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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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Juozas Rimas
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding practice focusing on high-value transactions and complex corporate structuring matters, including market exit and entry. Advises domestic and global corporates as well as financial institutions on M&A, investments in Lithuania and compliance issues. Particularly active across the TMT, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.

Strengths Sources applaud the team's cross-border administrative capabilities, with a client praising "perfect management of multi-jurisdictional issues." Another client notes: "One contact person is handling all issues and gives a complex answer to my queries, which is extremely valuable. They respond very quickly and in a comprehensive way."

The team is complimented for its commercial approach, with a source highlighting the team's "pragmatic and well-fitted solutions."

Work highlights Acted for Modern Times Group on the EUR115 million sale of its Baltic subsidiaries to Providence Equity Partners.

Represented European Refreshments in its acquisition of a 50% stake in a Lithuanian soft drinks producer Neptūno vandenys from Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva.

Significant Clients BaltCap, DNB, Gjensidige, Volkswagen, Zentiva Group.

Notable practitioners

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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dovile Burgiene
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent team advising foreign investors and government-owned entities as well as multinational clients and local private companies on M&A, corporate and regulatory issues. Corporate structuring, including providing local-law support to international mandates, has been an area of recent activity. Houses a separate commercial and regulatory group. Active across a broad variety of sectors including renewable energy, FMCG, TMT, real estate and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths A number of clients praise the team's ability to handle multi-jurisidictional deals, with a client highlighting "project management" as a particular strength.

Sources also praise that team's responsiveness. "I have seldom had more committed service," a client reports.

Work highlights Represented Rimi Lietuva in its EUR213 million acquisition of Palink, a major domestic grocery chain, from a consortium of six shareholders.

Acted for the sellers, Stichting AE Fund Management and Orion Alternative Energy Fund, on the sale of Pamario jegainiu energija to IRI Investments Lietuva.

Significant Clients Amway, Dunlop, East Capital, Nestlé, Selecta.

Notable practitioners

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.

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.

About the Team (content provided by Ellex Valiunas)

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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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Sergej Butov, Algirdas Pekšys and Laimonas Skibarka
- 7 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-notch team advising on major pan-Baltic mandates as well as significant local transactions. Also active in corporate structuring, including joint ventures, market entry and exit as well as mergers. Acts for a client base of blue-chip international corporations in Lithuania and also represents notable Lithuanian corporates. Active in a variety of industry sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's responsiveness: "They react very fast. You never have to wait for them to get back to you, there is always someone who is available," a source says, further appreciating the feeling that the lawyers can be contacted at any hour.

Work highlights Assisted Palink with its EUR213 million sale to Rimi Lietuva from a consortium of six shareholders.

Advised AMC Entertainment Holdings on the local law issues as part of its EUR888 million multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group from Bridgepoint Advisers and Bonnier.

Significant Clients Barclays, DAVA AGRAVIS, Hitachi, Revel Systems, Western Union.

Notable practitioners

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."

Senior associate Jonas Kiauleikis supports the team on its key M&A and joint venture projects. A source highlights his "practical view of the matters," adding: "We also appreciated his approach, as he was always proactive and responsive."

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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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Paulius Gruodis and Andrius Ivanauskas
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team assisting Baltic-wide regional and international clients with large and mid-size transactions, especially those related to private equity and venture capital investments. Also advises on corporate structuring and governance matters. Real estate and life sciences are areas of particular activity.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's pragmatic approach, with an interviewee saying it has "very clear perception of what the client wants" and good problem-solving skills. "In any situation, an effective solution is found to save both the client's time and money," reports one interviewee.

Interviewees further describe the lawyers as "fast, flexible and adaptive."

Work highlights Advised DistIT on its acquisition of an 80% stake in Sominis Technology.

Assisted a shareholder of ADCOM with respect to the creation of a Pan-Baltic Media Holding together with Publicum Group and Idea Group.

Significant Clients Glaveckaite Media, LitCapital, Realco, Vienna Insurance Group, Sanitex.

Notable practitioners

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.

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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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Vidmantas Drizga and Marius Matonis
- 7 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Especially known for restructuring and insolvency-driven M&A, privatisation and other significant M&A deals. The team also assists with large-scale corporate governance projects. Recent experience includes corporate advisory mandates in the energy and transport sectors. Private equity is another key focus.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's responsiveness and approachability. A client highlights its quick responses and that the team is "very easy to deal with," adding he that liked the "informal approach."

Value for Money The clients' consensus is that TGS's offer is competitive.

Work highlights Advised City Service on the establishment of a European Company, as well as the admission of its shares for trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and delisting thereof from trading on Nasdaq Vilnius.

Acted for INVL Baltic Real Estate and INVL Technology on their corporate restructuring into licensed special closed-end investment companies.

Significant Clients Ūkio bankas, Bankas Snoras, INVL Technology, Lithuanian Railways, Lithuanian Airports.

Notable practitioners

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.

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.

About the Team (content provided by TGS Baltic)

Corporate matters range from routine corporate support to complex corporate restructuring projects and shareholder conflicts.

We provide full service support for numerous local and multinational clients to establish and support their business in the Baltics. We will guide you through starting of the operations, incorporating of the company, obtaining licenses, hiring employees and negotiations of all contracts for the operations.  We will assist with the exceptional and unusual projects, such as large-scale national and cross-border group restructurings, business turnarounds and similar matters.

We have unique strengths in shareholder conflicts and litigation, hostile takeovers and defence strategies, management representation and corporate governance, where we blend our corporate law expertise with strong litigation skills.

Our clients include a wide range of companies, institutional, private equity and other investors, as well as senior management. 

FULL CORPORATE LAW SUPPORT:

  • choice of legal form
  • creation of entities
  • corporate secretary services
  • restructurings
  • liquidation
  • cross-border mergers
  • shareholder conflicts
  • hostile takeover and defence strategies
  • management liability
  • corporate governance
  • corporate litigation

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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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Gediminas Dominas
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises international companies on M&A matters and also represents some notable local players. Corporate advisory and structuring mandates, including market entry, are also areas of recent activity. Active in a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and retail.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's commercial approach. "I am always impressed by their creativity and flexibility in negotiations," enthuses one client, also praising the team's ability to "listen and understand the actual client's needs and moderate negotiations accordingly." Another client adds: "There is an entrepreneurial approach to their style of working which really makes a difference."

Work highlights Assisted Grand Cru Airlines with all corporate and commercial issues.

Significant Clients Johnson & Johnson, Kopenhagen Fur, Marks & Spencer, Reckitt Benckiser, Telia.

Notable practitioners

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)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Jonas Saladžius
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team assisting mostly international clients with M&A deals and joint ventures. Also advises international companies on investments and divestments in the Baltics as well as offering corporate structuring and advisory support. Has a core client base of energy and TMT corporates and private equity houses. Clients benefit from the firm's extensive global network.

Strengths Sources note the team's responsiveness, respect for deadlines and detailed approach. A client highlights the group's "thoroughness and attention to detail."

Work highlights Acted for Fortum on its joint venture with Lietuvos Energija in relation to a co-generation power plant development.

Assisted Nordika and several private investors with their joint sale of a major retail park, NORDICA, to investors represented by Zenith Capital Management.

Significant Clients Game Insight, Homburg, Ricoh, Venture Corp, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

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.

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.

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Motieka & Audzevicius - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Giedrius Kolesnikovas
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team assisting with corporate, M&A, joint ventures and restructuring issues. Actively involved in cross-border projects, acting on transactions across Northern Europe and the CIS. Regularly provides local counsel to international law firms. Involved in a variety of sectors, including energy and natural resources, insurance and financial services as well as media. Corporate clients benefit from the firm's enviable strength in contentious matters.

Strengths Sources unanimously praise the team's quick turnaround times and client-tailored approach. A source says the group "takes care of matters as soon as practicably possible," while another interviewee confirms: "They are quick. They understand my business, they understand my needs."

Work highlights Acted for Panevėžio keliai on its sale of shares in Naujasis Uzupis to MG Valda.

Assisted Hampiðjan with Lithuanian law aspects of its acquisition of a controlling stake P/F Von.

Significant Clients Avia Solutions, Boslita Investment, Ilsanta, LOTOS Geonafta, ŽIA Valda.

Notable practitioners

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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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Giedrė Dailidėnaitė and Robert Juodka
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists with corporate, M&A, real estate, commercial and restructuring matters. Recently active in FMCG, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Provides domestic law advisory services to a number of significant international and regional corporates with operations in Lithuania.

Work highlights Acted for Polaris Invest on its EUR208 million acquisition of the majority stake in Starman, a regional telecommunications company.

Assisted LHV Pank with its exit from the Lithuanian market.

Significant Clients Bunge, Honda, Litagra, Michelin, Voglers Eesti.

Notable practitioners

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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 1

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 1

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 2

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 3

Žilvinas Zinkevičius

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 4

Mantas Petkevičius

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 4

Linas Sabaliauskas

TRINITI

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Up and Coming

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Associates to watch

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Jonas Kiauleikis supports the team on its key M&A and joint venture projects. A source highlights his "practical view of the matters," adding: "We also appreciated his approach, as he was always proactive and responsive."

^ See whole ranking table