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
  • Cido Grupa
  • Deep White
  • ENC Latvia
  • Firma Madara 89
  • Fragrances International
  • Iepirkumu grupa
  • If P&C Insurance
  • KW Bruun Baltic
  • Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
  • Latvijas Pārtikas tirgotāju asociācija
  • Latvijas Pasts
  • Moller Baltic Import
  • Narvesen
  • RCI Gulbene
  • RIMI
  • Specprojekts
  • Triangel
  • Zaļā josta

Experience

Representing Moller Mobility group companies – distributors of VW cars in Latvia - in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council, where the court has repealed a EUR 7.4 million fine imposed on our clients for an alleged cartel agreement.

Representing Rimi Latvia SIA in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council challenging the decision to prohibit Rimi from acquisition of lease rights of premises in the shopping mall “Domina”, instead allowing Rimi’s competitor Maxima Latvija SIA to open a supermarket in the same premises.

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.

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.

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.

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 (Top!) 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.

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