Name
Debora Pāvila

Partner

Languages

English, Latvian, Russian

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

Competition

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Litigation & Arbitration, Retail

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

Competition

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Litigation & Arbitration, Retail

Profile

Debora Pāvila, M.Jur. has over 10 years’ experience of advising clients on the full range of Latvian and EU competition law issues, including cartel investigations by Latvia’s Competition Council, commercial agreements and distribution agreements, abuse of dominance, compliance training, economic regulation (e.g., the Unfair Retail Practices Prohibition Law) and competition-related litigation.

Her contentious work includes proceedings before administrative and civil courts of Latvia of all instances, as well as before the Court of Justice of the EU.

Debora is leading a major litigation case against Latvia’s Competition Council – challenge of a EUR 7.4 Mio fine imposed on the Moller Mobility Group companies for alleged cartel (the VW case).

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.”

 

 

Career

2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2012 – 2018 / 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

Experience

Assistance to Latvijas valsts meži concerning the obligation of a contracting authority to assess independence of bids by related tenderers.

Assistance to a waste management company concerning market investigation by the Competition Council.

Assisting Rimi Latvia with the adapting of its agreements and the standard practices to the new rules of the Unfair Trading Practices Prohibition Law, which transposes the provisions of the Directive 2019/633.

Representing a truck haulage company in antitrust damages litigation case against the Volvo Group based on the European Commission’s Trucks cartel decision.

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