KRONBERGS ČUKSTE DERLING has a solid track record in matters ranging from large scale, international and multi-disciplinary projects to those of individuals seeking assistance with property or estates. The firm is led by Valters Kronbergs and Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva, both experienced former big-four accounting firm legal team leaders.
We have deep industry knowledge acquired through high profile engagements in Energy & Utilities, Aviation, Rail, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Construction, Banking & Finance, Consumer Credit and other areas. Amongst our clients are household names such as Microsoft, Electrolux, Avon, DHL, Mars, Johnson Cilag, Peek & Cloppenburg and others.
Our litigation team has been entrusted to handle some of the most complex legal cases in Latvia, and has successfully represented clients on everything from high value professional negligence claims to complex property disputes between owners of real estate.
Our Competition and State Aid team led by Partner Zane Veidemane-Berzina has won difficult high value cases in disputes before the Latvian Competition Counsel regarding alleged anticompetitive practices and has successfully represented clients at the European Commission in a number of state aid cases and matters involving anti-competitive behaviour.
Our Mergers and Acquisition team has handled numerous engagements including transactions in the Telecom, Banking, IT, Manufacturing and Real estate sectors.
Our Procurement and EU Funds team currently works on a number of the biggest public procurement projects in Latvia, and regularly advises clients on matters arising from EU financed projects, including financial corrections and representation in Latvian EU Fund management institutions and European Commission institutions.
Since September 2016 KRONBERGS ČUKSTE DERLING is a member of Derling network of law firms which also includes DERLING in Estonia and DOMINAS DERLING in Lithuania.
Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has established the Financial sector development committee. Kronbergs Čukste Derling partner, attorney at law Zane Veidemane-Bērziņa is actively participating in the work of the committee, particularly with respect to planned amendments to legal acts related to payment services and other alternative financial services.
Avesco, a Swiss company, has recently acquired the three Baltic subsidiaries of Wihuri International Group of Finland, engaged in sales and leasing of new Caterpillar and Cat equipment, combined solutions for electric power and heat supply, and technical support and consultancy. This was complex transaction due to real time closing in three jurisdictions and complex deal structuring. Brands represented include Caterpillar, Cat, The Cat Rental Store, Metso and SITECH. Kronbergs Čukste Derling handled the Latvian component of the transaction while coordinating the transactions in the three Baltic jurisdictions, with partner Valters Kronbergs leading the team.
Kronbergs Čukste Derling in cooperation with SIA “Ernst & Young Baltic” provides legal support to the Courts Administration in implementation of EU financed project which aims to increase the competence of personnel of courts and law enforecement institutions to improve the Latvian business environment. We provide support in organizing more than ten public procurement procedures and other legal issues related to the project. The aim of the project is to ensure training of persons employed by courts and law enforcement institutions as well as other persons belonging to Latvian court system in order to increase competitivenes of Latvian business environment and economy. The activities related to strengthening of competences and administrative capacity will be performed in the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the State Courts Expertise Bureau, Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Interior and other investigation institutions. The project is managed by partner Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva together with senior associates Madara Smalkā and Normunds Orols.
Partner Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva participated in a cloud computing event organized by Microsoft Latvia with presentation “Is the cloud safe?”. It analysed personal data protection issues (including the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation) as well as preconditions for transfer of personal data to third countries.
KRONBERGS ČUKSTE DERLING has asisted the Latvian Ministry of Economy on amendments to the Latvian Energy Law on liberalization of the natural gas market, the unbundling of natural gas transmission and storage system operator from JSC Latvijas gāze and exit of current Latvijas gāze shareholders from the unbundled entity. As the amendments of Energy Law amendments involved complex discussions with current shareholders of Latvijas gāze having objections against the timeline and terms of natural gas market liberalization, we are delighted to see that Latvijas gāze has just established a sister company Conexus Baltic Grid, which will shortly become a natural gas transmission and storage system operator.
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DERLING's recent assignments cover all areas of commercial law and a wide range of industries.