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Cobalt has filed an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Association of LGBT and Their Friends Mozaika in the Constitutional Court of Latvia in a case regarding the state fee applicable to testator’s same-sex partner.

Cobalt has advised the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory foundation in the planning and carrying out a public procurement process for the design of the International Memorial Museum for the Victims of Communism planned for Tallinn's Patarei Prison.

Sorainen and Greenberg Traurig have advised Allianz SE on its acquisition of life and non-life insurance operations and the pension and asset management business in Poland and Lithuania — including Lithuanian subsidiary Aviva Lithuania — from the Aviva Group. The Aviva Poland business also includes Aviva’s 51% shareholding in life and general insurance joint ventures with Santander: Santander-Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczen Na Zycie S.A. and Santander-Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczen S.A. Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, working with lead counsel Slaughter and May, advised Aviva on the deal in Poland, and Cobalt advised Aviva on Lithuanian aspects. Rymarz Zdort advised Santander.

The Latvian office of Cobalt, working alongside Clifford Chance, has advised joint lead managers Barclays, BNP Paribas, and Credit Agricole CIB on the issue of a ten-year EUR 1.250 billion Eurobond by the Republic of Latvia, setting a yield at 0.105% and a coupon of 0.000%. Allen & Overy reportedly advised the Republic of Latvia on the issuance.

Cobalt has advised Austrian railway and infrastructure constructor Swietelsky AG on winning a EUR 237 million contract to build the Rail Baltica station and related infrastructure at the Riga International Airport. The contract was awarded in a public procurement procedure by Eiropas Dzelzcela linijas SIA, the implementing body of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia.

Cobalt, working with lead counsel McCann FitzGerald, has advised Irish aircraft lessor Genesis on its strategic alliance with Heston Aviation to create Heston Airlines. Averus reportedly advised Heston Aviation on the deal, which also included the leasing of a number of A320 aircraft.

Sorainen has helped Lithuanian 3D model trading platform CGTrader attract USD 9.5 million in a Series B funding round from Mikael Hed, Evli Growth Partners, LVV Group, and Karma Ventures. Walless advised Mikael Hed and Evli Growth Partners and Cobalt advised Karma Ventures on the deal.

Cobalt at a Glance

COBALT is closely integrated alliance of top-tier law offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, making us one of the largest law firms in the Baltic market. 

COBALT is a trusted partner for daily matters and complex large-scale transactions and disputes. The firm’s broad spectrum of expertise and established position as the market leader give a comprehensive basis for providing advice on special areas of business law.

We advise top international and regional businesses, financial institutions, state and local governments, and the region’s most promising start-ups. We offer leading-edge solutions in key industry sectors: Consumer Products, Trade & Distribution, Real Estate & Construction, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Communications, Media & Technologies, Financial Services, Transport & Logistics.

COBALT has been named Baltic Law Firm of the Year 6 times. We were recognized as the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Baltics at the IFLR European Awards in London. COBALT also won CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the overall Baltic Deal of the Year, at the 2019 CEE Legal Matters Awards. We have received multiple awards from the Chambers Europe, IFLR, The Lawyer and Mergermarket and we are regularly listed amongst the top performing M&A legal advisors in the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket deal tables

More information on Cobalt can be found at www.cobalt.legal.