Advertising

Advised Unicom AS, a Franco-American advertising firm, based New York City and Paris, with respect to the acquisition of four Estonian outdoor advertising companies, three Latvian advertising firms, and two advertising companies based in Lithuania; prepared extensive due diligence review for the transactions.

Represented Unicom AS in Estonia and Unicom SIA in Latvia in negotiations for the installation of municipal transportation infrastructure for passenger bus and street car services in conjunction with the display of outdoor advertising.

Represented Unicom UAB in Lithuania with respect to negotiations with city officials in Kaunas, Vilnius, and Klaipeda for installation of outdoor advertising displays and the purchase and installation of metal passenger waiting stations for municipal transport.

Advised The Interpublic Group of Companies and McCann-Erickson, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, with respect to the acquisition of subsidiaries in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including all due diligence, tax, and corporate work for the transactions.

 

Aerospace and Aviation

Advised Lockheed-Martin with respect to participation in international tender for aerospace products in Estonia and Latvia.

Advised KPMG (Barents Group LLC) and the German Treuhand Consulting Company with respect to the privatization and sale of Estonian Air AS by the Estonian Privatization Agency.

Represented British Petroleum in the negotiation of a joint venture with Tallinn Airport.

Advised Estonian Air with respect to the lease of aircraft from a major United States aircraft leasing company.

Represented Tarom, Romanian Airlines, with respect to corporate legal matters in Lithuania.

 

Banking and Finance

Represented Deutsch-Lettische Bank (presently, Hansa Bank Latvia) and its shareholders in the negotiation and the sale of the bank to Hansa Bank AS.

Advised American Express with respect to financial services agreements with Parex Bank ASof Riga.

Provided advice to Merrill Lynch International, based in London, with advice and counsel with respect to financial matters in the Baltic states.

Advised Bank of America, based in San Francisco, with advice concerning financial agreements in Estonia.

 

Fraud/Criminal Investigations

Representation for Fortis Insurance, of Belgium, with respect to the investigation of insurance claims in Estonia.

Assisted and represented a major European equipment manufacturer in a matter involving a fraudulent transaction perpetrated against the client in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Represented an American financial institution, along with the law firm Coudert Brothers, with respect to a fraud committed in Latvia in conjunction with the Latvian Procurator’s Office.

Represented and advised a German manufacturer in Ukraine in a matter involving a fraud committed against the company; assisted the client with applications to the Ukrainian Procurator’s Office.

Successfully represented an American citizen with respect to the illegal sale of real property in Kiev, Ukraine. Successfully argued the case at both the trial level and on appeal.

Representation of a German citizen with respect to the illegal sale of property inherited in Latvia.

 

Insurance

Represented the shareholders of the leading Latvian insurer, AS Balta, in the sale of the corporation to a leading Nordic insuranace company.

Represented Allianz AG with respect to a wide variety of insurance matters in Latvia.

Advised Fortis Group of Belgium with respect to investigations of various claims in Estonia.

Represented AS Balta in the sale of its Lithuanian insurance subsidiary to Pareks Bank.

Advised the shareholders of Riga Insurance Company on corporate matters and the sale of the company’s shares.

Representation of a leading Italian insurer in claims filed in courts in Moscow region, Samara City and St. Petersburg.

 

Intellectual Property

Assisted and advised a major energy drinks company based in Germany with the registration of a corporate trademark in Latvia.

Registered 25 medical patents in Estonia, Latvia, Russia, and Ukraine for a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in California.

Advised McCann-Erickson with the registration of its trademarks in the Baltic states.

Represented ABRO Industries, a major American automobile parts and equipment manufacturer, with the registration of its trademarks in Estonia.

Assisted Asian-Pacific Breweries, based in Singapore, with the registration of its marks in Russia and Ukraine.

Advised Moravian Oil Company in the registration of its marks in Ukraine and Russia.

Represnted Moravian Oil Company in the struture and negotiations for oil exploration in Russia’s Caspian Sea and in investments in Saint Petersburg.

 

Labour and Employment

Advised Michelin OY with respect to labour and employment matters in Estonia.

Represented Renault with respect to the establishment of operations in Latvia, and related employment and labour matters.

Advised Mercer Human Resources, a leading human resources company, based in New York and Geneva, with human resourcesr and employment law matters in Poland and Ukraine.

Provided Baltic Transit Bank (presently, GE Money Bank) with advise and counsel on the structuring of the bank’s labour and employment agreements.

Advised McCann World Group in Estonia and Latvia with respect to labour and employment matters.

Provided Latvian Electronic Post and Latvijas Pasts with advice and counsel concerning labour and employment matters.

Advised Baltic Forest Lines AS, with respect to employment and labour issues in Riga, Latvia.

Media

Represented the shareholders of the leading Estonian Television firm, AS Kanal 2, in the sale of shares to a Norwegian media company, Schibsted.
Advised the Latvian shareholders of the Latvian television company, LNT, with respect to corporate and commercial matters.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions

Advised the Baltic Small Equity Fund in the sale and purchase of various small to medium size companies in Latvia, including Limbazi Dairy Company.

Advised a leading British investor with respect to the due diligence and acquisition of the shares of the Estonian cable television firm, Starman AS.

Represented a Danish corporation in the corporate and environmental due diligence and purchase of the shares of a leading Estonian windpower corporation.

Advised and represented the shareholders of the Latvian insurance company, AS Balta, with respect to the sale of its shares to a leading Scandinavian insurance group.

Represented a leading German pharmaceutical company in the due diligence and contract negotiations for the purchase of a major Latvian pharmaceutical company, Grindex AS, and its Estonian subsidiary, Tallinn Pharmaceutical Company.

Represented Deutsch-Lettische Bank (today, Hansa Bank Latvia) and its shareholders in the negotiation and the sale of the bank to Hansa Bank AS.

Represented a leading German corporation in the negotiations for the purchase of theDaugavpils, Latvia, heating network.

Represented Texas Pacific Group with respect to corporate and environmental due diligence and legal advisory in connection with the proposed acqusition of a major international building products manufacturer in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Lithuania.

Advised Albert Le Coq Brewery in Tartu, Estonia, and Olvi OY, a leading Finnish brewery, with respect to corporate due diligence, tax advisory, and negotiations, for the purchase of Cesu Alus AS, a leading Latvian brewery.

Advised Albert Le Coq Brewery in Tartu, Estonia, and Olvi OY, a leading Finnish brewery, with respect to corporate due diligence, tax advisory, and negotiations, for the purchase of Ragutis AB, a leading Lithuanian brewery based in Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

Oil and Gas

Represented a Swiss oil company in negotiations for potential exploration in the Baltic Sea.

Represented British Petroleum in the negotiation of a joint venture with Tallinn Airport for airport fuel and related services.

Represnted Moravian Oil Company in negotiations for an oil exploration joint-vennture in Russia’s Caspian Sea and with respect to oil terminal investments in Saint Petersburg.

 

Pharmaceuticals

Representation of a leading American pharmaceutical company with respect to analysis of the legal requirements for clinical trials in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

Advised a leading German medical devices company with respect to all aspects of a transaction for the purchase of shares of the leading Baltic pharmaceutical company, Grindex AS in Latvia and its subsidiary, Tallinn Pharmaceutical AS, in Estonia.

Advised a leading United Kingdom pharmaceutical company on all aspects of the registration procedures for pharmaceuticals in Ukraine and Russia.

 

Privatization

Advised KPMG (Barents Group LLC) and the German Treuhand Consulting Company with respect to the privatization and sale of Estonian Air AS by the Estonian Privatization Agency.

Advised KPMG (Barents Group LLC) and the German Treuhand Consulting Company with respect to the privatization and sale of Rakvere Meat Packing Company by the Estonian Privatization Agency.

Assisted Trigon Investments, AS, leading Estonian investment fund, with due diligence and legal advice in respect to a proposed investmentin the Saint Petersburg, Russia region.

 

Transportation

Advised KPMG (Barents Group LLC) and the German Treuhand Consulting Company with respect to the privatization and sale of Estonian Air AS by the Estonian Privatization Agency.

Served as local counsel for Estonian Railways in the negotiation of a loan from the World Bankfor infrastructure development.

Advised Estonian Railways in relation to a variety of contracts with Siemmens corporation.

Represented New Century Holdings in due diligence and related commercial work for the inland shiiping company, Latvian Waterways AS.

Represented the Port of Paldiski, Estonia, along with Rold & Partner and Curtis Mallet-Prevost & Mosle in a Public Private Partnership for the Port of Paldiski, Estonia.

Represented Tarom, Romanian Airlines, with respect to corporate legal matters in Lithuania.