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Former Wolf Theiss Poland Co-Managing Partner Ron Given has joined Deloitte Legal as its CE Senior Legal Counsel, responsible for all of the firm’s offices in 19 Central and Eastern European countries.

Sorainen Latvia has advised Rpax One on the sale of telecommunications company Baltcom to mobile communications operator Bite Latvija for an undisclosed price. Fort Legal advised Bite on the transaction, which is pending regulatory approval.

TGS Baltic has helped Latvian hotel operator Mogotel register Melliore Asset Management, an alternative investment fund manager, and Melliore EF 1 closed-end AIF (with two sub-funds, Melliore EF 1 and Melliore RF 1), with Latvia's Financial and Capital Market Commission.

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.