- Chairman: Kazimieras Motieka
Firm Overview: Motieka & Audzeviˇcius is a leading law firm in Lithuania with core practices in Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A,Competition / Antitrust, Regulatory and Governmental and Tax. The firm has substantial experience in the aviation sector, banking and financial services, energy and natural resources, retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agriculture,media, telecommunications and IT, real estate and construction. In terms of geographical scope Motieka & Audzeviˇ cius’ activities cover transactions and disputes throughout the Baltic States, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and broader CIS region as well as EU member states.The firm is also in partnership with Skrastis & Dzenis (Latvia) and Hedman Partners (Estonia), and retains membership of the international Globalaw network.
Main Areas of Practice:
Areas of PracticeDispute Resolution
Corporate & M&A
Regulatory & Governmental
Dispute Resolution: Motieka & Audzevicius is regarded as the leading dispute resolution law firm in Lithuania, being strong in both litigation and arbitration practices. The team also defends clients in criminal cases pertaining to white-collar crimes. The firm’s dispute resolution practice group is one of the largest in Lithuania with a proven track record in landmark cases. The team represents clients in international institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and UNCITRAL,GAFTA, FOSFA rules arbitration, as well as in local arbitration institutions. In addition, the firm’s lawyers regularly represent clients in the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, the Supreme Court of Lithuania, the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania and the Court of Appeals.
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Corporate & M&A: The firm is acknowledged as one of the top commercial law firms in Lithuania. Working in teams with lawyers from tax, competition, employment, dispute resolution and other practices allows the firm to provide clients with comprehensive advice on complex transactions and day-to-day operations. The firm’s corporate and M&A lawyers are also trained in disputes (including shareholder conflicts) and therefore have the ability and know-how to foresee and overcome any possible disagreements and guide the client through the maze of complex issues. As the majority of M&A deals are structured under English and US corporate law principles, the team works closely with leading UK and US law firms. Most lawyers hold LLM and MA degrees from the world’s most prestigious law schools, including Oxford University, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University and King’s College.
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Tax: The lawyers of Motieka & Audzevicius have a premier reputation in tax law. Being an awardwinning dispute resolution law firm, they encompass a team specialising in tax litigation. The firmrepresents clients at all institutions dealing with tax disputes, including Local and Central Tax Administrators, the Commission on Tax Disputes, and administrative courts. Participating in disputes with customs authorities is also a significant part of the firm’s business. The firm has both expertise and experience in domestic and international transactional tax, corporate tax planning, taxation of financial products, private equity, public finance and real estate. The tax team works hand-in-hand with the firm’s corporate, real estate and litigation lawyers to optimise the client’s tax burden and provide safe and reliable solutions by discovering innovative approaches. The Motieka & Audzeviˇcius tax practice team has devoted considerable attention to harmonising the tax demands of the investors, sponsors and managers of funds and other entities to act on a tax-advantaged basis.
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Competition / Antitrust: The Motieka & Audzevicius’ competition / antitrust team is among the leading practitioners in Lithuania and the Baltic region. The team has a first-class reputation for guiding clients through competition disputes and private competition enforcement. The firm’s lawyers are highly skilled in dealing with all competition issues, such as merger control, dominance and abusive conduct, cartel regulation, private enforcement, litigation and EU regulatory advice, licensing strategies and agreements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, regulatory and internal investigations and other antitrust investigations. The company’s lawyers represent clients in merger notifications for mergers and joint ventures, being topflight experts in the obtaining of merger clearance in highly-concentrated markets.
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Regulatory & Governmental: Motieka & Audzevicius lawyers have established a particularly solid and respected position in the handling of cases in which the public sector is one of the parties.The practice group is led by Partner Jovitas Elzbergas, the former Director of the Legal Department of Vilnius City Municipality. He manages a team of other experienced lawyers with previous careers in the public sector. The firm’s expertise involves representing clients in all types of litigious matters, advising on environmental and construction permits, detailed planning, licensing, public regulation and consulting on everyday legal operations.
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