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
  • Capital Handling
  • Latvian Aviation Industry Association
  • Lidosta “Rīga”
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • SmartLynx Airlines

Experience

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.

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.

Representing Air Baltic Corporation AS, the Latvian national airline, against FlyLAL Lithuanian Airlines, which has claimed EUR 60 Mio of antitrust damages in Lithuanian courts.

Assistance to LSG Sky Chefs, a European leader in airline passenger catering, in potential acquisition of a multi-million real estate property from Reverta for its commercial needs and relocation of the manufacturing facility.

Reviewing the documentation of a high profile, EU-funded Riga International Airport multi-million public works contract for runway reconstruction. We also represented them before the Procurement Monitoring Bureau in a dispute regarding candidate experience requirements.

Key Contacts

Gints Vilgerts

Partner, M&A

+371 29 107 768

gints.vilgerts@vilgerts.comEmail

Vairis Dmitrijevs

Head of M&A

+371 29 258 370

vairis.dmitrijevs@vilgerts.comEmail

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