Kuldar is experienced in dispute resolution, public procurement and public private partnership projects as well as in project financing and administrative law. His client portfolio includes large corporations from very different areas of business that he has successfully represented in numerous public procurement and court proceedings. Kuldar has also advised as leading counsellor various financing, merger and take-over transactions. He has counselled multiple restructuring and refinancing projects, drafted the pertinent transaction documentation and represented clients in relations with both financial authorities and public institutions. Who’s Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, has for years recognized him as one of the leading specialists in the field of public procurement.
Legal500 2017: “Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff, who is ‘very strong in disputes and transactional matters’”
Chambers Europe 2017: “Clients highlight that Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff “always defends his clients but is also not afraid to give his honest opinion” and “can put things into practical perspective and make complicated matters simple.” He advises on a range of commercial disputes and has expertise in public procurement and insolvency-related matters.”
Legal500 2016: “Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff, who ‘stands out as a leading lawyer’”, “‘solution oriented’ fellow practice head Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff”, “At FORT practice head Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff ‘can be trusted without any reservations’.”, “Practice head Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff is ‘an excellent litigator’” and “Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff has ‘wide expertise’ in real estate transactions”.
Legal500 2015: “Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff is ‘always able to find the right solution’”, “Team head Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff ‘always finds innovative solutions to complex problems’” and “Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff ‘goes straight to the core of any complex legal issue’”
Minni-Triin has a long track record of advising mergers and acquisitions. She has been involved in many major M&A transactions (including private equity investments) in Estonia by representing either the seller, the purchaser or the financial institution. Minni-Triin advises several real estate developers and real estate investors in their day-to-day business activities; she has especially extensive experience in advising development of shopping centres and counselling lease relations of shopping centres. She’s been praised by, among others, Legal 500 (2010 edition) as ‘top class in all aspects’ and recognised by Chambers Europe (2013 edition) in the area of real estate and construction.
Legal500 2017: “‘Committed and solution-oriented’ practice head Minni-Triin Park […].” and “The commercial, corporate and M&A team at FORT is jointly led by real estate head Minni-Triin Park, who has ‘impressive industry knowledge’ […].”
Chambers Europe 2017: “Minni-Triin Park focuses on M&A and comes particularly recommended for her expertise in real estate transactions.” and “Clients praise her as “very practical in her approach” and appreciate that she is “results-oriented and a very good negotiator.””
Chambers Global 2017: “Minni-Triin Park focuses on M&A and comes particularly recommended for her expertise in real estate transactions. Clients state: “She thinks through all the things to the last detail to get the best resolution on the matter.”“
Chambers Europe 2016: “Up-and-coming Minni-Triin Park enters the rankings following excellent feedback from the market. “She is available and supportive, and often answers my questions in a single phone call,” a client says.”, “Minni-Triin Park ‘always finds ways to close difficult deals’” and “Head of department Minni-Triin Park is a trusted adviser on real estate matters. Impressed clients say: “When we have a big transaction, we use Minni-Triin. She is reliable, straightforward, confident and very skilled.””
Chambers Europe 2015: “Department head Minni-Triin Park is an accomplished real estate practitioner, and is praised by clients for her business-minded approach: “She is easy to work with, client-focused, deal-oriented and accustomed to our business.””
Legal500 2015: “Practice head Minni-Triin Park is ‘well organised, with excellent knowledge’.”
Kirsti has advised credit institutions, payment service providers, insurance companies, insurance intermediaries and other financial institutions in different regulatory issues. She is experienced in counselling different financing transactions, including several issues of securities and conclusion of major credit agreements. Kirsti also counsels clients on various corporate and commercial issues; this includes assistance in complicated corporate restructuring processes. For example, she has advised a cross-border merger of insurance companies into a SE. In addition to financial regulation law, Kirsti specialises in energy law. She has advised different energy producers and sellers in both contractual and regulatory matters. Kirsti is an experienced advisor of investors acquiring energy companies, her services have also included conducting legal due diligences.
Kirsti has gained valuable knowledge and experience during her internship at one of the leading law firms in Detroit (USA).
Legal500 2017: “[…] finance partner Kirsti Pent, who adopts ‘a straight-to-the-point approach’”
Ieva gained her first experience in the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia and later successfully combined knowledge and understanding of intellectual property right protection acquired in the Patent Office and experience in commercial law and civil law gained while working in one of the largest law firms in Latvia.
Ieva has an extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions and M&A transactions involving manufacturing and trade companies, with particular focus on transactions where the main component of value is IP, as well as in drafting diverse civil agreements and giving legal advice on the transaction structure.
Being a trademark attorney certified in Latvia, Ieva gives advice prior to filing a trademark for registration as to its availability and registrability and registration strategy if the mark needs to be protected abroad, as well as represents the clients during trademark registration procedures before the Patent Office and OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market dealing with EC trademark registration).
Chambers Europe 2011 Client’s Guide, “[…] trusted IP adviser is Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece, who draws upon her valuable experience gained at the Latvian Patent Office.”
Chambers Europe 2009 Client’s Guide, “Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece is a highly skilled practitioner with extensive expertise in patent disputes.”
Chambers Europe 2008 Client’s Guide, “Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece, formerly with Loze, Grunte & Cers, is a widely respected and highly talented expert who operates across the broad sweep of IP law issues.”
Jaana has participated in complicated administrative and civil proceedings, representing clients in all court instances and in relations with public authorities and private corporations. She has wide knowledge of the nuances of public and administrative law. Comprehensive knowledge of public procurement has enabled her to advise numerous contracting authorities and tenderers in procurement disputes. Jaana is also experienced in legal issues related to real estate, construction and zoning. She counsels clients in environmental projects, in areas such as mining, waste management, public transport, public water supply and sewerage projects. Jaana is a specialist in the field of public private partnership and she is also co-author (as attorney at Law Office Tark Grunte Sutkiene) of books “Public Private Partnership” and “Dispute Resolution”.
Rene is a leading expert of Estonian competition law with more than 10 years of experience in the field. His specialism is in antitrust (cartel and dominance) investigations before the Estonian Competition Authority, competition compliance in both regulated or non-regulated industries and complex merger work. Over the years, Rene has been involved in a number of landmark cases, such as the ‘milk-cartel’ and ‘vodka-cartel’ cases that ended successfully for his clients. Rene has also advised both private and public sector clients on application of EU State aid rules, e.g. represented them before the European Commission. A key part of Rene’s work is in pre-transaction competition assessment, i.e. providing firms with high-level views on feasibility of specific transaction scenarios and expected regulatory obstacles in merger investigations. Rene is recognized as a leading competition expert by Chambers Europe and The Legal 500, among others.
Rene is passionate about competition law, sports and politics. He plays tennis and cycles to keep fit.
Janis is a partner of the law firm FORT. Janis has been practicing law for over 10 years. He has previously worked for the leading international law firms in Latvia, and he has headed the Legal Division of the Consumer Rights Protection Centre in Latvia.
International legal rating agency Legal 500 indicates that clients appreciate the knowledge and work of Janis in real estate and construction, describing Janis as precise and accurate person.
Janis not only provides legal assistance to clients, but also participates in drafting laws and regulations and is currently taking active participation in a draft law development group that is working on legal regulation for completion of the land reform and termination of the exiting shared real estate relations (land and building owned by different persons).