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On May 28, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised Lithuania's AB Lietuvos Radijo ir Televizijos Centras - Telecentras on the sale of its data transmission and digital television business developed under the Mezon brand to the Bite Group. We spoke Aida Raziulyte, General Counsel of Telecentras, to learn more about the deal.

 “The Lithuanian Government has implemented multiple measures to combat the COVID-19 crisis,” says Rokas Bukauskas, Head of PwC Legal in Lithuania. “It all started with postponing tax payments from the companies which were affected the most, then went on to providing compensation to employees and other measures."

TGS Baltic and Dentons have advised Ignitis group on the approval of its renewed EUR 1.5 billion medium-term debt securities program and EUR 300 million bond issuance. Clifford Chance and Walles advised intermediaries BNP Paribas, Citi, J.P. Morgan, and Luminor bank.

The Lithuanian life sciences industry has skyrocketed over the last two decades – the average annual growth within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and production sector reached over 19%, with 90% of its output exported. in 2017 Lithuania reached 16th place in the Scientific American Worldview biotechnology rankings. Lithuania dominates many (much) larger Central and Eastern European countries and boasts the fastest growing life science industry in Europe.

On April 30, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that Motieka & Audzevicius had advised the founders of Lithuania's In Balance Grid on the investment of EUR 950,000 into the company by Koinvesticinis Fondas, Contrarian Ventures, and several angel investors. We spoke with Simonas Stankus, Co-Founder & CEO of In Balance Grid, to learn more about the investment round.

Sorainen has advised Nitin Shelke, the founder and chairman of Growmore Group, on its acquisition of Medicinos Bankas, a retail bank in Lithuania with USD 395 million in assets, from Konstantinas Karosas and Western Petroleum Limited. The sellers were advised by TGS Baltic.

Governments in each of Baltic countries has adopted a special temporary laws on measures for companies to manage the consequences of the spread of coronavirus. See summarized legislation amendments concerning support to enterprises and tax solutions which were implemented by Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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