Ellex Raidla and the Estonian office of Primus will merge on January 1, 2018 to form the largest law firm in Estonia.
Ellex Raidla and Cobalt have worked alongside Taaleri Capital in advising the management of Oriola Baltic in their August 14, 2017 buyout of the company's five Baltic subsidiaries, the reorganizing of the subsidiaries in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania under a new Latvian parent company, SIA Oribalt Group, and the transaction financing.
The Deal: On March 20, 2017, CEE Legal Matters reported that Primus’s Tallinn office had advised BaltCap on its acquisition of 100% of Sanoma Baltics AS – the operator of the Estonian online classified sites auto24 and Kuldne Bors – from Sanoma Media Finland Oy. Sorainen advised Sanoma Media Finland, and Cobalt advised the management of Sanoma Baltics on the transaction, with Ellex Raidla advising AS LHV Varahaldus on its provision of financing for the transaction.
Primus has advised Madara Cosmetics, the Latvian manufacturer of natural and organic cosmetics, on its share offering to investors in Latvia and Estonia, with the subscription period lasting between October 16 and November 3. Following the completion of the offering, Madara intends to list its shares on the Nasdaq First North alternative market in Riga, with trading expected to commence in the first half of November.
The commercial legal markets of Central & Eastern Europe didn’t appear automatically. They didn’t develop in a vacuum. They were formed, shaped, and led, by lawyers – visionary, hard-working, commercially-minded, and client-focused individuals pulling the development of CEE’s legal markets along behind them as they labored relentlessly for their clients, their careers, their futures.
Martin Simovart, Partner and Head of Global Relations at Cobalt in Estonia, is fairly confident about the state of affairs in his country at the moment. “For the first half of the year we saw what we actually predicted — about a five percent rise in GDP — and I hope it’s going to continue. The momentum is there, and I don’t see any indicators that it’s going to slow down. And the overall feeling is fairly positive.”