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Corporate/Commercial — Lithuania


COBALT - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Managing partner Irmantas Norkus advises significant international names on acquisitions, disposals and corporate structuring of Lithuanian assets. He is also instructed by local businesses. Clients appreciate his client-oriented advice, with one source describing him as "the only lawyer who phones you with ideas of what you should do," adding: "Sometimes we say he's more of a businessman than a lawyer."

Elijus Burgis advises significant corporate players from a variety of industries on M&A transactions and also handles financing and competition matters. Sources praise his practical experience and strong negotiation skills, with an interviewee adding: "He's flexible and good at planning."

Head of M&A Juozas Rimas advances through the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback and increased visibility on the team's key transactions, including Baltic-wide deals. Sources appreciate his dedication, drive and client-oriented style.

Žilvinas Kvietkus is a well-established corporate lawyer with a focus on pharmaceutical clients. He regularly provides corporate governance and structuring support to international corporates across these sectors. He recently advised Zentiva on the liquidation of its Lithuanian subsidiary.

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Ellex Valiunas - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

One of the top-ranked M&A lawyers, Dovilė Burgienė advises domestic and European corporates on cross-border, high-value transactions. Clients highlight her insight and creative thinking as key strengths. She has been particularly active of late in the TMT and agricultural sectors. Sources appreciate that she "understands the client's needs," adding that her skill in providing "constructive and timely assistance" in times of crisis is also highly valued.

Head of industry and regulatory group Jaunius Gumbis is an experienced practitioner providing commercial/corporate support to a wide range of blue-chip international and local clients. "His insight and ability to address the issue correctly and strategically are unique," a source says. He is particularly active in the TMT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Žilvinas Zinkevičius is a highly experienced corporate lawyer mainly assisting clients with M&A mandates. Sources highlight his strategic approach and ability to manage complex projects, saying: "He is able to see the big picture."

Robertas Čiočys advances through the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback and visibility. He is best recognised for his activity on private equity-led projects, and acts on cross-border M&A and venture capital projects across a range of industries. "He's very good in deal structuring and running an M&A process," a source says.

Paulius Gruodis joined the firm in January 2018 from Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners. He enters the rankings in 2018 as a result of positive market feedback and visibility in the market. Sources recognise him for his attention to detail and proactivity. He assists with M&A and corporate matters.

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Rolandas Valiūnas is a towering figure in the Lithuanian market. He is highly recognised for his advisory practice and unparalleled market insight.

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Our firm has wide expertise in all M&A transactions, especially those that are sophisticated in nature and present unusual circumstances. Our experts have advised on major deals in the local market and globally, both as independent advisors and by working closely with the best law firms in Europe and beyond. 

We support our clients daily with corporate governance, compliance and liability advice, but it is at key moments when we are most heavily relied upon – business structuring and restructuring, strategic changes, new directions and crisis response. The solutions we offer reflect our extensive international experience and our deep-rooted local knowledge.

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Sorainen - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is among the top-ranked transactional lawyers in Lithuania. He regularly represents blue-chip clients in M&A transactions and private equity investment projects. "He's one of the top lawyers I could think of, I was very impressed by his knowledge," a source says.

Co-head of corporate and M&A practice Sergej Butov advances through the rankings this year due to increased feedback and market presence. He is described as "very methodical and devoted" as well as someone who is "practical, responsive and proactive." He regularly assists clients with M&A and joint venture matters, including cross-border deals.

Co-heading the firm's corporate and M&A practice, Algirdas Pekšys is an experienced corporate lawyer principally acting for international corporates on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring mandates. He assisted Hewlett-Packard with Lithuanian law aspects of its high-value global merger of its enterprise services business with CSC's.

Counsel Mantas Petkevičius heads the firm's private equity practice and leads on private equity and venture capital-driven deals. He is described as "hard-working and methodical," with another source adding: "He really knows how to listen to clients' needs and he always reacts really calmly, without stress."

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Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Kęstutis Jaskutėlis is a well-established corporate lawyer advising local and Baltic-wide clients on corporate structuring, as well as M&A and divestment mandates. He has a strong track record of assisting with real estate transactions. "He is very clear and logical, with an ability to assess the situation and present alternative solutions," a source says.

Since publication, Paulius Gruodis has joined Ellex Valiunas.

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TGS Baltic - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Marius Matonis is one of the top M&A specialists, recognised for his "creative thinking" and highly recommended for non-standard transactions. A source praises him for being "analytical and great at putting together strategies." He acts on significant deals across a broad variety of sectors.

Vidmantas Drizga is best recognised for handling distressed M&A transactions resulting from bankruptcies of two Lithuanian banks. He also assists with complex corporate structuring matters.

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Eugenija Sutkienė lends her considerable expertise and market insight to complex, high-value advisory projects, where she provides legislative and structuring advice to significant domestic and regional corporates.

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DOMINAS DERLING - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Managing partner Gediminas Dominas is described as "a veteran" by market sources. He has a wide-reaching corporate practice, advising clients on corporate structuring and governance projects, as well as cross-border transactional projects. A source says he is "a very experienced and well-rounded lawyer who quickly takes charge of the matters at hand." He is also an active arbitrator.

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Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jonas Saladžius is a highly established name in Lithuanian corporate practice, assisting the team with strategic issues. Clients particularly value his business acumen and ability to handle difficult negotiations. "He's strong in managing difficult people," a client says.

Rimtis Puisys advances in the rankings this year as a result of increased visibility on the team's key deals. He advises on market exit and entry, governance issues and joint venture structuring in a broad range of industries. Clients appreciate his measured approach to problem-solving.

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Motieka & Audzevicius - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第三等

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Giedrius Kolesnikovas is a well-regarded corporate lawyer described by sources as "a results-driven adviser" on M&A projects. "He makes sure to get things done at the most convenient and shortest time possible," a client adds. He regularly advises both domestic and international clients involved in transactions.

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Primus, Attorneys at Law - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Managing partner Robert Juodka oversees the practice and provides advice to clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues. "He has a pro-business approach and is very open and easy to talk to," a client says. He also speaks Estonian and is an active member of the Estonian business community in Lithuania.

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Eminent Practitioner

Eugenija Sutkienė

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Eugenija Sutkienė lends her considerable expertise and market insight to complex, high-value advisory projects, where she provides legislative and structuring advice to significant domestic and regional corporates. 

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Eminent Practitioner

Rolandas Valiūnas

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Rolandas Valiūnas is a towering figure in the Lithuanian market. He is highly recognised for his advisory practice and unparalleled market insight. 

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Band 1

Dovilė Burgienė

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

One of the top-ranked M&A lawyers, Dovilė Burgienė advises domestic and European corporates on cross-border, high-value transactions. Clients highlight her insight and creative thinking as key strengths. She has been particularly active of late in the TMT and agricultural sectors. Sources appreciate that she "understands the client's needs," adding that her skill in providing "constructive and timely assistance" in times of crisis is also highly valued. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Global guide

Marius Matonis is one of the top M&A specialists, recognised for his "creative thinking" and highly recommended for non-standard transactions. A source praises him for being "analytical and great at putting together strategies." He acts on significant deals across a broad variety of sectors. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

COBALT

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Irmantas Norkus advises significant international names on acquisitions, disposals and corporate structuring of Lithuanian assets. He is also instructed by local businesses. Clients appreciate his client-oriented advice, with one source describing him as "the only lawyer who phones you with ideas of what you should do," adding: "Sometimes we say he's more of a businessman than a lawyer." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Laimonas Skibarka

Sorainen

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Laimonas Skibarka is among the top-ranked transactional lawyers in Lithuania. He regularly represents blue-chip clients in M&A transactions and private equity investment projects. "He's one of the top lawyers I could think of, I was very impressed by his knowledge," a source says. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

COBALT

From the Chambers Global guide

Elijus Burgis advises significant corporate players from a variety of industries on M&A transactions and also handles financing and competition matters. Sources praise his practical experience and strong negotiation skills, with an interviewee adding: "He's flexible and good at planning."  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of industry and regulatory group Jaunius Gumbis is an experienced practitioner providing commercial/corporate support to a wide range of blue-chip international and local clients. "His insight and ability to address the issue correctly and strategically are unique," a source says. He is particularly active in the TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Sorainen

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of corporate and M&A practice Sergej Butov advances through the rankings this year due to increased feedback and market presence. He is described as "very methodical and devoted" as well as someone who is "practical, responsive and proactive." He regularly assists clients with M&A and joint venture matters, including cross-border deals. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Gediminas Dominas

DOMINAS DERLING

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Gediminas Dominas is described as "a veteran" by market sources. He has a wide-reaching corporate practice, advising clients on corporate structuring and governance projects, as well as cross-border transactional projects. A source says he is "a very experienced and well-rounded lawyer who quickly takes charge of the matters at hand." He is also an active arbitrator. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Global guide

Vidmantas Drizga is best recognised for handling distressed M&A transactions resulting from bankruptcies of two Lithuanian banks. He also assists with complex corporate structuring matters. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Kęstutis Jaskutėlis

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Kęstutis Jaskutėlis is a well-established corporate lawyer advising local and Baltic-wide clients on corporate structuring, as well as M&A and divestment mandates. He has a strong track record of assisting with real estate transactions. "He is very clear and logical, with an ability to assess the situation and present alternative solutions," a source says.  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Giedrius Kolesnikovas

Motieka & Audzevicius

From the Chambers Global guide

Giedrius Kolesnikovas is a well-regarded corporate lawyer described by sources as "a results-driven adviser" on M&A projects. "He makes sure to get things done at the most convenient and shortest time possible," a client adds. He regularly advises both domestic and international clients involved in transactions.  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Sorainen

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-heading the firm's corporate and M&A practice, Algirdas Pekšys is an experienced corporate lawyer principally acting for international corporates on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring mandates. He assisted Hewlett-Packard with Lithuanian law aspects of its high-value global merger of its enterprise services business with CSC's.  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

COBALT

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of M&A Juozas Rimas advances through the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback and increased visibility on the team's key transactions, including Baltic-wide deals. Sources appreciate his dedication, drive and client-oriented style.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Žilvinas Zinkevičius

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

Žilvinas Zinkevičius is a highly experienced corporate lawyer mainly assisting clients with M&A mandates. Sources highlight his strategic approach and ability to manage complex projects, saying: "He is able to see the big picture."  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Robertas Čiočys

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

Robertas Čiočys advances through the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback and visibility. He is best recognised for his activity on private equity-led projects, and acts on cross-border M&A and venture capital projects across a range of industries. "He's very good in deal structuring and running an M&A process," a source says. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Primus, Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Robert Juodka oversees the practice and provides advice to clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues. "He has a pro-business approach and is very open and easy to talk to," a client says. He also speaks Estonian and is an active member of the Estonian business community in Lithuania. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Žilvinas Kvietkus

COBALT

From the Chambers Global guide

Žilvinas Kvietkus is a well-established corporate lawyer with a focus on pharmaceutical clients. He regularly provides corporate governance and structuring support to international corporates across these sectors. He recently advised Zentiva on the liquidation of its Lithuanian subsidiary. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Mantas Petkevičius

Sorainen

From the Chambers Global guide

Counsel Mantas Petkevičius heads the firm's private equity practice and leads on private equity and venture capital-driven deals. He is described as "hard-working and methodical," with another source adding: "He really knows how to listen to clients' needs and he always reacts really calmly, without stress." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Rimtis Puisys advances in the rankings this year as a result of increased visibility on the team's key deals. He advises on market exit and entry, governance issues and joint venture structuring in a broad range of industries. Clients appreciate his measured approach to problem-solving. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Linas Sabaliauskas

TRINITI

From the Chambers Global guide

Linas Sabaliauskas of TRINITI is known for representing start-up companies in Lithuania. He is especially endorsed for his expertise in working with funds and other financial organisations. He regularly advises German-speaking clients.

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Band 4

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonas Saladžius is a highly established name in Lithuanian corporate practice, assisting the team with strategic issues. Clients particularly value his business acumen and ability to handle difficult negotiations. "He's strong in managing difficult people," a client says. 

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Global guide

Paulius Gruodis joined the firm in January 2018 from Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners. He enters the rankings in 2018 as a result of positive market feedback and visibility in the market. Sources recognise him for his attention to detail and proactivity. He assists with M&A and corporate matters. 

^ See whole ranking table