"First of all this spring we re-elected the governing body and another institutions for attorneys," says Agris Bitans, the Managing Partner of Eversheds Bitans in Latvia, when asked for the Buzz in his country.
Cobalt Latvia, working alongside US counsel Fenwick & West, has advised visual presentation platform Prezi in its acquisition of Infogram, a web-based data visualization company in Latvia. Infogram was advised by Dottir Attorneys in the United States. This is Prezi’s first acquisition and the value of the deal is confidential.
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.
The Latvian office of TGS Baltic has assisted AS DNB Banka and its group companies during the insolvency proceedings of a debtor and in related legal proceedings, resulting in partial settlement of the claims and the takeover of the real properties pledged as security for the loan by a company in the DNB Banka group.
TGS Baltic has advised Laimonis Kravalis and Daiga Grigale, the majority shareholders of AS Interbaltija AG, on the buy-out of minority shareholder SIA Wine Holding and the subsequent sale of 100% shares of AS Interbaltija AG to Amber Beverage Group. The Latvian office of Eversheds Sutherlands advised SIA Wine Holding.
CEE Attorneys Lithuania has opened an office in Riga, Latvia, and appointed Senior Associate Valery Komisarov as Real Estate and Construction Head in the country. Komisarov will also manage the Riga office, reporting to Managing Partner of CEE Attorneys Lithuania, Daina Senapediene, who will remain in Vilnius.
Primus has represented Klaipedos Baldu Prekyba JSC — a furniture retail trade chain with eight stores in Lithuania operating under the Berry trademark — on its conclusion of a long term lease agreement with the Elkor group for a multi-story building and adjacent territory for a store in the central part of Riga.
Glimstedt has advised DistIT AB on its EUR 1.2 million acquisition of an 80% stake in Sominis Technology UAB, a Vilnius-based distributor of PC, laptop, smartphone, and tablet accessories. Closing of the deal is contingent on various conditions, including approval from Lithuania's competition authority. Deloitte advised the sellers on the deal.