On July 1, 2022, Sorainen announced that INVL’s acquisition of the Mandatum Life Baltic insurance business (reported by CEE Legal Matters on June 29, 2021) had closed, after obtaining all the necessary licenses and permits from the Baltic and Finnish supervisory authorities (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on March 18, 2022).
Cobalt has advised Hepsor on its EUR 3.6 million acquisition of the 30,624 square-meter Ganibu Dambis 17A commercial property in Riga from unidentified sellers.
Entering into force on February 19, 2021, the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility aimed, according to the European Commission, “to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.” CEE Legal Matters spoke with lawyers from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, and Romania to learn what each country focused on, with its Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), and what difficulties lie ahead, now that these plans have been submitted to the EC.
On June 21, 2022, TGS Baltic announced that Tet’s acquisition of shares in Telia Latvija (reported by CEE Legal Matters on January 10, 2022) has now closed, following regulatory approval.
Sorainen’s Latvian office has successfully represented Sia Prolux in challenging the negotiation procedure for the “Delivery and installation of kitchen equipment at the Jelgava state municipality educational institution Jelgava Technology Secondary School” at Meiju Road 9, Jelgava, organized by the Jelgava city municipality and held at the Procurement Monitoring Bureau.
Cobalt has successfully represented Food Union group company Rigas Piena Kombinats in a court dispute against a former employee regarding the invalidation of the termination notice and the recovery of unpaid wages.
Cobalt has advised real estate developer VPH on the development of a shopping complex on the site of the former Riga Dairy Factory, in the center of Riga, with a total investment of up to EUR 40 million.
Cobalt has successfully represented Eolus Vind subsidiary Pienava Wind before Latvia's Administrative Regional Court in a dispute against the Tukums Municipality for the approval of the construction of a 22-turbine wind farm.
Cobalt has advised Latvenergo AS on its issuance of EUR 100 million five-year green bonds with a fixed annual interest rate and a yield to maturity of 2.42%.
CEE Legal Matters readers will likely be familiar with Patricia Gannon as one of the founders of Karanovic & Partners. Since her withdrawal from the firm (reported by CEE Legal Matters on September 21, 2020), Gannon ran her own "holistic strategic advisory business" (as reported on October 12, 2020) and, recently, she announced she is working on a new social media app for lawyers – Platforum 9. We caught up with her to learn more about her new project.