Name
Debora Pāvila

Partner

Languages

English, Latvian, Russian

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

Competition, Public Procurement

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Retail

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 149 110

debora.pavila@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

Competition, Public Procurement

Secondary practices:

Automotive, Aviation, Retail

Profile

Debora Pāvila, M.Jur. advises clients on a wide range of national and EU law matters, specialising primarily in competition law, public procurement law and dispute resolution. Debora represents clients before administrative institutions such as the Latvian Competition Council and the Latvian Procurement Monitoring Office, as well as national and international courts.

Debora Pāvila is a "Chambers & Partners Europe" and "Legal 500" recommended practitioner in Latvia. Debora is the member of the Council of Independent Experts of International and EU Law founded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Debora is writing her PhD thesis on the interaction between competition law and public procurement law at the University of Nottingham. Debora frequently lectures on competition law, public procurement law, and EU business regulation issues.

Legal500 2012: “Takes a wide view on the issue to be solved.” “Very responsive, competent and absolutely first choice in public procurement matters.”

Debora is included in The Best Lawyers in Latvia 2016 in following practice areas - Arbitration and Mediation, Competition/Antitrust law and Litigation.

 

Career

2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2012 / 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 EC Competition law
2005 / University of Oxford, M.Jur. (distinction)
2004 / University of Latvia, Bac.iur.

Membership

2009 / Latvian Bar Association
2012 / Council of Independent Experts of International and EU Law
2014 / Procurement Law Academic Network (PLAN)

Experience

Partner Debora Pāvila is acting as co-counsel to Lithuanian colleagues in the first multi-million antitrust damages litigation in Lithuanian courts representing Air Baltic Corporation AS. The case is now pending before the Court of Justice of the EU because of a referral for a preliminary ruling.

Representing Moller Baltic Import SE, the sole importer of VW cars in the Baltics, and Moller Group’s dealers in litigation challenging the decision of the Latvian Competition Council to fine the Moller Group with a record fine of EUR 7.4 million. Upon our request, the administrative court has stayed the proceedings and referred a question to the Constitutional Court. This is the first instance that a competition law issue has been referred to the Constitutional Court.

Representing If P&C Insurance in a litigation with international transport company Kuehne + Nagel Latvia SIA, where the client brought a recourse claim for careless handling of a container that was washed overboard. The amount of claim exceeds EUR 1 Mio.

Successfully representing Air Baltic Corporation AS in settlement negotiations with Riga International Airport regarding the first multi-million antitrust damages litigation in the jurisdiction of Latvia. VILGERTS secured a favourable.

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