Ellex Klavins has promoted lawyers Maris Brizgo, Valters Diure, Martins Gailis, Irina Kostina, and Sarmis Spilbergs to Associate Partner.
Maris Brizgo, Head of the firm's Public Procurement Practice, has about 20 years of experience, and he advises clients on corporate/commercial issues. He focuses on M&A, Commercial and Compliance, and EU and Competition. He has been with Ellex since 2009 after working with Loze, Grunte & Cers, Loze & Partners, and the EU Parliament (as a lawyer linguist). He received his law degree from the University of Latvia and the Copenhagen Business School in collaboration with the Riga Graduate School of Law.
Valters Diure, Head of the Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance practice at Ellex Klavins, specializes in Banking and Finance, Insolvency, and Commercial Law matters. Before joining Elthe firm in 2007, he worked as a Head of the Account Division of Dealing Operations at Parex Bank in Riga. He studied law at the School of Business Administration Turiba and received a Master'ss of Science in Economics at the University of Latvia.
Martins Gailis, who heads Ellex Klavins' Intellectual Property Practice Group, specializes in Intellectual Property and Competition Law, as well as matters concerning regulated industries. He joined Ellex in 2002 after studying law at the Riga Graduate School of Law and the University of Essex in the UK.
Irina Kostina, Head of Ellex Klavins' Employment Law Practice, has more than 14 years' of legal experience and specializes in dispute resolution and employment matters. Her experience includes representing clients in administrative cases, civil cases, and arbitration cases. Before joining Ellex in 2009, she worked with Rozenfelds & Partners. Kostina studied law at the Riga Graduate School of Law and the University of Latvia.
Sarmis Spilbergs, Head of the firm's Technology, Media and Communications Practice, specializes in various regulatory fields, such as Data Protection, Life Sciences, IT/IP, and Communications, as well as M&A and general corporate advice. He joined Ellex Kliavins in 2005, and he studied at the Riga School of Law and the International University Concordia-Audentes in Estonia.
“We are extremely happy to kick-off the active autumn season with these important changes in the structure of our team,” said Ellex Klavins Managing Partner Liga Merwin. “All of our associate partners have been with the firm for many years and have gained invaluable experience while working with our clients. Each of the associate partners is a key part of our team. In their new status they will provide leadership in these important practice areas, so that we can continue to provide our clients with the highest level of support in all areas crucial for them."