With nearly 200 legal experts and the widest variety of practice areas, we are ideally positioned to provide each client with top expertise and in-depth specialized legal services both individually within Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, as well as on a trans-Baltic scale.

About us

We are the largest legal team in the Baltics with broad specialization and deep experience. Our cross-border portfolio includes the most significant international projects and landmark local deals in the region since the beginning of the 1990s.
Ellex Klavins
Our 47 lawyer team has been continually ranked in all major international legal directories during the 26 years of our history. We offer our clients full legal services in all areas of business law. Our firm has been involved in some of the most innovative local and international transactions in M&A, commercial real estate and finance. Ellex Klavins is the first choice of local counsel for many international companies with projects in Latvia. 
Our history
Our office was established by Filips Klavins and Raimonds Slaidins in 1992. Filips and Raimonds are Latvians who were born and raised in the USA. They were both practicing lawyers in New York and California when they decided to move to Latvia. Currently we are one of the leading and largest law firms in Latvia.
Our people
We have been always growing to become one of the largest law firms in Latvia. Therefore we can devote all necessary resources to effectively assist our clients in a wide range of matters. We provide our services in Latvian and English, and can effectively work with clients who are more comfortable in using Russian language.
Ellex Klavins provides services in all major areas of business law. We are distinguished by high-quality standards, extensive experience and leading experts. We advise leading local and multinational companies in all sectors of industry, financial institutions, investors, associations and public-law bodies. Leading international law firms such as Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields, Linklaters, Skadden Arps and White & Case choose Ellex Klavins as a local counsel for projects in Latvia and the Baltics.

Rating & recognition


Chambers Global

Chambers Global, one of the world's most prestigious law firm directories, continuously ranks Ellex as a leading law firm in Corporate/Commercial and Dispute Resolution in the Baltic market.
The Chambers Global guide offers worldwide coverage, each year identifying and ranking leading practitioners and law firms in over 180 countries. The research methodology has been approved by the British Market Research Bureau.
More information: www.chambersandpartners.com

Chambers Europe

The Chambers Europe legal guide continuously top ranks Ellex practices and lawyers in all Baltic States.
The Chambers Europe legal overview provides an in-depth analysis of the legal markets in 51 jurisdictions in Europe, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients each year.
More information: www.chambersandpartners.com

IFLR 1000

International Finance Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) recognizes Ellex as leaders in the Baltics and continuously top ranks its Banking & Finance and Corporate practice in Latvia. The firm has also received top ranking (Tier 1) within Project Development practice in Latvia.
IFLR 1000 is one of the world's most influential guides in the spheres of corporate finance and banking law. Every year IFLR1000 announces the best law firms that have ecelled in advising on corporate finance matters.
IFLR 1000 recognises Ellex Klavins as the leading Tier 1 law firm in Latvia within Financial and Corporate and Project Development practice areas.
More information: www.iflr1000.com

The LEGAL 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa guide continuously top ranks Ellex practices and lawyers in all Baltic States.
The Legal 500 Series offers comprehensive worldwide coverage on providers of legal services in more than 100 countries. The team of professional researchers speaks to thousands of law firm clients to identify the leading law firms and practitioners every year. The results are based largely on what clients say, as well as on the opinions of rival commercial lawyers.
More information: http://www.legal500.com/

Chambers Europe Awards 2018

In 2018 Ellex was recognised as the Baltic-Wide Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Europe Awards.
The Award recognises our firm as standing head and shoulders above the competition thanks to our outstanding performance in our legal work, our client service and our strategy and growth.
It was the second year in a row when the performance of Ellex was recognised by Chambers: in 2017 the firm received the Baltic-Wide Client Service Law Firm of the Year Award.
To find out more about the award, please click here.

The Lawyer

In 2018 Ellex was awarded Baltic Law Firm of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards 2018.
The award winners were selected in 24 categories by a very high-level panel of judges which includes managing partners of international law firms and in-house lawyers of multinational companies. The awards, now in their ninth year, were the first of their kind to reward and celebrate excellence across the European legal market.
The Lawyer is one of the most prominent legal publications across the globe and the key criteria upon which it assesses law firms in their annual awards are significant operational developments, pioneering referral and cross-border work, diversity and employee training and development, plans to develop long-term strategy and use of technology and improvement in processes and operations.
See more here.

Mergermarket European M&A Award

Ellex circle of law firms received the prestigious Mergermarket Baltic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018 as the top law firm in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector in the Baltic countries.
A jury consisting of investment and financial experts, academics and media representatives ranked Ellex as the leader among several candidates. The award was presented to Ellex at the official Mergermarket European Award Ceremony, where top legal and financial advisors in M&A deals from all over Europe received the awards.
Mergermarket's European M&A Awards gather senior dealmakers from across the region to honour their achievements in the area of M&A. There is only one winner per category, therefore, an M&A Award from Mergermarket is true recognition of an outstanding year.
Mergermarket is one of the world’s leading information analysis and research centres specializing in the M&A sector. In its evaluation Mergermarket focuses on large scale transactions where the value of the transaction exceeds USD 5 million, or where the annual turnover of the target companies involved exceeds USD 10 million.

CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award

Ellex won the 2018 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award in four categories: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the overall Baltic Deal of the Year for advising the Blackstone Group on its September 2018 Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Luminor. This M&A transaction was the largest in the Baltic history.
Finalists for the prestigious and peer-selected CEE Deal of the Year Awards were selected by panels of highly-regarded private practitioners in each country from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe, with winners determined by a second group of prominent legal experts from across Central and Eastern Europe. Deals submitted for consideration were signed in the 2018 calendar year, and the panels based their determinations on deal complexity, market (and regional) significance, and value, among other factors.  
In previous year Ellex received the 2017 Deal of the Year Award in Latvia for advising Uniper in the sale of its shares in Conexus Baltic Grid to the State of Latvia
CEE Legal Matters is a leading and highly regarded print and online magazine about the legal industry in Central and Eastern Europe.
More information about the award winners is available here.

IFLR European awards

At the IFLR European Awards ceremony held in London on April 20, the Ellex circle of law firms received the national firm of the year award for the Baltics in 2017.
The IFLR European Awards recognise those market-leading European law firms that are consistently involved in highly complex and innovative international transactions.
International Financial Law Review (IFLR) is the leading financial law publication for lawyers in financial institutions, corporates and private practice. First published in 1982, it provides topical information on the latest deal structures, regulatory developments and interviews with regulators and in-house counsel worldwide. It is affiliated with the IFLR1000, the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers.
More information about the award: www.iflr1000.com

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report

In 2017 and 2018 the Financial Times announced the results of its annual survey, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report, recognising Ellex as one of the 50 most innovative law firms in Europe. Ellex stands out in the rankings as the only Baltic-based law firm selected alongside well-known internationals such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Slaughter and May, DLA Piper, Dentons and others for two years in a row.
The FT Innovative Lawyers Report is widely recognised as one of the top legal rankings in the market, with fierce competition among its accompanying award categories. Over the past decade, it has researched and assessed legal innovation in more than 50 different countries, looking at over 400 unique law firms and over 400 corporate in-house legal departments.

Who's Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal issues annual awards to the individuals and firms that have performed exceptionally well in the legal market research. The awards are issued to the leading firms in 60 jurisdictions. Since 1996 Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law.
Ellex Klavins office is the recipient of the Who’s Who Legal Country Award in Latvia in 2018.
Find out more on www.whoswholegal.com

Global Reach

Our firm is a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience.
Our firm is the exclusive member of World Services Group (WSG), a global membership association whose members are among the top providers of professional business services.

Social responsibility

Social Responsibility has always been at the heart of our practice and a benchmark of our strategy. At Ellex Klavins we want to make an impact on the communities in which we work and live. We are committed to sharing our time, professional knowledge, financial and human resources to a variety of pro bono, sponsorship and charitable activities focusing mainly on the following areas:
• Culture and art projects that enrich our everyday life
• Educational initiatives that enhance professional competitiveness of our region  
• Pro bono initiatives and active work to further the development of the local legal and business environment
• Contributions to charitable causes that help to make a difference and improve social environment of the region.
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