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Leading law firm in the Baltics announces its new identity – TGS Baltic

One of the largest pan-Baltic law firms – Tark Grunte Sutkiene – from May 8th 2017 will be known by a new name – TGS Baltic. The new brand is being introduced after the successful merger of the leading law firms Tark Grunte Sutkiene and Varul Estonia, which will continue providing the full spectrum of commercial legal services in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This identity change marks the final stage of integration for the internationally awarded pan-Baltic law teams.

“We have relentlessly aspired to justify the high expectations of our clients.  Our promise to them goes beyond providing just legal advice – we help them to achieve business success, thus creating the ultimate value. Our new identity as TGS Baltic represents our enduring commitement to providing innovative solutions based on our deep business understanding and outstanding legal competences”, states Eugenija Sutkienė, Managing Partner of TGS Baltic in Lithuania.

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Māra Stabulniece on the new regulation of the pre-procurement consulting

On 11 April 2017, “Jurista Vārds” published an article by Māra Stabulniece, Attorney from Tark Grunte Sutkiene, on the new regulation of the pre-procurement consulting. Article 18 of the Public Procurement Law contains a regulation on the pre-procurement consulting, which is new in Latvia, while it does not prescribe for the new right of customers to consult suppliers, but only set out the provisions for application of such right.

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Latvia: New law encouraging volunteer workers

A new law regulating unpaid volunteer work has recently been adopted in Latvia. The law as originally drafted envisaged that only non-profit entities would be allowed to organize volunteer work, ie:

1. Non-profit associations and foundations (including trade unions).

2. State and municipal institutions (and political parties).

It has now been proposed that social enterprises (for-profit businesses with a social or environmental mission) be added to the list of organisations that are permitted to employ volunteers. The change is expected to come into force on 1 January 2018. Social enterprises should bear in mind that they will not be permitted to rely solely on volunteers – at least one member of staff must receive a salary.

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European Commission also fines for a buyers’ cartel

Last week, the European Commission (EC) announced that it had imposed a fine of EUR 68 million on three companies – Campine (Belgium), Eco-Bat Technologies (U.K.) and Recylex (France) – for taking part in a cartel. The forth participant of the cartel, Johnson Controls (US), was exempted from the fine because it revealed the existence of the cartel.

Why is this EC decision relevant for other companies?

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Temporarily posting employees to Estonia

An EU Directive which has recently been implemented in Estonia aims to clarify which country’s employment laws apply when an employee is posted abroad to their employer for a temporary project.

If the laws of the country where the work is actually being carried out applied even for short stays, a company wishing to offer its services in the whole of the EU would have to be aware of 27 different sets of rules. To counter this phenomenon, the European Court of Justice developed a balancing mechanism to determine on a case by case basis which country’s rules apply in any given situation. However, this case-by-case approach has generated legal uncertainty, which this Directive was supposed to tackle.

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Recent edition of the Forestry Industry Handbook

May suspected adverse effect serve as grounds for prohibition of felling? A reply to this question is provided by Law Firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE,the author of the subscriber issue, who have included a summary on the amendments to the regulatory enactments in the first supplement of this year, as well as have supplemented the issue with new knowledge of judicial practice in cases related to felling confirmations.

In one of the cases, the court assessed a dispute, where the felling certificate had been suspended after sale of the growing trees on the strain and the felling rights; while in another case, the court had opted for the nature protection requirements, when refusing the issue of felling confirmation.

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Peeter Viirsalu became a National Correspondent for the INSOL Europe EIR Case Register for Estonia

Senior Associate Peeter Viirsalu became a National Correspondent for the INSOL Europe (Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals) European Insolvency Regulation Case Register for Estonia.

INSOL Europe was formed in 1981 and is the European organisation of professionals who specialise in insolvency, business reconstruction and recovery.

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European Commission opens investigations into practices in the electronic commerce sector

On 2 February, the European Commission launched three separate investigations into suspected anticompetitive practices of companies in the electronic commerce sector.

These actions of the Commission are a direct result of the large-scale e-commerce sector inquiry, which the Commission has been conducting since 2015. The e-commerce sector inquiry as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe should help the Commission to answer the questions what hinders to benefit from the potential of the EU e-commerce market and prevents its growth.

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Amendments to the Law on Competition

On 1 February 2017, a new version of the Law on Competition, which implements the Damages Directive of the European Union, also adjusts some other provisions of the Law, will come into effect. Though legal acts provided for the right of persons, who were victims of infringements of the competition law, to claim damages for a long time already, but until now national legal acts had no special provisions, which would regulate examination of such cases in more detail. New provisions of the Law will, first of all, ease the claimants’ situation, also, they will give certain guidelines to courts. It is probable that more detailed and clearer special legal regulation will result in a bigger number of actions where damages caused by infringements of the competition law would be claimed.

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New restrictions for food supplements

The New Year brings changes for companies that supply food supplements containing ingredients of plant original to the Lithuanian market. On 1 January 2017, a new version of Lithuanian Hygiene Standard HN 17:2016 “Food supplements” came into effect, which will be the first legal act in Lithuania having a list of ingredients of plant original prohibited to be used in food supplements. Dr. Asta Šamulevičiūtė, advocate at law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene, comments on its meaning for consumers, control authorities and suppliers of food supplements.

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