Having worked with Sorainen since 1996, I have made it from intern to partner and followed the development of the Estonian legal state right from the start. Today, I co-head the Corporate and M&A team of the Estonian office with two partners, and have also served as the regional leader of our Corporate practice. I enjoy facilitating agreements and helping clients achieve their goals. I take great interest in shareholder relations and manager liability issues as well as legal questions stemming from collective employment relations.
Facilitating positive end results. I have advised some of the largest transactions in the Baltics and occasionally feel content about representing clients in court on questions of principle when I see that it improves the overall business climate. Above all, I enjoy it when an agreement is reached after tough discussions. I like to serve as a mediator for clients so that they can focus on core business.
Focus on cross-border issues. I specialise in cross-border legal issues and have advised some of the largest cross-border mergers and restructurings in the Baltics. I have also had the privilege to advise several negotiations for collective agreements and strikes. I work most closely with the start-up, forestry and industrial sectors. In addition, I contribute to cross-border research projects, eg Maastricht University project on cross-border corporate mobility in the EU.
Dialogue with legislators. In 2015, I was appointed by the minister of justice to serve on a steering committee that seeks to propose how to make Estonia’s business environment more competitive. In 2017, I was on a team of experts analysing and making proposals with regard to improving insolvency proceedings. Since 2017, I have also been serving on the ministry’s company law review committee, which guides and facilitates the work of the company law review working group in drafting amendments to legislation.
Active in Bar Association. Since 2013 I have chaired the commercial law committee of the Estonian Bar Association, which solicits opinions on the legislative process. In 2015, I was honoured with the Lawyer of the Year title by the Estonian Bar Association.
An eye on business. I have served as business advisor and on supervisory boards for several companies and enjoy giving lectures to business people, who always teach me something in return and enlighten me by sharing valuable real-life examples. I often speak up on business issues when I feel that lawmakers need to hear clients’ concerns or that proposed legislation may hurt entrepreneurship. My personal life as an entrepreneur is not limited to being a partner with Sorainen: together with my family, I run the boutique hotel Ööbikuoru Villa (Villa Nightingale) and restaurant Andreas in picturesque Rõuge in Southern Estonia.
- Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia (LLM in International and European Law, with merit)
- University of Tartu, EuroCollege, Estonia (MA in European Studies)
- Institute of Law, Estonia (BA in Law)
I am a member of
- Estonian Bar Association (Chairwoman of the Commercial Law Committee)
- International Bar Association
European Employment Lawyers Association
Estonian Government working on measures to support companies affected by the COVID-19 state of emergencyPublication
How to protect your business during the coronavirus outbreakPublication
Clifford Chance Global Employment Law Guide 2020Publication
The World Bank Group – Doing Business 2020: Comparing Business Regulation in 190 EconomiesPublication
Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the EU: Empirical Findings 2019Publication