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Aurimas Pauliukevičius

Associate Partner

Vilnius, Lithuania

+370 5 251 4444; 251 4445

aurimas.pauliukevicius@tgsbaltic.com

English, Lithuanian, Russian

MAJOR PROJECTS

Advised Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy),  state-controlled company group which is one of the largest in the Baltic States, on the acquisition of two companies – Eurakras and Tuuleenergia – that own wind farms in Lithuania and Estonia (2016);

Advised collapsed commercial bank Snoras on the sale of EUR 169.7 million Snoras loan portfolio to an international investor consortium led by private funds registered in Luxembourg and investment bank Deutsche Bank AG (2015);

Advised Baltic Champs Group, UAB, the largest mushroom producer in the Baltics, in structuring and implementing the merger with Agrowill Group, AB, the major agricultural goods producer in Lithuania, the securities of which are listed in NASDAQ OMX Vilnius and Warsaw Stock Exchanges (2013-2014);

Advised investors in the acquisition of the UAB Baltik vairas, the only producer bicycles in the Baltics (2013);

Advised ERGO Life Insurance SE, a leading Lithuanian classical endowment life insurance company, a part of Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers and risk carriers, in acquisition of the Lithuanian life insurance portfolio from Nordea Life Assurance Finland Ltd. (2012);

Advised Lithuanian subsidiary of MARS Inc. on competition compliance matters, conducted competition law trainings to sales and marketing department of MARS in Lithuania (2012–2013);

In connection with creation of financial engineering instruments (JESSICA and JEREMIE) by European Investment Bank for one of the pioneering financial engineering projects in Europe, counseled the client on EU state aid law and assisted in preparation of the tender documents to select the banks participating in the project (2010–2013);

Advised Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in connection with the acquisition of UAB Fermentas (2010);

Assisted Nelja Energia, the largest wind energy company in the Baltics, in acquisition of several wind farm projects in Lithuania (2009 -2011);

Advised KJK Fund SICAV-SIF, Amber Trust SCA SICAF-SIF, Firebird Republics Fund, Ltd. and Firebird Avrora Fund, Ltd., the major shareholders of AB Snaigė, the largest producer of refrigerators and freezers in the Baltics, in the sale of shares and convertible bonds of AB Snaigė to the strategic investor – POLAIR, refrigerator manufacturer from Russia (2010–2011);

Advised a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, a major private equity fund management company in Central Europe, in acquiring the biggest tour operator in the Baltic countries UAB Novaturas and its subsidiaries in the Baltic countries (2007).

OTHER experience

Advised AB Klaipėdos nafta on conclusion of time charter party on lease of Floating Storage and Regasification Unit and tenders on acquisition of construction works of LNG terminal infrastructure (2011–2013);

Advised Lithuanian private Health Care Association, National Private Hospitals Association, National Primary Health Care Institutions Association and Private Ambulance Association in preparing and filing a complaint to the European Commission, which led to the opening of a case by the European Commission regarding potential violations of EU law by proposed amendments to the Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania (2011–2013);

Advised private equity fund LitCapital I on investment into Nordnet group, a third party logistics provider of frozen goods (2012);

Advised Coffee Inn, the largest branded coffee shop chain in the Baltics, and its shareholders in connection to attracting the expansion capital from private equity fund Baltcap, the leading independent private equity and venture capital firm in the Baltic States (2012);

Advised pricate equity fund LitCapital I on expanding its investments’ portfolio into high tech start up company UAB Brolis Semiconductors (2011–2012);

Advised BaltCap, the leading independent private equity and venture capital firm in the Baltic States, on investment into the largest chain of sports clubs in Lithuania;

Adviced UAB Cgates in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of UAB Mikrovisatos TV, the biggest supplier of pay-TV and internet services in Kaunas, Lithuania (2011);

Represented Tamro, one of the biggest wholesalers of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products in Lithuania UAB as well as UAB Viasana, a representative of Medac GmbH in Baltic countries in the Competition Council during the investigation on the alleged vertical competition restricting agreements of the companies engaged in the wholesale business of pharmaceuticals, medical goods and medical devices (2011);

Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc before the Competition Council in obtaining an authorisation for concentration by acquiring the shares of AB Sanitas, a major pharmaceutical company in Lithuania (2011);

In the process of acquisition of stake in Webmedia Group by Enterprise Venture Fund I, a venture capital fund managed by Enterprise Investors, a leading CEE private equity player, conducted the legal due diligence of UAB Webmedia (2010);

Advised UAB EVA GRUPĖ in relation to the acquisition of a controlling stake in Mieszko SA (Poland) from UniCredit AG (Germany) (2010);

In connection with the initiatve by the Lithuanian Government of the reorganization of the structure of all State-owned electricity companies in order to establish an efficient management and operational structure of these companies as well as to prepare some State-owned companies for private investments, participated in creation and implementation of the legal structure for creation of a real estate holding and management company, setting-up of a IT services company, reorganization of transmission and distribution network maintenance and service companies, as well as setting-up of generation, maintenance, and service companies, including advice in corporate, regulatory matters, securities, real estate, public procurement, and other areas of law (2010);

Advised Tiltra Group on acquisition of the Poldim group, in particular in relation to obtaining the merger clearances for the transaction (2010);

Counselled UAB MAXIMA LT on issues of competition law (2009);

Represented MOLLER BALTIKUM AS before the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania LR in obtaining permission for concentration by acquiring the shares of UAB Magira (2009);

Counselled AB Pieno žvaigždės on issues of competition law (2009);

Advised a client on public procurement and other issues pertaining to introduction of the system of public transport e-tickets in the city of Šiauliai (2009);

Advised Royal Canin on distribution of products in Lithuania (2009);

Advised VR Group (a Finnish railway company) and the Russian railways in obtaining the merger clearance for creation of the joint venture (2009);

Represented AB Ventus-nafta in obtaining a merger permit from the Competition Council in connection with acquisition of a petrol station in Panevėžys (2009);

Advised Vapo Group, a leading supplier of local and renewable fuel, electric power and heat generated from biofuels, and environmental business solutions in the Baltic Sea Region, on the planned acquisition of the shares of a peat producer (2008 m);

Advised the shareholders of the major archiving company in the Baltic States UAB Archyvų sistemos on all legal matters related to the sale of shares to equity investor AS Lohmus Holding (Estonia) (2008);

Advised AB Sanitas, the major manufacturer of generic pharmaceutical products in Lithuania, and its major shareholders Citi Venture Capital International, Amber Trust II S.C.A. and AB Invalda on all aspects of Lithuanian law, related to strategic alternatives of increasing the shareholding value. Merrill Lynch was the strategic advisor of the transaction (2008 m);

Advised the Pakruojis Region Municipality on possibilities to transfer the management, maintenance and operation of Pakruojis manor estate to a private investor (2008);

Advised Sygnity S.A. on public procurement issues in the e-tickets procurement tender procedure (2006–2008);

Advised a consortium of private equity investor United Nordic Beverages and AB Alita regarding privatisation of Akcionarsko drustvo “Beogradska industrija piva, slada i bezalkoholnih pica”, a large brewery in Serbia (2007);

Advised the shareholders of UAB Presto prekyba on sale of the shares to the Icelandic investors (2007);

Advised the Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors on competition issues and regarding the investigation of actions of the Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors conducted by the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania (2007);

Represented Polska Wytwornia Papierow Wartosciowych S.A. in the public procurement organised by the Personalisation of Identity Documents Centre under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the procurement of the forms of electronic identity documents (passports of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania) and the recording equipment (2007);

Advised Depfa Bank plc on public procurement issues (2007);

Advised COWI in acquisition of UAB Ekostrategija and AB Miestprojektas (2007);

Represented UAB TAMRO and UAB Northway medicinos centrai in the concession tenders of Karoliniškės Clinic and Naujosios Vilnios Clinic in Vilnius (2007);

Avised AB Alita on acquisition of UAB Vilkmergės alus and UAB Daivalda (2007);

Advised PKN Orlen on competition law matters (2007);

Represented UAB M&M Baltica, a subsidiary of M&M International Holding, in bankruptcy proceedings (2006–2007);

Advised a client in the transaction of sale and purchase of UAB Hidruva (2006);

Advised Elbit Systems Ltd. on public procurement of technical surveillance measures in the Baltic Sea, Curonian Lagoon and inland territorial waters at the external borders of the EU (2006);

Advised Vilnius City Municipality on the implementation of the project of reconstruction and further maintenance of education institutions in Vilnius – one of the first PPP projects in Lithuania (2006);

Represented electronic equipment manufacturers Philip Latvia, Osram GmbH, GE Hungary Rt., etc. in obtaining a concentration permit from the Competition Council for concentration by way of establishment of a new legal entity VšĮ Ekošviesa (2006);

Advised CMA CGM Lietuva, UAB, a representative of a major global freight carrier in Lithuania, on issues of freight carrying contracts (2006);

Assisted S.P.I Group in connection with acquistion of Bennet Distributors, one of the largest importers of alcoholic drinks in Lithuania (2005).

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author of the book "PPP", Äripäev, 2011
  • The cartel prohibition (The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2008)
  • Starting a business: get licences and permits // Verslo žinios, 3 March 2006
  • Contract Directory // Verslo žinios, June 2006

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Lithuanian Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • Since 2017 Associate Partner at TGS Baltic (former TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE)
  • 2016 - 2017 Associate Partner at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
  • 2011 - 2016 Senior Associate at law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
  • 2005 - 2011 Associate at law firm Sutkiene, Pilkauskas & Partners (now TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE)
  • 2004 in-house counsel at the construction company UAB Stamona

EDUCATION

  • 2004–2005 University of Brussels, Belgium, International and comparative law (LL.M. degree with Magnum Cum Laude)
  • 2005 courses in private international law at the Hague Academy of International Law
  • 2004 Concordia International University, the School of Law, Estonia (Bachelor degree with Magnum Cum Laude)
  • 2003–2004 Vilnius University, Faculty of Law, Lithuania
  • 2001 courses at Johanes Kepler University, Austria