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Firm Profile

DERLING

Firm Profile

Tallinn

  • Profile
  • Liivalaia 45
  • Tallinn
  • Harjumaa
  • Estonia
  • 10145

Firm profile submitted by DERLING

Managing Partner: Mr Hannes Vallikivi
Number of partners worldwide: 8
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 10+
Languages:Estonian, English, German, Russian

FIRM OVERVIEW DERLING is a leading full-service commercial law firm in Estonia. The team assists clients in business transactions and resolving disputes, with several attorneys having over 20 years of experience. The core of the DERLING’s team is constituted by the internationally recognised attorneys: Hannes Vallikivi, Erki Kergandberg, Toomas Taube, Margo Lemetti, Piret Blankin, Rolan Jankelevitsh, Elmer Muna and Andres Siigur. Together with partner firms in Latvia and Lithuania, DERLING provides services in all Baltic countries. DERLING’s attorneys have unprecedented experience in serving local and international businesses, the public sector, working with the European Central Bank and institutions of the European Union, and collaborating with top-tier international law firms. DERLING’s team earned very high client satisfaction rates in surveys conducted by the international market research company TNS Sifo Prospera in 2015 and 2016.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:  

Mergers & Acquisitions:
DERLING’s team advises on M&A transactions in a wide range of industries. The firm advises prominent local and international clients on structuring transactions, due diligence work as well as drafting and negotiating transaction documents. In 2016, some of the notable transactions advised by the firm were:
• Assisting Nortal Group management on the buy-out of shares from Enterprise Investors and LHV Pension Funds
• Advising DSV, one of the largest European transport and logistics groups, on the sale and leaseback of the Estonian logistics hub.
Key Clients: City Service, EBRD, Enterprise Investors, Nortal.
Contact: Mr Rolan Jankelevitsh Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The Banking and Finance practice group is recognised by local and international clients as the leading Estonian team in cross-border financing, capital markets, and banking and insurance regulatory. The team has handled many landmark cases which had a strong influence on Estonian legal landscape and court practice. Lately the team:
• Advised City Service, a facility management and integrated utility services group, on the establishment of a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) and listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
• Advised Pro Kapital Grupp on MEUR 50 senior secured callable fixed rate bond programme and listing of issued bonds on Nasdaq Stockholm
• Prepared a report for EBRD on Estonia’s new private equity and venture capital fund legislation
Key Clients: ABN Amro, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DNB, EBRD, ERGO, ING Bank, Nordea, OP Bank, Raiffeisen, SEB.
Contact: Mr Andres Siigur Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/Commercial:
DERLING’s team provides full service support for numerous global and local star corporations to establish and support their business in the Baltics. The firm's attorneys advise clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial law.
Key Clients: Akzo Nobel, Arco Vara, AVON, EQT, G4S, Michelin, Microsoft, NASDAQ, Neste Oil, Nortal, Samsung, Technopolis, Valio, Velux.
Contact: Mr Toomas Taube Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
DERLING’s team cooperates with a number of the most prominent clients at the global and regional level. The firm has advised numerous real estate developers, strategic investors and infrastructure operators on a wide range of real estate matters. Lately experts have advised:
• The Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia on the acquisition of the Tori Equestrian Centre
• KEVILI, the largest association of grain producers in Estonia, in transactions related to building a new grain terminal in southern Estonia.
Key Clients: DSV, Eesti Talleks, Hanza Mechanics, Ha Serv, Katoen Natie, KEVILI, Kunda Nordic Tsement, Pro Kapital, State Real Estate Ltd, Tartu Veevärk.
Contact: Ms Piret Blankin Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
Dispute resolution is one of the key practices of the firm. The firm assists clients in a wide variety of business and trade-related litigation in local and international arbitration proceedings as well as before constitutional courts. The practice group handles also arbitration, bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings, white collar and public procurement disputes.
Key Clients: City of Tartu, Cronimet, Estonian Ministry of Justice, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs, Estonian Tax and Customs Board, Swedbank, Forum Cinemas, Jungent Group, Katoen Natie, Kunda Nordic Tsement (part of HeidelbergCement group), Liviko, Lukoil, PetroKazakhstan, Selver.
Contact: Mr Erki Kergandberg Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
DERLING’s team has an excellent track record in direct and indirect tax matters and regularly provides advice on various assignments such as tax structuring of M&A transactions, employee incentive programmes, VAT planning as well as routine tax compliance. DERLING is also very active in complicated tax litigation. The firm has successfully represented clients in a number of landmark tax disputes. The firm’s tax experts have recently advised EBRD and the Ministry of Finance on developing fiscal transparency regime for private equity funds.
Key Clients: Microsoft/Skype, Kunda Nordic Tsement (part of HeidelbergCement group), Jungent Group, Nortal, Pontos Group, Swedbank.
Contact: Mr Rolan Jankelevitsh Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Competition/Antitrust:
The team is regularly hired for antitrust investigations or trials and merger control work by companies across industries, incl. in regulated sectors. The firm gives practical and cost-effective advice, help to manage risks or, if necessary, address concerns raised by the authorities. Experts have advised:
• Eesti Post successfully against a civil court claim of alleged pricing abuses (i.e. margin squeeze) in the direct mail market
• Estonia’s oldest alcohol producer Liviko and one of the largest supermarket chains Selver against allegations of price fixing •
N.R. Energy in relations with competition authority regarding producing and selling thermal energy. Key Clients: Eesti Post (state-owned postal service provider), Cronimet, Liviko, Neste, N.R. Energy, Selver, Via 3L.
Contact: Mr Elmer Muna Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

IP, IT, Telecom:
DERLING’s attorneys are among the most recognised intellectual property, IT & telecom experts in Estonia. Clients include multinational IT corporations, energy, biotechnology, broadcasting and technology companies, start-ups, marketing firms, etc.
Key Clients: ASICS Europe, Avon, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard, Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft, Oracle, Skype, Sony, Vodafone Group.
Contact: Mr Toomas Taube Tel: +372 611 0915
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/Commercial

Mergers & Acquisitions

Banking & Finance

Dispute Resolution

Competition/Antitrust

Energy

Real Estate

Tax 

IP, IT, Telecoms, other commercial matters

Branches

  • Kaluri 2,
  • Tartu,
  • Tartumaa
  • Estonia
  • 51013
  • Tel +372 7 488 071
  • Fax +372 7 488 072