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Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns – top ranked in Banking & Finance, Dispute resolution, Real Estate, Employment and Intellectual Property practices in Latvian legal market!

  • Latvia

    19-03-2018

     

    Everhseds Sutherland Bitāns team has been recognised by independent researchers Chambers and Partners among top law firms within five practices, maintaining the high recognition from clients for many years.

     

    Banking and Finance team has received a full of praise for the team's solution-oriented approach, stating: “The firm is very solid and very focused on finding solutions which are beneficial to all involved parties.” Another source says: “I like the fact they understand the core needs of what we want to achieve.”

    Excellent practice which stands out for its market-leading experience in the capital markets arena, advising on ECM and DCM matters. Also advises on financing, restructuring and disputes. Offers expertise in regulatory issues and handles anti-money laundering and financial fraud matters. Called upon by a roster of financial institutions, including banks and private equity funds.

     

    Dispute resolution team is known as Leading dispute resolution team which continues to impress in significant civil, criminal and public law cases. Stands out for its extensive experience in tax litigation and prominent disputes involving the banking and finance sector. Also active in general corporate and commercial, IP, public procurement and construction-related cases as well as white-collar crime. Represents leading banks, public authorities and prominent clients from a wide spectrum of sectors, including energy, telecoms and insurance. Regularly involved in cross-border mandates.

    Clients commend the team's creativity, with sources stating that the lawyers are “good at comprehensive evaluation of materials and finding of non-standard solutions in complicated situations.”

    The team is also praised for its client-oriented approach. One source notes: “They want to understand the business to find the best way to protect my interests," adding: "They care about the result and about the client more than about the bills.”

     

    Real Estate Department is known for Outstanding construction practice advising on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Often instructed on real estate development and construction projects, including renewable energy or infrastructure mandates. Assists with administrative proceedings relating to unlicensed construction work or the revocation of building permits. Also handles property acquisitions, the negotiation of lease agreements or the structuring of real estate joint ventures. Client base includes port infrastructure operators, real estate developers and local municipalities.

    Sources like the team's creative approach, with a client praising the lawyers' "practical assistance on how issues should be solved," adding: "Sometimes we really need an innovative approach, so I also appreciate how they are able to provide suggestions and solutions."

    Interviewees appreciate the business-friendly approach, with a client describing it as "proactive and comprehensive," adding that he also appreciates its "knowledge of the possible risks during and after deals."

     

    Intellectual Property is recognized  as an active team representing a range of major clients in complex domestic and cross-border matters. Has significant expertise in copyright and trade mark disputes. Handles diverse regulatory and contractual issues, with notable capabilities in the negotiation of licensing agreements between IP rights-holders and manufacturers or developers. Has a broad client list that includes media, IT and consumer goods companies.

    Clients appreciate the lawyers' responsiveness, stating: "Sometimes there are matters that we need to deal with urgently and I'm able to pick up the phone and talk to the main partner."

    Employment team has a reputation of strong team offering full-scope employment advice and representation in disputes. Stands out for an exceptional track record in complex contentious mandates spanning a range of issues, including trade union disputes and claims relating to occupational safety and health. Also assists clients with employment arbitration proceedings. Advises on collective redundancies, termination of individual contracts, bonus schemes and employee restructuring. Broad client roster includes large international and domestic clients in sectors such as shipping, transport and pharma.

     

    High recognition has been attributed also to other firms’ practices:

    Corporate Commercial legal practice is known for strong international brand offering full-scope corporate and commercial support. Advises on M&A transactions, market entry and joint ventures, with recent instructions involving a wide spectrum of industry sectors. Also handles cross-border corporate restructuring mandates and offers notable expertise in due diligence projects. Client roster features a mix of international and local players, including significant investors and banks.

    Sources note the team's strong client service and dedication. "I feel they look after our interests," a client says, adding: "They work incredibly hard. "Clients highlight the team's "very good and plain communication" as well as its "can-do attitude."

    Competition and Antitrust practice is appreciated for the team's strong communication skills and client care. One client speaks of "prompt reaction" as well as follow up on related issues in addition to "great and efficient communication."

    Strong regulatory team, primarily advising on non-contentious competition issues. Boasts an extensive track record in merger clearance, including cases with cross-border components. Also busy with state aid and compliance mandates. Client base includes large domestic players and a number of international names from a range of sectors. Often seen on cross-border matters in the Baltic region.

    Tax team is best known for advising international and domestic clients on a variety of complex tax disputes, including VAT and transfer pricing issues. Also handles tax planning mandates and assists with general tax matters.

     

    Team has multiple high recognitions from clients for notable practitioners:

    Māris Vainovskis has an enviable reputation in the M&A market and receives excellent feedback from clients, who highlight his hands-on attitude. Sources describe him as "very diplomatic" and "aim-oriented" in his approach, with one stating: "He is a true and natural deal maker."

    Mari’s ability to handle pressure as well as his dedication and goal-oriented approach, with one client stating: "He is forward-looking, strategic-thinking and has a broad picture in mind." Another source refers to him as "a master negotiator." He leads the team in a range of banking and finance as well as capital markets mandates and comes recommended for his trade finance know-how.

    Agris Bitāns is top ranked lawyer already for more than 10 years. Clients have commented Agris to be "talented as a speaker" and "among the top litigators" in Latvia. He boasts an outstanding reputation, with sources noting his presence in "high-profile" cases.

    Agris commands a deep level of respect from market sources, who describe him as "practical, responsive and easy to work with." He often represents clients in IP litigation mandates, including those that involve elements of criminal law. Interviewees praise his "enthusiasm and structured approach."

    Ilze Kramiņa has particular experience of construction and territorial planning matters. She is also instructed in civil cases. Clients describe her as "articulate and sharp."

    Ilze has a strong reputation for her expertise in construction matters, including administrative disputes. Clients praise her significant experience and a convincing courtroom manner as well as "a huge working capacity." Another client praises the "talent to make complex legal issues easy to understand."

    Maris Logins Market commentators recognise him as a "well-known employment expert in Latvia." He is experienced in handling a wide range of employment issues, including advice on terminations, workforce restructuring and contracts.

     

    Toms Puriņš – senior associate is ranked among the rising stars as increasingly visible to market sources, supporting the team on a range of corporate mandates, including M&A transactions. Sources describe him as a "very personable and very knowledgeable" lawyer.

    Edijs Poga advises clients on merger control and compliance issues, as well as on state aid. A client describes him as "efficient and prompt" in addition to praising his analytical skills.

     

    Chambers and Partners, covering 185 jurisdictions, have been ranking the best lawyers since 1990. As an independent ranking agency, its rankings cannot be influenced by law firms in any other way than by good work.

     

     

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