The WINT law firm, led by former TGS Baltic Partners Daiva Usinskaite-Filonoviene and Giedrius Danelius and AAA Law Partner Andrius Iskauskas has opened its doors in Vilnius.
According to the firm, "WINT will provide a wide range of legal services to businesses: litigation, restructuring and bankruptcy, criminal, corporate and commercial law, public procurement, tax restructuring, personal data, intellectual property, technology, startups and fintech. The Partners and [all] WINT lawyers have a wealth of experience in very different fields — from criminal law to personal data protection. Therefore, we do not consider ourselves a specialized or niche law firm. Intensive consolidation process has taken place in the legal services market for many years, but the currently expanded and perhaps somewhat sluggish structures are starting to crumble and demand for dynamic, professional and versatile teams doing what they know best."
Usinskaite-Filonoviene, who was a Partner at TGS Baltic for the past five years and at AAA Law for the six before that, reports that "she has extensive experience advising clients on complex insolvency and restructuring cases and management of distress assets, [and has been] a leading lawyer in the biggest insolvency and restructuring cases in Lithuania, including insolvency proceedings with international aspects. [She] is also well known expert in dispute resolution in Lithuania.
Danelius, who was an Associate Partner at TGS Baltic, which he joined (as legacy Tark Grunte Sutkiene) in October 2013, is the former Klaipeda District Chief Prosecutor who specializes in highly complex criminal and administrative cases.
Iskauskas was a Partner at AAA Law, which he joined in October 2010. According to WINT, "he has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of copyright, (and related rights), technology, and personal data protection, and he also specializes in media, advertising, contract law and public procurement, as well as advising start-ups and representing Lithuanian and foreign companies in legal disputes.
The firm currently has 10 lawyers.
The firm's opening is part of a small wave of split-offs and significant changes in the Lithuanian legal market. In December five partners from Ellex Valiunas split off to start the new Walless law firm (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on December 13, 2018), and Ellex announced the hiring of former TGS Baltic Associate Partner Ieva Dosinaite and the restructuring of its management team (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on December 12, 2018), and then that Robertas Ciocys, Karolis Kacerauskas, and Miroslav Nosevic had been promoted to partner (as reported on December 21, 2018). Subsequently, Theis Klauberg announced that he was taking his team from the Latvian office of BNT to start a new pan-Baltic law firm (Klauberg Baltics), while BNT announced that new partners Henning Jensen and Karlis Svikis would lead its Riga office going forward (as reported on December 21, 2018).