Leading Baltic Law Firm

DERLING provides first class transaction, regulatory and dispute resolution advice in all industry sectors. We have 20 years of experience in working for leading domestic and international clients.

Tallinn | Liivalaia 45
Tartu | Kaluri 2


Leading law firms – Derling in Estonia, Kronbergs Čukste Derling in Latvia, and Dominas Derling in Lithuania – have established a law network to provide hassle-free legal service to corporate clients.

The network’s highly efficient and experienced teams in Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, and Vilnius help clients on all types of transactional, business advisory, and dispute resolution matters. The network firms share strategy in investing into modern technology and work processes.

Estonian managing partner, Hannes Vallikivi, comments: “We focus on what corporate clients really need – clear and efficient advice regardless of national borders and differences of local regulations.” Latvian managing partner, Valters Kronbergs: “Our no-nonsense approach to client work is coded into the way the network works. Clients need to make one stop to get serviced in Latvia, Estonia or Lithuania.” Gediminas Dominas, managing partner in Lithuania adds: “Our uniqueness in the Baltics is the combination of flexibility with experience. Most of our partners have been active in the business for 20 years or more.”

DERLING is a leading business law firm in Estonia employing more than 20 experts in Tallinn and Tartu offices. The eight-partner firm is managed by Hannes Vallikivi, who is also the President of the Estonian Bar Association.

Kronbergs Čukste Derling (formerly Kronbergs & Čukste) was established in 2005 and is one of the most prominent players in the Latvian legal market. Its partners Valters Kronbergs and Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva were the founders of Andersen Legal and EY Law in Latvia.

Dominas Derling (formerly Dominas & Partners) is well known for its mergers and acquisitions as well as international commercial arbitration practice. Its partner Gediminas Dominas is one of the most frequently appointed arbitrators in arbitration cases related to Lithuania.

Sinu eest – Eestis, Sinu probleemis ja äris. Pakume parimat õigusteenust Eestis – me fokusseerume kohtute nüanssidele ja seaduste süvakihtide tundmisele.


Managing partner Hannes Vallikivi was named the Best Lawyers 2017-2018 Financial Institutions “Lawyer of the Year” in Estonia. He was also listed in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Capital Markets Law, Corporate and M&A Law and Private Equity Law. Partner Toomas Taube was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017-2018 Labor and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Estonia. Toomas was also listed in the fields of…

Read more

The Legal 500, a reputable legal directory, has announced the 2017 ratings of Estonian law firms. According to the directory, DERLING provides excellent service and acts in the client’s best interest. DERLING has been recommended among the leading law firms in 9 practice areas. Partners Hannes Vallikivi, Erki Kergandberg, Toomas Taube, Rolan Jankelevitsh, Piret Blankin and Andres Siigur are listed in The Legal 500 elite list ‘Leading lawyers’. Partner Elmer…

Read more

Chambers Europe, one of the most prestigious legal directories, ranked DERLING and its lawyers among the best in Estonia in the 2017 edition. Client feedback collected by Chambers editors is a testament to DERLINGs promise to its clients – to understand client needs and to be easy to deal with. DERLING Corporate/Commercial practice recognised by the directory: Clients are impressed with the team’s level of service, saying: “They are experienced,…

Read more

On 22 March 2017, the Supreme Court granted the appeal in cassation filed by attorney-at-law Tanel Pürn, deciding in favour of Tanel Pürn’s client in a labour dispute. In addition, the security on cassation was returned and the procedural expenses requested by the client were ordered to be paid to the client. A former employee of International Aluminium Casting Tartu AS had disputed the extraordinary cancellation of his employment contract….

Read more

Chambers Global, a reputable guide on international markets for legal services, ranked DERLING among the best law firms in Estonia and recognised a number of DERLING’s lawyers personally in the most recent edition. Clients describe managing partner Hannes Vallikivi as “always open, very direct” and “easy to talk to”. They also praise his ability to explain legal matters and provide solutions in a “clear and transparent way”. These assessments were…

Read more

DERLING partner Toomas Taube named as a leading intellectual property law practitioner by WIPR Leaders. WIPR Leaders is a prestigious international patent and trademarks publication, which analyses legal markets and selects leading intellectual property practitioners around the world. Nominates were selected based on the views of 12,000 intellectual property professionals and by further evaluating their practice history, industry expertise, and notable cases.

Read more

The circuit court decided to maintain in force the regulation, which forbids the government to transfer Tootsi Suursoo wind farm property to Eesti Energia without an auction, until the end of the dispute. The Government of the Republic of Estonia or Eesti Energia can not lodge an appeal against the decision. According to the representative of the appellant Piret Blankin, the decision of the circuit court protects the right of…

Read more

The prestigious international trademark publication World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes DERLING. The 2017 edition notes that DERLING’s team enjoys one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all Estonian firms, referring to market research conducted by TNS Sifo Prospera. Partner Toomas Taube was once again elected as one of the leading trademark practitioners in Estonia and honoured as “a very experienced specialist litigator and anti-counterfeiter, combining outstanding IP knowledge with…

Read more

According to the overview of Mergermarket, a reputable international observer of the transaction market, DERLING’s team advised on a third of the Baltic region’s 10 largest merger and acquisition deals concerning Estonia in 2016. The acquisition of 50% of shares in Nortal (a major IT exporter in the Baltic States) from LHV pension funds and Enterprise Investors was one of the high-profile deals. Another transaction that attracted much attention was…

Read more

Priit Põld holds an LL.M. from the University of Tartu in Estonia and has studied intellectual property law at the University of Bonn in Germany. Priit has worked at the Information Technology and Development Center of the Ministry of the Interior, lately as the General Counsel. Priit will advise clients on contract law, administrative law, public procurement law, and intellectual property law.

Read more

On 21 November 2016, the Supreme Court closed disputes between the Political Party Funding Supervision Committee and Karin Tammemägi and Priit Kutser, who had used the funds of the City of Tallinn during their election campaign in 2013. All court instances agreed with the Committee in that the publicly displayed posters concerned constituted a prohibited donation within the meaning of the Political Parties Act. Karin Tammemägi and Priit Kutser, as…

Read more

IFLR1000, one of the most prominent legal directory in the world, recognizes DERLING as a leading legal advisor in financial and corporate area. The 2017 edition marked that Estonian legal market has seen significant movements and DERLING has been at the heart of that. DERLING’s Baltic network deserved a remark from the IFLR1000 as well: “In September 2015 the firm then branched out to form a new network alongside Kronbergs…

Read more

DERLING advised Nortal Group on the merger with Element AB, the leading B2B marketing and sales strategy and technology company in Northern Europe. The merger will result in the acquisition of all Element AB shares by Nortal and Element shareholders will become shareholders of Nortal. Nortal is a multinational full-service strategic change and technology company that provides services to governments and leading businesses around the world. Element AB is the…

Read more

DERLING advised Navirail OÜ on the sale of the freight and passenger route between Paldiski (Estonia) and Hanko (Finland) to DFDS. The agreement includes a four-year time-charter agreement for a ro-pax ship and an earn-out agreement. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities. Our team led by partner Rolan Jankelevitsh assisted the client with the preparation of the transaction documents and during negotiations. The route is operated…

Read more

DERLING advised the City Government on the auctioning of all the shares of Tartu Elamuhalduse AS held by the City of Tartu. DERLING developed the auctioning conditions and advised the City Government on the preparation and conduct of the sale. The transaction was completed in mid-July. Tartu Elamuhalduse AS is a company that provides property management services in Tartu. DERLING’s team was led by partner Margo Lemetti.

Read more

The shareholders of Nortal bought back 50 per cent of the group’s shares from the Enterprise Investors investment fund and LHV Pension Funds, regaining full ownership of the company. Company shareholders include 34 employees and the transaction was financed by a combination of own funds and leverage. The combined transaction price is EUR 15 million based on the current equity value of EUR 30 million. LHV Pension Funds became Nortal…

Read more

DERLING’s litigation partner Elmer Muna successfully represented Forum Cinemas in the Supreme Court. Forum Cinemas is a member of the Nordic Cinema Group operating cinemas across Northern Europe and the Baltic states. The dispute involved fundamental debate regarding various details of former CEO accountability. As a rare exception, the Supreme Court reviewed the case at an oral hearing. As a result of a successful appeal, the court supported Forum Cinemas’…

Read more

On 23 May 2016, the Supreme Court declined to review the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority’s (FSA) appeal thereby confirming Eesti Krediidipank’s victory against the regulator in lower courts. The bank and the FSA disagreed about whether the bank had fully complied with an order concerning governance of the bank issued by the FSA in 2013. The dispute helps to delimit the powers of the financial regulator. The bank was represented…

Read more

On 21 April 2016, an Estonian based start-up company, Funderbeam, released Funderbeam Markets, which is the world’s first primary and secondary market for early-stage startup investments, powered by blockchain technology. DERLING’s partners Hannes Vallikivi and Andres Siigur advised Funderbeam on a variety of legal issues related to the development of Funderbeam Markets. Additional information on the launch is available here.

Read more

DERLING partners Hannes Vallikivi, Rolan Jankelevitsh and Andres Siigur in cooperation with experts from CMS London and Luxembourg offices prepared a report for the EBRD on Estonia’s new investment fund legislation. The report focuses on regulation and taxation of private equity and venture capital funds with the aim to assess new regulation’s suitability to market needs. As the result of our analysis, the Ministry of Finance made several amendments to…

Read more

DSV’s Baltic subsidiaries sold three logistics centres in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius in sale and leaseback transactions. DSV sold a total of nearly 33,000 square meters of office and logistics space and continues to use it under a lease. The transaction concluded in Estonia will take effect as soon as it is authorised by the Competition Authority. DSV is one of the world’s leading transport and logistics companies. The company…

Read more


View all

DERLING is committed to ensuring the highest quality of services, which is why our lawyers have received high rankings from leading international law publications. The work of our lawyers has been highly ranked by such prominent international legal directories as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers, to mention a few.


Me vaidleme Sinu eest, lõpuni. Oleme vaidlustes väsimatud, põhjalikud ja ausad. Me teame, millal võit on võimalik ja kaotus paratamatu ning julgeme seda Sulle välja öelda.

DERLING’s recent assignments cover all areas of commercial law and a wide range of industries.

Latvia / Lithunia

We are working in cooperation with Kronbergs Čukste Derling in Latvia and Dominas Derling in Lithuania. Our offices are located in Tallinn, Tartu, Riga and Vilnius.


Advokaadibüroo Derling OÜ

Registrikood 14024560

+372 611 0915




Advokaadibüroo Derling OÜ services are subject to the general conditions for the provision of legal services available here.


Liivalaia 45,
10145 Tallinn
13. korrus



Kaluri 2,
51004 Tartu
6. korrus