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.

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.”

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 EU 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

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.

Act for Ragn-Sells, a waste management company, in a EUR 2,5 Mio dispute whether a subsidiary could have relied on the experience of a mother company. The mother company formed a consortium with the subsidiary but did not list all the experience it would transfer as a part thereof. The dispute is ongoing before Latvian courts.

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.

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.

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