Energy & Infrastructure

Ellex Klavins has significant expertise in advising clients on a broad range of issues in all energy sectors, including electricity, renewables, nuclear, gas, oil and heating. Our consistent involvement in major regional energy projects and initiatives has given us thorough knowledge, expertise and competence.  This enables us to assist the world’s major trans-national and top national companies in complex and innovative transactions. Our experts represent clients before regulatory authorities, national and arbitration courts. We are also able to offer advice on complex issues of energy law that have European or international dimensions.
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Daiga Zivtiņa

Partner

Co-Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
+371 6781 4848
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Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs

Partner

+371 6781 4848
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Liga Merwin

Managing Partner

Head of EU & Competition Practice
+371 6781 4848
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Raimonds Slaidiņš

Senior Partner

Head of Corporate and M&A practice
+371 6781 4848
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We advised Uniper Ruhrgas International in key transaction on its exit from the Latvian gas transmission and gas storage market
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Key projects in the field

We advised one of the largest carriers in a transport insurance dispute before the Norwegian court
Successfully assisting the client - one of the largest Latvian carriers in the civil proceedings before Oslo Conciliation Board (Forliksrådet i Oslo). The claim against the client was brought before the Norwegian court as a recourse claim in relation to a transportation services that were provided by our client. The claimants argued that the client had failed to properly undergo the customs procedures that resulted in a fine being imposed by the customs authorities. The claimants sought reimbursement of the imposed fine against the client.
 
The client was advised by managing partner Liga Merwin and associate partner Andris Lazdins.
 
 
We advised on the development and opening of the first IKEA store in Latvia
On August 30, 2018, the long-awaited first IKEA store in Latvia was opened. In order for this to happen, our team worked on a long-term basis providing a wide range of legal support to the developer of the store, SIA Verus Praedium. We assisted with the acquisition and merger of several parcels of real estate, zoning changes, cooperation with municipalities, infrastructure development, construction preparation, drafting of the construction contract and legal oversight of the construction process, as well as preparation of the lease agreement with store operator SIA Paul Mason Properties.
 
Legal assistance was provided by Associate Partner Maris Brizgo, Senior Associates Reinis Sokolovs and Inese Freivalde, and the team was led by Partner Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs.
 
The first IKEA store in Latvia (a Swedish home furnishings retailer) is located at 2 Biķeru street, Dreiliņi, Stopiņi district, Riga. It is the largest IKEA store in the Baltic States. The IKEA franchisee in Latvia is SIA Paul Mason Properties, which also owns IKEA stores in Lithuania and Iceland.
Ellex advised Enefit Green with the acquisition of Nelja Energia
Ellex team advised the third biggest Estonian deal ever where Eesti Energia AS's fully owned subsidiary Enefit Green AS acquired Nelja Energia AS.
 
On 29 May 2018 Eesti Energia AS's fully owned subsidiary Enefit Green AS as the buyer, and Vardar Eurus AS and minority shareholders as the sellers entered into a Share Purchase Agreement regarding all the shares in Nelja Energia AS, a renewable energy producer and developer in the Baltic countries. The transaction remains subject to approval by the County Executive Board of Buskerud County Administration, and customary approvals and clearances by relevant competition authorities.
 
The consideration payable for 100% of the shares of Nelja Energia amounts to 289 million EUR. In addition, the buyer assumes Nelja Energia’s net debt which amounted to 204 million EUR as at the end of 2017.
 
The transaction concerns 100% of the shares of Nelja Energia AS. Vardar AS has agreed (through its subsidiary Vardar Eurus AS) to sell its 77% holding of the shares in Nelja Energia. The remaining 23% of the shares is acquired from a number of Estonia based minority investors.
 
The Ellex Raidla team in Estonia included Partners Sven Papp, Martin Käerdi, counsels Triin Frosch, Toomas Kasesalu, Senior Associates Alla Kuznetsova, Sandra Värk, Gerly Lõhmus, Rauno Klemm, Martin Mäesalu, Associate Triin Tiru, Lawyers Anna Trine Raudsepp and Kevin Gerretz. In Latvia the client was advised by Partner Raimonds Slaidins, Senior Associate Iveta Ceple and Associates Marta Cera and Beata Plocina. The Ellex Valiunas team was led by Partner Paulius Gruodis and included Associate Mantas Juška and Junior Associate Arvydas Grušeckas.