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Europe Guide

Tax — Latvia


BDO Law - Tax

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vita Liberte
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team benefiting from a global network after becoming an associate firm of BDO in 2016. Specialises in corporate and individual tax planning and tax structuring mandates, including cross-border instructions. Advises on direct and indirect tax and handles transfer pricing and tax due diligence matters. Popular with regional clients.

Strengths Interviewees recognise the team's position in the market, confirming it is a "significant player."

Work highlights Assisted Novatours with transfer pricing matters related to several intra-group transactions.

Significant clients Filuet Baltica, Extron Baltic, Dalita, Abplanalp Baltic.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Jānis Zelmenis boasts vast experience in the tax arena. Sources confirm he is "very knowledgeable. He certainly belongs to the top tier."

Vita Liberte is active across the full spectrum of tax structuring and advisory matters. Sources recognise her as an active market player.

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COBALT - Tax

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Indrikis Liepa
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Firm climbs to the top band this year as a result of strengthening its team following the merger with Borenius in 2016 and very positive feedback. Its formidable disputes practice is a popular choice for complex and significant tax litigation, particularly in relation to VAT cases. Also provides tax planning and tax structuring advice as well as general tax consultancy. Acts for an array of international clients and blue-chip domestic companies.

Strengths The team is well regarded for its handling of tax disputes. Sources praise its "performance in the courtroom."

Clients also highlight the team's timely delivery. "They always stick to the schedule and deliver on time."

Work highlights Acted for DNB lizings on a VAT dispute before the Supreme Court against the local tax authorities.

Represented Severstal Distribution in a dispute against tax authorities related to the implementation of transfer pricing regulations.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Atrium European Management, Konekesko, Neste, Tavex.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators recognise Sandija Novicka as an "established" tax lawyer. Her broad practice encompasses tax planning and tax disputes mandates.

Department profile by COBALT

One of most mature tax practice on Latvian market (team of 6 lawyers including two partners, and 4 senior associates, where one partner is in charge of the practice group while other lead particular cases in the areas of their expertise).

Our work is mainly related to tax litigation, consultations on various tax aspects related to envisaged transactions or changes in corporate structure, and consultations related to amendments to tax laws.

Our tax team has a record of successful representation of local and international clients before tax authorities and the courts. COBALT’s experts include certified tax consultants and attorneys who successfully mount defences based on EU law, administrative law and human rights. This allows us to successfully protect client interests in situations in  which tax law expertise alone would not be sufficient.

Along with expertise in tax laws, our attorneys are knowledgeable in other areas of law important for business. As a result, our team provides tax advice integrated into the broader legal context of transactions and vice versa - when advising on transactions, we also assess tax consequences.

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Sorainen - Tax

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jānis Taukačs
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional group with an outstanding reputation for broad tax expertise. Full-service offering covers transfer pricing and tax planning services, including pan-Baltic tax structuring. Also assists clients with tax investigations and disputes. Prominent client base includes international corporations and notable domestic names.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's commercial approach. A client reports the lawyers "proposed good solutions, are rather proactive and meet deadlines."

Work highlights Assisted Rexel with tax structuring in relation to its Baltic-wide disposals, working in collaboration with its Estonian and Lithuanian offices.

Significant clients LatRosTrans, European Commission, Merks, Lone Star Germany Acquisitions, Eko Reverss.

Notable practitioners

Jānis Taukačs is one of top-ranked tax lawyers in Latvia. He receives outstanding feedback from clients who appreciate his technical prowess and "very good communication and presentation," as well as the ability to "generate ideas" and "focus on solutions."

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Ellex Klavins - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Zinta Jansons
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly esteemed team advising a client base of global corporations, major domestic companies and private individuals on the full range of tax matters. Boasts strong tax structuring capabilities, often advising on the tax aspects of large-scale transactions. Also assists with tax issues related to employee and executive compensation. Tax disputes, including VAT cases, is an additional area of focus.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's availability. One client reports that the amount of attention from senior lawyers was higher than expected.

Work highlights Assisted Danske Bank with obtaining an advance ruling on preferential VAT treatment for the transfer of its retail services and client portfolio to Swedbank.

Advised Blackstone on local tax aspects relating to its acquisition of several Nordic real estate portfolios from Obligo Investment Management that included assets in Latvia.

Significant clients Amway, 3M, Booking.com, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

Zinta Jansons leads the team in all areas of tax, including tax structuring, planning and disputes. A client says she "went the extra mile to help make sure that the project was completed as well as possible."

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Department profile by Ellex Klavins

  • Efficient, integrated tax advisory capabilities during the transaction process (addressing tax issues for real estate acquisitions, acquisition financing transactions, share purchases, asset purchases, start-ups, investment funds, alternative investment funds, etc.)
  • Long-term experience advising on cross-border transactions, foreign investments, financing transactions.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of complex financial instruments and proven track record in assisting clients with the tax implications of legal aspects.
  • Innovative approach to addressing and resolving tax matters beyond standard market responses and solutions.
  • Long-term advisors to numerous multi-nationals on employee and executive compensation including stock and similar participation plans, employee transfers and secondments.​

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Eversheds Sutherland Bitans - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Māris Vainovskis and Ilze Kramiņa

What the team is known for Notable tax team best known for advising international and domestic clients on a variety of complex tax disputes, including VAT and transfer pricing issues. Also handles tax planning mandates and assists with general tax matters.

Work highlights Advised Malja BTL on a wide range of tax matters connected with its entry into the Baltic market.

Represented Reverta in a complex dispute regarding income tax relief for banks on donations made to charities.

Significant clients Samsung, Jaunpagasts Plus, Exupery, The Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia, LatRose Trans.

Notable practitioners

Ilze Kramiņa is a key contact for clients.

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Kronbergs Čukste DERLING - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vineta Čukste
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded tax team advising major global names, domestic companies and high net worth individuals. Broad offering includes tax structuring, tax litigation and general tax advice.

Work highlights Represented 4finance in a tax dispute concerning the application of corporate income tax relief on donations.

Represented Latgard in a dispute related to the application of VAT to exports of goods to the rest of the EU.

Significant clients Hilti, Kingsblue Publishing, Microsoft, GEFCO, DHL.

Notable practitioners

Vineta Čukste deals with contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Clients highlight her understanding of client needs and also note her strength in litigation.

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Primus, Attorneys at Law - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ingūna Ābele
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active tax group representing domestic brands, international companies and private individuals. Boasts solid general advisory and regulatory expertise, advising on tax structuring, tax due diligence and the tax aspects of share options. Additionally represents clients in tax disputes.

Strengths Sources note the firm's responsiveness and attention to detail.

Work highlights Represented LSEZ Liepājas Osta in a dispute with tax authorities concerning VAT issues and EU customs regulations.

Advised DEPO DIY on a VAT-related dispute with the State Revenue Service.

Significant clients Riga Airport Commercial Development, PepsiCo, UCTAM Baltics, ALD Automotive, E.Gulbja laboratorija.

Notable practitioners

Ingūna Ābele is a key contact for clients.

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TGS Baltic - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andra Rubene

What the team is known for Drawing from its strong corporate presence, the team is increasingly visible on tax matters. Assists clients with tax structuring and transactional tax matters, including offshore and cross-border issues. Covers corporate income tax, VAT and excise tax issues, as well as transfer pricing and tax due diligence services. Also handles tax investigations and disputes.

Work highlights Advised Carlsberg on the requirements for obtaining the status of 'small brewery' for one of its companies, Aldaris.

Represented Rīgas Dzirnavnieks in relation to an investigation carried out by tax authorities into matters including corporate income tax, overdue payment and financial penalty.

Significant clients Fuchs Lubricants, Michelin, Graanul Invest group, My Fitness, CRONIMET Group.

Notable practitioners

Nauris Grigals and Rūdolfs Vilsons are key contacts for clients.

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VILGERTS - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gints Vilgerts
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established tax team assisting local and international clients with contentious and non-contentious matters. Particularly active in cross-border tax planning, often advising on tax structuring issues. Also involved in tax disputes, including VAT cases. Additionally advises on taxation of private individuals.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its commercial approach. "The advice is short, precise and to the point. Vilgerts is not bothering us with long theoretical reports with a big disclaimer at the end. They are clearly into solving issues." Another source describes the lawyers as "very down-to-earth and approachable."

Work highlights Assisted Invalda with the tax restructuring of the Dommo business park's debt portfolio.

Advised Akvaparks on tax structuring options for a planned transaction.

Significant clients BTA Insurance Company, Nokia, Avia Solutions Group, Aliaz Cooperation, Bergvik Skog.

Notable practitioners

Gints Vilgerts is a key contact for clients.

Since publication, Edgars Koškins has joined Supremia Attorneys at Law.

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Eminent Practitioner

BDO Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Jānis Zelmenis boasts vast experience in the tax arena. Sources confirm he is "very knowledgeable. He certainly belongs to the top tier." 

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Band 1

Supremia Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Since publication, Edgars Koškins has joined Supremia Attorneys at Law.

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Band 1

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jānis Taukačs is one of top-ranked tax lawyers in Latvia. He receives outstanding feedback from clients who appreciate his technical prowess and "very good communication and presentation," as well as the ability to "generate ideas" and "focus on solutions." 

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Band 2

Vineta Čukste–Jurjeva

Kronbergs Čukste DERLING

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vineta Čukste deals with contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Clients highlight her understanding of client needs and also note her strength in litigation.

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Band 2

Gencs Valters Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valters Gencs of Gencs Valters Law Firm is a notable practitioner in the tax arena, who is best known for his vast experience in tax litigation.

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Band 2

Ellex Klavins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zinta Jansons leads the team in all areas of tax, including tax structuring, planning and disputes. A client says she "went the extra mile to help make sure that the project was completed as well as possible." 

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Band 2

BDO Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vita Liberte is active across the full spectrum of tax structuring and advisory matters. Sources recognise her as an active market player.

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Band 2

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators recognise Sandija Novicka as an "established" tax lawyer. Her broad practice encompasses tax planning and tax disputes mandates.

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