At the end of April this year, Dr. iur. Violeta Zeppa-Priedīte joined Sorainen Dispute Resolution and Risk Management team.

Violeta’s knowledge and experience in criminal law – in money laundering, corruption and fraud, to name just a few areas – will be a high-value addition to the services the firm provides. Violeta will head the Latvian risk management, compliance and corporate crime investigation practice group of Sorainen’s Dispute Resolution and Risk Management practice.

Partner Andris Tauriņš, head of Sorainen’s Dispute Resolution & Risk Management practice in Latvia, notes “The relation between corporate law and criminal-law risks is rock-solid. Violeta’s experience and expertise will boost the firm’s dispute resolution practice and will significantly support our clients in minimising and eliminating criminal-law-related risks.”

In 2011, Violeta became a member of the Latvian Bar Association and the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA).

In total, Violeta has more than 20 years of professional experience in law. Her professional experience has been accumulated both in her practice as an attorney-at-law and in her work as the head of the Legal Department of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, head of the Criminal Law Department at the Ministry of Justice, the representative of Latvia/expert at the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO ), and assistant-prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office for the Investigation of Organised and Financial Crime.

Violeta’s academic work comprises lectures at the Criminal Law Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia. In 2011, she presented her doctoral dissertation, “Immunity of State Officials from Criminal Proceedings”, and obtained a PhD in law.

Violeta has authored and co-authored several research projects. To highlight successes in recent years, she co-authored a legal monograph, “Comments on Criminal Procedure Law. Part A”, and a book of scientific commentary, “Comments on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Chapter II. The Parliament”.