Infrastructure & Regulatory Overview
Infrastructures are vital components that guarantee the proper functioning of everyday life. Thus governments and businesses place much emphasis on the development and operation of infrastructures. Balancing the conflicting interests of the general public and infrastructure operators means an increasingly complex legal framework governing infrastructures.
The strategic location of the Baltic States and Belarus between Russia and Western Europe, together with the gradual liberalisation of the various infrastructures, guarantees that infrastructures will continue to be a leading issue for governments and commercial players in the region. SORAINEN is currently providing legal assistance to several clients involved in regional infrastructure developments.
The SORAINEN Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice assists in negotiations involving complex agreements, regulatory issues and political challenges. Sometimes advice is required in an uncertain regulatory environment. The practice consists of lawyers familiar with the infrastructure and regulatory sector supported by the firm’s other practices such as Dispute Resolution, Competition, Environment and Mergers & Acquisitions. The complex transactions seen in the infrastructures sector require the high level legal and project management skills that the firm’s lawyers deploy.
SORAINEN is recommended for its Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice by international directories such as The Legal 500 and Chambers Europe (“The team has an excellent understanding of both local and regional markets and maintains strong working relationships with the authorities”).
SORAINEN offers expertise in all key infrastructure and regulatory areas in the Baltic States and Belarus, including:
- electricity, natural gas (including LNG), heat distribution networks;
- electronic communications networks;
- water supply and sewerage;
- ports and railroads;
- waste management;
- price and tariff structures and approvals;
- legal feasibility studies;
- representation in legislative bodies;
- negotiations and disputes with regulators.
SORAINEN took a leading role in setting up the national group of the International Competition Law League (LIDC, www.ligue.org) in the Baltics and is now running the Baltic Competition Law League. LIDC is a worldwide association which focuses on the study of competition (antitrust) law, intellectual property law, and unfair competition, at both national and international levels.
SORAINEN is a member of the Environment and Energy Commission at the Lithuanian business confederation | ICC Lithuania. Lithuanian business confederation | ICC Lithuania is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), representing the main service and trade oriented companies and business associations in Lithuania, www.icclietuva.lt. The head of the Lithuanian Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice in Lithuania also heads the Environment and Energy Commission at the Lithuanian business confederation | ICC Lithuania.
The regional head of the SORAINEN Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice is Kaupo Lepasepp, whose contacts appear below.
Local heads of the SORAINEN Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice are: