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TGS Baltic advised Royal Vopak N.V and Global Ports Investments PLC on the sale of the shares of Vopak E.O.S., an independent oil terminal operator in the Baltics, to Abu Dhabi-based Liwathon. The new name of the logistics company will be Liwathon E.O.S.

Sorainen has advised FinEst Bay Area Development on signing a memorandum of understanding for EUR 15 billion in financing with China’s Touchstone Capital Partners for an undersea train tunnel linking Helsinki with Tallinn.

Cobalt has advised Nextclinics International GmbH on the acquisition of a 100% stake in reproductive medical services provider F-Est OU, the owner of the Fertility Clinic Nordic assisted reproductive technology clinic. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Sorainen and Gunderson Dettmer in Los Angeles have advised Brainbase on a successfully completed USD 1 million seed round. The round was led by Tera Ventures, with participation from Sterling Road and several angel investors, including Severin Hacker, Andrew Rabin, and Hamid Barkhordar.

Upon reflection, 2018 feels like a year of reversal – the long economic expansion, fueled by quantitative easing by central banks, is losing steam, love for FAANGs and Big Tech turned into techlash, trade wars emerged and escalated, a negotiated divorce between the UK and the EU is descending into a disorderly no-deal Brexit, and so on. There is much to ponder in the short-term. Long-term challenges for the legal profession, however, lie elsewhere.

Cobalt has advised London-based Vink Group, Europe’s largest semi-finished plastics distributor, on its acquisition of three Baltic companies, OU Proplastik, SIA Proplastik, and UAB Proplastik. TGS Baltic advised the Proplastik shareholders on the transaction. Financial details were not disclosed.