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 Rimi Latvia SIA in two administrative litigation cases challenging the decisions of the Latvian Competition Council to prohibit opening of a “Rimi” hypermarket in the shopping mall “Domina” (one of the biggest shopping malls in the capital of Latvia), but allowing the client’s competitor Maxima Latvija SIA to acquire lease rights of the same premises. Previously the premises were leased by another supermarket chain operator Prisma Latvija AS, therefore the transactions were subject to merger control.
Advising Balcia Insurance SE (previously BTA Insurance Company) in a merger deal with Vienna Insurance Group AG. VILGERTS prepared all the necessary documents, including merger notification, and carried out an in-depth analysis of the effects of the merger in all three Baltic States. The merger was successfully cleared in all three Baltic States, namely, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
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.