Competition

Who We Are

Our competition practice is focused on helping clients in cartel investigations, claims against clients arising from alleged abuse of dominance and compliance with existing competition law. Our merger clearance team is notorious for doing almost magic. We eagerly represent clients against the Competition Authority, including litigation against unfavourable decisions.

Practice In Detail
  • Abuse of Dominance
  • Anti-Competitive Behaviour
  • Cartel Investigation
  • Competition Litigation
  • Compliance
  • Dawn Raids
  • Horizontal and Vertical Agreements
  • Information Exchange
  • International Trade
  • Joint Ventures
  • Merger Control
  • Public-Procurement
  • State Aid
  • Tenders
Clients
  • AGA
  • AirBaltic
  • BAO
  • Biļešu Serviss
  • Cido Grupa
  • Deep White
  • ENC Latvia
  • Firma Madara 89
  • Fragrances International
  • Iepirkumu grupa
  • KW Bruun Baltic
  • Latvijas autoceļu uzturētājs
  • Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
  • Latvijas Pārtikas tirgotāju asociācija
  • Latvijas Pasts
  • Moller Baltic Import
  • Narvesen
  • RCI Gulbene
  • RIMI
  • Specprojekts
  • Triangel
  • Zaļā josta

Experience

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.

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.

Advising Iepirkumu grupa SIA concerning interpretation of specific provisions of the Unfair Retail Practices Prohibition Law.

Representing RIMI Latvia SIA in public consultation process about the Guidelines on the Unfair Retail Commercial Practices Prohibition Law drafted by the Latvian Competition Council.

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.

Acting on behalf of Latvian Food Retailers' Association in lobbying process before the Parliament of Republic of Latvia regarding adoption of the Unfair Retail Practices Prohibition Law.

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.

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