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

Latvia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns operates under the leadership of the renowned litigator Agris Bitāns, who has over 20 years of experience handling both Latvian and European cases, including precedent-setting matters. His expertise spans commercial, civil, contract and criminal law. Bitans recently acted for REAP and Possessor before the Court of Appeal in connection with a €142m claim against Parex Bank’s former shareholders. Ilze Kramiņa is skilled in matters involving real estate, construction and environmental law issues.

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Testimonials

‘The overall impression is very good and we appreciate how customers’ time and money are saved. It is important to us that the Law Office offers a full service (including organization of expert examinations in the Baltic States, availability of specific experts in the Baltic States, conducting experiments, etc.). ‘

‘The support staff of the firm is large enough to prepare everything requested and necessary in a very timely manner and to ensure that the information is collected independently and in detail.’

‘Agris Bitāns is recommended for his accuracy, timeliness and communication with a client at a time and in a way which is convenient to the client,.’

‘Professionality, fast response, result-oriented’

‘The team was good in communication. For example, immediate replies and confirmations in e-mail correspondence.’

‘Individuals I had cooperated with were trustful and well motivated to do even more than duty demands.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland Bitans are an outstanding “local” firm with an international viewpoint.’

Key clients

LatRosTrans

LLC REAP

LLC REAP and JSC Possessor

AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra

Oskars Viļums

Compensa Insurance Group

BAA Riga

Latvijas Kuģniecība

Rīgas Piena Kombināts JSC

Salaspils Municipality Council

SIA “VGD Project”

Work highlights

  • Advised REAP and Possessor in connection with a €142m claim against Parex Bank’s former shareholders regarding civil liability for representations and warranties.
  • Successfully representing LLC LatRosTrans in one of Latvia’s most complex cases, where the Belarusian company Druzba brought a claim against our client and requested to declare its ownership rights to technological oil located in a pipeline, amounting to 150,000 tons, and valued in excess of $100m.
  • Representing LatRosTrans in a dispute regarding the VAT and excise tax paid by LatRosTrans for the excess loss of goods and (presumably) stolen amounts of petroleum products.

Latvia > Employment Tier 1

Contentious matters are a particular area of strength at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, which recently acted for clients on cases brought by employees and trade unions over allegedly unfair terminations. The team is also highly skilled in non-contentious work and regularly assists clients with their employee contracts and internal policies. The practice is led by Elina Mucina, who is well versed in local employment regulations, having previously worked for the Department of the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia. Managing partner Agris Bitāns is also highly skilled in employment disputes. Senior associate Jānis Siliņš is another name to note.

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Testimonials

‘Always very attentive to all assistance required.’

‘The understanding of what and how exactly the tasks needs to be solve.’

‘The team includes experts of the industry. The firm delivers excellent client service and attention to the client issues.’

‘Agris Bitans has shown exceptional professionalism and expertise in managing litigation cases. Excellent strategic thinking and negotiation skill.’

Key clients

Ventspils nafta “Termināls”

LSC

Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre

Rīgas satiksme

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks

TNT Latvia

RB Rail

Virši-A

CGI IT Latvia

Work highlights

  • Advised RB Rail on the development of employment documentation.
  • Advised Ventspils nafta on several labour disputes with an employee.
  • Advised the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre on multiple challenging labour disputes.

Latvia > IP, IT and telecoms Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns' IP and data protection team, which is led by Agris Bitāns, has a strong pedigree for representing clients in IP disputes. Its work spans trade marks, patents and copyright. Also notable is that the firm is increasingly seen in matters involving the hi-tech, biotech and new media industries. Elsewhere, clients also turn to the firm for advice on IT disputes, such as those concerning computer software (and copyright protected code used to compose such programmes), and also for assistance with GDPR issues. Elina Mucina is another key name in the group.

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Key clients

H2E

BRAIN GAMES, SIA

Gartens, SIA

Assistentis, SIA

Rīgas Namu pārvaldnieks, SIA

AG Estate

Roche Latvija, SIA

UADBB “AON BALTIC” LATVIJAS FILIĀLE

Work highlights

  • Advising Assistentis in relation to a software copyright infringement dispute and unfair commercial practice, successfully representing the client in the civil proceedings.
  • Advising Roche Latvija on the legislative process and the drafting of a new law on secondary use of health and social data.
  • Advised Gartens in a dispute against a competitor regarding trademark infringement as result of usage of confusingly similar unregistered trademark by competitor.

Latvia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns maintains a first-rate reputation in both contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters, with Ilze Kramiņa at the helm of the practice. Kramina’s non-contentious work involves advising on real estate transactions, construction agreements and environmental compliance. On the contentious side, she primarily focuses on administrative cases concerning construction permits and land ownership. She is supported by Ginta Krukle, who is skilled in advising on obtaining public approval for construction and real estate developments.

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Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland Bitans team provides us with full service legal assistance and consistency in both the quality of the legal advice and the client service.’

‘I feel like Eversheds Sutherland Bitans invest in new programmes and services every year to make the cooperation seamless for the client. The team stands out for its proactivity, innovative thinking, where necessary, and the drive to find the best possible solution, even when it is not the easier one. I think that this is a unique ability that not all lawyers I have worked with have.’

‘I continue working closely with Ilze Kramina and her team. I think that what makes them stand out is that in addition to being extremely knowledegable, precise, and being able to manage massive workload, they are also creative and agile enough to be able to bring best solutions to projects like the spacial plan.’

‘Ilze Kramina – very hands on and into details for a partner.’

‘High-quality service provided due to the excellent knowledge of the domestic market and situation. Valuable experience, track record of cases and know how. Certain flexibility. Ability to adapt to a situation quickly when opponents are switching from one kind of arguments to another.’

‘Quick understanding of the issues, ability to adapt to changing situation.’

Key clients

Cieceres invest, LLC

Latzeme OU

Kokneses spv

LatRosTrans, LLC

Grupa93

Energo Wind, LLC

Kaamos group

Irbis A, LLC/Metro Capital Management

Jugla LLC

Microsoft Latvia

PB17A

Lars Pantzlaff

Inga Leinemann

Work highlights

  • Advised LLC Cieceres Invest in a construction litigation, which encompass complex issues related to the interpretation of architectural heritage protection regulation, as well as environmental, construction and constitutional law.
  • Advised Riga city municipality regarding the preparation of the new spatial plan for Riga.
  • Continuous legal support to LLC LatRosTrans in respect of various real estate/construction related matters to the LatRosTrans, which provides transportation of diesel fuel from the Belarussian border to Ventspils.

Latvia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has a first-rate reputation for handling some of the largest capital markets transactions seen in the Baltic market, including IPOs and secondary raisings, as well as bond issuances. It is one of the few leading law firms in the Baltic states that has been granted the status of a pan-Baltic Certified Adviser on First North market by Nasdaq Riga. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis, who leads the team, is particularly knowledgeable about the new anti-money laundering laws. Another key name is associate Justīne Ignatavičute, who is dual-qualified in Latvia and the UK, and focuses on both banking and finance and capital markets work.

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‘The team is highly client-oriented and understands business needs exceptionally well. They provide very good communication, the employees are highly responsive and clients can receive swift and competent answers almost at any time.’

‘Maris Vainovskis as the leading partner is experienced adviser in any transaction. Justīne Ignatavičute is a highly motivated and client-oriented associate.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding in the field of AML/CFTSP. ’

‘The Eversheds Sutherland Bitans team has proved to be superb diligent, hardworking and result-oriented.’

‘Maris Vainovskis is a great manager, also very diligent and punctual.’

Key clients

AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra

AS “Virši-A”

EURONET 360 Finance Limited

SIA Callidus Capital

SIA DelfinGroup

AS MADARA Cosmetics

Signet Bank AS

AS “SEB banka”

Work highlights

  • Advised AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra on refinancing and restructuring proceedings as well as a majority share sale transaction.
  • Advised SIA Callidus Capital on a capital raising and two-tier share capital increase by issue of new shares and convertible bonds.
  • Advised AS Alphinox Quality on obtaining a license for the operations of an investment brokerage company in Latvia, which was successfully obtained in July 2021.

Latvia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns demonstrates strong capabilities in corporate matters and M&A involving other jurisdictions across Europe and it is able to advise on both English contract law and local Latvian law issues. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis, who leads the team, is active in both corporate and commercial work, with additional strengths in ancillary areas such as banking, IT and EU law. He is supported by associate Elīna Vilde, who focuses on M&A and restructurings, and Elina Mucina.

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‘Eversheds works great as a team.’

‘Māris Vainovskis is a great partner, who has expectational communication skills.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding in the field of corporate governance.’

‘Māris Vainovskis- one of the leading experts in the country. Allways supportive and readt to dive in the matter.’

‘ Eversheds Sutherland Bitans (ESB) is able to reason from our perspective and proves to be a good counterpart.’

‘Māris Vainovskis is an excellent lawyer with good communication skills and dedication for his duties.’

Key clients

AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA

IPAS “Indexo”

AS RB Rail

AS G4S Cash Services Latvia

SI Insurance (Europe) S.A. Spanish branch

AS MADARA Cosmetics

3VC Partners GmbH

EURONET 360 Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra on refinancing and restructuring proceedings as well as a majority share sale transaction.
  • Advised the licensed asset management company IPAS Indexo on matters related to a complex the share capital increase process.
  • Advised Industra Bank AS in dealing with regulatory and compliance matters involving the Financial and Capital Market Commission, the supervisor of capital market participants in Latvia, as well as in other matters.

Latvia > EU and competition Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns has recently altered the structure of its team with senior associate Gunta Lokastova now jointly leading the team alongside Māris Vainovskis, who was previously the sole practice head of the group. Associate Dmitrijs Ņemirovskis and counsel Edijs Poga are also key members of the team, which has experience of advising on merger clearances, state aid issues, cartel investigations and general compliance.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced and client-oriented practice.’

‘Exceptionally smart, devoted and intelligent associate Gunta Lokastova, who always looks for solutions favourable to a client and goes the extra mile when necessary.’

‘The firm’s employees proved themselves as highly qualified specialists. The firm helped to navigate through the complex process regarding the merger procedures, and proved that the legal experts of the firm are reliable.’

‘We value good communication between the parties, trust, mobility and various solutions that the firm can offer.’

‘Great team working on the competition law area.’

‘Gunta Lokastova has delivered great help in the area of competition law.’

Key clients

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA

Virši-A AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA, one of the largest telecommunication operators in Latvia, on the competition aspects of the acquisition of IT infrastructure product reseller and integrator Santa Monica Networks SIA.
  • Assisted Virši-A AS with the creation of an effective internal competition compliance policy.

Latvia > Shipping and transport Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns‘ transport and shipping department draws upon the firm’s strengths in areas such as dispute resolution, employment, M&A, real estate, public and administrative law. Senior partner Māris Vainovskis is leading a multidisciplinary group that is acting for RB Rail on the Rail Baltica project. Ginta Krukle is an expert in public and administrative law.  She is also skilled at conducting environmental assessments in relation to shipping and transport developments.

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‘Maris Vainovskis – charismatic professional in everything he does.’

Key clients

RB Rail, JSC

LatRosTrans, LLC

“Latvijas Kuģniecība” JSC, subsidiary of VITOL S.a.r.l

LSC

Rīgas Satiksme, municipal JSC

TNT Latvia

Work highlights

  • Provides day-to-day support and advice in complex matters to AS RB Rail, a 3.6-billion-Euro project, which involves construction of a high-speed rail line from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border by 2030.
  • Represented LLC LatRosTrans in one of Latvia’s most complex cases, where the Belarusian company Druzba brought a claim against the client and requested to declare its ownership rights to technological oil located in a pipeline.
  • Provide TNT with full-scope, daily advice on employment related matters across the Baltics.

Latvia > Tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns’s experienced tax team is adept at covering a range of issues, including transactions, structuring, corporate income tax, indirect tax and personal income tax. Senior associate Anete Marhele leads the team, which includes senior partner Māris Vainovskis, and Ilze Kramiņa, who is a key name for administrative tax disputes.

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Key clients

Nordic Recycling, LLC

Finance Latvia Association

LatRosTrans, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Recycling on issues arising from an administrative dispute with the State Environmental Service (SES) and a subsequently imposed penalty.
  • Development of a proposal for Finance Latvia Association on the legal and tax framework to be included in the laws and regulations for commercial activity of students’ companies in Latvia.
  • Represented LatRosTrans in a dispute regarding the VAT and excise tax paid by LatRosTrans for the excess loss of goods and (presumably) stolen amounts of petroleum products.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Krista Berzina photo Krista BerzinaSenior Associate
Beatrise Bitane  photo Beatrise Bitane Lawyer
Agris Bitans photo Agris BitansManaging Partner
Vadim Chaban  photo Vadim Chaban Of Counsel
Aigars Gozitis photo Aigars GozitisSenior 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 KraminaPartner
Ginta Krukle  photo Ginta Krukle Partner
Liva Lace  photo Liva Lace Associate
Maris Logins photo Maris LoginsPartner
Gunta Lokastova photo Gunta LokastovaSenior 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 NemirovskisAssociate
Egita Peimane photo Egita PeimaneSenior Associate
Edijs Poga  photo Edijs Poga Of Counsel
Liene Lelde Rieba  photo Liene Lelde Rieba Lawyer
Janis Silins photo Janis SilinsSenior Associate, Head of Public Procurement
Maris Vainovskis photo Maris VainovskisSenior Partner
Elina Vilde photo Elina VildeSenior Associate
Sabine Vilka  photo Sabine Vilka Associate
Zanda Zaluma photo Zanda ZalumaSenior Associate
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