Having started with Sorainen in 1997 as a trainee, I have been privileged to help develop a five-lawyer team into a distinguished law firm operating in four countries. This has provided the opportunity to work in many fields of law. However, my main focus has always been M&A and private equity transactions, and more recently also the startup and technology sectors. My passion lies with negotiations, where I have constantly educated myself abroad and in teaching negotiations for the Estonian Bar Association and with Sorainen.
M&A experience. I have advised M&A and private equity transactions for over twenty years. In addition to legal degrees, I obtained an Executive MBA in Mergers and Acquisitions at Vienna University of Technology. It has been a privilege to earn clients’ trust to the extent that I rank top of the Mergermarket CEE legal advisers league table by number of transactions advised in the region.
Developing the M&A market. The leading Baltic M&A law firms have been compiling the biennial Baltic M&A Deal Points Study since 1999 ‒ a collaborative effort that I have been privileged to lead. I also serve on the legal committee of the Estonian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and have participated in its taskforce to draft and develop model documents for startup companies and venture capital investment in Estonia. With the Sorainen M&A team, venture capital associations and local business media, we also organise the annual Baltic M&A and Private Equity Forum and the Baltic M&A Awards.
Building the firm. I spent two years in Minsk helping to manage and integrate our Belarus office. After that, I was co-managing partner of the firm and am currently Estonian country managing partner. I have also helped to build up the Sorainen quality management system, where I continue to contribute as support partner.
Contributing to society. I am founder and trustee at the Gastronomy Awards Society of Estonia (the Silverspoon gastronomy awards), president of the Estonian Rollerskating Federation and a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO).
- Vienna University of Technology, Austria (Executive MBA in M&A)
- American University Washington College of Law, USA (visiting scholar)
- Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (LLM in International Business Law)
- University of Tartu, Estonia (BA in Law, officially equivalent to MA)
I am a member of
- Estonian Bar Association
- International Bar Association
- Estonian Rollerskating Federation (president)
- Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (member of supervisory board)