Risto Agur has joined Estonia's Nove law firm as Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A and Banking & Finance.
Agur has more than 20 years of experience, including 13 years at Sorainen, where he led the Corporate Advisory, Employment, and Restructuring & Insolvency practices. He left Sorainen to found and manage KPMG Law in Estonia, where he initially also led the M&A, Construction & Real Estate, and Banking & Finance practices, eventually adding responsibility for Data Protection, Intellectual Property and Information Technology, and Commercial Contracts.
According to Nove, "Risto Agur has provided advice on a number of large and complex M&A and B&F transactions and projects in Estonia and the Baltic region, acting on behalf of local and international strategic investors, investment banks, private equity firms and other financial institutions. He has also provided advice on the establishment, restructuring and liquidation of several credit institutions, credit providers and payment institutions, and to a number of insurance undertakings, fund management companies, investment firms, listed companies, telecom companies and other large corporates on local and cross-border transactions and regulatory issues."
He holds a degree from the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar specializing in Securities and Financial Regulation.
“We are convinced that the new practice areas and the extensive work experience in transactions which Risto brings with him will create synergy with Nove's current team and benefit all our current and future clients,” commented Nove Co-Founder and Partner Kristjan Tamm.
“I am very happy to join the partnership of one of the strongest legal teams and highly regarded law firms in Estonia," commented Agur. "We share many common values, such as excellence of service, expert experience, uncompromisingly client-focused approach to service, and efficiency. I also value the great mutual trust and respect which we developed with the team through long and fruitful cooperation in one of the leading law firms in the Baltic region, and the fact that all the partners and associates of Nove, with no exception, are top experts in their fields. I am joining Nove because of the wonderful people in the firm and because I see great potential for synergy: while Nove is currently primarily specialized in Dispute Resolution, Construction and Real Estate, Insurance, as well as Data Protection, Competition, Medical and Public Procurement, I will complement the value offered by the firm with my considerable expertise and extensive experience especially in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Finance. In addition, having 15 years of experience in the business development and management of law firms, I will be able to enhance Nove's capacity and synergy between its practice areas across the region. There is a very good energy in Nove that attracts both clients and colleagues. I am sure that our cooperation will make it even stronger."