Sarmis Spilbergs

Partner

Head of Technology, Media and Communications practice

Latvia

+371 678 14856

Sarmis Spilbergs is part of the Ellex Latvia team since 2005, primarily focusing on technologies and regulated industries. Sarmis assists clients with incorporation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, attracting new investors, as well as all kinds of legal aspects of daily business operations in such sectors as information technologies and e-commerce, electronic communications, media content, consumer rights, personal data protection, and intellectual property protection. Furthermore, Sarmis has deep knowledge in the legal framework governing pharmaceutical industry, gaming industry, hazardous material use in production, healthcare services, as well as other industries that are subject to licencing, various permits and standardization requirements.

Major global corporations representing the technologies sector, pharmaceutical industry, manufacture, trade and other sectors are among Sarmis’ clients. He provides them practical advice with regard to adaptation of global processes and projects of the respective corporations in Latvia through their subsidiaries, ensuring local legal  compliance in interactions with employees, customers, vendors, and other parties.

Sarmis’ professional acumen is supported by excellent communication skills, comprehensive expertise in respective business sectors and clients, ability to understand needs of his clients and provide hands-on advice in resolving various issues in a nick of time, which does not affect the quality of services in any way. Clients appreciate Sarmis’ availability and ability to ensure effective coordination of major projects engaging other colleagues in the office, if necessary.

Sarmis Spilbergs, who heads the Communications, media and technology practice, is praised for his “splendid advice”.

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2008

Riga Graduate School of Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.), degree with merit

2004

Concordia International University Estonia

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Latvian Bar Association

Member

International Bar Association (IBA)

Member

International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)

Member

2021

International Advertising Law: A Practical Global Guide, Second Edition
Globe Law and Business, April 2021

Co-author for the Latvia chapter together with Senior associate Edvijs Zandars, Associates Kaspars Olsevskis, Mikijs Zimecs and Pauls Ancs and Junior associate Anna Marta Nordmane.

2020

Legal effect of electronic signatures in the Baltics
Baltic Business Quarterly, September 2020

Ellex experts Sarmis Spilbergs, Martin Mäesalu, Kevin Gerretz and Dr. Azuolas Cekanavicius comment on the legal effect of electronic signatures. The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed the way many businesses function. In this digital era electronic signature is the best solution for commercial agreements as many employees are still working remotely. However, it is important to know that not all electronic signatures will have the equivalent legal effect as a handwritten signature.

2020

WSG Global COVID-19 Task Force & Resource Center
World Services Group, April 2020

Due to the Covid-19 situation across the world, the international resource organization World Services Group has launched a Global Task Force and Resource Center with experts from several different jurisdictions to advise and guide during these uncertain times. As an active member of this network, Ellex lawyers in Latvia are the main contact with questions concerning Latvian law.

2020

COVID-19 and Data Protection
Associate partner Sarmis Spilbergs and associate Mikijs Zīmecs have prepared a sample of a Privacy Policy that may help employees to process data related to COVID-19 in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation.

2018

Overview of the latest developments regarding the national implementation of the GDPR requirements
Reed Smith LLP, November 2018

Information for the Latvia chapter prepared by associate partner Sarmis Spilbergs.

2018

Now or Never: The Looming GDPR Deadline
CEE Legal Matters, June 2018

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation is, according to the EU-hosted GDPR website, “the most important change in data privacy regulation in the past 20 years.” The Act, which was approved by the EU Parliament on April 14, 2016 and became fully effective on May 25, 2018, was designed “to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens' data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.”

Sarmis Spilbergs, senior associate, comments on the readiness for GDPR in Latvia.

2018

EU GDPR country guide – Latvia
Thomson Reuters, March 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the European Union on May 25, 2018. Many of its provisions contain "opening clauses" enabling member states to introduce national laws that take GDPR requirements further.
This article provides an oversight of the relevant law in Latvia.

2015

International Agency and Distribution Handbook for EMEA

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Expert Sarmis Spilbergs is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.

2014

International Advertising Law: A Practical Global Guide

Global Law and Business | Bristows LLP, Ed. Paul Jordan

Expert Sarmis Spilbergs is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.