Aviation

Who We Are

Our aviation sector client base is very broad and we have learnt how the industry operates and what really matters. We have acted for various players in the sector and from different angles, i.e. sale of airlines, purchase of helicopters, construction of hangars and refinancing of terminals.

Practice In Detail
  • Carrier's liability
  • Competition
  • Consumers
  • Disputes & Litigation
  • Financing of Terminals
  • Lease & Construction
  • M&A
  • Public Procurement
  • e-Commerce
Clients
  • AirBaltic
  • Airo Catering
  • BGS ADR
  • Capital Handling
  • Latvian Aviation Industry Association
  • SmartLynx Airlines

Experience

Provision of legal support and representing the client who specializes in full-service aircraft lease services in a dispute concerning fulfilment of a settlement and purchase and sale of shares.

Provision of legal assistance and representation of the Air Baltic Corporation in various disputes and proceedings with trade unions.

Advising SmartLynx Airlines, EU based airline, with headquarters in Riga, on business restructuring options and risks.

Successfully defending owner of an airport hangar against claim brought by construction company regarding the owner’s refusal to pay for the defective construction works. On 14 January 2019 the district court adopted a judgement in favour of the client, which became effective as of 5 February 2019.

Representing an aviation company in an ongoing litigation regarding the repayment of investments. The company who received the funds later transferred its’ business in several coordinated transactions to a related company, and thereafter became insolvent. The client brought a claim against the recipient of the borrower’s business pursuant to Article 20 of Commercial Law.

Partner Debora Pāvila is acting as co-counsel to Lithuanian colleagues in the first multi-million antitrust damages litigation before Lithuanian courts representing Air Baltic Corporation AS against BAB Fly-LAL Lithuanian Airlines. The case has already twice been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for a preliminary ruling.

Developing and implementing litigation strategy and representing Air Baltic Corporation AS before the court in a high-profile civil dispute with Baltic Taxi SIA regarding misappropriation of Air Baltic Corporation AS trademarks.

Successfully representing Air Baltic Corporation AS in settlement negotiations with Riga International Airport regarding the first multi-million antitrust damages litigation in the jurisdiction of Latvia. VILGERTS secured a favourable settlement agreement.

Successfully representing Air Baltic Corporation AS in litigation before the Supreme Court, in which the insolvent FlyLAL Lithuanian Airlines brought an action for recognition and enforcement of foreign attachment order worth EUR 58 Mio against our client and Riga International Airport. The Supreme Court refused to recognize and enforce the order.

Assessed compatibility of commercial practices of IBERIA, the largest Spanish airline, with Latvian consumer protection rules.

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