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Fields of Practice
Ivars specializes in Venture Capital, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions and Pharmaceutical & Medical Law

Professional Experience
2006-2007 Legal adviser to the Minister of Justice
2004-2006 Legal adviser to the Minister of Transportation
2003-2006 Member of the supervisory bodies of several state-owned and municipal companies, including Latvian Mobile Telephone, Latvenergo and Riga District Heating
2003-2004 Adviser at the State Chancellery of Latvia
2000-2005 Legal adviser to the Association of Representative Offices of Foreign Pharmaceutical Companies
1996 – 2003 Head of the Legal Support Department at SEB bank

During his more than 20 years in commercial law practice Ivars has advised on numerous notable transactions such as:

  • Advising a Latvian transportation company in establishing a joint venture (Euro Rail Cargo) with a leading Russian transportation company (2015)
  • Advising more than 10 effected venture capital investments in various industries including investment in development of organic cosmetic products by bio2you; investment in Steel Constructor MM, a Latvian private equity company, for development of residential and industrial building systems; investment in Square Audio, a Latvian private equity company, for development and production of high-end audio equipment (2014) Read more

Altogether Ivars has advised in more than 100 transactions with a value of over 200 MEUR

Contribution to Lawmaking
In 2008 Ivars developed the concept for a regulatory framework on the acquisition of prospective territories for RIGA International Airport

In 2009 Ivars was engaged in a study performed at the request of the Association of Representative Offices of Foreign Pharmaceutical Companies on the necessary amendments to medicines reimbursement regulations

In 2008 Ivars was assigned by the Latvia Investment and Development Agency of Latvia to the team developing regulatory framework and guidelines for the Competence Centres state aid programme

In the year 2006 Ivars acted as a legal adviser to the Minister of Justice and was involved in development of judiciary policy and legislation

Education
In 1995 Ivars graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.)

Languages
Ivars has an excellent command of Latvian, English and Russian

Extra-curricular
Ivars enjoys downhill skiing, beach volleyball and boxing