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The real estate practice and environmental law considerations are tied together. When doing real estate due diligence investigations environmental considerations are critical. In practice, the owner pays for pollution on its land, therefore risk assessment is on top of agenda for any developer. We do act for public for the right reasons to make rivers cleaner and forests less polluted. Our client base in environment industry is impressive and we do act for some of the Environment Authorities as well.

Hazardous waste

Landfills

Planning & Zoning

Waste Management

Due Diligence

Legal Compliance

Real Estate Transactions

Pollution Claims

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    • What are “options” and the possible types of option contracts?

      May 20, 2024

      by Reinis Sokolovs, Partner

      In the business world, as well as in everyday life, there are options and opportunities. If in life options and choices are dependent on various coincidences and they coincide with human actions, then in the business world options to choose can also be strengthened contractually by closing options co...

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    • PURCHASE OF COMMERCIAL LAND IN LATVIA

      May 20, 2024

      by Elizabete Bartansone, Associate

      Can you imagine the situation where a carefully selected and purchased plot of land ends up causing more losses than expected gains?  This article provides a practical overview of what to look out for so as to avoid ending up in such unfortunate situations. In 2019, when the well-known supermarke...

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    • Legal trends: M&A tech deals in Europe and US (2024)

      April 5, 2024

      by Gints Vilgerts, Managing Partner

      The IBA’s 7th Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology Sector Conference took place in Barcelona on 14–15 March 2024. It was generously attended by prominent deal makers and leading lawyers from all over the world. Below is a summary of key takeaways from the conference attended by Gints Vilg...

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    • Should a trademark owner formally react to a similar brand circulating in Latvia?

      March 19, 2024

      by Brigita Tērauda, Partner

      Traditionally, companies, for one reason or another, seek to avoid litigation as much as possible. This is totally understandable, litigation is time and resource consuming and for the most part, unpredictable. In this regard, to date, there has been no very active litigation practice before the Latv...

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    • Private damages claims as a result of cartelized procurement in Latvia

      March 11, 2024

      by Debora Pāvila, Partner

      Is it simply enough for the claimant to rely on the decision of the Competition Council?   The construction cartel saga has thoroughly disturbed the calm waters of private damages claims in Latvia, in which the EU Damages Directive has so far been relatively unused in practice. However, sinc...

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    • Public limited liability companies must amend their Articles of Association and disclose their shareholders’ register by 30 June 2024

      February 5, 2024

      by VILGERTS law firm

      To date, the shareholders’ register of a public limited liability company (akciju sabiedrība) have been only accessible via internal processes within the company itself or the central securities depositary [centrālais vērtspapīru depozitārijs]. The shareholders’ register is accessible ...

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    • Review of M&A deals in Latvia and the Baltic states for the year 2023

      February 5, 2024

      by Reinis Sokolovs, Partner

      The year 2023 witnessed a decline in the number and value of Latvian and Baltic M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions)  The war in Ukraine, energy risks, supply chain disruptions and inflation have continued to pose challenges for deals, as in previous years. Additionally, this year has seen new hurdles...

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    • Non-compete clauses: permissible between potential competitors?

      November 23, 2023

      by Charles Clarke, Expert Counsel

      Non-compete clauses are nothing new and common business practice to ensure the necessary fulfilment of agreements and to protect common interests. Such clauses are compatible with competition rules so as long as their duration, subject matter and geographic scope do not go beyond what is reasonably n...

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    • Emojis: can they create binding legal contracts in Latvia?

      November 22, 2023

      by Agris Dēdelis, Associate

      On 8 June 2023, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a supplier’s claim for debt collection from the buyer for the supply of linseed was justified due to the fact that the buyer had agreed to the terms of the contract by sending the supplier a “👍” or raised thumb emoji (see KING'S BENCH FO...

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    • UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF DIVIDENDS: RISKS FOR MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS

      August 18, 2023

      by Gints Vilgerts, Managing Partner

      Until 1 July 2023, the principle applied under the applicable law in Latvia detailed that dividends could be calculated only in proportion to the shares held applied to Latvian private and public limited liability companies (AS and SIA). This principle could not be changed by way of mutual agreement ...

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    • The risks attached to unpaid work of a Board Member.

      June 13, 2023

      by Agris Dēdelis, Associate

      Nearly all natural and legal persons who engage in an economic activity encounter debtors who deliberately evade fulfilment of their obligations or attempt to do so in an unlawful or unethical manner. It is emphasised, such behaviour by a debtor is wholly unacceptable and illegal. There are variou...

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    • Upgrading current distribution agreements.

      May 16, 2023

      by VILGERTS law firm

      Distribution agreements are a common business tool used by manufacturers to establish relationships with distributors and expand their reach in different markets. A distribution agreement is a legal agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the distribution relationship, including the right...

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    • Insurance sales as additional income: brokers, agents, and other insurance distributors.

      May 16, 2023

      by Madara Zeltiņa, Associate

      According to the Latvian Law on Insurance and Reinsurance Distribution (hereinafter, “the Law”), insurance distribution is defined as: “the provision of recommendations, offering of insurance, preparation of necessary documents for the conclusion of an insurance contract, explanation of the ter...

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    • The risk of an undefined salary for a board member in Latvia

      May 16, 2023

      by Gints Vilgerts, Managing Partner

      Under the respective provision of the Commercial Law (Article 221) in Latvia, it is stated and confirmed by the Senate (see case No. C33594518, SKC-71/2022) that a board member has the right to remuneration corresponding to their duties and the financial condition of the company. The issue of the ...

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    • Risks with public contract amendments

      December 21, 2022

      by VILGERTS law firm

      The correct application of procurement contract amendments has always been a hot topic. This is supported by the list of the Procurement Monitoring Bureau's (“PMB”) most commonly discovered inconsistencies throughout the procurement procedure, where, among other things, the proposed method for am...

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    • A company may be subject to the Latvian AML law even if not explicitly stated

      December 20, 2022

      by VILGERTS law firm

      Accountants, legal service providers, financial institutions and real estate brokers clearly understand their role as subjects of the Latvian Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation Act (“AML Law”). However, what about companies operating in other sectors...

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    • Update: EU adopts new sanctions package against Russia on 6 October

      November 10, 2022

      by Diāna Ķīse, Junior associate

      On 6 October 2022, the Council of the European Union adopted the latest package of sanctions against Russia over the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions (the “Eighth Package”). [1] The Eight Package was published in the Official Journal of the E...

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    • “Lost profits” awarded to a losing bidder – Public Procurement

      November 4, 2022

      by VILGERTS law firm

      The Procurement Monitoring Bureau (the “IUB”) is the Latvian governmental authority which hears disputes about the outcomes of the procurement procedures most frequently and before ever proceeding to court. Losing tenderers are mostly interested in receiving the green light to sign the contract a...

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    • How to avoid delays of registration in the Company Register?

      October 20, 2022

      by Elizabete Bartansone, Associate

      When establishing a company or changing its management board, article 416 of the Law “On the Register of Companies of the Republic of Latvia” (likums “Par Latvijas Republikas Uzņēmumu reģistru”) may turn out to be a cornerstone in the process. This article conveys the obligation of the Com...

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    • Frequently asked questions: Document submission to the Latvian Company Register

      September 27, 2022

      by Elizabete Bartansone, Associate

      VILGERTS provides daily legal assistance across a spectrum of corporate matters including, but not limited to, management board changes, company establishment and the liquidation of companies. In this publication, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions on procedure, necessary documen...

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