Ellex Klavins is member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms. Ellex has the largest and most highly ranked specialized legal team in the Baltics, with a portfolio of cross-border experience comprising the most significant international projects and landmark deals in the region since the beginning of the 1990s.
With almost 200 legal professionals and the widest variety of practice areas, Ellex is the ideal choice to provide each client top expertise and in-depth specialized legal services both domestically (in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and on a pan-Baltic dimension.
The firm was established in Latvia as Klavinš & Slaidinš in 1992 by Filips Klavinš and Raimonds Slaidinš, both U.S. lawyers of Latvian descent. It started with helping the first significant foreign investors begin operations in Latvia, and quickly became a leading law firm involved in the majority of the strategic local and cross-border projects in the region.
Among the major strengths of the firm in Latvia are mergers and acquisitions, competition, finance, banking and securities law, as well as EU legal matters in the Latvian context. One of the team’s core competences is transactional work, especially with regard to transactions that are sophisticated in nature and present unusual circumstances. Ellex Klavins lawyers also have extensive experience with all aspects of dispute resolution, particularly in complex (often precedent setting) litigation and international arbitration as well as real estate investment and tax planning work. During the past year the firm has also continued to significantly develop its practice areas of intellectual property, public procurement and white-collar crime.
Ellex Klavins is also known for its innovative approach, outstanding reputation and transparency with regard to all areas of business. Another significant aspect is active involvement in various pro bono, sponsorship and charitable activities, including support towards educational, arts and culture initiatives.