Government Relations

The strength of our Government Relations team lies in our ability to collaborate with different teams across the Baltic states and Belarus. As a result we have the specific knowledge needed in each case, from banking and finance to competition and regulatory, environment, manufacturing and retail. Our clients appreciate our willingness to contribute to the public dialogue, not shying away from raising issues important to society. If you need to make your voice heard or to initiate a constructive dialogue with stakeholders, contact us for straightforward advice. Essentially our clients receive a 3-in-1 service – legal expertise, communication and representation in circles of government. Key people in our team come from a public sector background and have experience on the highest level of the sector’s inner workings.

A fair balance

We are firm believers in a healthy equilibrium and have helped clients in various government relations cases. We have successfully advised several clients in relation to the legal framework of the sharing economy and car-sharing in all three of the Baltic countries. Our lawyers have represented clients in legal proceedings before the European Commission and authorities regarding the government’s plan to impose a tax on sweetened beverages and advised clients regarding restrictions on alcohol sales proposed by the Estonian authorities.

Code of Conduct

Legislation and policy decisions impact businesses and the general public. Our team helps clients, to the extent permissible under applicable law, to achieve changes in the law or vice versa – to help maintain the existing law and regulations unchanged. In doing so, we adhere to our Code of Conduct.

We can help you with

  • Drafting laws and initiating legislative amendments
  • Helping to raise public awareness on different topics related to legislative initiatives
  • Analysing and challenging proposed draft laws
  • Challenging current legislation in court and at the European Commission
  • Advising top management on strategy

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Experience

  • Legal Adviser

    Local petrol stations (alcohol retailers) and alcohol producers

    Opposing amendments by the Ministry of Social Affairs to prohibit and restrain sales of alcohol in petrol stations. As a result of successful lobbying, we managed to halt the process at Government level

  • Legal Adviser

    Estonian Soft Drinks Association

    Proceedings before the European Commission and Estonian authorities regarding the government's plan to impose a sweetened beverages tax

  • Legal Adviser

    Lääne-Virumaa County Local Authorities

    Successful application for local governments to establish the lawfulness of Amendments to the Waste Act regarding violation of the autonomy of local government set by the Estonian Constitution

  • Legal Adviser

    Latvian Government

    Drafting new finance laws and regulations in Latvia including drafting a new Bank Takeover Law and urgent amendments to the Credit Institutions Law

  • Legal Adviser

    EBRD, SRSS and the Ministries of Finance in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

    Developing a legal and regulatory framework for covered bonds and securitisation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including considering the pan-Baltic aspect of the covered bond framework

  • Legal Adviser

    Latvijas Sēklaudzētāju asociācija

    Preparing pan-Baltic research on seed breeder’s entitlement and possibilities to receive remuneration for breeds. Preparing draft legislation for Latvia to eliminate issues identified. Representing the client in discussions with the authorities and non-governmental stakeholders (eg, farmers’ associations)

  • Legal Adviser

    Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance

    Drafting new edition of the Law on Companies based on a modern EU-supported European Model Company Act in a Working Group coordinated by the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance

  • Legal Adviser

    Lithuanian Chamber of Insurance Brokers

    Participating in transposing the EU Insurance Distribution Directive into Lithuanian national law including assistance in preparing draft Law amending the Lithuanian Insurance Law plus participating in drafting secondary law