Firm Profile > BDO Law > Riga , Latvia

RIGA LV-1050

Tax Tier 1

At BDO Law, the tax practice group is led by experienced practitioners Janis Zelmenis and Vita Liberte. The firm advises on the full range of tax services, including corporate and individual tax planning, asset placement planning, compliance, audits and due diligence. In a recent highlight, it conducted an evaluation for the Baltic Musical Seasons Foundation. Rihards Niedra departed the firm to start his own practice.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

BDO Law represented state-owned finance institution Altum in a complex dispute with two companies which were beneficiaries of aid granted by the client. The firm excels in handling contentious cases which involve alternative investment funds. Other clients include Corporate Finance Bonds. Managing partner Vita Liberte and Janis Zelmenis are key contacts.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Vita Liberte leads the practice at BDO Law, which combines expertise in tax matters with corporate and commercial law. It advised a UK-based real estate developer on the acquisition of another company, including negotiating the shareholders' agreement and other matters. Associate Darta Eglite joined from the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Led by Vita Liberte, the team at BDO Law is handling a number of disputes for financial institution Altum, including representing the client in complex civil litigation with the previous shareholders of Parex Banka (now Citadele Banka). It also has experience in complex investment disputes. Senior associate Anna Mandel, who led the practice group, joined Marcus, Rosenberg & Diamond LLP  in New York.

EU and competition Tier 3

At BDO Law, senior associate Andis Karklins leads the group; he recently provided competition compliance training to staff at Bosch across the Baltic states. The firm's broad client base includes companies from the retail, telecoms, construction, transport and financial services sectors.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

BDO Law has experience advising local and international clients, including contractors and construction design companies, on extensive real estate projects. The team is led by Vita Liberte and recently advised a Swiss real estate developer on a construction agreement regarding its development of a historical building protected under cultural heritage laws. Senior associate Arturs Surmovics is recommended.

The firm: BDO Law is an independent, constantly growing and developing juridical company that provides advice on all aspects of business law in Latvia. The acclaimed is known for its strength in tax advisory, corporate and commercial, banking and finance matters.

BDO Law (previously BDO Zelmenis & Liberte) was founded in 2007 by Janis Zelmenis and Vita Liberte, who left top-level managerial positions in the international audit firm Deloitte Latvia to open their law office in Riga. Together they have devoted themselves to providing exceptional service and advice to local as well as international clients.

BDO Law in 2016 became the associate firm of BDO-one of the leading global groups of auditing and financial services providers, encompassing over 1,500 offices in 162 countries.

Areas of practice: The firm provides efficient transactional legal advice and represents clients on a broad spectrum of matters arising in the course of doing business in Latvia. BDO Law is characterised by its significant tax, banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution capabilities, strengthened by extensive other practices-competition, IP, data protection, employment, public procurement and real estate. The firm’s lawyers have strong academic backgrounds as well as thorough sector-specific knowledge in all practice areas of the firm.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax and Finance Vita Liberte
M&A Janis Zelmenis
Banking and finance Vita Liberte
Public procurement Arthurs Surmovics
Competition Vita Liberte
US Desk Vita Liberte
Real estate Janis Zelmenis
Energy and natural resources Janis Zelmenis
Data protection Rolands Zigurs
IP Rolands Zigurs
The Head of Corporate Law Practice Anda Beinare
The Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Edgars Ziedins
Employment Vita Liberte
Marketing & Communication Manager Ieva Krumina +371 66777800
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Toms Bordans  photo Mr Toms Bordans
Mr Kaspars Freimanis  photo Mr Kaspars Freimanis
Mr Andis Karklins  photo Mr Andis Karklins
Mr Rihards Niedra  photo Mr Rihards Niedra
Ms Laura Marija Randere  photo Ms Laura Marija Randere
Mr Arturs Surmovics  photo Mr Arturs Surmovics
Ms Justine Tomsone  photo Ms Justine Tomsone
Ms Kristiana Viluma  photo Ms Kristiana Viluma
Mr Janis Zelmenis  photo Mr Janis Zelmenis
Mr Gvido Zemribo  photo Mr Gvido Zemribo
Mr Rolands Zigurs  photo Mr Rolands Zigurs
 Vita Liberte  photo Vita Liberte
Ms Liva Aleksejeva  photo Ms Liva Aleksejeva
Number of lawyers : 400+
at this office : 20
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Trond-Morten Lindberg, CEO, BDO EMEA: “BDO sponsors Women’s European Handball Championship. Our sponsorship of the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 comes at the end of a year that has seen BDO firms continuing to champion inclusion and diversity – and in many cases, obtaining recognition in this regard. BDO attributes its sustained growth to our balanced, egalitarian culture, where the path to leadership is open for all our professionals. Diversity is good for people and good for business.”

BDOs business value of having gender balance is our competitive advantage. It’s a matter of social justice and corporate social responsibility. How does it support BDO’s strategy? Gender diversity in executive teams is strongly correlated with profitability and value creation.

Having gender equality at the top benefits everyone: it’s good for both men and women to shift stereotypical ideas around gender roles — just as the status quo is holding women back from leadership roles, it is holding men back from embracing caretaking and support roles.

At BDO Law in Latvia, our administration staff are female, 52% of professional staff are female, and both partners equally represent each gender.

We create a sense of inclusiveness & belonging by welcoming all and include in conversations, more complex engagements to learn and develop further and regularly reviewing processes to avoid excluding a group. We help people feel at ease being a minority in a group, for example-our colleagues from foreign countries.

Our core purpose is helping people thrive every day, and part of that commitment is fostering a culture that not only celebrates individual differences, but actively supports people with a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and ways of working.

People helping people achieve their dreams – is one of our focus areas. Our motivation is helping people get to where they want to be – whether that’s our colleagues, our clients or in the communities we are part of. At BDO Law, exceptional client service begins and ends with exceptional regard for our people. That’s why we don’t just hire individuals with skills and talent; we provide them with the environment and mentorship they need to grow as professionals and make significant contributions at all levels of their careers. We listen carefully to their needs and aspirations even if stating differently.

We help our staff and partners meet their work-life balance needs while enabling them to achieve their professional career dream. We believe that balancing work life allowing all people to manage their time according to their needs, be it children, ageing parents, further education, sport, travelling, etc. and that’s all with no pressure, no questions asked, no career impact. People who work in a flexible environment are happier, better-performing, and more committed – in short, they’re better at what they do.

Corporate Social Responsibility

BDO Law has a great interest in and concern for the society we live in and expresses this by contributing to various endeavours that promote health, culture and education. One of our goals is to promote transparency in society and to reduce corruption at national and international levels in politics, in business and mutual relations.

We teach students on various tax and legal issues at universities and colleges. For example, BDO Law associates are giving annual lectures in Art Law to bachelor students from Riga Graduate School of Law. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the history of art law and to identify legal risks and problems in the field of art.

Occasionally, BDO Law provides pro bono services free of charge or for a reduced fee, especially if that helps not only the individual but whole society. One of the recent court cases was broadly discussed in media and has brought attention to problems regarding dual citizenship in Latvia.

BDO Law regularly supports the Latvian Tennis Union, so it could prosper the growth and development of young tennis players who are full of perspective.

For many years in a row BDO LAW associates have been preparing books that contain annotations for Latvian Labour Law. The annotation is based on court practices in Latvia and the EU with practical examples. BDO LAW has given out the books to BA School of Business and Finance, Riga Graduate School of Law, University of Latvia and Jekabpils Agrobusiness College.