Latvia

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
Cobalt

COBALT is well known for its work within dispute resolution in the Baltic States. Lauris Liepa is managing partner of the firm and head of the dispute resolution department. Key contacts in the firm include Ģirts Lejiņš, Dace Silava–Tomsone and Ingrīda Kariņa–Bērziņa. The dispute resolution team consists of 20 lawyers including five partners, two specialist counsel, six senior associates and seven associates. The firm’s key areas including arbitration, financial services and intellectual property disputes.

The firm advised Riga International Airport in connection with a case relating to collection of unpaid rent and a contract penalty. In another case highlight the firm advised Danske Bank in recovering damages from an insolvency administrator.

In the competition space, managing partner Dace Silava-Tomsone led on a case representing AKKA/LAA in regard to alleged abusive public performance tariffs in stores.

Derling Primus

Derling Primus is a notable firm in the Baltic states and advises clients on all areas of dispute resolution. Key names include Sintija Radionova and Mārtiņš Mežinskis. During the research period, the firm advised clients in a number of banking litigation and corporate commercial cases.

The firm’s key cases worked on during the research period remain confidential.

Ellex Klavins

Ellex Klavins secures a tier 1 ranking for its strengths in dispute resolution across the Baltic market. The firm is a notable firm and is highly recommended by peers and clients for its work within dispute resolution. The firm handles all aspects of disputes with specific specialisation in white –collar crime, employment and financial disputes. 

Key names in the firm include Daiga Zivtina, Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs and Peteris Dalderis.

In a shareholder dispute, the firm represented its client in civil proceedings against a Latvian company to provide information to the client as one of its shareholders. Another case saw the firm represent a client in a human rights and damages claim case before the European Court of Human Rights. The case handled the compensation of moral damages as a result of improper actions of the firefighters in the course of extinguishing the fire.

Other key cases for the firm highlight the firm's strengths in financial litigation and are confidential.

Kronbergs Čukste Levin

Kronbergs Čukste LEVIN is a key player in the Latvian market. Vineta Cukste-Jurjeva heads the dispute resolution department at Kronbergs Čukste LEVIN. The firm provides services in banking and finance, aviation, real estate and construction.

Key clients for the firm include European Central Bank, Solaris, DHL and AIG.

During the research period, the firm represented ALFOR in a dispute related to revocation of more than 20 gambling permits. In another case worked on during the research period, the firm provided legal assistance to sports stadium Daugavas Stadions in a dispute over the termination of a major arena lease agreement.

Vineta Cukste-Jurjeva was the lead partner on the majority of cases worked on during the research period.

Šatovs

Independent law firm Šatovs provides the full range of dispute resolution services. Key industry sectors for the firm include automotive, banking and finance, IT and telecommunications. 

In an international arbitration cases the firm represented a client in a dispute concerning the failure of a sales agreement.

In an intellectual property dispute, the firm represent a client in a trademark dispute.

Client feedback 2021

“The firm performed great! They were strong in negotiation skills, understanding tactical features of solving disputes in copyright and film industry.” 

“Law firm Šatovs is great to work with! They are fast, communicative, affordable and deliver excellent results on time. We have never had any problems with them!” - Intellectual property 

Ilmārs Šatovs 

“He has all the necessary skills for an advocate!”