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Tax — Lithuania


Ellex Valiunas - Tax 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: Gediminas Rečiūnas and Aistė Medelienė
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent tax department providing sophisticated advisory and contentious services, acting for standout domestic and international clients. Well versed in handling tax structuring and planning, transfer pricing and transaction-related business reorganisations. Equally adept in solving disputes, including customs and VAT cases.

Strengths The team receives excellent feedback from the clients, with one saying: "They are the best team I've ever worked with," adding that they "are very straightforward and to the point."

Work highlights Advised SEB Bankas on a number of contentious tax issues including in relation to capitalisation rules as well as VAT deduction and adjustment matters.

Assisted Blender Lithuania with its establishment as an e-money institution in the European Union and the related tax issues.

Significant Clients Rimi Lietuva, Telia Lietuva, Baltic Champs Group, Enteco Baltic, Pfizer Group.

Notable practitioners

Tax consultant Gintaras Balčius is a long-established top-ranked name in Lithuanian tax matters. He advises large international and domestic clients on tax planning, indirect taxation, transfer pricing and the tax aspects of transactions.

Top-ranked tax lawyer Aistė Medelienė garners praise from her clients for her approach and devotion to work. One states: "She finds solutions to the hardest questions. She's very responsible and a great innovator," adding that "she really fights the client's corner."

Mindaugas Lukas is recognised for his academic background in the field and is well regarded amongst market sources for his tax structuring work.

About the Team (content provided by Ellex Valiunas)

Managing tax risks continues to be one of the most difficult challenges for investors around the world. Our team helps clients to minimize these risks as well as to optimize their tax positions. We have the necessary expertise to address the nuances of legal issues that often arise in complex transactions and can have significant tax impact. In addition to advising on both direct and indirect tax matters, our tax experts are ready to represent our clients at all levels of sophisticated tax disputes.

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Sorainen - Tax 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: Saulė Dagilytė
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice group with an experienced team of tax experts, possessing particular strength in advisory work. Regularly assists clients with tax structuring, boasting expertise in areas such as VAT and transfer pricing, as well as handling disputes. Well equipped to advise companies and start-ups from a range of sectors.

Strengths Clients applaud the timely manner in which the team works, and one source states: "What I like about Sorainen is their sense of urgency. They react very fast. You never have to wait for them to get back to you, there is always someone who is available."

Work highlights Represented LFL Trade in a high-value zero VAT pre-court dispute.

Advised Kuusakoski on a number of tax issues that arose from the sale of its Lithuanian subsidiary to Dorvina.

Significant Clients Devbridge, Kuprioniškių Valda, Lytagra, 4finance, Nordea.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Saulė Dagilytė is one of the best-recognised tax lawyers in Lithuania and advises on a range of tax matters related to excise duty, VAT, tax planning and the tax issues that arise in M&A.

Newly-ranked on the back of good peer and client feedback, sources describe Indrė Ščeponienė as "highly supportive and response" and "delivering output of high quality at the right time." She advises clients on negotiations with the tax authorities and tax disputes.

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COBALT - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Rokas Daugėla
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded tax team with broad expertise pertaining to advisory, transactional and contentious mandates. Adept in handling tax structuring, M&A and due diligence, corporate restructuring and tax litigation. Active representing major domestic and international businesses in local and cross-boarder matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the pragmatic approach, with a client saying: "I liked their problem solving."

Clients also appreciated the firm's Pan-Baltic capabilities, saying: "They are able to co-ordinate their three Baltic offices in an effective manner."

Work highlights Represented East West Argo on the tax matters related to its IPO on Nasdaq First North market.

Advised Linas Argo Group on the taxation of its top management members employed in Lithuania and Latvia.

Significant Clients Lidl Lietuva, G4S, Grožio Chirurgija, Orkla Food Lietuva, Bennet Distributors.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Rokas Daugėla has experience in advising local and international clients on a wide range of tax matters. Clients appreciate his friendly approach, saying they like his "attitude to the needs of the client and the great energy he shows."

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Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Artūras Bakšys
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable tax offering, drawing on an experienced team of practitioners to provide a comprehensive service. Especially well versed in advising on tax structuring, and also possesses expertise in transfer pricing, VAT, corporate restructuring and contentious tax matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the service offered by the team. "They can be trusted with important jobs," a client says, adding that they also answer quick additional questions.

Significant Clients Husqvarna Group.

Notable practitioners

Tax consultant Artūras Bakšys has a wealth of experience. He is particularly adept at advising on tax disputes, cross-border tax structuring and M&A. "Whatever issue you come to him with, he seems to have had experience dealing with it before," a client says.

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TGS Baltic - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Robertas Degesys
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid department providing tax expertise in relation to business restructuring, corporate transactions and disputes, with particular experience in VAT matters. Regularly instructed by important regional and international clients.

Significant Clients European Investment Bank, Swedbank, Snoras, Storebrand Baltic, VIASAT.

Notable practitioners

Tax consultant Loreta Antanaitienė advises on a range of transactional and contentious tax issues.

About the Team (content provided by TGS Baltic)

We will help you to plan taxes, will explain all taxation issues pertaining to your activities. Our lawyers constantly inform clients about changes in taxation legislation, give strategic advice to clients and defend their positions in tax authorities.

We will advise you if tax authorities started an inspection and, if necessary, will defend your interests in tax disputes. The law firm has a strong reputation in litigation and dispute resolution.

AREAS OF CONSULTATION AND REPRESENTATION:

  • consultations on all taxation issues
  • tax planning
  • tax revision, also parallel tax revision in mergers and acquisitions
  • representing a client during inspections by tax authorities
  • negotiations and litigation with tax authorities
  • preparation of enquiries, requests to take a binding decision, to agree on a tax amount
  • consultations on the optimal structure of transactions
  • tax consultations in case of mergers, acquisitions, reorganisation, restructuring, withdrawal from business
  • international taxation
  • application of double taxation treaties
  • selection of the country of establishment
  • selection of incentives for employees

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Band 1

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Saulė Dagilytė is one of the best-recognised tax lawyers in Lithuania and advises on a range of tax matters related to excise duty, VAT, tax planning and the tax issues that arise in M&A.

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Band 1

Aistė Medelienė

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked tax lawyer Aistė Medelienė garners praise from her clients for her approach and devotion to work. One states: "She finds solutions to the hardest questions. She's very responsible and a great innovator," adding that "she really fights the client's corner."

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Band 2

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Rokas Daugėla has experience in advising local and international clients on a wide range of tax matters. Clients appreciate his friendly approach, saying they like his "attitude to the needs of the client and the great energy he shows."

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Band 3

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mindaugas Lukas is recognised for his academic background in the field and is well regarded amongst market sources for his tax structuring work.

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Associates to watch

Indrė Ščeponienė

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newly-ranked on the back of good peer and client feedback, sources describe Indrė Ščeponienė as "highly supportive and response" and "delivering output of high quality at the right time." She advises clients on negotiations with the tax authorities and tax disputes.

^ See whole ranking table