TGS Baltic has advised Latvian board games company SIA Brain Games on its acquisition of Lithuanian board game and toys wholesaler and retailer UAB New Media Publishing.
TGS Baltic has advised Vika Wood and Byko-Lat, members of the Bergs Timber group, on Latvian aspects of a refinancing transaction with Danske Bank and Svensk Exportkredit of senior term and revolving facilities worth SEK 622 million and EUR 12 million, where the Latvian companies acted as guarantors. Ellex advised Danske Bank and Svensk Exportkredit.
In late 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Latvia published the final report on its most recent in-depth sector inquiry on the distribution practices of reimbursed medicines on the wholesale market and potential competition restrictions therein. The sector inquiry had lasted for almost two years, during which the Competition Council gathered information from both the public and the private sectors, approaching seven producers, twelve wholesalers, and several public institutions, such as the State Agency of Medicines and the Health Inspectorate, among others. Although the Competition Council proclaimed that the main goal of the sector inquiry was to analyze potential competition restrictions on the wholesale market, which could be apparent because of the vertical integration of wholesalers and leading pharmacy chains and the exclusivity status of the wholesalers, no infringements proceedings were initiated as a result. Notwithstanding the lack of subsequent infringement proceedings, however, some crucial conclusions were drawn.
Derling Primus has advised Skoda Vagonka on its agreement with Pasazieru Vilciens for the production and supply of 32 electric trains in Latvia. The contract for the purchase of electric trains, which includes staff training, equipment for maintenance and a spare parts fund, is worth almost EUR 242 million.
Sorainen and Mannheimer Swartling have advised telecommunication company Bite on its agreement with Tele2 to create a shared radio access network in Lithuania and Latvia. TGS Baltic and Vinge advised Tele2.According to Sorainen, the partnership is expected to boost the 5G network development process and benefit for the development of modern economies in Latvia and Lithuania. It will also enable companies to increase service quality for their clients by offering a wider, stronger network and optimizing each party’s network infrastructure maintenance and development costs.