Distribution & Trade Experience
Advising regional Baltic subsidiaries of Canon, a multinational imaging and optical products manufacturing corporation, on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) international and local legislation requirements and contract compliance with local legislative requirements.
Guiding a Nordic defence group over strategic goods regulations (customs clearance and government approvals), labelling and instruction requirements and compliance with strict radiation regulations. This demanding task was entrusted to SORAINEN due to previous experience in sales, design and construction of radar, (government) radio networks and other issues related to frequency authorisations.
Advising global (defence) electronic company on entry to the Baltics. Services focused on analysing the client's current distribution and marketing scheme and its suitability for the local low scale yet promising market.
Facilitating the world's largest independent steel trader in concluding a long-term steel purchase contract with Latvia's largest steel producer. Services included preparing an opinion on aspects of the sales contract and enforceability of specific provisions.
Counselling a global leader in the soft drinks industry on the lawfulness of comparative advertising by competitors in Latvia and Estonia.
SUBCONTRACTING & MANUFACTURING
Consulting a leading global engineering company in structuring and negotiating a co-operation and supply agreement with a major Estonian steel industry group on production of windmill parts.
Guiding a leading Finnish provider of power and heating plant solutions for sustainable energy generation on its entry to the Estonian market by concluding a maintenance and service agreement for one of the newest power and heat production plants.
Advising the Estonian arm of an international privately held industrial group in outsourcing its galvanising operations from one of the most advanced hot dip galvanising plants in the Baltics and Scandinavia.
Regularly advising a major European oil refiner and petrol retailer. Services include drafting and reviewing agreements and consulting the client on competition and regulatory issues.
Advising the leading Latvian manufacturer of ceramic building materials in negotiating a contract for delivery and construction of a clay brick manufacturing plant and equipment.
AGENCY AND FRANCHISING
Advising a leading producer of design massage baths on setting up an agency and distribution network in Norway, the Middle East and India.
Assisting a major Finnish foodstuff production company in preparing a licensing agreement and pre-agreement for licensing the client's products in Poland. Services include drafting the licensing agreement, consulting on negotiations and assisting with translation.
Advising top-brand home appliances manufacturer in establishing agencies in the Baltics and advising on competition law related matters in connection with agency relationships.
Advising a leading UK department store group on a franchise agreement covering the Baltics.
Reviewing franchise agreement for a leading worldwide hydraulics manufacturer for its Scandinavian market and assisting in corporate transactions
Advising a major German operator in the fashion discount sector on franchisee takeover and operation of clothing retail shops in Lithuania and Estonia. Legal consultation covered labelling issues, consumer protection, retail regulation and advertisement requirements.
MOTOR VEHICLES SECTOR
Assisting a leading global Japanese car manufacturer in setting up its vehicle distribution, repair and maintenance structures throughout the Baltics. Recently firm's Commercial Contracts Team advised the client on their annual agreements with retailers and repairers involving designer solutions for complex legal issues. SORAINEN is also actively advising the client in everyday matters.
Assisting a leading European premium car manufacturer in promotion and marketing support to its local distributor. Advice focused on protecting a car manufacturer's property rights and tax advice arising from a novel marketing system.
Facilitating another Japanese car producer in restructuring its Baltic activities within large scale restructuring of its activities in the Nordic region. Services also involve advice on waste handling, consumer rights and campaigning plus assistance in adapting warranty conditions to the local market.
Guiding a leading regional independent motor vehicle trader in structuring the purchase, financing and resale of 1,450 premium brand motor vehicles from the Islamic Republic of Iran to EU and CIS countries.
Advising the representative of a major motor vehicle manufacturer on distribution arrangements with local distributors in Estonia and Lithuania.
GENERAL TRADE ADVICE
Consulting and representing one of the most trusted names in houseware on product liability issues in the Baltics.
Reviewing customer documentation for the world's leading provider of business software.
Providing regular compliance advice to a global leader in the soft drinks industry on labelling, trade practice and consumer protection in the Baltics, with the focus on drafting and reviewing promotional materials and rules of consumer games.
Drafting, reviewing and systemising agreements for a leading Nordic IT solutions provider, performing legal risk analysis and devising legal and IT solutions for mitigating risks, with recent focus on the client's novel web-based management and invoice authorisation solution, e-archiving and e-invoicing (for use in B2B relations) and service agreements.
TRADE & MARKETING REGULATION
Advising a leading satellite navigation products manufacturer on product compliance and regulatory matters, including requirements on registration of products and services with a local authority.
Supporting a leading petrol station chain in terminating a competitor's marketing campaign based on false statements and misleading comparisons. The competitor was forced by the consumer protection authorities to change its approach as a condition for continuing its campaign.
Enabling a leading global poker operator to run an extensive marketing campaign on an Estonian TV channel. Services involved careful and successful design of the campaign to fit into a stringent regulatory environment.
Advising the leading snack food producer in Latvia on compliance of packaging material design for their new product with consumer protection rules, advertising regulation and intellectual property laws.