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

Convinced the Procurement Monitoring Bureau to annul a requirement for computers to carry the EPEAT certificate, which would have been a game-changer on the market for government purchases. The requirement also prohibited the only Latvian producer of computers, AS Capital, to participate in this 5 Mio EUR tender.

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.

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