Karina
Paatsi
Partner / Estonia
 
about

Karina Paatsi is a Partner at COBALT Estonia and head of the fields of employment law and corporate law. Karina advises clients with regard to commencement of business activities as well as all legal matters related to the everyday business activities of companies, including the restructuring, merger and liquidation of companies, matters related to the liability of the members of management bodies and corporate governance. She has long-term experience in counselling clients in matters related to employment relationships, including the preparation of employment contracts and other documents pertaining to employment law, termination of employment relationships and labour disputes.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Karina regularly gives presentations in professional conferences, gives lectures in the Estonian Business School and contributes to writing articles on topical issues.

Karina has been ranked by Chambers Europe in band 1 as a leading employment lawyer in Estonia. 

Karina has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2000 and she is also a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Bar Association since 2014.

 
recognition
  • Financial and Corporate - Notable Practitioner, IFLR 1000 2021
  • Employment - Leading Individual, Legal 500 2021
  • Financial and Corporate - Notable Practitioner, IFLR 1000 2020
  • Employment – Leading Individual, Legal 500 2020
  • Financial and Corporate – Notable Practitioner, IFLR 1000 2019
  • Employment – Leading Individual, Legal 500 2019
  • Employment – Ranked Lawyer, Chambers & Partners 2019
  • Employment – Leading Individual, Legal 500 2017
  • Employment – Chambers Europe 2017
  • Employment – Chambers Europe 2016
  • Employment – Chambers & Partners 2016
 
experience
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  • 2020 — 06 — 09
    COBALT advised Algeco on the acquisition of Wexus
  • 2020 — 05 — 07
    COBALT advised Change Ventures on investment in fintech startup askRobin
  • 2020 — 04 — 16
    COBALT advised Steel Import Finland Oy on acquiring FinEst Metallid
  • 2020 — 04 — 08
    COBALT advised Baltic Agro Machinery OÜ on the sale of John Deere business
  • 2020 — 02 — 19
    COBALT advised Hansab Group on selling their stake in Moya OÜ
  • 2019 — 10 — 15
    COBALT advises Zeppelin Group on acquiring Baltic Marine Contractors
  • 2019 — 09 — 30
    COBALT advised Luminor, Nordea and DNB on closing transaction with Blackstone
  • 2019 — 03 — 22
    COBALT advised NEXTCLINICS on acquiring F-Est OÜ
  • 2019 — 01 — 04
    COBALT advised Luminor on cross-border merger
  • 2018 — 11 — 28
    COBALT advised European Diversified Infrastructure Fund II on investment in Utilitas, leading private Estonian energy group
  • 2018 — 10 — 22
    COBALT advised the sale and purchase transaction of Merit Tarkvara to Oslo-based Visma
  • 2018 — 07 — 04
    COBALT advised Luminor on obtaining ECB approval for cross-border merger in the Baltics
  • 2018 — 06 — 14
    COBALT advised Port of Tallinn on its IPO and listing on Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange
  • 2018 — 02 — 23
    COBALT advises Luminor on reorganising its management structure
  • 2018 — 02 — 20
    COBALT advised Alexela Energia on a transaction with Adven Eesti
  • 2018 — 02 — 07
    COBALT advised Ambient Sound Investment on sale of Ecofleet Holding
  • 2017 — 10 — 13
    COBALT advised DNB on the creation of Luminor – largest ever transaction in the Baltic banking market
  • 2017 — 05 — 23
    COBALT advises on buyout of majority investors in Estonian glulam manufacturer Barrus
  • 2017 — 04 — 04
    COBALT advises the sale of successful start-up Teleport
  • 2017 — 03 — 09
    COBALT advises Nordea and DNB banks on issues concerning insolvent dairy producer Tere
  • 2017 — 02 — 23
    COBALT advises DAVA Agravis Machinery Holding on acquisition of 45% of shares in Konekesko Ltd
  • 2015 — 05 — 15
    COBALT advised Bessemer Venture Partners on investment into Pipedrive
  • 2013 — 08 — 15
    COBALT advised Sports Direct International on purchase transaction
  • 2013 — 08 — 05
    COBALT advised Quattromed HTI Labs on purchase transaction
  • "She is very pragmatic," a client says, adding: "Her turnaround is swift and she is very time-conscious."
    Chambers and Partners 2021, Employment