Name
Debora Pāvila

Partner

Languages

English, Latvian, Russian

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

Competition, Public Procurement

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Retail

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

Competition, Public Procurement

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Retail

Profile

Debora Pāvila, M.Jur. advises clients on a wide range of national and EU law matters, specialising primarily in competition law, public procurement law and dispute resolution. Debora represents clients before administrative institutions such as the Latvian Competition Council and the Latvian Procurement Monitoring Office, as well as national and international courts.

Debora Pāvila is a "Chambers & Partners Europe" and "Legal 500" recommended practitioner in Latvia. Debora is the member of the Council of Independent Experts of International and EU Law founded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Band 1 lawyer in Competition & Antitrust by Chambers & Partners Europe: “Debora Pāvila is recognised by market sources for her experience in the area. Her practice spans both contentious and non-contentious matters, and she frequently advises on state aid issues. She is also well adept at representing clients in cartel investigations.”

Legal500: “Takes a wide view on the issue to be solved.” “Very responsive, competent and absolutely first choice in competition matters.”

Debora is included in The Best Lawyers in Latvia 2016 in following practice areas - Arbitration and Mediation, Competition/Antitrust law and Litigation.

 

 

Career

2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2012 / Visiting lecturer in Internal Market Law, Riga Graduate School of Law
2005 – 2008 / Associate, Sorainen
2002 – 2004 / Advisor, Foreign and European Affairs Committees of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Education

2008 / King’s College London, Diploma in EU Competition law
2005 / University of Oxford, M.Jur. (distinction)
2004 / University of Latvia, Bac.iur.

Membership

2009 / Latvian Bar Association
2012 / Council of Independent Experts of International and EU Law
2014 / Procurement Law Academic Network (PLAN)

Experience

Representing Moller Mobility group companies – distributors of VW cars in Latvia - in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council, where the court has repealed a EUR 7.4 million fine imposed on our clients for an alleged cartel agreement.

Representing Rimi Latvia SIA in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council challenging the decision to prohibit Rimi from acquisition of lease rights of premises in the shopping mall “Domina”, instead allowing Rimi’s competitor Maxima Latvija SIA to open a supermarket in the same premises.

Partner Debora Pāvila is acting as co-counsel to Lithuanian colleagues in the first multi-million antitrust damages litigation before Lithuanian courts representing Air Baltic Corporation AS against BAB Fly-LAL Lithuanian Airlines. The case has already twice been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for a preliminary ruling.

Represented Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department before the administrative court regarding a claim for unlawful requirements to submit tender documents containing deliverables normally delivered during the execution of the procurement agreement, The Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau had upheld the client’s approach but was overruled by the court.

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