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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution — Lithuania


Ellex Valiunas - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading disputes team with wide practice coverage. Notable experience acting on large shareholder disputes, professional liability and unfair competition cases, as well as investment and commercial arbitration. Also active in criminal law cases.

Strengths One client appreciates that Ellex "delivers on what it promises," adding that the team is "pragmatic and realistic."

Another client mentions that Ellex "has the ability to find and suggest at least several alternative decisions and strategies."

Work highlights Represented Orlen Lietuva in a multimillion-dollar dispute against Lithuanian Railways in relation to rail transportation price.

Acted for Amber Grid on a more than EUR30 million dispute against Achema, the largest fertiliser and chemical producer in Lithuania, over the payment of the LNG terminal funds.

Significant clients Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania, Siemens.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan is considered a leading figure in the market, with significant litigation as well as domestic and international arbitration experience. One source emphasises her client-oriented attitude and experience, adding that she has a "good sense of humour."

Raimundas Lideika is a senior lawyer who is singled out for his reputation in white-collar cases. One client emphasises his ability to adapt to the situation, describing him as "accommodating to the case and situation."

Formerly a Supreme Court judge, Egidijus Baranauskas focuses on public procurement, contract, property and insurance law. He is noted for his profound academic knowledge.

Up-and-coming Miroslav Nosevič is especially active in banking and finance, shareholder and real estate disputes. Sources praise his ability to handle multiple cases.

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Sorainen - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kęstutis Švirinas
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded disputes team with broad coverage across different areas, including energy, financial services, white-collar crime, public procurement and TMT. Especially active in civil and administrative cases, as well as large shareholder disputes, including criminal proceedings. Known for handling cross-border litigation and international arbitration.

Strengths The lawyers are known for their business approach: "We highly recommend Sorainen lawyers for their business-orientated and broad approach, as well as the focus on client needs." Another source also compliments their "capability to offer exact solutions to our matters."

The integrity of the lawyers is also widely commented on: "The most sensitive cases are handled with care and the highest ethical standards" and the "firm does follow policies to protect the integrity of both the client and the firm."

Work highlights Represented Bosnia and Herzegovina-based Alumina d.o.o. Zvornik and other companies of the same group in complex civil and criminal cases related to Ūkio bankas's bankruptcy, valued at more than EUR200 million.

Acted for Deloitte Lietuva on a complex administrative case involving disciplinary action.

Significant clients Lietuvos oro uostai, Kelprojektas, Zotobi Management, Wolf Oil, Plane Business.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Kęstutis Švirinas is "a litigation star in the firm." Clients say: "He is great with high-profile clients, understands the language and problems brought to him by a client." He handles arbitration, white-collar crime matters and commercial litigation.

Renata Beržanskienė is an experienced and well-recognised litigator and arbitrator, now increasingly well known in the sphere of IP disputes.

Stasys Drazdauskas is particularly respected as an arbitrator and is noted for his focus on IP, IT and data-related corporate conflicts.

Žygimantas Pacevičius receives numerous compliments from clients, with sources praising the service he provides: "I am pleased with his down-to-earth approach, responsiveness and ability to ascertain our needs." Another client notes his ability to argue "the case effectively." He represented Lietuvos oro uostai in a EUR10 million dispute with bankrupt FlyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines.

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TGS Baltic - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Lina Darulienė, Valentinas Mikelėnas and Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for First-tier for the second consecutive year, this team boasts acting on some of the market's highest-value commercial disputes and arbitration cases. It is especially known for acting on highlight bankruptcies such as that of Bankas Snoras. Active across banking and finance, energy and PPP.

Strengths Attentiveness to clients' needs and high standards are often mentioned by clients: "The firm has done all related tasks in a highly professional and smooth manner, always very attentive to our needs."

One client mentions the cross-border capabilities of the team: "TGS has wide cross-border project management experience," adding: "We can fully rely on them, knowing that all tasks will be finished in time and in the appropriate manner."

Work highlights Represented the bankruptcy administrator of Ūkio Bankas in all legal matters related to its bankruptcy, valued at more than EUR1.7 billion, including representing it in more than 150 civil and criminal proceedings with its creditors, debtors and shareholders.

Acted for the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania on a high-profile arbitration case against Gazprom in relation to approximately USD1.29 billion overpaid by Lithuanian customers to Gazprom for the supplies of natural gas.

Significant clients Nordea Bank Finland Lithuania Branch, Deposit and Investment Insurance (DNB Lithuania), Klaipėdos Nafta, Viasat, Ventus-Nafta.

Notable practitioners

Vilius Bernatonis is a versatile lawyer who represents energy and financial institutions in strategic disputes and is also actively involved in arbitration.

Head of competition and litigation Lina Darulienė is best known for her strong track record in competition disputes. One client especially enthuses over her proactiveness: "Sometimes, even when we do not have any issues on the table, she still phones to ask what is going on," adding: "She can identify mutual areas of interest." She represented Ūkio Bankas in a dispute with Boslita over a USD14.6 million loan received from the bank.

Head of arbitration, mediation and ADR, Valentinas Mikelėnas is a renowned professor. He recently acted for Maxima Group and Franmax on a EUR313 million claim against former CEOs and board members as well as Mart Inn Food.

Newly ranked senior associate Albertas Šekštelo is involved in key litigation and international arbitration matters. Sources highlight him as a lawyer with strong potential who already has significant practical experience.

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COBALT - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rimantas Simaitis
- 3 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence in the dispute resolution market, covering a wide range of areas including white-collar crime, bankruptcy and restructuring, IP and public procurement disputes among others. Strengthened by the recent new hires of public procurement specialists, and by a merger with Borenius in October 2015.

Work highlights Represented Riga International Airport in a litigious case initiated by a Lithuanian air carrier currently under bankruptcy proceedings in relation to unfair competition issues. The matter is valued at approximately EUR116 million.

Significant clients Veolia (France and Lithuania), Enercon, UniCredit Leasing (Lithuanian subsidiary), East-West United Bank.

Notable practitioners

Dispute resolution head Rimantas Simaitis is a well-respected litigator, described by sources as "very energetic and enthusiastic." He represented Lithuanian Railways in disputes against Orlen Lietuva concerning the reimbursement of an estimated EUR30 million in freight transportation debt.

Newly ranked Paulius Markovas is especially known for bankruptcy-related litigation. He represented Lithuania's retail chain Fresh Market in bankruptcy proceedings initiated by Vilnius County Court.

Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration.

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Motieka & Audzevicius - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ramūnas Audzevičius and Jovitas Elzbergas
- 3 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong disputes-focused firm, well regarded in international litigation and arbitration. Specialised in a variety of sectors including energy, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and agribusiness. Has a strong presence across the CIS market, advising a number of Russian clients.

Strengths Many sources appreciate the team's dedication to the client: "I can say that the team is extremely dedicated to us and also values long-term relationships." Another source says: "They are passionate and dedicated."

Clients value that "they also provide not only legal knowledge but way more - strategic business advice for our future development and growth."

Work highlights Represented Amber Grid against Achema before the Supreme Court of Lithuania in a civil case over the LNG Terminal fee.

Acted for Sberbank against Lithuanian company Plastima in relation to the latter's EUR2.1 million claim against Sberbank.

Significant clients Gazprom, Sodrugestvo, ICOR, Linas Agro.

Notable practitioners

Ramūnas Audzevičius represents clients in high-profile cross-border disputes and arbitration matters, often involving Russia and other CIS countries. He represented Boslita in three different claims in relation to the validity of Ūkio Bankas's transactions and loan agreements, as well as the bonds issued by the former bank's shareholders and executives. "I really like how he works. He is the one who always tries to understand and prepare for the case," a source says.

Jovitas Elzbergas focuses on public sector-related domestic litigation and is also known for his experience in criminal cases, especially white-collar crime issues. According to one client, "he is business-orientated and a maximum result seeker." He acted for Lietuvos Dujos in a dispute over allegedly fraudulent activity in setting gas prices.

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DOMINAS DERLING - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vaidotas Puklevičius

What the team is known for Developing practice, joining forces with Derling in Estonia and Kronbergs Čukste Derling in Latvia in September 2016. Recognised for domestic and international arbitration. Also noted strength in complex shareholder disputes.

Work highlights Advised Reckitt Benckiser on a number of multi-jurisdictional legal issues, including cross-border insolvency, arbitration and creditor rights.

Significant clients Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre, Kopenhagen Fur International, Marks & Spencer, Grand Cru Airlines, Bridgestone.

Notable practitioners

Gediminas Dominas is one of the best-known litigators and arbitrators in Lithuania, as well as being an experienced banking and corporate lawyer. Sources praise his responsiveness and say he finds "what exactly is the core focus of any case."

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LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Domestic firm noted for its dispute resolution practice. Offers a broad range of dispute resolution services, especially acting for major Lithuanian banks and credit unions. Strong in significant shareholder disputes, with additional expertise in commercial arbitration.

Strengths Sources mention profound knowledge and technical precision as some of the team's key strengths: "We could emphasise in-depth analysis of the issue, comprehensive and precise legal documentation, as well as strong position and argumentation in litigation."

Another client says: "Balčiūnas & Grajauskas should be exalted because of its prompt responses and deep analyses."

Notable practitioners

Gintaras Balčiūnas is a well-recognised litigator who is especially noted for acting on one of the largest shareholder disputes in Lithuania. He also handles labour disputes.

Marius Grajauskas is adept at assisting financial institutions with contentious cases, having previously worked in-house for banks.

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Primus, Attorneys at Law - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mariius Devyžis
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strengthened by the merger between VARUL, Lithuania and Primus in Estonia and Latvia in April 2016, the firm has significant experience in restructuring and insolvency, as well as contentious employment matters. Also specialises in sport litigation and arbitration, and shareholder disputes.

Strengths Primus's team inspires confidence in clients: "The team gives an impression that they are very confident in what they are doing. This gives a sense of being sure that the cases will be handled in the best interest of the client." Another client says: "We felt their assurance and confidence in the case. I believed we would win and we did."

Clients also speak about the firm's quality and strategic thinking: "The dispute resolution team has its own style and approach to matters, distinguished by strategic planning and quality execution."

Work highlights Acted for the Lithuanian football federation on a match-fixing matter before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Represented Agro Energy and Jurij Laneckij, the founder and shareholders of PriceOn start-up, in disputes against a Lithuanian investment company, LTk Capital, in relation to an investment agreement.

Significant clients flyLAL, Tikkurila, Empower, Lux Express, Soway Acetow.

Notable practitioners

Marius Devyžis acts on a broad range of litigation matters and has practical expertise in sports litigation issues. "I think he is a very good speaker in court," says a source. Another adds: "He looks three steps ahead and has a clear plan."

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TRINITI - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vilija Viešūnaitė
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Joins the rankings this year in recognition of its achievements and feedback. Especially noted for arbitration and IP litigation matters. Also assists clients with construction and insurance disputes. Has a strong client following among Baltic and Polish clients. Strengthened by the arrival of Deivis Valiulis and a team of lawyers from Balticlaw, Lithuania in June 2016.

Strengths Depth of analysis is mentioned by one source: "The team always makes a thorough research and deep analysis on the subject matter."

Sources add: "The communication about the process is always timely and precise."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bahn International on a EUR30 million litigation case against Lithuanian Railways over the design and construction of railways.

Acted for Trane Polska on a dispute concerning compensation for damaged equipment.

Significant clients Crocs, Orakulas, Schiedel, Lithuanian Neighbouring Rights Association, Elektrum Lietuva.

Notable practitioners

Vilija Viešūnaitė is especially known as an experienced IP litigator, acting on various corporate disputes as well as arbitration matters. Sources praise her "analytical and quick thinking."

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Eminent Practitioner

Valentinas Mikelėnas

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of arbitration, mediation and ADR, Valentinas Mikelėnas is a renowned professor. He recently acted for Maxima Group and Franmax on a EUR313 million claim against former CEOs and board members as well as Mart Inn Food.

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Band 1

Kęstutis Švirinas

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Kęstutis Švirinas is "a litigation star in the firm." Clients say: "He is great with high-profile clients, understands the language and problems brought to him by a client." He handles arbitration, white-collar crime matters and commercial litigation.

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Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan is considered a leading figure in the market, with significant litigation as well as domestic and international arbitration experience. One source emphasises her client-oriented attitude and experience, adding that she has a "good sense of humour."

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Band 2

Ramūnas Audzevičius

Motieka & Audzevicius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ramūnas Audzevičius represents clients in high-profile cross-border disputes and arbitration matters, often involving Russia and other CIS countries. He represented Boslita in three different claims in relation to the validity of Ūkio Bankas's transactions and loan agreements, as well as the bonds issued by the former bank's shareholders and executives. "I really like how he works. He is the one who always tries to understand and prepare for the case," a source says.

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Band 2

Vilius Bernatonis

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vilius Bernatonis is a versatile lawyer who represents energy and financial institutions in strategic disputes and is also actively involved in arbitration.

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Band 2

Gediminas Dominas

DOMINAS DERLING

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gediminas Dominas is one of the best-known litigators and arbitrators in Lithuania, as well as being an experienced banking and corporate lawyer. Sources praise his responsiveness and say he finds "what exactly is the core focus of any case."

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Band 2

Rimantas Simaitis

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dispute resolution head Rimantas Simaitis is a well-respected litigator, described by sources as "very energetic and enthusiastic." He represented Lithuanian Railways in disputes against Orlen Lietuva concerning the reimbursement of an estimated EUR30 million in freight transportation debt.

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Band 3

Egidijus Baranauskas

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Formerly a Supreme Court judge, Egidijus Baranauskas focuses on public procurement, contract, property and insurance law. He is noted for his profound academic knowledge.

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Band 3

Renata Beržanskienė

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renata Beržanskienė is an experienced and well-recognised litigator and arbitrator, now increasingly well known in the sphere of IP disputes.

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Band 3

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of competition and litigation Lina Darulienė is best known for her strong track record in competition disputes. One client especially enthuses over her proactiveness: "Sometimes, even when we do not have any issues on the table, she still phones to ask what is going on," adding: "She can identify mutual areas of interest." She represented Ūkio Bankas in a dispute with Boslita over a USD14.6 million loan received from the bank.

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Band 3

Stasys Drazdauskas

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stasys Drazdauskas is particularly respected as an arbitrator and is noted for his focus on IP, IT and data-related corporate conflicts.

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Band 3

Raimundas Lideika

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raimundas Lideika is a senior lawyer who is singled out for his reputation in white-collar cases. One client emphasises his ability to adapt to the situation, describing him as "accommodating to the case and situation."

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Band 3

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonas Masiokas of Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners is a long-established lawyer, especially active in white-collar crime matters as well as insurance litigation.

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Band 4

Gintaras Balčiūnas

LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gintaras Balčiūnas is a well-recognised litigator who is especially noted for acting on one of the largest shareholder disputes in Lithuania. He also handles labour disputes.

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Band 4

Jovitas Elzbergas

Motieka & Audzevicius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jovitas Elzbergas focuses on public sector-related domestic litigation and is also known for his experience in criminal cases, especially white-collar crime issues. According to one client, "he is business-orientated and a maximum result seeker." He acted for Lietuvos Dujos in a dispute over allegedly fraudulent activity in setting gas prices.

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Band 4

Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration.

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Band 4

Marius Grajauskas

LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marius Grajauskas is adept at assisting financial institutions with contentious cases, having previously worked in-house for banks.

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Jurgita Judickienė

Law firm J Judickiene and partners JUREX

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jurgita Judickienė of Law firm J Judickiene and partners JUREX is a respected litigator who often handles contentious labour disputes. She also represents bankruptcy administrators. One source says: "She is a fantastic lawyer who is super professional. Fast reactions and analytical mind. She wins 100% every case she takes care of."

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Band 4

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newly ranked Paulius Markovas is especially known for bankruptcy-related litigation. He represented Lithuania's retail chain Fresh Market in bankruptcy proceedings initiated by Vilnius County Court.

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Žygimantas Pacevičius

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Žygimantas Pacevičius receives numerous compliments from clients, with sources praising the service he provides: "I am pleased with his down-to-earth approach, responsiveness and ability to ascertain our needs." Another client notes his ability to argue "the case effectively." He represented Lietuvos oro uostai in a EUR10 million dispute with bankrupt FlyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines.

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Band 4

Vilija Viešūnaitė

TRINITI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vilija Viešūnaitė is especially known as an experienced IP litigator, acting on various corporate disputes as well as arbitration matters. Sources praise her "analytical and quick thinking."

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Up and Coming

Primus, Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marius Devyžis acts on a broad range of litigation matters and has practical expertise in sports litigation issues. "I think he is a very good speaker in court," says a source. Another adds: "He looks three steps ahead and has a clear plan."

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Up and Coming

Miroslav Nosevič

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Miroslav Nosevič is especially active in banking and finance, shareholder and real estate disputes. Sources praise his ability to handle multiple cases.

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Associates to watch

Albertas Šekštelo

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newly ranked senior associate Albertas Šekštelo is involved in key litigation and international arbitration matters. Sources highlight him as a lawyer with strong potential who already has significant practical experience.

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