Former TGS Baltic Partner Marko Kairjak has joined Ellex Raidla in Estonia, where he will create and head the firm's new White Collar Dispute Resolution Practice.
Kairjak, whose team is moving with him from TGS Baltic, is an expert in white-collar criminal law. He spent almost twelve years with Varul before joining TGS Baltic in May, 2017. He has both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. from the the University of Tartu and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge.
According to Ellex, Kairjak “has successfully represented clients in many prominent matters – for example, the corruption scandal of the Port of Tallinn and the criminal matter of Kajar Lember concerning benefit fraud. Marko is a criminal law lecturer at the University of Tartu, the author of several textbooks and the Vice Chairman of the Estonian Legal Science Society.”
“Top level of knowledge and experience in every practice area is essential for Ellex,” commented Managing Partner Ants Nomper. “Our experience shows that at the times when the legal environment is becoming increasingly complex and the state is taking more forceful positions in business-related criminal matters, our role in advising clients involved as parties to criminal proceedings is increasing as well. Thanks to Marko and his team joining our firm we will gain very strong experts in this area.”
“The market situation clearly indicates that there is a leading group of three law firms in Estonia that are engaged in all the important legal areas and offer the best quality on the market,” Kairjak commented. “However, in order to maintain this quality and develop, my practice groups need to move on. Accordingly, joining the market leader Ellex Raidla is only a logical step. Also, the principles of Ellex Raidla – speed, sincerity, and quality – match the profile of those joining the firm.”