Martin
Simovart
Partner / Estonia
 
about

Martin Simovart is a Partner and the Head of Global Relations at COBALT. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions, ranging from large-scale privatisation transactions to complex private equity transactions that encompass leveraged financing and cross-border regulatory issues, as well as acting on behalf of institutional investors. Being an internationally recognised adviser, he has participated in most of the major M&A transactions in Estonia and the Baltics.
Martin is the Head of the Pan-Baltic COBALT M&A practice group.
Sample overview of projects: RSA-PZU, Naspers-Eesti Meedia, Premia-Food Union, Circle K-Premium 7 and TMB-Betonimestarit.

Martin is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
Martin has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 1999.

 
recognition
  • Commercial, Corporate, and M&A - Hall of Fame, Legal 500 2021
  • Private Equity, M&A – Expert Consultant, IFLR1000 2020
  • Commercial, Corporate, and M&A – Leading Individual, Legal 500 2019
  • Corporate/Commercial – Eminent Practitioner, Chambers & Partners 2019
 
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Languages
Estonian, English, Russian

Education & membership
  • 1994 Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University, Diploma in International Arbitration and Project Finance
  • 1994 Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2011 European Regional Council, World Services Group
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • 1999 Estonian Bar Association
 
experience
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  • 2019 — 11 — 12
    COBALT advised STADA Arzneimittel on the acquisition of Walmark
  • 2019 — 10 — 15
    COBALT advises Zeppelin Group on acquiring Baltic Marine Contractors
  • 2019 — 09 — 16
    COBALT advised BP plc on a deal
  • 2019 — 08 — 21
    COBALT advised funds advised by Apax Partners on acquiring the Baltic Classifieds Group
  • 2019 — 07 — 16
    COBALT advised KID ASA on the acquisition of Hemtex AB
  • 2019 — 05 — 03
    COBALT advised shareholders of TMB Group on selling a major part of its business to Consolis
  • 2019 — 01 — 23
    COBALT advised Scope on acquiring lingerie brand Miss Mary of Sweden
  • 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 — 08 — 06
    COBALT advised shareholders of TMB Group on selling its business to Consolis Group
  • 2018 — 06 — 05
    COBALT advised DiDi Chuxing in relation with an investment round of Taxify
  • 2018 — 03 — 27
    COBALT advises HHLA on acquiring Estonia’s biggest terminal operator Transiidikeskuse AS
  • 2017 — 10 — 18
    COBALT advised on sale of MTG Baltic subsidiaries
  • 2017 — 08 — 02
    COBALT advised Didi Chuxing on investment in Estonian-based transport app Taxify
  • 2017 — 07 — 18
    COBALT advised NASDAQ-listed The Middleby Corporation on acquisition of Sveba Dahlen Group
  • 2016 — 12 — 09
    COBALT advising on sale of IT company Affecto Estonia
  • 2016 — 09 — 01
    COBALT advised AS TMB, one of the largest manufacturers of concrete elements in the Baltics, on its acquisition of Betonimestarit-Group
  • 2016 — 08 — 25
    COBALT advises DNB upon combining its operations with Nordea in the Baltics
  • 2016 — 06 — 20
    COBALT advised Circle K (Statoil) upon acquisition of Premium 7 filling stations
  • 2015 — 11 — 11
    COBALT advised IT giant Rakuten in a 7.4 million EUR investment into Estonian origin start-up Lingvist
  • 2015 — 07 — 06
    COBALT advised Hanza Holding AB in the Estonian aspects of the acquisition of Metalliset Group
  • 2014 — 10 — 09
    COBALT advised Naspers on the sale of its Estonian and Lithuanian classifieds business to Eesti Meedia
  • 2014 — 10 — 08
    COBALT advised Outdoor Life Group Holding B.V. on acquisition of shares of Lasita Maja
  • 2014 — 10 — 08
    COBALT advised Premia on the sale of its ice-cream and frozen goods business to Food Union for 27.1 million euros
  • 2014 — 04 — 18
    COBALT advises RSA Insurance Group on the sale of businesses
  • 2014 — 04 — 08
    COBALT teamed with Castren & Snellmann on advising DT Group on a billion-euro acquisition of Finnish Puukeskus
  • 2014 — 02 — 03
    COBALT advised Amadeus IT Group on acquiring shares from Estonian Air
  • 2013 — 10 — 30
    COBALT teamed with Baker & McKenzie on advising Sika on the acquisition of AkzoNobel's building adhesives business
  • 2013 — 10 — 29
    COBALT advised Amphenol on acquisition of Ionix Aerospace Ltd and its subsidiaries
  • 2013 — 05 — 13
    COBALT advises EPhaG AS on the investment into its Moscow-listed subsidiary Pharmsynthez by US based OPKO Health Inc.
  • 2013 — 05 — 09
    COBALT provides advice about sale of four BPT Secura Fund assets in Tallinn
  • 2013 — 04 — 18
    COBALT advised Komas & funds managed by CapMan creating of Europe’s leading engineering industry manufacturing partner Fortaco
  • 2013 — 04 — 03
    COBALT advised Intel Capital on investing in Fortumo, a leading mobile payments provider
  • 2013 — 03 — 27
    COBALT advised Realeyes - internationally active start-up with Estonian background
  • 2013 — 03 — 06
    COBALT advised one of Europe’s leading suppliers of industrial coatings Teknos Group Oy on the acquisition of Kemiflora’s paints and coatings business
  • 2012 — 12 — 19
    COBALT advised Fashion Days Holding AG upon entering into the Baltic market
  • 2012 — 09 — 24
    COBALT advised Outokumpu - global leader in stainless steel - in divesting part of its European stock operations to Amari
  • 2012 — 09 — 20
    COBALT advised Xilinx, Inc. upon acquisition of business from wireless backhaul solutions provider Modesat Communications
  • 2012 — 05 — 09
    COBALT represented AS Toode, an Estonian roof manufacturer, in an acquisition of a Finnish company, JanLa Oy
  • 2012 — 05 — 08
    COBALT assisted Betsson AB on acquiring Nordic Gaming Group (NGG)
  • 2012 — 02 — 16
    COBALT advised Komas Oy upon acquisition of component manufacturing business in Estonia from Cargotec’s Group
  • Martin Simovart comes recommended as a very experienced M&A lawyer who is also described as "pleasant to do business with."
    CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021, CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL