Food & Tobacco

Who We Are

Our practice in food & tobacco is mostly linked to the retail sector, as well as the intellectual property protection of large tobacco trademark owners. We are strong in the food retail sector, especially in competition law aspects of it. In the tobacco sector we act for major brands in protecting their products against counterfeits. In both areas we get involved in assisting business associations with draft laws at governmental level and in the parliament.

Practice In Detail
  • Antitrust defence
  • Client data protection
  • Counterfeiting mitigation
  • Employment counselling and litigation
  • Lobbying
  • Patent and trademark litigation
  • Private label agreements
  • Real estate agreements
  • Sourcing agreements
Clients
  • British American Tobacco
  • Cido Grupa
  • Firma Madara 89
  • Japan Tobacco
  • Latvijas Balzams
  • Latvijas Pārtikas tirgotāju asociācija
  • Lazdonas Piensaimnieks
  • Narvesen
  • Philip Morris International
  • Rīgas piena kombināts
  • RIMI
  • Vincents

Experience

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 the foreign shareholder of a seafood processing company in Belarus on withdrawing from the investment project under the investment agreement with the Republic of Belarus and representing him in a bankruptcy procedure.

Advising one of the biggest Belarusian brewing companies on withdrawing from the investment agreement concluded with the Republic of Belarus. We designed a step-by-step withdrawal plan, aimed at minimizing financial, investment, political risks, as well as risks related to the top management liability.

Legal support of construction of forage production, turkey breeding and meat processing complex in Grodno region (Belarus) for ARVI group.

Representing Heineken FJSC in a dispute with a transport company regarding damage of goods, caused by demurrage of the shipment due to bad weather conditions.

Providing advice to Red Bull GmbH on different aspects of trademark protection in Latvia, including legal opinion, representation in contentious matters, settlement negotiations and other.

Representing a Russian confectionery giant Krasnyj Octyabr in a high profile litigation concerning the enforcement of its trade mark rights against Laima, a famous Latvian chocolate company.

Advising Heineken FCJSC on a dispute with a cargo carrier over the lost goods with a focus on VAT recovery issue and excise tax losses incurred by the Client.

Acting on behalf of Rīgas piena kombināts AS (Food Union) in court due to Nemeco’s opposition to trademark registration.

Successfully proving Riga Black balsam trademark infringement on behalf of Latvijas Balzams AS (SPI group), the leading Baltic producer of alcoholic beverages since 1900. Currently litigating an appeal on points of law, including damages to reputation.

Key Contacts

Ineta Krodere

Senior Partner, IPR

+371 29 223 774

ineta.krodere@vilgerts.comEmail

Brigita Tērauda

Head of IPR

+371 26 521 082

brigita.terauda@vilgerts.comEmail

Jūlija Jerņeva

Partner

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.comEmail

Jūlija Sauša

Head of Tax

+371 28 332 283

julija.sausa@vilgerts.comEmail

Jānis Kubilis

Head of Dispute Resolution

+371 26 349 255

janis.kubilis@vilgerts.comEmail

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