Energy & Natural resources

Motieka & Audzevičius' attorneys advise clients in the energy industry on a broad spectrum of transactions in the electricity, gas, oil, mining and renewable energy sectors. We work proactively in increasing the role of renewable resources in the energy system.

Our services encompass a wide number of aspects of the industry, including upstream exploration, extraction and production, midstream transportation, pipelines and storage and trading operations. The M&A team provide comprehensive regulatory, transactional, and litigation services to the participants of the energy industry.

Our lawyers have assisted clients in the drafting and negotiating of various project finance documents, including power purchase agreements, long-term energy supply agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, equipment procurement agreements, as well as contracts for engineering, procurement and interconnection. Our experience in litigation and transactions brings expertise to all sides of complex disputes and crises, including successfully defending clients against private, government, and class action lawsuits.

We assist clients in the assessment, development, revision and implementation of natural resource legislation and regulation, additionally we prepare policy and position papers, draft legislation, and formulate legislative strategies. Our lawyers constantly analyse new environmental legislation, regulations, cases, policies and trends, with a focus on relevant business opportunities and risks to our clients.

Key clients in this sector include Gazprom, Amber Grid, Dalkia, Litbioma, Lotos Geonafta, EN+Group, Lietuvos Dujos, and Reenergy.

  • Experience
      • 2017
      • Successfully represented co-authors of a patent before the Supreme Court of Lithuania in a dispute involving request to reopen proceedings regarding co-authors‘ claim against the Polish energy concern on the remuneration for the economic effect.
      • Represented Gazprom, a major player of international energy industry, before the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania.
      • Represented a shareholder of one of the major Lithuanian energy companies in a dispute before the Supreme Court of Lithuania.
      • Represented co-authors of a patent before appellate instance court in a dispute against the Polish energy concern.
      • 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.
      • Successfully represented co-authors of a patent before the Supreme Court of Lithuania.
      • Has successfully represented one of the major Serbian energy companies before the Supreme Court of Lithuania regarding the recognition and enforcement of ICC arbitral award.
      • Successfully represented OAO Gazprom in major SCC arbitration against Lithuania.
      • Has successfully represented the co-authors of the patent before Lithuanian Court of Appeal in the dispute where co-authors have filed a claim against the Polish energy concern.
      • Has successfully represented the co-founder and vice president of a major gas provider in a dispute regarding the unlawful dismissal of the vice president and request for compensatory allowances.
      • Had successfully represented one of the largest Serbian energy companies in the recognition and enforcement proceedings of two ICC Awards.
      • Has successfully represented an independent electricity supplier before the Supreme Court of Lithuania.
      • Has successfully represented the operator of Lithuania's Natural Gas Transmission System before the Supreme Court of Lithuania.
      • Represented the sellers of the target – UAB Renagro and BaltCap in selling their controlling stake and structuring of the joint venture via shareholders agreement.
      • Has represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system before the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania.
      • 2015
      • Has successfully represented shareholders of natural gas supplier before the Court of Appeal in a dispute regarding the application of interim measures against the main shareholder.
      • Has represented one of the largest Lithuaniam biomass suplliers before the Lithuanian Competition Council.
      • Represented OAO Gazprom before the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system before the Court of Appeal in a dispute regarding the application for interim measures against a leading manufacturer of nitrogen fertilizers and chemical products.
      • Successfully represented OAO Gazprom in a hotly debated litigation before the Supreme Court of Lithuania as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union.
      • Has successfully represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in a dispute regarding the financing scheme of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal.
      • Has represented an independent electricity supplier before the Court of Appeal of Lithuania.
      • Successfully represented inventor who is a citizen of the Russian Federation against one of the largest petroleum refining companies in the Baltic Region (and co-owner of the Lithuanian patent) which sought to re-open previous proceedings before Siauliai Regional Court.
      • Represented a leading international energy company before Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania in a case regarding right to judicial protection.
      • Successfully represented the co-authors of the patent before Siauliai Regional Court in the dispute where co-authors have filed a claim against the Polish energy concern claiming the remuneration for the economic effect, which Orlen allegedly received during the period of 1996-2010 from the use of the patent.
      • Successfully represented the co-authors of the patent before Lithuanian Supreme Court in the dispute where Polish energy concern has filed a claim for the invalidation of a Lithuanian patent.
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in a dispute case before the Court of Appeal regarding the obligation to pay a special fee for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal.
      • Represented a waste management company in a complaint to the European Commission against the Lithuanian Government
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in an administrative dispute regarding the legality of legislation regarding the financing scheme of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal.
      • Represented an inventor who is a citizen of the Russian Federation before Court of Appeal of Lithuania
      • Represented OAO Gazprom in a hotly debated case before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
      • Advised a group of companies of the energy sector in the dispute with the Tax Authorities over the transfer of losses between members of the same group and the reduction of Corporate Income Tax burden.
      • Represented an inventor who is a citizen of the Russian Federation in a pre-trial investigation procedure, initiated by one of the largest petroleum refining companies in the Baltic Region (and co-owner of the Lithuanian patent).
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in several cases regarding the legality of legislation on the financing scheme of the Lithuanian Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal.
      • 2014
      • Represented a joint venture in a dispute regarding contract reimbursement.
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in an administrative dispute regarding territorial planning procedures.
      • Represented the defendants (a group of inventors) in an unprecedented dispute brought by the co-owner of the patent concerning the validity of a patent which was analyzed with regard to all criteria set out in law.
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in an administrative dispute regarding the legality of legislation on the financing scheme of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal.
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system in a dispute regarding the legality of legislation on the financing scheme of a Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal.
      • 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
      • Represented an independent electricity supplier which has suffered damages due to the agreement
      • Advised Linas Agro on the sale of its subsidiary engaged in the lignin biofuel production business
      • Represented a Lithuanian limited liability company acting in the energy sector and an investor from the Netherlands in a dispute with the Republic of Lithuania and filing a complaint with the European Commission
      • 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.
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system before the Court of Appeal in a dispute regarding the application of interim measures against a leading manufacturer of nitrogen fertilizers and chemical products.
      • 2013
      • Represented a group of inventors in an unprecedented dispute concerning the validity of a Lithuanian patent which secures an invention in the energy sector.
      • Represented a holding company of a major world aluminum production conglomerate, based in the Russian Federation filing a complaint to the European Commission
      • Represented the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system which is in charge of the transmission of natural gas to system users against a system user who is a leading manufacturer of nitrogen fertilizers and chemical products in the Baltic States in a dispute regarding the financing scheme of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal.
      • Represented Lithuanian Gas (AB Lietuvos Dujos), a major energy company, in the Supreme Court of Lithuania
      • Represented a company's interests in an energy related dispute.
      • Represented a leading international energy company in a litigation concerning the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award rendered by the arbitral tribunal constituted under the SCC rules in the case between the company and a Lithuanian government body.
      • Represented a leading natural gas supplier in Lithuania in Vilnius District Court in a litigation involving the calculation of natural gas price
      • 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
      • 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
      • Conducted a successful domestic recognition of arbitral award issued by FOSFA Arbitration, London.
      • Represented one of the largest groups of companies in Lithuania performing in environment, real estate, engineering etc. markets in dispute on repayment of debt in SCC Arbitration.
      • Represented one of the biggest Lithuanian bio-fuel producers in the international commercial arbitration court in London.
      • Representing the Client in a trade dispute against another commodities trader in FOSFA arbitration in London.
      • 2011
      • Assisting the client in the energy industry on site during the dawn raid.
      • Representing the Client in a dispute with the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania
      • Advised a Local Energy Investor on the Acquisition of a Greenfield Wind Park Project.
      • Represented one of the leading companies in the energy industry against the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuanian before the Vilnius District Administrative Court in a dispute regarding the reduction of EU structural funding.
      • Represented the client in the Supreme Court of Lithuania regarding the contractual obligations.
      • Appealed the Court‘s decision in the dispute vs the Lithuanian metrology authority regarding the annulment of this institution's decision.
      • 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.
      • 2009
      • Defending one of the largest investors in Lithuanian energy industry from the claim that exceeded LTL 520 million (more than USD 220 million).
  • Recognition
      • 2013
      • Acquisition International M&A Awards
  • Conferences
      • 2013
      • Panelist in the Seventh Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference in Washington