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

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.

Bringing two direct actions on behalf of the client Proof IT SIA before the General Court of the EU. Both cases concern procurement procedures by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for the award of IT services contracts. The actions seek annulment of EIGE’s decisions to reject the bids of VILGERTS’s client, as well as award of damages. The case is ongoing.

Bringing two direct actions on behalf of the client Proof IT SIA before the General Court of the EU. Both cases concern procurement procedures by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for the award of IT services contracts. The actions seek annulment of EIGE’s decisions to reject the bids of VILGERTS’s client, as well as award of damages.

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