Estonian firm Jesse & Kalaus has announced that it has dissolved after three years, with Partner Piret Jesse bringing two members of her team to Sorainen as of June 1 and Tanel Kalaus bringing a separate team to Triniti.
According to Kalaus, “the decision was made jointly by all parties concerned to provide better legal services to our clients in the future. ”
Jesse will join Sorainen's Corporate/M&A team, led by Partners Toomas Prangli and Karin Madisson. Commenting on joining Sorainen, she said: “The M&A market is developing well and regional market growth is expected to continue. I’m proud to be joining the top M&A team with the aim of ensuring the best-aligned highest quality services to our clients. I am sure that together we can handle complex, large-scale transactions even better and our clients will benefit from the joint long-term experience of the team.”
“I want to deliver the best service with the best team," she added. "Sorainen values its people and has created a working environment that supports teamwork and personal development.” Former Jesse & Kalaus lawyers Robin Teever and Mirell Prosa will also join Sorainen.
“Our views with Piret are aligned," said Prangli. "We soon realized how synergy of effort would help our clients succeed in business and our people succeed in their careers."
Piret believes in a strong integrated international firm which invests in people and where the partners are hands on with client work and business development,” added Partner Karin Madisson.
Sorainen Senior Partner Aku Sorainen claimed he was "delighted at the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with an outstanding M&A professional and I am much looking forward to the synergy she will bring. Piret is ambitious and driven and I believe her skill-set will bring further diversity to our leadership team.”
Before co-founding Jesse & Kalaus in February 2015 she spent ten years with Tark Grunte Sutkiene.
Tanel Kalaus, who will join Triniti's Bureau of Competition and Disputes, has been practicing competition law for over 17 years, advising both private and public clients on matters relating to competition law, including transactions, merger control both in Estonia and across borders, risk analyzes, relations with the Competition Authority and the European Commission, state aid and disputes, including representation in civil, administrative, misdemeanor and criminal proceedings.
“I am sincerely pleased to join Triniti with a very experienced and ambitious team, built on exactly the values that I think have to be in one modern office," he said. "This is the environment in which I want to contribute in the future."
Before co-founding Jesse & Kalaus, Kalaus spent 15 years with the Estonian office of Raidla Lejins & Norcous (which in May 2015, shortly after he left, transformed into Ellex Raidla).