Marge Männiko
Marge Männiko

Attorney at Law / Managing Partner

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+372 51 04 475 | LinkedIn

Marge has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2002 and is specialised in transaction and company law, as well as real estate and construction law. Marge has vast experience in advising entrepreneurs in different acquisition, expropriation and transfer transactions and also in entering large-scale designing and build contracting contracts.

Marge has acted as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a dispute settlement committee in disputes arising from (DAB) FIDIC contracts. Marge has extensive experience in consulting on complicated real estate transactions. In her free time, Marge likes to play tennis.

Üllar Talviste

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 6400 250

Üllar is the soul of our bureau and one of its founders. He is unquestionably one of the best known and most decorated attorneys in Estonia, has sat as Chairman of the Estonian Bar Association and participated in many important court actions in Estonia and abroad.
Üllar is one of the most valued experts of penal power and arbitral proceedings of Estonia, and his working experience in the field of legislation is close to 40 years. As one of the founders of the Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association, a member of the Board of Governors of the Estonian Academy of Arts for several years and a representative of the Estonian Bar Association to CCBE, he is also socially active. Üllar graduated from the Institute of law of the University of Tartu in 1979.

Ants Karu
Ants Karu

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 50 625 95 | LinkedIn

Ants is one of the top experts in tax and company law in Estonia. He is one of the founders of LEXTAL and has been a member of the Board of the Estonian Bar Association (2010-2016). He is currently member of the Tax Law Committee at Estonian Bar Association and has remarkable experience in advising on concluding international transactions.

He is also the Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Ambassador to Estonia. Ants graduated from the University of Tartu in 1994 and in his free time likes to stay in shape by playing golf, cycling and orienteering.

Urmas Ustav
Urmas Ustav

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 50 48 341 | LinkedIn

Urmas is a founder of LEXTAL and one of the most valued private, commercial and bankruptcy law specialists in Estonia; he represents clients in court and advises on concluding transactions. Urmas has represented clients in several disputes that have significantly shaped both Estonian and international legal practice.

Urmas is Chairman of the professional suitability assessment committee of the Bar Association and was nominated Attorney of the Year 2014 in the Organisation Category by the Bar Association. In his free time, Urmas engages in the Lions charity movement and plays tennis.

Kristi Sild

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 51 17 727 | LinkedIn

Kristi has been an attorney since 1998 and is a partner at LEXTAL. She is member of the Employment Law committee of the Estonian Bar Association.

Kristi mainly operates with corporate and employment law. Additionally to advising M&A transactions and different investment structures (incl bond issues), Kristi is specialized to legal questions related to non-banking financial services. Also, she has long-time experience in advising companies in maritime and ocean fishing activity areas. She has assisted clients in many transactions related to vessels (acquiring, charter agreements etc), has helped to bring several ships under Estonian flag and has represented the interests of Estonian companies in international fishing organizations. She has represented clients in the proceedings of the European Court of Justice.

Kristi is inspired by art and talented people, she is a founding member of the Art Museum of Estonia Friends of Art Society.

Olavi-Jüri Luik
Olavi-Jüri Luik

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 50 97 543 | LinkedIn

Olavi-Jüri is a specialist of court actions and insurance law with extensive experience. He is a partner at LEXTAL. He is a recognised lector of insurance law. Many major insurance disputes have been solved with his participation. As an attorney, he has represented several insurance companies and prepared dozens of insurance standard terms and conditions.

Olavi-Jüri is the only person in Estonia who has defended a doctoral thesis on insurance law. He also has vast experience in advising and representing clients in cases related to the investigation and resolution of complicated economic crimes.

Oliver Nääs
Oliver Nääs

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Oliver is a trial lawyer who mainly specialises in criminal law. Oliver is considered one of the most influential Estonian attorneys at law. Clients highly value Oliver’s determination and courage in representing their interest. His colleagues value his pragmatic spirit, rationality and speed in reaching the best possible result.

An honest criminal proceeding guaranteeing fundamental rights is Oliver’s commitment; to this end, he also works as a lecturer at the University of Tartu and often publishes opinion articles.

Margus Reiland
Margus Reiland

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 56 905 001 | LinkedIn

Margus Reiland is an attorney specialised in tax law, competition law and administrative law and he represents clients in court and out of court. Margus has vast experience in tax disputes, tax planning issues and international taxation issues. His advice on tax and competition law issues has been essential in the implementation of many mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.

Margus has a master’s degree from the University of Tartu (cum laude) and he has also honed his skills internationally. Margus participates actively in the work of the Bar Association and is the member of its Competition Law Committee.

Magnus Braun
Magnus Braun

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 52 60 665 | LinkedIn

Magnus is an expert in civil proceedings and a recognised trial lawyer. Magnus’ ability to present complicated problems in an easily understandable way has repeatedly garnered recognition from clients and colleagues as well as judges.

Magnus is also active as a trustee in bankruptcy. His thorough knowledge of bankruptcy law and the trust of his colleagues were the reasons Magnus was elected to be a member of the Board of the Estonian Chamber of Bailiffs and Trustees in Bankruptcy in 2015.

Rauno Kinkar
Rauno Kinkar

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+372 56 645 629 | LinkedIn

Rauno’s main area of work as an attorney is in resolving disputes in civil proceedings focusing on legal issues related to IT solutions and smart technologies. Rauno is the author of the first Estonian broad-based and legal theoretical approach to self-driving vehicles. Looking for and finding a modern and functional solution for a client is what inspires Rauno.

Rauno is a member of the Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association and belongs to the council of the Foundation for Future Technologies. His legal knowledge originates from the University of Tartu and in his free time Rauno likes to sail around Tallinn Bay and play discgolf or tennis.

Diana Minumets
Diana Minumets

Attorney at Law

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+372 51 86 376 | LinkedIn

Diana is an attorney at law specialised in the fields of public procurement and court actions. Diana has extensive experience in representing clients and tenderers in the dispute settlement committee, and in organising and conducting procurement procedures. She is also a valued specialist of the fields of data protection, business and contractual law and infrastructure.

Diana is a co-author of one of the most important books published in the field of procurement – “Public Procurement Law”. She has also published procurement related articles in the media and in judicial literature. She is also a recognised lecturer who has spoken at different procurement trainings and at the internal trainings of state authorities.

Katrin Orav
Katrin Orav

Attorney at Law

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Katrin is an attorney-at-law specialising in litigation and family law. As of 2013, she is the Board member of the Estonian Bar Association.

For the past 10 years, she has been advising those in need on family law issues in the Child Welfare Association and the Estonian Bar Association’s cooperation project “Good advice for families with children”.

Katrin has a long-term training experience, among other things, she has trained local government social workers all over Estonia in connection with providing social welfare services as well as in questions relating to maintenance obligations.

Kristi Rande
Kristi Rande

Attorney at Law

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+372 51 50 091 | LinkedIn

Kristi has extensive knowledge and remarkable practical experience in the field of criminal law. 13 years of working experience in the Prosecutor’s Office has given Kristi an indispensable ability to sense the essence of legal and procedural issues from the point of view of both the prosecution and defense and thereby offer efficient solutions and strong representation in judicial proceedings, where necessary.

Kristi has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2014. Kristi is also the president of the Estonian Dance Sport Association and a devoted admirer of competitive dance and a sporty lifestyle.

Margus Poola
Margus Poola

Attorney at Law

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Margus is an expert in contract and private international law, and he has advised on the conclusion of important transactions and represented clients as an attorney in different complicated legal disputes. He has comprehensive experience in advising construction entrepreneurs through the whole constructing process. Margus is interested in the legal issues in the fields of IT and technology.

Margus has been a lecturer of private law and technology law at Tallinn Law School of Tallinn University of Technology, where he has taught subjects in the fields of contract law, private international law and international commercial law. Margus has also taught subjects in the fields of international sales law and contract law at the Law Faculty of University of Tartu. In his scientific research, Margus studies how to use technology in solving legal issues.

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Piia Raide

Attorney at Law

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Piia is a recognised public procurement law attorney. She is a co-author of one of the most important books published in the field of procurement – “Public Procurement Laws” and has represented both tenderers as well as contractors in several procurement disputes. Piia has also consulted local municipalities in carrying out water management projects and infrastructure renovation projects funded from the European Union, incl. the organisation of public procurements. Piia is also experienced in the fields of contract law, real estate law and judicial proceedings. Piia obtained her master’s degree in law at the University of Tartu.

Henri Ratnik
Henri Ratnik

Attorney

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+372 5621 2613 | LinkedIn

Henri mainly operates in the field of IT law by advising in different legal matters relating to various IT solutions, intellectual property and the protection of personal information (incl. the GDPR).

In 2017, Henri graduated with a master’s degree from the School of Law of the University of Tartu, and he completed further training in 2016-2017 at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In 2018, Henri graduated (cum laude) with an additional master’s degree in the field of IT law from the University of Tartu. Before joining LEXTAL, Henri worked at another legal firm.

Henri has also participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition, and he actively participated in the ELSA Estonia law students’ society.

In his work, Henri values accuracy and thoroughness. In his free time, Henry enjoys music.

Ave-Ly Kõuts

Attorney

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Ave-Ly assists clients in the fields of Corporate, Tax and Contract Law and represents clients in Civil Procedure.

In 2018 Ave-Ly obtained her Master’s Degree in Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Tartu. In 2017, Ave-Ly won the moot court competition organized by the Estonian Moot Court Association, also winning the title of the authors of the best-written paper with her team. Ave-Ly has also attended the Salzburg Summer University of Private Law.

The main motivators for Ave-Ly are teamwork and challenges. She also loves learning different languages. In the upper secondary school, she completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma in English and had also learned, for example, Norwegian, Spanish and French.

Sirle Karu
Sirle Karu

Attorney

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+372 55 23 789 | LinkedIn

Sirle is a family law specialist with substantial experience. She also has specific experience in the non-profit sector and has participated as a founder at several organisations where she is still active as a member of the board.

Sirle graduated from the University of Tartu in 1995 and her thesis was awarded the II prize at the Open Estonian Foundation competition of judicial research works. Sirle has been a member of the Bar Association since 1995. In addition to her volunteer work in different non-profit organisations, Sirle is also engaged in figure skating, cycling, gardening and crafts.

Kadi Saluste
Kadi Saluste

Attorney

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Kadi acquired her Master of Laws degree cum laude at the University of Tartu. Kadi has been working at LEXTAL since autumn 2017 and she specializes in litigation and bankruptcy law.

In 2017, Kadi won the moot court competition organized by the Estonian Moot Court Society, thereat also earning the title of the best co-author of a written submission with her team.

In her work, Kadi strives to be surrounded by good people and to have the opportunity to test herself. In her free time, Kadi loves to spend her time by playing floorball.

Sander Potsepp
Sander Potisepp

Attorney

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Sander has acquired his Master of Laws degree at the University of Tartu.  Sander has been working at LEXTAL since spring 2019 and he mainly specializes in criminal law.

Sander has studied law at the University of Münster in Germany.

For Sander, the most important thing about his job is the opportunity to challenge himself.

In his spare time, Sander plays hockey.

Elise Altroff
Elise Altroff

Lawyer

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Elise has been working at LEXTAL since autumn 2019. She primarly assists attorneys in the field of criminal proceedings. Elise has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tartu. She has previously been a trainee in the Tallinn city administration and another law firm. She has also been a member of the Law Students Association ELSA.

In law, Elise likes the connection of rational thinking and creativity, i.e. the opportunity to work with both the mind and the heart. In her free time, she enjoys travelling.

Pie Laanemets
Pie Laanemets

Lawyer

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Pie was awarded a master’s degree by the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu in 2008, and in her master’s dissertation she focused on the interpretation of case law pertaining to enforcement proceedings. She has long-term experience with several law offices and assists attorneys by solving problems related to enforcement and insolvency proceedings.

Pie likes to spend her free time with her family and cycle or ski with them.

Martin Nikolajev
Martin Nikolajev

Lawyer

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martin.nikolajev@lextal.ee
+372 6400 265 | LinkedIn

Martin has acquired his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tartu and is currently acquiring his Master of Laws degree at the same university. Martin has been working at LEXTAL since winter 2018 and mainly assists LEXTAL’s attorneys in the field of civil proceedings, bankruptcy- and food law.

He has participated in the European Law Moot Court competition and has been an active member of the law students’ association ELSA. In addition, Martin took part in the Vienna summer law school on dispute resolution.

In his free time, Martin enjoys photography, reading and listening to music.

Mats Volberg
Mats Volberg

Lawyer

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Mats has a PhD in philosophy from York University and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tartu. Mats has been working at LEXTAL since spring 2020. He mainly assists LEXTAL’s attorneys in administrative law.

In law, Mats likes to apply more theoretical philosophical knowledge in practice and the challenge of finding the most optimal solution to a problem.

In 2018, Mats together with his team won the ELSA Estonia Fairy Tale Moot Court competition. In 2020, Mats together with his team won third place in the moot court competition organized by Eesti Harjutuskohtu Selts.

In his free time, Mats enjoys board games, computer games and film art.

Kaisa-Maria Kubpart

Lawyer

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Marge Saarela
Marge Saarela

Assistant

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+372 6400 250

Marge deals with the administrative issues of the bureau, training and assists attorneys in their everyday work. Marge has work experience in several law offices and has substantial experience in this line of work.

Andera Lõhmus
Andera Lõhmus

Assistant

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Andera is a valued and trusted member of the LEXTAL team who helps clients and assists attorneys in their everyday work. Andera has obtained applied higher education at the Tallinn School of Economics and improved her knowledge at different companies.

Katrin Soom
Katrin Soom

Assistant

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Katrin is a cheerful and friendly member of LEXTAL support team who helps clients and attorneys with their everyday work.

Kaie Müller
Kaie Müller

Assistant

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+372 6400 250

Kaie is a considerate and positive person who is always ready to help. She graduated from the Tallinn School of Economics as a legal assistant and is continuing her education at the University of Tallinn studying administrative arrangement and business administration. Kaie has previously worked for various law firms and offices. She spends her free time playing football and disc golf, and cooking.

Kristel Niine
Kristel Niine

Accountant

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+372 6400 250 | LinkedIn

Kristel is LEXTAL’s accountant and is responsible for the commercial and administrative matters being in order and running smoothly. Kristel has vast experience in the accounting field.

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Lina Šikšniutė-Vaitiekūnienė

Attorney at Law / Partner

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lina@lextal.lt
+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Lina is the managing partner of LEXTAL in Lithuania. She graduated from the Law Faculty of Vilnius University and completed further academic training in Sweden, Netherlands and Czech Republic.

The main specialization areas are company law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Extensive experience in legal practice is collected through years in managing teams of lawyers and advising clients on large real estate acquisitions, construction projects, including their financing, transfer and lease. Lina has successfully represented clients in negotiations, provided consultations in concluding various contracts: transfer and acquisition of assets, businesses and shares, investment, construction contracts and others.

Andrius Šukys

Attorney at Law / Partner

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+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Andrius Šukys is an attorney at law at LEXTAL in Vilnius. Andrius graduated from the Law faculty of Vilnius University and completed subsequent training in France. His legal practice focuses on corporate matters, privatisation of the state property, construction and territory planning law. He is experienced in employment law, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, advising clients in various real estate development and commercial projects, litigation. Andrius is a skilled tennis player and enjoys snowboarding.

Vilius Malinauskas

Attorney at Law

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+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Vilius is an attorney at law at LEXTAL in Vilnius. Vilius’s expertise is focused on the legal aspects of real estate projects, litigation and assisting clients on day-to-day corporate, employment and commercial contracts issues.

Arūnas Šidlauskas

Attorney at Law

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arunas.sidlauskas@lextal.lt
+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Arūnas Šidlauskas is an attorney at law in law firm LEXTAL. He specialises in tax law and tax disputes and his practical experience in the area of law exceeds 20 years. In 1995 Arunas Šidlauskas started practising in Lithuania as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen (one of the Big Six at that time), and then he was in charge of the Legal and Tax Department at Grant Thornton Baltic for 11 years. Arunas has accumulated vast experience by consulting clients about directly applicable taxes, tax planning, pricing strategies and corporate law, also representing his clients at the courts of law. Arunas regularly publishes articles in specialised periodicals for tax experts, auditors and accountants. In his free time Arunas enjoys muay thai.

Santa Janickienė

Lawyer

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+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Santa Janickienė is a lawyer in Vilnius office who specializes in the field of personal data protection law. She also constantly deepens her knowledge and gives legal advice on labor law, intellectual property law and other areas. Santa has acquired Master‘s degree in Vilnius University, Faculty of Law (specialization in commercial law). In her spare time Santa likes to study the history of art and spend active leisure with her family.

Agnė Sipavičiūtė

Administrator

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agne@lextal.lt
+370 5210 2733 | LinkedIn

Agnė is an administrator at the Lextal law firm, who helps clients and attorneys with their everyday work.