Automotive

Who We Are

Auto industry works with us in various practice areas of which competition law is the most popular. We also help auto industry in dispute resolution, GDPR, personal injury and finance matters.

Practice In Detail
  • Competition
  • Disputes & Litigation
  • Distributors
  • Importers
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • International Transport
  • Lease & Construction
  • M&A
  • Personal injury
  • Restructuring
Clients
  • AvtoKraz
  • CNH International
  • Fracht
  • IVECO
  • Latvijas autoceļu uzturētājs
  • Latvijas Transportlīdzekļu apdrošināšanas birojs
  • Littelfuse
  • Moller Baltic Import
  • Toyota

Experience

Assisting UAB Unimodus (Modus Group, Lithuania) in repeated prolongation and implementation of an investment agreement with the Republic of Belarus on construction of auto-houses all over the country. Currently we are advising the Client on termination of the investment agreement.

Trained Toyota Baltic dealers on GDPR rules.

Representing Iveco Group companies in a dispute worth EUR 0.63 Mio against its previous dealer Ive Motors SIA, which became insolvent. The dispute involved several complex legal aspects concerning the jurisdiction, applicable substantive law and others.

Successfully appealing the decision of Oshmyany Custom Department (Belarus) for Miliam Reisid OU in regard to violation of Belarusian customs procedure for temporary admission of goods, as well as non-payment of VAT and custom duties.

Acting on behalf of the Moller group companies in administrative proceedings and competition litigation against the Latvian Competition Council in a case concerning an alleged cartel and a record fine on one group of companies of EUR 7.4 mio.

Assisting ALD Automotive Russia on establishing a representative office in Belarus, as well as advising on employment, corporate, tax and car leasing issues.

Advising KW Bruun OU, the Peugeot car importer into the Baltic States, on compliance of their distribution agreements with competition law.

Conducting a tax due diligence for MAZKONTRAKTLEASING - subsidiary of the leading producer of trucks and buses in CIS.

Advising Auto Halle, a distributor of Suzuki, Peugeot, Seat, Hyundai and Isuzu cars in Latvia, in distressed situation arising from EUR 5 Mio loan issued by Swedbank. We assisted with the negotiations with the bank, legal protection proceedings, insolvency process, project planning and eventual refinancing of the company.

Advising IVECO Group in negotiations with a Latvian debtor in handling various aspects of insolvency, guarantee enforcement and further financing of the supplied vehicles as well as Latvian litigation procedure. The amount of debt was in excess of EUR 0.6 Mio.

Key Contacts

Jūlija Jerņeva

Partner

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.comEmail

Jānis Kubilis

Head of Dispute Resolution

+371 26 349 255

janis.kubilis@vilgerts.comEmail

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