History

» Read also the overview of SORAINEN's development through the eyes of its founder, Aku Sorainen.

  • 1991

    • In the autumn, Aku Sorainen starts writing his final thesis at the University of Lapland about business and foreign investment-related legislation in the Baltic States.
  • 1995

    • On 6 September, Aku Sorainen establishes law firm SORAINEN in Tallinn.
  • 1997

    • In August, SORAINEN opens its second office in Riga, Latvia.
    • In November, the first SORAINEN Legal Update is published covering current business law news in the Baltics.
  • 1999

    • In January, SORAINEN opens its third office in Vilnius, Lithuania, completing its pan-Baltic coverage.
    • In September, the first SORAINEN seminar on Baltic business law takes place.
  • 2001

    • Kestutis Adamonis in Lithuania and Kaido Loor in Estonia are invited to become the first partners of SORAINEN alongside founding partner Aku Sorainen.
  • 2002

    • Renata Beržanskienė is admitted as a partner with SORAINEN Lithuania.
    • The regional Quality Management Team is established to unify the firm’s regional work processes.
    • In June, Aku Sorainen is the first foreign lawyer to be admitted to the Bar Association of Estonia.
  • 2003

    • In October, SORAINEN advises its 300th mergers & acquisitions (M&A) case in the Baltics.
  • 2004

    • Pekka Puolakka and Toomas Prangli admitted as partners with SORAINEN Estonia and Agris Repšs admitted as partner with SORAINEN Latvia, increasing the number of partners to seven.
    • In April, law firm Petrovs & Taukačs, the legal arm of KPMG in Latvia consisting of M&A and and tax specialists, joins SORAINEN Latvia.
    • In October, the number of SORAINEN lawyers reaches 50.
  • 2005

    • Karin Madisson is admitted as a partner with SORAINEN Estonia.
    • In September, SORAINEN celebrates its 10th anniversary with a regional conference on Baltic M&A and Post-Acquisition Corporate Practices.
  • 2006

    • Ģirts Rūda in Latvia and Laimonas Skibarka in Lithuania admitted as partners.
    • In March, SORAINEN becomes the first law firm in the Baltic region to implement a certified quality management system under ISO 9001 standards.
    • In August, the number of SORAINEN personnel reaches 100.
  • 2007

    • Carri Ginter and Reimo Hammerberg in Estonia, and Jānis Taukačs in Latvia admitted as partners.
  • 2008

    • In March, SORAINEN opens a fourth office in Minsk, the first Baltic law firm to expand to Belarus.
    • Eva Berlaus in Latvia, Tomas Kontautas in Lithuania, and Kiryl Apanasevich and Maksim Salahub in Belarus increase the number of partners to 17.
    • The SORAINEN regional Knowledge Management Team is established to systemise know-how sharing across all offices.
    • In summer, the number of SORAINEN lawyers exceeds 100 and total SORAINEN personnel 150.
    • In autumn, SORAINEN Baltic offices start legal blogging with major business newspapers: Äripaev in Estonia, Dienas bizness in Latvia and Verslo žinios in Lithuania.
    • In December, SORAINEN receives the “Baltic Legal Adviser of the Year” award at the European M&A Awards 2008 organised by The Financial Times & Mergermarket.
  • 2009

    • Kaupo Lepasepp admitted as a partner with SORAINEN Estonia.
    • In January, SORAINEN commended as the “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” at the PLC Which lawyer? Law Firm Awards.
    • In March, SORAINEN recognised as the “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” at the International Financial Law Review European Awards.
    • In May, SORAINEN Estonia awarded as the most employee- and family-friendly company in Estonia.
    • In December, SORAINEN Belarus becomes the first ISO-certified law firm, and among the first ISO-certified service firms, in Belarus.
  • 2010

    • Alexey Anischenko in Belarus, Algirdas Pekšys in Lithuania and Rūdolfs Eņģelis in Latvia increase the number of partners to 21.
    • In January, Pekka Puolakka is promoted to managing partner and Aku Sorainen, the founding partner of SORAINEN, becomes senior partner.
    • In March, SORAINEN receives the “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” award at the International Financial Law Review European Awards for the second year in a row.
    • In May, SORAINEN recognised as the “Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year” at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards.
    • In May, SORAINEN commended as the "Baltic Law Firm of the Year" at the PLC Which lawyer? Law Firm Awards for the second year in a row.
    • SORAINEN awarded again as the most family-friendly company in Estonia.
    • In October SORAINEN recognised in Estonia in the corporate social responsibility category of the Swedish Business Awards, a prominent project organised by Swedish Trade Council in cooperation with Swedish embassies and Swedbank in all Baltic countries.
  • 2011

    • In May, SORAINEN recognised as the “Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year” at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards second year in a row.
    • In June, the Belarus Ministry of Justice awarded SORAINEN the title of "Best Provider of Legal Services in Belarus": SORAINEN is the only law firm from abroad ever to receive this kind of Ministry recognition.
  • 2012

    • In March, SORAINEN receives the “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” award at the International Financial Law Review European Awards for the third time.
    • In May, SORAINEN recognised as the “Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year” at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards third year in a row.
    • In September, new partner joins SORAINEN Lithuania – Kęstutis Švirinas, who with 17 years of legal practice experience is one of the leading professionals in dispute resolution in Lithuania. In the past five years alone he has represented clients or acted as arbitrator in disputes with a total value of approx EUR 434 million.
    • In December, SORAINEN receives the “Baltic Legal Adviser of the Year” award at the European M&A Awards 2012 organised by The Financial Times & Mergermarket. It is the second time that SORAINEN has been honoured with this prestigious international acknowledgement.
  • 2013

    • Allar Jõks in Estonia admitted as partner.
    • In spring, the number of SORAINEN lawyers and tax specialists exceeds 130 and total SORAINEN personnel 200.
    • In April, SORAINEN receives the “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” award at the International Financial Law Review European Awards for the fourth time.
    • In May, the Belarus Ministry of Justice awards SORAINEN the title of “Best Provider of Legal Services in Belarus” for the second time.
    • In May, SORAINEN receives its first “Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year” award at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards.
    • In July, new partner joins SORAINEN Lithuania – Aušra Mudėnaitė strengthens Real Estate & Construction Team with 16 years' experience as a lawyer. According to Chambers Europe, Mudėnaitė "is viewed as a leading figure in the market for territory planning and construction" and is one of the three Lithuanian attorneys-at-law regularly top-rated in the area of real estate.
  • 2014

  • 2015

  • 2016

    • In March, Sorainen became the first Baltic law firm to win the title of "European Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer European Awards 2016. Sorainen was also recognised as the "Baltic Law Firm of the Year".
    • In May, Sorainen is awarded with "Baltic Tax Firm of the Year" title at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards 2016.
    • In September, Saulė Dagilytė is promoted to partnership and Ants Mailend joins Sorainen Estonia as partner.
  • 2017

    • In January, the team leader of Sorainen Latvia Real Estate & Construction Team, Lelde Laviņa, has been unanimously invited by the partnership to become the 28th partner of the firm.
    • In March, Sorainen was awarded the title of "Baltic Law Firm of the Year" by The Lawyer - the third time that the Sorainen team has been honoured with this recognition.

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