Klavins Ellex (previous LAWIN Riga) is member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms. Ellex has one of the largest specialized legal teams in the Baltics, with a portfolio of cross-border experience comprising the most significant international projects and landmark local deals in the region since the beginning of the 1990s.
With over 160 legal professionals and the widest variety of practice areas, Ellex is ideally positioned to provide each client top expertise and in-depth specialized legal services both domestically (in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and on a pan-Baltic dimension.
Ellex is the first Baltic business law firm to establish a permanent presence in Brussels. Ellex Brussels office was established to better serve the interests of our clients by providing them with legal advice on a broad range of European Union laws.
The Klavins Ellex office was established in Latvia as Kļaviņš & Slaidiņš in 1992 by Filips Kļaviņš and Raimonds Slaidiņš, both U.S. lawyers of Latvian descent. The firm started with helping the first significant foreign investors begin operations in Latvia, and quickly became a leading law firm involved in the majority of the strategic local and cross-border projects in the region.
Among the major strengths of the firm in Latvia are mergers and acquisitions work, competition, finance, banking and securities law, as well as EU legal matters in the Latvian context. The team’s core competence is transactional work, especially with regard to transactions that are sophisticated in nature and which present unusual circumstances. Klavins Ellex office lawyers have also extensive experience with all aspects of dispute resolution, particularly in complex (often precedent-setting) litigations and international arbitrations. The firm is also busy with real estate investment and tax planning work.