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Technology and Telecommunications, Latvia

Introduction

For more than two decades, the technology and telecommunications markets both in Latvia and internationally remain a catalyst of expansion and inward investment by major global businesses and equity funds.  These industries continue transforming the world. 

De-regulation has played the role of an additional impetus to fuel rapid growth within technology and telecommunications. 

In the world of rapidly developing database and telecommunications technologies, internet based technologies, wireless and satellite communications, fast-paced markets and constantly evolving regulatory framework, companies and individuals alike find themselves in need of reliable legal advice by experts who understand these novel industries and follow the trends along which they continue developing.

We have the resources to assist our clients in addressing the important role played by new technologies in business. 

We strive to develop a thorough understanding of modern technologies which enables us to achieve the right mix of industry insights and experience of technology and telecommunications transactions. 

Our practitioners are ideally positioned to assist both public and private sector clients as they seek to tackle the many-fold challenges emerging as a result of convergence of telecommunications and information technology.  

Our law firm emphasizes conceptualized, creative and practical solutions to legal issues that arise in complex technology transactions, both domestically and internationally.      

Services

Our principal practice areas within technology and telecommunications include:

• Cable television
• Communications and consumer electronics equipment
• E-commerce
• Terrestrial and satellite communications
• Infrastructure access, interconnections and rights of way
• Supplier and customer contracts within technology and telecommunications
• Technology outsourcing transactions
• Systems implementation and integration
• Financing of network development and upgrades
• Regulatory and compliance
• Litigation and dispute resolution in technology and telecommunications

Our Experience

We pride ourselves in having represented or advised our clients on a number of transactions involving technology and telecommunications law issues.  The track record of our tax practice includes, among others, the following transactions:

We provided drafting support and served as legal counsel to the largest national fixed line telecommunications operator on a wide array of matters, including litigation on competition matters and compliance with EU state aid regulations.

In cooperation with one of the international Big 4 audit firms, we provided instrumental advice to the Latvian State Procurement Office in setting up and development of its e-procurement system.

We successfully represented in the court of first instance the local subsidiary of a leading IT and global software outsourcing company in connection with its claim for payment of a software license fee.

We advised a leading global digital television broadcasting services provider with respect to certain project finance issues relevant to its technical support operations in Latvia.

We provided instrumental legal counselling to one of the largest global hardware and software manufacturer and developer companies in connection with introduction of its products on the Latvian market and development of service packages specifically tailored to the local market.

Māris Vainovskis

  • Senior Partner
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