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Piret
Blankin

Managing Partner (for Estonia)

Country: Estonia

Short description

Piret specializes in administrative law with an emphasis on real estate and energy related matters. She has extensive experience in advising clients on issues related to construction and planning, the environment, infrastructure projects, various utility problems and renewable energy production. Among other things, Piret has advised clients on several wind farm disputes and court cases for the planning of Rail Baltica high-speed railway that have attracted public attention, as well as in cases concerning the investigation into the causes of the sinking of the passenger ferry Estonia.

To better understand the needs of business clients, Piret has obtained an MBA degree in Business Administration (2017).

Piret is also passionate about education matters, she has helped both educational institutions and students with various legal issues.

Experience
  • Representing the non-profit association ARB, Estonian Nature Conservation Society and Estonian Geographical Society in litigation concerning the choice of the route of the high-speed railway Rail Baltic in county planning
  • Advising and representing various developers and landowners in connection with several wind farms in Ida-Viru County and Western Estonia (Varja, Päite-Vaivina, Purtse, Tootsi, Aulepa, Varese harbour)
  • Advising and representing the developer on obtaining a permit for the development of an offshore wind farm and on involvement of investors
  • Advising clients on matters relating to development of harbours (planning, permits for roads and other infrastructure)
  • Representing developers’ interests in construction and planning matters and relations with the City of Tallinn
  • Contributing as an expert of real estate law to the project “Tallinn Urban Regeneration: Land Use Review and Development Partnership Models” commissioned by the EBRD
  • Advising and representing AS Kunda Nordic Tsement in various projects and disputes. AS Kunda Nordic Tsement is a company with a history of 149 years and is currently part of the international HeidelbergCement Group, which employs approximately 59,000 people in 60 countries.
  • Advising victims of the MS Estonia disaster and their relatives in a dispute with the Government of the Republic and the Ministry of Justice about initiating an investigation into the causes of the shipwreck
  • Advising private schools on financing issues and legislation
Career
  • Since 2020 – Managing Partner, law firm DERLING PRIMUS
  • Since 2016 – Partner and Senior Associate, law firm DERLING PRIMUS
  • 2008-2016 – Partner and Senior Associate, law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene
  • 1999-2008 – Partner and Senior Associate, law firm Aivar Pilv
  • 1996-1999 – Lawyer, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Estonia, Department of Higher Education and Research
Education
  • Estonian Business School, Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2017)
  • University of Tartu, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B., magna cum laude), officially equivalent to MA (1998)
Membership
  • Estonian Bar Association (since 2000)
  • Estonian Academic Law Society (since 1998)
  • Foundation for Promotion of Education, Member of the Supervisory Board
Recognition
  • Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Languages: Estonian, English
Press & Publications
  • Author of the article entitled “Valmistu halvimaks ehk kas peaksid kartma ettevõtte kaaperdamist?” (Prepare for the worst, or should you be afraid of your business being hijacked?), Eesti Tööstus magazine, 2020
  • Special issue on Real estate and Construction Law, daily Äripäev, 2019
  • “Juhi käsiraamat” (A Manager’s Handbook), chapter on prohibition on competition, Äripäeva Teabevara 2019
  • Co-author of the book “AVERUS: avaliku ja erasektori koostöö” (PPP: Public-Private Partnerships), Legal Series “Manager and Law” of Äripäev Book Club, 2011
  • Co-author of the book “Vaidluste lahendamine” (Dispute resolution), Legal Series “Manager and Law” of Äripäev Book Club, 2009
  • Co-author of the book “Avaliku ja erasektori partnerlus” (Public-Private Partnerships), Legal Series “Manager and Law” of Äripäev Book Club, 2007
  • Co-author of the book “Lepingute käsiraamat” (Handbook on Contracts), Äripäev, 2006