Awards and recognition

Client satisfaction is the real measure of success for the work we do, but we also value the external recognition gained from the international awards we have won. Sorainen has recently received twenty seven international legal awards from six globally most highly regarded publications and databases. In 2016, Sorainen became the first Baltic law firm to win the title "European Law Firm of the Year" at the Lawyer European Awards.

"European Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer European Awards 2016 and "Baltic Law Firm of the Year" three times – 20172016 and 2014 for impressive growth, strategic development and strong international clientele.   

"Baltic Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014
recognising firm’s excellence in client service, highest profile, most innovative work and strategic growth.

"Baltic Law Firm of the Year" at the International Financial Law Review European Awards six times 20182014, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009 – for advising on the most complex and innovative international transactions in the areas of debt, equity and capital markets, project financing, restructuring and M&A.

"Baltic Legal Adviser of the Year" at the European M&A Awards in 2017201520142012 and 2008 organised by Mergermarket, for advising on the largest number of M&A transactions and for the largest total value in the Baltic States.

"Baltic Law Firm of the Year" at the PLC Which lawyer? Law Firm Awards in two consecutive years2010 and 2009 – based on online voting open to over 5,500 in-house counsel from international companies across the globe.

"Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year" in 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010  and "Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year" in 2018 and 2013 at the International Tax Review European Tax Awards, for the most innovative international and cross-border tax advice, whereas 2010 was the first year that the Baltics were rated.

These awards distinguish Sorainen as the most highly rated and internationally recognised law firm in the Baltics.

Additionally the Belarus Ministry of Justice awarded Sorainen the title of "Best Provider of Legal Services in Belarus" in 2014, 2013 and 2011: Sorainen is the only law firm from abroad ever to receive this kind of Ministry recognition.

International recognition of the firm's excellence is constantly being confirmed by leading international legal directories and transaction league tables. Sorainen features as a top tier law firm in the region based on rankings by legal directories The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, IFLR1000, PLC Which lawyer? and the transaction league tables of Mergermarket, DealWatch and Bloomberg.

Chambers Global
Sorainen has met with considerable success as an international brand and pan-Baltic leader.
This pan-Baltic firm is renowned for its expertise in both transactional and general corporate and commercial assignments. The firm's three Baltic offices are closely integrated and many of its clients use the group for all of their Baltic operations.
[The firm] is frequently engaged on the market's most significant transactions, and clients particularly appreciate its cross-border capacity.

The Legal 500
Sorainen is "superior to competitors", says a client and [the firm] earns plaudits this year with an extensive resume of market leading instructions.
Sorainen's "legal teams provide know-how and effectiveness, rarely seen elsewhere".
It is the team's dynamism that clients celebrate: "[T]heir team operated 24/7 if necessary and thought both legally, but commercially... they find solutions to deals close to failure."
Sorainen "always responds promptly and lets us feel that it is there for us", say clients.

Multinational clients find that Sorainen's model fits their needs and have been very satisfied with the quality that the firm offers. "We need one advisor, who is also international," says the client.
"They are very visible, and they have technical ability," says one competitor. "They have the resources to move quickly."

Chambers Europe
With its extensive international ties and its well-organised structure, the team is described as "quick and efficient - it can deliver a truly one-stop shop covering all the Baltic states".
The firm's pan-Baltic presence is highly regarded, and on the back of this it has secured some notable mandates spanning the Baltic States. "They're all about solving problems, and giving fast and focused advice that you can use straight away."
Managing partner Aku Sorainen is "an absolute rainmaker" who has driven the firm's growth.
[The firm is] attracting clients with its reliable advice and high level of service: "The team has an excellent understanding of both local and regional markets and maintains strong working relationships with the authorities," one enthused.

Additionally Sorainen has been recognised with various international legal publications based on our experience, reputation and client satisfaction, whereas Corporate INTL Magazine awarded our offices regionally in 2011 as the best law firm in 37 categories, including "Full Service Law Firm of the Year" title to Estonian and Lithuanian offices and "International/Cross Border Law Firm of the Year" title to Latvian and Estonian offices, see more here. Also, Sorainen received the Silver Award in the category "Best Central and Eastern European Law Firm" at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards in 2011, see more here. Moreover, ACQ Global Awards 2011 recognised Sorainen as "Cross Border Law Firm of the Year 2011 for Eastern Europe" and "Law Firm of the Year 2011 for Eastern Europe". In 2010 InterContinental Finance Magazine presented all our Baltic office with "Full Service Law Firm of the Year" title, see more here.

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