Who We Are

We help brokers and insurance companies mostly with contract work and disputes. We have developed in-depth knowledge of personal injury litigation and cargo insurance.

Practice In Detail
  • CMR Liability Litigation
  • Cargo Claims & Defence
  • Competition and Regulatory Advice
  • Cross-border Insurance Activities
  • Insurance Contract Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Insurance M&A
  • Insurance Products Distribution
  • Life Assurance
  • Marine Insurance
  • Portfolio Transfers
  • Public Procurement of Insurance Products
  • Regulatory
Clients
  • AirBaltic
  • Allianz
  • AON Baltic
  • Balcia
  • BTA
  • Charles Taylor Adjusting
  • If P&C Insurance
  • Marsh

Experience

Representing a marine insurance company in litigation against a Latvian retailer regarding the retailer’s failure to pay for the delivered goods according to United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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.

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 If P&C Insurance AS in dispute with a stevedore company Liepājas Osta LM AS in relation to a claim for compensation of losses in the amount of EUR 1.3 Mio. The damage most likely was caused by exposure to saltwater and therefore the cargo of steel bars was damaged during transportation from Liepaja to Liverpool. The court of appeals ruled in the favour of the client.

Representing If P&C Insurance AS Lithuania in litigation concerning complex relationship between several carriage companies, which are based both in the jurisdiction of Latvia and Lithuania. VILGERTS represents the client in litigation for damages against the carriers and their insurers. VILGERTS has assisted the client in obtaining a favourable judgment from the first instance court acknowledging a possibility to bring a direct action against an insurer in non-compulsory liability insurance case.

Representing If P&C Insurance in a litigation with international transport company Kuehne + Nagel Latvia SIA, where the client brought a recourse claim for careless handling of a container that was washed overboard. The amount of claim exceeds EUR 1 Mio.

Advised BTA Insurance Company SE in sale of shares in BTA Baltic Insurance Company AAS, one of the leading insurance companies in the Baltics, to Vienna Insurance Group AG. We were involved in preparation of transaction documentation and negotiations.

Advising a client - Latvian Motor Insurers' Bureau on mitigation of potential risks derived from the landmark judgment of the Constitutional Court of Latvia. The Constitutional Court decided that there must be retroactive increase of the insurers' liability in obligatory insurance of the civil liability of the owners of motor vehicles. The judgment followed the interpretation of EU law, as given by CJEU in it's preliminary ruling. VILGERTS advised the client on compatibility of the judgment of the Constitutional Court with EU law and suggested preferred course of action to be used in the course of ongoing litigations.

Successfully defending If P&C Insurance AS against Kuehne + Nagel Latvia SIA regarding an insurance recourse claim worth EUR 1.1 Mio for careless handling of a container, which washed overboard.

Key Contacts

Gints Vilgerts

Partner, M&A

+371 29 107 768

gints.vilgerts@vilgerts.comEmail

Jānis Kubilis

Head of Dispute Resolution

+371 26 349 255

janis.kubilis@vilgerts.comEmail

Vairis Dmitrijevs

Head of M&A

+371 29 258 370

vairis.dmitrijevs@vilgerts.comEmail

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