Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns > Riga, Latvia

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns
20A LACPLESA STREET
3RD FLOOR
1011 RIGA
Latvia

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has the capacity to handle domestic and cross-border litigation. Agris Bitāns heads the 'competent and experienced' team, which represents clients in all the courts of Latvia and handles claims against state institutions. In a recent highlight, Bitāns and Raimonds Groza represented Olegs Fils, one of ABLV Bank's majority shareholders, in a multimillion-euro dispute with his ex-wife, which has resulted in criminal and civil proceedings. Groza is also noted for handling shareholder disputes and cross-border debt recoveries. Ilze Kramiņa is experienced in planning, environmental and construction disputes. Senior associate Krista Bērziņa is also notable, with experience acting in commercial disputes and cross-border recoveries.

Practice head(s):

Agris Bitāns

Testimonials

‘Competent, experienced and  knowledgeable.’

‘Maris Vainovskis, Ilze Kramina and Krista Bērziņa are all aim orientated, competent and experienced.’

Key clients

Seesam Insurance

Oļegs Fiļs

Salaspils Municipality Council

Leonhard Weiss (Estonia)

JSC Reverta (formerly Parex Bank)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice is 'professional, knowledgeable and solution driven'The firm advises on construction disputes, infrastructure development and real estate transactions. The 'high-profileIlze Kramiņa and 'impressive' associate Zanda Zaļuma jointly head the team. Kramiņa is advising Estonian real estate developer Cieceres invest in relation to an administrative dispute with the Riga City Construction Board. Zaluma is active on the transactional and contentious side of construction matters, with particular experience in energy-related projects. Ginta Krukle is notable for her experience in real estate asset management and construction litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ilze Kramiņa; Zanda Zaļuma

Testimonials

‘It has been easy and pleasant to work with Eversheds Sutherland Bitans and we trust their advice on the full spectrum of legal issues, receiving quality assistance and expertise in relation to any issue.’

‘Super professional and knowledgeable, solution driven, very time and cost efficient.’

‘Maris Vainovskis, Ilze Kramina and Krista Berzina are all experts in their field’

‘Ilze Kramina’s previous experience and extensive knowledge are invaluable. She is always well-balanced, easily reachable and answers our questions or gives legal opinions within the shortest possible time. Her opinions are always well argued, she examines the issue in detail and she always looks for the most acceptable solution to the problem and if possible offers several alternatives.’

‘Ilze Kramina is a high-profile lawyer with extensive experience in real estate and construction matters and I have a complete trust in the value to our business her experience brings.’

‘Zanda Zauma has impressed us with her ability to provide in-depth analysis as well as prompt and speedy advice.’

Key clients

City Development Department of Riga Municipality

BaltCap Infrastructure Fund

Energo Wind, LLC

LatRosTrans LLC

Ivar Günther

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice advises on AML regulation and compliance, asset management and fintech. Māris Vainovskis and Mikus Freimanis head the team; both recently advised HansaMatrix, an electronics and manufacturing company, in relation to a €10m financing agreement with the European Investment Bank. Freimanis displays 'expertise' in banking, securities and compliance work. Associate Justīne Ignatavičute is an expert in international finance law, acting on licensing matters and banking transactions.

Practice head(s):

Maris Vainovskis; Mikus Freimanis

Testimonials

‘Excellent local legal knowledge combined with international expertise.’

‘Positive communication and able to handle projects with many stakeholders in a very professional manner.’

‘Maris Vainovskis and Mikus Freimanis are experts in their field.’

Key clients

HansaMatrix AS

Monea OÜ

UPP Olaines OU

Meridian Trade Bank AS

SEB Banka AS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice advises domestic and international clients on matters of compliance, corporate law and M&A transactions. Māris Vainovskis heads the team, advising both buyers and sellers on M&A, as well as reorganisations, restructurings and asset deals. In a recent highlight, Vainovskis and Elina Mucina advised Samsung Electronics Baltis on corporate and commercial matters. Associate Elīna Vilde, who has been particularly active on cross-border M&A deals and restructuring matters, is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally smart, knowledgeable and client oriented. They react so quickly and provide absolutely fantastic advice. It is real pleasure to work with them.’

‘They all pull together and respect senior partner Maris Vainovskis, who leads by example.’

‘Maris Vainovskis and his team are effective and professional.’

‘The team stand out for their desire never to say “no”. If something cannot be done one way, they will find another way to achieve the goal.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Baltics SIA

RB Rail AS

Madara Cosmetics AS

Usaldusfond BaltCap Infrastructure Fund

Meridian Trade Bank AS

Employment Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice has notable strength in employment litigation, appearing before all the principal courts of Latvia. Team head Māris Logins is representing Berlin Chemie Menarini Baltic in multiple proceedings concerning a dispute over the termination notice of an employee on the grounds of redundancy, overtime and pay. The 'very professional and responsive' Elina Mucina has expertise in employment as well as personal data protection law. Associate Jānis Siliņš advises on reorganisations and redundancy cases and has experience in trade union matters.

Practice head(s):

Māris Logins

Testimonials

‘I really value Elina Mucina’s support and guidance related to local legislation, clarity of response, thorough analysis of the available options and potential consequences, and availability to support me during end of employment meetings to respond to employee doubts. Very professional and responsive to all my questions and concerns.’

Key clients

Food Union

Nestle

Turkish Airlines

Latvijas Radio

 

EU and competition Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practitioners are active in cases before the Latvian Competition Council and the Latvian courts relating to infringement of competition law. The firm also advises on compliance, state aid and merger control matters. Edijs Poga heads the team; his recent work includes providing competition law compliance and merger control advice to the Vitol Group. Senior associate Zanda Zaļuma is a specialist in EU law and Latvian competition law and regularly acts on merger control matters. Senior associate Gunta Lokastova has experience in a variety of industries and is known for her advice in cases on abuse of dominance and prohibited agreements.

Practice head(s):

Edijs Poga

Key clients

Novalpina Capital Management International LLP

Scania

Liepāja Special Economic Zone

Adidas

Vitol Group

IP, IT and telecoms Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice is particularly strong in advising on GDPR issues and IP disputes. Agris Bitāns leads the team and recently represented Clover Network in a trade mark dispute. He is also noted for his work on copyright and patent matters. Elīna Muciņa is also a key practitioner, advising on personal data protection matters including multi-jurisdictional data protection consultations. She is currently advising Berlin Chemie Menarini Baltic on the implementation of its group GDPR documentation and practices in the Latvian market.

Practice head(s):

Agris Bitāns

Key clients

Brenntag

British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia

Consilium Veritas

Linus Medical

Clover Network, Inc.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' practice advises public and private sector clients on a wide variety of services in the shipping and transport sector, including public transportation, shipping and infrastructure projects. Māris Vainovskis leads the team and is noted for his experience in aviation finance and consultations on EU law in relation to transport matters. Māris Logins acts on transport projects which involve public funding.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis

Key clients

Latvian Shipping Company

LatRosTrans, LLC

Turkish Airlines

Baltijas Tranzīta Serviss

Tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' tax practice is headed by specialist counsel Dainis Vodolagins, who joined the firm from Puzzle Finance in July 2019. He specialises in international tax planning and cross-border tax matters. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis is noted for advising on tax planning. Ilze Kramiņa is known for her expertise in tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dainis Vodolagins

Key clients

Nordic Recycling

Latvijas Zalais Elektrons

Department Name Email Telephone
Asset management, restructuring and insolvency Raimonds Groza
Asset management, restructuring and insolvency Maris Vainovskis
Banking and finance Maris Vainovskis
Banking and finance Mikus Freimanis
Commercial, corporate and M&A Maris Vainovskis
Competition and EU Edijs Poga
Criminal (corporate and financial crime) Agris Bitans
Employment Maris Logins
Employment Elina Mucina
Intellectual property Agris Bitans
IT and telecommunications Maris Vainovskis
IT and telecommunications Agris Bitans
Litigation and dispute resolution Agris Bitans
Litigation and dispute resolution Ilze Kramina
Litigation and dispute resolution Maris Logins
Public and administrative Ginta Krukle
Public and administrative Maris Logins
Public procurement Maris Logins
Real estate and construction Ilze Kramina
Real estate and construction Zanda Zaluma
Tax Maris Vainovskis
Photo Name Position Profile
 Krista B?rzi?a  photo Krista B?rzi?a Senior Associate
 Agris Bit?ns  photo Agris Bit?ns Managing Partner
 Mikus Freimanis  photo Mikus Freimanis Specialist Counsel, Head of Capital Markets, Co-Head of Banking and Finance
 Justīne Ignatavičute  photo Justīne Ignatavičute Lawyer
 Ilze Krami?a  photo Ilze Krami?a Partner
 Ginta Krukle  photo Ginta Krukle Partner
 Madara Loc?ne  photo Madara Loc?ne Lawyer
 Māris Logins  photo Māris Logins Partner
 Ingr?da Misi?a  photo Ingr?da Misi?a Associate
 Elina Mucina  photo Elina Mucina Partner
 Edijs Poga  photo Edijs Poga Of Counsel
 Jānis Siliņš  photo Jānis Siliņš Associate, Assistant Attorney-at-law
 M?ris Vainovskis  photo M?ris Vainovskis Senior Partner
 El?na Vilde  photo El?na Vilde Lawyer
 Zanda Za?uma  photo Zanda Za?uma Senior Associate
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The Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia
British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Latvia-China Business Council
German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce
Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance
American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
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