Baltic powerhouse in arbitration push

Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has added a litigation team led by Varul partner Andrias Smaliukas to its practice.

Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has added a litigation team led by Varul partner Andrias Smaliukas to its practice.

Smaliukas joined Lawin’s Vilnius office together with nine other lawyers. He was previously a partner at Varul, which shortened its name from Varul Vigerts Smaliukas in January this year.

His former firm, Smaliukas Juodka Beniušis & Partners, merged with Advokaadibüroo Paul Varul in Estonia and Latvia’s Vilgerts in 2009.

Lawin chairman and managing partner of the Vilnius office, Rolandas Valiūnas, said the arrival of Smaliukas and his team strengthened the firm’s arbitration capacity in particular. Smaliukas is a member of the Lithuanian Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Lawin was launched as an association between Lithuania’s Lideika Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir Partneriai, Klavins & Slaidins in Latvia, and Estonian firm Lepik & Luhaäär in 2004.

In September 2010 Lawin consolidated the three firms’ management team and created firmwide management heads. The firm is gradually phasing out the use of the legacy firm names, although a full financial merger is not imminent.