- Corporate and M&A
- Real Estate, Construction and Environment
- Data protection & IT
- Dispute Resolution
- Insurance Law
- International relations
- Public Procurement Law
- Tax Law
- Criminal Law
- Medical law
- Russian Desk
Corporate and M&A
We provide services to clients from state enterprises and international corporations to small and medium-sized companies. We are able to assist in concluding merger and acquisition transactions and the creation of companies and corporative structures. We offer advice in matters such as rights and contracts of shareholders and partners and also liability of member(s) of management boards etc. We offer consultations and representation regarding competition law.
LEXTAL advised Santander Bank Polska and other banks in connection with a EUR 120,000,000 syndicated loan facility to plywood manufacturing group Paged. Advice was provided in cooperation with the lead counsel White & Case. LEXTAL team was led by partner Ants Karu.
LEXTAL advised Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), other banks and number of institutional investors in a EUR 500,000,000 financing to Adven (syndicated loan facility and notes’ issue). Adven is the leading provider of energy and water services across the Nordic and Baltic countries. LEXTAL worked in cooperation with Allen & Overy (lead counsel) and Castren & Snellman (Finnish counsel). LEXTAL team was led by partner Ants Karu.
LEXTAL advised the sellers in the sale of Premium 7 gas stations to Circle K (Statoil).
LEXTAL advised AS Aasa Global on a €50 million private equity deal. Aasa Global operates non-collateral consumer credit businesses in Finland through its local subsidiaries.
LEXTAL advised Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (Santander Group) in connection with the accession of an Estonian company to the existing €18 million revolving credit facility granted to a group of financial service companies operating in Eastern Europe.
LEXTAL advised a client on the management buy-out of an Estonian company from DT Finland OY (Wolseley group).
LEXTAL advised AS HKSCan Latvia on the merger of two of its Latvian companies – AS Rīgas miesnieks and AS Jelgavas gaļas kombināts.
LEXTAL advised Delfi UAB, a leading internet media company, on a cross border €2.8 million acquisition of an online advertisement company in Lithuania, which involved M&A and acquiring approval for a merger from the national competition authority.
Real Estate, Construction and Environment
We advice and represent construction and designing companies, real estate developers and private persons. The projects of our clients include trade centres, new residential areas and other commercial real estate. We have extensive experience in using different standard construction contracts and solving disputes in court. We also advice private clients in disputes related to real estate purchases and lacks to conformity regarding real estate deficiencies.
LEXTAL advised the Irish company Duke House Asset Managers in one of the largest real estate privatisation and investment projects in Lithuania (€44 million).
LEXTAL advised on concluding the construction contract for the new €24 million Coop logistics centre in Estonia.
LEXTAL advised BMGS on the construction of Kakumäe yacht harbour in Estonia.
LEXTAL advised Evervest Ltd. in a €28 million acquisition of property and leaseback transaction.
LEXTAL has provided legal assistance to SIA Biant in various construction projects throughout Latvia.
Data protection & IT
We advise and represent clients in matter related to intellectual property, IT and data protection law. Our extensive experience manifests itself in our thorough knowledge of lawmaking and implementing technologies. Our portfolio includes successfully advised solutions never seen in practice before. We also represent clients in cases related to data protection breaches and offer advice for complying with the data protection rules.
LEXTAL concluded the most in-depth and thorough legal analysis of cyberspace for the Republic of Estonia and gave the government its recommendations on future regulations.
LEXTAL advises the international technology company STARSHIP Technologies on legal issues concerning self-driving robotic delivery vehicles.
LEXTAL has advised and assisted PepsiCo, Inc. regarding various data protection matters.
LEXTAL has worked on receiving the status of a personal data manager and the permit for the transfer of personal data to third countries.
LEXTAL drafted the terms and conditions for the Estonian design furniture web-shop Furgner.
We are known for our successful and positive solutions in complicated disputes and for conducting investigation of economic crime. We represent clients in all courts and arbitrage. We have extensive experience in EU court and EU Court of Human Rights proceedings. We advise and represent clients in negotiations and always keep in mind to look for solutions that would prevent long and expensive court trials.
The Vilnius and Tallinn offices of LEXTAL represent BMGS, one of the biggest hydro-technical construction companies in the Baltic region, in the Stockholm arbitration court.
The LEXTAL court team is led by Olavi-Jüri Luik and represents the plaintiffs: creditor Port One Ltd in criminal proceedings along with bankruptcy registrars in civil proceedings in the so-called Autorollo dispute, one of the most high profile cases in Estonia. The pre-trial detection of matters in Autorollo and the gathering of evidence were carried out by the respective court team.
LEXTAL successfully resolved a dispute between SIA Daudznozaru kompānija Daugava and AS Swedbank by achieving a favourable outcome for the former.
LEXTAL has successfully represented and continues to represent Stora Enso in numerous court cases in various civil law disputes.
LEXTAL has successfully represented Ryanair in passenger claims.
We have repeatedly been elected the best law firm in the fields of insurance law and reinsurance law. We offer our advice in insurance-related negotiations as well as creating and designing insurance relations. We have unique knowledge on how to investigate complicated insurance frauds and gather evidence, for example, with the help of the court. We also advise our clients in finding solutions for creating cross-border insurance relationships.
LEXTAL successfully represented a client concerning a €0.7 million credit insurance claim.
Olavi-Jüri Luik is a Partner in LEXTAL and holds a PhD in Law since 2016. Olavi-Jüri’s dissertation focused on insurance law in all the Baltic States.
LEXTAL advised an insurer on concluding the terms for liability insurance, home insurance, goods in transit insurance, commercial insurance and comprehensive car insurance.
LEXTAL represented SIA Super Bebris regarding a large insurance case arising from a landslide.
It doesn’t matter where our clients are centered – we are able to provide high quality legal services worldwide. We have offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition to the Baltic network, we are also members of MERITAS, Unilaw and TELFA. Having a wide international reach enables us to represent our clients in the best possible way both in Estonia and internationally.
MERITAS – established in 1990. It is a leading alliance of independent law firms dedicated to providing a high level of legal service throughout the world through cooperation between their members.
Unilaw – an international network of law firms from Europe and beyond. Unilaw was founded in 1970 and its members bring together hundreds of legal experts from thirty different countries.
TELFA – Europe-wide network of independent law firms, founded in 1989. TELFA members have more than 1000 legal advisers in Europe. Through the sustained commitment of its members, TELFA has become one of the strongest alliances of independent law firms in Europe.
Public Procurement and Law
We consult and represent clients in connection with the organising, execution and contesting of public procurements. Our internationally respected experts have published publications and participated in drafting the laws in Baltics. We provide productive and time-efficient solutions. We seek to prevent problems and disputes based on our strong competence and experience in all commercial areas concerning procurements.
LEXTAL advised the Estonian Government on preparing and conducting the procurement process for new trains for ELRON.
LEXTAL assisted BMGS concerning the construction of the infrastructure for a liquefied gas terminal in Lithuania, involving public procurement, construction and contractual issues.
LEXTAL advised the Estonian Government on resolving disputes over IT services.
LEXTAL has advised on conducting R&D projects and the application of exclusion regulations on numerous occasions.
We advise our clients on questions of local and international taxation as well as tax planning. With our thorough preparation, extensive experience and references, we represent clients in communication with the tax authorities and in court proceedings. We offer international solutions that are born in cooperation with professionals of different law firms and audit bodies all over the world.
LEXTAL successfully represented Philip Morris in a VAT dispute. The client received a favourable judgement from the Estonian Supreme Court.
LEXTAL represented the shareholders of Levicom. Shares in Levicom had been sold to Tele2 and the shares were held by a Dutch holding company prior to the sale. The court ruled in favour of LEXTAL’s client.
LEXTAL successfully represented the Riga city court bailiff in a dispute with the state revenue service regarding fines applied on the basis of a tax audit.
LEXTAL successfully represented T.R.E.C in a VAT dispute concerning deducting the input of value added tax.
Criminal law risks are included everywhere in business activities starting from competition law and medicinal products law to environmental and securities transactions. In a criminal procedure, it is of utmost importance to obtain the advice of an attorney specialised in the given sector, since the proceedings require specific knowledge, skills and personal characteristics. We have extensive experience in successful representation of clients in cases of white-collar crime and providing advice for risk management. We represent clients in misdemeanour procedures and more complicated disputes as well as upon addressing a matter to the European Court of Human Rights.
LEXTAL represented Lemminkainen AS and its directors in Estonia and achieved a withdrawal of the charges by the Prosecutors’ Office.
LEXTAL successfully represented the shareholders of a company in Lithuania in a criminal case related to the director’s criminal liability and responsibility for company losses.
LEXTAL’s Riga office provided representation in criminal proceedings regarding the avoidance of declaring cash when crossing the state border. LEXTAL advised the client on criminal proceedings and achieved a reclassification of the matter to an administrative violation.
In the so-called land exchange case in Estonia, LEXTAL achieved the acquittal of its client based on the unreasonable term of the procedure. LEXTAL’s client was the only accused to be cleared of liability.
LEXTAL provided representation in criminal proceedings regarding illegally acquired property in Latvia. LEXTAL provided defence counsel for the owner of the property, which was to be seized in proceedings regarding criminally acquired property.
We advise and represent clients in medical law and legal issues in the pharmaceutical industry. We have in-depth knowledge of healthcare law and a wide range of experience in advising healthcare providers, patients, research institutions and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Our portfolio includes positively solved disputes and successfully advised solutions.
LEXTAL has successfully represented clients in cases of medical errors – both healthcare providers and patients.
LEXTAL has advised healthcare providers on day-to-day issues, including drafting terms of service, assisting with data protection and resolving other legal challenges.
LEXTAL has advised a telemedicine provider.
LEXTAL has assisted clients in dental insurance matters.
LEXTAL has prepared health insurance terms and conditions for Estonian and foreign insurance companies.