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Ellex Klavins

Ellex Klavins  

Legal Services | Latvia

tel: +371 67814848 | fax: +371 67814849
K. Valdemara 62 | Riga | LV-1013 | Latvia

Main Contacts

Liga Merwin

Liga MerwinManaging Partner

Filips Klavins

Filips KlavinsSenior Partner


Riga, Latvia

Ellex Klavins's Overview

We are the largest legal team in the Baltics with broad specialization and deep experience. Our cross-border portfolio includes the most significant international projects and landmark local deals in the region since the beginning of the 1990s.

Our firm
Our 47 lawyer team has been continually ranked in all major international legal directories during the 27 years of our history. We offer our clients full legal service in all areas of business law. Our firm has been involved in some of the most innovative local and international transactions in M&A, commercial real estate and finance. Ellex Klavins is the first choice of local counsel for many international companies with projects in Latvia.

Our history
Our office was established by Filip Klavins and Raymond Slaidins in 1992. Filip and Raymond are Latvians who were born and raised in USA. They were both practicing lawyers in New York and California when they decided to move to Latvia. Currently we are one of the leading and largest firms in Latvia.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1992
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 3
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 278

Languages: English, Latvian, Russian


Areas of Practice
  • Aircraft, Shipping & Other Asset Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition
  • Construction & Development
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Corporate Governance
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Donation, Sponsorship, Charity
  • Employee Mobility & Business Immigration
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environment
  • Executive Contracts, Compensation & Benefits
  • Finance & Tax
  • Finance Regulatory
  • Financial Restructuring & Refinancing
  • Food, Beverages & Tobacco
  • Funds
  • General Corporate Advice
  • Industry & Regulatory
  • Information Technology & Communications
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Domestic Arbitration
  • International & EU affairs
  • Investment Services
  • Joint Ventures
  • Labor & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • Media, Advertising & Entertainment
  • Mediation & Other ADR
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Other Regulatory Industries
  • Planning & Zoning, Land Use
  • Private Equity
  • Privatization
  • Project Finance
  • Public M&A
  • Public Procurement & PPP
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment & Transactions
  • Real Estate Management & Lease
  • Real Estate Private Equity & Funds
  • Real Estate Restructuring
  • Reorganization, Insolvency, Liquidation
  • Restructuring
  • Tax
  • Trade
Representative Clients
  • AC Nielsen,
  • AIG Global,
  • Air Baltic,
  • Amaija,
  • AT&T Global Network Services,
  • Baltic-American Entrepreneurship Fund,
  • Bank of New York,
  • Barclays Bank,
  • Benetton,
  • Bloomberg,
  • BNP Paribas,
  • British American Tobacco,
  • Cisco,
  • Colgate-Palmolive,
  • Cramo PLC,
  • CREDO,
  • Danisco,
  • Danske Bank,
  • DFDS,
  • DnB,
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),
  • Enefit,
  • European Invetsment Fund,
  • Fermentas International,
  • First Data,
  • Hill International,
  • IBM,
  • Konica,
  • Lansforsakringar,
  • McDonald’s,
  • Merrill Lynch,
  • Mitsubishi,
  • Morgan Stanley,
  • Nestle,
  • New Europe,
  • News Corporation,
  • Olympic Entertainment Group,
  • Orkla,
  • Pfizer,
  • Pohjola Bank,
  • Reuters,
  • SAS,
  • Schering-Plough,
  • Societe Generale,
  • Solidas,
  • Sophus Berendsen,
  • Swedbank AB,
  • Syntaxis Ltd.,
  • TNT,
  • Unicredit,
  • UPS,
  • Vital Life,
  • World Bank,
  • and others.


Zinta Jansons

Zinta JansonsForeign Counsel

Filips Klavins

Filips KlavinsSenior Partner

Liga Merwin

Liga MerwinManaging Partner

Raimonds Slaidins

Raimonds SlaidinsSenior Partner

Other (Legal)

Pauls Ancs

Pauls AncsAssociate

Maris Brizgo

Maris BrizgoAssociate Partner

Iveta Ceple

Iveta CepleSenior Counsel

Marta Cera

Marta CeraAssociate

Anete Dimitrovska

Anete DimitrovskaSenior Associate

Valters Diure

Valters DiureAssociate Partner

Inese Freivalde

Inese FreivaldeSenior Associate

Martins Gailis

Martins GailisAssociate Partner

Ineta Kanepe

Ineta KanepeAssociate

Irina Kostina

Irina KostinaAssociate Partner

Andris Lazdins

Andris LazdinsAssociate Partner

Raivis Leimanis

Raivis LeimanisSenior Counsel

Kristers Losans

Kristers Toms LosansJunior Associate

Zane Miglane

Zane MiglaneAssociate

Anna Misneva

Anna MisnevaSenior Associate

Henrijs Niedra

Henrijs NiedraSenior Associate

Anna Nordmane

Anna Marta NordmaneJunior Associate

Beata Plocina

Beata PlocinaSenior Associate

Roberts Rimsa

Roberts RimsaSenior Associate

Jevgenijs Salims

Jevgenijs SalimsSenior Counsel

Ints Skaldis

Ints SkaldisAssociate

Reinis Sokolovs

Reinis SokolovsSenior Associate

Sarmis Spilbergs

Sarmis SpilbergsAssociate Partner

Darta Udre

Darta UdreAssociate

Edvijs Zandars

Edvijs ZandarsSenior Associate

Krista Zarina

Krista ZarinaSenior Associate

Mikijs Zimecs

Mikijs ZimecsAssociate


The Buzz in Latvia: Interview with Raimonds Slaidins of Ellex
Ellex Klavins, July 2020

Published in CEE Legal Matters “In terms of national politics, when it comes to Latvia, the word of the day is ‘stability,'“ says Raimonds Slaidins, Senior Partner at Ellex Klavins in Riga. “The current coalition government has been in power for about one and a half years now, and other than the COVID-19 crisis this has been a good, stable period of time for us — there aren’t any indications that something might change in the near future regarding the national government.“ On the other hand, Slaidins says that the situation in the country’s capital is a bit contentious...

Impact of Covid-19 on the Rental Housing Market and Latest Trends
Ellex Klavins, May 2020

In order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia the emergency situation is extended until 9 June 2020. Until then restrictive measures established by the Government that have serious impact on all sectors of the national economy shall be in effect. The rental housing market is no exception and has encountered a sharp drop in rent and significant changes to the situation on the lease market. Changes to the Rental Housing Market and Underlying Factors One of the factors affecting the rental market is the fact that the declared emergency situation and restrictive measures have resulted in a number of companies suspending or downgrading their business activity...

All articles submitted by Ellex Klavins


Merger of Klavins Ellex and GLIMSTEDT Forms the Largest Law Firm in Latvia
Klavins Ellex, January 2017

The merger of Latvian law firms Klavins Ellex and GLIMSTEDT & Partners has led to the establishment of the largest law firm in Latvia. The new firm comprises the complete teams of both firms and will operate under the name Klavins Ellex. This will help us provide clients with the additional competence, efficiency and professional expertise stemming from the special strengths of each law firm. As of February 1, the Baltic team of Ellex in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia will have 278 staff. This merger is part of the continuous effort by Ellex to consolidate its leading positions in the Baltic legal market...

All press submitted by Klavins Ellex

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