Industrials

We offer our clients expertise across every practice area and cross-border experience within the manufacturing and industrial services sector. Our team brings a wealth of experience in the legal areas critical to success in this highly competitive environment, including corporate, employment, environmental, international trade and investment, litigation, intellectual property, and tax issues. Ellex Klavins has worked with a diverse range of manufacturing clients that includes major companies in the chemical, electronics, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries, as well as large and small enterprises in other industries.
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Daiga Zivtiņa

Partner

Co-Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
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Filips Kļaviņš

Senior Partner

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Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs

Partner

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Zinta Jansons

Foreign Counsel

Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, USA
Co-head of Finance & Tax Practice
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We helped Lassila & Tikanoja sell the largest waste management company in Latvia
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We advised Vilvi Group on the acquisition of a dairy manufacturing company in Latvia
AB Vilkyškių Pieninė, which belongs to Vilvi Group, has completed the procurement of 70% of the qualifying holding of SIA Baltic Dairy Board, which produces high value-added dairy ingredients.
 
SIA Baltic Dairy Board is a Latvian company, specialising in producing and selling high value-added dairy ingredients, and milk and whey separation. 
 
Investing into SIA Baltic Dairy Board, AB Vilkyškių Pieninė aims to strengthen and develop the assortment of the group’s high value-added dairy ingredients. The new Vilvi Group company in Latvia is one of the few Northern European companies, developing and manufacturing products, used for baby foods. Vilvi Group will make use of the newly forged synergy among the current group members and the SIA Baltic Dairy Board in the processes of whey separation and raw material procurement.
 
Partner Inita Jurka was leading the transaction in Latvia, the client was advised also by senior associate Zane Miglāne, associates Eduards Dzintars, Ineta Kanepe, Marats Golovkins and Kristers Losāns. In Lithuania, the client was consulted by senior associate Mantas Juška, partner Paulius Gruodis and associate Ieva Krivickaitė.
 
Vilvi Group is a TOP 5 dairy processor in Lithuania and has the newly built most modern whey processing plant in Northern Europe with fully automated processing process. As a result, the Group can offer consumers the highest quality whey products.
 
AB Vilkyškių pieninė is a listed company whose shares are traded on AB Nasdaq OMX Vilnius stock exchange.
We advised Duke I S.à r.l. on acquiring a major stake in AS “VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA”
On February 18th, 2021, the sale and purchase of 83.14% in share capital of AS “VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA” (“VSS”) was completed between the company's controlling shareholder group and Duke I S.à r.l. In addition to the equity transaction, VSS debt was restructured with Duke I S.à r.l becoming the second largest secured creditor in place of Danske Bank A/S. The transaction was carried out subject to the terms of a court approved legal protection plan applicable to VSS.
 
This transaction will provide the opportunity to further expand the business model of VSS and make necessary investments in the company which have not been possible during the past years.
 
Ellex Klavins advised Duke I S.à r.l., on the equity transaction and debt restructuring process. The team included senior partner Raimonds Slaidins, foreign counsel Zinta Jansons, senior associate Marta Cera and associate partner Maris Brizgo.
 
Duke I S. à r.l. is a Luxembourg subsidiary of Warwick European Opportunities Fund III LP which is an alternative investment fund managed by Warwick Capital Partners LLP (“Warwick”). Warwick is a London based investment manager which focuses on European special situations and manages funds with aggregate assets under management in excess of USD 2 billion.
 
AS “VALMIERAS STIKLA SKIEDRA” and its subsidiaries is one of the leading glass fibre manufacturers in Europe, with more than 55 years of experience in the production of glass fibre.
We successfully represented SIA “Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators” in bidding for award of the status of a deposit and return system operator
On 29 December 2020, the State Environmental Service (SES) selected a deposit and return system (DRS) operator for packaging of beverages – SIA "Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators" – as a result of elaborate proceedings. SIA “Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators” will be entrusted with development and management of a deposit and return system of the packaging of beverages for a period of 7 years in Latvia.
 
SES evaluated two bidders: SIA "Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators" owned by the largest beverage producers, and SIA "Nulles depozīts" owned mainly by representatives of waste management business.
 
SIA “Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators” received a higher rating under both criteria: the submitted plan regarding organization and implementation of the system, and with respect to the share of the overall volume of returnable packaging.
 
The deposit and return system will be implemented in Latvia from February 2022.
 
Ellex Klavins provided legal services to SIA “Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators” and its participants throughout the whole selection process of the deposit system operator: including development of relevant regulations and support in the preparation of the bidder's documents and throughout the selection process at SES. Advising on legal framework for implementation of the deposit and return system is still an ongoing process.
 
Ellex Klavins team included Managing Partner Liga Merwin, Senior Counsel Iveta Ceple, Associate Pauls Ancs, Senior Associate Inese Freivalde, Associate Kristers Losans, Associate Partner Martins Gailis, and Senior Associate Edvijs Zandars.