Aldis practices since 2001 and is currently an attorney-at-law and certified administrator of insolvency proceedings.
Aldis even further improved his professional expertise and skills while working in Germany (at the law firm “Mütze, Korsch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH” in Cologne). He is highly appreciated by clients, as evidenced by Aldis’ continuous and successful cooperation with clients from Germany and Switzerland.
Arturs joined FORT shortly after its foundation. Since the beginning Arturs has provided support to the FORT energy and environmental law team in various cases. In addition to the energy and environmental law Arturs is engaged in several other practice areas, including dispute management.
Arturs has successfully completed studies and achieved highest academic degree in law, i.e. Dr.iur. (Doctor iuris). His research and educational activities are focused on the issues of constitutional law. Arturs is a co-author of the Commentaries on the Latvian Constitution. Arturs as an expert participated in the sessions of the working group established by the Parliament of Latvia, where the topic about extending the powers of the President and amending the election procedure was discussed. Within the practice in FORT Arturs is also dealing with assignments related with the constitutional law and is providing support in constitutional proceedings.
Arturs is a legal adviser to the Latvian Psychologists Trade Union and the Baltic Psychologists Association and has participated in the development of legal regulation of psychologists’ professional activities. Arturs has also reviewed the commentaries on the Psychologist Law.
Law firm FORT provides assistance to clients in cooperation with one of the leading Latvian litigators – Edgars Briedis, Attorneys-at-Law.
Previously Edgars has worked for one of the leading Latvian law firm, he has more than 10 years of successful experience with the most complicated court cases.
Edgars has given lectures at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, he is the author of number of publications that are highly appreciated among professionals and references to which are made not only in a doctor thesis and books, but also in court judgments, including judgements of the Constitutional Court. Currently several publications are included in the reading lists of the courses organized by in the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. In addition, Edgars has prepared a chapter about Latvia for “Encyclopaedia of International Commercial Litigation” that is published by Kluwer Law International.
Edgars provides legal assistance not only to banks, airlines and electronic mass media, but also to natural persons – Edgars believes that, if you can, you must help in fighting with injustice in our everyday life.
Edgars has gained his experience in legal matters while working for Law Firm Krodere & Judinska and at the same time studying law. Main task of Edgars is to provide support for attorneys and therefore he has versatile and all-embracing knowledge in diverse legal disciplines, including commercial law, IP law, purchase and sale of companies and real estate.
Besides, Edgars has participated in drafting of opinions regarding regulation of diverse legal disciplines in Latvia and abroad, providing his opinion on planned amendments to laws and regulations and offering his own amendments.
Although currently Edgars mostly assists with matters related to IP, obtaining of residence permits and commercial law, he has also participated in drafting of the constitutional complaint regarding s.c. “noise matters”.
Ieva is the senior associate of FORT and leading expert in the area of the prevention of money laundering and terrorist and proliferation financing, as well as in sanction risk management.
On daily basis FORT advises various entities of the Act on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism and Proliferation Financing and the Act of the International and National Sanctions of the Republic of Latvia (including financial institutions) on matters concerning compliance with the provisions of the above legislative acts (including development of necessary procedures and policies and communication with the authorities supervising compliance with the provisions of the said acts). Ieva unwaveringly manages to find a solution most suitable for the level of risk inherent to the operations and resources of the client in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the law.
Furthermore, Ieva has considerable experience in the corporate law, mergers and acquisitions (including cross-border), intellectual property rights and issues related to real estate. Ieva boasts experience in both planning complicated transactions and drafting documents necessary for implementation of the transaction.
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.”
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).
Laura has obtained all-encompassing experience in the banking sector beginning as a lawyer in the corporate lending department of AS DnB NORD Bank (current name Luminor), followed by the head of the Legal and Compliance Department at the Latvian branch office of Danske Bank A/S, while before joining of the FORT team heading various legal departments of the then second largest bank in Latvia – ABLV Bank, AS – for several years. Working in the banking sector for almost thirteen years altogether, Laura has accumulated outstanding experience in financial transactions of various types and degrees of complication related to consumer lending, real estate development projects, funding of international trade and purchase of vessels, as well as in a number of other transactions. Additional know-how has been acquired in trust transactions, aspects of organising issuance of bonds and matters related to supervision of the banking sector. Laura has also experience in matters related with the Consumer Rights Protection Centre, as well as matters related with the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC).