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Energy — Lithuania


Ellex Valiunas - Energy Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed group that advises a broad range of clients such as government entities and multinational corporations, offering cross-border advice as part of an integrated pan-Baltic team. Strong expertise in infrastructure projects, regulatory issues and disputes. Expertise covers nuclear energy, oil and gas, electricity and renewables.

Strengths Referees emphasise its "deep expertise in the energy law field in Lithuania and the best lawyers in the practice group."

One client notes that the lawyers are "always reachable and managing to cope with the shortest deadlines set."

Work highlights Advised Imlitex on structuring the purchase of electricity, including the electricity trade agreement, regulatory and risk management.

Acted for ORLEN Lietuva in a dispute against Lietuvos geležinkeliai concerning the application of an EU directive and its impact on the contractually agreed fees for carriage of goods. ORLEN Lietuva sought to recover overpayments for the carriage of oil products while Lietuvos geležinkeliai sought to recover the alleged debt for the carriage.

Notable practitioners

Ramūnas Petravičius is noted for energy M&A transactions and infrastructure projects as well as EU project financing. Clients are particularly impressed by his "strategic insights, global thinking and untraditional solutions to difficult situations." He advised Amber Grid on the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania project, including negotiations with the Polish gas operator, on EU funding issues and project and connection agreements.

Dovilė Greblikienė advises on transactional matters, infrastructure projects within the electricity and gas sectors and EU regulatory matters, particularly emission trading allowances and state aid. Interviewees highlight her "good knowledge of the market players and rapid reactions," while others appreciate her "going deep into every issue and providing the best proposal for the client." She assisted Klaipėdos nafta with an LNG terminal project development, including a dispute with Achema over the payment of tariffs.

About the Team (content provided by Ellex Valiunas)

Ellex Valiunas has significant expertise in advising clients on a broad range of issues in all energy sectors, including electricity, renewables, nuclear, gas, oil and heating. Our consistent involvement in major regional energy projects and initiatives has given thorough knowledge, expertise, and competences. This enables us to assist the world’s major trans-national and top national companies in complex and innovative transactions. 

Our experts represent clients before regulatory authorities, national and arbitration courts. We are also able to offer advice on complex issues of energy law that have European or international dimensions.
 
Ellex Valiunas is the only Lithuanian law firm representing the country as a member of Energy Law Group.

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TGS Baltic - Energy Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed group that advises a broad range of clients from domestic businesses to government entities and multinational corporations. Strong expertise in infrastructure projects, regulatory issues, domestic and international disputes as well as major investments. Extensive experience and knowledge in nuclear energy, oil and gas, electricity and renewables.

Strengths One client appreciates the team's "focus on what is important for the client and delivery of a solution," adding: "The team does their utmost to provide high-quality service regardless of the importance and size of the matter."

Another source values the "great awareness and understanding of the energy sector," and finds it "very convenient that TGS Baltic can provide solutions to complex legal problems and advice on day-to-day issues – it is a full-service firm with particular strengths in the energy sector and dispute management."

Work highlights Acted for Miesto Energija in a dispute concerning a lease contract for the modernisation of lease heat systems through a PPP. The dispute related to compensation for investments made when the contract was prematurely terminated.

Notable practitioners

Vilius Bernatonis heads the firm's energy practice and acts on prominent energy infrastructure projects. He advised Lietuvos Energija on the modernisation of the central heating sector in Vilnius and Kaunas, including structuring the projects, tender conditions and state aid matters. He wins praise as a "good expert" who "does a good job, is a creative thinker and has a lot of practice with dispute resolution."

About the Team (content provided by TGS Baltic)

Energy is a strategic sector for the Baltic countries, which historically have been energy dependent on their Eastern neighbours. The Baltic states are all looking for ways to integrate their energy networks with the European networks, to create alternative energy supplies and to increase focus on renewables. We are proud to be a part of all these strategic projects.

Our Baltic Energy Practice offers full legal support in corporate, finance, litigation, real estate and regulatory matters. The team has worked on nearly all major energy projects in the region.

In recent years, energy has become a strategic practice area for the firm. We see a regular flow of work from investors, governments, regulators and a diverse mix of market players. We are also proud to have particular focus on renewable energy sources, the importance of which has increased due to international commitments of the Baltic countries and government subsidies.


ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION ON:

  • nuclear
  • oil and gas
  • LNG
  • power
  • renewables
  • electric transmission and smart grids
  • energy efficiency
  • planning and regulatory
  • operation, licensing, pricing
  • maintenance
  • energy trading and marketing
  • energy litigation
  • representation before authorities

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COBALT - Energy Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Extensive experience of working on complex energy and infrastructure projects. Acts for domestic businesses, private investors and multinational corporations in the renewable energy, gas and electricity sectors. Adept in energy litigation and transactional assignments, particularly for specialised infrastructure and energy funds.

Strengths Interviewees value the team's commitment to its clients' objectives, noting: "They care about the matter, and you know you can trust them."

Work highlights Assisted Amberwind with the construction and operation of a 73.5 MW wind park, including advice for the approval of all zoning permits, equity and borrowed capital, national security issues and amended legislation governing the renewable energy sector.

Advised Vilniaus energija on a dispute with ESO over public service obligations for the production of electricity in combined heat and power plants.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Simona Oliškevičiūtė-Cicėnienė is a key contact for clients.

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Sorainen - Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable experience of representing clients in the renewable energy, natural gas and electricity sectors. Advises on domestic and EU regulatory matters as well as transactional and competition issues. Represents clients before local regulatory authorities and the European Commission.

Strengths One client identifies the team's knowledge of the energy sector and its business-oriented approach.

Work highlights Advised GreenTech on its investment into a new single-use plastic packaging waste recycling plant through a joint venture.

Acted for Lietuvos Energija to establish its EUR1 billion EMTN programme and to issue the first tranche of up to EUR200 million.

Notable practitioners

Julija Kirkilienė advises clients in the natural gas and renewable energy sector. She played a key role advising GECO Taika in a dispute with Šiauliai municipality, regarding the creation of unfair competition by creating barriers which have prevented GECO Taika from entering the market.

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Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable local team involved in significant energy projects relating to oil and gas, LNG, electricity, nuclear and renewables. Specialist expertise acting for clients in respect of waste-to-energy plants. Handles PPP projects and dispute resolution, as well as power generation and distribution matters.

Work highlights Advised Fortum Heat on methodologies for heat prices, unbundling of electricity and heat costs related to effective co-generation.

Notable practitioners

Jonas Saladžius acts on energy M&A and development projects, including on procurement, permits and licences and regulatory matters. He advised Fortum Heat Lietuva on biofuel supply, long-term heat supply contracts and transport agreements.

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Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners - Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises clients on a broad range of complex energy matters and has experience in gas, renewables, oil and nuclear energy industries. Additionally active in energy infrastructure projects.

Notable practitioners

Mindaugas Jablonskis is "experienced and has good contacts." He is noted by commentators for his electricity expertise, and he also specialises in waste-to-energy, biomass and white biotechnology matters.

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TRINITI - Energy Department

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its expertise in energy-related litigation. Regularly advises clients from the heat and renewables sector on the sale and supply of energy. Acts for significant clients in the utilities sector.

Notable practitioners

Linas Sabaliauskas is noted for energy transactions and other corporate matters, with a focus on nuclear and renewable energy projects. He advises on offshore energy supply including regulation, supply agreements and procurement issues.

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Band 1

Vilius Bernatonis

TGS Baltic

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vilius Bernatonis heads the firm's energy practice and acts on prominent energy infrastructure projects. He advised Lietuvos Energija on the modernisation of the central heating sector in Vilnius and Kaunas, including structuring the projects, tender conditions and state aid matters. He wins praise as a "good expert" who "does a good job, is a creative thinker and has a lot of practice with dispute resolution."

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Ramūnas Petravičius

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ramūnas Petravičius is noted for energy M&A transactions and infrastructure projects as well as EU project financing. Clients are particularly impressed by his "strategic insights, global thinking and untraditional solutions to difficult situations." He advised Amber Grid on the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania project, including negotiations with the Polish gas operator, on EU funding issues and project and connection agreements.

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Band 2

Dovilė Greblikienė

Ellex Valiunas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dovilė Greblikienė advises on transactional matters, infrastructure projects within the electricity and gas sectors and EU regulatory matters, particularly emission trading allowances and state aid. Interviewees highlight her "good knowledge of the market players and rapid reactions," while others appreciate her "going deep into every issue and providing the best proposal for the client." She assisted Klaipėdos nafta with an LNG terminal project development, including a dispute with Achema over the payment of tariffs.

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Band 2

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonas Saladžius acts on energy M&A and development projects, including on procurement, permits and licences and regulatory matters. He advised Fortum Heat Lietuva on biofuel supply, long-term heat supply contracts and transport agreements.

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Band 3

Mindaugas Jablonskis

Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mindaugas Jablonskis is "experienced and has good contacts." He is noted by commentators for his electricity expertise, and he also specialises in waste-to-energy, biomass and white biotechnology matters.

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Band 3

Linas Sabaliauskas

TRINITI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Linas Sabaliauskas is noted for energy transactions and other corporate matters, with a focus on nuclear and renewable energy projects. He advises on offshore energy supply including regulation, supply agreements and procurement issues.

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Associates to watch

Julija Kirkilienė

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julija Kirkilienė advises clients in the natural gas and renewable energy sector. She played a key role advising GECO Taika in a dispute with Šiauliai municipality, regarding the creation of unfair competition by creating barriers which have prevented GECO Taika from entering the market.

^ See whole ranking table