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Erki
Kergandberg

Partner

Country: Estonia

Short description

Erki specialises in litigation and acting as a defence counsel in proceedings concerning economic offences and criminal official misconduct. He has practical experience and skills in defending clients in criminal matters that require international cooperation and knowledge of related rules and regulations, including cross-border criminal proceedings.

Erki also advises clients on civil and administrative disputes. He has successfully represented clients in disputes before the Supreme Court of Estonia in numerous cases that have helped to shape Estonian legal landscape.

Experience
  • Advising Transiidikeskus AS, one of the leading providers for stevedoring services in the Baltics, in a number of disputes against the Port of Tallinn.
  • Representing minority shareholders of the largest industrial group in the Baltic Sea region in different civil court proceedings.
  • Representing Riigi Kinnisvara AS (State Real Estate Ltd) in a number of public procurement procedures and in different civil court procedures.
  • Representing the Tax and Customs Board in different civil court procedures.
  • Representing the largest cinema operator in the Baltics in a number of civil court proceedings.
  • Representing the Republic of Finland in pre-trial and court proceedings in disputes related to insolvency.
  • Representing AS Lukoil in different court proceedings.
  • Representing Swedbank Liising AS in pre-trial tax proceedings and in court proceedings related to VAT.
  • Representing Swedbank AS in different civil court proceedings.
  • Representing Katoen Natie Eesti AS in different civil court proceedings.
  • Representing AS Milstrand, a company operating in loading and storing of oil products, in tax proceedings.
  • Representing Croniment Eesti Metall OÜ in tax proceedings and in court proceedings related to tax disputes.
  • Representing AS Tamro in administrative court proceedings.
  • Representing Euroapteek OÜ in administrative court proceedings.
  • Representing the Ministry of Justice in pre-trial civil disputes.
  • Representing PetroKhazastan Kumkhol Resources in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Defending Gunnar Bergvald, the Deputy Director of Murru Prison, in proceedings at the Estonian Internal Security Service and in court proceedings. The proceedings ended with acquitting the defendant.
  • Defending Janek Kalvi, the member of the management board of AS Liviko, at the Tax and Customs Board and in court proceedings. The proceedings ended with acquitting the defendant.
  • Defending Janek Kalvi, the member of the management board of AS Liviko, at the Tax and Customs Board and in court proceedings. The proceedings ended with acquitting the defendant.
  • Defending Jarek Pavlihhin, the Head of the Narcotics Bureau of the South Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board, in court proceedings related to charges of disclosure of state secrets. The proceedings ended with acquitting the defendant.
  • Defending the marketing director of AS Liviko in proceedings at the Estonian Competition Authority and in court proceedings. The case is pending in the Supreme Court.
  • Defending Reemontowa Shipbuilding SA in proceedings at the Estonian Internal Security Service.
  • Acting as a defence counsel in the criminal matter involving the Port of Tallinn.
  • Acting as a defence counsel in the criminal matter involving Edgar Savisaar.
  • Performing defence functions in connection with money laundering proceedings involving a foreign credit institution.
  • Acting as a defence counsel in the review procedure for the so-called land swap case.
Career
  • Since 2016 Partner, law firm DERLING PRIMUS (previous firm name till September 2018 – DERLING)
  • 2008 - 2016 Partner, law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene
  • 1999 - 2008 Partner, law firm Aivar Pilv
Education
  • University of Tartu, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), officially equivalent to MA (1999)
Membership
  • Estonian Bar Association (since 1999)
Recognition
  • LChambers Global 2019, ranked lawyer in dispute resolution
  • Chambers Europe 2019, ranked lawyer in dispute resolution
  • Legal500 2019, Leading individual
Languages: Estonian, English, Russian
Press & Publications
  • Co-author of the book “Riigihanked – teooria ja praktika” (Public Procurement – Theory and Practice), Äripäev Publishers, 2014
  • Co-author of the book “AVERUS: avaliku ja erasektori koostöö” (PPP: Public-Private Partnerships), Äripäev Publishers, 2011
  • Co-author of the book “Vaidluste lahendamine” (Dispute Resolution), Äripäev Publishers, 2009
  • Co-author of the book “Avaliku ja erasektori partnerlus” (Public-Private Partnerships), Äripäeva Publishers, 2007
  • Co-author of the book “Maksumenetlus” (Tax Proceedings), Äripäev Publishers, 2006