Name
Jūlija Jerņeva

Partner

Languages

English, French, Latvian, Russian, Spanish

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

M&A, GDPR & Data Protection, Retail, Regulatory

Contacts

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

M&A, GDPR & Data Protection, Retail, Regulatory

Profile

Jūlija Jerņeva, LL.M. is an EU law, competition, employment and M&A attorney, practicing since 2003.

Jūlija Jerņeva main focus of work lies with competition law. Jūlija has unique expertise in the field of unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. She has represented clients in mergers, abuse of dominant position and cartel matters, advised on dawn raids, market inquiries and investigations across various industry sectors. Jūlija has a long track record of representing clients in competition cases before the Latvian Competition Council and Latvian state courts. She also represented clients before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Jūlija’s employment practice covers advising on collective consultation and redundancies, handling discrimination, mobbing, bossing, harassment and unfair dismissal claims. She represents  clients in both -  individual and collective disputes, before the courts and the State Employment Inspectorate. Julija  also consults companies on day-to-day matters, including overtime and rest period calculations, non-competition and confidentiality undertakings, as well as drafting tailor-made employment contracts and internal workplace rules.

Ms. Jerņeva currently researches loyalty inducing practices by dominant companies as part of her PhD. She also teaches EU competition law, EU Internal Market law and EU External relations in Riga Graduate School of Law. Jūlija has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles in the field of Latvian and EU competition law.

Band 1 lawyer in Competition & Antitrust by Chambers & Partners Europe: "Jūlija Jerņeva remains a well-known figure in this sector, assisting with many of the team's highlights. She advises on abuse of dominant position and also represents clients in merger control proceedings.”

Legal 500: "Brilliant lawyers with strategic skills.”

 

 

Career

2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2012 / Visiting lecturer in Competition and State Aid law, and EU External Relations, Riga Graduate School of Law
2003 – 2008 / Associate, Sorainen

Education

2015 / University of Latvia, PhD (expected)
2008 / King’s College London, Diploma in EU Competition law
2005 / College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M.
2004 / University of Latvia, Bac. iur.

Membership

2019 / European Commission Pool of Expert Group on Legal Migration, Expert
2005 / College of Europe Alumni Association
2003 / 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.

Assisted Cido (leading beverage production company) in acquisition of one of top beer producers in Latvia “Bauskas Alus”.

Advising a major construction company in relation to the Competition Council’s cartel investigation.

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