Filips Kļaviņš

Senior Partner


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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.

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Duke University School of Law | Durham, North Carolina, USA

Doctor of Law (J.D.)


Tufts University | Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Bachelor of Arts (B.A. English and History), cum laude

Latvian Bar Association


International Bar Association (IBA)


Since 2008

Best Lawyers | Advisory Board


Since 2000

Swiss Embassy in Latvia

Official Legal Counsel

Since 2015

Latvian Foster Family Association

Member of Advisory Board


Lex Mundi Association

Vice-Chair Europe/Middle-East/Africa Regional Managing Partners Committee


New Theater of Riga Foundation

Member of the Board of Directors


Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Member of the Board of Directors


Latvian National Opera Foundation

Member of the Board of Directors


International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Member of the Board of Directors Arbitration


Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Member of the Board of Directors Arbitration


American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice Central European Law Committee, USA

Country Representative for Latvia


Senator August Leber Legal Scholarship Foundation, USA

Member of the Board of Directors


American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia

Member of the Board of Directors


American Bar Association Dictionary of Legal Synonyms Latvian/English

Member of the Board of Advisors


Latvian Supreme Council Committee on Legislation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Legal Adviser


University of Latvia Law Faculty

Lecturer on American Contract Law


USA Latvian-American Bar Association, USA

Vice President


The Buzz in Latvia with Filips Kļaviņš
CEE Legal Matters, March 2020

“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.


Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA)
Energy Charter Secretariat, October 2018

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.


CEE Legal Matters Market Makers Round Table
CEE Legal Matters, Issue 4.7., July 2017

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.


How did basketball fan Filips Kļaviņš get hold of a copy of the NBA champions ring of 1973?
Overtime TV, March 2017

Episode by Latvian television show Overtime TV featuring partner Filips Kļaviņš.


Core values and Latvia as the land of great opportunities
Laiks, February 2017

Ellex in Latvia co-founders and partners Filips Kļaviņš and Raimonds Slaidiņš in an interview to Ligita Kovtuna for the Latvian-American newspaper “Laiks”.


From Latvia With Love, Vintage 1973, January 2017

Article about the historical impact left on New York Knicks by Filips Kļaviņš.


The Buzz From Latvia: Interview with Filips Kļaviņš
CEE Legal Matters, July 2016

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

The Lawyer, January 2015
Article prepared by partner Filips Kļaviņš.
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