Jūlija Jerņeva



English, French, Latvian, Russian, Spanish



Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

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


+371 29 131 597


+371 29 131 597

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

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


Jūlija Jerņeva, LL.M. is an EU law, competition, employment and M&A attorney. Jūlija’s competition practice includes focus on mergers and acquisitions, which require prior review and approval by the Latvian Competition Council. She also regularly advises multinational companies involved in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations.

Jūlija currently researches exclusionary pricing abuses by companies holding a dominant position as part of her PhD. She also teaches EU competition law, State aid and EU External relations in Riga Graduate School of Law. In addition to her competition practice, Jūlija regularly advises clients on employee rights in the event of transfer of undertakings, mobbing, sexual harassment and employee discrimination. She also assists clients in their relations with trade unions.

Legal500 2014: “Brilliant lawyers with strategic skills.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2014: "Hands-on, experienced and active."

Jūlija was included in The Best Lawyers in Latvia 2016 in following practice areas - Competition/Antitrust law and Corporate and M&A law.




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


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


2005 / College of Europe Alumni Association
2003 / Latvian Bar Association


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.


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