Carri Ginter

Carri Ginter



+372 6 400 914

Mob: +372 5 018 498
Fax: +372 6 400 901
Office: Estonia

Practice areas:

Dispute Resolution, Public Procurement, Competition, Intellectual Property, Government Relations & Administrative Law

Languages: Estonian, English, French, German, Russian

Carri Ginter (PhD in Law) is a partner and head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Baltics and Belarus. He has been practicing law since 1999.

Carri has extensive litigation experience in a wide range of areas, including EU law, constitutional law, public procurement, competition law, intellectual property law, insurance law, and etc. He has litigated hundreds of matters and supplements his substantial practical experience with an impressive academic career. He has also served as a mediator in multiple disputes.

Carri’s strong advocacy skills are proven by his successful track record, both within Estonia and internationally. He has prevailed in numerous cases before the Estonian Supreme Court and has many times represented clients, including the European Commission, before the European Court of Justice. In addition, he has defended Estonian government ministries and the City of Tallinn in court and also won the largest civil damages claim in history against the Republic of Estonia. 

Carri is one of the leading legal experts in Estonia in several different practice areas. He is well known for his public procurement practice and is often involved in high-profile public procurement disputes, representing both bidder and buyer in challenges to large-scale procurements and disputes involving public infrastructure projects. He is also one of the strongest competition lawyers in Estonia and has represented clients on a wide variety of competition law matters, including cases involving media distribution and water price regulation. 

Additionally, Carri is a strong IP litigator as well as a panelist with the Domain Dispute Committee, an alternative dispute resolution body resolving .ee domain disputes. Among other high profile IP matters, he represented a major Estonian food manufacturer in a groundbreaking trademark infringement case, in which the court ordered and the Supreme Court upheld that the infringing party to pay all of its gross profits to the client. This represented a change in Estonian IP law and in trademark infringement cases. 

In August 2015 the supervisory board of the Estonian state-owned company Port of Tallinn appointed Carri as new member of their management board. The appointment came after the Port of Tallinn, the eighth most profitable company in the country, had granted the resignation requests of the company's two board members, who were arrested as part of a bribery investigation. The supervisory board decided to appoint Carri as board member on an ad-interim basis until February 2016. The main focus for Carri as interim manager was to conduct internal investigations and reforms and supervise cooperation with the authorities. 

Due to his reputation as the go-to lawyer in Estonia for international and domestic disputes requiring in-depth EU knowledge, Carri has become a valued expert, lecturer and author on the subject of EU law. For instance, he served as an expert witness in a historic hearing before the Estonian Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism and has been appointed avocat conseil (legal adviser) to the French Embassy in Estonia. He is an associate professor in EU law at the University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, where he was twice named Lecturer of the Year. He was awarded with the Tartu University Badge of Distinction in 2013. In addition, Carri has led training on aspects of EU law for the European Commission in Luxembourg, the Institution of Ombudsman in Georgia, the Estonian Bar Association and the Estonian judges. 

Carri’s written work on EU law and other Estonian law and mediation topics has been published by international law journals such as the European Competition Law Review, the European Law Review, European Constitutional Law Review and Juridica International. He also co-authored a book on EU and Estonian competition law.

Carri has been recognised as a top legal practitioner in Estonia by many publications, including:

  • Chambers Global for dispute resolution practice (“Clients single out practice head Carri Ginter as a particularly accomplished and experienced litigator.”)
  • Chambers Europe in competition/antitrust, dispute resolution and intellectual property ("very bright" and sources enthuse about his "superb presentational skills". His advice is labelled as being of "extraordinarily high quality and very effective".) "Carri Ginter is primarily a litigation expert with strong experience in competition disputes."
  • The Legal 500 in dispute resolution, and IP (as an "outstanding IP professional")
  • Best Lawyers for European Union law, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, administrative law, arbitration and mediation, international arbitration, insolvency and reorganisation and litigation practice, and
  • World Trademark Review 1000 for enforcement and litigation practice in Estonia.
  • Managing IP Stars is noting "Carri Ginter is Trade mark star."

University of Tartu, Estonia (PhD in Law)
Stockholm University, Sweden (LLM)
Concordia International University, Estonia (BA in Law)
Swedish Institute Management Programme, Sweden
University of Munich, Germany (training programme in German and European Law)
Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands (Private International Law


Estonian Bar Association
Founding member of FIDE Estonia (International Federation of European Law)
Estonian Lawyers' Union
Estonian Moot Court Society
Swedish Institute Management Network




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