LAWIN, the internationally highest-ranked business law firm in the Baltics, was launched in 2004 by Lepik & Luhaäär (Estonia), Kļaviņš & Slaidiņš (Latvia) and Lideika, Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir partneriai (Lithuania)—the leading law firms in each jurisdiction since their foundation in the beginning of the 1990s.
For nearly two decades, LAWIN practices and lawyers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are continuously top ranked by the most prestigious international legal directories (Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500). Recent recognitions of LAWIN include “Law Firm of the Year 2012 and 2011: Baltic States” as awarded by The Lawyer magazine and “Chambers Europe Award for Excellence 2012: Baltic States.”
LAWIN has earned its reputation for consistently being at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial transactions in each jurisdiction and regionally; working with the largest foreign investors in the Baltic States, major local and international businesses and governments in the Baltics; and assembling an impressive list of pro bono initiatives and actively working to further the development of the local legal environment. LAWIN is the exclusive member for each of the Baltic States for Lex Mundi.
With more than 140 legal professionals working in five practice groups, LAWIN is ideally positioned to provide the highest-caliber, specialized legal services both domestically and in a pan-Baltic dimension.
The LAWIN Riga office was established in Latvia as Kļaviņš & Slaidiņš in 1992 by Filips Kļaviņš and Raimonds Slaidiņš, both U.S. lawyers of Latvian descent. Some of the important areas of activity by the members of LAWIN in Latvia include: membership on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia; membership on the board and work as arbitrators at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce arbitration tribunal; and lecturing at the Riga Graduate School of Law, the University of Latvia Law Faculty and the Training Center for Judges. LAWIN Riga office lawyers also are active in the International Bar Association and the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia.