska Trading

Graanul Invest Group

Gunvor Group / Gunvor SA

Intrum Global Technologies Group

Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG Latvijas filiāle

Work highlights

  • Represented SIA “GLD Company” in a real estate sale transaction in Mārupe.
  • Provided legal support to the joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners with respect to the initial public offering (IPO) of 20,000,000 shares of AB “Ignitis grupė”.
  • Assisted SIA Saules Aptieka with arranging one of the first shipments of surgical face masks from the People’s Republic of China for hospitals, doctors, and health professionals in Latvia.

Latvia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

TGS Baltic advises on major financings and capital markets transactions, with additional strengths in regulatory compliance and banking-related corporate deals. Other areas of activity include advising on fintech, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and employee share schemes. The firm’s pan-Baltic model also makes the team well placed to handle cross-border transactions. Practice head Inese Hazenfusa is particularly skilled in project finance transactions and bond issuances.

Practice head(s):


‘TGS Baltic’s individual qualities are delving into the nuances, ability to listen to the client’s wishes, patience and professional attitude.’

‘The team’s strengths are its high level of responsibility, fast reactions in different situations and high-quality work.’

Key clients





FMS Wertmanagement

European Investment Bank


Jyske Bank

Overkill Ventures


Rīgas Satiksme

BlueOrange Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised Rigas Satiksme in relation to a facility agreement arranged by Česká spořitelna with Česká spořitelna.
  • Advised a financial consortium with respect to the initial public offering of 20m shares of AB Ignitis grupė.
  • Assisted with implementation of TI’s new omnibus employee share purchase plan.

Latvia > Employment Tier 2

TGS Baltic, which is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, attracts a strong flow of work from multinational companies such as Unilever and Philip Morris. Andra Rubene advises international clients on employment regulations. Another key individual is Linda Štrause, whose expertise includes employment contracts and share purchase plans. Associate Toms Tīdemanis is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Professionalism, experience and competence.’

‘In-depth knowledge of a number of specific legal areas.’

Key clients


STUDIO MODERNA SIA / Studio Moderna Holdings Investments B.V.


Phillip Morris

CCC Riga Digital Services

Peek & Cloppenburg, SIA / Peek & Cloppenburg Holding B.V. / Peek & Cloppenburg GmbH & Co. KG


Via 3L Latvia, SIA

Strabag SIA

Mars Latvia SIA, Royal Canin Latvia SIA

Latvian Hockey Federation

SIA Intrum Global Technologies / Intrum AB

Latvian Academy of Sciences

Essity Latvia SIA / Essity Group Holding B.V.

Boehringer Ingelheim


Patria Oy

Aldaris AS, Carlsberg Group

Inchcape Motors Latvia SIA

JDC Estonia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Latvian Hockey Federation with organizing and hosting 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga.
  • Advised Unilever on general employment matters.
  • Advised Maxima in relation to providing an additional worforce during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Latvia > Shipping and transport Tier 2

TGS Baltic’s varied offering covers cargo damage and theft claims, major logistics agreements, as well as public procurement procedures. Andra Rubene, an experienced corporate partner, is heavily in this space. She leads the team alongside Ivars Grunte , who is skilled in cargo and insurance claims across road, rail and air transport. Associate Arina Stivriņa, who specialises in shipping law, is another key name.


‘An excellent team coming up with out-of-the-box ideas.’

‘Arina Stivrina is the mastermind of legal strategy.’

Key clients

AS Latvijas dzelzceļš

Latvijas Balzāms AS

Inchape Motors group companies

Olaine Logistics SIA

Samson Materials Handling Ltd

City Bee Solutions / SIA „CityBee Latvija“

Latgran SIA


Work highlights

  • Representation of AS Latvijas Dzelzceļš in court proceedings against the Latvian Competition Council.
  • Provides Inchape Motors Group with an all-inclusive legal commercial, competition, dispute resolution and other assistance for all their business activities in Latvia.
  • Assisted City Bee Solutions in the matters related to the VAT application to CityBee provided services, including evaluation of advance payment application.

Lithuania > Fintech Tier 1

TGS Baltic's experienced banking team is highly active in fintech matters, particularly in relation to e-money, P2P lending, crowdfunding and cryptocurrency. The team advises both local and international clients, including Paysera and Revolut. Žygimantas Stankevičius, who was formerly head of legal at Luminor Bank, leads the practice and is well-versed in financial services regulations. In 2021, Aistė Patašiūtė and Sebastian Okinczyc joined from SEB bankas and Danske Bank respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Rasa Blinsturbienė; Aistė PatašiūtėSebastian Okinczyc; Karolina Lapinskaitė


‘Strong network of experts able to offer expertise in a wide range of subjects.’

‘TGS Baltic is one of the best law firms in Lithuania in every practice area they are serving. I appreciate their services and client handling. They are always responsive, helpful and resourceful in every case and matter of law.’

‘Partner availability and competence, efficiency, attentiveness to the needs of the client.’

‘Constructiveness, competence, quick answers.’

Key clients



Paysera LT

Guru Pay


Saldo Finance

European Merchant Bank


OTB Ventures

The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

The Lithuanian post

Mobile Pay


Work highlights

  • Advised the Lithuanian branch of Revolut on regulatory and commercial matters.
  • Advised Paysera LT on the 370,000 euros fine imposed by the Bank of Lithuania.
  • Advised the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania on the development of a new generation payment platform for operating a single treasury account.

Estonia > Tax

The firm: TGS Baltic is a leading full-service commercial law firm in the Baltic States. The firm’s attorneys have an unprecedented experience mix of serving local and international businesses, the public sector, working with the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank, institutions of the European Union, and collaborating with top-tier international law firms. The firm has been involved in almost all of the major transactions that were completed in the Baltic States since they regained their independence and is currently involved in the most important strategic energy and infrastructure, corporate, and litigation projects in the Baltics.

The Latvian office is one of the most experienced law firms in the region and has developed and grown throughout its years of operation. In 2022 TGS Baltic Latvian office will celebrate its 30th anniversary of operation in Latvia.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: corporate and M&A work is the core area of expertise of TGS Baltic. TGS Baltic as part of a consortium led by Rothschild and consisting of Porta Finance and Deloitte Czech advised the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia on the possible purchase of shares in gas transmission and storage system operator Conexus Baltic Grid worth €150–200m (the initial value of Conexus Baltic Grid defined by financial advisors).

Banking and finance: TGS Baltic advised CVI Dom Maklerski sp. z o.o. (CVI) in arranging financing Riga Retail Park for the purposes of co-financing acquisition of real property as well as construction and development of the Saga Lifestyle and Shopping Centre;  Advised the European Central Bank in relation to the revocation of the license of AS Trasta Komercbanka; Successfully represented LV Asset Management AIFP before the financial and capital market commission during granting the status of a registered alternative investment fund manager; provided legal assistance to the University of Latvia regarding the €30m investment contract of the European Investment Bank; advised Nordea Bank AB on re-registration of the securities as the result of a cross-border merger of Nordea Bank Danmark A/S (Denmark), Nordea Bank Finland Plc (Finland) and Nordea Bank Norge ASA (Norway) into Nordea Bank AB (publ) Sweden (€32m).

Litigation and arbitration: TGS Baltic’s experience in large-scale, complex disputes, where simultaneous, active, and immediate action in different directions is necessary, is exceptional. Currently TGS Baltic represents clients in court cases with a total value of more than €500m.

White-collar crime and corporate investigations: TGS Baltic’s team of experts has experience of acting for corporates and individuals facing crimes and investigations performed by regulatory and law enforcement bodies.

Real estate and construction: TGS Baltic has an extensive market share in real estate matters in the commercial property sector. The firm’s experience in real estate due diligence and transactions, large multi-functional and infrastructure projects is outstanding.

Tax: TGS Baltic is very strong in tax planning, transaction support, structuring, tax due diligence, and tax litigation.

EU and competition: TGS Baltic provide clients with the full spectrum of services aimed to ensure competition law and state aid compliance and avoid violations and administrative fines and compensation of civil damages. TGS Baltic has the strongest pan-Baltic and local team of professionals with extensive experience in providing the above services.

Energy and infrastructure: is one of the key areas of practice of TGS Baltic, which lately has been marked by the involvement in large infrastructure projects. TGS Baltic is involved in energy and infrastructure projects based on its in-depth knowledge and experience obtained through its long-standing practice, which is highly valued by its clients. It covers all aspects of business activities in the energy area.

Managing Partner, Dispute Resolution and Litigation Ivars
Partner, M&A, Competition, Employment Andra
Partner, Corporate Commercial, Tax Nauris
Partner, Real Estate and Construction, Energy Linda Š
Partner, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Inese
Partner, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy Agnese
Partner, Data Protection, Intelectual Property Sandis Petrovič
Senior Associate, Competition Māra
Tax Rūdolfs
Associate, Head of Data Protection Arina Stivriņ
Associate, Intelectual Property, Data Protection, Corporate Commercial Zane Skļ
Associate, Real Estate and Construction Aija
Administrative and Finance Manager Tatjana
Marketing Beāte
Mārtiņš Galzons photo Mārtiņš GalzonsLegal Assistant
Nauris Grigals photo Nauris GrigalsPartner, Head of Corporate Commercial practice group
Ivars Grunte photo Ivars GrunteManaging Partner (Latvia), Chairperson of the pan-Baltic Board, Head of Dispute Resolution…
Reinis Grunte photo Reinis GrunteAssociate
Agnese Hartpenga photo Agnese HartpengaPartner
Inese Hazenfusa photo Inese HazenfusaPartner, Head of Banking & Finance practice group, Latvia
Aija Kreicberga photo Aija KreicbergaAssociate
Jānis Kāršenieks photo Jānis KāršenieksAssociate
Gundars Madelis photo Gundars MadelisAssociate
Andra Rubene photo Andra RubenePartner, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, Latvia
Vladlena Rudusāne-Simiča photo Vladlena Rudusāne-SimičaAssociate
Zane Skļamina photo Zane SkļaminaAssociate
Māra Stabulniece-Veldruma photo Māra Stabulniece-VeldrumaSenior Associate, Co-head of Competition practice group
Kaspars Treilibs photo Kaspars TreilibsAssociate
Toms Tīdemanis photo Toms TīdemanisAssociate
Rūdolfs Vilsons photo Rūdolfs VilsonsAssociate
Linda Štrause photo Linda ŠtrausePartner, Head of Real Estate and Energy practice group, Latvia
Number of partners worldwide : 33
Number of lawyers in Baltics : 150+
International Lawyers Network
Latvian Bar Association
Contact : Ivars Grunte, Managing Partner,
Other office : Tallinn, Estonia
Other office : Tartu, Estonia
Other office : Vilnius, Estonia

TESTIMONIAL: TGS Baltic ensures clear, correct, credible and well substantiated advice in a timely manner. TGS Baltic team is very responsive, fast, competent and efficient. The firm has very knowledgeable and experienced specialists in corporate and M&A, employment, tax and other areas of law that proactively ensure utmost quality advice suited for our business needs. They are internationally very well connected. TGS Baltic is the best legal partner for development of your business locally and cross-borders.

TESTIMONIAL: The team of TGS Baltic has exceptional strategic thinking, exemplary knowledge and understanding of the relevant areas of law and our business: TGS Baltic is highly recommended for the largest and the most complicated cross-border and local commercial issues, M&A transactions and disputes.

TESTIMONIAL: TGS Baltic is a top-notch tax advisor in Latvia. The firm’s team consists of preeminent tax advisors and distinguished tax litigators that have very deep expertise and extensive experience. They are simply brilliant when it comes to tax advice. TGS Baltic has won a number of tax disputes thereby going straight against the statistics, according to which the tax authorities typically win. Key to their success is in-depth understanding of business, tax, and overall legal framework.