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Legal 500 ranks TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE among leading law firms in Baltics

The latest edition of Legal 500 has placed TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE Estonia in the top tier in almost all of the areas covered. The firm is ranked as a 1st tier adviser in banking & finance, corporate and M&A, EU and competition, IP, IT and telecoms, real estate and construction. The Legal 500 2012 edition comments: “Banking & finance is a core area at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, partner ‘Hannes Vallikivi and his team provide a good service and are pleasant to work with’. Head of Baltic M&A practice group Risto Vahimets ‘displays good business judgement’ and is ‘good at zooming in to real issues’. Satisfied clients say that TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE provides a ‘level of service fully in accordance with our high expectations’. Head of Baltic Dispute & Resolution practice group, Erki Kergandberg, and partner Margo Lemettiare ‘highly qualified professionals able to see any case from different angles to provide the best possible solution’. The competition practice is steered by the ‘very enthusiastic’ Rene Frolov, who is ‘devoted to his clients’. Within IP, IT and telecoms, TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE is a first tier firm, led by the ‘excellent’ Toomas Taube. Recently promoted partnerRolan Jankelevitsh heads the tax practice and demonstrates ‘good expertise’.”

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE Latvia is a leading firm in all areas covered. The firm’s ranking in the area of banking & finance has been raised and, according to the publication TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE provides concise and ‘prompt, clear and practical advice’ and Inese Hazenfusa is ‘a genuine business lawyer’ who ‘helps with the most complicated problems with amazing ease’. Partner Ivars Grunte and Linda Štrause are highlighted as ‘key litigators in Latvia’. Head of real estate and construction’s practice Linda Štrause is ‘an experienced and talented strategist and litigator’, and clients say ‘when a matter is in her hands, we are confident that the maximum will be achieved’. Dispute resolution practice head Agnese Hartpenga provides ‘a thought-through and effective strategy’, and managing partner Ivars Grunte is ‘a skilled negotiator, very eloquent and diplomatic’ and ‘the kind of professional who actually brings opponents together’. Gundars Cers heads the IP, IT and telecom practice, which ‘responds promptly, precisely and to the point’.Andra Rubene ‘sees the wider picture’ and is ‘one of the most experienced corporate and M&A experts in Latvia’.

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE Lithuanian office also kept the leading position in all areas. According to Legal 500 TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE is arguably ‘the best M&A firm in Lithuania’ and its lawyers ‘understand the value drivers and appreciate the priorities of the deal’. In particular, Marius Matonis ‘proactively steers deals with a very practical approach to risk factors’. Real estate and construction practice is subsumed into top-ranked M&A department where Marius Matonis ‘absorbs the essence of the matter and effectively represents the client’s needs’. Banking & finance practice head Vilius Bernatonis is ‘very co-operative and always ready to assist’ and his team members are ‘highly qualified professionals’. Lina Daruliene heads the ‘results-driven’ dispute resolution practice and ‘business-minded’ competition practice. In shipping and transport practice, Andrej Rudanov is ‘extremely good at arranging relations with administrative bodies’. TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE Lithuania continues to prove their worth with high-calibre mandates and clients.

The Legal 500 (published by Legalease) provides analysis and information on law firms in over 100 countries around the world. Legalease is a leading independent publisher of information for law firms and their clients.