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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dispute resolution is a foundational practice area of Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, with name partner Agris Bitāns at the helm. Bitāns is an expert in civil liability and commercial litigation, with notable strengths in the banking and public sectors. He is also highly skilled in cross-border litigation, an attribute supplemented by the firm’s international network. Other key members of the team include Ilze Kramiņa, a respected name for construction and energy-related cases; Ginta Krūkle, who focuses on administrative disputes; and senior associate Krista Bērziņa, who is notably active in insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Agris Bitāns

Other key lawyers:

Ilze Kramiņa; Ginta Krūkle; Krista Bērziņa

Testimonials

‘They have the ability to resolve disputes outside the court room by way of discussion.’

‘Client focused and professional.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns provides fast legal services, has a good quality of service and good communication with clients. Experience shows that not all law firms operate as quickly and as intelligently.’

‘Individuals from Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns are intelligent, skilled and polite. They are ready to do their best to help the client.’

Key clients

LLC REAP

Oskars Viļums

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

Salaspils Municipality Council

Seesam Insurance

B 10

Latvijas Kuģniecība, JSC and Vitol Netherlands B.V.

Euromin

Rīgas Piena Kombināts JSC

Event Marketing

Employment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns is uniquely positioned as the most prominent international law firm in Latvia, with ‘extensive and vast knowledge of Latvian law’. Litigation is a key pillar of the practice. Elīna Muciņa brings a unique perspective to the practice having formerly worked at the Labour Department of the Ministry of Welfare. Also recommended is senior associate Jānis Siliņš, who focuses on employment disputes. Māris Logins left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Elīna Muciņa

Other key lawyers:

Jānis Siliņš

Testimonials

‘Extensive and vast knowledge of Latvian law and common practice, and creative thinking, in addition to a great, service-oriented team.’

‘The firm employs high-class and very knowledgeable professionals. They provide individual attention and are available at any time of the day. They are always ready to help with professional advice.’

Key clients

“Ventspils nafta“ termināls”

LSC (formerly Latvian Shipping Company)

Berlin-Chemie/Menarini Baltic

PPD

Nestle

Grundfos Latvija

Latvian branch of Manpower Lit SAS

Volvo Truck Latvia

Rīgas satiksme

Carnikava Municipality

The British Council

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks

TNT

Saulkrasti municipality

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has a diverse client roster of developers, construction companies and public authorities, and is one of the most active firms in construction and real estate-related disputes. Ilze Kramiņa has a broad skillset within this space, advising on real estate transactions and construction contracts, as well as land and environment issues. On the contentious side, she has been highly active in administrative court disputes over construction permit appeals. She leads the team alongside senior associate Zanda Zaļuma, who, in addition to real estate and construction matters, has standout expertise in renewable energy projects. They are supported by Ginta Krukle, who specialises in public and administrative law. The firm benefits from its position as the most prominent international law firm based in Latvia.

Practice head(s):

Ilze Kramiņa; Zanda Zaļuma

Other key lawyers:

Ginta Krukle

Testimonials

‘Very professional and knowledgeable.’

‘They had an easy grip of the problem.’

‘I think that what makes Ilze Kramina and Zanda Zaļuma stand out is that in addition to being extremely knowledgeable, precise and able to manage a massive workload, they are also creative and agile enough to be able to bring the best solutions to projects.’

‘Always a professional attitude, very fast and productive cooperation. The service is provided at a high professional level, and the firm’s specialists are responsive and always provide consultations on issues of interest to us.’

‘Ilze Kramiņa and Zanda Zaļuma continue to impress us with their ability to adjust to the changing environment and tasks, often within very tight deadlines. The team has demonstrated detailed knowledge in the real estate and spacial planning fields, together with thorough legal advice. We are certain we are working with an exceptional team of professionals.’

‘Ilze Kramiņa and Zanda Zaļuma are both experts in the field. Ilze Kramiņa is a highly skilled lawyer with detailed knowledge in the construction and real estate sector. Her advice is fully trusted, and her work ethic and the service she provides is always flawless. Zanda Zaļuma continues to demonstrate great attention to detail, and provides speedy advice whenever needed, without losing the high standard of her work.’

Key clients

Kaamos/ K8 Residences

LLC ”Rīgas jahtu centrs “ANDREJOSTA””

Cieceres invest, LLC

City Development Department of Riga municipality

Dzintarkrasta priedes LLC

Energo Wind, LLC

BaltCap Infrastructure Fund

Ivar Günther

LatRosTrans, LLC

Irbis A, LLC/Metro Capital Management

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns is a prominent international law firm in the Latvian market, with notable strengths in capital markets matters and anti-money laundering compliance. The capital markets practice stands out in particular for its strong relationships with the capital markets authorities, thanks to the firm’s status as a pan-Baltic certified adviser on Riga’s Nasdaq stock exchange. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis leads the practice and is a key name for capital markets and compliance work. Other key names include associate Justīne Ignatavičute, who specialises in capital markets work, and senior associates Aigars Gozītis, who focuses on restructurings, and Egita Peimane, who is an expert in compliance and anti-money laundering. Former practice co-head Mikus Freimanis  left the firm in July 2020 to act as head of legal at Adsell.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis; Aigars Gozītis; Justīne Ignatavičute; Egita Peimane

Testimonials

‘This practice is unique due to its highly professional and at the same time very personal attitude towards the client and their needs.’

‘Senior partner Māris Vainovskis has an incredibly positive attitude and a “challenge accepted!” way of approaching any legal conundrum. He sees the possibility of finding new solutions rather than road blocks.’

‘Competence, professional approach, fast and results-orientated responses.’

‘Māris Vainovskis is a charismatic lawyer with huge experience and knowledge.’

‘The team provided excellent support in a number of projects for capital markets development in Latvia.’

‘Excellent cooperation with Māris Vainovskis.’

‘The team is very friendly, welcoming and open to the client’s needs, with practical knowledge of the possible solutions. The team is detail oriented.’

‘Justīne Ignatavičute is excellent.’

Key clients

AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra

IPAS “Indexo”

SIA DelfinGroup (formerly – SIA ExpressCredit)

AS Industra Bank (formerly – Meridian Trade Bank)

SIA Velo Sock

AS Citadele Banka

AS MADARA Cosmetics

Euromin Holdings (Cyprus) Limited (subsidiary of VITOL S.a.r.l.)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Uniquely positioned as the most prominent international law firm in the market, Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns is particularly well known for cross-border work and its expertise in English law. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis has extensive experience in M&A, with additional strengths in complementary areas such as restructuring, commercial and banking law. Elīna Muciņa is another key name and is particularly skilled in advising international companies on commercial issues, counting Samsung and Novartis as key clients. The team is most active in the financial services sector, but has also handled work in the technology, transport and manufacturing industries. Senior associate Elīna Vilde is a promising name at junior level.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis

Other key lawyers:

Elīna Muciņa; Elīna Vilde

Testimonials

‘Great team, fast responses.’

‘I have worked with Māris Vainovskis from Eversheds on M&A for the past 16 years, as he makes deals happen, finds win-win solutions, narrows the gaps and mitigates the risks. The team are very creative (while staying fully within the legal framework) and based on their vast experience with M&A they have numerous “off-the-shelf” solutions readily available.’

‘The team has very long experience in working with banks and representing foreign investors and big corporations, which makes this one of the leading law offices in Latvia.’

‘Māris Vainovskis is always available and ready to provide a solution.’

Key clients

SIA Samsung Electronics Baltics

AS RB Rail

BaltCap Infrastructure Fund

AS Industra Bank (formerly – AS Meridian Trade Bank)

AS Citadele Banka

AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra

AS MADARA Cosmetics

IPAS Indexo

AS 4Finance

SI Insurance (Europe) S.A. Spanish branch

EU and competition Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns’ competition team is now led by senior partner Māris Vainovskis, whose broad skillset includes EU and competition expertise, with former practice head Edijs Poga now supporting the practice as of counsel. These changes coincide with the arrival of associate Dmitrijs Ņemirovskis, who is an expert in merger control, from Rödl & Partner in February 2020. Senior associate Gunta Lokastova continues to be a key name in the practice and advises on merger control and abuse of dominance matters.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis

Other key lawyers:

Edijs Poga; Dmitrijs Ņemirovskis; Gunta Lokastova

Testimonials

‘Edijs Poga from Eversheds often deals with the Competition Council. He enjoys excellent knowledge and personal contacts, reputation and credibility within the CC, which allows him to represent the client’s interests extremely efficiently.’

Key clients

“MM Grupp” OU

IP, IT and telecoms Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has standout strengths in copyright disputes as well as in assisting international clients with data protection matters. Practice head and managing partner Agris Bitāns is best known as a litigator, but has additional expertise in licensing agreements. His recent caseload includes issues of software copyright infringement, trade mark oppositions and photography copyright use. Elīna Muciņa is the firm's 'go-to' practitioner for data protection matters, and is particularly skilled in advising on how data corresponds with employment law.

Practice head(s):

Agris Bitāns

Other key lawyers:

Elīna Muciņa

Key clients

Roche Latvija, SIA

Assistentis, SIA

AG Estate, AS

HansaMatrix, AS

BalticTravelnews.com

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' work on the Rail Baltica project has seen the firm grow its reputation within this space. This instruction on the landmark rail project across the Baltics, Finland and Poland illustrates the team’s broad  expertise in corporate, commercial and procurement matters in the transport sector. The team also advises on tax and employment matters, and handles contentious issues. Key members of the team include practice head Māris Vainovskis, who stands out for his skills in aviation financing; Ilze Kramiņa, an expert in construction-related litigation; and Ginta Krukle, who focuses on public law and environmental assessments.

Practice head(s):

Māris Vainovskis

Other key lawyers:

Ilze Kramiņa; Ginta Krūkle; Māris Logins

Key clients

RB Rail, JSC

LatRosTrans, LLC

Latvian Shipping Company (”Latvijas Kuģniecība” JSC, subsidiary of VITOL S.a.r.l)

Turkish Airlines, Inc, Riga affiliate

Liepāja Special Economic Zone Authority

Tax Tier 2

An ‘extremely professional firm’ that is ‘highly regarded in the industry’, Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has advised on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, as well as handling tax disputes, for local and international clients. Contentious issues are handled by Ilze Kramiņa, who is particularly strong in tax issues concerning audit results and construction projects. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis is also experienced in corporate tax matters. Senior associate Anete Marhele heads the team. Dainis Vodolagins left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anete Marhele

Other key lawyers:

Ilze Kramiņa; Māris Vainovskis

Testimonials

‘An extremely professional firm. The team always strive for excellence and they encourage staff to develop skills. Highly regarded in the industry.’

‘Very reliable partners, excellent specialists and wonderful and helpful people. Excellent knowledge of tax law. Very hardworking and disciplined team.’

Key clients

HCC DIVERSIFICACIÓN Y SOLUCIONES, S.L

LatRosTrans, LLC

LATVIJAS ZAĻAIS ELEKTRONS, JSC

Nordic Recycling, LLC

Department Name Email Telephone
Asset management, restructuring and insolvency Maris Vainovskis
Banking and finance Maris Vainovskis
Commercial, corporate and M&A Maris Vainovskis
Competition and EU Gunta Lokastova
Criminal (corporate and financial crime) Agris Bitans
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
Tax Anete Marhele
Public procurement Janis Silins
Photo Name Position Profile
 Krista Berzina photo Krista Berzina Senior Associate
 Beatrise Bitane  photo Beatrise Bitane Lawyer
 Agris Bitans photo Agris Bitans Managing Partner
 Vadim Chaban  photo Vadim Chaban Of Counsel
 Aigars Gozitis photo Aigars Gozitis Senior Associate, Head of Assets Management, Restructuring and Insolvency
 Justīne Ignatavicute  photo Justīne Ignatavicute Associate
 Ingrida Jasko (previously Misina)  photo Ingrida Jasko (previously Misina) Associate
 Ilze Kramina photo Ilze Kramina Partner
 Ginta Krukle  photo Ginta Krukle Partner
 Liva Lace  photo Liva Lace Associate
 Maris Logins photo Maris Logins Partner
 Gunta Lokastova photo Gunta Lokastova Senior Associate, Co-Head of EU and Competition law practice group
 Anete Marhele  photo Anete Marhele Senior Associate, Head of Tax
 Laura Medne  photo Laura Medne Associate
 Elina Mucina  photo Elina Mucina Partner
 Dmitrijs Nemirovskis photo Dmitrijs Nemirovskis Associate
 Egita Peimane photo Egita Peimane Senior Associate
 Edijs Poga  photo Edijs Poga Of Counsel
 Liene Lelde Rieba  photo Liene Lelde Rieba Lawyer
 Janis Silins photo Janis Silins Senior Associate, Head of Public Procurement
 Maris Vainovskis photo Maris Vainovskis Senior Partner
 Elina Vilde photo Elina Vilde Senior Associate
 Sabine Vilka  photo Sabine Vilka Associate
 Zanda Zaluma photo Zanda Zaluma Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 2,000+
in this country : 25
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Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.