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. I also enjoy working with ESG topics, which have become more and more significant for the corporate world, and I love to help clients to make the world a better place to live.
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. For eight years I chaired the commercial law committee of the Estonian Bar Association, which solicits opinions on the legislative process. From 2021 I continue contributing to the work of the committee as a regular member. In 2015, I was honored with the Lawyer of the Year title by the Estonian Bar Association.
An eye on business. I have served as a 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
- Estonian Bar Association Commercial Law Commission
- International Bar Association
- European Employment Lawyers Association
- Estonian Business and Professional Women’s Organisation
Deals & Cases
Ukrainian company Nova Post opens a branch in EstoniaDeals & Cases
Successful resolution of a shareholder disputeDeals & Cases
Sorainen introduces Estonian employment laws in the Clifford Chance Employment AppDeals & Cases
Helping Patria to enhance whistleblowing practicesDeals & Cases
First-ever pop art museum opens its doors in TallinnDeals & Cases
Comparison of the main employment law rules in the BalticsPublication
Employment Card 2022Publication
Investment Card 2022Publication
Provisional political agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)Publication
Cross-border Corporate Mobility in the EU: Empirical Findings 2021Publication
Five Sorainen partners recognised as prominent female leadersNews
Sorainen supports national defendersNews / ERR
IFLR recognises Sorainen as the only pan-Baltic Tier 1 law firmNews
Five Sorainen partners among most prominent women lawyers across the worldNews
Piret Jesse, Eva Berlaus and Karin Madisson among leading female transactional expertsNews