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TGS Baltic, Dr Jur Paul Varul, Tallinn, ESTONIA

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Dr Jur Paul Varul

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TGS Baltic

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Insolvency, Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, M&A, Privatisation


Senior Partner and Attorney-at-Law Paul Varul has advised a wide range of Estonian and international clients on all aspects of private law. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of contract law and insolvency law. Paul Varul is renowned for his competence in dispute resolution, having represented clients in several high-profile actions, including international arbitration in Stockholm, London and Washington. Paul Varul has also served as an arbitrator for the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and for the Arbitration Court of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also acted as an expert witness in several international arbitration proceedings in Stockholm, London, Washington and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Paul Varul is a renowned expert in insolvency law. He has been one of the main authors of the Estonian Bankruptcy Act, is the Chairman of the Insolvency Law Expert Commission at the Ministry of Justice, is a member of the International Insolvency Institute and INSOL Europe and has been involved in many bankruptcy proceedings as a representative of both debtors and creditors. Paul Varul is also a recognized expert in contract law, being one of the authors of Estonian Law of Obligations Act and the model law of central importance in the EU, the Common Frame of Reference (Definitions, Principles and Model Rules of European Private Law). As the Chairman of the Expert Commission of new private law development, Paul Varul has been involved in drafting all the major private law legal acts in Estonia, such as the Law of Property Act, General Part of the Civil Code Act, Family Law Act, Law of Succession Act, Commercial Code, Law of Obligations Act, Bankruptcy Act, Reorganisation Act and Electronic Communications Act. He is also one of the compilers and authors of the quoted articles of the Civil Code General Act, the Law of Property Act and the Law of Obligations Act.


2017 to date Senior Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Law Firm TGS Baltic (formerly VARUL)
2011–2017 Senior Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Law Firm VARUL
1995–1999 Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia
1992–2015 Civil Law Professor, University of Tartu


Estonian, English, Russian


Leader of the Estonian work group of the Scandinavian-Baltic Network on Insolvency 2011–2016
Member of the Appeal Chamber of the Estonian Olympic Committee since 2011
Founding member and member of council of The European Law Institute since 2011
Expert Commission in Insolvency Law within the Ministry of Justice since 2006 
Compilation and Reduction Team for Common Frame of Reference, operating under the auspices of the European Commission 2006–2009
Member of the Board of INSOL-Europe Academic Forum since 2008
INSOL-Europe and INSOL-International since 2008
International Insolvency Institute since 2007
Study Group on European Civil Code 2003–2008
Chairman of the Expert Commission for the Law of Obligations Act and the General Part of the Civil Code Act 1999–2002
Academy of European Private Lawyers since 2002
Chairman of the Head Commission for the development of the Estonian Civil Code Act and Commercial Code 1992–1999
Estonian Bar Association since 1994


1985 St. Petersburg University, Legal Science, PhD
1975 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law BA (cum laude)


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Paul Varul - TGS Baltic

Within: Dispute resolution

Headed by the 'widely known' Paul Varul, the team at TGS Baltic continues to be involved in high-profile disputes. Recent work includes advising several municipalities on the recent free public transport measures, including acting in disputes by commercial bus operators. Senior associate Kedli Anvelt has been active in many of the firm's major disputes, and her 'remarkable' knowledge of bankruptcy law makes her a name to note. Other key clients include the Port of Tallinn, which the group is representing in criminal and civil cases against its former directors, and state railway company Eesti Raudtee. Managing partner Martin Tamme is also recommended. Kristina Laarmaa is now with Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law.

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