Liga Merwin

Managing Partner

Head of EU & Competition practice


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Liga Merwin is one of the most highly regarded competition law specialists with a deep knowledge of the financial, pharmaceutical, retail and energy sectors. Clients have entrusted her for 20 years with compliance of their daily business operations and when representing them in relations with institutions and courts. 

Liga has been a leading attorney in various precedent-setting litigation cases related to competition law in Latvia, and has advised numerous clients in complex mergers and acquisitions cases – in particular regarding transaction structuring and merger clearance.

She has been the managing partner at Ellex in Latvia since 2018.

One of the top-ranked competition lawyers in Latvia, Liga Merwin enjoys a strong reputation in the market, with sources describing her as “very intelligent, reliable and influential.” She has vast experience across the full spectrum of competition issues and has advised clients from a broad variety of industries.

A client enthuses that Merwin is “very easy to work with,” and adds that “her advice has always been balanced and top notch, and she has a very rare combination of expertise and the human touch


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University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

LMI Business Management program


University of London King's College

Diploma in EU Competition Law


Academy of European Law, Germany

Competition Law courses


University of Latvia

Master of Laws (LL.M.)


University of Latvia

Professional Law Degree (dipl.iur.)

Latvian Bar Association


International Bar Association (IBA)



Latvia's Energy All-In: A Buzz Interview with Liga Merwin of Ellex
CEE Legal Matters, 30.08.2022.

The energy crisis has a pivotal role in Latvia’s political agenda, with the government focusing on investments in onshore and offshore energy projects and legislative packages to mitigate the crisis-related outcomes, according to Ellex Managing Partner Liga Merwin.


Latvia’s Amended Advocacy Law: A Change Affecting all Law Firms
CEE Legal Matters, December 2021

On February 18, 2021, following a five-year preparation period, the parliament of the Republic of Latvia adopted amendments to the country’s Advocacy Law, addressing, inter alia, the proper corporate form for law firms. Going forward, in Latvia, a law firm must either be a partnership (either general or limited) or a limited liability company. Several Latvian legal experts commented on the newly amended law for CEE Legal Matters.


Implementation of the ECN+ directive in Latvia
European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe)
Volume 5 (2021), Issue 3


Most Meaningful Charity or Pro Bono Commitment
CEE Legal Matter, February 2021

Managing Partners across Central and Eastern Europe were asked by CEE Legal Matters to name one pro bono initiative or charity/volunteering project supported by their firm that currently has the most meaning for them. Managing partner at Ellex in Latvia Liga Merwin comments on the most significant charity project for her: the collaboration of Ellex Klavins with the Latvian National Museum of Art for creating an educational app and video series about aspects of artwork stored in the museum.


COVID-19 Global Competition Measures
Lex Mundi, April 2020

This Lex Mundi's report entitled “COVID-19 Global Competition Measures” covers responses from over 70 jurisdictions and demonstrates the breadth and indigenous knowledge of the Lex Mundi competition legal solution.

Ellex in Latvia is the exclusive member of Lex Mundi in Latvia, therefore, our competition law experts Liga Merwin and Mārtiņš Gailis have prepared the Latvia chapter of the guide.


Private Antitrust Litigation in Latvia: Overview
Thomson Reuters Practical Law Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide

Ellex experts in Latvia Liga Merwin, Edvijs Zandars and Kaspars Oļševskis have prepared an overview on Private Antitrust Litigation in Latvia. This Q&A is part of the global guide to private antitrust litigation.


International Agency and Distribution Handbook EMEA
Baker & McKenzie LLP, April 2018

This is the 6th edition of the Agency and Distribution Handbook covering 39 countries in the EMEA region.

Ellex experts in Latvia Liga Merwin, Mārtiņš Gailis and Pauls Ančs are the authors of the Latvia chapters of the guide.


Competition law Western Europe and the USA

Kluwer Law International, April 2015
Expert Liga Merwin is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.


Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA

Kuweit Competition Law, Suppl. No. 355
Expert Liga Merwin is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.


European Competition Laws: A Guide to the EC and its Member States

Matthew Bender
Expert Liga Merwin is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.
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