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Vidmantas Drizga

Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

+370 5 251 4444; 251 4445

vidmantas.drizga@tgsbaltic.com

English, Lithuanian, Russian

Vidmantas Drizga is noted for his expertise in shareholders' disputes and securities mandates. Commentators view him as "absolutely the best adviser for shareholder issues. He is a visible presence in the market."

(Chambers Europe)

RECOGNITIONS BY INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

The European Legal 500, Best Lawyers International, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, which are among the most influential and best know international legal guides publishing annual independent rankings of law firms, recommend Vidmantas Drizga as a perfect professional in the areas of capital marktets, commercial and corporate law, shareholders’ disputes as well as other areas of law.

MAJOR Projects

Advised AB INVL Technology, a company investing in information and communication technologies, on its transformation into a special closed-ended investment company (2016);

Successfully advised City Service, a holding company managing one of the largest corporate groups engaged in facility management and integrated utility services in Europe, on establishment of a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) and admission of its shares to trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (2015);

Advised INVL Technology, a company investing in information and communication technologies, on successfully completed public offering of shares with the total issue price of over EUR 10 million and admission thereof to trading on the NASDAQ OMX Vilnius (2015);

Advised AB Avia Solutions Group with regard to offering newly issued shares of the Company to select investors and their admission to trading on the Polish regulated market, i.e. on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The shares of the Company were successfully subscribed for and admitted to trading on the regulated market in December 2014 (2014);

Advises bankruptcy administrator in bakruptcy procedures of Snoro bankas. Advises in day-to-day activities, sale and recovery of the assets of the bank as well as other various matters (from 2014);

Advises bankruptcy administrator in bakruptcy procedures of Ūkio bankas. Advises the Client in day-to-day activities, assists in coordination of asset recovery processes in Lithuania and abroad as well as in coordination of closing of representative offices of the bankrupt bank established abroad and other matters (from 2013);

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

Advised State Company Deposit and Investment Insurance in unprecendented transaction – split of bankrupt Ūkio bankas into the “good bank” and the “bad bank” and transfer of “good bank” from to Šiaulių bankas, a Lithuanian bank with EBRD among its shareholders. Participated in structuring the transaction and coordination of the approval of the transaction by the Ministry of Finance of Lithuania (2013);

Represented Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania and advised the client in relation to investigation of AB Lietuvos Dujos activities (2011–2013);

Advised Rubicon Partners Corporate Finance SA and Dom Maklerski IDM SA on Lithuanian law issues (on Polish law issues they were advised by one of the world largest law firms Baker&McKenzie), in offering newly issued shares of AB Agrowill Group to investors in Poland and in connection with admission of the company shares to trading on the Warsaw stock exchange, also admission of the newly issued shares to trading on NASDAQ OMX Vilnius. This transaction was the first admission of shares of a company registered in Lithuania to trading on regulated markets of two countries (2011);

Advised AB Invalda, majority shareholder, in the merger of AB Tiltra Group, regional road construction group Lithuania, with Trakcja Polska SA, the leading rail infrastructure construction group in Poland. With the value of EUR 400 million, this transaction is one of the largest М&A deals in the region in the recent years and unique in its structure (2011).

other experience

Advised AB INVL Baltic Real Estate, an investment company specialising in investments into real estate, on over EUR 9 million share issue on the NASDAQ OMX Vilnius (2016);

Advises VIKONDA group, one of the largest business groups in Lithuania, on complex holding restructuring, which shall directly or indirectly include 16 companies in total. Restructuring process involves various and complicated share transfers and corporate actions (sale of shares, exchange of shares, spin-off’s, mergers, increase and reducing of share capitals of the companies etc.). Consolidated turnover of the group EUR 145 million (2014);

Advised AB Grigiškės on the secondary offering of its newly issued shares to the existing shareholders as well as other investors. Structured the transaction, drafted the prospectus, advised on issues related to admission of shares to the regulated securities market in Lithuania (2013);

Advised KJK Fund SICAV-SIF, Firebird Republics Fund, Ltd. and Firebird Avrora Fund, Ltd. in submitting and implementing an official tender offer to buy up the remaining voting shares in AB Snaigė. Drafted the circular of the tender offer, as well as all other documents related to the project, represented the offerors before the Securities Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, AB NASDAQ OMX Vilnius, and preformed all other necessary actions concerning the tender offer (2011);

Advised Rubicon Partners Corporate Finance SA and Dom Maklerski BZ WBK SA on Lithuanian law issues (on Polish law issues they were advised by Baker&McKenzie), in offering newly issued shares of AB „Avia Solutions Group“ to investors in Poland (transaction value – EUR 19 million) and in connection with admission of the company shares to trading on the Warsaw stock exchange, also admission of the newly issued shares to trading on NASDAQ OMX Vilnius. This transaction was the first admission of shares of a company registered in Lithuania to trading on market regulated by a foreign country (2010–2011);

Represented Swedbank Corporate Finance, the leading corporate finance adviser in Scandinavia and the Baltic States, on the initial public offering (IPO) of AB Linas Agro Group shares with the aggregate value of EUR 30 million (2010);

Represented City Service AB – manager of one of the largest groups of companies providing building maintenance services in the Baltic States – on the public offering of shares with the aggregate value of EUR 20 million (2010);

Advised Siauliu Bankas AB, the bank listed on the Nasdaq OMX Vilnius stock exchange, on the public offering of the shares and mandatory takeover bid (2010);

Represented BaltCap OU, the leading private equity and venture capital manager in the Baltic States, in establishment of the first ever venture capital fund to invest into Lithuanian SMEs. This forms part of the EIF managed JEREMIE Holding Fund initiative ir Lithuania (2010);

Represented a shareholder in the dispute with one of the major companies engaged in demolition of industrial structures and treatment of construction waste (2009-2010).

Membership

  • Member of the Lithuanian Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • Since 2017 Partner at the law firm TGS Baltic (former TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE)
  • 2003 – 2017 Partner at the law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
  • 1999 – 2004 Head of Enforcement Department of the Securities Commission of the Republic of Lithuania
  • 1996 – 1999 senior specialist at Enforcement Department of the Securities Commission of the Republic of Lithuania

education

  • 1999 Vilnius University, Faculty of Law (Master of Law)