In order to enhance its services and expand the existing range of consultations COBALT has formed the Prevention and Criminal Law practice group advising exclusively on prevention, compliance and criminal law matters.
Practice group lawyers also represent and defend clients in highly complex criminal and administrative proceedings and matters related to breaches of ethics.
The team is led by firm’s Managing Associate Mindaugas Bliuvas.
Newly formed group includes 9 specialists, who have many years of practice in major Lithuanian law enforcement institutions: the courts, the prosecutor's office, the State Security Department, and the Special Investigation Service.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Dr Rimantas Simaitis, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Department
Dr Rimantas Simaitis is a Partner and the Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department, having over 14 years experience in this field. His areas of expertise include litigation, alternative dispute resolution (negotiation, arbitration, mediation), penal law and procedure, energy law, and transport law. Dr Simaitis holds a Doctor’s degree of Social Sciences (Law) from Vilnius University, Lithuania. He is an Associated Professor at Vilnius University faculty of Law and recommended arbitrator at Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration. He has been, and remains, an active member and/or head of various working groups formed by the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council and the Parliament of Lithuania, and the Council of Europe.
Mindaugas Bliuvas, Senior Associate
Before joining COBALT, Mindaugas Bliuvas worked for 13 years in the public prosecution system, in various divisions of the prosecutor’s office. For the past six years he served as a prosecutor at the Organised Crime and Corruption Investigation Division of Vilnius Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Mindaugas has broad experience in the areas of criminal, criminal procedure, administrative and penal law. In the public prosecution system he was awarded the qualification rank of a chief justice adviser. He also worked as a lecturer at Vilnius College of Business and Law, teaching administrative and criminal law.
Henrika Žymančienė, Associate
Before joining the firm, Henrika worked at the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania for 9 years, where she gained wide experience dealing with public procurement matters. Her job functions included participation in the public procurement procedures conducted by the Service (legal review of tendering documents, drafting of public contracts, dispute resolution, work in public procurement commissions) and representing the Service in the public procurement legislative process before national public management institutions, agencies and organizations. Moreover, Henrika Žymančienė has extensive experience in a wide range of administrative law and corruption prevention matters.