The SORAINEN Competition Practice provides competition law advice in high profile cases at local, regional and international levels. Competition advice is significantly business sensitive: mergers may be prohibited, large undertakings can be required to grant competitors access to key assets or change business strategy, agreements between competitors and business partners can result in considerable fines, and state aid may have to be reimbursed.
As leading advisers in this complex field, lawyers from the SORAINEN Competition Practice advise on major mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other transactions in the Baltics and Belarus. As both cross-border and national M&A transactions may need clearance from a competition authority or even the European Commission, SORAINEN competition lawyers work hard to guide clients through the clearance procedure. SORAINEN also ensures that commercial contracts which its clients conclude are in harmony with competition law. The firm develops alongside national competition authorities and has extensive experience of successful client representation in disputes with competition authorities.
The Competition Practice, with over a dozen highly professional and experienced lawyers, sets an example for others to follow with its track record in resolving the competition concerns of SORAINEN clients. The firm’s lawyers have advised on some of the largest merger control and antitrust cases in the Baltics and Belarus. The depth of the practice client base has helped the firm to develop competition expertise in different industries, along with harmonising regional practices and processes. SORAINEN lawyers are available on all competition aspects in the Baltics and Belarus.
SORAINEN is recommended for its Competition Practice by international directories such as The Legal 500 (praised for “high-calibre competition team”, described as “really wonderful” and “dives deeply into customer problems in trying to find the best solution”") and Chambers Europe (“team is viewed as being strong in competition and innovative in its approach”).
SORAINEN offers expertise in all key competition areas in the Baltic States and Belarus, including:
- merger control;
- abuse of dominance issues;
- restrictive agreements within commercial contracts;
- public procurement;
- competition litigation;
- state aid;
- internal competition policies and training;
- competition due diligence;
- dawn-raid training and assistance.
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.
The regional head of the SORAINEN Competition Practice is Kaupo Lepasepp, whose contacts appear below.
Local heads of the SORAINEN Competition Practice are: