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Sorainen is announcing that Lelde Lavina, the head of the Latvian Real Estate & Construction Team, has become the 29th Partner of the firm, and that Partner Tomas Kontautas, current head of the Sorainen Banking, Finance & Insurance practice group, has been appointed the office Managing Partner of Sorainen Lithuania.

In the latest development in the ever-changing Baltic law firm landscape, Klavins Ellex has announced that it will be merging with Glimstedt's Riga office to "form the largest law firm in Latvia." The two firms will operate under the Klavins Ellex brand.

The capital market in Latvia is rather small, with limited capitalization in both the stock and bond markets. As of December 31, 2015, 26 Latvian companies’ equity securities, 42 corporate debt securities, 12 Government Treasury bill and bond issues, and 5 investment funds were listed on the only licensed stock exchange in Latvia – Nasdaq Riga.

Tria Robit is reporting that the Board of Appeals of the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia has ruled in favor of firm client, German undertaking Europart Holding GmbH, in its opposition to the trademark "EURO PARTS holding" registered by Euro Auto Truck Baltia, SIA.

One-day networking forum addressing crucial issues covering a variety of asset classes and markets with respect to restructuring, CRE, private equity, special situations, bank deleveraging, NPL portfolio purchase and co-investment.

Senior Attorney Eleonora Zelmene, Head of the Insurance Law Practice at Klavins Ellex, has become a Member of the Advisory Board of the Baltic Financial Advisors Association – a non-profit organization recently established through joint efforts of Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian associations of commercial banks. 

Moving beyond what he calls the “tectonic changes reshaping the Baltic legal markets” — the reshuffled and new alliances that has dominated recent coverage of those markets — Latvian Cobalt Partner Lauris Liepa calls attention to the trends that are reshaping the region’s banking sector as well.

Fort has advised an ATRIUM group company in its EUR 12.5 million sale of the Shopping Centre Azur by means of a transfer of shares in SIA MD Galerija Azur to UAB KS Holding, a company registered in Lithuania, which is indirectly owned by Finnish trade group Kesko Oyj. Ellex advised the buyers.

Primus has announced that, after opening its Polish desk in Vilnius in August 2015, it has now launched a German Desk in the firm’s office in Riga.

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