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In The Corner Office feature of CEE Legal Matters we ask Managing Partners at leading law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their unique roles and responsibilities. In light of current events, the question for this online occurrence of the feature is: "How are you managing your team working remotely during this challenging period?"

Sweden's Per Magnusson, the co-founder of the Magnusson law firm, which has offices in seven countries — including four in CEE — has left the firm to launch an advisory business in Stockholm.

TGS Baltic and Ellex Klavins Advise on Rabobank's Participation in Batterfisa's Debt Refinancing

TGS Baltic has advised Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. on its refinancing of Latvian fishing company SIA Batterfisa's existing liabilities and working capital needs. Batterfisa was advised by Ellex Klavins.

TGS Baltic and Deloitte Advise CVI on Secured Mezzanine Bonds Transaction for SIA Riga Retail Park

TGS Baltic and Deloitte Legal have advised CVI Dom Maklerski on financing provided to SIA Riga Retail Park for the purposes of co-financing its acquisition of real property as well as the construction and development of the Saga Lifestyle and Shopping Centre in Stopini, a suburb of Riga, by Baltic real estate developer VPH UAB.

Cobalt Successful for PNB Banka Before Latvia's Constitutional Court

Cobalt has successfully represented AS PNB Banka before Latvia’s Constitutional Court in a case involving the fee calculation for credit institutions for financing the Financial and Capital Market Commission’s operations.

The Buzz in Latvia with Filips Klavins of Ellex Klavins

“Without question,” says Filips Klavins, Senior Partner at Ellex Klavins in Riga, “the biggest news was that last week [Friday, February 21] the Financial Action Task Force decided not to put Latvia on its Gray money-laundering List.” Latvia has been under monitoring by Moneyval and the FATF for potentially allowing space for conducting money laundering in Latvia. “The countries that find themselves on the Gray List are the likes of North Korea,” Klavins says. “Not the company you’d want to find yourself in.” Still, he smiles, “the country has been working really hard to avoid that, and we’ve done it.”

Ellex and Allen & Overy Advise on The Brink's Company's Acquisition of G4S

Ellex Klavins, working alongside Allen & Overy, has advised the Brink's Company on its USD 860 million acquisition of G4S plc, a UK-based global security and cash management company. G4S was reportedly advised by Eversheds Sutherland.

Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm successfully protected the interests of Ukrainian manufacturers and members of the Ukrainian Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Producers Association in an anti-dumping investigation related to imports of gas-concrete blocks originating in the Republic of Belarus.

Ellex Valiunas has advised Edenred SA on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Lithuania's EBV Finance. The acquisition also included EBV Finance subsidiaries in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Spain and Estonia. Penkov Markov & Partners advised Edenred in Bulgaria, as did Wardynski & Partners in Poland, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen in Romania, and Uria Menendez in Spain.

The law on carriage of goods is a well-harmonized area of international law –  a streamlined set of rules that allows cargo owners and carriers to save valuable time and resources. While freight forwarders are an important element of every consignment it is surprising that many elements of forwarder’s liability are still regulated by national law.

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COBALT is closely integrated alliance of top-tier law offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, making us one of the largest law firms in the Baltic market. 

COBALT is a trusted partner for daily matters and complex large-scale transactions and disputes. The firm’s broad spectrum of expertise and established position as the market leader give a comprehensive basis for providing advice on special areas of business law.

We advise top international and regional businesses, financial institutions, state and local governments, and the region’s most promising start-ups. We offer leading-edge solutions in key industry sectors: Consumer Products, Trade & Distribution, Real Estate & Construction, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Communications, Media & Technologies, Financial Services, Transport & Logistics.

COBALT has been named Baltic Law Firm of the Year 6 times. We were recognized as the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Baltics at the IFLR European Awards in London. COBALT also won CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the overall Baltic Deal of the Year, at the 2019 CEE Legal Matters Awards. We have received multiple awards from the Chambers Europe, IFLR, The Lawyer and Mergermarket and we are regularly listed amongst the top performing M&A legal advisors in the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket deal tables

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