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Linda Štrause

Partner, Head of Baltic Corporate and Commercial practice group, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

+371 67889999; Mob: +371 29434747

linda.strause@tgsbaltic.com

Latvian, English, Russian

According to sources “Linda Strause is the main point of contact for the Real Estate practice”. Linda Štrause is “an experienced and talented strategist and litigator”. Clients say “when a matter is in her hands, we are confident that the maximum will be achieved”.

Chambers Europe, Legal500

MAJOR PROJECTS

Successfully represents Enefit in the public procurement dispute worth 12 million euros in Latvia.

Successfully represents the Public Utilities Commission in the case on third party access to gas infrastructure in Latvia.

TGS Baltic in cooperation with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP successfully represented the Finance and Capital Market Commission, which acted on behalf of the Republic of Latvia, with respect to the claim submitted by Bryn Services Ltd. against the Republic of Latvia, based on the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments, dated 22 December 1992, within the International Arbitration Court proceedings. Transaction value MUSD 26 (2014);

Legal due diligence of AS Latvijas Gaze in the interests of a bidder for E.ON Ruhrgas owned shares of AS Latvijas Gaze and assistance to the bidder in an auction type sale of the shares of AS Latvijas Gaze owned by E.ON Ruhrgas (2014);

Ivars Grunte and Linda Strause lead the teams providing full scope legal assistance to the state owned company Valsts nekustamie īpašumi (State Real Estate), a manager of the state owned real estates, with respect to the fire, which occurred on 21 June 2013 in the residence of the President of the State - Riga Castle during the reconstruction and renovation work (the value of the renovation and reconstruction works approx. EUR  32 854 332). This is recently the most serious fire, on which attention of the society is still focused;

Linda Strause and her team provides hull scope assistance to a leading bioenergetics and renewable energy production group of a European scale in the process of design, construction and operation of the production plants and combined heat and power plants, including one on a land leased from the state, with the total investment amount more than EUR 60,000,000.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Upon request of the Latvian National Library Foundation, a public non-profit organization created in order to promote the Latvian National Library, Linda Strause led TGS team in performance of a complex legal analysis and provided its opinion on possibility to terminate the announced public procurement procedure on the first stage of infrastructure works of the new building of the Latvian National Library and to apply a negotiated procedure without publication of a notice regarding a contract. The client submitted the opinion to the Ministry of Culture as an independent expert’s opinion;

Linda Strause successfully represented the Road Traffic Safety Directorate as the contracting authority in the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau (aprpox. contract value EUR 5,2 millions) in relation to introdcution of new requirements for EU driving licences;

Linda Strause successfully represented AS Pasažieru vilciens as the public service provider in the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau in relation to selection of candidates, also interpretation of the tender documents and possibilities to amend the same after the announcement, in a closed competition of one of the largest public procurement procedures in Latvia (approx. contract value EUR 611 millions);

Within a group of experts Linda Strause performed complex expertise on the legal status of a public procurement procedure of the Riga Southern Bridge (contract value more than EUR 121 millions), including evaluation of the concluded amendment to the procurement contract.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Establishing a company in Estonia, iFinanses - May 2017, co-authors Reinis Grunte and Leonid Tolstov
  • The Latvian Real Estate Market - Legal Challenges and Perspectives, CEE Legal Matters, April 2016
  • Establishing a company in Estonia, IFinanses - November 2015, co-author Toomas Taube
  • Direct Taxes in Estonia, IFinanses - November 2015, co-author Toomas Taube
  • Newsletter on Liability of management board for delayed tax payments - December 2014
  • Legal Alert - September 2014
  • Forest Industry Manual, "Dienas Bizness" – 2009 - 2014
  • Amendments to the Commercial Law that will come into effect 1 July 2013, "IFinanses.lv" - June 2013
  • Introduction of euro in Latvia and amendments into the commercial register - December 2013
  • Energy Law newsletter, November 2013 - November 2013
  • Corporate & Commercial newsletter, June 2013 - June 2013
  • On promissory notes, "Dienas Bizness" - May 2013
  • Energy Law newsletter, December 2012 - December 2012
  • Manual of Contracts, “Dienas Bizness” - 2008, 2009
  • Who has rights to drive way?, ”DEKO” - February 2007

Membership

  • Latvian Bar Association (admitted 2004)

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • Since 2012 partner at TGS Baltic
  • Since 2009 senior associate at TGS Baltic
  • 2005-2009 senior associate at Loze, Grunte & Cers
  • 2004-2005 associate at Grunte & Cers
  • 1999-2004 legal assistant at Grunte & Cers

EDUCATION

  • 2006  Department of Law, University of Latvia (Mag.iur., Dipl.iur.)