- Banking and Finance
- Criminal Law
- Company Law and Transactions
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment Law
- Enviromental Law and Planning
- European Union and Competition Law
- Family Law
- Fintech and web3
- Insolvency and Restructuring
- Inheritance Law
- Insurance and Compensation
- International Private Law
- IT, IP and Data Protection
- Media and Defamation disputes
- Medical Law
- Public Law and Regulations
- Public Procurement
- Real estate and Construction
- Strategic Advisory
- Tax Law
- Transport, Logistics, Freight forwarding, and Maritime
BANKING AND FINANCE
LEXTAL’s banking and finance law team offers high-quality legal advisory services in banking and finance transactions and projects. We aim to assist financiers and loan applicants in financing transactions, legal audits, loan restructuring, project financing, and other crucial matters. Additionally, LEXTAL is a collateral agent and an advisor to NASDAQ First North.
Our services include:
- Advising on financing transactions, including complex mezzanine loans and collateral structures;
- Assisting issuers in issuing, offering, and listing debt and equity instruments;
- Advising on mandatory and voluntary takeover offers;
- Consulting on banking and finance law projects, including analysing financial services business models concerning the need for operating licenses;
- Conducting legal audits related to financing transactions;
- Providing advice on loan restructuring;
- Collaboration with financial supervisory authorities.
Criminal law risks exist in every legal and business field, from competition law and pharmaceutical law to environmental and securities transactions. LEXTAL’s criminal law team has encountered and dealt with all these areas and has experience handling them. Criminal proceedings are highly specific regarding regulations and practice, making it essential to seek advice from lawyers specialised in this field with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience. Our team has extensive experience in successfully defending clients against allegations of economic crimes and providing advice on risk mitigation. We defend clients in criminal and misdemeanor proceedings and have experience in submitting applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Our goal is to provide clients with effective and professional legal advice to mitigate criminal law risks and protect their rights and interests in criminal proceedings.
The services offered by our criminal law team include:
- Offering criminal law advice, including assessing and preventing criminal law risks in various business fields.
- Represent clients in criminal and misdemeanor proceedings, including managing the proceedings and fulfilling the role of defense counsel.
- Representing clients and preparing applications for the European Court of Human Rights.
COMPANY LAW AND TRANSACTIONS
LEXTAL’s company law and transactions team assists clients of varying sizes, from international corporations to medium and small enterprises. Our services help clients achieve their business objectives and ensure legal compliance and structural efficiency. We are ready to provide support in business law, regardless of the size or complexity of the transactions.
Our business law team offers the following services:
- Mergers and acquisitions: we assist clients in conducting company acquisitions, sales, and other merger and acquisition transactions. This includes drafting contracts, conducting negotiations; performing legal due diligence, and structuring transactions;
- Company formation and corporate structuring: we guide clients in company formation and establishing corporate structures. This includes creating the legal framework, assisting with company incorporation, drafting shareholder or partnership agreements, and managing the legal documentation;
- Shareholders’ and partners’ rights and agreements: we offer advice on shareholders’ and partners’ rights, responsibilities, and agreements;
- Directors’ liability: we advise clients on directors’ liability and obligations, ensuring compliance with legal requirements;
- Competition law: we provide advice in competition law, including matters related to competition restrictions, mergers, and other competition-related issues. We also represent clients in their communication with regulatory authorities.
LEXTAL’s dispute resolution team is renowned for achieving successful outcomes in complex disputes. We provide advice and representation to clients in civil and arbitration proceedings. We stand up for their rights and interests, striving to find the best solution to meet their diverse needs and prevent lengthy and costly litigation. We aim to find the best possible resolution that satisfies all parties and helps avoid protracted and expensive court battles.
Our dispute resolution team advises in the following areas:
- Litigation and arbitration: we represent clients in Estonian courts and in arbitration proceedings, aiming to achieve the best possible results;
- Proceedings before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights: we have extensive experience in proceedings before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, safeguarding clients’ interests at the international level.
LEXTAL’s employment law team provides advice and representation to clients, both employers and employees, in various matters related to employment relationships. Our services encompass guidance throughout the entire lifecycle of employment relationships, negotiations, and representation before the Labor Dispute Committee and courts when necessary.
Our employment law team offers the following services:
- Employment contracts and employment-related documents: we draft and review employment contracts, management agreements, and other employment-related documents, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and addressing clients’ needs. Our expertise also covers international employment matters;
- Incentive packages: we assist employers in structuring incentive packages, including developing option programs;
- Termination of employment and collective redundancies: we assist clients in the process of terminating employment relationships, including collective redundancies. We guide the formulation of termination agreements and negotiations with employee representatives and represent clients before the Labor Dispute Committee or courts when necessary;
- Whistleblower regulations: we advise clients on steps related to implementing whistleblower protection directives, and in addition to developing necessary guidelines, we offer solutions for the reporting channel for complaints;
- Advisory on employment legislation: we provide advice and explanations regarding laws governing employment relationships, including the Employment Contracts Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Equal Treatment Act, and Gender Equality Act.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND PLANNING
LEXTAL’s Environmental Law and Planning team provides comprehensive assistance in environmental and planning-related issues and challenges. Our clients include individuals, environmental organisations, developers, manufacturers, waste handlers, and local governments. Collaborating with experts in the field, our experienced team can address various environmental law and planning challenges. LEXTAL aims to provide clients with clear and relevant legal advice that helps them achieve their expected outcomes and protect their interests. Whether it involves clarifying complex legal requirements or representing clients in administrative disputes, we are ready to offer efficient solutions.
Our expertise encompasses several services, including:
- Representation in administrative bodies;
- Negotiations for implementing new projects;
- Representation in communication with local communities;
- Environmental liability;
- Regulations and permits;
- Administrative disputes.
EUROPEAN UNION AND COMPETITION LAW
LEXTAL’s European Union and Competition Law team has extensive experience in all European Union, and competition law matters. European Union and competition laws are becoming increasingly crucial for companies year by year. This field affects business models, obtaining grants, acquisitions, contract negotiations, and planning collaboration projects. Compliance with competition law is crucial for companies, as violations can result in significant fines, civil claims, or criminal liability. We provide comprehensive legal advice to clients on European Union and competition law matters.
We offer consultation in various areas, including:
- Development of preventive measures;
- Review of contracts and business models;
- Explanation of competition law, EU law, and state aid rules;
- Representation and advice regarding any grants;
- Merger control proceedings;
- Defense in raids and supervisory proceedings;
- Representation in court proceedings.
FAMILY LAW AND INHERITANCE
LEXTAL’s Family Law and Inheritance team provides extensive legal services regarding complex relationships, particularly in matters related to family and inheritance. Our specialized lawyers have extensive experience and are dedicated to fulfilling the needs of our clients. We are committed to understanding our client’s needs and providing professional and sensitive legal assistance that ensures the well-being of families and protects inheritance rights.
Our services include:
- Drafting and division of marital property agreements upon the termination of the marriage
- Resolving issues related to custody rights, visitation arrangements, and child support
- Advising on matters related to personal and property guardianship and custody of children
- Resolving inheritance law issues, including drafting wills and challenging inheritances
- Representing clients in cross-border divorces and international child abduction cases.
FINTECH AND WEB3
LEXTAL’s Fintech and Web3 team provides highly specialised legal advisory services that cover the legal aspects of digital financial services and the decentralised web. Our specialists have extensive experience and broad expertise in this innovative and rapidly evolving field. Our goal is to provide clients with quality legal advice, help them establish a solid legal framework, and navigate the complex legal landscape of Fintech and Web3.
Fintech legal services include:
- Advisory on regulatory laws and ensuring compliance;
- Issues related to licensing;
- Legal aspects of virtual financial assets and cryptocurrencies;
- Advisory for ICO projects and blockchain developers;
- Legal questions regarding payment technologies, lending services, and investment platforms;
- Intellectual property rights advice;
- Communication and negotiation with regulatory authorities.
Web3 legal services include:
- Legal regulation of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and decentralized applications;
- Data protection and privacy issues;
- Compliance with regulatory requirements in the decentralised web;
- Legal aspects related to new digital technologies.
INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING
LEXTAL’s insolvency and restructuring team has extensive experience in finding potential solutions when facing financial difficulties. We also provide advice and representation in bankruptcy proceedings. Our goal is to find constructive and effective solutions.
Our insolvency and restructuring team offers the following services:
- Advising on economic and operational restructuring matters – we assist clients in assessing their business situation and provide advice on choosing the best course of action, whether it involves business revival, restructuring, or exploring new solutions;
- Liquidation and insolvency issues – we guide on liquidation and insolvency matters, helping clients find the best possible solutions for financial difficulties. Court representation and negotiations – we represent clients in court and negotiations related to legal disputes arising from financial distress.
LEXTAL’s experts possess deep knowledge and extensive experience in resolving inheritance issues, starting from drafting a will to defending clients’ interests in court.
We offer optimal solutions that consider all aspects of the case. Our focus is directed not only at the legal details of each case but also at a deep understanding of each client’s situation.
Our approach is practical yet thorough: we identify the desires and needs of the client, analyze options, and help the client choose the most suitable solution. We carefully approach each case, ensuring our clients are well-represented and informed at every stage.
At LEXTAL, we recognize that our clients seek clarity and precision in inheritance matters. We aim to provide them exactly that – efficiently and professionally resolving all inheritance-related issues.
INSURANCE AND COMPENSATION
LEXTAL Law Firm is known for its respected and experienced team specialising in insurance law and compensation. The head of our insurance law team, attorney Olavi-Jüri Luik, is the only expert in insurance law in Estonia with a doctoral degree. He is a renowned lecturer in insurance law and has published numerous books and research articles in Estonia and abroad. Our team has repeatedly been recognized among the best internationally in insurance and reinsurance laws.
Over the years, we have been involved in resolving numerous significant insurance disputes and have gained extensive knowledge of insurance law. We drafted multiple insurance terms and conditions and advised insurance companies and brokers in various processes, including portfolio transfers. We have successfully resolved issues related to reinsurance and assisted clients in claiming compensation for multiple events, such as traffic accidents, medical errors, work accidents, household accidents, product liability, and becoming victims of crime.
Our services include:
- Advising on establishing and structuring insurance relationships, including cross-border insurance relationships;
- Advising on the interpretation of insurance contracts;
- Representing clients in insurance-related disputes;
- Representing clients in matters related to subrogation claims;
- Investigating complex insurance fraud and gathering evidence;
- Establishing insurance companies or insurance brokerage firms;
- Drafting insurance terms and conditions;
- Ensuring compliance with insurance law;
- Representing parties in compulsory liability insurance matters (notaries, attorneys, bailiffs, bankruptcy administrators).
INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE LAW
LEXTAL’s international private law team provides clients with comprehensive legal advice in international law. We are a valuable resource for our clients in matters related to projects involving foreign countries, helping them navigate complex situations where different legal systems may collide or conflict. Among Estonian law firms, we stand out for our broad international reach, and thanks to our global partner network, we can quickly find suitable legal advisors in any foreign country, enabling us to tackle complex tasks effectively. In applying international private law, we work closely with specialists in domestic law to ensure that clients receive the best possible support at all stages of a project.
Our international law department offers assistance in various situations, including:
- Business relations between Estonian clients and foreign partners – international sales transactions, transportation of goods, filing claims for breaches of contract and damages in foreign courts;
- Expanding Estonian companies into other jurisdictions or acquiring stakes in foreign companies;
- Handling foreign investments in Estonia and vice versa.
IT, IP, and Data Protection
LEXTAL’s IT, IP, and data protection team has extensive international experience and provides expert services to clients in intellectual property, IT, and data protection law. We are known as advisors for innovative solutions and have achieved significant success with our clients. We aim to provide clear, relevant, and effective legal advice that helps our clients protect their intellectual property, comply with legal requirements, and succeed in the rapidly evolving digital environment.
Our services include:
• Intellectual property legal advice – trademarks, copyrights, patent protection, licensing agreements, dispute resolution.
• IT law – IT contracts, websites, software.
• Data protection legal advice – personal data protection, privacy policies, breaches of regulations, communication, and negotiation with supervisory authorities, and data protection audits.
MEDIA AND DEFAMATION DISPUTE RESOLUTION
LEXTAL’s team specialising in media and defamation disputes, possesses extensive experience in legal matters related to media and reputation protection. Our goal is to safeguard our clients’ honor and good name and combat baseless defamation. At the same time, we also advocate for freedom of speech and press, ensuring that they are not unjustifiably restricted. Diana Minumets, the leader in media and defamation disputes, is a seasoned and recognized expert in media law, successfully representing clients in various high-profile cases.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Representation of clients in civil court proceedings involving media and defamation disputes;
- Engaging in pre-trial negotiations and resolving disputes in the field of media and defamation;
- Legal consultation on matters related to media and journalism;
- Defending the principles of freedom of the press and freedom of speech;
- We are prepared to offer assistance in media and defamation disputes.
LEXTAL’s Medical Law team provides comprehensive consultation in various areas related to the responsibility of healthcare service providers and pharmaceutical companies, medical malpractice, drug research, legislative regulations on medicines, intellectual property protection, and issues related to healthcare financing. Our team has also worked extensively in innovation beyond the traditional medical law framework. We have helped create innovative solutions, such as vaccine insurance and mandatory liability insurance for healthcare service providers.
Our services include:
- Requirements imposed on healthcare service providers;
- Liability of healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals, medical malpractice;
- Documentation requirements;
- Restrictions on healthcare service advertising;
- Contracts with suppliers and collaborators;
- Requirements and operational limitations for the production, wholesale, and retail sale of medicines;
- Protection of health data;
- Rules for preventing corruption in medicine.
PUBLIC LAW AND REGULATIONS
LEXTAL’s Public Law team possesses in-depth knowledge and extensive experience advising clients in various areas related to regulations, permits, administrative procedures, and court disputes. Government agencies, local authorities, businesses, and individuals utilise our comprehensive expertise. Our experts participate in legislative processes and have published multiple publications. We aim to provide clear, precise, and relevant legal advice that helps our clients achieve their goals and protect their interests.
We are a reliable partner to our clients, offering consultation in various areas, including:
- Administrative disputes;
- Clarification of regulations for different business models;
- Communication and dealings with state and local government authorities;
- Application for permits and licenses;
- Agreements and joint projects with the government;
- Representation in administrative and supervisory proceedings;
- Court disputes.
LEXTAL’s public procurement team offers clients comprehensive legal advisory services, from organising public procurement processes to representing them in procurement disputes. Our team comprises Estonia’s finest and most experienced procurement specialists who have significantly contributed to developing Estonian procurement legal literature and shaping legal practice in this field. Leading our public procurement practice is attorney-at-law Diana Minumets, one of Estonia’s highly recognized procurement specialists, who is eagerly awaited to speak at procurement conferences, seminars, and training sessions.
Our services include:
- Advising on the organization and conduct of procurement procedures;
- Representation in procurement disputes;
- Proactive legal advisory services to prevent issues and disputes related to procurement organization and participation.
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
LEXTAL’s real estate and construction team possesses in-depth knowledge and extensive experience advising clients in various construction and real estate law areas. Our specialists have assisted in resolving complex legal issues and have successfully resolved disputes related to construction and real estate projects. In addition, our experts have been involved in shaping the law and have published numerous publications.
Building upon our strong expertise and vast experience, we provide practical and effective solutions that help prevent problems in the construction and real estate field and resolve disputes. Our goal is to provide clear, direct, and relevant legal advice that helps our clients achieve their objectives and protect their interests in the construction and real estate industry.
Our services include, but are not limited to:
- Advising on disputes arising from construction contracts;
- Resolving court disputes related to construction and real estate law;
- Advising on property acquisition and associated disputes;
- Advising on issues arising from design contracts.
LEXTAL’s strategic advisory team is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs in making strategic decisions and managing business processes. Our clients operate in Estonia, the Baltics, and worldwide. In collaboration with trusted partners in over 200 countries, we help clients shape and implement ambitious plans and resolve challenges across the globe.
Our strategic advisory team assists in:
- Supporting strategic business decisions: we advise clients on strategic decision-making to help them achieve their business objectives while considering important legal and business considerations.
- Asset and company sales: we guide the sale of assets and companies, including finding partners, structuring transactions, negotiating, and developing contracts.
- Investment and capital raising: we assist in raising investments, structuring capital, and analyzing financing options.
- International collaboration: we help clients establish or develop efficient and effective operations in any country worldwide, including expanding into new markets, collaborating with foreign partners, and addressing international business issues.
- Business development: we guide businesses in expanding into new markets or sectors and assist in developing effective business strategies.
LEXTAL’s tax law experts provide advice to clients on both domestic and international taxation, as well as tax planning matters. We have thorough preparation, extensive experience, and strong references in this field. Whether it involves communication with tax authorities or complex court disputes, we offer our clients the best solutions tailored to their needs. LEXTAL aims to provide clients with clear and relevant legal advice that helps them achieve their expected outcomes and protect their interests.
Our experts offer several services, including:
- Tax consultancy at national and international levels;
- Tax planning and strategies;
- Tax-driven restructuring of companies;
- Representation and communication in tax proceedings and audits;
- Court disputes.
TRANSPORT, LOGISTICS, FREIGHT FORWARDING, AND MARITIME
LEXTAL offers professional legal advisory services in transport, logistics, freight forwarding, and maritime. Our team has extensive experience and a deep understanding of these areas, helping clients achieve their goals and protect their interests. We aim to provide high-quality legal advice and create value for our clients, helping them navigate complex legal issues and succeed in transport, logistics, freight forwarding, and maritime.
Our services include:
- Transportation law advisory – addressing issues related to cargo, passenger, and public transport;
- Logistics and freight forwarding advisory – covering goods warehousing, customs procedures, and passenger transport services;
- Future-oriented legal solutions for smart cars, ride-sharing platforms, and autonomous vehicles;
- Legal advisory regarding airport, port, railways, and highway transportation infrastructure;
- Maritime law advisory for port operators, shipowners, charterers, financiers, and insurers;
- Representation in civil, administrative, and arbitration proceedings in transportation and in maritime disputes;
- Legal advice on matters related to transport and maritime insurance.