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Vita Liberte

Tel:
Work +371 667778000
Email:
Web:
www.bdolaw.lv
BDO Law

Work Department

Competition
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax and Finance

Corporate and M&A

Position

Managing Partner

Career

Vita Liberte is an attorney with a perfect knowledge of tax planning at local and international levels. 

Vita’s professional experience has involved solving labour disputes, consulting the drafting of contracts and other documents regulating labour law, representing client’s interests in the courts of first instance, courts of appeal and cassation, and state and municipal institutions. Within the field of labour disputes, Vita has represented client’s interests at the European Court of Justice. Vita headed the working group which prepared the publication Labour Law with Commentaries published in co-operation with the Latvian Association of Free Trade Unions.

Vita regularly participates as a speaker at local and international conferences, reporting on current legislative issues. Her professional interests also include private and public partnership and she is the founder of the Latvian Public and Private Partnership Association (PPPA). Together with the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, she has organised and moderated conferences and seminars and delivered academic lectures on the application of legal standards and current legislation.

Prior to the foundation of BDO Zelmenis&Liberte, she worked at the New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. After three years of relentless work, which provided her with invaluable legal experience, she continued her career in Latvia as head of the Deloitte Latvia Tax and Legal Department.

Languages

English, Latvian, Russian

Member

Latvian Bar Association
Latvian Tax Consultant Association
Public Private Partnership Association of Latvia
International Fiscal Association  

Education

1998–1999

New York University, Master's in International Law

1993–1998 University of Latvia, BA in Law


Latvia

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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.

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Tax

Within: Tax

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.

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