TGS Baltic

Riga Office

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Managing Partner: Ivars Grunte (Latvia), Vilius Bernatonis (Lithuania), Sander Karson (Estonia)
Number of partners: 28
Number of lawyers: 150+
Languages: English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian

Firm Overview:
TGS Baltic is a full-service business law firm in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania employing 150+ lawyers across the Baltics. The firm is in strategic cooperation with law firm Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners in Belarus and a member of TerraLex, a global network of independent law firms. The firm’s attorneys have unprecedented experience in serving local and international businesses, the public sector, working with the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank, institutions of the European Union, and collaborating with top-tier international law firms. The firm has been involved in almost all the major transactions completed in the Baltic States since they regained their independence and is currently involved in the most important strategic energy and infrastructure, corporate and litigation projects in the Baltics.

Main Areas of Practice:
M&A:

M&A work is the cornerstone of TGS Baltic practice and its core area of expertise. The firm has in-depth understanding of structuring and carrying out acquisition transactions as well as strategic mergers. The firm has been involved in most of the major M&A and privatisation transactions in the Baltic States:
Key Clients: The Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Swedbank, Bergs Timber, Clear Channel International BV, IK Investment Partners, Communicorp Group, Inspired, Brain Games, Tele 2

Corporate & Commercial:
TGS Baltic is the leading full service provider to large multinationals and local star corporations setting up and supporting businesses in the Baltics; top experts in large-scale cross-border and national restructurings and business turnarounds.
Key Clients: Mars/Wrigley/Royal Canin/ Phillip Morris International, Volvo, Marsh, Carlsberg, Fuchs Petrolub, Phoenix/Tamro/Benu, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Oriflame, Eden Springs, Orkla

Banking & Finance:
TGS Baltic has the largest team of banking and finance lawyers among the Baltic law firms. The firm has experience in international financing and documentation, project finance, secured financing, acquisition finance, syndicated loans, aircraft leasing, bond issues and loan restructuring.
Key Clients: ECB, EIB, ABN AMRO Bank, FCE Bank, Swedbank, Luminor, Norvik, Coop Pank, Aon Risk Solutions, 4Finance, PNB Banka

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has broad experience in handling disputes emerging from a wide variety of business relationships in general jurisdiction and administrative courts, international and local arbitrations and constitutional courts. The firm has exceptional experience in large-scale, complex disputes, where simultaneous, active and immediate action in different directions is necessary.
Key Clients: European Central Bank, Luminor Bank, Reverta, PNB Bank/Norvik Bank, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, the Public Utilities Commission, Cemex, Musa Motors, Apranga, Cronimet, Baltic Mill AB, VRC Zasulauks, Coop Pank

Competition/Antitrust:
The firm’s lawyers are the leading competition law experts across the Baltic States and beyond, having extensive experience in advising on anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and merger control, as well as state-aid.
Key Clients: Tele 2, Tamro/Benu, Augstsprieguma tīkls, Latvenergo, Volvo, Apex Alliance, Agile Finance, Gemini Grupe, Elektrum Eesti, MasterCard, Clear Channel, Carlsberg

Real Estate & Construction:
The firm has large market share in real estate legal matters, especially in the commercial property sector in the Baltic States. The firm’s experience in the real estate due diligence and transactions, large multi-functional and infrastructure projects is outstanding.
Key Clients: University of Latvia, Akropolis, Kapitel, State Real Estate, Graanul Invest Group, HoSt, Moller, Cemex, Nera Vastgoed, Snoras, 1Home Group.

IP, IT, Telecoms:
The firm has an outstanding track record of trademark litigation; experience in telecom regulatory matters.
Key Clients: University of Latvia, Snap Inc., Tele 2, Facebook, Etsy, Bergs Timber/Byko General Electric Technology, Allegis Group, TekSystems

Tax:
TGS Baltic is very strong in tax planning, transaction support, structuring, tax due diligences, defending of clients before tax authorities, incl. during tax investigations, and tax litigations.
Key Clients: GlaxoSmithKline, Netflix, Credit Value Investments, Eska Trading, MyFitness, Abakhan Fabrics, Phillip Morris International, Rīgas Dzirnavnieks, King Coffee Service Group

Contacts:

Mr Ivars Grunte (Managing Partner, Dispute Resolution) [email protected]
Ms Linda Štrause (Partner, Real Estate) [email protected]
Ms Andra Rubene (Partner, M&A, Competition, IP, IT, Telecoms) [email protected]
Ms Inese Hazenfusa (Partner, Banking & Finance) [email protected]
Mr Nauris Grigals (Partner, M&A, Corporate Commercial, Tax) [email protected]
Ms Agnese Hartpenga (Partner, Dispute Resolution) [email protected]
Mr Sandis Petrovičs (Partner, Dispute Resolution) [email protected]