Debora Pāvila



English, Latvian, Russian



Primary practices:


Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Litigation & Arbitration, Retail


+371 29 149 110


+371 29 149 110

Primary practices:


Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Litigation & Arbitration, Retail


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.”




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


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


Conducting a competition training for the management and employees of a major construction company.

Advising a major construction company in relation to the Competition Council’s cartel investigation.

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companies – distributors of VW cars in Latvia - in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council, where the court has repealed a EUR 7.4 million fine imposed on our clients for an alleged cartel agreement.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



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