Risto Vahimets


Head of Transactions


+372 515 0949

Risto Vahimets is a partner and one of Estonia’s most experienced and renowned M&A practitioners, focusing on financial services, retail, restructuring, and distressed advisory. He also has an excellent understanding of finance and company valuation. Thanks to his long-term experience, Risto has an excellent eye for detecting what is valuable and what is not in a company to be acquired.

Risto has worked in the Baltic M&A scene for over 20 years. His previous position was as the M&A team leader at law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene. As he has an interest in management, Risto holds or has held positions on the board level in leading retail, wholesale, food production, finance and medical companies. He has begun consulting these companies on acquisition and restructuring strategies and over time his involvement has evolved to a more strategic role.

Risto has closed hundreds of deals in various sectors, such as financial services, energy, logistics, infrastructure, electronics, agriculture, real estate, telecoms, and retail.

Risto Vahimets maintains a strong reputation for his handling of transactional real estate mandates, and advises a client portfolio composed of domestic and international players. He is especially well versed in advising on transactions and mandates involving shopping centres and retail properties. “He’s a very good deal maker,” a source reports.

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The University of Connecticut School of Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.)


University of Tartu, Estonia

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


International Bar Association (IBA)


Academy of American and International Law


Estonian Bar Association


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