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Competition/Antitrust — Lithuania


Ellex Valiunas - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout competition team that expertly handles advisory, transactional and contentious issues, including anti-competitive agreements, merger clearances, state aid and abuse of dominance cases. Frequently called on by leading Lithuanian and international clients from a range of sectors, including energy, retail and telecommunications. Known in the market for its deep, experienced and stable bench of practitioners.

Strengths Clients appreciate the group's quick responses, with one saying he received "the highest level of service - and usually much faster than expected."

Sources recognise the team as "clearly Band 1."

Work highlights Assisted RIMI Lietuva with merger clearance issues with competition authorities in connection with its acquisition of Palink from REWE Group.

Advised Eesti Meedia on a range of competition issues in regard to its merger with Diginet.

Notable practitioners

Department head Marius Juonys receives outstanding praise from clients, who say: "He always brings several ideas to the table and is very detailed when going through each one," adding that "he has incredible experience from working on the biggest cases." He recently assisted Eesti Meedia with competition issues related to its merger with Diginet.

Karolis Kačerauskas is particularly renowned for his work on state aid cases, amid his broader coverage of competition matters. Sources see him as one of the most well-recognised practitioners in this area, saying: "He has been a long-time specialist in the field." He was part of the team that advised Telia Lietuva on its disputing of the proposed state monopoly.

Senior associate Giedre Padaigienė is recognised for her involvement in the firm's key cases. Clients appreciate her for her speed of service, saying: "She is very efficient, always the first to react and to come back to you." She also recently acted as a part of the team on the RIMI Lietuva acquisition of Palink.

About the Team (content provided by Ellex Valiunas)

Ellex Valiunas has longstanding experience in handling competition issues at both the EU and national levels. Our firm operates in many industries that are regulated or have been deregulated in recent decades. 

We regularly advise clients on antitrust issues, help companies manage the competition risks associated with doing business in the EU, and provide representation across the main regulatory fields governed by EU law as well as in a number of regulatory areas.

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TGS Baltic - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading competition team with particular practical expertise in taking on important cartel and state aid cases. Also well placed to handle abuse of dominance, merger control and general compliance matters. Regularly acts on private enforcement matters. Assists an impressive roster of domestic and international clients, from sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy and retail.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's promptness, reporting: "Everything was always done on time, a very reliable service."

Sources also praise the group's approachability, saying: "They are very easy to get along with."

Work highlights Represented Klaipėdos Nafta in a private enforcement case where the compensation in question amounted to EUR6 million in relation to an alleged abuse of dominance claim.

Advised East Capital Explorer on a number of issues in regards to its sale of Starman Group to minority shareholder Polaris.

Notable practitioners

Lina Darulienė is a highly regarded competition lawyer in Lithuania, with one source saying: "She is very good at strategy, she sees the whole picture." She was the leading partner in the representation of Klaipėdos Nafta in an alleged abuse of dominance case.

Lauras Butkevičius joined TGS Baltic team in October 2017 and is a well-respected competition lawyer, active on important contentious cases. He is also recognised for his academic activity in this area of practice.

About the Team (content provided by TGS Baltic)

Competition regulators are increasingly active and thus competition law has become relevant for all mature businesses as regards, for example, merger control, unfair competition, state aid, price fixing and similar competition restraints.

We seek to educate our clients on the implementation of preventive measures, which are the best way to mitigate risks. We offer competition law training and help clients design compliance programmes. We also have extensive experience of defending clients in dawn raids, investigations and disputes with competition authorities.

The firm is a member of the Antitrust Alliance, which unites competition experts from independent law firms in 21 European countries.

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  • cartel and dominance probes
  • compliance and risk management
  • regulation (liberalisation, licensing, network access, price control)
  • international trade
  • IP and technology license antitrust compliance
  • market investigations
  • merger control
  • pricing strategies
  • public procurement
  • state aid
  • other competition areas

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COBALT - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established competition group with a particularly strong practice relating to merger clearances. Also well placed to handle high-profile abuse of dominance, anti-competitive agreement and cartel cases. Also handles matters related to state aid. Acts for leading Lithuanian and international clients, including in the finance, transport and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's client care, with a client reporting "unmatched attention to client needs."

Sources are also impressed by the group's approach to work, highlighting "quick response times, reliability and high quality of service."

Work highlights Advised Indy on competition issues related to its acquisitions of DNB Bank and Nordea Bank's Lithuanian businesses, including obtaining merger clearance from the European Commission.

Assisted Lithuanian Railways with its investigation by the European Commission on alleged abuse of dominance claims.

Notable practitioners

Elijus Burgis is an M&A expert who has significant experience handling related competition law matters. A clients praises his "versatility and broad understanding of the law." He recently represented Ekonovus in a matter relating to alleged price fixing.

Managing partner Irmantas Norkus is a versatile practitioner who often assists clients with competition matters. "He is charismatic and great at managing different relationships," one source reports. Among recent highlights, he assisted BaltCap Fund with filing a concentration notification in regard to its acquisition of Selecta's Baltic operations.

Managing associate Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė is praised by a client for having "deep knowledge of both Lithuanian and EU legislation, in particular in the energy sector." She has recently been seen advising Lithuanian Airports on antitrust and state aid-related matters.

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Sorainen - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team advising on a range of competition issues such as merger control procedures and anti-competitive arrangements. Also adept in handling abuse of dominance and state aid issues, and well equipped to advise on cross-border matters. The team also provides antitrust training to clients. Regularly acts for clients in the media, real estate, telecommunications and banking sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's well-rounded, cohesive approach.

Work highlights Represented REWE Group in its merger notification process with RIMI Lietuva.

Assisted Nordea with the merger notification process in connection with the combination of the operation of its banks in the Baltics.

Notable practitioners

Daivis Švirinas is a leading figure in the Lithuanian competition market. He advised Forum Cinemas on allegations of exchange of confidential information with competitors and concerted practices.

Senior associate Monika Mališauskaitė enters the rankings this year as a result of growing visibility within the competition space. She was recently part of a team that advised Vertikali medija on a merger clearance issue.

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Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable competition team, particularly adept in handling merger control issues. Also well placed to take on abuse of dominance, state aid matters and private antitrust litigation. Represents both local and international clients. The team is also increasingly visible in public procurement cases.

Strengths Sources value the group's attention to clients. "The level of care they show for their clients is equivalent to that of a doctor. Very responsive, available on off days when needed and they are very straightforward," a client reports.

Work highlights Advised DistIT on merger control issues related to its the acquisition of Sominis technology.

Acted for Linstow on merger control issues related to its sale of Baltijos parkai to Green Hotel.

Notable practitioners

Andrius Ivanauskas enters the rankings thanks to widespread market recognition and positive feedback. He is a well-regarded competition lawyer whose clients describe him as an "inventive, very creative and proactive lawyer."

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Band 1

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head MariusJuonys receives outstanding praise from clients, who say: "He always brings several ideas to the table and is very detailed when going through each one," adding that "he has incredible experience from working on the biggest cases." He recently assisted Eesti Meedia with competition issues related to its merger with Diginet.

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Band 1

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daivis Švirinas is a leading figure in the Lithuanian competition market. He advised Forum Cinemas on allegations of exchange of confidential information with competitors and concerted practices.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lina Darulienė is a highly regarded competition lawyer in Lithuania, with one source saying: "She is very good at strategy, she sees the whole picture." She was the leading partner in the representation of Klaipėdos Nafta in an alleged abuse of dominance case.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Karolis Kačerauskas

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Karolis Kačerauskas is particularly renowned for his work on state aid cases, amid his broader coverage of competition matters. Sources see him as one of the most well-recognised practitioners in this area, saying: "He has been a long-time specialist in the field." He was part of the team that advised Telia Lietuva on its disputing of the proposed state monopoly.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elijus Burgis is an M&A expert who has significant experience handling related competition law matters. A clients praises his "versatility and broad understanding of the law." He recently represented Ekonovus in a matter relating to alleged price fixing.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Lauras Butkevičius

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lauras Butkevičius joined TGS Baltic team in October 2017 and is a well-respected competition lawyer, active on important contentious cases. He is also recognised for his academic activity in this area of practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Andrius Ivanauskas

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrius Ivanauskas enters the rankings thanks to widespread market recognition and positive feedback. He is a well-regarded competition lawyer whose clients describe him as an "inventive, very creative and proactive lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Irmantas Norkus is a versatile practitioner who often assists clients with competition matters. "He is charismatic and great at managing different relationships," one source reports. Among recent highlights, he assisted BaltCap Fund with filing a concentration notification in regard to its acquisition of Selecta's Baltic operations.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Monika Mališauskaitė

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Monika Mališauskaitė enters the rankings this year as a result of growing visibility within the competition space. She was recently part of a team that advised Vertikali medija on a merger clearance issue.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Giedre Padaigienė

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Giedre Padaigienė is recognised for her involvement in the firm's key cases. Clients appreciate her for her speed of service, saying: "She is very efficient, always the first to react and to come back to you." She also recently acted as a part of the team on the RIMI Lietuva acquisition of Palink.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing associate Rasa Zaščiurinskaitė is praised by a client for having "deep knowledge of both Lithuanian and EU legislation, in particular in the energy sector." She has recently been seen advising Lithuanian Airports on antitrust and state aid-related matters.

^ See whole ranking table