Cobalt has advised Rubylight on follow-on investment in the Berlin-based social newsfeed app Jodel.
The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.
On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.
Sorainen advised CPA:17-Global on the acquisition of a 70% position in a joint venture with Baltic Retail Properties. The portfolio includes eighteen retail stores and one logistics facility in locations throughout Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. The assets are leased on a long-term basis to Kesko Senukai, a prominent do-it-yourself retailer in the Baltic States.
Cobalt Estonia has advised a newly launched venture capital fund, Change Ventures, on Estonian law issues with respect to fund formation and on their first three investments, into Interactio (a Lithuanian startup that provides a simultaneous translation app that fully replaces interpretation hardware for live events), Timbeter (an Estonian startup that offers a smart-device solution for accurate timber measurement and data management), and Guaana (an Estonian startup that provides an online platform for allocating scientific research grants based on peer evaluation).
On November 18, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Eesti Energia AS had issued EUR 500 million bonds, which were listed on London Stock Exchange. We reached out to Ivar Kurvits, who acted as the General Counsel at Eesti Energia at the time of the transaction (he is currently General Counsel at AS Inbank), to comment on the deal.
Cobalt has advised the Estonian Development Fund and its investment company SmartCap on the transfer of their venture capital direct investment portfolio to private fund manager Tera Ventures. The portfolio consists of 12 companies, among them international success stories like Jobbatical, Cleveron, Lingvist, Monese and Realeyes.