Corporate and M&A

Our Corporate and M&A practice is swiftly gaining recognition in the pan-Baltic market through offices in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. The Vilnius team has already been acknowledged as one of the top commercial law firms in Lithuania by clients and legal ranking directories. Working in teams with lawyers in tax, competition, employment, dispute resolution and other practices, we provide our clients with comprehensive advice on complex transactions and day-to-day operations. Our Corporate and M&A lawyers are trained in disputes (including shareholder conflicts) and can foresee how to overcome any possible disagreements and guide the client through the maze of complex issues.

As the majority of M&A deals are structured under English and US corporate law principles, we work closely with leading UK and US law firms. Many of our well-educated lawyers hold LL.M. and MA degrees from the world's most prestigious law schools, including Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, King's College, and others.

The work of our Corporate and M&A practice group has been commended by the most authoritative legal directories, including Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Chambers Global, and others.

  • Experience
      • 2017
      • Advised KG Group regarding preparation and negotiation of financing agreements from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
      • Advised on the transaction of Bendrosios medicinos praktika, a multi-profile clinic and hospital.
      • Advised Publicum Group regarding the pan-Baltic merger with Idea Group.
      • Advised a a developer of complex banking software regarding business development in fintech industry.
      • 2016
      • Has advised the management team of “Orion” group companies which purchased shares of „Orion securities“.
      • Advised one of the largest Lithuanian capital road and railway construction companies in the Baltic states in one of the largest transactions of the Lithuanian real estate market this year.
      • Advised the seller, active in medicine and health business, in sale of the stake owned by the client to the majority shareholder.
      • Has advised Spark, the very first fully electric car sharing company that provides affordable eco-friendly mobility solutions with self-driving pleasure in Vilnius.
      • Advised the buyer in the acquisition of the stake owned by German investors in a deal that ended all disputes between the shareholders which had been ongoing for a number of years.
      • Represented the sellers of the target – UAB Renagro and BaltCap in selling their controlling stake and structuring of the joint venture via shareholders agreement.
      • 2015
      • Assisted major Italian producer of alcoholic products Luigi Bosca & Figli S.p.A in acquisition of 5% stake in Russian subsidiary CJS company “Bosca-Rus” from exiting shareholder SIMEST S.p.A.
      • Advised VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP AG Wiener, the top player in the CEE insurance market, on the incorporation of the first group company, a non-life insurance insurer, in the Baltic States.
      • Advised the Lithuanian entity, holding of Lithuanian entertainment business leaders engaging in entertainment (casinos) and catering business on “a-side step merger” in the course of which the Lithuanian entity has absorbed the Luxembourgish company.
      • Advised the management and group of investors regarding buy-out of shares of UAB Brolis semiconductors, a company developing advanced diode laser and sensor technologies, from Litcapital I.
      • Advised furniture manufacturing company on restructuring of its construction and furniture manufacturing business and negotiating joint venture agreements with partners in UK.
      • Advised UAB “Publicum Group” (Communication services group) on joint venture aspects with the shareholders of UAB “Socialus marketingas”
      • Advised the IT conglomerate Mobile Financial Solutions on the acquisition of a stake in Tavo mokykla (an IT system designed for educational institutions).
      • Advised a buyer (management team) on the purchase of 94% shares in UAB ILSANTA, a wholesale medical company supplying a wide range of medical devices, equipment and disposables for hospitals and healthcare centres in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
      • Advised one of the leading Lithuanian manufacturers of pre-designed residential houses on the restructuring of its business.
      • Advised a large international company regarding the establishment of a holding company and a whole business reorganisation structure.
      • 2014
      • Snoras' creditors committee has approved the sale of Finasta Group (a branch of the bankrupt Snoras bank with a focus on private banking, wealth management and investment funds) to Invalda LT.
      • Advised AB ŽIA valda regarding the acquisition of a 61.8% shareholding in AB Puntukas.
      • Advised the seller regarding the sale of shares in the Lithuanian company Fegda to investors.
      • Snoras' creditors committee has announced that a new bankruptcy administrator, UAB Valnetas, has been selected.
      • The bankruptcy administrator creditors committee of Snoras bank has reached a favourable agreement in a dispute regarding audit negligence of the international auditing and financial services company Ernst & Young, which has been approved by the creditors committee.
      • Represented the interests of the group company of the publicly listed Linas Agro Group in a shareholders dispute of ŽŪB Ėriškiai.
      • Advising OAO Gazprom in selling its stakes in Lithuanian gas companies.
      • Assisted AB Linas Agro on the sale of assets related to storage and maintenance of lignin
      • Advised Linas Agro on the sale of its subsidiary engaged in the lignin biofuel production business
      • Acted as legal counsel for a local energy investor on the acquisition of a greenfield wind park project and the construction of the wind park.
      • 2013
      • Represented the client in the acquisition of the sole ownership of Helisota, the only Mi-8/17 type helicopters technical maintenance company in Lithuania.
      • Represented the client in the acquisition of sole ownership of a preeminent secure printing service provider in Lithuania
      • Advised an investment group on the sale of a leading Lithuanian food wholesale and catering business
      • Advised Linas Agro Group in the acquisition of one of the largest agricultural companies in 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
      • Advised Aspen Group on the GSK pharmaceutical brands business transfer in Lithuania and performed the legal due diligence of the Lithuanian GSK.
      • Represented a shareholder of one of the biggest private sector health care providers in Lithuania in structuring and implementing a complex transaction related to the acquisition of shares.
      • Defended one of the leading infrastructure companies in Lithuania from creditor's claim.
      • 2012
      • Advised the largest Lithuanian oil producer LOTOS Geonafta on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Manifoldas
      • Advised a Danish Investor on the purchase from the Norwegian energy company STATOIL of a controlling stake in the biofuel producer Mestilla UAB
      • Advising Lithuanian Gas and Gasum Oy of Finland on establishing the Natural Gas Exchange in the Baltics
      • Advised on acquisition of a real estate management company UAB "A.R.T.V. INVESTICIJOS" and associated complex mortgage refinancing
      • Advising the creditor in the bankruptcy proceedings of AB Bankas SNORAS and acting as representatives in the Creditors‘ Committee meeting.
      • Advising the biggest independent commercial property manager in the Baltic States on the sale of a shopping mall.
      • Advising one of the leading regional wholesale and retail pharmaceutical groups on a spin-off of pharmacies chain pursuant to a conditional merger clearance.
      • 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
      • Defending the interests of client before the Court of Appeals in bankruptcy litigation related with protection of creditor's right.
      • Advised a Local Energy Investor on the Acquisition of a Greenfield Wind Park Project.
      • Advised the leading pharmaceutical retailers on the acquisition of 100 per cent of shares in pharmacies network of more than 60 pharmacies in Lithuania.
      • 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 the client in the Supreme Administrative Court in litigation related with the dispute of the shareholders.
      • Advised on the Major Transaction in the Lithuanian Airport Sector.
      • 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.
      • Advised the sellers of the largest transport infrastructure engineering company in Lithuania in selling the shares to one of the leading private equity and venture capital investor in the Baltic States.
      • 2010
      • Advised in the process of sale of Charter Jets (private aviation company).
      • Assisted shareholders of the holding company of one of the leading pharmaceutical wholesale and retail companies in exercising put option and exiting the joint venture with foreign partners.
      • 2009
      • Represented AB "Dvarcioniu keramika" (major tile manufacturer in the Republic of Lithuania) in implementing official mandatory tender offer of its shares.
      • Defended one of the major corporate finance, asset management and brokerage service firms in litigation against the investor's claim to arrest the assets of the client.
      • Structuring the joint venture of Italian premium wine producer Bosca in Bashkortostan, Russia
  • Recognition
      • 2016
      • Has been recognized by independent legal directory Legal 500.
      • Recognised by Chambers Global 2016
      • 2015
      • Chambers Europe 2015
      • Legal 500, 2015
      • ACQ Law Awards 2015
      • 2014
      • Global Law Experts Practice Awards 2014
      • Chambers Europe 2014
      • Recognized by Legal 500 in 2014
      • ACQ Global Awards 2014
      • DealMakers Law Awards 2014
      • Corporate INTL Global Awards 2014
      • 2013
      • ACQ Law Awards 2013
      • Lawyers World Law Awards 2013
      • Recommended by Chambers Europe 2013
      • Lawyers World Global Awards 2013
      • Corporate INTL Legal Awards 2013
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Lithuanian Firm of the Year - Lithuania by Finance Monthly Global Awards 2013
      • Corporate and M&A Law Firm of the Year in Lithuania - DealMakers Country Awards 2013
      • 2012
      • Recognized by Acquisition international Legal Awards 2012
      • M&A International Global Awards 2013
      • Recognized by Leading Lawyer Awards 2012
      • Recommended by Chambers Europe
      • DealMakers Country Award Winner 2012
      • Recommended by The Legal 500 in 6 practice areas.
      • Best Lawyers® has listed Motieka & Audzevičius attorneys as the leading Lithuanian lawyers.
      • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer 2011.
      • Recommended by IFLR 1000.
      • 2011
      • Lawyers World Annual Jurisdiction Awards 2011.
      • Acquisition International Legal Awards in Banking & Finance.
      • Recommended by the legal directory Chambers Europe 2011.
      • Highly recommended by Chambers Global 2011 among the leading Lithuanian legal firms in Dispute Resolution.
      • Highly recommended by The Legal 500.
      • 2010
      • Recommended by Chambers Europe 2010.
      • Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2010.
      • 2009
      • Recommended by Chambers Europe 2009.
      • Recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA.
  • Publications
      • 2016
      • Has contributed to the Lithuanian chapter of the Doing Business report for 2016 by the World Bank.
      • 2015
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2016, Getting the Deal Through series
      • The Restructuring Review, 8th edition
      • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review, 9th edition
      • 2014
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2015, Getting the Deal Through series
      • The Restructuring Review, 7th edition
      • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review, 8th edition
      • 2013
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2014, Getting the Deal Through series
      • Corporate Immigration 2014, Getting the Deal Through series
      • The Restructuring Review, 6th edition
      • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review, 7th edition
      • The Merger Control Review, 4th edition
      • 2012
      • Getting the Deal Through – Cartel Regulation 2013
      • Getting the Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2013
      • Corporate Immigration 2013 in Getting the Deal Through series
      • The Restructuring Review, 5th edition
      • The International Investigations Review 2012
      • Vertical Agreements 2012 in Getting The Deal Through series.
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2012 in Getting The Deal Through series.
      • 2011
      • Merger Control in Lithuanian // The Merger Control Review.
      • Corporate Immigration 2012
      • The Restructuring Review.
      • Vertical Agreements 2011 in Getting The Deal Through series
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2011 in Getting the Deal Through series.
      • 2009
      • Restructuring & Insolvency 2010 in Getting The Deal Through series.
  • Conferences
      • 2011
      • Seminar "Taxation of Holding Companies in Europe" in Amsterdam
      • 17th Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference in Paris