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Did You Know: Top Ten List from the First Decade of CEELM

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On the occasion of this year’s recent Deal of the Year Awards Banquet and GC Summit in Warsaw, did you know that, according to the Activity Rankings feature of the CEELMDirect website, partners of pan-Baltic law firms dominated the list of the ten lawyers who worked on the most client matters reported by CEE Legal Matters in the first decade of its existence?

In fact, five of the ten lawyers on top of the list of lawyers who worked on client matters reported by CEELM from December 1, 2013, through December 1, 2023, are based in the Baltics, including Cobalt Estonia’s Kristel Raidla-Talur, who worked on an amazing 75 client matters, putting her in first place. Sorainen Estonia’s Toomas Prangli, who worked on 71 client matters reported by CEELM in that time, wasn’t far behind.

Sorainen Lithuania’s Mantas Petkevicius, who worked on 62 client matters reported by CEE Legal Matters from 2013 to 2023 is tied for third place with Avellum’s Glib Bondar in Ukraine, making him the first non-Baltic lawyer on the list.

Clifford Chance Warsaw Partner Andrzej Stosio, who worked on 61 CEELM-reported client matters between 2013 and 2023, is in fifth place on the list, and the Turunc law firm’s Kerem Turunc, who worked on 53 over that time, is in sixth. Seventh place is held by White & Case Warsaw Partner Marcin Studniarek, who worked on 52 CEELM-reported client matters in the first decade of its existence, and eighth place is held by CMS Bulgaria’s Kostadin Sirleshtov, who worked on 51. Sorainen Latvia’s Eva Berlaus and Cobalt Estonia’s Peeter Kutman, both of whom worked on 50, rounded out the top ten. (BDK Advokati’s Vladimir Dasic, who worked on 49 CEELM-reported client matters in those ten years, finished 11th).

Want to learn more about what other lawyers are on that ten-year leaderboard, or explore the leaderboards in specific practice areas? Just visit the Activity Rankings section of the CEELMDirect website – the world’s only truly dynamic legal directory – and find out for yourself!

Cobalt at a Glance

COBALT is a closely integrated alliance of top-tier law offices across the Baltics, uniting more than 250 attorneys and support staff. During 25 years of experience, we have become a strategic partner to our clients in handling both daily matters and complex large–scale transactions and disputes.

The firm’s broad spectrum of expertise and established position as the market leader gives a comprehensive basis for providing full-service business law advice.

Top international and regional businesses, financial institutions, state and local governments, and the region’s most promising start-ups are among our clients. 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 7 times receiving Chambers Europe, IFLR, The Lawyer and Mergermarket awards, and we are regularly listed amongst the top-performing M&A legal advisors in the Bloomberg, Refinitiv and Mergermarket deal tables. Recognized as the No.1 Lithuanian law firm in the Prospera Law Firm Review 2021 and No. 1 law firm in Latvia in 2022, 2020, 2019, and 2018 client satisfaction surveys. We were recognized as a Baltic-wide Law Firm of the Year at the 2022 Chambers Europe Awards ceremony and named the Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year and Pro Bono Firm of the Year at the annual ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2021 ceremony. 

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