Competition/Antitrust

The Motieka & Audzevičius' Competition/Antitrust team is among the leading practitioners in Lithuania and the Baltic region. We are proud to have one of the strongest competition teams with unrivalled experience and a track record of landmark cases in this area. We have a first-class reputation for gaining merger clearance in highly concentrated markets.

Our track record includes working with both local projects of strategic importance and advising on complex multi-jurisdictional matters. Among the landmark cases was the representation of the insolvent Lithuanian airlines (flyLAL) in the private enforcement litigation against Air Baltic A/S and Riga International Airport. The case in question resulted in damages due to violation of competition rules. We also acted as leading counsels for a foreign pharmacy operator on the acquisition of 100 per cent of shares in a pharmacy network of more than 60 pharmacies in Lithuania.

Our lawyers are highly skilled in dealing with all competition and antitrust issues: merger control, dominance and abusive conduct, cartel regulation, private enforcement, litigation and EU regulatory advice, licensing strategies and agreements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, regulatory and internal investigations, and other antitrust investigations. M&A attorneys provide general advice for the obtaining of competition clearances in mergers and joint ventures as well as represent clients before regulatory bodies.

The work of our Competition/Antitrust practice group has been commended by the most authoritative legal directories, including Legal 500, and others.

Our services include:

  • Civil antitrust investigations
  • Consumer protection and advertising
  • Criminal antitrust practice/cartel investigations
  • European Competition counseling
  • Merger clearance
  • Regulatory matters
  • Experience
      • 2016
      • Represented PAO Gazprom, one of the world’s largest energy companies, before the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania.
      • Has successfully represented a client in an investigation initiated by the Competition Council regarding alleged bid rigging in public procurement procedures.
      • Has successfully represented a leading security service provider in a dispute with the National Competition Authority in Vilnius Regional Administrative Court.
      • Advised and assisted "Hampiðjan hf" in obtaining the merger clearance for the purchase of shares of P/f Von (due to its subsidiary UAB "Vonin Lithuania“) in Lithuania.
      • 2015
      • Has represented one of the largest Lithuaniam biomass suplliers before the Lithuanian Competition Council.
      • Motieka & Audzevičius has supported the client in the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania in obtaining of the competition clearance for the joint control in IT products conglomerate.
      • Successfully represented a leading security service provider in a dispute with the National Competition Council in the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court.
      • Represented a leading Lithuanian consumer organization, acting as a complainant, before the Lithuanian Competition Council.
      • Represented a real estate administrative services provider before Vilnius Regional Administrative Court.
      • 2014
      • Represented a leading security service provider in a dispute with the National Competition Council in the Supreme Administrative Court.
      • Represented a real estate administrative services provider before Vilnius regional administrative court.
      • Represented an accommodation administrative services provider in an investigation commenced by the Competition Council of Lithuania.
      • Represented a publicly listed company in a case against the Lithuanian Competition Council in regard to a breached right of accessing a case file that was in the Competition Council's possession.
      • Represented a leading security service provider in a dispute with the National Competition Council in the Supreme Administrative Court.
      • Represented a Client in a case in which the Client claimed that their rights had been breached by the Lithuanian National Competition Authority's refusal to grant access to a case file related to concentrations that had been already implemented.
      • 2013
      • Merger clearance for the acquisition of the sole ownership of Helisota, the only Mi-8/17 type helicopters technical maintenance company in Lithuania.
      • Represented the Client, a city infrastructure company, in a case against a major Scandinavian bank before the Supreme Court of Lithuania.
      • Merger clearance for the cross-border acquisition of an agricultural company
      • Merger clearance for the sale of stake in food wholesale and catering business
      • 2012
      • Merger clearance for the acquisition of Manifoldas
      • Merger clearance for the purchase of Mestilla shares from Statoil
      • Advising Lithuanian Gas and Gasum Oy of Finland on establishing the Natural Gas Exchange in the Baltics
      • Investigation of the Lithuanian Competition Council in regard to failure to notify a concentration to the Council
      • Representing the largest producer of tiles in the Baltic States in a dispute with the leading bank of Lithuania.
      • Advising AB Linas Agro Group in sale of Ukrainian fertilizer producing subsidiary PJ-SC Ukragro NPK to one of the largest chemical conglomerates in Ukraine “OSTCHEM”.
      • 2011
      • Assisting the client in the energy industry on site during the dawn raid.
      • Represented one of the major food supply and catering companies before the Supreme Court of Lithuania in PPP dispute regarding the annulment of the results of a public procurement procedure.
      • Represented the insolvent national airlines in the Vilnius District Administrative Court in the dispute with Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the annulment of its resolution.
      • Represented one of the leading Lithuanian events management company in the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania in the dispute among the events management companies and the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania regarding prosecution of the cartel agreement.
      • Represented one of the major Lithuanian catering companies in the Supreme Court of Lithuania in complex litigation related public tender and application of the EU law.
      • Represented the interests of the insolvent national airlines in the Vilnius District Administrative Court in the dispute with Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Lithuania. Administration of civil aviation was involved as the third party in this litigation dispute.
      • Represented one of the leading oil production companies in Lithuania in a court battle for the annulment of the public contract among the main participators of the Lithuanian energy sector, as well the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Lithuania, in the Vilnius District Court.
      • Represented the client in regulatory litigation in the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania against the largest Baltic air carrier.
      • 2010
      • Represented one of the major Lithuanian real estate companies in the dispute before the Supreme Court of Lithuania regarding the renewal of the process under the claim from General prosecutor's office.
      • Represented one of the leading developer of intelligent engineering solutions in Lithuania in a court battle for annulment of the public contract between one of the municipalities and Europe's largest engineering conglomerate.
      • 2009
      • Defended one of the major catering and food supply companies in the litigation against the company's major competitor in the Court of Appeals.
      • Defended the clients in civil litigation against the General Prosecutor's Office.
      • Represented the client before the European Court of Auditors and the European Commission regarding the legality of public procurement procedures.
      • Consulted and drafted necessary documents for creating of the holding structure for one of the major agribusiness companies in Lithuania.
  • Recognition
      • 2016
      • Has been recognized by independent legal directory Legal 500.
      • 2015
      • Legal 500, 2015
      • ACQ Law Awards 2015
      • 2014
      • Global Law Experts Practice Awards 2014
      • Recognized by Legal 500 in 2014
      • ACQ Global Awards 2014
      • Corporate INTL Global Awards 2014
      • 2013
      • ACQ Law Awards 2013
      • Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013
      • Lawyers World Law Awards 2013
      • Corporate INTL Legal Awards 2013
      • Global Law Experts Practice Awards 2013
      • Recognized by ACQ Law Awards 2012
      • 2012
      • M&A International Global Awards 2013
      • Recognized by Corporate INTL Global Awards 2012
      • Recognized by Leading Lawyer Awards 2012
      • Awarded by DealMakers
      • DealMakers Country Award Winner 2012
      • Recommended by The Legal 500 in 6 practice areas.
      • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer 2011.
      • 2011
      • Lawyers World Annual Jurisdiction Awards 2011.
      • Global Law Experts Awards 2011 as Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year of Lithuania.
      • Winner of the Corporate INTL Magazine 2011 Global Award for "Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year in Lithuania"
      • Highly recommended by The Legal 500.
      • 2010
      • Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2010.
  • Publications
      • 2016
      • The European Antitrust Review 2017
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2017, Getting the Deal Through Series
      • 2015
      • Cartel Regulation 2016, Getting the Deal Through series
      • Private Competition Enforcement Review, 8th edtion
      • ICLG Competition Litigation 2016
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2016, Getting the Deal Through Series
      • The Merger Control Review, 6th edition
      • The European Antitrust Review 2016
      • “The Future of Collective Antitrust Redress: Is Something New Under the Sun”, Global Competition Litigation Review
      • "Infringement of Competition Law Has Become More Dangerous", Verslo žinios
      • 2014
      • Cartel Regulation 2015, Getting the Deal Through series
      • Private Competition Enforcement Review, 7th edtion
      • ICLG Competition Litigation 2015
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2015, Getting the Deal Through Series
      • The International Investigations Review, 4th edition
      • The Merger Control Review, 5th edition
      • The European Antitrust Review 2015
      • Cartel Regulation 2014, Getting the Deal Through series
      • 2013
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2014 in Getting the Deal Through series
      • ICLG Competition Litigation 2014
      • Private Competition Enforcement Review, 6th edition
      • The European Antitrust Review 2014
      • Vertical Agreements 2013 in Getting the Deal Through series
      • 2012
      • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Competition Litigation 2013
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2013 in Getting the Deal Through series
      • Private Competition Enforcement Review
      • GCR The European Antitrust Review 2013
      • The Merger Control Review 2012
      • Vertical Agreements 2012 in Getting The Deal Through series.
      • 2011
      • Merger Control in Lithuanian // The Merger Control Review.
      • The Private Competition Enforcement in Lithuania // The Private Competition Enforcement Review.
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2012.
      • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Competition Litigation 2012.
      • Leegin Case: Resale Price Maintenance vs. Consumer Welfare
      • Extraterritorial Application of Competition Law: Different Angles – Same Conclusion
      • Vertical Agreements 2011 in Getting The Deal Through series
      • Cartel Regulation 2011 in Getting The Deal Through series.
      • 2010
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2011, Getting the Deal Though series
      • The Private Competition Enforcement in Lithuania.
      • The European Antitrust Review 2011.
      • Cartel Regulation 2010 in Getting The Deal Through series.
      • 2009
      • Private Antitrust Litigation 2010 in Getting The Deal Through series.