Helmut Pikmets

Partner, Head of Tax, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

+372 626 4300; +372 503 6139

Estonian, Russian, English

Helmut Pikmets is endorsed as a leading tax expert by Chambers & Partners and Legal500 according to which he proposes ‘quick and effective solutions, always with a couple of alternatives to choose from’, and is ‘pretty much the No.1 choice when you need someone to solve the most complicated tax disputes’.


Representing the 11 former shareholders of Stora Enso Timber (formerly Sylvester) in one of the largest tax disputes in the Baltics concerning taxation of gains from sales of shares.

Representing the leading independent main financial services provider in the Baltics Luminor (Nordea Bank Finland Plc Estonian branch) in a high-profile tax dispute and constitutional review proceedings at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.

Representing the largest passenger transport group in the Baltics, Tallink Group, in the Supreme Court and the European Commission concerning excise duties on packaging and potentially unlawful state aid arising from the packaging deposit act.

Representing Kõrveküla Petrol Station in the Supreme Court and over 20 fuel retailers in the administrative court in a dispute against the Estonian Tax and Customs Board regarding tax collateral stipulated in the Liquid Fuel Act, the many provisions of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Representing one of the largest DIY retail chain in Estonia – Bauhof Group – in the Supreme Court regarding taxations of management fees.

Advising Turkish Airlines on tax matters regarding the establishment of its Estonian and Lithuanian branches, including cross-border employment taxation issues. 

Representing Amalfi in a complex legal dispute with the tax board in the first case of its kind where the tax authority imposed income tax on Amalfi, regarding an immovable in the possession of a shareholder as dividends paid to the shareholder.

Advising the Estonian subsidiary of a global pharmaceuticals company Sanofi regarding the VAT rules of Estonia and the European Union.

Compiling a legal analysis for the supervisory board of the Estonian central bank Eesti Pank on legal aspects of interest taxation for private housing loans as well as proposed alternatives for changing the current regulation.

Advising Energate, investment arm of Baltcap Private Equity Fund L.P., regarding tax aspects when acquiring a gas infrastructure company and wind park operator.


2008 International Fiscal Association
2001 Chamber of Estonian Bailiffs and Bankruptcy Trustees
1996 Estonian Bar Association


Since 2017 Partner, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly VARUL)
1994–2017 Partner, law firm VARUL


1994 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA
1992 Stockholm School of Economics, Commercial Law