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Ilze Kramiņa, Partner

Ilze Kramiņa


Head of Real Estate and Construction practice group


Latvian, Russian, English, German

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Real estate

Practice notes

Ilze heads the Real Estate and Construction practice group. Thanks to more than 14 years of professional experience in addition to her summa cum laude master’s degree, Ilze is able to offer clients more than just impeccable academic knowledge as her legal services are informed by more than a decade of practical experience.  Ilze proactively advises clients on the sale and lease of real estate, construction agreements, land use restrictions and environmental protection concerns.  She also represents clients in administrative court disputes over construction permit appeals.  Ilze has accumulated vast experience in developing binding municipal regulations applicable to land use and construction.  She is actively involved in advising clients on renewable energy, performing due diligence and representing wind power plant and cogeneration plant operators at every stage of the development of their projects.

Ilze is also active in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Prior to joining Eversheds Bitāns, Ilze gained extensive experience as an assistant to a judge in reviewing civil and administrative cases. Now she is one of the most recognisable, enthusiastic and unflagging litigators at Eversheds Bitāns.  She is known not only for drafting effective documentation for legal proceedings but also for her convincing presentation in the courtroom.  Ilze represents the interests of international and local clients at courts of every level, addressing commercial disputes worth millions, working on construction and taxation cases, principal property disputes and administrative cases alike.  Ilze has been named a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Ilze has lectured on construction law at Turība University.  She is the long-standing head of the Spatial Planning and Construction Work Group at the Foreign Investor Council in Latvia (FICIL) and, most notably, has represented FICIL’s interests within working groups at the Latvian Parliament and the Ministry of Economics during the drafting of the new Construction Law and General Construction Regulations.

Independent comments

Legal 500, 2014: “Ilze Kramina heads Eversheds Bitāns’ professional team, which always acts with the clients’ best interests in mind.  Its lawyers have strong analytical skills and the ability to think critically when trying to find the right solution.”

Chambers Global, 2014: “Ilze Kramina attracts effusive praise from clients: ‘She is always concerned about the clients’ needs and works hard to achieve a result.  She takes on these matters as if it were her own business.  I trust her judgement,’ one enthuses.”

Chambers Europe, 2014: “‘She is responsive and can take a challenge.  She is not afraid to speak against the prevailing feelings and always looks at the broader picture,’ note happy clients.”

Recent Experience

 Ilze’s recent work in the areas of real estate and construction includes:

  • Advising one of the largest businesses within the Freeport of Riga on the implementation of a large-scale investment project to establish a cargo terminal.
  • Representing an Estonian real estate developer in a complicated transaction involving the sale of the company’s real estate (land and a newly constructed office building), establishing easements and leasing back a part of the property.
  • Advising developers and operators of wind parks and CHP plant developers on land use matters, spatial planning, land ownership and lease relations, construction procedure, environmental impact assessment and resolution of issues with stakeholders.

Ilze’s recent litigation projects include:

  • Representing SIA LatRosTrans, the largest oil and petroleum product transportation company in the Baltics, in one of the most complicated litigation cases in the history of Latvia involving a Belarusian company’s claim regarding recognition of property rights to the oil owned by SIA LatRosTrans.
  • Representing AS Latvijas Krājbanka as part of a multimillion case against one of the “Big Four” audit companies in relation to professional negligence.
  • Representing AS Ventspils Nafta group companies in a series of complex lawsuits involving challenged transactions, collection of losses, disputes among shareholders and insolvency.