Zinta Jansons

One of the most experienced lawyers in the Finance & Tax group in Latvia Zinta Jansons has led numerous transactions and complex M&A deals, including tax structuring, integration and reorganization.

Firm Overview:

We are the largest legal team in the Baltics with broad specialization and deep experience. Our cross-border portfolio includes the most significant international projects and landmark local deals in the region since the beginning of the 1990s.

Our 47 lawyer team has been continually ranked in all major international legal directories during the 25 years of our history. We offer our clients full legal services in all areas of business law. Our firm has been involved in some of the most innovative local and international transactions in M&A, commercial real estate and finance. Ellex Klavins is the first choice of local counsel for many international companies with projects in Latvia.

Our history
Our office was established by Filips Klavins and Raimonds Slaidins in 1992. Filips and Raimonds are Latvians who were born and raised in the USA. They were both practicing lawyers in New York and California when they decided to move to Latvia. Currently we are one of the leading and largest law firms in Latvia.

Our people
We have been always growing to become one of the largest law firms in Latvia. Therefore we can devote all necessary resources to effectively assist our clients in a wide range of matters. We provide our services in Latvian and English, and can effectively work with clients who are more comfortable in using Russian language.

Clients
Ellex Klavins provides services in all major areas of business law. We are distinguished by high-quality standards, extensive experience and leading experts. We advise leading local and multinational companies in all sectors of industry, financial institutions, investors, associations and public-law bodies. Leading international law firms such as Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields, Linklaters, Skadden Arps and White & Case choose Ellex Klavins as a local counsel for projects in Latvia and the Baltics.

Valters Gencs

Law School of the University of Latvia (LL.B., – 1993); Institute of International Affairs (International Business Studies, 1994); Recipient of the U.S. Senator Edmund F. Muskie scholarship, 1994; John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, USA; (LL.M., 1995).

Work Experience:

Legal Counsel for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (1994); Welsh & Katz, Ltd., Chicago (1995); Member of the Working Group on Tax Law appointed by the Prime Minister (1997); Member of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Issues appointed by Prime Minister (1999); Head of Tax & Legal department of Ernst & Young Latvia, Head of Tax ad hoc group of the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (1998-2002), Founder of Gencs Valters Law Firm (2000), Lecturer in the Stockholm’s School of Economics in Latvia (2000).Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia- 2008 -2011.

Publications:

EUROPEAN TAXATION, 2007 (IBFD) International Income Tax Changes in Latvia; TAX ANALYSTS (USA) country correspondent; BNA World Intellectual Property Report; Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Trademarks in Latvia; EIPR International Bar Association, 1997.

Memberships:

Attorney in Latvia, Latvian Bar Association; Attorney in Estonia, Estonian Bar Association; Attorney in Lithuania, Lithuanian Bar Association, International Bar Association, AIPLA; FICPI, ECTA; AIPPI; LES USA & CANADA; ITMA; INTA; MARQUES, GRUR, International Tax Planning Association; Latvian Patent Attorney, Latvian Trademark Attorney, Latvian Design Patent Attorney, Association of Latvian Patent Attorneys; European Patent and Trademark Attorney.

Firm Overview:

Gencs Valters Law Firm was established in the year 2000 in Riga (Latvia), where the firm’s headquarters are located. In 2007 the firm expanded in the Baltics by establishing an office in Tallinn (Estonia) and, in 2008, in Vilnius (Lithuania).

We are a full service, general practice international business law firm specialising in tax, mergers and acquisitions, labour law, corporate, intellectual property, immigration and litigation. The firm has 13 lawyers and tax consultants in the Baltics. The firm has particularly strong ties with Scandinavian clients due to our involvement with the Scandinavian chambers of commerce. Valters Gencs served as the Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and has lectured in the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.

In 2007 the firm became a member of Eurojuris, a European association of independent law firms covering over 630 different cities/locations in more than 40 countries. In 2008 the firm became a member of the international independent law firms’ association Multilaw, which now includes over 6000 lawyers in more than 150 countries around the world, creating the option for us to provide integrated cross-border services.

Our firm maintains successful long-term cooperation with law firms all over the States, such as Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Baker & McKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell, DLA Piper, Holland & Knight, Duane Morris,Frost Brown Todd, Polsinelli Shughart, Covington & Burling, Faegre Baker Daniels, Knoble Yoshida & Dunleavy, Barnes & Thornburg and many others.

As our client, you will be guaranteed unmatched service and commitment as well as access to our full service including counselling and client/attorney partnership.

Jūlija Kozlova

She has received Master’s degree in University of Latvia, in Faculty of Finance and Trade. For raising qualification Jūlija has attended several professional training programmes in financial accounting, bank accounting, financial management, field of business law and tax legislation, as well as she has received diploma of UK Institute of Financial Analysts in international accounting standards and diploma of internal auditor issued by UK Institute of Certified Financial Managers.

In 2006 she graduated Master studies in the Baltic International Academy in programme “Business management and administration”. Jūlija has substantial experience obtained through a work for a long time in accounting, financial and economic sectors.

Along with changes in times, legislation and requirements of state institutions Jūlija always improves the range of her knowledge.

JK Consulting Group:

Founded in 2013, JK Consulting Group has already proved itself to be a trustworthy partner in the area of outsourcing services. Our aim is to find one-step, fast and precise solution for a customer to address wide range of their requirements, be it accounting, legal or tax advisory services, company management or budget preparation.

The key to our company’s success is our employees. Our team of wide spectrum specialists have been working together since 2002 which lead to a foundation of JK Consulting Group in 2013. All our employees have extensive experience, high qualifications and successes in their professional fields. Our team of ACCA qualified accountants are able to understand the needs of our customers, help them increase efficiency of their work and decrease risks. We treat our customers as business partners and work together with them to ensure their growth.

We want our customers find us and stay with us; therefore we are always open to a dialogue and are proud of our team’s professionalism, their personal, friendly and collaborative approach to business

We do not give promises that we are unable to fulfill – and we keep our promises.