- Chairman: Kazimieras Motieka
- Number of partners: 4
- Total number of lawyers in the firm: 31
- Number of fee earners: 20
- Languages: English, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, German
Motieka & Audzevicˇius is the leading law firm in Lithuania, actively developing its practice within the Baltic States and CIS markets. The core practices on which the firm focuses are Dispute Resolution,Corporate and M&A, Competition/Antitrust, Regulatory and Governmental, and Tax. The firm has substantial experience in the aviation sector, banking & financial services, energy and natural resources, retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, media, telecommunications and IT, real estate and construction. Motieka & Audzevicˇius provides legal services mainly to the business community. In geographical terms the firm’s activities cover Russia,Ukraine and other CIS countries as well as all European Union countries. Since 2006 Motieka &Audzevicˇius has been a member of Hedman Group with Hedman Partners (offices are located in Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), and Skrastins & Dzenis in Riga (Latvia). In 2008 Motieka & Audzevicˇius joined the Globalaw network which unites the leading law firms in 80 jurisdictions.
Main Areas of Practice:
Motieka & Audzevicˇius is regarded as the leading dispute resolution law firm in Lithuania, being strong in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices (arbitration,mediation, negotiation). The firm’s dispute resolution practice group is one of the biggest in Lithuania with a proven track record of landmark litigation cases. Geographically the firm’s activities cover Russia,Ukraine and the other CIS countries. 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 can therefore foresee how to 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, King's College, and others.
The attorneys ofMotieka & Audzevicˇius have a premier reputation in tax litigation. They work in all areas of tax law, including domestic and international transactional tax, corporate tax planning, tax controversy and litigation, 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 reduce the client's tax burden and increase their economic value by discovering innovative approaches. Motieka & Audzevicˇius attorneys have devoted significant attention to harmonising the tax demands of the investors, sponsors and managers of funds and other entities to act on a tax-advantaged basis. The team also handles a significant amount of tax controversy and litigation work, usually involving complex or novel legal issues.
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The Motieka & Audzevicˇius competition/antitrust team is among the leading practitioners in Lithuania and the Baltic region. The team has a first-class reputation for gaining merger clearance in highly concentrated markets. The firm’s lawyers are highly skilled in dealing with all competition and antitrust 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 firm’s attorneys also provide general advice for the obtaining of competition clearances in mergers and joint ventures. In addition, they represent clients before regulatory bodies.
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Regulatory & Governmental:
Motieka & Audzevicˇius' lawyers have established a particularly solid and respected position in the handling of cases where 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.