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Valiunas Ellex has advised Danske Bank on the signing of a lease for a "better and bigger IT center” in Vilnius – a new contract for rental of a 12,000 square meter office building signed with real estate company M.M.M. projects. The firm describes the contract as the largest lease transaction in Lithuania this year.  

Tark Grunte Sutkiene and Varul's Estonia office have signed a memorandum of understanding to tie up and, in their words, "form a stronger Baltic partnership.” Going forward, Tark Grunte Sutkiene — which will continue to operate under that name — will employ over 140 lawyers across the Baltics.

Rokas Janauskas has joined CEE Attorneys in Lithuania as a Managing Associate (and, simultaneously, as an Associate Partner of the Lithuanian office in particular) in charge of the Pharma group in the Vilnius office.

Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

The Lithuanian office of CEE Attorneys has advised the Audejas Group, Lithuania's upholstery and decorative fabrics producer and furniture retailer, on what the firm calls "several interrelated complex real estate transactions with a total value of more than EUR 11 million." According to the a statement released by CEE Attorneys, the deal "paved the way for the modernization of the Group’s production facility and a furniture center."

Glimstedt has advised the Vienna Insurance Group on its acquisition of a majority of shares of the BTA Baltic Insurance Company, which is headquartered in Latvia and has branch offices in Lithuania and Estonia. Vilgerts advised BTA on the deal. The purchase agreement is subject to regulatory approval. Neither the percentage of shares acquired by VIG, nor the value of the acquisition, was disclosed.

Sorainen and Weil Gotshal have advised Providence Equity Partners on its acquisition of the Bite telecom group from Mid Europa Partners for an undisclosed value. Cobalt and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Mid Europa Partners in the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

On November 2, 2015, Lithuania's SKV Law law firm has become a member of the CEE Attorneys network of law firms already operating in the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

Cobalt has announced that lawyers from the Borenius team in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus will join it from January 1, 2016, turning Cobalt into “the largest full-service business law firm operation in the region.” This follows Borenius’ announcement earlier this week that it is withdrawing from the Baltics, and Sorainen’s announcement that it had picked up former Borenius Lithuania Partners Daivis Svirinas and Zygimantas Pacevicius, along with another eleven lawyers (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on September 21, 2015).

On May 18 and 19, 2015, separate press releases came across the wire, announcing that the Lithuanian and Latvian offices of two of the top pan-Baltic alliances – Raidla, Lejins & Norcous (RLN) and Lawin – had, in essence, dissolved, traded Estonian offices, and reorganized. The former Lithuanian and Latvian members of RLN and the former Estonian member of Lawin re-formed as Cobalt, while the former Lithuanian and Latvian offices of Lawin and the former Estonian office of RLN re-formed as Ellex.

The Latvian and Lithuanian offices of Raidla Lejins & Norcous (RLN) and the Estonian office of Lawin have left their firms to join forces in what they describe as "a vibrant new pan-Baltic alliance.” The result — “Cobalt” — also includes an office in Belarus. As a result, Irmantas Norkus, the Managing Partner of Cobalt’s Lithuanian office said yesterday, “RLN is dissolved as of today.”

Raidla Lejins & Norcous has advised the shareholders of Cgates, the second largest Lithuanian provider of television rebroadcasting and internet access services, on the sale of their shareholding in the company to the Swedish investment company East Capital. The transaction was valued at more than EUR 56 million.

Tark Grunte Sutkiene has announced that the Lithuanian office of erstwhile competitor Baltic Legal Solutions will be joining its Vilnius team.

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