LAWIN, the internationally highest-ranked business law firm in the Baltics, was launched in 2004 by the merger of Lepik & Luhaäär (Estonia), Kļaviņš & Slaidiņš (Latvia) and Lideika, Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir partneriai (Lithuania) — the leading law firms in each jurisdiction since their foundation at the beginning of the 1990s.
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, major local and international businesses and governments in the Baltics. With more than 145 legal professionals (85 in Vilnius office) working in five practice groups, LAWIN is ideally positioned to provide the highest-calibre, specialized legal services both domestically and in a pan- Baltic dimension. Our lawyers are continuously top-ranked by the most prestigious international legal directories (Chambers Global and Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR 1000).
The Corporate and M&A practice group has advised on numerous deals in the local market and globally, both as an independent advisor and by working closely with the best law firms in Europe and beyond. LAWIN is an expert in transactions, corporate governance, compliance and liability advice, and the best in business structuring and restructuring, strategic changes, new directions and crises response.
The Dispute Resolution lawyers are successful advocates in sophisticated litigation and arbitration cases, and have enhanced their reputation through many years of experience as arbitrators in the leading arbitrations of the Baltic States. LAWIN specialists are among the very few Baltic lawyers with significant experience in arbitrations handled outside of the Baltics – in Sweden, Finland. High value investment related disputes have always been among our strong points, especially where the state or municipality is involved.
The Industry and Regulatory practice group is the biggest legal team with sector-specific specializations in the Baltic States and advises on various commercial matters in multidisciplinary commercial sectors – pharmaceuticals, energy, IT & telecommunications and others. Our professionals are regularly invited to participate as experts in legislative work groups and committees.
The Finance & Tax practice group has advised clients on the most significant finance transactions and does important banking-related work, including commercial lending, syndicated loans, refinancing and portfolio restructuring. We provide advice in relation to debt, equity, and derivatives offerings and regulatory issues, as well as restructuring options involving banks and other financial institutions.
The experience of the Real Estate practice group in commercial real estate and construction matters derives from advising on the largest and most complex Baltic transactional, construction and development projects over a long period of time. Our clients are leading local and international commercial and residential property owners and developers, construction, financiers and investors, lessees, insurance and surety companies, architects, engineers and suppliers, as well as public sector institutions.
European Law Excellence Centre (ELEX) Brussels office is an extension of LAWIN practices at the heart of the EU. ELEX is a cross-practice group of highly experienced LAWIN lawyers who provide legal advice for clients on a broad range of EU laws.