Martin Mäesalu



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Martin Mäesalu is a partner and heads the Estonian practice group for competition and state aid law. As a top specialist he has a wide range of experience in handling competition law and state aid related matters both nationally and on the EU level. This applies to issues that arise in day-to-day activities, transactions as well as in disputes. His experience includes advising clients in different sectors, including financial services, energy, trade, and IT.

In addition to competition and state aid related expertise, Martin also has extensive experience in advising companies on financial and banking regulatory issues.

He is one of the few attorneys in Estonia with international work experience in both law and business management. Martin has worked for an international strategy consultancy advising various technology companies, but has also worked for an international technology company advising their international restructuring activities.

Martin Mäesalu moves up in the rankings after garnering praise for his handling of a wide range of competition law matters, from alleged abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive conduct cases, to regulatory compliance issues. According to a client, “he is able to give very pragmatic advice, gets straight down to business and understands complicated processes quickly. He knows all the areas of competition like the back of his hand.”

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WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management / Bucerius Law School, Hamburg / Vallander, Germany

Master of Law and Business (MLB)


University of Tartu, Estonia

Master of Laws (LL.M.), cum laude


University of Tartu, Estonia

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), cum laude


Salzburg Summer University, Austria

European Contract Law Studies


International Bar Association, IBA


The European Competition Lawyers Forum (ECLF)


Estonian Bar Association

Member of the Competition Law Committee


Estonian Bar Association


Bucerius Alumni Association


Praxi WHU Alumni Association


DAAD Alumni Association


Estonian Moot Court Society


Estonian Debating Society (president of the Tartu University Debating Society 2006-2007)


Legal effect of electronic signatures in the Baltics

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way in which many businesses have to function. As many people are still working remotely, in this digital era electronic signature is the best solution commercial agreements. However, it is important to know that not every electronic signature will have the equivalent legal effect as a handwritten signature. Ellex experts Martin Mäesalu and Kevin Gerretz (Estonia), Sarmis Spilbergs (Latvia) and Dr. Ąžuolas Čekanavičius (Lithuania) write about the legal effect of electronic signatures.


EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy: Protecting Free and Fair Competition in an Age of Technological (R)evolution
Ellex Raidla’s senior associate Martin Mäesalu and lawyer Andrei Nirk wrote the Estonian chapter of the FIDE (International Federation for European Law) 2020 Congress publication “EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy: Protecting Free and Fair Competition in an Age of Technological (R)evolution”. In their chapter, they address the following topics from Estonian point of view: - Competition policy in the digital economy: a shift in focus? - Market definition and market power - Anticompetitive behaviour in the digital economy - Regulatory overlap and enforcements challenges


Cash Pooling and Insolvency: A Practical Global Handbook

Willems, M. (2016). Cash Pooling and Insolvency: A Practical Global Handbook, Second Edition. (Co-author of Estonian chapter)


International Banking Law & Regulation

International Banking Law & Regulation, 2016-1 ed Thomson Reuters Estonian Chapter Co-author


Merger Control 2016

John Davies. (2016). Merger Control. 2016, 138-142 (Estonian chapter).
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