Technology, Media and Communications

Our team has always been at the forefront of the Baltic information technology and communications markets, advising its leaders and participating in major transactions. Ellex Klavins has significant expertise in advising major global information technology companies. We have taken part in the most innovative and complex technology-related projects including the first purely electronic agreements. We offer our legal expertise in emerging decentralised technologies and their applications, such as blockchain solutions, cryptocurrencies, other crypto-assets and initial coin offerings (ICO). Our experts are widely regarded as leading lawyers in computer software and database protection.
Key projects in the field

Key contacts

Sarmis Spilbergs

Associate Partner

M&A and Regulatory
Head of Technology, Media and Communications practice
+371 67814856

Liga Merwin

Managing Partner

Head of EU & Competition Practice
+371 6781 4848

Key projects in the field

Ellex has advised First Data Corporation in sale of First Data companies in the Baltic States to Worldline (Atos group)
Atos has announced that its subsidiary Worldline has achieved the completion of the agreement with First Data Corporation announced on July 25th, 2017, for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of First Data’s fully owned subsidiaries in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (First Data Baltics).
Ellex has acted as a local legal adviser in the Baltic States for First Data Corporation in the € 73 million divestment of subsidiaries, financed by available cash.
‘’Investment of such size is a clear testimony of continuous interest and commitment of foreign capital to our region and its main magnet - IT companies. The Baltics is definitely back on radar screen of serious players as more transactions are in pipeline." comments Sven Papp, partner and head of corporate and M&A practice group of Ellex in Estonia.
With a revenue of € 23 million in 2016, First Data Baltics currently employs 200 employees and is the leading financial processor in the Baltics. It provides services to the main Baltic banking groups and a large range of outsourcing services to some banks in the wider Nordic region.
First Data Corporation was advised by partner Zinta Jansons and senior associate Iveta Ceple in Latvia; senior associate Gerda Liik and partner Sven Papp in Estonia and associate partner Robertas Čiočys and junior associate Diana Čerkevičiūtė in Lithuania.
Ellex Klavins advises Unistars in its acquisition by mobile operator Bite
The mobile operator Bite has acquired the telecommunications company Unistars. Unistars is a Latvian telecommunications operator, which offers corporate clients a unique multi-service concept and provides high-quality and reliable telecommunications services. The transaction is significant for the future growth of Bite, as it provides it with access to the 5G frequency that will enable the development of new, innovative products and services.
Unistars will continue its current operations as a subsidiary of Bite. The transaction value is confidential.
Ellex Kļaviņš represented Unistars as counsel for the seller. In advance of the sale, a corporate restructuring of the Company was carried out in order to prepare it for the sale.
The client was represented by Ellex Kļaviņš partner and head of real estate practice Ivars Pommers and associate Zane Miglāne.
Ellex advised Livonia Partners on the acquisition of Santa Monica Networks
Ellex advised Livonia Partners, the pan-Baltic private equity firm on the acquisition of Santa Monica Networks Latvia and Santa Monica Networks Lithuania, leading providers of network and IT security solutions in the Baltic region, from Santa Monica Networks Group. 
The transaction is expected to close by May 2017. 
The Ellex team advising Livonia Partners in Latvia was Zinta Jansons, Reinis Sokolovs, Martins Gailis and Janis Gavars and in Lithuania Robertas Ciocys and Povilas Junevicius
Livonia Partners is a private equity investment firm based in the Baltics, currently managing €83 million as part of the Livonia Partners Fund I and the Livonia Partners EIF Co-Investment Fund.
To find out more about the transaction, please click here.