Ellex strengthens its Competition law practice with new partner Dr. Lauras Butkevičius
Ellex Valiunas (Ellex in Lithuania), the largest law firm in Lithuania, is expanding its team of partners as Dr. Lauras Butkevičius, one of the best-rated competition law experts on the market, joins the firm from June.
The firm now becomes an exclusive centre of excellence for business in competition law issues – L. Butkevičius will work with competition law expert Marius Juonys and the team of six other lawyers.
Dr. L. Butkevičius has accumulated over 20 years of legal experience advising companies in trade, pharma, TMT and other sectors on various competition and state regulatory issues. He also contributes to implementing large and complex M&A transactions in Lithuania and abroad. Before joining Ellex Valiunas, L. Butkevičius worked with EY Law, earlier – in other major law firms.
Currently, Lauras represents Lithuanian Pharmacy Association, Lithuanian Association of Real Estate Agencies, UAB Cgates and other associations and companies in disputes with the Lithuanian competition authority before Lithuanian courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Lauras Butkevičius has also worked on the largest merger transactions of recent years such as merger between InMedica and Medica Group, acquisition of Alkesta by Fegda Group.
“The decision to join the firm was prompted by the fact that Ellex Valiunas is a law firm with the highest ethical standards in Lithuania and a market leader with exceptional specialisations in legal practices. Naturally, this ensures the highest quality of services and client satisfaction. I am delighted to become part of the largest and most professional competition law team in the Baltic states. I am sure that we will be a tandem of exceptional experience and expertise, being able not only to provide the highest quality services to clients but also to be a special place for the professional growth and development of team members,” – says L. Butkevičius.
The firm’s competition practice has been ranked No. 1 in international legal directories for many years now, and its competence continuously receives the highest ratings in clients’ opinion surveys. “With Lauras joining the team, we will ensure the best centre of excellence in competition law not only in Lithuania but also in the market of all Baltic countries, – says the firm’s managing partner Rolandas Valiūnas confidently. – This will increase the firm’s resources and allow to offer more services when working on the largest and most complex competition projects. As we always prioritise a top-level team, this positive change is undoubtedly part of our strategy. Its goal is clients who benefit more and more from it.”
Currently, Ellex Valiunas has 24 partners with the highest specialisation in different areas of law: M&A, banking and finance, public procurement, data protection, life sciences, competition, dispute resolution, and many other areas.
Ellex Valiunas is part of Ellex, the largest and leading circle of business law firms in the Baltic states. Almost 100 lawyers work here in Lithuania, and over 200 lawyers – in the Baltic countries, of which 49 lawyers are partners. With a business support team, the circle has more than 270 employees in all three countries.