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DERLING PRIMUS

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Managing Partner: Mr Hannes Vallikivi
Languages: Estonian, English, German, Russian

Firm Overview:
DERLING PRIMUS is a leading full-service commercial law firm in Estonia. The team assists clients in business transactions and resolving disputes, with several attorneys having over 20 years of experience. The core of the DERLING PRIMUS`s team is constituted by the internationally recognised attorneys: Hannes Vallikivi, Erki Kergandberg, Toomas Taube, Margo Lemetti, Piret Blankin, Rolan Jankelevitsh, Elmer Muna and Andres Siigur. Together with partner firms in Latvia and Lithuania, DERLING PRIMUS provides services in all Baltic countries. DERLING PRIMUS’s attorneys have unprecedented experience in serving local and international businesses, the public sector, working with the European Central Bank and institutions of the European Union, and collaborating with top-tier international law firms.

Main Areas of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:

DERLING PRIMUS’s team advises on M&A transactions in a wide range of industries. The firm advises prominent local and international clients on structuring transactions, due diligence work as well as drafting and negotiating transaction documents. Some of the recent notable transactions advised by the firm were:
■ Advising the shareholders of Transiidikeskuse AS on the sale of 100% stake to HHLA Group
■ Advising HeidelbergCement on the sale of the Port of Kunda
■ Assisting Intertrust Technologies Corporation on acquisition of Planet OS
Key Clients: Enterprise Investors, HeidelbergCement, Jungent Group, Nortal
Contact: Mr Rolan Jankelevitsh
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance practice group is recognised by local and international clients as the leading Estonian team in cross-border financing, capital markets, and banking an insurance regulatory. The team has handled many landmark cases which had a strong influence on Estonian legal landscape and court practice.
Key Clients: ABN AMRO, Banco Santander, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Estonian Guarantee Fund, Euroclear, ING Bank, NASDAQ, Nordea, Swedbank
Contact: Mr Andres Siigur
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/Commercial:
DERLING PRIMUS’s team provides full service support for numerous global and local star corporations to establish and support their business in the Baltics. The firm’s attorneys advise clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. The firm also represents clients in shareholder disputes.
Key Clients: Arco Vara, AVON, CGI, East Capital, Eolane, HAVI, Invesco, ISS, Michelin, NASDAQ, Nortal, Redeem Group, Royal Vopak, Valio, Velux
Contact: Mr Toomas Taube
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
DERLING PRIMUS team advises real estate developers, public sector entities, producers, government bodies and other clients on a wide range of real estate matters, including planning, development and redevelopment, financing, leasing and construction. Lately experts have advised:
■ Certain environmental non-governmental organisations in litigation related to the planning of the Tallinn-Warsaw high-speed railway
■ Developers in connection with several wind farms in northern and western Estonia
■ Estonian Plywood AS (operator of a major veneer and plywood factory) on setting up a new factory and related planning and construction matters
■ Tartu City Government on public procurement regarding renovation of municipal school buildings.
Key Clients: Ministry of Agriculture, HeidelbergCement, Jungent Group, Estonian Congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lõunakeskus, Raisner, City of Tartu, Woodwell
Contact: Ms Piret Blankin
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
The practice group headed by partners Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna assists clients in a wide variety of business and trade-related litigation for international and local clients. There is a notable increase of white collar criminal defence and energy sector disputes. Firm receives plenty of challenging and complex mandates in the usual field fields of bankruptcy law, reorganisation and public procurement.
Key Clients: Apollo Group, Estonian Centre Party, Control Process, Cronimet, Forum Cinemas, HeidelbergCement, Jungent Group, Katoen Natie, Lietuvos Energija, Liviko, Luminor Bank, Merko Group, Redeem Group, Selver, Swedbank, City of Tartu
Contact: Mr Erki Kergandberg
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
DERLING PRIMUS’s team has an excellent track record in direct and indirect tax matters and regularly provides advice on various assignments such as tax structuring of M&A transactions, employee incentive programmes, VAT planning as well as routine tax compliance. DERLING PRIMUS is also active in complicated tax litigation. The firm has successfully represented clients in a number of landmark tax disputes. The firm’s tax experts have recently advised EBRD and the Ministry of Finance on developing fiscal transparency regime for private equity funds.
Key Clients: Estonian Plywood, HedelbergCement, Nortal
Contact: Mr Rolan Jankelevitsh
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected] Compe

tition/Antitrust:
The team is regularly hired for antitrust investigations or trials and merger control work by companies across industries, incl. in regulated sectors. The firm gives practical and cost-effective advice, help to manage risks or, if necessary, address concerns raised by the authorities. Experts have:
■ Advised Estonia’s oldest alcohol producer Liviko and one of the largest supermarket chains Selver against allegations of price fixing
■ Represented N.R. Energy in relations with the competition authority regarding producing and selling heat energy
■ Advised a global automotive manufacturer on issues related to prohibition of abuse of dominant position.
Key Clients: Cronimet, Liviko, N.R. Energy, Selver, Via 3L
Contact: Mr Elmer Muna
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

IP, IT, Telecom:
DERLING PRIMUS’s attorneys are among the most recognised intellectual property, IT and telecom experts in Estonia. Clients include multinational IT corporations, energy, biotechnology, broadcasting and technology companies, start-ups, marketing firms etc.
Key Clients: ASICS Europe, Avon, CGI, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Intertrust Technologies Corporation, ISKU, Kaspersky Lab, Oracle, Reach- U, Sony, Vodafone Group
Contact: Mr Toomas Taube
Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]