Dispute Resolution

Ellex Valiunas has earned the trust of top local and international companies during more than 20 years of the firm’s practice in the field of dispute resolution. Our experts are business-minded and support the pragmatic commercial considerations that are always prominent in clients’ dispute matters. We help our clients to gain a full understanding of the complexities of our local court system and aim to provide them with a big-picture framework of the case without forgetting small but important nuts and bolts. Our firm also has significant experience in arbitrations handled outside of the country.
 
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Giedrė Aukštuolienė

Partner

Co-head of the Dispute Resolution practice
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Miroslav Nosevič

Partner

Co-head of the Dispute Resolution practice
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V. Vaitkutė Pavan is the only professional negligence lawyer nominated by Who`s Who Legal in the Baltic States
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V. Vaitkutė Pavan is the only professional negligence lawyer nominated by Who`s Who Legal in the Baltic States
2021-02-26
 
Ellex Valiunas partner, attorney Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan, together with 209 law professionals globally, is recognized as one of the world's recommended lawyers for litigation on professional negligence.
 
The category "Professional Negligence" was first introduced by the legal research directory "Who's Who Legal". V. Vaitkutė Pavan is the only lawyer nominated in this category in the Baltic States
 
Professional Negligence is an in-depth guide to the world's leading professional negligence lawyers. They shine the spotlight on pre-eminent names in the field, distinguished for their advice about any legal action involving alleged negligence or liability resulting from professional work undertaken. 
 
In total, the guide published 209 barristers and lawyers worldwide from 134 firms and 28 jurisdictions. In Europe, only 142 professionals qualify for this category.
Ellex competences in the market strengthened by new partners
2021-01-11
 
Ellex Valiunas, the largest law firm in Lithuania, expands its team of partners. From January, Giedrė Aukštuolienė, head of the Dispute Resolution practice, and dr. Olga Petroševičienė, one of the best known real estate experts in Lithuania, have become partners of the law firm. Martin Mäesalu, a new partner in Estonia, joined Ellex too.

Partner Aukštuolienė started her career at the law firm a decade ago. During this time, she became one of the most promising representatives of lawyers' young generation in litigation and arbitration. Her experience covers both complex business litigation cases in Lithuania and wide-range client representation in commercial arbitration. She also successfully represented the Republic of Lithuania in investment arbitration processes. Jointly with partner Ramūnas Petravičius, Aukštuolienė leads the largest Dispute Resolution practice in Lithuania – 26 lawyers in total.

Last year alone, Ellex in Lithuania represented its clients in almost 300 litigation and arbitration cases where the total amount of disputes exceeded EUR 2.6 billion.

After joining the team of partners dr. Olga Petroševičienė became the 20th partner of the law firm in Lithuania. It is this office where Olga started her career as an attorney 14 ago. Later, she worked in various smaller law firms and individually represented major business companies and thus acquired valuable real estate law experience. Jointly with Audrius Petkevičius, she will lead the Real Estate and Environment practice.

"I return to Ellex Valiunas after a break, thanks to which I can give the law firm the top competence both as a real estate expert and the leader of the entire practice team. Work with Ellex will undoubtedly involve highly complex projects. I see it as an ambitious challenge to return in 2021 as clients will need targeting and long-lasting solutions in the pandemic", Olga states.

With the new partners joining our team, the law firm also considers gender equality relevant in the lawyers' community. Currently, the overall male-female ratio is equal in the law firm, while women in the management positions make up more than half.

According to Rolandas Valiūnas, managing partner of the law firm in Lithuania, in 2020 Ellex demonstrated the top legal level in various aspects: "In the overall opinion of law firms' clients, we have the best legal competences and are the most reliable strategic partner, and also the best law firm in the Baltics according to the prestigious rating of The Lawyer, as well as absolute leaders in the M&A transaction market in the Baltics according to the rating of Mergermarket. I believe that the last year showed that Ellex's clients win". According to Valiūnas, the strengthened team of the practice leaders is also a strong message to the clients who choose the law firm in expectation of the best result and effective project management. "I am happy that the young generation of lawyers gets increasingly involved in leadership at our law firm," Valiūnas says.

Immediately before 2021, the partners' team was enlarged in Estonia's Ellex office, too – Martin Mäesalu, head of the Competition and State Aid practice, became the 14th partner.
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Ellex Valiunas is part of Ellex, the largest and most highly ranked circle of business law firms in the Baltics. With 100 lawyers In Lithuania, in the Baltics, it unites over 200, 42 of which are partners. Together with the business support team, the circle has more than 280 employees in the three countries.
 
We represented our client in a dispute regarding the termination of contract works agreement
We represented our client, major German company acting in civil nuclear fuel market, in a dispute with a local construction company regarding the termination of contract works agreement due to the construction company’s insolvency. Although the contract works agreement foresaw dispute resolution in arbitration, the insolvent construction company brought a claim of approximately EUR 5 million to the Lithuanian courts basing their jurisdiction on national laws. The dispute involved complicated jurisdiction questions, application EU Regulation on Jurisdiction matters No 44/2001, EU Insolvency Regulation No 1346/2000, Rome I Regulation No 593/2008, as well as complex matters of construction and contract works law.