Guntars
Zīle
Partner / Latvia
 
about

Guntars Zīle is head of the M&A practice group. He has more than 18 years of experience in transactional work and has represented numerous local, as well as multinational companies and PE funds (like East Capital, BaltCap, Stora Enso, Lukoil, Severstal, AXA Private Equity, Carlsberg, MISC Berhad, etc) in large scale M&A transactions. Guntars also handles patent litigation assignments and performs regulatory work for manufacturers of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare service providers. He also has extensive experience in real estate and construction law matters and currently acts as a member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Justice for the Law Reform on Divided Property Matters.

 
recognition
  • Corporate/Commercial - Band 2, Chambers Global 2021
  • Corporate/Commercial - Band 2, Chambers Europe 2021
  • Real Estate - Band 3, Chambers Europe 2021
  • M&A - Highly regarded, IFLR 1000 2020
  • Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2021
 
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Languages
Latvian, English, Russian

Education & membership
  • LL.M., University of Latvia, Faculty of Law (2001)
  • LL.B., University of Latvia, Faculty of Law (1999)
  • Latvian Bar Association (since 1999)
  • International Bar Association (since 2007)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (since 2011)
  • Riga TechHub Founder Member (2012)
  • Board Member, Latvian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (since 2019)


Publications
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experience
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  • 2019 — 12 — 12
    COBALT advises Marguerite Fund on the sale process of 29.06% stake in Conexus Baltic Grid
  • 2019 — 11 — 12
    COBALT advised STADA Arzneimittel on the acquisition of Walmark
  • 2019 — 08 — 21
    COBALT advised funds advised by Apax Partners on acquiring the Baltic Classifieds Group
  • 2019 — 04 — 02
    COBALT advises BaltCap on selling Fitek
  • 2019 — 02 — 01
    COBALT advised Vink Nordic Holding ApS on acquiring Proplastik
  • 2018 — 10 — 19
    COBALT advises BaltCap Infrastructure Fund in acquisition of biomass CHP in the Riga region
  • 2018 — 05 — 24
    COBALT advised Kartesia on its investment in Groglass®
  • 2018 — 05 — 18
    COBALT advises on the sale of Runway BPO to Webhelp
  • 2018 — 05 — 03
    COBALT advised Bisnode on the acquisition of Datu Serviss
  • 2018 — 01 — 16
    COBALT advised Marguerite Fund in the reorganisation process of AS Latvijas Gāze
  • 2017 — 07 — 17
    COBALT advised Korona Invest Fund in an investment to the digital agency Wunder
  • 2017 — 06 — 20
    COBALT advises AFI Europe Latvia on large-scale residential development project in Riga
  • 2017 — 01 — 20
    COBALT advises BaltCap in acquiring of Selecta business operations in the Baltics
  • 2016 — 02 — 02
    COBALT advises Marguerite Fund in the acquisition of a 28.97% stake in AS Latvijas Gaze
  • 2015 — 12 — 28
    COBALT advises Mid Europa Partners on its sale of Bite
  • 2015 — 11 — 18
    COBALT advises BaltCap in acquiring Baltic operations of financial automation company OpusCapita
  • 2015 — 09 — 07
    COBALT advises ELKO Group in acquisition of DL Distributors OÜ
  • 2015 — 02 — 06
    COBALT advises Gjensidige Forsikring ASA in acquisition of PZU Lietuva
  • 2014 — 11 — 26
    COBALT advises Solvina in SIA Storent Holding share sale transaction
  • 2014 — 11 — 21
    COBALT in cooperation with Linklaters advises Latvian Privatization Agency in the sale of Citadele Bank to international investors
  • 2014 — 07 — 14
    COBALT advises ABLV Private Equity in a successful exit from SIA Depo DIY
  • 2014 — 05 — 06
    COBALT advises Polyplastic Group in acquisition of a polymer pipe production company SIA Evopipes
  • 2014 — 01 — 16
    COBALT advises Latvian tech startup Cobook and its founders in acquisition by U.S. company FullContact Inc.
  • 2013 — 08 — 19
    COBALT advises Marginalen AB in the acquisition of consumer lending and leasing company AS GE Money
  • 2013 — 06 — 04
    BaltCap invests in the largest privately-owned postal operator in Latvia - Post Service Group
  • 2013 — 02 — 27
    Bite group companies refinance
  • 2013 — 01 — 18
    Advising BaltCap on the Investment in the Chain of Branded Coffee Shops Coffee Inn
  • 2011 — 05 — 18
    Advising Amserv Group in the acquisition of Adam Auto SIA
  • Guntars Zīle is adept at handling high-level M&A transactions and has significant experience in cross-border corporate matters. ‘He is hands-on, results-driven and helps to bring the deal over the line. He also has a commercial understanding,’ a client states.
    CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020, CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL