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Arbitration

Our leading International Commercial Arbitration practice consists of highly specialized arbitration lawyers and a long track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients in most complex disputes. We have vast experience acting as counsel, sitting as arbitrators and serving as expert witnesses under all the key arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC, VIAC, etc. We are particularly recognized for our expertise in energy, real estate and construction as well as M&A sectors. Our experience also includes court litigation in support of arbitration.
 
Ellex Valiunas is a pioneer in Investment Arbitration and Protection in Lithuania and has an acclaimed team with outstanding experience, handling the highest profile international investment disputes in the Baltic States.
 
We also have broad experience in risk management and conflict management. Our expertise includes assisting our clients in avoiding or resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, expert determination and proves that Alternative Dispute Resolution methods can lead to surprisingly good results.
 

Key contacts

Dr. Andrius Smaliukas

Partner

+370 52665964
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Giedrė Aukštuolienė

Senior Associate

+370 52665960
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Team

Tomas Balčiūnas

Associate

+370 52681891
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Rapolas Kasparavičius

Associate

+370 52681854
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Inga Martinkutė

Consultant

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Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan

Partner

Head of the Dispute Resolution practice group
+370 52681813
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Key projects in the field

Ellex Valiunas Arbitration Team Introduces the First Translated Book
Since domestic arbitration is becoming more complex, Ellex Valiunas has taken an important step to spread international doctrine of arbitration in Lithuania. Jurgita Petkute-Guriene, Vilija Vaitkute Pavan, Giedre Aukstuoliene, and Rapolas Kasparavicius have translated into Lithuanian the “Legal Theory of International Arbitration” authored by Emmanuel Gaillard, one of the prominent arbitration professionals in the world.
 
The book was presented during Vilnius Arbitration Day 2016 on 7 October 2016. Its first copies were donated to the Lithuanian universities, Supreme Court of Lithuania, Court of Appeal of Lithuania and Vilnius District Court. The book will not be distributed for commercial purposes.
 
This is the first translation by Ellex Valiunas of a book published by internationally recognized legal scholars. Ellex Valiunas will continue on this path and other translations are expected in the near future.   
 
The e-book for personal use only, can be found here.
 
 
We advised and represented Lithuania in multiple parallel disputes against Gazprom
Our practice includes advising and representing Lithuania in SCC arbitration proceedings which were initiated by Lithuania against Gazprom in relation to breaches of its obligations under the Shareholders’ Agreement
 
We advised Lithuania in investment arbitration dispute under ICC Arbitration Rules initiated by Gazprom, one of the largest energy companies of Europe. Dispute concerned Gazprom’s previous investment into thermoelectric power plant in Lithuania.
 
We successfully represented Lithuania in investment arbitration proceedings commenced by Gazprom under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in relation to Lithuania’s unbundling of gas transmission from gas production and supply in the Lithuanian gas distribution company in compliance with the EU Third Energy Package. 
We defended Lithuania against 229 million euro investment arbitration claim
We helped the State to win in investment dispute under UNCITRAL arbitration rules, launched by an Italian wine producer Luigiterzo Bosca regarding alleged violation of investors rights under the bilateral investment protection treaty between Lithuania and Italy in relation to the privatization process of a major Lithuanian sparkling wine and spirits producer. The arbitral tribunal dismissed the entire claim of EUR 229 million.