Filips Kļaviņš is a senior partner at Ellex in Latvia and is also one of the firm’s co-founders. His expertise includes cross-border mergers and acquisitions work (including project management), complex due diligence and transaction documents, team leading and negotiation.
Filips has advised a broad range of foreign investors and local market leaders on major precedent-setting matters. He is also one of the firm’s leaders on complex real estate projects.
Also admitted to the Bar in New York and Connecticut, Filips began his law career in New York with the law firms “Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey” and then “Baker & McKenzie”.
Filips Kļaviņš is a well-reputed figure in the Latvian market, with extensive experience advising foreign clients on M&A transactions involving Latvia.
Duke University School of Law | Durham, North Carolina, USA
Tufts University | Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Latvian Bar Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
Best Lawyers | Advisory Board
Swiss Embassy in Latvia
Latvian Foster Family Association
Lex Mundi Association
New Theater of Riga Foundation
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
Latvian National Opera Foundation
International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice Central European Law Committee, USA
Senator August Leber Legal Scholarship Foundation, USA
American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
American Bar Association Dictionary of Legal Synonyms Latvian/English
Latvian Supreme Council Committee on Legislation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
University of Latvia Law Faculty
USA Latvian-American Bar Association, USA
2020The Buzz in Latvia with Filips Kļaviņš
“Without question,” says Filips Kļaviņš, Senior Partner at Ellex in Latvia, “the biggest news was that on Friday, February 21 the Financial Action Task Force decided not to put Latvia on its Gray money-laundering List.” Latvia has been under monitoring by Moneyval and the FATF for potentially allowing space for conducting money laundering in Latvia. “The countries that find themselves on the Gray List are the likes of North Korea,” Kļaviņš says. “Not the company you’d want to find yourself in.” Still, he smiles, “the country has been working really hard to avoid that, and we’ve done it.”
Moneyval also reported positively about Latvia in January, and Kļaviņš reports that Standard & Poor's recently gave the country an A+ rating - the highest in Latvia's history.
2018Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA)
EIRA 2018 aims at assessing specific policy, regulatory and legal risks concerning foreign and domestic investment in the energy sector of different countries.
Ellex experts in Latvia Filips Kļaviņš, Iveta Ceple and Ints Skaldis joined the project contributing to the EIRA country profile of Latvia.
2017CEE Legal Matters Market Makers Round Table
On May 31, 2017, many of the Market Makers came together at the Bristol Hotel in Warsaw for a unique Round Table conversation: A joyous celebration of history made, challenges overcome, opportunities seized, and careers built. Over the course of three hours these Market Makers laughed their way through reminiscences of earlier times, different technologies, unexpected obstacles, and eventual success.
Filips Kļaviņš also took part in the discussion.
2017How did basketball fan Filips Kļaviņš get hold of a copy of the NBA champions ring of 1973?
Episode by Latvian television show Overtime TV featuring partner Filips Kļaviņš.
2017Core values and Latvia as the land of great opportunities
Ellex in Latvia co-founders and partners Filips Kļaviņš and Raimonds Slaidiņš in an interview to Ligita Kovtuna for the Latvian-American newspaper “Laiks”.
2017From Latvia With Love, Vintage 1973
Article about the historical impact left on New York Knicks by Filips Kļaviņš.
2016The Buzz From Latvia: Interview with Filips Kļaviņš
The most controversial legislative development in Latvia in recent months, according to Filips Kļaviņš, is the so-called “Solidarity Tax” that went into effect in January 2016.
The Baltics - A triple Play
Article prepared by partner Filips Kļaviņš.