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Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘Competent, experienced and knowledgeable.’
‘Maris Vainovskis, Ilze Kramina and Krista Bērziņa are all aim orientated, competent and experienced.’
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-profile' Ilze 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.
‘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.’
City Development Department of Riga Municipality
BaltCap Infrastructure Fund
Energo Wind, LLC
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.
‘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.’
UPP Olaines OU
Meridian Trade Bank AS
SEB Banka AS
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.
‘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 Maris 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.’
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.
‘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.’
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.
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.
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.
Latvian Shipping Company
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.
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Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns > Firm Profile
|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|
|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|
|Public procurement||Janis Silins|
|Krista B?rzi?a||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Agris Bit?ns||Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Justīne Ignatavičute||Associate, Banking and Finance Practice Counsel, Assistant Attorney at Law||View Profile|
|Ilze Krami?a||Partner||View Profile|
|Ginta Krukle||Partner||View Profile|
|M?ris Logins||Partner||View Profile|
|Anete Marhele||Senior Associate, Head of Tax||View Profile|
|Ingr?da Misi?a||Associate||View Profile|
|Elina Mucina||Partner||View Profile|
|Edijs Poga||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Jānis Siliņš||Senior Associate, Head of Public Procurement||View Profile|
|M?ris Vainovskis||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|El?na Vilde||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Zanda Za?uma||Senior Associate||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 2,000+ in this country : 25
LanguagesEnglish French German Latvian Russian
MembershipsEversheds Sutherland the global law firm that sets the standards 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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Press Releases7th January 2021 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.
Corporate reorganisations: key considerations on a global reorganisation projectRobin Johnson, Christian Mense and Nicola Evans continue their series of papers on corporate reorganisations. In this article, they look at the key considerations on a multinational reorganisation project.
The deal is done – what happens next?In the third of their series of articles on corporate reorganisations, Robin Johnson, Christian Mense and Nicola Evans of Eversheds Sutherland consider what to do once an agreement is signed When a company buys a business or group of companies, a lot of work, time and cost goes into due diligence of the target. Due …
Recent motives and trends for corporate reorganisationsIn the fourth of their series of articles on corporate reorganisations, Robin Johnson, Christian Mense and Nicola Evans give on overview on the most recent motives and trends for corporate reorganisations.