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Partner Debora Pāvila

Debora Pāvila

"Leading individual"
Legal 500 | EU and Competition

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Chambers & Partners | Competition/Antitrust

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Debora Pāvila, M.Jur. co-heads our competition practice group and assists clients before Latvian and EU regulators and courts across all aspects of Latvian and EU competition law and public procurement law.

Debora has extensive experience advising on complex behavioural matters, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as sector specific economic regulation. She has been involved in high-profile cartel investigations in the car dealership and construction sectors, and regularly advises public sector clients on the implications of the competitive neutrality regulation. 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 listed as a “Leading Individual” by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Europe.


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.”




2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2005 – 2008 / Associate, Sorainen
2002 – 2004 / Advisor, Foreign and European Affairs Committees of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia


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


2009 / Latvian Bar Association

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    • Private damages claims as a result of cartelized procurement in Latvia

      March 11, 2024

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Is it simply enough for the claimant to rely on the decision of the Competition Council?   The construction cartel saga has thoroughly disturbed the calm waters of private damages claims in Latvia, in which the EU Damages Directive has so far been relatively unused in practice. However, sinc...

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    • You do not have the right to remain silent

      February 24, 2020

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Dienas Bizness | Opinion “I am no thief” – an accused person once said to defend himself in a 17th-century English courtroom. To which the judge coldly replied, “Then you must prove it.” The poor man was likely hanged, as there was hardly any opportunity to defend oneself in the crimi...

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    • VW Distributors vs. Competition Council

      May 7, 2019

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      There is ongoing litigation between the Moller Mobility group companies in Latvia (importers and dealers of VW cars in the country) and Latvia’s Competition Council involving a EUR 7.4 million fine imposed on the companies for an alleged cartel agreement. This is the highest fine ever imposed in La...

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    • Dominant undertakings have more freedom to set prices and rebates

      January 10, 2019

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Intel and MEO cases: loyalty rebates and discriminatory prices are no longer considered to be harmful to competition per se, even when applied by dominant undertakings. In the past, it was taken for granted in the European Union (EU) competition law that a dominant undertaking is like a bull in a ...

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    • The main changes in public procurement.

      January 24, 2017

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      A new Public Procurement Law will enter into force on March 1, 2017. A new Procurement Law for Utilities Providers will enter into force on April 1, 2017. They transpose the Directives 2014/24 and 2014/25 of the European Parliament and of the Council and introduce a few other new rules. As a result, ...

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    • Competition Law: A company can be fined for the conduct of the consultant, who prepares the tender documentation

      September 14, 2016

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Court of Justice of the European Union just recently concluded, that it is possible to establish a violation of the competition law not only because of the company’s own acts, but also the ones of the consultant contracted for the preparation of the tender documents. For more information in Latv...

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    • Public Procurement: Bidders may prevent exclusion form a tender.

      May 27, 2016

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Head of public procurement practice group at VILGERTS Katrine Plavina explains the new bidder’s right to re-establish reliability despite grounds for exclusion. In such a case, the bidder must ask the contracting authority not to exclude it from the tender on a case-by-case basis. The contracting...

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    • Competition: Non-food retailers should review their contracts.

      November 20, 2015

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      It is the last moment for non-food retailers to review contracts with their suppliers in order to adjust their provisions to the Unfair retailer practice prohibition law (“URPPL”), which will enter into force on 1 January 2016. Until then any relationship between suppliers and retailers is still ...

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    • Competition law: Supreme Court unexpectedly clears the way for damages claims against the banks.

      February 5, 2015

      by Jūlija Jerņeva, Partner

      The Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Administrative District Court permitting a ca.EUR 7.8 mio fine on 22 Latvian banks for violations of competition rules. The Supreme Court ruled contrary to the findings of the Court of Justice of the European Union's MasterCard judgment. The CJEU found tha...

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