Private Equity Overview

The SORAINEN Private Equity Practice, consisting of over 25 lawyers, regularly advises high-profile private equity and venture capital players on all aspects of private equity, from fund structuring, formation of investment vehicles and regulatory support plus fund raising and distribution to investments, exits and portfolio management in the Baltic States and Belarus. We offer full scope support to financial investors and investee companies for all aspects of private equity transactions, including complementary practices such as tax structuring, management incentives, financing, antitrust, IP and real estate.

SORAINEN is constantly involved in all types of private equity transactions in a wide range of industries. The firm’s Private Equity Practice commands extensive experience in leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and buy-ins, venture capital investments (seed, start-up, growth capital), angel investments and mezzanine financing. The team assists at all phases of the transaction – from legal due diligence to post-closing advice and planning exits. Specific to the venture capital field, the team supports several start-up accelerators (Startup Wise Guys, GameFounders and Buildit in Estonia plus StartupHighway, AlternativaPlatform and Charlie Oscar in Lithuania).

SORAINEN is recommended for its Private Equity Practice by international directories such as International Financial Law Review, The Legal 500 (“The firm has a high-profile private equity client portfolio.”) and Chambers Europe (“Clients describe a team of ‘adept negotiators, who know the market like the back of their hands’.”).

SORAINEN offers expertise in all key private equity activities in the Baltic States and Belarus, including:  

  • tax and legal fund structuring;
  • formation of investment vehicles;
  • fund raising and distribution;
  • day-to-day regulatory support;
  • structuring investments, including tax and legal matters;
  • full scope M&A advice, including legal and tax due diligence, antitrust, negotiations at all stages;
  • exits;
  • acquisition financing and re-financing of portfolio companies;
  • mezzanine financing;
  • shareholders’ agreements;
  • share options and management  incentives;
  • management of portfolio companies.

SORAINEN has been awarded four times as the best Baltic M&A legal advisor by Mergermarket at the European M&A Awards in 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2008 for advising on the largest number of M&A transactions and for the largest total value in the Baltics. Read more

 

SORAINEN is an active member of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Private Equity and Venture Capital Associations, assisting with lobbying the industry’s interests in legislative initiatives.

In 2014, all of the three biggest international legal awards in the Baltics went to SORAINEN, which was recognised as Baltic Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Europe, International Financial Law Review and The LawyerRead more

The head of the SORAINEN Private Equity Practice is Laimonas Skibarka.
Local heads of the SORAINEN Private Equity Practice are:

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