Laura draws an extensive experience in real estate transactions and M&A deals. Laura also specializes in sophisticated employment issues as well as in drafting diverse civil agreements and giving legal advice on the transaction structure. Laura has gained her notable experience by working in several leading law firms in Latvia since 2003.
Regarded as Notable practitioner in Mergers&Acquisitions by IFLR1000 (International Financial Law Review) (2016-2018)
Chambers Europe 2015 Client‘s guide: “Up-and-coming figure Laura Zalāna is a widely respected member of this team, whose key qualities include “extensive experience of the law, as well as a productive and efficient working style.” Her broad transactional experience includes numerous cross-border highlights across various industries, including manufacturing and insurance.”
Chambers Europe 2014 Client‘s guide: “Laura Zalana covers a wide range of matters, handling real estate, construction, employment and insurance in addition to her experience on corporate transactions.”; “Red’s Latvian Real estate team under the leadership of Laura Zalana is active across the area, with experience in real estate due diligence, construction, privatizations and land reform. Recent work has included joint ownership cases, construction disputes and commercial property acquisitions.’
The Legal 500, 2012: “The experience of Laura Zalāna in the real estate and construction industry has been marked stating that she leads this “very well organized” practice”.
Liene has practiced law since 2008. Before joining the FORT team Liene has accrued experience while working in other law firms and banking sector. Liene is specializing in corporate law and commercial law, as well as real estate and construction matters.
Mara has been practicing since 2004 and has previously worked at the Council of Latvian Sworn Bailiffs by representing and managing the council’s activities on daily basis. While working at the Council of Latvian Sworn Bailiffs Mara was engaged in several working groups for developing draft laws, including the working group of the Insolvency Law (gratitude received from the secretary of state of the Ministry of Justice for support in development of the Insolvency Law), as well as working groups of the Civil Procedure Law and the Civil Law. In addition, Mara has worked at offices of two sworn bailiffs for four years accumulating valuable experience in enforcement of judgments and other court rulings.
Mara’s major case experience includes:
– provision of legal assistance in development and operation to EuroEnergy and other producers of electricity and heat;
– provision of legal assistance to several key Latvian construction and real estate development companies in implementation of various projects.
As a legal assistant Nikola is involved in a wide range of matters working for participants of both regulated and non-regulated market, providing legal assistance in daily tasks, researching the legal framework, case law and legal doctrine, specializing in personal data protection issues.
Nikola has acquired the data protection officer qualification, and in the FORT team she advises clients on application of the current legal framework and preparing for the new regulation. She is also engaged in performing data audits for clients from the sectors of finances, interactive gaming, online trading and other.
Ramona’s experience stems from her employment with Swedbank AS, one of leading banks in the Baltics. While working in Swedbank AS, Ramona specialised in diverse corporate finance matters and stock and trade financing. Besides, she assisted in formation of the vessel financing section and specialised in vessel financing. This knowledge is in high demand when Ramona gives legal advice to the clients and drafts opinions for various banks in Latvia.
While practicing in Law Firm Krodere & Judinska, Ramona participated in the formation of the first non-bank financial service online in Latvia and gave legal advice to diverse online crediting projects. Ramona has successfully acted for the clients in the work groups in the Ministry of Economics focussing on elaboration of the laws and regulations applicable to non-bank lenders.
Besides Ramona has an extensive experience in M&A, she has participated in the sale of a leading alcohol beverage producer, a major road sign manufacturer, a prominent wholesaler of raw materials for food products and other companies. Ramona has advised a fast-growing IT company in respect of its investment project and has had successful collaboration with risk capital funds in arrangement of their corporate governance and investment making and management.
Ramona has shown particular initiative with respect to s.c. “noise matters” representing several clients before the Riga Municipal Police regarding ungrounded fines. Currently, there is a case pending in the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia that was brought on the basis of a constitutional complaint drafted under the guidance of Ramona and lodged against the Riga City Council, and this confirms the significance of the issue.
Roberts Prusis has been practicing law since 2006. Before joining FORT, Roberts worked for 6 years in a leading international law firm in Latvia.
Roberts is specialising in real estate, construction and corporate law. In particular, he has extensive experience in various real estate transactions including acquisitions, due diligence and lease of commercial and industrial properties, land for development and forest land. Roberts has also assisted clients in the field of construction law, advising clients regarding construction agreements and construction disputes.
Sandis Bertaitis is an attorney-at-law having experience of fifteen years in providing legal assistance, which he has accrued practicing in leading international law firms of Latvia. Since establishment Sandis is a partner of Law firm FORT.
International legal rating directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 have appreciated professional performance of Sandis for several consecutive years and ranked him among top experts of real estate thanks to his excellent legal expertise and high efficiency. Moreover, the above rating directories have also acknowledged professional activities of Sandis in dispute resolution practice for several years in a row, where Sandis is being praised for his ability to find the most suitable solution and focus on the outcome to be achieved.
Sandis is a guest lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law, where he delivers two courses of lectures.
Main spheres of expertise of Uldis include real estate, construction, commercial law and lately also immigration.
Uldis gained experience in commercial law while he worked in the Legal Department, Register of Enterprises of Latvia, as that was the time of enactment of the Commercial Law and related laws and regulations. While practicing in Law Firm Krodere & Judinska, Uldis acquired extensive experience ranging from drafting routine documents to complicated restructuring process registrations.
While employed by State Agency Jaunie tris brali (The New Three Brothers), where Uldis was Head of Legal Department, he acquired invaluable understanding in organisation of construction process of buildings of national importance and drafting of public procurement documentation for major projects.
His experience in real estate development and construction was reinforced working for SIA Merks, a major real estate developer.
Over the last few years, Uldis has been giving legal advice regarding immigration issues assisting foreigners with obtaining temporary residence years through purchase of real estate and making contributions into subordinated capital of commercial banks.