Daiga Zivtiņa


Head of Dispute Resolution practice


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Daiga Zivtiņa is a partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution practice specializing in commercial disputes, including complex cross-border litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and negotiations in out-of-court settlements. She acts as a counsel in white-collar crime matters. An important part of her practice relates to dispute avoidance, claims management and strategic advisory work. Daiga has experience in high value, complex fraud and asset tracing cases, often involving freezing and receivership orders and frequently represents clients in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Daiga’s practice focuses on the industrial, infrastructure and transport sector, energy, sale of goods, finance and insolvency, corporate law and shareholder relations, professional liability and insurance, public procurement and employment, and foreign investment protection. Daiga regularly acts as an arbitrator in cases administered by the Court of Arbitration of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and advises clients on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Latvia.

Daiga Zivtiņa has extensive experience acting for clients in complex corporate and commercial litigations, including bankruptcy proceedings and shareholder disputes.

Daiga Zivtiņa is a great professional, I am very impressed with her work.

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UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, USA

Master of Laws (LL.M.), Edmund S. Muskie / Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship


University of Latvia, Faculty of Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.)


University of Latvia, Faculty of Law

Professional Law Degree (dipl.Iur.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Latvian Bar Association


International Bar Association (IBA)


Since 2003

Arbitration of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry



Latvias Arbitration Landscape Essentials
SCC Arbitration Institute, 10.09.2023.
SCC Arbitration Council member and Ellex Latvia Partner Daiga Zivtina is speaking about arbitration in Latvia.


Seminārs par šķīrējtiesas spriedumu atcelšanas institūtu
Rīgas Juridiskā augstskola, 09.07.2023.
Seminārā kopā ar pieredzējušiem nozares ekspertiem, analizējot dažādu valstu pieredzi, tiks apskatīti ne tikai iespējamie risinājumi šķīrējtiesu atcelšanas mehānismam, bet arī analizēti citi aktuālie Latvijas šķīrējtiesu regulējuma problēmjautājumi.


The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist highlights Ellex experts within the CEE region
The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist, 24.03.2023.
Ellex is pleased to see our legal experts included in the inaugural Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist within the CEE Region.


OCDE RIGA Global Access to Justice Roundtable
OCDE, 17.10.2022.
In September the OCDE RIGA Global Access to Justice Roundtable 2022 took place in Riga.


Ellex Partner Daiga Zivtina elected as a member of the SCC Arbitrators’ Council
SCC Arbitrators’ Council, 06.10.2022.
Daiga Zivtiņa, Partner of Ellex Latvian office, has been elected as a member of the first SCC Arbitrators’ Council alongside nine prominent arbitration practitioners


SCC East-West Forum: Focus on Arbitration in Poland and the Baltic states
SCC, 10.09.2021.
The growing regional integration of these states reflects in a dynamic arbitration environment where local challenges intertwine with global trends. In this forum we explore the arbitration environment in the region and provide a meeting space and professional development for arbitral specialists.


Arbitrator Intelligence Report - Daiga Zivtiņa
Arbitrator Intelligence, July 2020

Arbitrator Intelligence, founded by ArbitralWomen member Catherine Rogers is a global information aggregator that collects and analyses critical information about international arbitrator decision making, which has released its first Arbitrator Intelligence Reports.
Each Report provides arbitration users with data-driven insights into the case management skills and decision making of an individual arbitrator, enabling parties to make better informed decisions about arbitrator selection case strategy.

The subjects of the first Reports include a number of female arbitrators, including Ellex partner in Latvia Daiga Zivtiņa.

ArbitralWomen is an international non-governmental organisation with the primary objective of advancing the interests of women and promoting female practitioners and diversity in international dispute resolution. It consists of a network of women from diverse backgrounds and legal cultures active in international dispute resolution in any role that has grown to nearly a thousand members from over 40 countries.


Ingenuity Wins - 2019 Global Survey on the Commercialisation of Disputes
Brown Rudnick LLP, June 2019

2019 Global Survey on the Commercialisation of Disputes provides information on litigation/arbitration funding from jurisdictions all over the world.

Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivtina and Anete Dimitrovska are authors of the Latvia chapter of the survey.


Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform
World Bank Group, January 2019

Ellex team in Latvia has had a long-lasting cooperation with The World Bank contributing to the report “Doing Business” annually.

Doing Business 2019 is the 16th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. The report provides quantitative indicators covering 11 areas of the business environment in 190 economies. Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivtiņa, Irina Kostina, Anete Dimitrovska, Andris Lazdiņš and Valters Diure are contributors of the Latvia chapter of the report.

The goal of the Doing Business series is to provide objective data for use by governments in designing sound business regulatory policies and to encourage research on the important dimensions of the regulatory environment for firms.


Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights
By: Thomson Reuters trading as Sweet & Maxwell

Report Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights covers the rights of third parties to seize and detain aircraft until unpaid debts are met or if aviation law has been infringed.

Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivitna and Anete Dimitrovska contributed to the Latvian chapter for the report providing general overview of the national regulation on aircraft liens, detention and sale. The publication provides compendium of over 100 of the busiest jurisdictions addressing the key issues on a comparative basis.


Who wins, where and why? Eastern Europe
Vannin Capital: Funding in Focus, Issue VI, 2018

Funding in Focus leads the discussion and debate around the world on the latest innovations in legal finance based on the expertise of Vannin Capital and its esteemed contributors.

Ellex experts provide comments on the Baltics countries in the guide: Partners Arne Ots and Toomas Vaher (Estonia), Partner Daiga Zivtiņa (Latvia), and Partners Ramūnas Petravicius and Giedre Aukstuoliene (Lithuanaia).


2015: The year of the great Baltic State law firm rebrand

CDR - Commercial Dispute Resolution, May 2016

Daiga Zivtina, partner and head of Dispute Resolution practice, comments on the changes in the law firm realignment in Latvia in 2015 for the Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine.


Workforce Restructuring in Europe 2015
Workforce Restructuring in Europe is a Bloomsbury Professional edition, which provides practical employment law guidance on HR restructuring matters across 30 European jurisdictions. It is an essential title for all employment law practitioners and HR specialists who work for, or advise, businesses that have offices in multiple European states. The book also includes individual State chapters aid practical comparison and local status of legislation and case law.
Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivtiņa and Irina Kostina are the authors of Chapter 17. The chapter focuses on Workforce Restructuring in Latvia and involves various important matters related to the theme.


World Bank Group project “Doing Business” - Enforcing Contracts

Participating in World Bank Group project “Doing Business” with expertise in the fields of Enforcing Contracts in Latvia.
Doing Business report, one of the most cited publications of the World Bank Group, is an annual report which measures business regulation in 189 economies. It has received positive feedback from investors and governments around the world who are using the Doing Business reports as an input for business and policy debate about regulatory reform.


Experts Review - Briefly on Criminal Liability of Companies in Latvia

CEE Legal Matters, April 2015
Publication by Daiga Zivtiņa and Andris Lazdiņš.


Litigation's bright Baltic future

Commercial Dispute Resolution, May 2015

Publication on the health of the litigation markets on Europe's eastern frontier - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Daiga Zivtina, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution practice, comments on the situation in Latvia.


Book: The Variegated Landscape of Mediation: A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World

A comprehensive overview of global mediation regulatory frameworks for commercial and civil cases. And a practical overview of the development of mediation and worldwide mediation practices in 60 jurisdictions, with a special emphasis on the European Union.
Expert Daiga Zivtiņa is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the book.


Renewing Riga

Commercial Dispute Resolution, December 2013

Latvia's accession to the eurozone throws the spotlight on the country's dispute resolution mechanisms – and how it has recovered from the financial crisis.
Daiga Zivtina, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution practice, comments on the litigation process in Latvia during the financial crisis.
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