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19.04.2021

New rankings: PRIMUS law firm in Lithuania has been recognized by The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

PRIMUS law firm in Lithuania has been recognized by The Legal 500 – the world’s largest legal referral guide. In the latest EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) 2021 edition by The Legal 500, our team has been recommended as a legal advisor in 8 practice areas (from 8 submitted to):

  • BANKING, FINANCE & CAPITAL MARKETS TIER 2
  • COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A TIER 3
  • DISPUTE RESOLUTION TIER 2
  • EMPLOYMENT TIER 2
  • EU AND COMPETITION TIER 4
  • PROJECTS AND ENERGY TIER 2
  • REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION TIER 2
  • SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT TIER 2

BANKING, FINANCE & CAPITAL MARKETS. TIER 2 FIRM 

PRIMUS banking and finance practice has a highly diverse offering, which includes services relating to bond offerings, investment funds, fintech, senior loans and insurance matters. Managing partner Robert Juodka, who leads the practice, is one of the few insurance specialists in the Baltic region. He is supported by senior associate Greta Bagdanavičiūtė, who is very experienced in regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head: Robert Juodka

Other key lawyers: Greta Bagdanavičiūtė, nominated as Rising Star in ‘Banking, Finance & Capital Markets’ practice area.

Testimonials:

  • ‘The banking, finance and capital markets team of PRIMUS is highly qualified, cooperative and proactive.’
  • ‘Very good team, who has helped us acquire our business in Lithuania and are working with us for many years. Recently they helped us in connection to EU financing of our new production line. The Primus team and Robert Juodka guided us in the difficult procedural and bureaucratic matters of the process, he is very knowledgeable in the area of finance law as well as in work with state institutions. ’
  • ‘I work with Robert Juodka. It helps me a lot that he communicates in Estonian with me. I like his Estonian style diligence and business approach. ’

 Key clients:

  • DIFF Fund I
  • Sakret Holdings AS
  • LEXUS/TOYOTA (ELKE Grupp)
  • Milvas, UAB, Fund Management Company
  • Profireal Group
  • GrECo Insurance International Holding AG
  • Enefit, UAB (Eesti Energia)
  • Vestas Central Europe A/S
  • SK ID Solutions AS
  • TiUR WARTA S.A.
  • Rosgosstrakh (RGS)
  • Teamgate, UAB

Work highlights:

  • Advice to GrECo International Holding on the acquisition of a majority stake in Sagauta.
  • Acquisition of 3PL business in Lithuania from Girteka group.
  • Acquisition of various target companies via share deals for DIFF Fund I

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A. TIER 3 FIRM

PRIMUS generates a steady stream of work such as M&A, restructurings and corporate governance. It is notably active in sectors such as energy, IT, construction, aviation and fintech. The team is jointly led by Giedrė Dailidėnaitė and Robert Juodka, both of whom have a shared interest in assisting new entrants to the Lithuanian market through M&A and regulatory compliance.

Practice heads: Giedrė Dailidėnaitė; Robert Juodka

Testimonials:

  • ‘Over the past 12 months, with the help of the company’s specialists of PRIMUS, we have been defending our positions in controversial issues with some companies. In addition, the specialists of PRIMUS prepared the necessary documents for the implementation of legal relations between the shareholders of our company. Provided legal support on many issues.’
  • ‘From our point of view, PRIMUS’ specialists are professional, competent, reliable and attentive. For all our questions, we always receive specific, understandable and detailed comments. PRIMUS specialists collect as much information and facts about the current situation as possible, clarify and concretize the goals that need to be achieved. Based on the results of the analysis of the data obtained and the required goals, they offer several options for solutions, indicate possible risks and form a roadmap to achieve the goal with possible options for the development of the situation.’
  • ‘The PRIMUS team consistently sought and implemented business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues. They learned our company’s products and services quickly, enabling them to identify relevant issues and present options under applicable local laws. They also were extremely responsive to our needs, including many communications late at night and on weekends.’

 Work highlights:

  • Advised GrECo International Holding on acquisition of majority stake of insurance brokerage company Sagauta and merging of local operations.
  • Acquisition of 3PL business in Lithuania from Girteka group.
  • Acquisition of various target companies via share deals FOR DIFF Fund I.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION. TIER 2 FIRM

PRIMUS has a diverse offering which covers contractual breaches, employment issues as well as contested procurement tenders. The team is led by Marius Devyžis, who is experienced in the aforementioned areas and has expertise in both litigation and arbitration. He has also carved a particular niche in sports arbitration and has acted in the Court of Arbitration for sport in Geneva. Managing partner Robert Juodka is also known to handle cross-litigation.

Practice head: Marius Devyžis
Other key lawyers: Robert Juodka

Key clients:

  • Blue Bridge, UAB
  • Siemens Healthcare Oy
  • Mr. Jurij Laneckij, founder of Valandinis, UAB
  • Mr. Jaroslav Neverovič, Former Lithuanian Minister of Energy
  • World-Clear Ltd.
  • Tilts SIA
  • Eviko, AS
  • Rosgosstrakh (RGS)
  • Frutas Hortisol S.L
  • TUiR WARTA S.A.
  • EMP recycling, UAB
  • Futbolo klubas Utenis

Work highlights:

  • Advised Siemens Healthcare Oy on the annulment of decisions rendered by Kaunas University Clinic in a public procurement tender.
  • Defended Blue Bridge, UAB, in a court dispute regarding results of strategic public tender for construction of the state cloud service infrastructure.
  • Advised Eviko in a cross-border dispute involving the construction of the Estonian National Road Museum.

EMPLOYMENT. TIER 2 FIRM

PRIMUS delivers ‘business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues’ with particular credentials in the areas of unfair dismissal, benefits and taxation issues. Giedrė Dailidėnaitė focuses on immigration and reorganisation issues. She works with managing partner Robert Juodka, who handles general advisory issues as well as labour disputes, dismissal and employee benefits matters. Also recommended is senior associate Greta Bagdanavičiūtė who assists international clients with regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head: Giedrė Dailidėnaitė

Other key lawyers: Robert Juodka; Greta Bagdanavičiūtė

Testimonials:

  • ‘The PRIMUS team consistently sought and implemented business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues. They learned our company’s products and services quickly, enabling them to identify relevant issues and present options under applicable local laws. They also were extremely responsive to our needs, including many communications late at night and on weekends.’
  • ‘PRIMUS are really good professionals who can easily translate many legal issues into understandable “language” for our company.’
  • ‘Looking for solutions, trying to compromise for both employer and employees, excellent guiding during implementation of new salary system, great support with negotiations with union/work council.’

 Key clients:

  • Bonava
  • DB Schenker
  • Michelin
  • Tallink Group
  • Mimaki
  • Trelleborg Sealing Profiles AB
  • Elements Global Services
  • Marketing Investment Group
  • NBC Security Inc.
  • Blue Bridge group
  • GrECo JLT Lietuva, UADBB
  • Sagauta UADBB

Work highlights:

  • Assisted Sakret with the issuance of corporate bonds.
  • Advice on issuance of investment units and acquisition of the controlling stake in 2 real estate development companies for DIFF Fund I.
  • Advised Enefit on the financing of a street lighting project.

 


EU AND COMPETITION. TIER 4 FIRM

The ‘business-oriented’ team at PRIMUS provides ‘practical solutions to very complex issues’, such as GDPR, public procurement and anti-money laundering. Practice head Giedrė Dailidėnaitė, who is an expert in competition and regulatory compliance, is notably active in the financial services and technology sectors. Another key figure in the group is Tomas Venckus, who is an expert in public procurement and has niche expertise in food supplement regulations.

Practice head: Giedrė Dailidėnaitė

Other key lawyers: Tomas Venckus

Testimonials:

  • ‘The PRIMUS team consistently sought and implemented business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues. They learned our company’s products and services quickly, enabling them to identify relevant issues and present options under applicable local laws. They also were extremely responsive to our needs, including many communications late at night and on weekends.’
  • ‘PRIMUS lawyers, with whom our company works, are real professionals. They are well aware of our company’s needs, activities and business structure. Therefore, we quickly and efficiently find solutions that are best for our company.’
  • ‘In competition law, we communicate with Giedre Dailydenaite. She has deep knowledge of our industry specifics, clients and competitors as well as legislation and legal practice towards special cases. The team is supplement with other partners in specific cases, thus in case we are uncertain of the solution, the firm provides a few solutions and opinions with pros and cons. I’m comfortable that our questions are answered by expert counsels.’

Key clients:

  • Michelin
  • Blue Bridge Group
  • EMP Recycling UAB
  • Bunge Group (USA) member Kruszwica SA
  • Marketing Investment Group
  • Eesti Energia
  • ERGO Insurance

Work highlights:

  • Advised  Rafako SA on a major international 50% EU funded public procurement project by AB Lietuvos Energija for construction of a combined heat and electricity generation power plant.
  • Advised Michelin Polska on EU consumer laws.
  • Advised EMP recycling on its GDPR compliance.

 


PROJECTS AND ENERGY. TIER 2 FIRM

PRIMUS is active in key mandates across the Baltic region, including the landmark Rail Baltica project. Its has also been very active in the construction of new power plants and developments of sub sea power cables. Managing partner Robert Juodka advises on energy and infrastructure, with particular strengths in handling inbound investment transactions and working on cross-border mandates across the Baltics and wider Europe.

Practice head: Robert Juodka

Testimonials: ‘Very good knowledge of regulatory matters and teamwork.’ 

Key clients:

  • Rafako SA
  • Eesti Energia
  • PKP Energetyka SA
  • Enefit
  • Vestas Central Europe
  • Trelleborg Marine Systems/Trelleborg Offshore & Construction
  • Richstone Properties Ltd (UK)
  • Eriadas, UAB
  • Verslama, UAB
  • PK Invest UAB

Work highlights:

  • Advice to Rafako SA on the construction of a combined heat and electricity generation power plant (CHP plant) in Vilnius.
  • Advising Eesti Energia to modernise of street lighting infrastructure through energy saving company model by Tauragė regional municipality.
  • Assistance in the project for electrification of the 350km long Vilnius – Klaipėda (Draugystės st.) railroad route for PKP Energetyka.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION. TIER 2 FIRM

PRIMUS offers ‘deep experience in complicated infrastructure development projects’; the practice is led by managing partner Robert Juodka, who is highly-reputed for advising inbound investors on energy and infrastructure developments. He jointly leads the team with Ernesta Žiogienė, who is an expert in transactions, financing and leasing issues.

Practice heads: Ernesta Žiogienė, Robert Juodka

Testimonials:

  • ‘The team at PRIMUS is large and features many outstanding professionals like Robert Juodka, who has been widely known in the field of real estate and construction for over 15 years. What makes the team special is its deep experience in complicated infrastructure development projects (e.g. building of factories under FIDIC agreements etc.) in addition to wide experience in “usual” sectors of real estate, like acquisitions, conveyancing, leases, zoning etc. The team is capable of handling really major strategic projects when needed.’
  • ‘PRIMUS team has exceptional market knowledge and really remarkable legal expertise in the area. We have been working with them for many years and are always positively surprised at their out of box thinking and novel ideas that work.’
  • ‘Robert Juodka, the managing partner, is the key person who is supported by a very good team of junior partners and senior associates. They have a really well functioning team.’

Work highlights:

  • Advised Rafako on a public procurement for Construction of a major strategic cross-border gas pipeline junction between Lithuania and Poland (GIPL).
  • Advised the DIFF Fund I in strategic acquisition of controlling stakes in 2 real estate development companies.
  • Advised DIFF Invest, UAB on the acquisition of real estate company in order to develop a new environmentally friendly residential and commercial premises in  Klaipėda.

SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT. TIER 2 FIRM

PRIMUS team is notably adept at handling insurance issues, cargo claims, various disputes, procurement and commercial issues for transport and logistics companies. Managing Partner Robert Juodka heads up the shipping and transport practice in the Vilnius office with wide-ranging experience in other fields of law. In disputes he is supported by associate partner Artūras Gutauskas.

Practice head: Robert Juodka

Testimonials:

  • ‘Team is very motivated, committed to results and trying their best to make the customer successful.’
  • ‘They are always friendly and some of them are speaking my mother tongue – it makes it very easy to communicate.’
  • ‘PRIMUS has customer-friendly approach; they react very quickly, in a comfortable way of communication, they present practical point of view; they advise not only about legal rules but what is important and unique about practical aspects, how to fulfil legal obligations in order to simplify business life in foreign countries.’

Key clients:

  • Jungent Group
  • DB Schenker
  • Michelin
  • PKP Energetyka SA
  • Trelleborg Marine Systems / Trelleborg Offshore & Construction
  • Frutas Hortisol
  • LUX Expres
  • TUiR WARTA S.A
  • GoSwift
  • Dobeles Dzirnavnieks
  • TILTS SIA

Work highlights:

  • Advised Lux Express on regulatory matters of intra city long haulage passenger transportation by busses in Lithuania.
  • Advising and representing Schenker regarding transport and shipping regulation in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine.
  • Advised the Polish Railroads electrification company PKP Energetyka on a public procurement bid.

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